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Sonoma-Marin Farm News - 2012

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December - 2012

September 2011 Farm News

Oak Hill Farm Crafts Wreaths That Are Uniquely Sonoma County

The old Red Barn at Oak Hill Farm in Glen Ellen is beginning to look a lot like Christmas as busy workers twist and tie elegant wreaths for the holidays. It’s a familiar scene at other Sonoma County barn stores that offer goodies gleaned from nature or grown on the farm. Oak Hill Farm’s all-natural wreaths are made from materials gathered and grown at the 700-acre ranch nestled at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains.

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Chris Barrett, Wine Country’s Rising Star

Chris Barrett is a 35-year-old Wine Country wunderkind and rising star. The unassuming, self-taught winemaker at Pezzi King Vineyards in Healdsburg crafted two of the three sweepstakes winning wines at this year’s Sonoma County Harvest Fair.

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Pasta King Art Ibleto Honored

Honors and accolades continue to be heaped on Art Ibleto, the famed Pasta King who has made community service a way of life in his adopted Sonoma County. Ibleto, who is 86, is an iconic Sonoma County businessman and farmer who has spread goodwill while dishing up his signature pasta and polenta dishes at the Sonoma County Fair, community events and the charitable dinners he hosts.

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“Beginning Farmers” Complete Nine Month Agricultural Development Program

Certificates were awarded on Nov. 16 to 17 people who completed the Sonoma County Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program held at SRJC. The program instructed these beginning farmers and ranchers on how to build, operate and manage successful enterprises in the increasingly difficult environment of Sonoma County agriculture.

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'Cooking with Laurie' The Golden Spurtle Competition

Some of you may or may not know what a spurtle is…I just found out last August, when I won Bob’s Red Mill ‘Spar for the Spurtle’ national recipe contest.  A spurtle is a wooden stick that is traditionally used to stir porridge in Scotland.  And speaking of Scotland…my prize for winning the ‘Spar for the Spurtle’ contest was an all-expenses paid trip to Scotland to compete in the 19th Annual World Porridge Making Championships and $2,500.

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Ag Ambassadors Host “Thank a Farmer” Lunch for 600

Thanksgiving came a couple of days early on the Santa Rosa Junior College campus when members of the college’s Ag Ambassadors hosted a free lunch for 600 students and faculty as a way to celebrate Sonoma County farmers and ranchers.

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Farm Bureau Wine Discounts: Welcomes the Kendall-Jackson Family Estate

Sonoma County Farm Bureau welcomes the Kendall-Jackson Family Estate Wineries as partners of the Members Only Wine Discount program. Take a look at Sonoma County Farm Bureau's Member Only Wine Discount Program for 2012. With over 50 premium local Sonoma County wineries to choose from.

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November - 2012

September 2011 Farm News

Sonoma Compost: Dishing Dirt to Farms and Gardens

Soil scientist Will Bakx is like a five star chef as he oversees the massive piles of vegetative stew scientifically turned into black gold at Sonoma Compost where green waste from urban yards is transformed into valuable soil products for farms and gardens. Bakx is co-owner, resident scientist and chief compost maker at Sonoma Compost where yard clippings, tree branches and vegetative debris from homes and business throughout the county are transformed into the rich soil additives that are feeding the growing number of organic and sustainably farmed vineyards, orchards and vegetable farms that are part of Sonoma County’s annual $3 billion farming industry. It’s a winning combination and, perhaps, the ultimate in recycling and reuse.

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Art Lafranchi Remembered as Sonoma County’s Eloquent Agricultural Ambassador

Art Lafranchi, a pillar of both the agricultural industry and the Sonoma County legal community, is being remembered as a man of many passions whose remarkable life encompassed family, farm, community and the law. Lafranchi, who was 76, died Oct. 14 in a Santa Rosa hospital of heart and kidney failure.

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Cooking with Laurie’ visits Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company

In August of 2011, I was approached by the Petaluma Educational Foundation (P.E.F.), asking if I would donate a guest spot on my T.V. show for their annual fund raiser. I was ecstatic to hear that the top bidder was the Giacomini Family of Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company.

