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In the News

Hunt & Behrens Inc. Stands Tall in Petaluma Following a Century of Change

For 100 years, Hunt & Behrens Inc. has carefully crafted feed rations for the cows and chickens producing the butter and eggs that have played an enduring role in Petaluma’s history, culture and economy. Hunt & Behrens’ century-old logo, a basket of eggs, says it all. Through wars and the Great Depression, booms and busts, a pandemic, wildfires and earthquakes, Hunt & Behrens has kept its mills humming and trucks rolling to deliver the hay and grains that support the family ranches north and south, east Continue reading →

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An Ambitious Santa Rosa Brewery Plan Fizzes Out

The Sonoma Valley Brewing Corporation was organized in 1933 within just a few months of the passage of the 21st Amendment and repeal of Prohibition. Original officers and directors included: Michael J. Hanrahan, promoter and president; Dr. Maximilian A. Buchner, vice president; Edith A. Humphreys, secretary; Clarence Tauzer of the Santa Rosa law firm Geary, Geary and Tauzer; and Walter G. Chanslor of the Chanslor and Lyon Stores. Frank P. Doyle, President of Exchange Bank, was Treasurer. On August 18, 1934, Mr. Doyle hosted a barbecue Continue reading →

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One Million and Counting

One million of anything is a big deal, no matter what. The fact that it is the number used to represent the number of women employed in US agriculture is a bigger deal. Today, one-third of agricultural workers are women. As I look at the landscape of the agricultural community here in Sonoma County, I can’t help but burst with pride when I see so many women involved in a male-dominated industry. We are so fortunate to have so many incredible women who have become Continue reading →

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Count Your Blessings

Are you feeling it too? You know that soul-grabbing feeling of new opportunities and rebirth – a sense that we have turned a corner and good things are ahead of us. I normally would equate this giddy, new beginnings feeling with the spring season, not the fall; but the twists and turns, and start and stops of the catastrophic events that have gripped Sonoma County in the last four years has held our internal, seasonal clocks hostage. For me, October was a month of exhaling Continue reading →

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Scrapbooks Provide A Window into Mid-Century Sonoma County “Farm Labor Doings”

Richard Conger, an antique and pinball collector and former Analy High School auto shop teacher, purchased seven scrapbooks at a garage sale in 2015 and gave them to Steve Dutton. Steve, a fifth-generation Sonoma County wine and apple grower, was president of the Sonoma County Farm Bureau at the time. Steve donated the scrapbooks, which document post World War II Sonoma County farm labor, to the Farm Bureau this past March. Charles D. Grant (1896-1971), a Farm Placement Representative for the California Department of Employment, Continue reading →

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March Farm News Member Profile Garton Tractor

Garton Tractor Inc. is a full-service dealership serving the agricultural and construction markets in Sonoma, Marin, Napa, and Lake Counties. The long-time Sonoma County Farm Bureau member and supporter provides service, parts, sales, and rentals for New Holland, Kubota, and Takeuchi Brands. The company mission is “To consistently provide our customers with an experience that exceeds their needs in sales, service, parts, and rentals with quality people, products, and facilities.” Established in 1954 by the Garton and Nance families in Turlock, Garton Tractor has always Continue reading →

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Seasonal Reminders and Updates from Department of Agriculture Weights & Measures

As crop protection efforts ramp up, we would like to offer a few reminders to help protect your employees and stay in compliance with regulations.  Following are a few reminders: Employees and field workers who handle pesticides must be trained annually and must be trained on all specific pesticides they will be handling. All trainings must be documented. As you begin your spray programs for the new season, please remember to adjust your application equipment to match the current conditions in your vineyards and orchards. Continue reading →

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How to Sell at Certified Farmers Market

Have you considered selling at a certified farmers market? Perhaps you want to expand your customer base, or you really like interacting with the public and educating them about your operation, or you grow niche produce. These are all great reasons to consider selling at certified farmers markets. The purpose of certified farmers markets is to allow farmers to sell their produce directly to customers, getting the freshest produce from the farm to the consumers. The high quality, fresh produce brought to the farmers markets Continue reading →

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