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2020-03-20Mar 20, 2020

With the COVID-19 outbreak spreading and shelter-in-place orders coming down across the state, we at CAFF are working hard to keep our local food system running strong, our family farmers in business and our communities safe and healthy. While confusion abounds during this ever-developing COVID-19 crisis, one thing is clear: a strong, healthy, local food system is absolutely essential during times like these. So what can consumers do right now to help assure that our family farms stay in business and the many people who comprise of our shared food system can weather this storm? From  joining a CSA  to ordering direct from farms online to making sure our most vulnerable have food CAFF has compiled a few tips.

2019-12-31Dec 31, 2019

The Jennifer Bice Artisan Dairy/Cheesemaker Grant is a culmination of Jennifer’s rich heritage, knowledge and life.  The grant recipient is chosen by a selection committee and administered by the California Artisan Cheese Guild. All the cheesemakers are so dedicated and hard working. With a 40 plus year history of commitment to creating a caring and thriving business, Jennifer Bice can clearly see the same passion she has felt, in each of the Artisan Cheese Guild members who have applied for the grant.

2019-12-29Dec 29, 2019

What are your plans for your business for the next decade as well as the next year? Where do you see your business when 2030 hits? Do you have plans to expand the business to reach different areas or you may expand your services to reach different customers. Perhaps you are thinking it is time to sell your business. Whatever you are going to do, you will need a plan for it. 

2019-12-12Dec 12, 2019

On Tuesday December 10th the Petaluma Chamber of Commerce Leadership class had their annual “Nonprofit Day”. David Adams owner of Quality Printing Services and graduate of Leadership class 2019 this year’s nonprofit day chair brought together a wide mix of the nonprofits in Petaluma from a variety of categories to share the rich diversity of services and organizations that Petaluma is blessed with.

2019-12-10Dec 10, 2019

I did some research into WHY people enjoy shopping in stores they can walk into. Part of it is the pleasure of getting out of normal routines. Retail Therapy is a term because people get real pleasure out of shopping. Holiday shopping is especially pleasurable because we think about the people we love. When we find something they will enjoy, we get a mini-thrill.

2019-12-05Dec 5, 2019

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California businesses and residents affected by the Kincade Fire that occurred Oct. 23 - Nov. 7, 2019, announced acting Administrator Christopher M. Pilkerton of the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s designated representative, Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services on Nov. 14, 2019.

 

2019-12-03Dec 3, 2019

The Chanukah Shoppe is here! Conveniently located in downtown Petaluma, this Chanukah pop-up boutique offers a delightful array of holiday necessities. The Chanukah Shoppe will be open from November 29 - December 27.

2019-11-30Nov 30, 2019

The small cannabis farmers have taken the hardest hits with our newly regulated industry, and many are still in the process of getting their permits to cultivate. Appellations are a legally defined and protected geographical area that identifies where something is made. In the case of cannabis, the same strain grown in a foggy coastal area versus a dryer inland area will produce different results. Articulating these differences to the sophisticated consumer will help promote Sonoma County cannabis and keep our county economically ahead of the curve. There is an Urgency to act quickly with the passage of SB 185 by Senator Mike McGuire allowing appellations to be formed by January 1, 2021

 

2019-11-19Nov 19, 2019

This past Saturday Nov 16, I attended a very unusual and heartwarming event at REFRAME Hair Gallery  run by Nevuah Rautenberg and Cameron Nairn Wayland the owners. The event  Glamour + Grit: Art Show & CSA Fair, featured women farmers from across Sonoma and Napa Counties. There was a delicious spread of food and wine in the center. The women farmers had set up displays and provided information at each styling booth, with the portrait of each farmer at their farm on the wall behind them.  The photographs of  Loren Hansen Photography  are beautiful and capture the spirit of the women in their farm setting. Visitors could talk with the farmers and sign up for a CSA;  I was surprised to learn from Evan Wiig the communication and membership director of Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), that Every CSA farm in Sonoma and Napa Counties is either woman-owned or co-owned! 

