Support the Farm Bureau Foundation’s scholarships and agricultural education programs and invest in the future of Sonoma County agriculture. Help us provide scholarships and agricultural education programs to deserving young men and women from Sonoma County who want to study agriculture. Your contribution will go a long way in developing the next generation of agricultural leaders and in preserving Sonoma County’s rich farming heritage.
In 2019, through the generosity of donors like you, Farm Bureau Foundation was able to award $158,650 in scholarships to deserving students studying agriculture.
All donors who give $250 or more will be recognized in the Sonoma-Marin Farm News, the North Bay’s leading agricultural publication, and in the Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County Annual Report.
New donors of $2,500 or more will have the option to create a named scholarship in the name of their business or in honor of someone special.
Calling all sports fans! Looking to add an exclusive item to your memorabilia collection? Want to commemorate an incredible 49ers season? Have you been a Steph Curry fan from the start? Outbid the competition to go home with your choice of a 49ers jersey signed by Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo or a Warriors jersey signed by Steph Curry. It may take a referee to decide who the winning bidder will be for this awesome sports package. Bid highest to guarantee that you will go home as a happy sports fan!
Donated by: Sonoma County Farm Bureau
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to tour, taste, dine and retreat at the private estate of Sir Peter Michael. Widely renowned as one of California’s top producers, Peter Michael Winery is one of the most coveted tour experiences in the California wine country. Closed to the public, your private experience for 6 people will start with an extensive tour of the winery’s estate vineyards located high on the slopes of Mt. St. Helena with breathtaking views of Knight’s Valley at 2,000 feet. Continue with a sit-down tasting of estate grown Peter Michael wines followed by a sumptuous three-course lunch prepared by winery chef Jacob Kossmann, paired with a selection of wines from the winery’s library.
After lunch, stroll along the creek up to your Cabin retreat for an afternoon nap or an outdoor hot tub soak. In the evening, you can BBQ on the deck or drive into Calistoga for dinner.
In addition to this unique experience at the private estate of Sir Peter Michael, the winner of this auction lot will also receive 3 bottles of Peter Michael Winery Les Pavots – Estate Cabernet blend (750ml) 2012 and 3 bottles of Peter Michael Winery Belle Cote – Estate Chardonnay (750) 2016
This experience may be redeemed by appointment only Monday-Friday. Date subject to availability. Expires March 2021
Donated by: Peter Michael Winery
Lions, elephants, and giraffes… oh my! The winner of this lot will receive the opportunity of a lifetime to experience Kenya in style! This package includes all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and two 2.5 hour guided game drives for two.
Imagine being surrounded on three sides by the breathtaking Mara River, and on the edge of the world’s Seventh “New” Wonder of the World—the Masai Mara—Fairmont Mara Safari Club is the epitome of tented luxury. A TOP 20 Luxury Resort in the world (Travel & Leisure Magazine), the Fairmont is host to several fine dining, safari, and outdoor activities. The main Masai Mara lodge hosts an indoor restaurant, bar, and library with internet access. The location provides a perfect base for visiting the Masai Mara, one of the world’s richest wildlife reserves, and home to an astounding array of animals including zebras, cheetahs, wildebeests, hippos, and of course the “Big Five.”
Your luxury tent will have a private viewing deck where you can see hippo and crocodile. Game drives, guided by experienced ‘driver-naturalists’, are by four-wheel-drive Land Cruisers. At the Club, alfresco buffet lunches and nightly activities of Maasai dancing, presentations, and discussions about the Mara’s ecosystem and Maasai culture, “bush cocktails” by the campfire with unforgettable African sunsets all add up to create a truly unique experience.
The winning bidder will receive vouchers that have no expiration date, no blackout dates, and no restrictions, based on availability.
The winner of this lot will enjoy a food & wine experience dinner for 20 at Robert Young Estate Winery, the largest family-owned growers of premium grapes in Alexander Valley. Guests will enjoy breathtaking views of the Young’s 448-acre ranch, which has been in the family for over 160 years, through 6 generations. The four-course dinner prepared by Chef Lori Bianchi will be thoughtfully paired with the Robert Young Chardonnay and Cabernets from their Estate, and will include a large charcuterie board featuring local artisanal cheeses and meats, Caesar salad, assorted grilled veggies, grilled Tri-Tip and herb Prawns. Be sure to save room for dessert! A night to remember under the stars, in the heart of Alexander Valley
Dinner scheduled based on availability before December 15, 2020.
