I hope most of you had a chance to attend the 30th Annual Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest. What an event! It was another huge success with a record crowd of nearly 2,500 people! We have come a long way since our first crab feed at the Sebastopol Veterans Memorial Building. Now, 30 years later, we filled both the Hall of Flowers and the Grace Pavilion. I am very grateful for the continued support for agriculture and agriculture education in Sonoma County. The generosity shown by our community is not surprising because as Gaye LeBaron said in our recent Press Democrat insert, “We are, despite the march of time, still a farm county.”
A huge thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers that helped make it a fantastic and fun event. Thank you to all the 4-H and FFA students who volunteered. Thank you to all of our scholarship donors who help keep agriculture thriving in Sonoma County. Thank you to all of our elected officials who were able to attend the event and for their continued support throughout the years. Thank you to our board of directors who volunteer to help put on the event. Last and certainly not least, thank you to Tawny Tesconi and our staff members Brytann Busick, Susan Hansen, Anita Hawkins, Samantha Piehoff, Debra Allender, Leasha LaBruzzi, Debbie Klein and Helen Mills. To put on this successful event there are many hours worked and details that cannot be overlooked. Thank you for making the Great Sonoma Crab & Wine Fest one of the premier events to attend in Sonoma County.
Speaking of our great staff, I hope you’ve had a chance to see our recent insert, The Face of Farming, in the Press Democrat that they, and several contributors, put together. Thank you to Gaye LeBaron, Mary Fricker, Carol Schmitt, Tim Tesconi and Will Bucquoy. If you have not read it, please check it out on our website sonomafb.org. The Face of Farming shows the real benefits that agriculture provides to our county through conservation and sustainability. I hope you enjoy reading about the many projects and production practices our members use to produce amazing products and serve as good stewards of the land. It has been said many times, but farmers and ranchers are the original environmentalists. They provide our local community and other communities around the nation and the world with food and fiber. I am certainly proud to be a part of that. We are truly blessed to live and farm here.