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Lend a helping hand: Want to learn about what it takes to tend a working farm? City Farm SLO is offering up just this kind of opportunity. Now that the fall harvest is over, it's time to prepare for winter at 1221 Calle Joaquin in SLO. The farm is looking for ongoing volunteers to help sow winter cover crops and more (For more information, call 440-2547) ... Say bye bye summer squash and juicy tomatoes (sad face) and hello to root crops like carrots, beets, and onions as well as Cole crops like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and bok choy; and don't forget those crisp salad greens like lettuces, spinach, and chard. Yes, you can grow your own here in temperate SLO County, or you can take a peek at a long lineup of local farmers' markets, which continue to thrive all winter long. (For new market offerings—including beef jerky produced by Slice of Templeton—check out he blog over at Δ

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