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Louis M. Foppiano and Foppiano Vineyards Receive “Lifetime Contribution to the Sonoma County Wine Industry” Award at Harvest Fair

Louis M. Foppiano, the general manager of Foppiano Vineyards & Winery, which has been in the Foppiano family since 1896, is the first recipient of the “Lifetime Contribution to Sonoma County Wine Industry.” The award, presented at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair Awards Night, honors a person or family who has made outstanding contributions to the county’s wine industry.

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Maintaining Livestock Grazing Amid New Water Quality Regulations

The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) has adopted new regulations for grazing lands greater than 100 acres within the Napa River and Sonoma Creek watersheds. The conditional waiver for grazing operations (grazing waiver) is part of a larger program to reduce the amount of sediments, pathogens and nutrients in Sonoma Creek and Napa River that impair water quality and limit beneficial uses.

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Bayer CropScience Mobile Lab Coming to Sonoma County

Come learn that there is a WAY to achieve better yields and healthier plants through smarter, better science.  Explore the latest in bio-solutions by visiting Bayer CropScience’s mobile laboratory. Friday, November 16, 2012 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Windsor Golf Course · Charlie’s Grill 1320 19th Hole Drive · Windsor, CA 95492. By attending you can also register for your chance to win a 55” Samsung® LED HDTV!

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Pesticide Applicator Workshop: Dogs, Rodents and Regulations

Sonoma County Farm Bureau is holding an Applicator Workshop from 8 a.m. until 12 noon, December 11th.The Workshop, will cover information including the utilization of dogs for avian pest control in vineyards and environmentally friendly systems to control gophers and other rodents. It will also cover pesticide safety regulations and required hazardous materials procedures. 

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October - 2012

September 2011 Farm NewsJim Groverman, the Father of Petaluma’s Popular Roadside Attraction

As the proprietor of Sonoma County’s most popular roadside attraction, Jim Groverman, the farmer behind the Highway 101 corn maze, is the poster guy for “Agritourism” in the North Bay. In fact, Groverman was doing what he calls “Agro-Tainment” long before the word “agritourism” became part of the farming lexicon and a topic at trendy workshops exploring ways to survive in the farming game. Basically, agritourism refers to any income-generating activity conducted on a farm or ranch for the enjoyment and education of visitors. 

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Rich Thomas Toasted & Roasted as Recipient of the “Leadership in Agriculture” Award

There were 600 people attending the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce’s 40th annual Agribusiness Barbecue where Rich Thomas, the longtime viticulture instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College who became a dynamic force in the Sonoma County wine industry, was honored with the Chamber’s “Leadership in Agriculture” award.

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Cooking with Laurie Figone - Fettuccine Al’a Figone

Laurie Figone, who grew up as Laurie Leveroni on her family’s multi-generational dairy ranch nestled in the Marin county hills of rural Novato, this month joins the Sonoma-Marin Farm News as a food columnist. Each month Laurie will offer her award winning recipes and also write about the farmers and artisan food producers she encounters in her travels about the North Bay. Because of her deep roots in the region, Laurie knows many of the farmers and ranchers in Sonoma and Marin counties and will share her stories with readers of the Sonoma-Marin Farm News.

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4-H Foundation BBQ Raises $128,000 in Gross Revenues for 4-H Youth

There were 700 people at the 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County’s BBQ and “Fun”draiser held on Sept. 15 at Richard’s Grove and Saralee’s Vineyard in Windsor where more than $128,000 in gross revenues was raised to help support 4-H young activities and the 4-H Center in Rohnert Park.

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Valley Ford Cheese Co. Wins Best of Show in Sonoma County Harvest Fair Cheese Competition

Valley Ford Cheese Co., owned and operated by Karen Bianchi Moreda and her son Joe Moreda, took best of show honors for its Fontina in the cheese competition at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. The top cheese was made from Jersey cow's milk from the Bianchi family’s 640 acre dairy in Valley Ford where 400 cows are milked daily.
Karen Moreda, a director of Sonoma County Farm Bureau, founded the Valley Ford Cheese Co. four years to showcase the rich milk from her family’s herd of Jersey cows.

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The “Business” of Farming – Transforming the Vision into a Financially Viable Operation

Our Sonoma County ag entrepreneurs are approaching the end of their journey as participants in this first group of the UCCE’s Beginning Farmers & Ranchers training program. Over the past six months, they’ve been exposed to many facets of agriculture, from dairying to hydroponic tomatoes, small scale grains to goat cheese; and have had to face the underbelly of the “running your own business” beast – business planning.

