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Petaluma’s Neve Family Prospers as Premier Producer of High-End Roses & Other Floral Delights

Neve family, now in the fourth generation, is Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s Farm Family of the Year For more than a half century, the Neve family of Petaluma has strategically adapted to not only survive in the highly competitive flower business but to thrive and prosper, becoming the West Coast’s premier producer of show-stopping roses and other floral delights. Lou Neve, 68, who runs Neve Bros. with his wife Raelene, and his sons, Nick, 37, and Chris, 34, fourth generation flower growers, said it takes Continue reading →

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Sonoma County Farm Once Fed Region’s Poorest Residents

The “Chanate property” is in the news again as the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors plan to put this prime piece of Santa Rosa real estate on the market – again. What’s not in the news is that this property was once occupied by a farm that fed some of the county’s poorest residents and grew grapes used in wine and brandy produced by Isaac DeTurk during the late 19th century. The 71-acre parcel located on Chanate Road is packed with history. Not only is Continue reading →

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Award Winning Leaders

This has certainly been a stressful year for all of us. While these are new times and we do not have a “normal” quite yet (I refuse to believe this is a new normal), we must change with the current times. It is unfortunate that we had to cancel our Love of the Land event this year. I truly enjoy seeing everyone, visiting, catching up on how their year is going and what they see for the remainder of the year. It is such a Continue reading →

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Can We Save Our Local Fairs?

As the days grow longer and warmer, if you’re like me, you are pining away from not being able to make your traditional visit to our local fairs and festivals this summer. As a fair junkie, I usually attend at least fifteen fairs a year. There have been a few mornings when, just after waking, I ponder what fair I will be experiencing soon, only to get railroaded by reality. Oh yeah, we’re on lockdown and have to social distance – there are no fairs Continue reading →

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July Farm News Member Profile Solectrac, Inc.

Solectrac, Inc., located in Northern California, has developed 100% battery powered, all electric tractors for agriculture and recreational applications. Their tractors allow farmers around the world to power their tractors by using the sun, wind, and other clean renewable sources of energy. Founder and CEO Stephen Heckeroth said that Solectrac is on its way to becoming the standard of electric agricultural and utility equipment around the globe. Heckeroth has dedicated his life to finding alternatives to burning fossil fuels. He received a degree in Architecture and for Continue reading →

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2020 Jamison Merit Award Winners

The Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Jamison Merit Award Grants to assist local FFA members to purchase market lambs, pigs, goats and steers for the Sonoma County Fair. Thirty FFA members received merit awards this year ranging from $200 for pig and goat exhibitors to $250 for lamb exhibitors and $1,000 for steer merit awards. The amount of the award is targeted to 50% of the cost to purchase a high quality market animal. The Continue reading →

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Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Article: Hardened Targets

With the country in seemingly ever-increasing turmoil, whether due to global pandemics or civil unrest, having a sense of security and peace of mind surrounding your home and property has likewise ever-increasing importance. Many of you have invested countless hours to decades of your lives towards managing a business, building a home, or raising a family here in Sonoma County. You deserve to experience a level of security where you are not impacted by the criminal element of society.  Unfortunately, the criminal element of society Continue reading →

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Rhonda Smith Wraps Up Long and Fruitful Career as Sonoma County Viticulture Advisor

Smith described as icon and heroine for work in advancing wine grape production Rhonda Smith has been heralded as the “heroine of the vineyards” for her groundbreaking work in helping combat the parade of pathogens and other problems that have plagued grapevines – and alarmed growers – during her more than 30 years as Sonoma County’s viticulture advisor. A scientist first and foremost, Rhonda steadily emerged as Sonoma County’s resident expert on all things wine grape during her nearly 34 years as the viticulture advisor Continue reading →

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