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Sonoma-Marin Farm News - 2016

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Below, are highlighted articles that were published in Farm News from January 2016 - December 2016. To view, click on the cover below to navigate to the articles.

Note: Not all the articles that were in each publication made it online, so if you are looking for another article please contact Farm Bureau and ask, 707-544-5575.

 

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February 2016From High School Project to Full Time Business, Anthony Bordessa Now Has More Than 3,700 Ducks

Anthony Bordessa has 3,700 ducks. At 23 years old, he is the owner of the Washoe Valley Duck Farm, a company selling duck eggs throughout the Bay Area. Bordessa’s interest in the poultry industry began in 2009 while he was working for the McIsaac Dairy. It was the summer of his junior year in high school, and the McIsaac’s were raising chickens alongside their dairy cattle.

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Was Rural America Angry?

It has been very interesting to read about, watch and listen to events as they unfolded regarding the results from last month’s Election Day.  It has also been both somewhat understandable and equally disheartening to witness the level of unrest that accompanied the presidential results, but as anyone who has participated in the political system knows, elections tend to bring out the extreme differing positions on both ends of the political spectrum.

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A Farewell Thank You

I can’t believe 2 years has already gone by as Farm Bureau president. I’m not sure if time just flies by or if there have been so many issues thrown at us recently that it just exacerbates the feeling. Either way, the time has flown by and this is my last Farm News article. I wasn’t sure what I would write this article about as there are so many issues to write about and so many people to thank, but I really think the most important thing right now is the future of Farm Bureau and how that will affect our voice to protect our property rights and ability to farm.  

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Centenarian Fred Bollinger Honored by Sonoma County Farm Bureau

On Wednesday, October 12th 2016, Fred Bollinger celebrated a milestone day. Bollinger turned 100 years old, officially able to take on the title of centenarian. Bollinger has lived in Sebastopol his entire life spending the majority of his life on a farm three miles from the city’s center. Bollinger’s great grandfather emigrated from Switzerland in the 1800’s and settled in Kansas. Bollinger’s father, David King, moved to California in the late 1800’s.

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Sonoma County Airport Express: Supporting the Community and Agriculture

Sonoma County Airport Express is a fleet of 21 buses shuttling passengers between Sonoma County and San Francisco and Oakland Airports. The company was started in 1980, originally carrying passengers to and from SFO in vans and minibuses. The company expanded to service Oakland Airport in the late 90’s and now has nine trips to OAK every day of the year and an additional 19 to SFO.

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Cooley Ranch: 19,000 Acre Ag Preserve Adjacent to Lake Sonoma is Farm Bureau’s Newest Premium Member

Cooley Ranch is a 19,000 acre property in northern Sonoma County extending from the headwaters of Lake Sonoma to Southern Mendocino County. The property was protected by an easement with the Sonoma County Open Space District in 2001, but it is still privately held by the Cooley Family.

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Braised Beef with Sweet Potatoes, Lady Apples and Cranberries

The weather has started getting a little chilly, and now is the time when we start dreaming about all of our favorite warm and hearty holiday meals. Instead of making the same old thing, we wanted to truly call in all of the flavors of the season into one dish.  This savory and tangy braised beef is the perfect thing to heat you up on a cold winter's night.

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February 2016Technology and Farming: How One Tech CEO’s Passion for Sonoma County Land Bloomed into Award Winning Olive Oil

Ridgely Evers was born in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Palo Alto, Calif. as a teenager. He has spent the last 49 years writing code in the Silicon Valley, often known as “the guy who created QuickBooks”. Now, Evers is also the driving force behind DaVero, known around the world for their high-quality olive oil and Italian wines.

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Impacting Community

One year ago in October I began serving as Executive Director for Sonoma County Farm Bureau. At that time I could never have imagined what was in store for the next year. Now looking back over the past twelve months and absorbing everything that has occurred in my professional and personal life, I am convinced there is a higher power in control leading all of us to opportunities and equipping us to face challenges that accompany our decisions and actions. I am thankful for all of the support that I have received from the exceptional staff and leadership of this organization.

