Harvey Correia, a third-generation Delta resident, has one of the most diverse collections of the common fig in the world. Correia offers his perspective on this very particular industry. For more from Correia, check out “Gettin’ Figgy With It” in our June issue. Sign up for our newsletter and we’ll email you when it’s available online.
What’s the biggest change in your industry in the past year?
We are not a typical fig grower, instead focusing on continuing our trials of new fig varieties we discover. We are continuing to add more varieties with 30 added so far this year and another 50 or so still to be planted when they get a bit larger. We don’t have unlimited space and resources, so we have removed some varieties that we found to be too similar to others we are growing or that we found to be mediocre to our taste preferences. Change is an ongoing part of our farm.
What do you foresee as the biggest change on the horizon in the year to come?
Increasing labor costs and regulatory burden in California makes the farming of many crops unprofitable. More growers will need to differentiate their produce from that of others and devote more attention to marketing. We find growing many varieties more interesting to us personally and consumers appreciate this as well. Growing a specialty crop instead of a mainstream commodity is one approach some growers can use to remain economically viable. We will continue to increase our use of social media to reach out to others for both marketing and educational purposes.
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Jonathan Palmer, chief technology of Autometrix in Grass Valley, provides insight into how software development has shifted away from PCs and to mobile platforms. His company manufactures automated cutting equipment for textile markets and develops the computer software needed to control the equipment.
Kandace Mulvaney, a broker with boutique agency Miller Real Estate in Sacramento, offers her insight into a big trend happening in local real estate. For more from Mulvaney, check out “Homemakers” in our May issue. Sign up for our newsletter and we’ll email you when it’s available online.
Lynn Gangone, vice president of ACE Leadership at the American Council on Education, offers her insight into gender equity in academia. For more from Gangone, check out “The New Role Call” in our May issue. Sign up for our newsletter and we’ll email you when it’s available online.
OpenNotes Executive Director Catherine DesRoches gives her perspective on the movement to get patients more access to their medical information. For more from DesRoches, check out “The Open Patient” in our May issue. Sign up for our newsletter and we’ll email you when it’s available online.
Jason Fountaine, managing director of Gyro-Stabilized Systems in Nevada City, offers his insight into how new technologies are changing digital cinema. For more from Fountaine, read “Reality Check,” in our March issue. Sign up for our newsletter and we’ll email you when it’s available online.
Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh, a nationally-recognized fertility expert who runs a practice in San Ramon, gives her perspective on assisted reproductive technology. For more from Eyvazzadeh, check out “Birth Control” in our May issue. Sign up for our newsletter and we’ll email you when it’s available online.
Susan DeMarois, the state policy director at the California State Policy Office of the Alzheimer’s Association, offers her perspective on the costs associated with Alzheimer’s and other related dementias. For more from DeMarois, check out “Fortress of Solvency” in our April issue.
Jack Crawford, general partner at Impact Venture Capital, offers his perspective into entrepreneurship and innovation in the Capital Region. For more from Crawford, check out “It’s Show Time!” in our April issue.
Linda Clark, with Sacramento’s Universal Wellness Associates, provides her insight into how health incomes can be improved through nutrition. For more from Clark, check out “You Think What You Eat” in our April issue. Sign up for our newsletter and we’ll email you when it’s available online.
Andrew Hargadon, faculty director of the Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UC Davis, gives his insight into how what it means to be an entrepreneur has changed. For more from Hargadon, check out “It’s Show Time!” in our April issue.