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Rescue Horses

Quite often I find myself on the politically incorrect side of topics. But I have always prided myself on being pretty realistic. Picking the right horse is a practice in realism. So often people want to pick a horse based on color, breed, bloodlines, or just because “they’re so darn cute”. While I have been guilty of all these things in the past there is a movement that has been causing my phone to ring off the hook. MORE

Steven Easter Elected President of the Farm Bureau Foundation

Steven Easter, a resident of Occidental who retired to Sonoma County after a distinguished career with Blue Diamond Growers in Sacramento, is the new president of the Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County. MORE

Tish Ward, Conservation Crusader

Sonoma County rancher and conservationist Tish Ward has an abiding respect for land and nature, believing that farming and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive. In fact, she does both with unwavering dedication at the Atwood Ranch in Glen Ellen where she has been the ranch manager and resident sage for nearly 30 years. MORE

WHEEL Program and Agriculture

Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce and Sonoma County Farm Bureau offered a 9-week English language program (WHEEL Program-Worksite Held Employee English Learning) to the agriculture industry. The February through April months were filled with excitement as the program participants increased their English skills enriching their employment and personal lives. MORE

Protect your Livestock From Rustlers

Cattle rustling -- raiding or stealing animals from their home pastures -- is an old, but still serious crime that hurts ranchers financially. Unfortunately, rustling is becoming a growing problem in California thanks to the rising market value of beef and other livestock. MORE

Francesca Gambonini of Petaluma Crowned District 3 Dairy Princess

Francesca Gambonini, a sixth generation member of a Sonoma County dairy farming family who has plans to become a dairy cattle geneticist, is the new District 3 Dairy Princess, becoming the goodwill ambassador for the North Bay dairy industry for the next year. MORE

Happy Mother’s Day – Strawberry Daiquiri Trifle

I have to thank my mom for my start in the world of culinary creations…as a wee one, she didn’t mind that I would raid the kitchen and start chopping and mixing and exploring, she didn’t care that I made a mess in her kitchen…but, she also made me clean everything up when I was finished. With that said, here is a simply sweet recipe for all the moms, for Mother’s Day. MORE

Nick Frey – the Voice for Viticulture

Nick Frey, who has been the leading – and most respected - voice for the Sonoma County wine grape industry over the last 14 years, is retiring as president of the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, the marketing organization that he helped launch. Frey’s retirement was announced earlier this year and became effective on May 1. He will continue to work part-time for the commission. He and his wife Angie plan to stay in Sonoma County where they have become part of the agricultural community. MORE


Confidence is a funny thing. Depending on the situation, you either have it or you don’t. It takes time to attain but can be lost in an instant. Having confidence makes life more enjoyable. Not having it makes life scary. By definition, confidence is trust or faith in a person or thing. People and horses both want confidence. MORE

Ag Days Brings Grandpa’s Farm to 3,500 School Kids

Geyserville rancher Dick Dilworth swelled with pride as kids looked up – way up - in amazement at his giant draft horses, a matched pair of Belgian beauties named Jada and Megan, on display at Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s Ag Days. “That’s the biggest horse I’ve ever seen in my life,” marveled one small boy who was among the 3,500 school kids attending Ag Days, held on March 26 and 27 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. MORE

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