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A little farm in your backyard

Cherokee Purple. Cubalaya. Ophelia. Illini Gold. They’re exotic names that belong to varieties of tomato, chicken, eggplant and corn, something only enthusiastic gardeners or poultry farmers may know.

Posted: April 27, 2015
4-H: Group appeals to youthful members with a mix of fun and tradition

Magen Caldwell, 13, has taken on a huge responsibility this year. Every morning and night she cares for a market goat for the Tokay Colony 4-H club.

Posted: April 27, 2015
Local families create a new sensation — olive oil

For generations, Lodi farmers have used the area’s combination of soil and climate to grow wine grapes. Ten years ago, almost by accident, some area farmers turned to olives and created a surge in olive oil production.

Posted: April 27, 2015
At Micke Grove, the mighty Holt 75 is being reborn

It was a wonder of its time, able to flatten entire hills, harvest vast fields of grain and even haul cannons over rugged battlefields.

Posted: April 27, 2015
Lodi’s Natalie Collins among the chosen few selected for prestigious leadership program

Every year, a dozen Farm Bureau representatives from across California are chosen to take part in a year-long program designed to improve leadership skills and become more familiar with state, federal and local policies related to agriculture.

Posted: April 27, 2015
With a blend of art and science, Scotland-born Heather Pyle-Lucas helps shape Lodi wines

Heather Pyle-Lucas’s journey to becoming a winemaker was hardly traditional.

Posted: April 27, 2015

Stories from Previous Soil & Sun Editions

At Micke Grove, the mighty Holt 75 is being reborn

It was a wonder of its time, able to flatten entire hills, harvest vast fields of grain and even haul cannons over rugged battlefields.

Posted: April 27, 2015
Lodi’s Natalie Collins among the chosen few selected for prestigious leadership program

Every year, a dozen Farm Bureau representatives from across California are chosen to take part in a year-long program designed to improve leadership skills and become more familiar with state, federal and local policies related to agriculture.

Posted: April 27, 2015
With a blend of art and science, Scotland-born Heather Pyle-Lucas helps shape Lodi wines

Heather Pyle-Lucas’s journey to becoming a winemaker was hardly traditional.

Posted: April 27, 2015
Photos: Harvesting the bounty: Historic images of Lodi agriculture

Posted: April 28, 2014
Trinchero Family Estates winery project at halfway mark

Bob Torres paused outside the loading dock of his family’s vast new production center rising west of Lodi and pondered the question: How do you keep growing?

Posted: April 25, 2014
Galt grower Charity Kenyon wants to keep food passion growing

Imagine a summer scene:  Friends chat among the peaceful vineyards while sipping locally grown wine.

Posted: April 25, 2014
Lodi’s Jack Hamm innovates today, hopes for the future

On a recent spring morning, a chill wind strafes the Lima Ranch west of Lodi.

It sends up missiles of stray alfalfa. Workers bend as they walk into the wind — and keep their jackets zipped to the top.

The wind doesn’t take the edge off Jack Hamm. The dairy’s general manager keeps moving, talking, gesturing.

Posted: May 06, 2013
Barn owl study shows they can keep gophers at bay

Everyday backyard gardeners know that gophers can be a true nuisance.

Posted: May 06, 2013
Lodi emerges as center of high-quality olive oil production

Though it’s not used to quench thirst, Brady Whitlow, president of Corto Olive Oil, looks at the product simply: as freshly squeezed juice.

Posted: May 06, 2013
From grain to watermelons to grapes

Shaped by the land and climate and further molded by the economy and markets, Lodi’s agricultural landscape over the decades has evolved from grain to watermelons to grapes.

Posted: May 06, 2013

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