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Citrus of West County: DMS Ranch’s Revival of Sebastopol’s Citrus-Growing Heritage

Vestiges of West County’s agricultural past can be found scattered across Sonoma County’s rolling hills. Retired hop kilns repurposed as storage barns and apple sorting barns turned remodeled artist studios are mainstays along the Bohemian Highway going out toward the coast. What about the lesser-noticed reminders of the past such as the leaning fruit trees that can be found scattered across the landscape? They too are remnants of our agricultural past and perhaps also indicators of our future. Doug Michael, Joan, and Dan Smith, and Continue reading →

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Sonoma County’s Citrus Belt and Cloverdale’s Annual Citrus Fair

It’s not clear who came up with the idea to call Cloverdale the Citrus Belt of Sonoma County, but George E. Baer, owner, publisher, and editor of the local newspaper and all-around promoter was likely involved. Baer, a native of Pennsylvania, emigrated to California in 1884 at the age of 20. In 1885 he purchased the Cloverdale Reveille from W. S. Walker – becoming the paper’s publisher and editor while simultaneously operating a real estate business, an insurance agency, and a fruit brokerage firm. In Continue reading →

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February Editorial: The Next Generation of Agriculturalists

Well, 2021 started with a bang, but not the kind we hoped for. Temperatures soaring to 80 degrees in January, yet another power shut off notice, most schools are still closed, extracurricular programs are happening in a limited format, and we face the reality that our hard-working ag kids may not see the show ring, again, this summer. This makes me worried for the next generation of agriculture students. As an FFA program graduate myself, and as someone who is still involved with the local Continue reading →

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February Editorial: A Shot in the Dark

The excitement and giddiness many of us are feeling awaiting our turn to get the COVID vaccination is likened to a child on Christmas Eve forcing themselves to stay awake to hear Santa coming down the chimney. In both situations, the adult and the child believe there is a gift waiting for them soon. “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” but, Virginia, I am starting to disbelieve that fairy dust has been sprinkled on the holy grail we see as the COVID vaccination program. Continue reading →

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Member Profile: Sonoma Mountain Beef Company

Every day for Jamie Mickelson, the one-woman show who owns and operates Sonoma Mountain Beef Company starts early in the morning with feeding and then checking her cattle to ensure their welfare. Following that, she said that there are always deliveries to be made and bookkeeping to attend to. “I think people are surprised when they meet me in-person, as the meat business is generally dominated by men,” Mickelson said. “They also don’t realize that I really do the work of taking care of my Continue reading →

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Sonoma County Farm Bureau Welcomes Two News Staff Members

Lauren Kelly  Lauren Kelly is the Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s new Compliance Division Manager. She grew up in Tuolumne County where she raised many animals and grew plants and veggies for various 4-H projects. She attended Columbia Community College and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where she studied Wine and Viticulture and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree. She completed numerous harvest internships, but after college she became the Assistant Vineyard Manager at Mesa Vineyard Management Company in Santa Maria. From there, Lauren worked at Continue reading →

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Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Resident Deputy Program

Many have asked the question about the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Resident Deputy Program. The program has a long and colorful history throughout the county.  The coast resident program started in the early ’70s with Corky Carr covering the south coast and Wayne Dunham covering the north coast. Before these two residents, the coast was covered by Deputies who came from the Guerneville Substation.  Today we have three resident positions (King1, King 2 & King 3). King 1 covers the north end of the coast from Continue reading →

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Department of Agriculture Weights/Measures

AWM Announces New Consulting Contract with EBA Engineering AWM is happy to announce that on January 5, 2021, the Board of Supervisors approved a new contract with Santa Rosa based EBA Engineering. With over 40 years of experience consulting in engineering and geology, we believe EBA Engineering will be an excellent fit in our VESCO program. In 2013, AWM took over the review of agricultural grading and drainage projects from Permit Sonoma (then PRMD) in order to make AWM a one-stop-shop for VESCO project permitting. Continue reading →

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