Friday, February 22, 2019

Quick hits: Pope urges lawmakers to consult rural people; town starts 'Goat Fund Me'; how to catch the super bloom

"Pope Francis is urging global decision-makers in both the public and private sectors to help address poverty and hunger in rural areas by engaging the local population as 'responsible architects' of progress," The Associated Press reports. "Francis was addressing an annual session Thursday of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, a U.N. agency based in Rome dedicated to eradicating poverty and hunger in rural areas of the developing world."

A rural California town has launched a "Goat Fund Me" to raise money for a grazing goat herd. The goats, they hope, will eat flammable plants on city-owned land and reduce the town's wildfire risk, Kate Queram reports for Route Fifty.

Huge rains mean California is ripe for a wildflower super bloom. Here's how to catch it, Jill Cowan reports for The New York Times.

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