Donated by: Robert Young Estate Winery and Chef Lori Sanchietti Bianchi
Elevate your Sonoma County wine collection with 11 large format bottles from wine country’s top makers.
Rodney Strong 1 2015 Alexander Valley Cabernet
Dana Grande 1 2015 Ferrari-Carano Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Dan Rotlisberger 1 2014 Patrick Kelly Cab Sauv – AV Rotlisberger Ranch
Jim Young 1 2014 Kelley and Young Malbec AV
Steve Dutton 1 2015 Dutton Goldfield PN Green Valley of RRV
Paul Mononi 1 Arista Pinot Noir
Rhonda Smith 1 2011 Merriam Vineyards PN RRV
Krishna Hendrickson 1 2015 Sonoma Cutrer RRV PN
Bob Anderson 1 2009 Peterson Syrah Dry Creek Valley Bradford Mountain
George Martinelli 1 Martinelli 2015 Zinfandel RRV Giuseppe and Luigi Vineyard
Dane Petersen 1 2014 Bella Lily Hill Estate Zinfandel DCV
The winner of this lot will also receive a special 6 course dinner for 8 hosted by Bob & Audrey Muelrath at their beautifully decorated home in Penngrove. Pull up a seat alongside your guests to enjoy hors d’oeuvres followed by a hearty meal prepared especially for you! On the menu will be soup, salad, rack of pork and an assortment of sides followed by dessert and port tasting. Enjoy local wine, good company, and an enjoyable evening with hosts Bob and Audrey Muelrath.
Donated by: Lords and Goddesses of the Vine
Enjoy the relaxing, country atmosphere at Dutton Ranch for an early afternoon dinner for 25. This delicious outdoor dinner, featuring barbecued meats and all the fixins’ will be prepared by the Dutton family with the help of Chef Lori Bianchi. The hearty ranch food will be paired with fine wines from Dutton-Goldfield and Dutton Estate wineries. Now in the sixth generation, the Dutton family has been farming in Sonoma County for more than 100 years. To work up an appetite, guests will enjoy a tour of Dutton Ranch prior to the dinner. Bid highest on this auction lot for an all you can eat and all you can drink experience you won’t soon forget! If you go home hungry or thirsty that’s your fault.
The BBQ must be booked on a mutually agreed upon date in 2020. Sorry, not available during the harvest season August 20 through November 1, 2020.
Donated by: Dutton Ranch, Dutton-Goldfield & Dutton Estate
Start your engines and get ready to bid highest on this exciting auction item! The winner of this lot will take home a 2020 VIP NASCAR experience for 4, including reserved seats, cold garage passes and passes to attend the drivers meeting and pre-race ceremonies. As if that wasn’t enough to make an awesome day… there’s even more! The winner of this lot will also receive a half-day karting experience for 4 at the Sonoma Raceway Karting Center, plus hot laps on the Sonoma Raceway 2.5-mile road course in KTM Crossbows with a professional driver. Don’t let this exclusive auction lot slip away! Raise your paddle high to lock in the racing experience of your dreams at Sonoma Raceway!
Redeem this experience by December 2020
Donated By: Sonoma Raceway
Raise your paddle high to snag this unique and original auction lot. Delight your palate and surround yourself with the exciting, colorful, and exotic food of Peru at a special private dinner at River Vine restaurant, located at the Vintners Resort, with 19 of your guests. Sip on a glass or two of Balletto Vineyards wine and savor the unforgettable ambiance of wine country dining while you enjoy a specially crafted Peruvian supper prepared by local Chef Olenka Orjeda. Olenka has become a true ambassador of all Peru and its World renowned gastronomy. Olenka will offer Experiential Diners the opportunity to enjoy her amazing authentic Peruvian cuisine and warm hospitality. Every dish that Olenka creates is more than just a meal, but truly an unforgettable experience.
Balletto’s owner John Balletto and Chef Olenka Orjeda will personally host you and will work together to perfectly pair the Peruvian food and Balletto wine for an unforgettable dining experience.
Balletto Vineyards’ has won three Sweepstakes Awards at Sonoma County Harvest Fair and last year, won the coveted Pinot Cup at Chef Charlie Palmers’ Pigs and Pinot Competition in Healdsburg. During dinner, you will have the opportunity to gain insights into the world of food and wine from world-class experts.