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New Home for Farm Bureau

It is with great excitement that I can say Farm Bureau is has found a new home. It has taken years of discussion and research but we are proud to say we will be moving our offices to 3589 Westwind Boulevard near the Sonoma County Airport. I want to thank everyone for all of the effort that went into researching our office options and who have helped to lay the path for the future of the Sonoma County Farm Bureau.  

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Sonoma County Farm Bureau Opposes Measure M

Measure M is an unnecessary, poorly drafted measure that won’t do anything to benefit Sonoma County residents or make our food safer. Instead, by creating an arbitrary ban only in our county, Measure M will hurt local family farmers and ranchers, jeopardize our local economy that depends heavily on agriculture, and cost tens to hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars in new bureaucracy and red tape to implement. Please vote no.

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LeBallister’s: A Family Owned Seed and Fertilizer Company with More Than 50 Years of Experience

During LeBallister’s Seed and Fertilizer’s busy time of the year, customers can find three generations working for the family-run business. The business is primarily managed by Kelly Boyer with help from her father Tom Hendrickson who started the business. Tom has taken a step back from the day to day operations especially during the off-season. Kelly’s son Nathan also helps out with the family business part-time between his college classes.

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Butternut Squash Soup

This butternut squash soup is our first course at Thanks Giving dinner and it’s always a big hit but is just as yummy all winter long. We roast the squash the day before to save time and it’s ready to chop and add to the soup. Tip: Roasting the squash whole makes it much easier to peel and seed.

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Impact of Grazing on Endangered Species

Through the 1980’s, 1990’s, and into the early 2000’s, efforts to conserve threatened and endangered (special status) species on western rangelands often meant removing livestock ranching.  Research findings, demonstration results, and failed conservation efforts in recent years involving endangered species have supported the continuation of livestock ranching and the reintroduction of grazing to some rangelands that were “protected” through grazing removal.

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February 2016Foggy River Farm: Sharing Agriculture with the Community

Foggy River Farm, a CSA in the Russian River Valley, is the culmination of one couple’s dream to be self-sustaining and share what it’s like to grow food with other people. Emmett and Lynda Hopkins are the owners of Foggy River Farm, a CSA (community supported agriculture) they have been building since 2009. Emmett grew up on the Russian River Valley property outside of Healdsburg which has been in his family for three generations.

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I Farm, I Ranch, I Vote

Well everyone…it is decision time again.  In a little more than a month from now the election season will have been completed for another two years. Do I hear some cheering? Hopefully, everyone will exercise their right as United States citizens and either show up on November 8th at the polls or have returned their vote by mail ballot. A request for a vote by mail ballot needs to be received by the county by the November 1st deadline.  Either way, please be a part of the process as I am sure someone elder in your family most likely has offered, “If you do not vote, you have no reason to complain.”

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Sonoma County Farm Bureau Opposes Measure M

Measure M is an unnecessary, poorly drafted measure that won’t do anything to benefit Sonoma County residents or make our food safer. Instead, by creating an arbitrary ban only in our county, Measure M will hurt local family farmers and ranchers, jeopardize our local economy that depends heavily on agriculture, and cost tens to hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars in new bureaucracy and red tape to implement. Please vote no.

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George Petersen Insurance Agency: Supporting Sonoma County Agriculture

George Petersen Insurance Agency was founded in 1935 and opened their Sonoma County offices in 1975. George Petersen Insurance is one of the largest independently owned insurance agencies in Northern California and is committed to offering quality insurance in Sonoma County and beyond.

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YF&R "Field of Dreams" Meeting at Balletto Vineyards & Winery in Santa Rosa

The September Monthly meeting for Sonoma-Marin Young Farmers and Ranchers was a very successful turnout where Balletto Vineyards & Winery in Santa Rosa hosted us.  Hidden behind the crush pad was our meeting location for a casual game of slow-pitch softball at the Balletto’s baseball diamond – The Field of Dreams.   

