Duane Chamberlain started out farming with a friend right after college on a piece of ground in rural Yolo County. He still farms that land more than 50 years later, as well as about 60 other sites where he raises alfalfa, grass and oat hay. Many of these fields have wooded edges, which support over-wintering birds that may help with pest control of the alfalfa weevil. A couple of fields hold easements specifically for the rare Swainson’s Hawks, which arrive in the summer.
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