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7th Annual California’s Artisan Cheese Festival – Event Lineup for March 22-24

Be it brie, chèvre, blue, crescenza or Dry Jack, one thing’s certain: California’s Artisan Cheese Festival will celebrate all things cheese for the seventh year in a row March 22-24, 2013, at the Sheraton Sonoma County in Petaluma. The United States’ premier cheese and wine event, the Festival brings together artisan cheesemakers, brewers, wineries and guests for three days of cheese tasting and appreciation. MORE

Urgent Request to Rescind Interior Secretary’s Decision to Close Drakes Bay Oyster Company in Point Reyes, California.

Sonoma County Farm Bureau, representing its 3,000-strong members in agriculture, related industries and environmental stewardship, requests you to rescind immediately the decision made by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on November 29, 2012 to close Drakes Bay Oyster Company in Point Reyes, California. MORE

Sonoma County UC Cooperative Extension Prepares for the Second Year of Beginning Farmer & Rancher Training

In 2012, Sonoma County UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) launched the first of a three year USDA funded beginning farmer & rancher training to increase food access, food security and create more jobs; with an emphasis on reaching underserved populations. MORE

Farm Bureau Seminars and Trainings – Current Classes

A series of trainings and workshops for agricultural and related industry workers are being held at the Sonoma County Farm Bureau in 2013. To register contact Anita Hawkins 707-544-5575. MORE

WHEEL Program – English Learning Offered

Sonoma County Farm Bureau is partnering with the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce to provide an English Learning Program for agricultural employees. The WHEEL Program is designed to increase English language skills. The program classes will be held starting Feb. 7th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and there is no cost for the program. MORE

Neve Brothers, a Floral Legacy in Petaluma

When Petaluma’s Nick Neve was in second grade he was asked the usual question about what he wanted to be when he grew up. That was easy, he said. He wanted to be a flower grower like his father, grandfather and uncles. He could have said like his great grandfather too, but being only 7 he didn’t know the complete history of the family flower business. MORE

Prepare for the Worst To “Win” on the Trail

There is a popular board game called “The Worst Case Scenario.” The object of the game is to successfully navigate unexpected and dangerous scenarios. In one version, the winning player will not only finish with the most gold tokens, they must keep the most body parts. I think a useful game for horsemen and women might be called “Worst Case Scenario—Trail Riding.” Players would win by staying on the trail, gathering gold “sanity” tokens and, of course, keeping all their body parts! MORE

Cottage Food Law – Selling Food Made at Home

Are you ready to sell your home made foods? This new law may make that possible! On September 21, 2012, Governor Brown signed the California Homemade Food Act into law. This law was implemented on January 1 and creates a new category of retail food facilities known as a Cottage Food Operation (CFO), which will allow persons using home kitchens to make and sell non-potentially hazardous foods. MORE

Cooking With Laurie visits Three Twins Ice Cream

With our below freezing weather this past month, ice cream may have been the farthest thing from your mind…or not! I love ice cream…not just any ice cream…it happens to be ‘Three Twins Ice Cream’ made right here in Petaluma. In October of 2011, I met Neal Gottlieb founder of Three Twins Ice Cream and went on a tour of his ice cream making plant. MORE

Owner Applied Number Program a Tool to Identify Stolen Farm Equipment

Rural Theft is on the rise throughout Sonoma County and everyone who is invested in Agriculture is affected directly or indirectly by this crime. Each and every day a Patrol Deputy takes a report from a farmer or Agri-business partner in our community. MORE

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