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In the News

Jordan Winery Joins Global Efforts to Protect Pollinators in Peril

While crafting one of the world’s finest cabernets at its Healdsburg estate, Jordan Vineyard & Winery is creating safe havens amid the vineyards and oak woodlands for bees and butterflies – hummingbirds too  – threatened by habitat loss and the deleterious effects wrought by climate change. For John Jordan, the owner of Jordan Vineyard & Winery, a sprawling and spectacular 1,200-acre wine estate in the Alexander Valley, the devastating wildfires of recent years were an alarming wake-up call about the loss of habitat and the Continue reading →

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Friedman’s Home Improvement: Celebrating 75 Years of Trusted Service and Community Engagement

Since 1946, when its first store opened in Petaluma, Friedman’s Home Improvement has been an integral part of Sonoma County’s history serving the building trades, farmers, ranchers, gardening enthusiasts, DIYers, and others while also supporting countless nonprofit causes, including several which benefit ag education such as 4-H and FFA programs and the Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County. Seventy-five years ago, World War II veterans and brothers Joseph and Benny Friedman purchased a second-hand hardware and junk business from Meyer Lerer. The property was located Continue reading →

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Getting Back to “Normal”

This past month I had the opportunity to represent Sonoma County agriculture at the California Farm Bureau as a member of the Animal Welfare Issue Advisory Committee. Participating in committees at the state level gives members the opportunity to advocate for the policy that is most important to them. As a member-driven organization, our participation helps shape the policy that the California Farm Bureau will push in Sacramento as well as in Washington D.C. The policy changes committee members suggest have a long road ahead Continue reading →

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What Do Death and Taxes Have in Common?

“Nothing is certain except death and taxes,” is an often-used quote originating with Benjamin Franklin. In 1789, Benny penned this famous phrase in a letter to his friend, Jean-Baptiste Leroy, a French scientist. In the lengthy, handwritten letter the referenced sentence reads, “Our new Constitution is now established, everything seems to promise it will be durable; but, in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.”  Lately, it seems the amount of taxes collected and how those taxes are being used continues to be 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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