Issue: September 26, 2013

Esteemed readers of the CN&R--

Good morning! I trust that you are enjoying the exceedingly pleasant weather we have been having of late.

To add to your pleasure, we offer you our "farm-to-table" issue this week--featuring a cover package of five stories focused on "paying tribute to the little guy in agriculture," as Editor Melissa Daugherty put it in her Second & Flume column. Arts Editor Jason Cassidy's piece on the Sierra Oro Farm Trail's Passport Weekend leads off, followed by two stories by Staff Writer Ken Smith, one by Daugherty--on first-generation beef ranchers Shannon and Kelly Douglass--and one by yours truly. Interesting "Farm Facts" are sprinkled throughout the issue as well, as a part of carrying on the farming theme throughout the paper.

Fittingly then, News Editor Tom Gascoyne's article, "Harvesting hope"--on the Jesus Center's fledgling veggie garden in south Chico--leads off the Newslines section. Healthlines follows suit with Assistant News Editor Howard Hardee's interesting story on a local family of four that follows the Paleo diet, "Raising cave girls." In Greenways, contributor Claire Hutkins Seda wrote "Homegrown mushrooms," an informative story on growing your own edible mushrooms (and learning how at an upcoming workshop!). My column, The GreenHouse, gets into the farming arena from a slightly different angle (Hint: It's titled "Glyphosate 101.").

In A&C, contributor Henri Bourride offers a glowing review of Leon Bistro, cleverly titled "A Leon in summer," and our 15 Minutes piece, by contributor Vic Cantu, is an interview with a local honey producer.

Don't miss contributor Emiliano Garcia-Sarnoff's snarky film review of Battle of the Year--"Bad, as in bad"--if you want a few good laughs, and make sure you head back to the Newslines section for the latest on the financial woes of the Chico Creek Nature Center (Smith's "Up the creek") as well as the latest adventures of the Chico Finance Committee (Daugherty's "Meter matters").

And if you want an update on the local duo that is on the new season of The Amazing Race, read contributor Mark Lore's "Ready, set ..."

With Artoberfest looming, do also check out Arts DEVO's column, which offers some good tidbits on the behind-the-scenes goings-on of this yearly Chico event.

The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings. ?Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Enjoy the Saturday-morning farmers' market!

Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia, associate editor