IFBC Conference Highlights I

Sacramento, CA, “The Farm to Fork Food Capitol”, was home to over 250 attendees from all global corners who wanted more from their food blogs than hashtags.  We learned about everything from SEOs to video lighting, from getting more visitors to getting paid by blogging free lance, using ads, and so much more.  There were so many presenters!

Nugget luncheslunchtables

Nugget Market not only set out complementary lunch but also demonstrated what a healthy lunch looks like. I can’t compliment them enough on their quality and customer service.

BloggersTellAllnicky at podiumPresentors including Nicky Bobby from CropMobster told us how to blog better and illustrated how the impact our blogs has on the audiences we attract.LambDemo1Lamb slidersSuperior Farms sent Rodney Blackwell, Burgerjunkies and Jason Azevedo, Chef from Drewski’s Hotrod Kitchen Food Trucks to demonstrate lamb recipes and taste the quality of Superior Farms lamb.

I can’t compliment the Residence Marriott enough on the quality home away from home they offered attendees, including complementary breakfasts, gym and parking conveniences, and more.  Next year it was announced the International Food Blogger “experience” will be held in New Orleans, LO, August 24-26, 2018.  Hope to see you there!

 

 

Digging the Dirt with UCCE Master Gardeners

I recently had the pleasure of attending Secrets of the Soil, a workshop, http://mgeldorado.ucanr.edu/Secrets_of_Soil/         with the likes of:

Chuck Ingels, Farm and Horticulture Advisor with UC Cooperative Extension in Sacramento County since 1996 and overseer of the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center.
His topic:            Physical Characteristics of Soil, Plant Roots and the Rhizosphere

Amanda Hodson, Ph.D in Entomology and U.C. Davis Project Scientist.
Her topic:           Soil Food Web, Defining Healthy Soil

 Rei Scampavia, doctorial candidate at UC Davis, researches nest site selection in bee species. https://diadasia.wordpress.com/. Her topic:  Ecosystem Services and Ground Nesting Bees

Their presentations are available on the .edu link above, as well as these presentations:

What is IPM?                   http://www2.ipm.ucanr.edu/WhatIsIPM/
Beneficial Predatores   http://ipm.ucanr.edu/QT/beneficialpredatorscard.html

Agricultural and Natural Resources   http://ipm.ucanr.edu/index.html

Also check out the .edu link above for resourceful links such as:

 

Yes, I am very impressed, inspired and encouraged with my re-acquaintance with Master Gardeners of El Dorado County. The workshop was more than terrific – I even came home with a worm composting bin for red wigglers!  The link below gives you step by step directions.  redwigglerwormcomposter

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/make-quick-compost

I got lots of my questions answered, and not all of them agreed with what else I’ve heard. Which gives credence to the words of Chuck Ingels when he tries to answer questions from the gardening community. “It depends,” he says. It depends on too many variables given the complexity of the world beneath, above, and around the soil.   There are millions of species, thousands of studies, and way too many possibilities for any given situation. I guess that’s why they offer so many classes. Hats off to Master Gardeners!