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Finding Fall on the Farm

Finding Fall on the Farm

Spectacular displays of fall foliage that are so common throughout much of North America, are relatively rare in central coastal California. Unlike the deciduous forests in the northeastern United States that provide an abundance of fall foliage, here on the west...
Long-Horn Bees

Long-Horn Bees

This may be remembered as the year of the bee at Curbstone Valley.  It started when we installed a few hives of honey bees on the farm this spring, but we also greatly understand the importance of the native bees that frequent our crops and flowers. Research has...
French Oak, and Fall Flowers

French Oak, and Fall Flowers

California produces approximately 90% of all wine produced in the United States[1].  Many wines are aged in oak barrels, as the oak imparts desirable buttery, or vanilla, flavors to the wine.  New barrels impart more flavor to wines than old barrels, and depending on...