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Pumpkin Pepita Muffins

Fall is finally here, and it’s our all-time favorite season! The leaves are turning, the weather is getting chilly, and the mornings are especially foggy (and beautiful!). Not to mention, your favorite pumpkin themed treats are showing up everywhere! We wanted to add to the fun by creating these delicious and easy to make muffins.

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Meet Sonoma County’s Newest FFA Advisors and Agriculture Instructors

As the 2016 school year begins, Sonoma County has five new agriculture instructors. Two of the FFA advisors are continuing their careers having previously taught at Sonoma County schools, two advisors are new to teaching bringing professional experience from the Sonoma County agriculture industry and one advisor from the Central Valley will begin his first year teaching in Sonoma County.

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Ettamarie Peterson Sonoma County Bee Queen

When Ettamarie Peterson was growing up, she never dreamed she’d be living on a farm with cows, horses and bees. As a city girl living in downtown Sacramento, she just wanted to become a school teacher. Peterson did become a school teacher, and 18 years ago she retired from a 37 year career teaching.

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February 2016

Long Horns and Lean Beef

Eight years ago David and Kristine Beck took a family vacation to the Grand Canyon where David saw a large set of horns in a bar. The horns continued to come up in conversation as something that would be great to have over their mantel, and Kristine describes David as having had “horn envy.” When they got back, Kristine looked into buying a set of horns for her husband, but shipping such a large package proved difficult

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Measure M Is Back…Still Bad Policy

I am confident that many civic-minded citizens are aware that election season is now building toward November 8, the last day to participate. Labor Day is the traditional day that campaigns begin to increase their activity to gain support for a candidate or a cause. California is one of 26 states, 18 of which lie west of the Mississippi River, that also allow for initiative rights for their citizens.

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Marijuana and Its Effect on Ag

It’s that time of year again for many of us to start ramping up for harvest and working toward bringing in our crops. For many people it will be just another day as the cows will still need milking and eggs still need collecting from our chickens. But for those of us with grapes, apples, and other annual and perennial crops it’s that short period of time that all of the work we have done all year comes to a head, and we find whether mother-nature will let us be profitable or not. One of those crops will now be marijuana.

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102 Awards Presented at Awards Dinner

Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County and Sonoma County Fair hosted the Awards Dinner on August 5, 2016. More than 700 exhibitors, parents, teachers and club leaders attended the event. One-hundred and two awards were presented to fair livestock exhibitors showing both breeding and market projects.

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Joe Judge and Giving Back to the Community

Joe Judge and his wife Gail live in Bennett Valley where they have 10 acres of grapes and raise beef for their consumption. Judge is the current President of the Bennett Valley Grape Growers and a past commissioner for the Sonoma County Winegrowers. He works for Wells Fargo Advisors as the Senior Vice President, joking that he spends ¾ of his time there and ½ of his time working in his vineyard.

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Kale Caesar Salad

We love Caesar Salad and using baby kale instead of Romaine gives it a boost of healthy nutrients. We also like to toss any leftover dressing with grilled vegetables. Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables around and with this exciting recipe you will find a great new way to incorporate it into your diet!

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Life on the Farm at the Gravenstein Apple Fair

The Gravenstein Apple Fair was held on the second weekend in August drawing an estimated 15,000 guests – 7,000 on Saturday and 8,000 on Sunday. The Apple Fair, started in 1910, is produced by Sonoma County Farm Trails and held at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol.

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Novavine

Novavine is a leading provider of young grapevines, grafting more than 6.5 million vines a year. Novavine also sold more than 50,000 olive trees in the last year. The grapevine nursery was founded by Milton and Ellen Heath in 1996 and incorporated in 1997.

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Santa Rosa Junior College Ag Department Hires Two Professors

The Santa Rosa Junior College Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources will begin the fall semester with new full-time professors/program coordinators. Joel Grogan will be filling an Environmental Horticulture position formerly held by PJ LoCoco who retired in December 2015. Amy Housman will be filling an Animal Science position which has been vacant for three years.

