Downtown Woodland hummed with activity — and bees — last Saturday
during the first California Honey Festival since 2019. Vendors
selling honey, beeswax candles, bee-shaped trinkets and other
apian goods lined Main Street and its offshoots, while
neighborhood restaurants joined in with sweet specials. Experts
from the UC Davis Arboretum, the Honey and Pollination Center and
the California Master Beekeeper Program hosted talks and
demonstrations on apiculture and pollination science.
Launched in 2017, the California Honey Festival is a nonprofit
organization dedicated to promoting the business of bees, both
for honey production and for their indispensable role as lead
pollinators in the Central Valley’s agricultural fields. Each
about 30 billion bees are shipped from hives around the
country to the Central Valley, where they pollinate almonds,
citrus, strawberries, squash and countless other crops. With
issues like colony collapse, parasites and global warming
continuing to threaten the visiting bees’ survival — and
therefore the global food supply — it’s more important than ever
to celebrate their importance to the Capital Region’s economy and
UC Davis is a key asset in the Capital Region’s economic
development. With the City of Davis’ slow-growth mindset
thwarting developments designed to capture tech transfer,
surrounding cities look to cash in.
Comstock’s recently spoke with King (who is also a
member of our editorial advisory board) about challenges faced by
community college students and how Los Rios can help train the
workforce of the future.
Report cards don’t always deliver the results one hopes for, but
they can be great motivators. A group of Sacramento-area
business, governmental and civic organizations was recently
reminded of this after receiving the outcome of a Brookings
Institution economic performance assessment they commissioned.
A wide range of projects and initiatives on and off the Davis
campus are set to be funded by the campaign, called Expect
Greater: From UC Davis. For the World.
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