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Love of the Land
July 12, 2018
Location: The Pavilion at Richard’s Grove
Love of the Land is a mid-summer celebration honoring agricultural award winners who are leading the way to preserve Sonoma County’s rich farming heritage. The event begins with a tasting of Sonoma County wine and food. A dinner buffet featuring an array of Sonoma County-grown products follows the reception. The main event is a special program where members of the agriculture community are honored. Special awards include:
Farm Bureau Hall of Fame, Farm Family of the Year and Luther Burbank Conservation Award. Funds raised from this event furthers the organization’s goal of preserving agriculture lands, providing agriculture education for youth of all ages and protecting clean water for the future.
The reception will also include a silent auction and a dinner buffet featuring an array of Sonoma County-grown products. Dinner will be followed by the awards presentation and live auction.
2018 Love of the Land Photo Gallery
Farm Bureau Hall of Fame: The Late Al Gerhardt
Al Gerhardt, a familiar fixture on the farm front for more than a half century, is being inducted into Sonoma County Farm Bureau's Han of Fame. Gerhardt, who was 79, died Nov. 21, 2017 of a heart attack while on his way to a Farm Bureau meeting. The longtime Farm Bureau director is being honored posthumously for his many contributions to agriculture and his unwavering support for 4-H and FFA.
Luther Burbank Conservation Award: Doug Mcllroy - Rodney Strong
Doug McIlroy, director of winegrowing at Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg, is a respected advocate for agriculture and the environment. Equal part farmer, environmentalist and scientist, McIlroy has been at the forefront of every water issue facing Sonoma County growers over the last two decades. He takes a science-based approach to problem solving while navigating the delicate balance between farming and fish, ag production and preservation.
Farm Family of the Year: DeBernardi Family
Don and Bonnie DeBernardi have been raising and milking Holstein dairy cows since 1968 in the hills ofTwo Rock. In the late 90's, two Nubian goats were purchased for their grandchildren, and before long turned into a small herd. Like his ancestors in the Swiss Alps, Don decided to turn the goat milk into cheese, and from there Two Rock Valley Goat Cheese was born. Bonnie and Don enjoy sharing their passion for the dairy industry with the public by offering tours. Today, 3 generations can be found actively participating on the family farm.
Past Hall of Fame Inductees
2002 Robert Kunde
2002 Cliff Stewart
2002 Mitch Mulas
2002 Larry Bertolini
2002 Robert Young
2003 Louie Ricci
2003 Henry Trione
2004 Gene Benedetti
2004 James Groom
2005 Angelo Sangiacomo
2005 Louis Giacometti
2006 Fred & Pat Groverman
Past Farm Family of the Year Inductees
Past Luther Burbank
Conservation Award Recipients Premier Table – $2500
• Table of 8 for your guests with preferred seating and table recognition
• Recognition in event program
• Recognition on each table during the event
• Recognition on our website, sonomafb.org before and after the event
• Recognition in the August Sonoma – Marin Farm News
• Opportunity for your company to have their logo on the event banner located at the entrance of the event
Corporate Sponsorship – $1250
Table of 8 for your guests with preferred seating and table recognition.
Reserved Table – $700
Reserved table of 8 for your guests.
Individual Ticket – $65
* Timing specific
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