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September - 2012

September 2011 Farm NewsArturo Ibleto, a Bella Life in Sonoma County

Arturo Ibleto, who drifted into Petaluma 63 years ago as a penniless immigrant from war-torn Italy, today is one of Sonoma County’s most-beloved and revered citizens, a bigger-than-life character whose outsized personality is matched only by the prodigious portions of pasta he serves.

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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 Suzanne Amaral of Sonoma and Michelle McClure of Inverness in Marin County were named the outstanding Sonoma County Fair exhibitors for 2012.

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Small-Scale Grain Renaissance in North Coast Region

In 2009, the town of Willits in Mendocino County was one of the first communities to assess its self-sufficiency in terms of food security, and to act on it through the Willits Econo mic Localization program. With funding, an ambitious Americorps VISTA member, and support from the community, 10,000 lbs. of grain were sold the first year to local individuals and restaurants, and four silos built to store grain.

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Sonoma County Harvest Fair Entry Guidebooks Available Online

The annual Sonoma County Harvest Fair, home of the world championship grape stomp, is just around the corner and you are invited to participate in this year’s exhibits. You can enter an apple from the tree in your backyard, an elegant table setting, woodcraft, dahlia, or your best zucchini. Much like the Sonoma County Fair, the Harvest Fair hosts several competitive exhibits. This means that, by putting your hobby or skill to work, you could earn a blue ribbon, cash prizes or at the very least free entrance to this year’s event.

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CPR / First Aid / AED Training

A series of training courses focusing on CPR, First Aid and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) will be offered in September.The sessions will provide training to respond to accidents and sudden illnesses in emergency medical situations. The Spanish class will be held Tuesday, September 25 and the English class will be on Wednesday, September 26.  Both classes are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be located at Farm Bureau: 3589 Westwind Blvd., Santa Rosa.

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Sept. 29 is Deadline for California Farm Bureau’s Photo Contest

The deadline is fast approaching for the 31st annual California Farm Bureau Photo Contest. Entries close Sept. 29. The contest gives amateur photographers who are Farm Bureau members an opportunity to capture photos that best highlight California agriculture. New for 2012, contributing members of the California Bountiful Foundation are also eligible to enter. The Grand Prize winner will earn a cash prize of $500, while prizes will also be awarded to first- and second-place winners in each of five categories. First-place winners will receive $250 and second-place winners will receive $100.

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August - 2012

September 2011 Farm NewsSonoma County’s Agricultural Heritage Celebrated at Farm Bureau’s “Love of the Land.”

There were nearly 1,000 people celebrating the agricultural bounty of Sonoma County at Farm Bureau’s “Love of the Land” held at Richard’s Grove and Saralee’s Vineyard where the county’s beauty was on full display among ancient oaks and sweeping vineyard vistas.

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Wilson Artisan Wineries Awards $17,100 in Scholarships to Children of Sonoma County Vineyard Workers

Twenty students from Sonoma County were selected recipients of the Wilson Artisan Wineries Children of Vineyard Workers Scholarships, a unique program to assist the children of vineyard workers in their pursuit of higher education.

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MALT Saves Critical Pastureland for Moretti Family’s Organic Dairy

Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) helped save a Marin organic dairy near the town of Tomales when it permanently protected a 126-acre property. Second-generation dairy farmers Monique and Mike Moretti had leased this critical piece of farmland for 16 years and transitioned its pasture to organic along with the dairy last year.

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Rich Thomas, Sonoma County’s Dr. Vine, Honored with Santa Rosa Chamber’s Leadership in Agriculture Award

Rich Thomas, the longtime viticulture instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College who sports the personal license plate “Dr.Vine,” is the recipient of the 2012 “Leadership in Agriculture”Award given by the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce.

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July - 2012

September 2011 Farm News

Cattlewoman Bobbie Hall is Sonoma County Fair’s Rancher of the Year

Barbara “Bobbie” Hall, a Rohnert Park resident who runs more than 200 head of beef cows on leased ranches spanning over 3,000 acres in west Marin County, is being honored by the Sonoma County Fair as the North Bay Rancher of the Year. The award is tribute to Hall’s dedication to cattle ranching and her decades of work in herd improvement through genetic selection and good management.

