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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. 

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2017-09-28Sep 28, 2017

With October's arrival we welcome squash season. For this month's article as I researched squash I realized there are so many options; from pumpkin to delicata to butternut to spaghetti squash. It seems a comprehensive list of varieties for winter squash to look for at the farmers' markets while you are shopping.

2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017

Do you want to be an informed consumer and support a healthy environment in Sonoma County? Health information and wine expert Pam Strayer will present a guide to using publicly available information to see which vineyard pesticides are being used in Sonoma. She’ll also present information on how to support Sonoma’s best organic and biodynamic producers.

2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017

Readers of this reporter’s August local and national articles on unpermitted cannabis growing expressed both appreciations and appropriate criticisms. Their feedback has made me aware of how complicated this issue is.

2017-08-30Aug 30, 2017

This is the time of year, if you are not careful you might find your neighbors dropping off Zucchini on your doorstep. We often find zucchini as well as summer squash to be everywhere at the farmers' markets in September.

2017-06-29Jun 29, 2017

After halting logging in the environmentally sensitive mature floodplain redwood forest of the lower Gualala River, Judge René Chouteau of Sonoma County Superior Court awarded $162,000 in attorney’s fees to the successful parties in environmental litigation over CAL FIRE’s approval of the Dogwood Timber Harvest Plan. 

2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017

The Mission Statement of the Permit and Resource Management Department starts with “…serve the people of Sonoma County by providing a customer-focused process for the orderly development of real property” and ends with “develop and maintain standards that protect the health and safety of the public.”  It’s business first. Or, as PRMD’s new moniker “Permit Sonoma” suggests, permits first.

2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017

“The land is never saved; it’s always being saved” — to paraphrase the late Coastal Commission Executive Peter M. Douglas.

2017-06-27Jun 27, 2017

July is all about picnics, BBQs and eating outdoors with friends and family. The summer crops are starting to come in from our local Sonoma County farmers at the farmers’ markets. 

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