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In the News

Giant Steps, Harnessing Horsepower to Enrich and Empower

The grace and healing power of horses brings clients and instructors together at Petaluma’s Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center where the lives of people facing challenges are enriched and, often, miraculously transformed, on or off a saddle. “The people are great but the horses are saints,” said Beth Barker, a lifelong horse lover who drives from her home in San Francisco one day each week to volunteer at Giant Steps. She works with riders and lends her extensive horse sense to the well-being of the Continue reading →

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A Place to Call Home: The Sonoma County Farm Bureau – 104 Years and Six Locations

A piece of Farm Bureau history disappeared last month when its former offices, a modest 4,200 square foot structure located at 970 Piner Road, was razed. The building served as the Bureau’s center of operations for nearly 50 years. How many meetings, workshops, and celebrations took place within these four walls is not documented, but it was here in the early 1970s that plans were discussed and acted upon that resulted in restrictions on urbanization within growth management areas and protected agricultural land in the Continue reading →

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The Day Didn’t End as Planned

It was a normal Tuesday at Beretta Dairy. The morning chores had been completed, cows were nearly finished being milked, and the calves had been fed. Later in the afternoon, I went to check my beef cows who are going to calve soon. On my way up from the backfield, I could see Todd Road and a few small fires scattered about. I told my nephew Brayden, who was driving around the property, to drive faster. As I got to the yard, I told him Continue reading →

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Fire Resiliency: Privatization Would Help

Living in the home you grew up in is comfortable. It’s like wrapping yourself in a warm, worn blanket. Although I drive down the familiar roads slower than I did in my high school and junior college years, the houses and properties I pass are all familiar to me. Some have changed ownership, and a new family has moved into our neighborhood, while other properties have the next generation occupying the domicile. With new inhabitants, the house colors change, a new fence is built, or 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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