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Art Lafranchi Inducted into Sonoma County Farm Bureau Hall of Fame

Attorney, dairy farmer, grape grower and community leader, Lafranchi is as comfortable in his law office working with a family on estate planning as he is balancing feed rations for the Holsteins at his Santa Rosa dairy. He is the patriarch of the Lafranchi family, a man of the land and vocal advocate for agriculture – a great man who friends describe as the “original class act.”

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Buttke Family Dairy Named Outstanding Dairy of the Year by Sonoma County Fair

The Buttke Family Dairy, a true family farm where several generations work together to produce milk and meat, is being honored  as the Sonoma County Fair’s Outstanding Dairy of the Year in the North Bay. The Buttkes will be presented with the Edward J. Maddalena Memorial Trophy on Farmer’s Day at the Fair, August 5 in Chris Beck Arena.

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2011 Sonoma County Agricultural Crop Report Released

The Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office presented the 2011 Sonoma County Agricultural Crop report and department summary to the Board of Supervisors on June 19. The total gross value of agricultural commodities produced in Sonoma County in 2011 was $581,031,700 which represents a 1.7% decrease from the 2010 value.

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Free Truffle Cultivation/Business Workshops

American Truffle Company presents a FREE Truffle Cultivation/Business Workshop. Truffle orchards are highly profitable and are an excellent and viable way to diversify land usage. Get an overview of the science and business of European black truffles from cultivation expert and American Truffle Company Managing Director Robert Chang.

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Master Farmers and Ranchers Helping Support the Next Generation

The first group of Sonoma County Agropreneurs will completed four of nine Beginning Farmer and Rancher Training classes. This USDA funded program, overseen by Sonoma County UCCE, will educate up to 75 new farmers and ranchers for Sonoma County (25% disadvantaged) over three years, increasing access to fresh locally produced food.

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June - 2012

September 2011 Farm NewsAl Cadd, the Man of the Russian River

For all of his 86 years, Al Cadd has lived on a bend of the Russian River that meanders through the Alexander Valley, the agriculturally-rich vale where his family has farmed since 1914. He considers himself a lucky man to live in a place that not only offers incredible natural beauty but fertile farmland that has sustained generations of families for more than 150 years.

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Farm Bureau Foundation Awards $52,000 in Scholarships to Top Agriculture Students in Sonoma and Marin Counties

The Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County has awarded 31 scholarships, with a total value of $52,000 to top agriculture students from Sonoma and Marin counties.
All 31of the scholarship recipients will continue their agricultural education at Santa Rosa Junior College or a four year university with several students attending out of state universities such as Cornell University in New York and Oklahoma State University.

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Land Conservation – At What Cost?

California’s most valuable land conservation program, the California Land Conservation Act of 1965 (CLCA) or Williamson Act (WA) may face new fees at the county level and new challenges in the months ahead.


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Dutton Family Honored with SRJC President’s Medallion

The Dutton Family, one of the Sonoma County’s premier farming families and longtime agricultural leaders and community benefactors, was honored with the Santa Rosa Junior College President’s Medallion for their contributions and leadership.

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Ag Crime Series Successful

The Sonoma County Farm Bureau and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Task Force presentation partnership has been successful.  The Ag Crime Prevention Seminar series began in August 2011 in Santa Rosa and travelled throughout the county into May 2012.

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The Delicate Balancing Act of Farming

Kevin McEnnis began farming ten acres of City of Santa Rosa land in 1999. He named it “Quetzal Farm” after Guatemala’s beautiful national bird, where he had planted his first garden.


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2012 Annual Grower Seminar, Tradeshow & Barbecue

Event Date: June 15, 2012

Location: Warren G. Dutton SRJC Shone Farm, 6225 Eastside Road, Forestville. 

Join 300 of your neighbors, friends, co-workers, and over 50 favorite vendors at one of the year's largest gatherings of Sonoma County grapegrowers. The event is at SRJC's Shone Farm. Registration check-in and the tradeshow open at 7:30am and the seminar begins promptly at 8:30am.

