Weeding and harvesting the berries that are beginning to ripen in our garden is a delicious, nutritious, and tedious chore. I willingly suffer through the task because the payoff is sublime. According to the California Strawberry Commission, the state leads our nation and the world in strawberry production. In 2013, more than 2.3 billion pounds of strawberries were harvested, and the estimated value of the California strawberry crop is approximately $2.6 billion.
Did you know that eight strawberries has more vitamin C than an orange, and these tasty little super-fruits are packed with beneficial antioxidants and nutrients including potassium, folate and fiber? Of all the strawberry varieties available, freshly picked from the garden are the kind I like the best.
UC Davis’ legacy of environmental sustainability is an inspiration to me. In celebration of Earth Day, the University, in collaboration with Sacramento-based CleanWorld, designed and built a 50-ton-per-day anaerobic digester at the University’s old landfill. Bacterial microbes in oxygen-deprived tanks feast on campus and community food and yard waste to help generate renewable electricity. The project is a keen demonstration of what can be achieved when research universities and private industry partner to solve today’s pressing global challenges.
Our 82 gallon black compost bin sits where the fence corners meet. You can see it just above the curve of Stella’s tail.
El Dorado County has more than 2,000 acres of grape vines growing at the highest elevations across California. I managed to capture a few rows of one vineyard’s crop growing in yesterday’s late afternoon sunlight. With more than seventy wineries in operation throughout the county, there is no shortage of visual inspiration for my art.
American River water is generally characterized as high quality surface water that is low in alkalinity, mineral content, and organic contamination. It is also a source of artistic inspiration for many Sacramento area artists. This moment was captured on my mobile device during a post-rain storm walk along the river, and continues to be reinterpreted as part of my Conservation Art series works on paper.
CESA’s mission supports state and local leadership to promote the use of existing and emerging clean energy technologies. The Alliance’s analysis and studies are designed to accelerate clean energy deployment. They are a nationwide network of leaders at the state and local level working together to catalyze a low-carbon energy economy, and I feel privileged for having the opportunity to be in the presence of such good intended thought leaders. State policies and programs will determine the progress of renewable energy implementation and standards in America. Did you know that since 1998, $3.4 billion of state clean energy funds support has driven the construction of over 130,000 renewable energy projects representing a total investment of nearly $16 billion?
I’m interested to see these projects continue to succeed and expand in the coming years, and will continue to do my part in supporting the initiatives.
I enjoy my early morning walks along the American River Parkway, a 30 mile greenbelt that runs from the Nimbus Dam to the confluence of the Sacramento River. The Lower American River Watershed is a major source of inspiration for my Conservation Art series.
Tomorrow’s trip to Merced California will afford me the opportunity to explore a major tributary of the San Joaquin River, and produce a few more studies for my works on paper.
Disc golf is a very popular sport here in California, and I’m thankful for having been introduced to it. In addition to reaping the health and beauty benefits that come from engaging in physical out-of-doors activity, I am creatively inspired at every turn.
This field of glorious native California wildflowers can be found on the back nine of the Rocklin California course.