2012 was another busy year for Sonoma-Marin Farm News. Below, read highlighted articles that were published in Farm News from September 2011 - December 2011. To view, click on the cover below to navigate to the articles. Note: Not all the articles that were in each publication made it online, so if you are looking for another article please contact Farm Bureau and ask. 707-544-5575.
Archived Farm News Articles by Year
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Make it a Country Christmas, Sonoma County Style
This Christmas avoid stuffy department stores with their monstrous piles of cheaply made goods from overseas and head to the country – Sonoma County Farm Country to do your holiday shopping. You will be giving the gift of genuine concern not only for those on your Christmas list but local agricultural businesses.
Longtime Farming Couple Enriches Sonoma County Agriculture
On a national level, the average age of farmers and ranchers is 57 and rising. We need to encourage our youth – the next generation, to take over the reins, plows, discs and all other farm implements to grow our food. I can’t think of a better couple to showcase when it comes to longevity, perseverance, and pluck than Terry and Carolyn Harrison, who have been a staple of Sonoma county agriculture since they began farming in 1974.
Art Weyers Remembered as a True Friend of Sonoma County Agriculture
The Sonoma County agriculture community is mourning – and fondly remembering – Art Weyers III, who was the owner of Art Weyers Insurance and a staunch supporter of the Sonoma County farmers and ranchers whom he considered friends as well as clients.
Sonoma County Farms Offer Fresh Trees, Family Fun and Holiday Tradition
It’s the time of year to pack up the kids to scout the hills and dales of Sonoma County for the perfect Christmas tree to string with lights and garland. There are more than a dozen choose-and-cut tree farms in Sonoma County, with most of the farms concentrated west of Petaluma and in the hills around Sebastopol.
Sonoma County Farm Bureau's Italy Trip Raffle
Supporting our youth and encouraging their interest in agricultural education is one of the most important missions of our organization and we need your help. Purchase your tickets for our 6th Annual Ag Education Raffle featuring an 11 day Italian Vacation for 2 where you will tour Rome, Florence and the Chianti countryside with a week in your own private Tuscan Villa!
Valley Ford Cheese Carves a Niche on the Bianchi Family Dairy
Sonoma County dairywoman Karen Bianchi-Moreda had a great story, she just needed the business to go with it. In fact, she said, it was her family’s story of survival, hard work and perseverance that compelled her to start a farm business that showcases her ancestors’ rich history of life on the land in the Sonoma-Marin Dairy Belt.
Willie Bird Turkeys Take Flight for the Holiday
On the Monday before Thanksgiving, 9,000 Willie Bird turkeys from Sonoma County will get on planes for flights around the country, arriving in homes from Seattle to Baltimore in time to be stuffed and roasted for the holiday meal on Nov. 24.
California Ag Leaders Call for Farmer Unity to Meet Challenges Ahead
California’s two top farm leaders said small farmers, large farmers, conventional farmers and organic farmers all have a place in the state’s $37 billion annual farming industry and that every farmer is needed to feed a growing world population that now exceeds 7 billion people.
Business Members Assist In Preserving and Protecting Sonoma County Ag
Sonoma County Farm Bureau's Business Members are a network of agriculture friendly businesses who support the Farm Bureau in preserving and protecting Sonoma County agriculture. Utilize this business directory when in need of new equipment and or services. Please note some of the businesses provide great Farm Bureau member only discounts!
California Ag Secretary is Keynote Speaker at State of Agriculture Address in Santa Rosa
The key issues facing California agriculture will be explored by the state’s two top farm leaders at Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s first ever State of Agriculture Address to be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Nov. 1 at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building.
Hit the Pumpkin Trail in Sonoma County
Fall has been described as the most habitable season of the year and that description certainly holds true in Sonoma County where the agricultural bounty offers a comforting cornucopia of sensual delights.
Young Leaders Learn that Milk and Eggs Are Still Petaluma’s Bread and Butter
Petaluma area students had an “Ah-ha” moment when they learned that the Petaluma area produces more eggs today than it did in the 1940’s when the tiny town held the title “Egg Capital of the World.” The lesson: there are still lots of chickens and eggs around Petaluma.
Brent Young, Rising Star in Wine Country
Brent Young’s dusty boots show his passion for the pursuit of perfect grapes at Jordan Winery and Vineyards in the Alexander Valley. The Jordan Winery viticulturist walks the estate’s 225 acres of vineyards twice a week, studying the overall health of the thousands of vines under his careful watch.
4-H Foundation’s BBQ Attracts 600 People and Raises $100,000 in Gross Revenues
There were more than 600 people at the 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County’s Barbecue held on Sept. 17 at Richard’s Grove and Saralee’s Vineyard in Windsor where more than $100,000 in gross revenues was raised.
Sonoma County Fair's 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee A Fair to Remember.
The Sonoma County Fair’s 75th anniversary Diamond Jubilee was certainly a fair to remember, a three week celebration that showcased agriculture, community and the fair’s enduring role as the glittering thread in the county’s social fabric.
Domenic Carinalli Honored for his “Lifetime Contribution to Sonoma County Agriculture.
Domenic Carinalli, 70, a lifelong dairy rancher and respected agricultural leader for a half century, is being honored by the Sonoma County Harvest Fair with the fair’s “Lifetime Contribution to Sonoma County Agriculture” Award.
Sonoma County Fair’s Top Exhibitors Honored at Farm Bureau Foundation’s Awards Dinner.
Sonoma County Fair’s cream-of-the-crop took the stage at the Sonoma County 4-H and FFA Awards Dinner where Amanda Moretti of Petaluma and Jordan Grove of Santa Rosa were named the outstanding Sonoma County Fair exhibitors for 2011.
Rich and Saralee Kunde Inducted into the Sonoma County Business Hall of Fame.
Rich and Saralee Kunde, regarded my many as the first couple of Sonoma County agriculture, are being inducted into the Sonoma County Business Hall of Fame for their many contributions to the economic, cultural and civic life of Sonoma County.