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Agriculture - Food Farms to Vineyards

Agriculture - Food Farms to Vineyards

Sonoma County is famous for both the quality of our food from fruits and vegtables to meat and dairy - and the exceptional wines made from grapes grown in the perfect combination of soil and climate. 
Does a Cannabis Cultivation Facility belong in an area planned for family housing? Does a Cannabis Cultivation Facility belong in an area planned for family housing?
April 1, 2017
Medical Cannabis Cultivation Facility within an existing 10,972 Sq Ft industrial building - 8am to 5pm 7 days a week, with 10 employees.
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Farm to Table Recipe: Fava Bean, Onion and Pecorino Salad Farm to Table Recipe: Fava Bean, Onion and Pecorino Salad
March 1, 2017

Lots of farmers plant fava beans in the spring to introduce nitrogen and organic nutrients into the soil. Fava beans are in abundance in the March. You can find them at the year round Farmers' Markets in Sonoma County. 

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Design Your Dream Garden Garden Delights - March 2017 - Design Your Dream Garden
March 1, 2017

Imagine brilliant gardens sprouting from every sidewalk strip, every unused lot, and all those paved places that don’t actually get much traffic. All of these public spaces are ripe opportunities to grow beauty, food, habitat, and most importantly to fix our awful stormwater issues!

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Cannabis Tax Survey and Community Meeting Cannabis Tax Survey and Community Meeting
February 8, 2017
The County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa will be holding a community meeting on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017, to provide an overview of cannabis tax ordinances from both jurisdictions. The meeting will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Glaser Center, located at 547 Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa. The County and the City have been working over the past two years to developing ordinances and policies to create comprehensive regulatory schemes for the cannabis industry tailored to address local needs.
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Cannabis farm Senator McGuire Proposition 64 Hearing on Cannabis Taxes and Regulations
February 7, 2017

Senator Mike McGuire, who has been voicing concern over the last several months about the tight timelines associated with Proposition 64, will chair a Senate Governance and Finance Committee hearing next week focused on cannabis business taxes, implementing California’s Cannabis tax collection system and the “track and trace” system which verifies cannabis taxes and product safety – all critical elements of the structure for cannabis that is being developed, and that is slated to go live on January 1, 2018.  

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Creating Fruitful Yields Winter Fruit Tree Pruning & Grafting Creating Fruitful Yields Winter Fruit Tree Pruning & Grafting
February 1, 2017

Imagine brilliant gardens sprouting from every sidewalk strip, every unused lot, and all those paved places that don’t actually get much traffic. All of these public spaces are ripe opportunities to grow beauty, food, habitat, and most importantly to fix our awful stormwater issues!

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What to do with all those holiday boxes? Gardening in Under Utilized Spaces
January 4, 2017

Imagine brilliant gardens sprouting from every sidewalk strip, every unused lot, and all those paved places that don’t actually get much traffic. All of these public spaces are ripe opportunities to grow beauty, food, habitat, and most importantly to fix our awful stormwater issues!

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What to do with all those holiday boxes? Repurposing the Holidays
November 25, 2016

The holiday season is upon us! Persimmons are shining on bare trees like ornaments, kale quivers with sparkling rain drops, and of course, the Fed-Ex trucks keep rolling in, with one tiny Amazon gift in each big cardboard box. 

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Garden Delights - Start Your Own Backyard Apothecary -August 2016 Garden Delights - November 2016
October 26, 2016

The recent fall rains are an excellent reminder of the seasonal change to come, when we and our gardens need to prepare for the soggy and cool conditions of winter. At Daily Acts we believe that a water-wise garden can serve a variety of functions year-round, providing habitat, medicine and food in addition to beauty. While the term water-wise garden has become synonymous with low maintenance, seasonal work is still required to keep these plants healthy and looking good. Here are some basic tips for tending your diverse water-wise garden as we fall into winter.