2019-11-11Nov 11, 2019

Before the main event could begin, there were tickets to raffle off to support GetchuSomeGear, a non-profit that collects coffee gear to supply marginalized or under-paid individuals in the coffee industry. Next, a large group of costumed contestants stood in front of the room, each one named as the onlookers clapped enthusiastically for their favorite entrant. On October 24th in Sebastopol, Retrograde Roasters held their first Latte Art Throwdown at their current location, to a room packed with a colorful collection of inventive costumes.

2019-10-24Oct 24, 2019

While California’s cannabis market is bursting with countless new brands and flourishing with innovation and sophistication, with products in gorgeous packaging, a surprising majority are made with mass produced, low quality ingredients like distillate, isolate and corn syrup. Gasp. The fact that many of us are just happy to be able to legally acquire cannabis products has precluded many of us from asking the important questions about the source and quality of a product..

2020-03-18Mar 18, 2020

If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week.

2020-03-10Mar 10, 2020

Seasons, located inside a building from the late 1800s that originally housed a shoe store, retains old world charm with its ornate tin-tiled ceiling, brick walls and an overall elegant décor. The staff is friendly and the space has a warm and inviting vibe. In addition to some really good wine, Seasons sells an assortment of unique, high-end merchandise, making it the perfect stop for those who want to taste and shop with glass in hand. The gold-colored beverage in my glass has generally been Ferrari-Carano’s Reserve Chardonnay

2020-02-28Feb 28, 2020

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) amended a bill yesterday that would delete the requirement that freelance journalists and photographers can annually submit 35 contributions to a single publication in order to remain independent contractors. The bill, AB 1850, would exempt a still photographer, photojournalist, freelance writer, editor, or newspaper cartoonist from the ABC test established by the state Supreme Court in the Dynamex decision and was expanded by AB 5 last year. Also, Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) has introduced AB 2372 sponsored by the Ventura County Coroner's Office to make all autopsy results confidential.

2020-02-27Feb 27, 2020

Featuring Wilson Winery  “We have amazing, award-winning wines, with a laid-back atmosphere … It’s everything; the views, the wines, and our fun wine club events,”  and Zichichi Family Vineyard  “We sell out of everything from our estate vineyard and we have for more than seven years in a row; the demand is greater than our supply,” Hospitality Associate Midori Longo said.

2020-02-26Feb 26, 2020

Upstream Investments will be honored with a Gold Resolution from the Board of Supervisors on Friday, February 28, 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. The Board strategically chose the Upstream Investments collective impact model, which has been successfully adopted by other U.S. counties and cities, to create a shift in the way social services operate in the County. The Board of Supervisors’ interest in prevention-focused strategies was inspired by concerns over an increase in the number of residents in the local criminal justice system.

2020-01-30Jan 30, 2020

Jasper’s, the reinvented space in the Jasper O’Farrell building in downtown Sebastopol, announced today the bar will celebrate a Grand Opening event on February 15, 2020 with Jam’s Joy Bungalow food truck  serving up delicious SE Asian fare, live jams from SCHLEE, and cocktail specials throughout the evening. Jasper’s is open for business daily from 3:00pm to 2:00am on Monday through Friday and5:00pm to 2:00am on Saturday + Sunday.

2020-01-17Jan 17, 2020

Redwood Credit Union (RCU) is proud to announce its celebration of 70 years of service to members. Originally formed by seven County of Sonoma employees as an affordable means to make bridge loans to fellow employees between paychecks, the credit union has grown to offer full service personal and business banking, as well as financial services beyond banking such as financial planning, insurance, and even an auto sales center.

2020-01-14Jan 14, 2020

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) is alerting customers, especially in the North Bay and North Coast, to be aware of ongoing scam phone calls with criminals threatening to shut off power if a payment is not made. There have been double the number of scam attempts, compared to this time last year. PG&E will not ask for personal information or a credit card number over the phone. Anyone who has received such a phone call and provided credit card or checking account information should report it immediately to the credit card company or bank and law enforcement.

 

 

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