Califonia Bountiful

From the editors: For the love of the land

May/June 2021 California Bountiful magazine

Photo by 2019 California Farm Bureau photo contest winner Cindy Lohse

Farmers and ranchers in the Golden State know there is something rewarding and therapeutic about being outdoors, putting their hands in the dirt and making things grow. The people at Transitions-Mental Health Association in San Luis Obispo County know it, too. For nearly 40 years, they've run a program that uses horticultural therapy to treat mental health patients, teaching them skills for the garden and for life. You'll learn about it in this issue.

You'll also meet dairy farmers Karen and John Taylor, who care for their land in Marin County in part by using a rotational grazing system for their 500 cows, and you'll learn how the creators of a popular nutrition bar devote their 90-acre Napa County farm to supply a unique food truck.

Also in this issue, we explain what goes into growing and making seasoned popcorn, and tell you how two friends put their heads together to make sweet and savory hand pies when the pandemic slowed both of their businesses.

We introduce you to a Dutch-born flower grower along the Central Coast, as well as a blended family in the Sacramento Valley whose members run a popular apricot stand. We also share five salad recipes brimming with fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs, and check in with gardening expert Pat Rubin, who shows how to create a tiny garden in a teacup.

As the days become warmer and longer, we invite you to find a slice of land—a park, your yard or a balcony with a peek of green—and enjoy this issue of California Bountiful.

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