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Lynda Hopkins Declares Candidacy for Sonoma County Supervisor Lynda Hopkins: A Day in the Life of a Politician...
October 20, 2016

Politicians and candidates for public office do not live by campaign speeches and policy statement alone. Still, for the most part, the media has neglected the human face of the candidates for local office and that’s too bad. Personality, temperament and the backstory matter greatly as anyone who has paid attention to the 2016 presidential race surely know. What’s true for the whole country is also true for Sonoma.
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Garden Delights - Start Your Own Backyard Apothecary -August 2016 Garden Delights - October 2016
September 28, 2016

For as long as there has been pain, cultures have sought to ease it using herbs and other botanicals. The Ancient Chinese boiled ginseng root to calm the spirit and prevent disease, Roman gladiators chewed parsley before battle to strengthen their reflexes, and the early Egyptians regarded garlic as a universal remedy, claiming that it had the power to cure every disease except for the one it caused— bad breath.

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How Changing Cannabis Laws Will Affect Sonoma County – Part 2 How Changing Cannabis Laws Will Affect Sonoma County – Part 2
September 28, 2016

Cannabis Farmers Marketing to Retailers

The farmers can maintain marketing agreements directly with the retailers. The marketing arrangement is a chain of custody and control (not a chain of possession and ownership).  So me as a producer, can still maintain my marketing relationship with the retailer; there is an intermediary check point where products are tested, taxed, QA QC. There is an efficiency of audits gained in this process control point.

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Cannabis Farm Changing Cannabis Laws Impact on Sonoma County - PART 3
September 18, 2016

Continued from PART 2 in the September Sonoma County Gazette summaries of the presenters at the August 17th conference on Cannabis Impact: How Changing Cannabis Laws Will Impact Sonoma County


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Grab N' Grow Grab N' Grow's Clean Manure Challenge
September 1, 2016
Compost production in Sonoma County has been under increasing duress over the last year. Beginning with the closure of Sonoma Compost in late 2015, our county has experienced a massive decrease in locally made material. And now we face another threat looming over the limited production that remains—manures that are tainted with potent herbicides and pesticides, rendering it unusable for compost production. 
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Garden Delights - Start Your Own Backyard Apothecary -August 2016 Garden Delights - September 2016
September 1, 2016

For as long as there has been pain, cultures have sought to ease it using herbs and other botanicals. The Ancient Chinese boiled ginseng root to calm the spirit and prevent disease, Roman gladiators chewed parsley before battle to strengthen their reflexes, and the early Egyptians regarded garlic as a universal remedy, claiming that it had the power to cure every disease except for the one it caused— bad breath.

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Garden Delights - Glorious Greywater in the Garden -August 2016 Garden Delights - August 2016
August 1, 2016

I think we can all agree that we are thankful for advancements in plumbing and sewage treatment since the Middle Ages. However, our current plumbing systems are shorting us on a great garden resource, a wellspring of irrigation water hiding inside our houses…greywater. 

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Blessing of the Bees Blessing of the Bees - August 2 in Forestville
June 29, 2016
On Aug. 2, the Forestville Farmer’s Market will have a special musical addition!  The Melissae Ensemble, part of the local Balkan Vocal Ensemble Gradina, (www.traditionalfun.org)  will present a traditional, millenial HoneyBee Ritual.
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Tiger Swallowtail Creating Native and Habitat Gardens
June 29, 2016
I have been installing Native and Habitat gardens for over 45 years, and have found that attractive Butterflies and other Pollinators is a very worthwhile and rewarding endeavor.  It is vitally important to restore habitat that may have been eliminated by construction for the ‘original inhabitants’ in our yards. 
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Spirits and Seminars Added to  Big Q Barbecue Festival Spirits and Seminars Added to Big Q Barbecue Festival
June 29, 2016
You are going to want to be where the action is as the competition heats up for the 6th Annual Wine Country Big Q - Sonoma County’s ONLY National Barbecue Competition and Festival on Saturday, July 9 from 1 to 5pm at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California.
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organic food farm Farming into the Future in Sonoma County
May 26, 2016
As we head toward making a decision on whether to allow GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) into our agricultural landscape, we are impacting the future of agriculture AND  our economy. Opening or closing the door to GMO food crops, in a way that will impact all crops grown in Sonoma County, will define what can and cannot be grown here since genetically modified plants spread seed and pollen far beyond the fence that contains them. 
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