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In the News

Jordan Vineyards & Winery Honored with Farm Bureau’s Luther Burbank Conservation Award

The culture of care – and excellence- crafted into each bottle of cabernet produced at Jordan Vineyards & Winery plays out every day on the 1,200-acre Healdsburg estate where the wine is nurtured. Conservation, stewardship and sustainability are all part of the mission and daily routine at the sprawling wine estate established more than 50 years ago in the Alexander Valley. For winery owner John Jordan, the world-class wine that bears his family’s name must embody the best of the land and people who produce Continue reading →

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Santa Rosa’s Rincon Nursery

The Rincon Nursery was established in 1939 on the former Sheridan Baker ranch. Baker, founder and first president of the Sonoma County Farm Bureau, sold the 15-acre property on Sonoma Highway to prominent Santa Rosa prune grower Clyde von Grafen and his wife Genevieve in 1933. The ranch, located across the street from the Old Trail Inn (known today as Hank’s Creekside Restaurant), was considered suburban compared to the von Grafens’ previous Bellevue district ranch. According to a Press Democrat article, Robert von Grafen, son Continue reading →

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Member Profile: Bees N Blooms

Bees N Blooms is an 11-acre organic farm started in the spring of 2016, where Susan and Geoff Kegley produce lavender and a variety of lavender products, honey and wax from ten colonies of honey bees, and pollinator-friendly organic plants and trees.  Located at the base of Taylor Mountain park, which preserves habitat, the land at Bees N Blooms has become a place not only for growing crops, but also for habitat restoration and regeneration. When Susan and Geoff came to the Sonoma County area Continue reading →

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It is great to be part of the Farm Bureau!

I fell in love with the idea of farming when I was a young girl. I poured through the Little House on the Prairie series with great speed…  I could not get enough of Laura Ingalls’ world where a living is made from the land, and hard work and hard times go hand in hand with strong family connection and reverence for nature and powers out of our control. My admiration for farming grew when I experienced it firsthand.  My family lived on an apple 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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