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Betty Albert Chronicles

California-born Betty Albert is a freelance writer, journalist, blogger and author (“Lost in Italy and Loving it”, Amazon/Kindle). She was practically born in a restaurant, so holds dear the art and science of good eating, healthy living and those who make it so. Betty has a 20-year corporate history with AT&T, another 20 with professional photography, and a love affair with organic gardening fed by her certified naturopathic practice.

Betty has devoted her senior years to updating and sharing researched articles, interviews with interesting people and travel stories. Ever wonder where that giant eggplant came from? Or what a day in the life of a gondolier looks like? Or the 10 best travel tips in
XYZ city might be? Or a New Look at Knee Problems! You can find gastronomic, natural health or travel reads as easy picks in the Chronicles blog

Her website is www.greenchefpress.com and www.greenchefpress.wordpress.com and she can be reached at bettyalbert@earthlink.net.

Seven Grandfathers Farm

  Thirty years ago, Craig Thomas had toiled over a specific French drain for his raspberries, hoping to eliminate any standing water, and improve drainage. It wasn’t about the bees pollinating or the rabbits eating the canes in winter. Soil structure and organic nutrients were not the problem […]

GOING NUTS!

Approximately 4,000 California walnut growers produce over 600,000 short tons of walnuts annually.  Right here in El Dorado County, 205 walnut trees on 10 acres at Perry Creek Walnut Farm are budding out that delicious fruit at a steady pace.  A rainy season promises a bumper crop of […]

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 […]