This is the view from my morning bike ride to work. I’ve been passing these bales of hay for two days now, wishing I had a camera. I finally remembered it today. You can see the University of California at Davis campus in the distance.
In case you didn’t know (and probably not many people do) UC Davis was originally set up as the farm school for UC Berkeley, way back in 1908, I believe (there will actually be a whole exhibit about UC Davis at the California State Fair this summer in honor of the centennial).
You can see the remnants of that history here, although you might call these remainders more than remnants– the UC Davis students are called “Aggies” (as in agriculture), and there is a very prominent emphasis on plant and food related majors as well as a world renowned Viticulture and Enology program (the study of wine and grapes), and vet medicine with emphases in large animals (as in horses).
I did not go to school here, but what an interesting school it is, which has a huge emphasis on the town of Davis. There’s such a large number of bike-riding, food-growing, environmentally conscious, smart people here. I love it!