Dinner will be scheduled based upon a mutually agreed upon date.
Donated by: Chef Olenka Orjeda, Balletto Vineyards and River Vine Restaurant at Vintners Resort
This tree-rific package starts with an on-site consultation from Jeff Kowell, the owner of Image Tree Service. Once a plan is set, a 4-man highly-skilled and 100% bonded tree service crew, complete with a truck and a chipper, will move in for a full day to prune your trees for health and structure, prepare them for upcoming seasons or remove trees, if you prefer.
This workday will be arranged on a mutually agreed upon date before December 31, 2020.
Donated by: Image Tree Service
Thank you to Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick for supporting our farmers and ranchers by providing an exclusive guided tour of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Main Adult Detention Facility. The tour is not offered to the public and thus it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the inner workings of our modern jail system. As you tour the booking area, several inmate housing units, and the day to day operational units such as the kitchen, laundry, and library rooms, you will surely build up an appetite. Not to worry! Sheriff Essick’s office has arranged a lovely catered dinner for you and your 9 guests. There will be time to ask questions about the functions, responsibilities, and training involved with working in such a unique environment. We guarantee you will walk away with a better understanding of the Criminal Justice System and have a great time too. No, this visit will not go on your record!
Please note. Due to scheduling and operational needs, the dinner will be available on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings normally, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. approximately. Alcohol and other paraphernalia cannot be brought into the jail.
Redeem this experience by December 2020
Donated by: Sheriff Mark Essick
Calling all winegrape growers! Christen this shiny new bin with your 2020 harvest! Growers in the know consider the Valley Bin to be the Cadillac of grape gondolas. Raise your bidder number high…and last to claim this stainless-steel Valley Bin, made by Guadagni Bros. Welding, located in Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Valley. The Guadagni brothers have been crafting vineyard equipment for more than four decades. Now, even your harvest bin will have a Sonoma County appellation.
This Valley Bin is four-foot by eight-foot and holds 2.5 tons of grapes.
Donated by: Guadagni Bros. Welding
Experience the great outdoors with ranch-style cuisine! You and 7 of your friends will be carted via ATVs up to the Dolcini deer camp in beautiful West Marin. Once you reach the camp, Chef Doug Beretta and his cohorts will treat you to BBQ’d oysters and locally produced cheeses and other appetizers. But don’t fill up on these bites because the dinner menu is fit for the hungriest of hunters. BBQ’d New York steaks, risotto, and locally grown veggies will be the main course followed by homemade ice cream for dessert. Round out the afternoon or evening with a fire pit sing-a-long (professional singer not provided!).
Book this experience on a mutually agreed upon date in 2020.
Donated by: The Dolcini and Beretta Families
In addition to the Great Sonoma Crab & Wine Fest, the Sonoma County puts on a lot of events! From Ag Days to Love of the Land, workshops to trainings, and many events in between we travel all across Sonoma County with a lot of stuff! New to Farm Bureau is our 8 ft. x 16 ft. trailer. Proudly display your company’s logo on a custom trailer wrap. Bid highest on this lot to show your support for Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s mission of protecting and promoting agriculture in Sonoma County and gain brand awareness and exposure as we travel to and from events year-round. The trailer wrap should last five to seven years! That’s a pretty good bang for your buck!
Do you love cheese, local food, tasty cider, and a good laugh? If so, this auction lot is for you! Fill your plates and get ready to have a party! The winner of this lot and 24 of their guests will have the opportunity to cruise on down Highway 1 to Valley Ford Cheese and Creamery Shop where they will enjoy an array of prepared plates crafted by Chef Poncho Vasquez paired with delicious Golden State Cider. The menu will feature the bounty of Sonoma County including meat from Sonoma Mountain Beef Company, fresh local produce, golden state apples, and of course, Valley Ford cheese. Don’t forget to save room for the delicious Valley Ford Cheesecake!
The winner of this lot and their guests will also enjoy a comedy show provided by Casey and Friends. Casey Williams not only performs standup comedy all over the Bay Area, but he produces some of the biggest comedy shows in Sonoma County. He has brought comedy to many fundraisers including the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Santa Rosa’s “Pasta & Punchlines” and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s “Latin Comedy Jam”. Casey will work with you to find the style of comedy you are looking for and then cull through his vast network of hundreds of comedians from Sonoma County and all over the Bay Area to bring you a hilarious private show just for you and your guests! This will be a laugh-out-loud evening of a lifetime!
