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Hidden in plain sight — the art and science behind hedgerows

Posted: Friday, Apr 5th, 2013

Hedgerows planted along the High Ground Organic Farm at West Beach Street and Highway 1 provide a number of benefits including, erosion control, attracting desirable insects, and buffering wind. (Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE— The leaves of a coffee berry tree shimmer in the breeze as a rush of traffic heads east on East Lake Avenue, just past St. Francis High School.

To the people sitting in the pickup trucks and family-size sedans, listening to talk radio or going over last night’s homework assignments with kids in the backseat, the early-morning commute that day is not unlike any other.

If you were to pull over each of those commuters, interview them and ask what they noticed on their drive out of town, they would most likely not say it was the dainty white flowers of the elderberry tree they just passed at 45 mph, or the dense green leaves of the coyote bush.

Yet that row of trees and bushes — besides providing a touch of natural beauty on what would otherwise be a stretch of road, the like of which is found throughout the vast growing regions of the state where agricultural fields abound — was planted for a reason.

For the complete article see the 04-06-2013 issue.

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