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May - 2012

September 2011 Farm NewsRex and Kerry Williams are Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s Farm Family of the Year

Rex and Kerry Williams, first generation farmers who are proving that you don’t have to marry or inherit a farm to be ranchers, are Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s Farm Family of the Year.

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Determination and Smarts Equal a Profitable Farm Operation

An orchardist and farmer, Torrey Olson comes from rural roots. Born and raised in Laughten, Oklahoma, his parents and relatives were either teachers or farmers. Eventually, he too became a math instructor for several years in Cleveland before moving to Sonoma County where he taught at Piner High School.

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Suzanne Amaral of Sonoma Crowned District 3 Dairy Princess

Suzanne Amaral, a young woman from the Sonoma Valley active in the 4-H and FFA programs, is the new District 3 Dairy Princess, becoming the goodwill ambassador for the North Bay dairy industry for the next year.


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Sheila Quince Gets Big Send-Off from Sonoma County Fair

It was a grand farewell for Sheila Quince, the longtime exhibits coordinator at the Sonoma County Fair, when more than 300 friends, family members, co-workers and supporters gathered for her retirement dinner and celebration on March 31.

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Fond Farewell to Larry Bertolini, Sonoma County Agriculture’s Elder Statesman

Larry Bertolini, the elder statesmen of Sonoma County agriculture who was a pivotal figure in farming and education for more than 50 years, is being remembered by generations of county residents for his voice and vision during a lifetime devoted to building community and urban-rural relationships.

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John Sawyer Endorsed by Sonoma County Farm Bureau for First District Supervisor

John Sawyer, a fourth generation Sonoma County resident with deep roots in the county’s farming industry, has won Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s endorsement for Sonoma County Supervisor. Sawyer, who served as mayor of Santa Rosa and is the former owner of Sawyer’s News in Santa Rosa, is seeking the First District Seat on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors.

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Sonoma County Farm Bureau Endorses Stacey Lawson for Congress

Sonoma County Farm Bureau is supporting Stacey Lawson, an educator and small business owner, in her bid for Congress because she is the only candidate in the race with real-world, hands-on experience in job creation and small business growth.

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April - 2012

September 2011 Farm NewsAg Days Brings the Farm to Town for 5,000 Kids

After a long, dry winter, no one was complaining when a powerful storm dumped up to five inches of much-needed rainfall over Sonoma and Marin counties, leaving the participants in Farm Bureau’s Ag Days a bit drenched, if undaunted.

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Being A Farmer

Being a farmer, I have had the opportunity to learn about life from a perspective that involves continuous birth, living, and death.  It is a cycle all too easy to miss (or misunderstand) and I feel so fortunate to have had the chance to live my life this way.

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Moreda Laguna Dairy Rises to Top in North Bay Milk Production

The Moreda Laguna Dairy, owned by the Donald J. Moreda family of Petaluma, had the first place herd in the annual North Bay Dairy Herd Improvement Association’s milk production testing program. The award was announced at the DHIA’s awards banquet on March 29 in Petaluma.


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Millie Howie’s Life and Times Will Be Celebrated May 12 at Healdsburg Library

A reception will be held May 12 to celebrate the remarkable life of the late Millie Howie, a wine writer and community activist who elevated Sonoma County’s place on the world wine stage and was the driving force behind the Sonoma County Wine Library in Healdsburg.

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Ag Crime Prevention Class

Sonoma County has a serious agriculture crime problem. Take this opportunity to become informed about ways to prevent crime through education, marking of property (OAN Program) and surveillance equipment. The seminar is being held on Wednesday, April 25th at Stewarts Point Store.

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Black Ruby, the Racing Mule, and Seven Horse Folks Inducted into the Equus Hall of Fame

Black Ruby, a 19-year-old mare owned by Mary and Sonny McPherson of Healdsburg, did not attend the Equus Awards banquet at the Flamingo but she was the star of the evening. She was honored for her lifetime achievement and winning role in advancing mule racing locally, nationally, and internationally.

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March - 2012

September 2011 Farm News

Twin Chef Advocates

At 10-years-old, Audrey and Lilly Andrews, identical twins from Sonoma County, are passionate foodies, dutifully spreading the word about healthy eating and culinary joys of fresh farm products.

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Crab & Wine Fest a Big Splash

Fresh crab, fine wines and a big splash of Wine Country camaraderie combined to make Farm Bureau’s Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest a grand night raising money for scholarships.

