Photo provided by UCCE.

Agriculture

UC Cooperative Extension to host virtual meeting on grazing and prescribed burning for fire safety

One-hour workshop will also provide updates on two grants.

USDA Farm Service Agency. Photo provided.

Agriculture

Farm Service Agency County Committee nominations now open

Elections will occur in certain local administrative areas for these members who make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally.

Volunteers with the San Juan Bautista Rotary Club at the June 13 farmworker relief drive. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Agriculture

Groups hold second farmworker relief drive in San Juan Bautista

860 receive food and other donated items.

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Health

June 10 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

109 people have tested positive since February, 11 are active patients, 96 have recovered; San Benito County Fair canceled; DMV offices set to open across the state on June 11.

Opening day of the farmers market in downtown Hollister on May 1, 2019. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Government / Politics

Hollister City Council approves Saturday farmers market

Market will be limited to 15 vendors, with 50 people able to attend at one time.

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Phil Esparza and Congressman Jimmy Panetta sort supplies collected during the farmworker relief drive on May 23. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

Agriculture

Weekend relief drive gathers goods for farmworkers

Donations pile high at San Juan and Hollister fire stations.

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Fresh Baked goods from Heavenly Bakery in Hollister. Photo provided by B&R Farms.

Agriculture

B & R Farms launches Better Together Market

Local vendors take part in three-day event during Memorial Day weekend. B&R has gathered up a collection of unique, locally produced San Benito foods and gifts

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

May 20 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Sixty-four people have tested positive since February, seven active, 55 have recovered; Covered CA offering special enrollment period; Office of Emergency Services to distribute free masks to businesses; upcoming May 22 county webinar on entertainment and sports.

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Health

May 19 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Sixty-three confirmed cases since February, seven of which are active, 54 recovered; agricultural businesses now eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans; HPD will continue with required registration of sex offenders with no changes despite executive order allowing agencies to register remotely.

Charlene McKowen at the Anzar High School Garden. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Education / Schools

Anzar High School garden helps feed teachers

Former principal Charlene McKowen assembles boxes of produce grown on campus.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

May 15 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Sixty confirmed cases since February, five active, 53 recovered; 2020 Census deadline extended to Oct. 31; Community partners to hold May 22 food drive in San Juan Bautista.

Photo courtesy of Water Resources Association San Benito County.

Environment / Nature

Keeping an eye on the water supply

Shawn Novack with the Water Resources Association writes that the biggest water user in the residential sector for this time of year is landscape irrigation.

Marcella Pardita and volunteer Billy Aviles. Photo provided by Dana Aviles.

Agriculture

Surplus food reaches families in need

Change a Heart Foundation collaborates with volunteers and regional food providers.

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Health

May 5 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Fifty-three confirmed cases since February, three active, 48 recovered; federally funded COVID-19 testing begins at Vets Building; upcoming May 6 virtual focus group on agriculture, ranching and supporting services.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

May 4 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Fifty-two confirmed cases since February, two active, 48 recovered and two deaths; Supervisors Botelho and Hernandez will host virtual, industry-specific focus groups through Zoom; Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program available to those not usually eligible for regular benefits.