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August - 2016

February 2016

Love of the Land honors Stewards of the Land

More than 1,000 people gathered at Saralee’s Grove and Richard’s Vineyard in Windsor on July 15th to honor stewards of the land at Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s annual Love of the Land. The event started at 4 p.m. with a Sonoma Grown Reception. Vendors offered award winning wines from throughout Sonoma County as well as food prepared by local chefs.

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Food Security

If you are paying attention to what topics are important lately, of course, there are the most recently completed national party conventions and the accompanying policy platforms that will be debated over the next three months. In November, we will elect a President and Congress who will guide our national and domestic interests into the future.  In all of this election activity though, there has been little attention focused on the importance of agriculture in our society and its contribution to our national security.

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Giving Voice of the Citizen Farmer

Not too far in our distant past the majority of American citizens understood their reliance on agriculture.   Indeed, for the majority of our history, urban dwellers and rural communities alike felt an intimate connection with the land.

 

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Julie and Tom Atwood: Protecting the Future of Sonoma County Agriculture

Julie and Tom Atwood are the owners of the Atwood Ranch, a 70 acre parcel of land in Glen Ellen. Twenty of those 70 acres are planted with wine grapes. Additionally, on the property the Atwoods have five horses, a few cattle, and many acres of open and riparian corridor space.

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Hagemann Ranch Trout Farm, A family Fishing Tradition

Pam Hagemann has always had a passion for fishing. As a child, she remembers her grandparents taking her to hatcheries and fishing out of the back seat of their Cadillac. Growing up, Hagemann often went fishing at her family’s cabin near Shasta, where her grandmother once caught a record breaking fish.

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Sonoma County Fair Lamb Auction Breaks Records

The lamb auction broke records at the Sonoma County Fair on July 24th as the top selling lamb brought $80/lb.  The Reserve Champion Black Lamb sold eighth in the sale and was exhibited by Karina Lochner. The previous record was set by Laurin Murnin of Live Oak 4-H in 2012 when her lamb was purchased for $55/lb by G&G Market.

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Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad

There is so much fresh and delicious corn out there right now, and this salad takes full advantage of that! We love to serve this at a barbeque or bring it as a side dish to any sort of outdoor party. Plus, its great warm, or cold!

 

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Saralee and Richard's Barn at the Fairgrounds

Great news, after breaking ground in September, 2015, the Saralee and Richard's Barn was dedicated on July 21st prior to the opening of this year's Sonoma County Fair! When Saralee Kunde was the President of the Sonoma County Fair Board of Directors in 2012, she created the Sonoma County Fair Foundation.

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July - 2016

February 2016

Tim Tesconi Inducted Into Farm Bureau Hall of Fame

Throughout Sonoma County and beyond, Tim Tesconi is a common name in agricultural households. Many know Tesconi through the last 10 years he spent serving as community relations coordinator and then executive director of Sonoma County Farm Bureau, and many more know him through his 33 year career writing about North Bay agriculture for The Press Democrat.

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Finding Your Voice: Advocacy

Event planning, assisting members, agricultural and continuing education, communicating information and policy advocacy are the largest time occupiers for the staff of your organization. With the dedicated support of your volunteer leaders and committee members your Farm Bureau team remains engaged on several fronts. 

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Glyphosate

In recent discussions with different people at the County of Sonoma, it sounds like there is some concern about the county’s use of glyphosate (Round-up) as part of its roadside weed control program. It seems recently the glyphosate has been under more attack than ever as a potential carcinogen and there has been lots of bad press around that.

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Cheri and Phil Marcucci Create Documentary on Family History and Sonoma County Agriculture

Both Cheri and Phil Marcucci come from agricultural families. They were married in 1965 and purchased Phil’s family’s property from his grandparents in 1973. Phil’s family originally grew grapes before the prohibition era and later switched to apples. Cheri also came from a family that grew apples.

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Michelle McClure Hired As Membership Development and Advertising Coordinator

Michelle McClure, a member of the dairy family from Inverness, has been hired as Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s Membership Development and Advertising Coordinator. McClure is a recent graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a past intern of Sonoma County Farm Bureau.

