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Clover Sonoma- A Certified B Corporation Doing Their Dairy Best

For three generations, Clover Sonoma, a family-owned and operated company, has championed a healthy, sustainable way of life for their producer dairy farms, precious land, and the animals entrusted to their care. Following their founder, Gene Benedetti’s example, the company places paramount importance on giving back to the community. In 2016, Clover Sonoma took that commitment to the next level when it became a Certified B Corporation. B Corporations are for-profit companies, certified by the nonprofit B Lab, who have met the highest standards of Continue reading →

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Sonoma County Ag and Land Use History Part of Endangered Archival Collection

Hidden away off Highway 12 at the base of Hood Mountain is a 1950s warehouse, once part of the Los Guilicos School for Girls. Since 1995 the building has housed the Sonoma County Archives (Archives). This treasure trove of historical records narrowly escaped destruction by both the Nuns Fire in 2017 and the Glass Fire in 2020. The Sonoma County Library was established as the official Archives in 1965 by a joint resolution of the County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa. The Continue reading →

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Climate Goals

I am sure we are all tired of hearing about climate change, and climate goals because we in the agricultural industry seem to be at the forefront of these issues every day. Whether we are being told that farmers and ranchers are killing the environment, complying with strict regulations for our diesel motors, or all the paperwork we must fill out to comply with many regulatory agencies, it is sure frustrating to feel like we have not been asked what we can do to help, Continue reading →

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Missed the Mark

I owe you an apology. As often as my editorials discuss systematic flaws or failed plans of others, it is only right that I admit when I failed to protect our members. During the 2020 election cycle, Sonoma County Farm Bureau was more politically engaged than ever. We were a founding member of the 2020 Sonoma County Tax Moratorium Coalition and actively participated in the No on Prop 15 campaign. Unfortunately, there was another Proposition on the ballot that should have shared our close attention—Proposition 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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The near demise of the monarch butterfly and what we can do to save it

The monarch is America’s best-known butterfly and their seasonal migration from their spring and summer breeding grounds to overwintering sites is regarded as one of the world’s great natural wonders. However, the monarch butterfly is now on the verge of extinction. A friend of mine recently said that he simply doesn’t see many butterflies around anymore and it used to be that he couldn’t avoid collecting large numbers of them on his truck windshield as he traveled around West Marin. Now they are rare. In Continue reading →

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