Half way through the year, a year that has been interesting to say the least. We are once again hit with drought, crazy weather, learning how to live with $7 fuel prices, war in Ukraine and Covid still isn’t over (but at least we are getting back to normal).
For me though, this year at the Farm Bureau has been about trying to stand up for what’s right for our members, working hard to provide member benefit services, host some amazing events (can’t wait to see you all at Love of the Land), and the one that will be missed is Tawny Tesconi, our fearless Executive Director, retiring.
I have been fortunate enough to know Tawny long before my involvement with the Sonoma County Farm Bureau. She grew up in her family home that was just down the road from the dairy. My dad, Doug, has been friends with her since childhood.
I remember Tawny most during my younger years from working at the Petaluma Fair and then Sonoma County Fair. It has been a great honor to then be able to work alongside her at the Sonoma County Farm Bureau as a Board Member and now as President. Tawny’s dedication and love for Sonoma County agriculture is a great example for those of us attempting to fill her shoes.
Tawny always put what was best for our membership first. She cared deeply for our members and worked tirelessly (even on vacation) to be our greatest advocate. I have to say, without Tawny, Sonoma County Farm Bureau would not be the strong agricultural voice in Sonoma County that it is today.
From multiple wildfire and flood evacuations, Covid testing and mask distribution, and creating vaccination programs for farm workers Tawny has led the local agricultural community through incredibly trying times. Tawny has been the face and voice of the Farm Bureau and its membership at community meetings, water stakeholder meetings, and Board of Supervisor meetings.
Tawny fostered a culture at Farm Bureau that made us the organization folks in the agriculture community could come to for support, advice, or community. Tawny’s passion for our farmers, ranchers, and growers will be greatly missed. I am so very thankful for all that she has taught me, but mostly for her example of leading with heart first. She has shown me how to be a great leader and an even better friend. You will be missed, Tawny. If you see her around, please be sure to thank her for her hard work and dedication to Sonoma County agriculture and the Sonoma County Farm Bureau.