This event must be booked on a mutually agreed upon Sunday afternoon by November 1, 2020
Donated by: Valley Ford Cheese & Creamery, Golden State Cider, Sonoma Mountain Beef Company, and Casey Williams
Spring is right around the corner. Are you looking forward to tackling some garden projects? Is it time to mulch your property? Take home this package from a grounded Sonoma County business that knows its way around rock and soil. This site development package is perfect for a ranch, vineyard, winery or commercial project in Sonoma County. The highest bid will receive 100 yards of Organic Arbor Mulch including trucking from Grab N’ Grow in Santa Rosa. Raise your paddle to get a jump start on property improvements with the help of quality Organic Arbor Mulch.
Delivery will be arranged on a mutually agreed upon day. Must be scheduled before December 31, 2020.
Donated by: Soiland Company
Celebrate the end of harvest with 100 of your employees, family and friends! The Sonoma County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and staff members will prepare a hearty homemade BBQ lunch with apptetizers, Tri-Tip, chicken, roasted vegetables, assorted salads, baked beans, and rolls and will provide non-alcoholic beverages. Top off the delicious meal with a sky-high ice cream sundae provided by Cold Stone Creamery. Craft your unique sundae with four flavors of ice cream, 6 toppings, fudge, caramel, whipped cream and cherries.
Farm Bureau will coordinate all set up and cleanup for the lunch. All you have to do is show up and enjoy! Each of your guests will also receive a Sonoma County Farm Bureau hat!
As an added bonus, Definition Films and their top-notch drone will snap a photo of the entire group so that you capture the special day on film.
The winner of the lot may pay a nominal fee to add additional guests.
Donated by: Sonoma County Farm Bureau, Trudy Grabenauer, Cold Stone Creamery Sonoma County Owner, and Definition Films
You NEED this generator! Power outages have, unfortunately, become part of “the norm” here in Sonoma County. Prepare your home or business by purchasing this practical lot. The Kubota GL Series generators are made to deliver reliable power with a durable, convenient design. The Lowboy II offers a wealth of features including, low noise level, compact design, low emissions and easy one-side maintenance to maximize usability and enhance your peace of mind. The Kubota diesel engines that power the GL Series Generator are fully compliant with EPA Tier 4 final emission regulations.
Don’t let this generator slip away because someone else outbid you.
Donated by: Garton Tractor, Inc.
Whether you’d like a relaxing night away or adventurous getaway, the winner of this auction lot can customize their own itinerary at the Cooley Ranch with personal host Bob Cooley. Check-in and let the adventure begin! Load up in the jeep for an afternoon outing at the ranch. Shoot trap, learn about the flora and fauna, go on a scenic hike, go fishing in the private pond for trophy-sized fish, or take a tour of the vineyard. At the end of a long day, sit by the pool and enjoy a stunning view of the property or if you’re really adventurous you can take a soak in natural hot springs located on the property.
Fill your glasses with Rowen Wine Co./ Rodney Strong featuring grapes from the Cooley Ranch Vineyard and indulge in a hearty ranch-style meal with wine pairing. Check out is in the morning after a filling breakfast but trust us… it will be so nice that you won’t want to leave! As an added bonus, the winner of this lot can also opt in to experience an exciting pig hunt for one with Ron Carli.
Donated by: Bob Cooley, Cooley Ranch Company and Rowen Wine Company / Rodney Strong Wine Estates
Ever wish you could get up close and personal with country music’s biggest stars – now is your chance! Get ready for the 2020 Country Summer Music Festival at the Sonoma County Event Center, June 19-21. Headlining this year’s award-winning festival is Eric Church, Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Young and many more! This package from Impact Entertainment & Tesconi Event and Management Solutions (TEAMS) includes two front row reserved seats for all three days (which can be exchanged for the pit section if preferred) and two meet and greet passes. Meet & Greets with Eric Church are not available and all other acts are subject to availability. The winner will also receive two three-day tickets to the Country Club. The Country Club features a buffet meal, a private no-host bar, games and a cooled, comfortable seating area. Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity!
Donated by: Impact Entertainment & Tesconi Event and Management Solutions
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