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Syar Industries and Their Presence in the Sonoma County Agriculture Industry

Syar Industries was started in 1937 by CM (Tony) Syar. Now owned by his sons Jim and Denton Syar, the aggregate business has operations in ten counties throughout Northern California. Although their primary business is providing aggregate materials, Syar is also heavily involved in the agriculture industry.

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Grilled Apricot and Ricotta Appetizer

We were inspired to make these after picking bags full of perfectly ripe apricots at our Grandmas. These are great to make as a starter for any outside BBQ because they’re incredibly easy (and fun!) to make. When choosing apricots, they should be completely peach colored but not too soft as they need to stand up to the grill. We hope you enjoy!

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Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue Educates the Community about Predator Prevention

The Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue (SCWR) was established in 1981 by a group of women concerned about the welfare of wildlife in Sonoma County. They hired their first staff member, Executive Director Doris Duncan, in 2000 and have continued to grow since.

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February 2016

Six Generations of Agriculture

Like many multigenerational farming families, the Mauritson Family’s story starts nearly 150 years ago with the great great grandfather of Thom Mauritson. Sven Parker Hallengren, known as SP, emigrated from Sweden, landing at Ellis Island in New York before coming west. SP settled in the Dry Creek Valley raising sheep, growing grapes and making wine to ship back to Sweden. For the next 100 years, the family continued on, but everything changed in 1968.

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SCFB Opposes Transgenic Contamination Prevention Ordinance

On May 24, Farm Bureau Directors Norm Yenni, Tito Sasaki, Steve Dutton and Jeff Carlton testified at the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors meeting to advocate for the Supervisors putting the GMO legislation on the ballot instead of adopting it outright. The Supervisors voted 5-0 to place it on the November ballot despite testimony from the anti-GMO group asking them to adopt it and not allowing the voters to have a say.

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SCFB at Work in Sonoma County

So as you read this, I am three quarters of the way through my term as County President. For any of you that do not know what the term is, it is a maximum of two one year terms. It has been an exciting experience and with harvest, holidays and all the activities in the fall, it’s going to be over before I know it. That said, we are tackling some major issues, as always. There never seems to be a dull moment at Farm Bureau, and I wanted to update you with a list of what we are up to.

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Burgess Lumber: 45 Years of Commitment to Sonoma County Lumber Industry

Orin Burgess started Burgess Lumber in 1972 with his brother, Lee. Originally from Trinity County, the pair began selling mobile home set-up materials in Santa Rosa before transitioning to a retail lumber business in the early 80’s. Orin Burgess said the business grew and grew until it became what it is today. Eight years ago, the brothers split the business with Orin taking the Sonoma County retail yard and Lee taking their Mendocino County holdings.

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Rochioli Vineyards and Winery: Award Winning Wines and a Long Sonoma County History

Rochioli Vineyards and Winery is a family run business operated by a father and son team. At 82, Joe Rochioli still gets up every morning and heads to the field to give his workers instructions. Joe’s son Tom has become the principal winemaker and together they are producing top notch award winning wines.

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Farm Bureau Foundation Awards More Than $135,000 in Scholarships to Students Studying Agriculture in Sonoma and Marin Counties

Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County has awarded more than $135,000 to top students in Sonoma and Marin Counties pursuing higher education in agricultural related fields. This year, 40 students will receive scholarships. All of the recipients are graduating high school seniors and continuing their education at a four year university or the Santa Rosa Junior College.

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Easy Chilled Red Pepper Soup

Time for chilled soup and this one is a great starter for any BBQ this summer. The almond milk and toasted almonds on top add a nutty flavor to the sweetness of the peppers. Easy to prepare and you can make it up to 2 days ahead. Makes 4 cups of soup.

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February 2016Hughes Dairy Focuses on Cattle Health and Land Management

Richard Hughes is a first generation dairy farmer. It’s not something you often hear, most Sonoma County dairy farmers are several generations in. But Hughes had a dream when he was only 14 years old, and it was to become a dairy farmer. At the time, Hughes lived in the Bay Area, but spent a summer in Nebraska milking cows by hand. After coming back, his 4-H sheep project turned into two Guernseys he purchased from his 4-H leader.