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Artisan Cheese Festival

The United States premier artisan cheese event, the 6th Annual California's Artisan Cheese Festival, has announced this years roster of talent leading seminars and workshops slated for Saturday, March 24, 2012.


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Farm Bureau Scholarships

Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County will award more than $30,000 in scholarships this year to deserving students studying agriculture or an agricultural-related field at a four year college, junior college or vocational school. ALL scholarship applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2012.

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Ag Crime Prevention Class

Sonoma County has a serious agriculture crime problem. Take this opportunity to become informed about ways to prevent crime through education, marking of property (OAN Program) and surveillance equipment. The seminar is being held on Wednesday, April 25th at Stewarts Point Store.

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ESA Seminar at Farm Bureau

A seminar offering strategies for farmers and ranchers forced to deal with the challenges and complexities of the federal Endangered Species Act will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. March 19 at Sonoma County Farm Bureau, 3589 Westwind Blvd. in Santa Rosa.

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February - 2012

September 2011 Farm NewsBob Cabral of Healdsburg’s Williams-Selyem Hailed as World’s Best Winemaker

When Bob Cabral, winemaker extraordinaire at Healdsburg’s Williams-Selyem Winery, learned he was the winemaker of the year – for the world - he confesses near shock while experiencing emotions that ranged from exhilaration to regret.

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Seller’s Market for Grapes Bolsters Spirits at Winegrape Commission’s Dollars & $ense

A dramatic turnaround in the wine market is sharply increasing prices for grapes, bolstering the spirits and optimism of growers beaten down over the last several years by sluggish demand, low prices and hellish weather during harvest.

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Fair Manager Tawny Tesconi and Sonoma County Fair Honored by Western Fairs Association

Tawny Tesconi, manager of the Sonoma County Fair and a respected leader in the West Coast fair industry, was inducted into the Western Fairs Association’s Hall of Fame for her ongoing contributions to the fair industry.


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Bisordi and Breeden Are Top Pruners at Winegrape Commission’s Youth Pruning Contest

There were more than 35 young people, ranging from 9 and under to 19 years of age, competing in the 8th annual Youth Pruning Contest where Robbie Bisordi of Green Valley 4-H and Logan Breeden, a student at Hanna High School in Sonoma, were selected the pruning champs in their respective age categories.

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January - 2012

September 2011 Farm News

Bosworth General Store Moseys Into Its Second Century as Family Owned Business

For 100 years Bosworth & Son General Merchandise in Geyserville has been the place where townsfolk stop for a sack of grain or a bit of gossip, sometimes both, and never leave disappointed. This year the Bosworth general store moves into its second century as an anchor on Geyserville’s main street and as the heart and soul of the tiny town in northern Sonoma County.

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Farm Bureau’s Great Sonoma Crab & Wine Fest is Feb. 4 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds

The 23rd Annual Great Sonoma Crab & Wine Fest, which has become the winter social event for the county’s farmers and ranchers and their friends and supporters, raises money for agriculture education. The goal of Farm Bureau’s extensive agricultural education program is to create an awareness of the county’s annual $3 billion agricultural industry so that farms and ranches remain part of the rural landscape for generations to come.

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The Healing Power of Horses, One Day at a Time Lessons in Life, Learned both on and off the Back of a Horse!

Today is unlike any other day in the life of this horse girl. It is morning time, and a chilly one at that.  Feeling my body’s pain I gingerly prepare myself for the bitter cold weather that has blanketed my field overnight painting it white against the early morning light. It is definitely a day to bundle up as I tentatively make my way out to feed my horses.

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Windsor Farm Boy Returns to his Rural Roots Following Successful Career in the Aerospace Industry

When he was a boy growing up on the family’s fruit ranch in Windsor, Chuck Elsbree couldn’t wait to brush off the dust and get out of town. There wasn’t much glamour and little or no profit producing prunes, pears and apples in the 1940s and 1950s in Sonoma County.

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Does it make cents to buy farmland in Sonoma County?

This tale is about two highly motivated and bright people brought together by a love of equines. Nathalie Guion came to this country on her own from France, with exceptional credentials as a horsewoman and trainer, to create a life for herself.

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