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`A Century of Sausage Making – And More – at Panizzera Meat Co.

Panizzera Meat Co. is just a little old country place in the hamlet of Occidental but the 107- year-old company is gaining ground in the wider world for its high-quality, locally sourced meats and masterfully crafted sausages. Just think of Italian sausages made in Old World ways and dry aged steaks so tender it’s sinful. These two items are among the dozens of meat and sausage products offered by the historic meat company on the edge of Occidental where food is the town’s identity. Panizzera Continue reading →

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Tobacco: Sonoma County’s Other Weed Crop

In the 1850s David Hetzel emigrated from Baden, Germany to the United States. He served with the Union Army during the Civil War, fighting at Gettysburg and Vicksburg. After the war, he opened a cigar shop in Atchison, Kansas. By 1877 Hetzel had arrived in Guerneville where planted a small tobacco acreage along the western slopes of Mount Jackson.   In 1880, Hetzel and his partner, Charles O. Schuler, moved the operation to rented land along the Russian River where they cultivated about two and Continue reading →

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Bring on 2022

Just a year ago I was writing about how I had hoped 2021 would be different than 2020. I was hopeful for a year of recovery and growth.  But as this year comes to a close, I think 2021 was just as much of a struggle as 2020. It’s important to acknowledge that we figured out how to best manage Covid protocols and the vaccine became largely accessible this year. We also made it through fire season with no massive disasters. These accomplishments definitely deserve Continue reading →

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Resolutions, Julius Caesar, and Peacocks

I have something to share. Some of you may find it odd, but I often watch television with a tablet, laptop, or smartphone at the ready. Only a few programs hold my attention, so I often check email or work on projects while sitting in front of the “tube”.  What I enjoy most about this pastime is the in-the-moment opportunity to look up an actor’s bio, find the real story behind one of those movies that are “based on a true story” or research stuff 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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