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Cooking with Laurie’ visits Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company

In August of 2011, I was approached by the Petaluma Educational Foundation (P.E.F.), asking if I would donate a guest spot on my T.V. show for their annual fund raiser. I was ecstatic to hear that the top bidder was the Giacomini Family of Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company. MORE

Louis M. Foppiano and Foppiano Vineyards Receive “Lifetime Contribution to the Sonoma County Wine Industry” Award at Harvest Fair

Louis M. Foppiano, the general manager of Foppiano Vineyards & Winery, which has been in the Foppiano family since 1896, is the first recipient of the “Lifetime Contribution to Sonoma County Wine Industry.” The award, presented at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair Awards Night, honors a person or family who has made outstanding contributions to the county’s wine industry. MORE

Maintaining Livestock Grazing Amid New Water Quality Regulations

The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) has adopted new regulations for grazing lands greater than 100 acres within the Napa River and Sonoma Creek watersheds. The conditional waiver for grazing operations (grazing waiver) is part of a larger program to reduce the amount of sediments, pathogens and nutrients in Sonoma Creek and Napa River that impair water quality and limit beneficial uses. MORE

Bayer CropScience Mobile Lab Coming to Sonoma County

Come learn that there is a WAY to achieve better yields and healthier plants through smarter, better science. Explore the latest in bio-solutions by visiting Bayer CropScience’s mobile laboratory. Friday, November 16, 2012 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Windsor Golf Course · Charlie’s Grill 1320 19th Hole Drive · Windsor, CA 95492. By attending you can also register for your chance to win a 55” Samsung® LED HDTV! MORE

Pesticide Applicator Workshop: Dogs, Rodents and Regulations

Sonoma County Farm Bureau is holding an Applicator Workshop from 8 a.m. until 12 noon, December 11th.The Workshop, will cover information including the utilization of dogs for avian pest control in vineyards and environmentally friendly systems to control gophers and other rodents. It will also cover pesticide safety regulations and required hazardous materials procedures. MORE

Jim Groverman, the Father of Petaluma’s Popular Roadside Attraction

As the proprietor of Sonoma County’s most popular roadside attraction, Jim Groverman, the farmer behind the Highway 101 corn maze, is the poster guy for “Agritourism” in the North Bay. In fact, Groverman was doing what he calls “Agro-Tainment” long before the word “agritourism” became part of the farming lexicon and a topic at trendy workshops exploring ways to survive in the farming game. Basically, agritourism refers to any income-generating activity conducted on a farm or ranch for the enjoyment and education of visitors. MORE

Rich Thomas Toasted & Roasted as Recipient of the “Leadership in Agriculture” Award

There were 600 people attending the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce’s 40th annual Agribusiness Barbecue where Rich Thomas, the longtime viticulture instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College who became a dynamic force in the Sonoma County wine industry, was honored with the Chamber’s “Leadership in Agriculture” award. MORE

Cooking with Laurie Figone – Fettuccine Al’a Figone

Laurie Figone, who grew up as Laurie Leveroni on her family’s multi-generational dairy ranch nestled in the Marin county hills of rural Novato, this month joins the Sonoma-Marin Farm News as a food columnist. Each month Laurie will offer her award winning recipes and also write about the farmers and artisan food producers she encounters in her travels about the North Bay. Because of her deep roots in the region, Laurie knows many of the farmers and ranchers in Sonoma and Marin counties and will share her stories with readers of the Sonoma-Marin Farm News. MORE

4-H Foundation BBQ Raises $128,000 in Gross Revenues for 4-H Youth

There were 700 people at the 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County’s BBQ and “Fun”draiser held on Sept. 15 at Richard’s Grove and Saralee’s Vineyard in Windsor where more than $128,000 in gross revenues was raised to help support 4-H young activities and the 4-H Center in Rohnert Park. MORE

Valley Ford Cheese Co. Wins Best of Show in Sonoma County Harvest Fair Cheese Competition

Valley Ford Cheese Co., owned and operated by Karen Bianchi Moreda and her son Joe Moreda, took best of show honors for its Fontina in the cheese competition at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. The top cheese was made from Jersey cow's milk from the Bianchi family’s 640 acre dairy in Valley Ford where 400 cows are milked daily. Karen Moreda, a director of Sonoma County Farm Bureau, founded the Valley Ford Cheese Co. four years to showcase the rich milk from her family’s herd of Jersey cows. MORE

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