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In the News

Pumpkin Farmers Put on a Show for Fun in the Fall

Sonoma County pumpkin growers are not only dirt farmers but entertainment impresarios who each October stage mini-fairs amid fields of plenty for city folks seeking a farm experience. After all, if you just want a plain old pumpkin there are bins full of them at supermarkets. But for those who want to wander a corn maze, scare yourself silly in a haunted dungeon or scout a field to find the perfect pumpkin, the farm is the place to go for outdoor fun and a genuine Continue reading →

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A History of Collaboration

October is American Archives Month, and this year’s theme is the power of collaboration. How fitting that it was a collaboration between several parties that resulted in the temporary relocation of the Sonoma County Archives, a collection of primary source materials that document the county’s history. The Sonoma County Library, which has managed the collection since 1967, paid to have these priceless records – 26 truckloads of materials – moved from a warehouse at the county’s Los Guilicos campus to the Farm Bureau’s Westwind Boulevard Continue reading →

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4-H: My Past, Our Future

Well, here we are in October! When I think of October I think of shorter days, vineyard harvest, and colorful fall leaves. Normally we begin to think about Halloween at the end of the month, then start to make plans for Thanksgiving meals, and then begin making plans for Christmas which I swear starts appearing sooner every year! However, the first thing that comes to mind when I start to see the leaves change and the fog sticks around longer in the mornings is that Continue reading →

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What’s in a Title?

I think I am turning into a grumpy old lady. There are several signs – my frustration with people who use foul language in public settings around kids, terror when someone refers to me as “ma’am” and what seems to be new definitions or overuse of many words in the English language. The Pandemic has spawned the excessive use of the words pivot, transition, and the phrase “new normal”. In the last few years, words like an influencer, social distancing, and poser have taken off 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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