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May, 2012

In this issue:

Pescadero Grown! Farmer’s Markets debut in May

Water quality testing rules affect Pescadero farmers

Brenda Christensen and Tom Barry: Why we give to Puente

Pescadero market opens May 3 in Pescadero, May 8 in La Honda
 Since the hugely successful launch of Pescadero Grown! Farmer’s Markets in Pescadero and La Honda last year, South Coast shoppers have come to expect certain special qualities from their meat and produce. Fresh? Picked today. Local? The farms and ranches are within striking distance of Pescadero and La Honda, from Tunitas Creek Road to the San Mateo County line and over to Skyline Drive.

Affordable? Well. That’s where Puente comes in. 
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New water quality rules affect Pescadero farmers
Four South Coast farms – Ano Nuevo Flower Growers, Muzzi Ranch, Marchi’s Central Farm and Cascade Ranch – will have to monitor their fertilizer use and report nitrate levels in groundwater to state officials under an agriculture order adopted by the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board in March.
The new rules mark the first time a California water quality agency has required farmers to prevent nitrate contamination of groundwater and surrounding creeks and rivers, based on the fertilizer they use to grow crops. The Central Coast region, which stretches from the southern tip of San Mateo County down to Santa Barbara, has some of the most nitrate-polluted groundwater in the state. And two rivers, the Salinas and the Santa Maria, are severely toxic to fish and other wildlife because they are used as pesticide drains. Read more.

Why we give to Puente: Brenda Christensen and Tom Barry   
Two years ago, as a gesture for a friend’s 70thbirthday party, Brenda Christensen wanted to spend a day of service volunteering with a nonprofit on the coast. Longtime volunteer Logan Payne suggested Puente. What happened next was a surprise.
When Christensen showed up at Puente with an armload of Spanish-English children’s books, she thought she might have to persuade some of the schoolchildren to read them.  Read more.

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