We Are In This Together: Hedgerow Farms Tour

Back in April of this year, I attended my first California Native Grassland Association’s Field day at Hedgerow Farms in Winters, California. The weather was unseasonably cold and wet and I realized when I got to the farm, that I was entirely unprepared for this weather (I don’t even own a proper rain coat!). But the weather did not stop myself or others from attending this event, as there were over 100+ people, who also seemed as unprepared for the weather as I was.   Soggy hay rides aside, we were all excited and anxious to see what was growing at Hedgerow Farms.

Some of the key things I took away from the day were the importance of preserving and restoring our native grasslands;

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Beautiful field of Melica californica

providing habitat for beneficial insects including bees and butterflies;

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Lasthenia glabrata

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Asclepias speciosa

and incorporating native grasses and forbs in our urban landscape.

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Whether it’s responding to the drought, restoring the monarch butterfly and bee population or fighting the loss of our native grasslands…we are in this together.

– Melissa Ruth, project manager



May 22, 2014 at 5:28 pm