Support for Sonoma County Ag

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Support for Sonoma County Ag

By Steve Dutton, President

Published March 1, 2017

On February 4th, Sonoma County Farm Bureau held its 28th annual crab feed and agricultural education fundraiser. Once again, we had 1,500 people attend the event that sold out two weeks ahead of time.

It is a true testament of local support that so many people from the community came to socialize, drink Sonoma County wine, eat local crab and bid on both the silent and live auctions. The Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest has become a Sonoma County must attend event over the years. Like many others, I enjoy seeing and catching up with many people I only see once a year at the event.

I know that many of you were probably socializing and may have missed the impressive list of local and state officials who made the time to attend this event. I wanted to give that list here so you can thank these officials for coming to support Sonoma County agriculture:

  • Congressman Mike Thompson
  • State Senator Mike McGuire
  • State Senator Bill Dodd
  • Assemblymember Jim Wood
  • Assemblymember Marc Levine
  • Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry
  • Supervisor Shirlee Zane
  • Supervisor James Gore
  • Supervisor Lynda Hopkins
  • Supervisor David Rabbitt
  • Supervisor Susan Gorin
  • Past District Five Supervisor Efren Carrillo
  • Fifth District Director Susan Upchurch
  • Fourth District Director Andrea Krout
  • Jason Carter, City of Santa Rosa
  • Jay Jasperse, Sonoma County Water Agency
  • Rhonda Smith, Stephanie Larson and Karen Giovannini; UCCE
  • Paul Wenger, CFBF President
  • Rich Matteis, CFBF Administrator
  • Bill Pauli, Past CFBF President
  • Sam Dolcini, Marin County President
  • Tennis Wick, PRMD

The fact that there is such strong attendance from elected officials and the larger Sonoma County community has become a point of pride for us at Farm Bureau.
I would like to thank the Board of Directors for all their volunteer hours, and I would also like to thank all the outside volunteers and the Farm Bureau staff for all of their time and dedication to guaranteeing that this event is so successful.

Once again, the community’s support for local agriculture made the event a huge financial success. All of this helps to support Sonoma County Farm Bureau and provides scholarships to future Sonoma County farmers and those that will work in ag.
After attending this event and feeling the camaraderie and optimism for a good year by all the attendees, I am reminded of a quote I recently saw by Will Rodgers, “The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn’t still be a farmer.” How true is that?

Thank you for participating in the Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest and here is to a good 2017 season. As a family friend John Balletto says, “How lucky are we to live and work in Sonoma County?”

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