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“Beginning Farmers” Complete Nine Month Agricultural Development Program

Certificates were awarded on Nov. 16 to 17 people who completed the Sonoma County Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program held at SRJC. The program instructed these beginning farmers and ranchers on how to build, operate and manage successful enterprises in the increasingly difficult environment of Sonoma County agriculture. MORE

‘Cooking with Laurie’ The Golden Spurtle Competition

Some of you may or may not know what a spurtle is…I just found out last August, when I won Bob’s Red Mill ‘Spar for the Spurtle’ national recipe contest. A spurtle is a wooden stick that is traditionally used to stir porridge in Scotland. And speaking of Scotland…my prize for winning the ‘Spar for the Spurtle’ contest was an all-expenses paid trip to Scotland to compete in the 19th Annual World Porridge Making Championships and $2,500. MORE

Ag Ambassadors Host “Thank a Farmer” Lunch for 600

Thanksgiving came a couple of days early on the Santa Rosa Junior College campus when members of the college’s Ag Ambassadors hosted a free lunch for 600 students and faculty as a way to celebrate Sonoma County farmers and ranchers. MORE

Farm Bureau Wine Discounts: Welcomes the Kendall-Jackson Family Estate

Sonoma County Farm Bureau welcomes the Kendall-Jackson Family Estate Wineries as partners of the Members Only Wine Discount program. Take a look at Sonoma County Farm Bureau's Member Only Wine Discount Program for 2012. With over 50 premium local Sonoma County wineries to choose from. MORE

Sonoma Compost: Dishing Dirt to Farms and Gardens

Soil scientist Will Bakx is like a five star chef as he oversees the massive piles of vegetative stew scientifically turned into black gold at Sonoma Compost where green waste from urban yards is transformed into valuable soil products for farms and gardens. Bakx is co-owner, resident scientist and chief compost maker at Sonoma Compost where yard clippings, tree branches and vegetative debris from homes and business throughout the county are transformed into the rich soil additives that are feeding the growing number of organic and sustainably farmed vineyards, orchards and vegetable farms that are part of Sonoma County’s annual $3 billion farming industry. It’s a winning combination and, perhaps, the ultimate in recycling and reuse. MORE

Art Lafranchi Remembered as Sonoma County’s Eloquent Agricultural Ambassador

Art Lafranchi, a pillar of both the agricultural industry and the Sonoma County legal community, is being remembered as a man of many passions whose remarkable life encompassed family, farm, community and the law. Lafranchi, who was 76, died Oct. 14 in a Santa Rosa hospital of heart and kidney failure. MORE

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

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