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In the News

Maverick Farmer David Little is Growing the Perfect Potato on the Sonoma-Marin Coast

Longtime Farm Bureau Member’s Dry Farmed Potatoes Land on the Menus of Priciest Bay Area Restaurants   Like many farmers, David Little, the owner of Little Organic Farms, is rebuilding markets and farm sales in the aftermath of the pandemic that turned the world upside down – even his little corner of it in the rolling hills around Bloomfield in west Sonoma County. Over the last 25 years, Little’s flavorful, dry-farmed potatoes and other produce have graced the menus of high-end Bay Area restaurants like Continue reading →

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Sonoma County Agriculture Shows Up for Redwood Empire Holstein Association Spring Show

As a Sonoma County Farm Bureau member and dairy farmer, it has always been a goal of mine to make a sincere effort to advocate and support the dairy industry and our next generation of farmers and ranchers. The COVID-19 Pandemic was devastating to many industries and community groups in our county. These large losses we experienced can often overshadow smaller efforts and projects we often take for granted. Our next generation of farmers and ranchers who participate in 4-H and FFA clubs were met Continue reading →

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An Agricultural Industry that Leads with Heart

The beginning of summer traditionally signals the onset of many wonderful activities at your Farm Bureau office. Although delayed, we are back on track this year to come together to celebrate the many accomplishments of our agriculture stakeholders, including celebrating decades of success in farming like our Love of the Land honorees or relishing in the afterglow of high school graduation. The summer starts with our successful golf tournament in late July. Usually a sold-out event, this tournament pits the dairyman against the banker and Continue reading →

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Member Profile: Terry Lindley

When it comes to the many roles Terry Lindley occupies in the agricultural industry in Sonoma County, there are few that match his commitment and involvement in our community. His genuine willingness to lend a helping hand to any farmer, rancher, or grower in Sonoma County shines through no matter the circumstance. After retiring from a 40- year career at American AgCredit, a business that provides loans and other financial services to agricultural and rural customers, Terry shows no signs of slowing down. As an 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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