Well, here we go again.
Another round of business shutdowns, ruining people’s livelihoods for what our governor says are perceived threats.
If masks and sanitization work and businesses can reduce capacity, there is no reason why any business cannot be open under these guidelines. I only wish our county leadership viewed it this way and could pave the way for all our businesses to operate. I want my friends’ and your friends’ businesses to survive. The mental health toll of closing and opening and closing again on these owners cannot be overlooked. Along with that are our kids in Sonoma County. I hope they are able to return to some semblance of normalcy for school next month. I know my kids, as well as many others, want to get back together with their friends and socialize, which is a large part of their learning environment and mental health as well.
While you and I and Sonoma County attempt to navigate these rough waters, Farm Bureau is here to help you out in any way that we can. I hope you are receiving the daily Coronavirus emails put together by our amazing staff. I believe this is a tremendous resource for our members. They include information about the wide variety of issues related to COVID-19 as well as updates on the multitude of other issues we fight every day.
As I look forward to the next several months of 2020, harvest is upcoming (except for our dairymen who harvest every day), which is always my favorite time of year. We have started cleaning up the ground in the apple orchards for vinegar and the Gravenstein apple harvest will soon follow. Vineyards have started version, which means the grape harvest is only 4 to 6 weeks away. Time to get these last projects finished for the summer. Cheers!