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Image Tree Service, Stemmed from a Young Man’s Dream, Is Now a Successful and Bountiful Company

Jeff Kowell, owner of Image Tree Service, set his sights on being an arborist and starting his own company when he was a charismatic, determined and hardworking 24 year old. Working for a myriad of local tree service companies, he traveled from one to the next with hopes of gleaning all the experience and information he could.

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Minimum Wage and Ag Overtime Bills

By now I am sure you have all heard of CA SB 3, the minimum wage bill signed by Governor Brown that raises the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022. This date is delayed by employers of 25 people or fewer until 2023. It also builds in annual cost of living increases starting in 2024. That is not the only bill working its way through the State Legislature, more on that later.

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Finding Your Voice

Are you one of the millions of viewers who recently experienced the final season of the television program American Idol?  If you are not, each year for the past fifteen years anyone who believed they could perform well vocally could show up and audition at various cities across the country to hopefully be selected as a contestant. 

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Premium Members Gather to Discuss Sonoma County Agriculture

On April 20th, Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s Premium Members gathered at Francis Ford Coppola Winery for a luncheon. More than 40 top agricultural leaders in Sonoma County gathered near the pool with sweeping views of Geyserville and Alexander Valley on a sunny and 75° day.

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Maddie Hansen Takes Home Top Talent Award in Miss Sonoma County Pageant

Maddie Hansen is an 18 year old senior at Santa Rosa High School. Hansen, who has an agriculture background, recently competed in the Miss Sonoma County Pageant. She was the third runner up, but she said at the end of the contest, it was about much more than winning. From the pageant, Hansen has gained life skills and a new found appreciation for Sonoma County.

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Ribboned Beet and Carrot Salad with Quick Pickled Red Onion and Jicama

It has been such a beautiful spring in the north bay! We’ve been having the perfect combination of rain and shine; plus, some of our favorite vegetables are finally coming into season. Inspired by what’s fresh at the farmers market, we set out to make a colorful salad that is perfect for spring.


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Farming for the Future

Sonoma County’s agricultural diversity and stewardship is the direct result of the hard work of farmers, ranchers and the agricultural organizations. This publication showcases six landowners who through their conservation practices have fostered greater levels of sustainability.

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April - 2016

February 201636th Annual Ag Days Gets Students Up-Close and Personal with Agriculture

More than 5,700 people attended Ag Days, including 4,200 elementary age children. Ag Days, a two day event in March put on the Sonoma County Farm Bureau, brought the farm to children as they flocked to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds to see agriculture in action, up close and personal.

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Duckhorn Wine Company, a Napa-based Winery, Is Making an Impression on Sonoma County

Duckhorn Wine Company was founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976. Their first vintage in 1978 focused on single varietal wines, specifically Merlot and Cabernet. Forty-three years later, Duckhorn has sixteen estate vineyards and five brands spread throughout Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino Counties.

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Homelessness and Water Quality

It’s time for me to write another article about water. The good news is this month as I write this we have a full soil moisture profile and everything is well saturated. We are in great position going into spring when it comes to having water to grow crops and water livestock. It’s a big improvement over the last couple years, so things are looking up. The water issue I get to rant about this month is water quality.

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Farm Bureau Supports Sonoma County Agriculture

Agriculture education and public policy are two of the primary purposes of why members support the work of Farm Bureau in Sonoma County. These topics range from our local Ag Days held in March to working on forming ag friendly legislation around the county. Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s Ag Days are a great example of the commitment of our agriculture community banding together to share the story of farming and ranching as well as educating teachers, parents and students about the original source of their food and fiber. 

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Dragonfly Farm: A Healdsburg Mainstay for 26 Years

Twenty-six years ago, Bonnie Z ran out of space for her garden at her home in Point Richmond. She had a background in textiles and was looking for a property with a larger house, larger studio and larger garden. However, when Z purchased her six acres of property off Westside Road in Healdsburg, she got a larger garden, smaller house and no studio.

