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In the News

Barnyard Buddies and Agricultural Assets. The integral role working dogs play on Sonoma County farms and ranches

Did you know that many domestic dog breeds were originally developed as working farm dogs? Many readers may think of dogs primarily as man’s best friend, but in the agricultural industry, they serve essential daily roles in our food system. From herding and guarding to sniffing and controlling pests, dogs are integral to the success of our local agricultural industry. Check out the wide array of functions dogs perform here in Sonoma County from riding shotgun in the pickup to herding 400 head of cattle. Continue reading →

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History We Nearly Lost at Los Guilicos

Before October 2020, some may have thought of the Hood House, constructed in 1858, for its proximity to the temporary shelter site known as Los Guilicos Village. Or perhaps know of the landmark property from attending a Funky Fridays @ The Hood concert. Because of the Glass fire, there is now an increased awareness of this county-owned property – a property rich in architectural and agricultural history worth preserving. The Hood House is a two-story brick structure that is listed on the National Register of Continue reading →

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Vote for Agriculture and Fewer Taxes

A couple more months to go in 2020 and I think many of us are, oh so happy to see it go. Although as fire season continues, it will be difficult to be restful until we see substantial rain. By now I believe most everyone has finished their harvests for this year and have their sights set on a better, more prosperous 2021 season. As you read this article, most likely the election will be over as well. If not, I urge you to get Continue reading →

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2020. What a Year.

In most people’s minds, November signals the start of the holiday season, but for Farm Bureau, it is the beginning of a new business year. Wouldn’t we all like to get 2020 behind us a few months early and be starting a new year? In retrospect, 2020 has been anything but normal for our organization, our members, and the world in general. What started out to be one of our most successful years ever for the Sonoma County Farm Bureau suddenly became a period of Continue reading →

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November Farm News Member Profile The Gambonini Family

Fifth-generation farmers, Frank and Stacey Gambonini own and operate their family farm, Gambonini Family Ranch, which was formerly known as Gamlake Dairy, in Petaluma. There they proudly celebrated the dairy’s 100th year in 2013.  Frank Gambonini grew up on the ranch following his father, George Gambonini, around in his little rubber boots, thinking he was a “big-time” farmer. Today, that perception has become his reality, and he said he loves every minute of it. “Being a farmer has always been my passion,” Frank said. “Now, Continue reading →

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Match.Graze

What is Match.Graze? From small semi-rural communities to large open spaces, grazing can provide an affordable solution to the inevitable accumulation of fire fuels. Grazing can be more cost effective for reducing fuels on landscapes that are too steep, rocky or remote for mowing or chemical treatment, or in the wildland-urban interface where burning is not an option. Every property is different and requires thoughtful consideration of how it should best be grazed. Cattle, sheep, goats and other grazing animals all have different roles to Continue reading →

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Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office FIREWISE ON THE FARM

Since the Tubbs Fire of 2017, Sonoma County land has been destroyed and thousands of houses turned to rubble. In 2019 the Kincade Fire destroyed the beautiful, agriculture-rich hillsides of Geyserville. This year, after a lightning storm that set the entire state of California ablaze, Sonoma County had to manage the Meyers and Walbridge Fires. We are still wrapping up the most recent fire, the Glass Fire, which started in Napa County but ended up swiftly making its way into eastern Sonoma County. With these Continue reading →

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Fire recovery: what your RCD can do for you

Dear Neighbors, As fire season continues, we are both heartbroken by the losses and inspired by the tenacity and resilience of our community. And, as ever, we’re here to help. We are grateful to the firefighters for their heroic efforts, and to all the helpers in our community offering a hand to those impacted. We are here for you now, as always, with our own forms of help. The article below provides information on how we can help you determine your next steps, and resources Continue reading →

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