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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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2019-02-05Feb 5, 2019

A wide variety of family entertainment is planned for the upcoming President’s Day Weekend. The community supported Cloverdale Citrus Fair kicks off the Fair Season in California showcasing its spectacular citrus fruit displays and honoring the citrus belt that was once part of the Northern Sonoma County landscape.

2018-12-01Dec 1, 2018

A proposal to build a cannabis grow and processing facility near the West County Trail in Graton has raised questions about the county's land use laws for the fledgling industry. At its December 11 meeting, the Board of Supervisors are expected to decide if the West County Trail and the Joe Rodota Trail should be included in the setback requirement and if the Graton applicant must place its cannabis plants and structures at least 1,000 feet from the trail.

2018-11-30Nov 30, 2018

Jackalope Gardens plans to grow primarily CBD strains that are intended for medical use. These cultivars are targeting medical users such as pain relief, seizure disorders and sleeping aids. We are building our business on the medical benefits of Cannabis. 

2018-11-04Nov 4, 2018

BREAD…spread it THICK with BUTTER fresh from the oven - Sonoma-Marin Bounty. I have come to the conclusion that what elevates these international hot spot’s breads is their outstanding butters that go along with them.  In the past few years though, there has been a profusion of new local butters. So I called the crew together recently to test them out: A thorough Sonoma County bread and butter tasting, just to see.

2018-11-02Nov 2, 2018

Save Our Sonoma Neighborhoods has been heavily involved with the Board of Supervisors, Code Enforcement, its Cannabis Program team, and its Planning Commission to create policy, raise awareness of real evidence of the negative impact to both neighborhoods and the environment and to shape meaningful policy considerations to improve the County’s cannabis ordinance.

2018-11-02Nov 2, 2018

If you read the paper or watch the news as it relates to Sonoma County Cannabis, by now you’ve heard these terms: Regenerative, Biodynamic, Organic, Sun-Grown, Light-Dep, and Sustainable Practices. Sure, you know it’s better than the stuff that comes from a warehouse or worse, grown with who-knows-what, added to it. But do you know why it’s better? More importantly, do you know where you can get it?

 

2018-11-02Nov 2, 2018

There’s been plenty of talk about cannabis and where or where not it should be grown. However, there hasn’t been enough talk about what a locally-permitted and state-licensed cannabis farm would look like in Sonoma County.

2018-10-29Oct 29, 2018

Maybe it's my Southern heritage that leads me to green beans. I have found that these long slender beans are one of my favorite vegetables to find at the farmers' market. It's also a standard on my Thanksgiving feast menu when I am in charge of cooking. My perfect snack is a simple recipe of blanched green beans then slightly sautéed with sea salt. Fresh and crispare the way I prefer them. 

2018-10-22Oct 22, 2018

A group of Sonoma County residents has filed a lawsuit to shut down an illegal pot grow and cannabis tourism operation in the Purvine Road neighborhood. The suit alleges that the unlicensed grower is transforming a peaceful stretch of the Petaluma Dairy Belt into an unlawful cannabis event venue, corporate retreat and cannabis tourism destination.

2018-10-16Oct 16, 2018

Find the perfect pumpkin to greet trick or treaters on Halloween - or - decorate your holiday dinner table, your front porch, your mailbox! have FUN. Carve them, Paint them - even eat them. Special kinds are perfect for making pie and soup. Ask which ones! Here's a list of Sonoma County Pumpkin patches...all locally-owned!

2018-10-16Oct 16, 2018

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors heard comment on the county’s Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and allowed staff to begin work on an environmental impact report for a long-delayed quarry at its Tuesday, October 16 meeting.

2019-02-02Feb 2, 2019

By no stretch of the imagination could Lynda Hopkins be called a “pot politician,” but she’s the supervisor of the Fifth District, where more marijuana is cultivated than in any other district in Sonoma County. Geography, agriculture and politics have pushed her front and center where cannabis is concerned, not just locally but nationally.

2018-10-11Oct 11, 2018

Improving our society's composting systems is imperative to fighting global warming. In Sonoma County, a new company is attempting to help achieve the county's ambitious composting goal. 

2018-10-03Oct 3, 2018

One judge can make a huge difference in many lives—including the lives of immigrants. 

In 2015, one federal judge in Texas unilaterally blocked an Executive Order issued by President Obama called DAPA that would have extended a reprieve from deportation and a work permit to 5 million people.  Later that same year, the difference on the federal appeals court was one judge in a 2-1 ruling affirming the decision of that Texas judge. 

2018-10-03Oct 3, 2018

When I was young girl we had a pomegranate tree in my backyard. The neighborhood kids and I would pluck off the fruit from the tree and bust it open to find all the little seeded jewels inside. We would fill up our hands and pop the plump juiced filled seeds into our mouths and let the juice explode, satisfying our thirst and sweet tooth all in one fall swoop. It's an experience that I still get excited about as an adult. I get giddy at the first signs of pomegranates at the farmers' market. The pomegranate tree is native from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India and has been cultivated since ancient times throughout the Mediterranean region of Asia, Africa and Europe.

 

2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019

All of us see the workers in the fields tending the vineyards throughout the year as we drive our beautiful Sonoma County roads. You may wonder: can a person working in those fields get a green card by way of their job at the winery? The answer might surprise you.

2019-01-03Jan 3, 2019

I thought our property was free from mountain lions. But, after mysteriously losing four goats within a few months, I learned more about mountain lions than I ever wanted to know.

2018-12-28Dec 28, 2018

Patty Karlin is an engaging fixture of Bodega. For twenty years, from 1984 to 2004, she ran the Bodega Goat Cheese company with her husband Javier Salmon. I have fond memories, when as a young girl in the 90’s, I spent time on the ranch playing with the baby goats. When the marriage ended, they both kept the rights to the business name. Patty cstill has control of the 7.5 acre ranch that can sustain 60-80 goats at a time. Amongst other things, Patty is very concerned with carbon footprints. In one year for 60 goats she would pay a $25,000 feed bill, which could be drastically lessened by growing the needed food herself.

 

2018-12-21Dec 21, 2018

I've found Cauliflower to be an under-appreciated vegetable. Recently, I have grown to love this wonderful cruciferous vegetable. It works great as a substitute for potatoes or other starches in my family meals.  I like to make tater tots, "mac" and cheese (see recipe below) or pizza crust out of this amazingly hardy vegetable.

2018-12-12Dec 12, 2018

At the December 11th public hearing and meeting, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted to include the all Class 1 trails - such as West County and Joe Radota Trails - as Regional Parks to afford them the 1,000-foot setback protections from Cannabis operations. 

2018-12-11Dec 11, 2018

At its last meeting of the year, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors altered the zoning code for cannabis farms, approved staff recommendations for housing funding, and extended several staff contracts among other items during a 10-hour meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

2018-12-03Dec 3, 2018

A recent application for a large commercial cannabis grow and processing facility adjacent to Graton homes and the West County Trail has put a spotlight on the county’s evolving cannabis regulations.

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