April 26, 2016

As most COWS are probably aware, Sudden Oak Death or SOD is a disease that has killed hundreds of thousands of native oak and tanoak trees in California. Phytophthora ramorum, the causal agent of SOD, is a microscopic organism that is spread during periods of relatively warm, rainy weather primarily in late spring in northern California. It is a threat to the survival of tan oak and several other oak species in California.

Symptomatic bay leaves are often the first sign that SOD has arrived at a location, and generally precedes oak infections. According to the U.C. Berkeley Forest Pathology …

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April 19, 2016

The Annual Earth Fair will be held in Portola Valley rather than Woodside, this year. It is co-sponsored by Woodside’s Sustainability and Conservation Committee. This year’s Fair will be held at Portola Valley Town Center on April 23rd from 11:00 to 3:00. The theme revolves around the reduction of food waste.

Events include exhibits and something called “the Food Too Good to Waste Challenge!”

The UCCE Master Food Preservers of San Mateo/San Francisco Counties will provide an introduction to safe home preservation methods such as dehydrating, freezing, canning, pickling, and fermenting at 11:30 am in the Library. Learn about food …

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