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December 9, 2023

From horses to Merrill’s Thundering Herd: Rose Escobar shares love of rodeo and serving others

SALINAS VALLEY — Ever since a young child, Rose Escobar dreamed of becoming a Rodeo Queen — a best-in-class combination of horsemanship and athletic abilities paired with personal skills of public speaking and knowledge of the heritage of agriculture. That dream came true this year...

Taylor Farms donates more than 1,100 backpacks to students in Salinas Valley

SALINAS VALLEY — More than 1,100 backpacks filled with school supplies were delivered to students in King City and Salinas this year as part of Taylor Farms’ 13th annual Backpack Giving Program. After starting the program in Monterey County in 2010, Taylor Farms has since...

CRU Winery celebrates 20th anniversary at Soledad, Madera tasting rooms

SOLEDAD — CRU Winery will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with special tastings, wine dinners and a commemorative 20th anniversary bottling. Wine lovers can take part in CRU Winery’s 20th anniversary tastings at its Santa Lucia Highlands (Soledad) and Central Valley (Madera) tasting rooms Sept. 9-10....

2023 wine grape harvest begins in Monterey County

SALINAS VALLEY — The 2023 Monterey County wine grape harvest has begun with Scheid Family Wines’ Isabelle’s Vineyard located in the Salinas Valley along River Road, west of Chualar, on the Monterey Wine Trail, announced Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association last week. Cool weather delayed the...

Monterey County supervisors to honor original Bracero workers

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County Supervisors Luis Alejo and Chris Lopez will be conducting a special honoring of living Bracero workers who reside in Monterey County at the Sept. 12 Board of Supervisors meeting in Salinas as part of the first-ever “Bracero History Recognition...

Rancho Cielo’s Veggie Box fundraiser a big success

SALINAS VALLEY — Rancho Cielo’s annual Veggie Box and BBQ Fundraiser took place Aug. 8-11 on the Rancho Cielo Youth Campus in Salinas. The fundraiser was the biggest success to date, with more than 14,000 boxes sold, 300 volunteers packing boxes and over 2,000 barbecued...

CRU Winery to host late summer hiking series in Soledad

SOLEDAD — CRU Winery in Soledad is partnering with Valley Farm Management and the Blue Zones Project Monterey County to offer a late summer hiking series. Hosted monthly, participants will hike through the stunning and sustainably farmed Paraiso Vineyard before ending with a wine tasting...

Monterey County’s 2022 Crop Report reveals strength in lettuce industry, weakness in cannabis production

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County’s crop production increased in value last year by more than $500 million despite decreases in both wine grapes and cannabis, according to the county’s 2022 Crop and Livestock Report. Overall gross crop and livestock production was over $4.6 billion in...

Braga Fresh to debut new products at 2023 Organic Produce Summit

SOLEDAD — Braga Fresh is a sponsor of the 2023 Organic Produce Summit in Monterey, where the Soledad company will debut five SKUs under the Josie’s Organics brand in booth #607 at the summit exhibition Thursday. “This year our intention for the Organic Product Summit...

Hartnell College awarded $9.5M grant to support students in agricultural careers

SALINAS — Hartnell College has been awarded a $9.5 million grant from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s inaugural NEXTGEN program.  The official announcement was made during a presentation by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in Washington, D.C., on June 20. “This...

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Greenfield man gets 20 years in prison for forcible rape

GREENFIELD — A Monterey County judge sentenced Greenfield resident Adrian Rojas Sebastian on Nov. 28 to 20 years in prison for committing three counts...