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Ag Days 2016 Class and Awards Dinner Photos

Did your student or class attend Ag Days? Take the opportunity to preview photos of both the Ag Days Photo booth and the Ag Days Awards Dinner. All photos are available for free download from Sonoma County Farm Bureau.


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Springtime Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Try this delicious Springtime Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad for your next garden party lunch. The fresh tomatoes along with the crunch of the cucumber pairs nicely with the light and bright vinaigrette making this dish an instant favorite.


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Young Farmers and Rancher Sporting Clays Shoot - Sold Out

Sonoma-Marin Young Farmers and Ranchers have sold their last entry in the Sporting Clays shoot for 2016, however Sponsorships are still available for the event. Click on the link below and make a purchase to support the committees efforts. 100% of the proceeds from the event go to the Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee.

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March - 2016

February 2016

More Than 1,500 Attend Sold Out Crab Feed

Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s 27th annual crab feed sold out with more than two weeks to go to until the event. Benefitting agricultural education, more than 1,500 people attended the event on February 6 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest started with a local food and wine reception before moving into dinner and later the program.

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Deadline for Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship Applications is April 8

This year the Farm Bureau Foundation will award more than $71,000 in scholarships to Sonoma County students pursuing higher education at a four year college, junior college or vocational school within an agricultural related field.


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The Uncertain Future of Water

Sonoma County Farm Bureau recently concluded our Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest. It was another huge success with a record crowd. Hats off to the entire staff of SCFB to their success and hard work to put such a large event on. As many of you know the local crab season has been a complete disaster for our local fishing industry.

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Is All Farming Good?

What an amazing place Sonoma County is, and we are fortunate enough to be able to it call home.  We are blessed with a Mediterranean micro climate allowing local agriculture to produce an abundance and diversity of fresh food, in some cases nearly all year. This is certainly a treasured asset we have inherited and from which we will continue to derive benefits.

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Sonoma County Farm Bureau Water Committee Met to Discuss Medical Marijuana Cultivation & Regulation

Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s Water Committee met to discuss impending regulations on Medical Marijuana (AB 243, AB 266 and SB 643). The new state law now mandates that each county develop and adopt ordinances for licensing and land use.

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Bevill Vineyard Management Supports Sonoma County Agriculture

Duff Bevill, founder of Bevill Vineyard Management (BVM), moved to Sonoma County in 1973. He grew up in Southern California, right outside the Los Angeles city line in a newly developed suburb that had previously been prime farmland.


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Nutty Tacos

These tacos may be one of the best recipes for fooling your taste buds! It pretty much breaks the laws of tasting physics, because we transform raw walnuts into… taco meat! The walnuts are covered in spices so they taste and resemble ground beef.


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Geyserville Tractor Supply Brings Equipment & Parts Back to
Northern Sonoma County

Geyserville Tractor Supply opened in April 2015, close to one year ago. It is operated by Terry and Justin Fischer, a father son team who have more than 44 years of combined experience. Terry owned a John Deere dealership in Santa Rosa for 30 years before selling the business in 2013.

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February 2016

Bamboo Sourcery: Sonoma County’s Hidden Garden

West of Sebastopol is a seven and a half acre piece of property on a very steep slope. But the crop growing on the hillside of an old quarry isn’t what you’d expect. Jennifer York and her husband, Joe Ruffatto, are growing bamboo.
The business started in the late 70’s when York’s father, Gerald Bol, started collecting bamboo plants as a hobby.

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Deadline for Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship Applications is April 8

This year the Farm Bureau Foundation will award more than $71,000 in scholarships to Sonoma County students pursuing higher education at a four year college, junior college or vocational school within an agricultural related field.


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Groundwater Research & Legislation

While most Californians have understood for some time the need to manage the drawdown of surface water few have understood the same sustainable principles regarding the extraction of groundwater also hold true. Historically, groundwater management in California was not a difficult task, but demands from drought and modern pressures underscore the need to improve how we manage our groundwater reserves.

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Agriculture Education – Making a Connection

As you read this month’s Farm News, we are wrapping up the 27th Annual Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest. Hopefully, you secured your seat at a table on the afternoon and evening of February 6th! I have been reminded several times since arriving early last fall about the attraction and importance of this event, and I am looking forward to seeing many of you.

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On Farm Pickup From a Nontraditional Farming Couple

Seth and Sarah James are a husband and wife team who run Open Field Farm in Petaluma. If you didn’t know their story, it would be hard to determine they didn’t have an agriculture background. Seth is from New York and Sarah is from the Bay Area, neither of them grew up on a farm.


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Jackson Family Wines Chooses Farm Bureau Premium Membership

Katie Jackson is a second generation winegrower and the Vice President of External Affairs and Sustainability for Jackson Family Wines (JFW). Her father and mother, Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke, founded the family wine business in 1982.


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Valentine Spritz Cookies

These Spritz cookies are tiny little hearts with big flavor. Spritz cookies are traditionally made during the winter holidays as a splurge but we have transformed them into our Valentine treats. For Spritz cookies the dough is put into a cookie press and different shapes can be easily made.


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‘Life lessons’ on the ranch shape woman’s policy career

When tracing the origin of her love for agriculture, Andrea Krout recalls childhood memories of bottle-feeding calves early in the morning with her mom and later getting involved in 4-H and FFA.


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Winegrowers Present Survey on Impressions of the Wine Industry

At their annual Dollars and Sense seminar on January 14th, the Sonoma County Winegrowers presented a survey on the impressions of the wine industry in Sonoma County. The survey, commissioned by the winegrowers, was conducted by FM3, a public opinion and research strategy firm. FM3 conducted 401 telephone interviews with registered voters in Sonoma County between July 24 – 30, 2015. The margin of sampling error was 4.9%.

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January - 2016

January 2016

Land for Future Generations

Jim Doerksen described his decision to sell his 124 acre ag preserve to LandPaths as selfish. With no children to inherit the land after Doerksen and his wife Betty both pass, he knew the best way for the land to stay in agriculture and educate children about nature would be with LandPaths. However, the Doerksens’ devotion to preserving their land and their dedication to agriculture seems anything but selfish.


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From Cowboy Candy to Exotic Meat, Bud’s Custom Meats is a Sonoma County Sensation

When Bud Gamba got out of the military, he needed a job. In 1975, he picked up a set of knives and started Bud’s Custom Meats. While this was the start of the Penngrove butcher shop, it wasn’t the first time the family had been involved in the meat industry.


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2016, The Year of Unified Agriculture

With a new year brings new opportunities. After all of the issues we have tackled over the last year I am looking forward to getting some more resolved and hopefully behind us. I think 2016 is the year a unified agriculture will be as important as ever for Sonoma County.

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Sphere of Influence

Anyone who has been involved with leadership in Farm Bureau above and beyond the essential support of being a member knows that Farm Bureau has historically been looked upon to be the voice of agriculture as a general farm organization. 

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Two Rock Elementary Teaches the Importance of Agriculture

The Two Rock Elementary School’s 158 students have two teachers and one principal who are devoted to teaching students about agriculture. Pat Godoski is the school’s fifth grade teacher and Jan Brogan teaches sixth grade.


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Renewable Energy for a Cleaner Future

Sonoma Clean Power is the official electricity provider for Sonoma County encompassing all areas except Healdsburg, which has their own municipal utility. Sonoma Clean Power provides environmentally friendly power at competitive rates.


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Spicy Thai Vegetable Soup

There’s no better way to start off your new year's resolution to eat healthier than with this spicy, hearty soup. We added root vegetables like parsnips and carrots that are in season this time of year, and they have a lot of surprising health benefits. Due to being the root of the plant, they store many vitamins, antioxidants, and are a great source of fiber.


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Steve Reese Honored with Spirit of Sonoma Award

Steve Reese’s community spirit, work ethic and can-do attitude epitomize the Spirit of Sonoma County Award. Reese was honored alongside 21 other community members at the annual awards ceremony on December 4th.


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