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2018-07-16Jul 16, 2018

Occupy Sonoma County is participating in Plastic Free July, and we urge everyone to join the challenge atPlasticFreeJuly.org where participants are counted and receive information on how to reduce plastic consumption.

2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018

This month will be a good time to view multiple planets without having to be up just before sunrise, as Saturn and Mars return to our evening skies.

 

2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018

February, February…what to do in the garden? Most plants are dormant. Too early for annual vegetables. Already sowed cover crop and mulched beds. Eating most of my weeds.

2018-02-01Feb 1, 2018

Love Knows No Boundaries—loving the whole Earth and all creatures.

In line with this month’s theme, let’s talk about deforestation and how planting trees can reduce global warming and air pollution, while supplying habitat for living beings. Eighty percent of earth’s plants and animals live in forests, many of them threatened with extinction.

2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018

From the famous line in “The Graduate” encouraging the young man into ‘plastics’ to have a bright economic future, to the recent death of a pilot whale in Thailand due to a “belly full of black plastic bags” (NYT 6/4/18)--18 lbs to be exact-- the impact on our world is profound.

2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018

We all like to go to the beach on a hot summer’s day. We also associate a day at the beach with the presence of “seagulls.” When I was a child growing up in Ohio my family would occasionally go to Lake Erie in the summer. I always felt like I was in a really exotic place because I was surrounded by ‘seagulls.”

2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018

Effective January 1st, China’s stopped accepting many recycled items, especially plastic. Until recently, first-world countries avoided the plastic problem by shipping our recycling to China, while plastic proliferated all over the planet. Ninety per cent of all plastic ever created hasn’t been recycled, and largely ends up in the oceans.

2018-06-22Jun 22, 2018

The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) has developed a proposal to reduce flooding on Green Valley Road west of Graton by removing sediment from the adjacent Green Valley Creek and restoring the creek banks with native vegetation. Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act, the Water Agency released a Draft Initial Study and Negative Declaration (IS/ND) for the project on June 22. The public is invited to provide comment on the project before July 24.

2018-06-19Jun 19, 2018

Erin Brockovich, one of the nation’s leading consumer advocates, has joined theMauro Archer & Associates andWatts Guerra team North Bay residents against PG&E over its role in the October 2017 wildfires.

2018-06-01Jun 1, 2018

BioBlitzes bring people together to document biodiversity in one place at one time, recording observations of plants and animals using smartphones or digital cameras and uploading results to the biodiversity recording and social networking platform iNaturalist (www.inaturalist.org). These events connect people of all backgrounds to the outdoors, inspire everyone to protect biodiversity, and at the same time generate invaluable data.

2018-06-01Jun 1, 2018

I think we can all agree that we are thankful for advancements in plumbing and sewage treatment since the germ-laden Middle Ages. However, many are recognizing that with our current plumbing systems, we are shorting ourselves on a great garden resource…graywater.

2018-05-31May 31, 2018

An update to an article submitted last May about trespassing enforcement and fire prevention as it relates to illegal homeless encampments in our area.

2018-05-31May 31, 2018

We held our second Lower Russian River MAC informational meeting on Wednesday, May 9. During the meeting we shared the proposed boundary for the LRR MAC. We expect the boundary to encompass the area of Forestville, Guerneville, Rio Nido, Monte Rio, Duncans Mills and Cazadero (minus the west hills).

2018-07-04Jul 4, 2018

On June 24th, the Sebastopol Farmers Market hosted the first Zero Waste outreach booth with the help fromRecology and350 Sonoma (Sonoma County Climate Action -350SonomaCounty@gmail.com) members to help address this issue.

2018-05-31May 31, 2018

It’s June! That means time for our annual Summer Solstice, which marks the beginning of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Let’s dive a little deeper into this amazing yet relatively common event…

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

The Sonoma County we know and love might never have been.

By the late 1960s, ranches and farms countywide were zoned and subdivided into 5-acre ranchettes.

Development surged as people streamed into the county on a newly improved Highway 101.

The Coast was a potential Malibu Beach with expensive homes dotting the shoreline and little or no public access.

A corridor of urban sprawl from Healdsburg to Petaluma was in the making, without consideration of environmental impacts or scenic values.

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

Humans are well aware of the imminent effects of climate change. In fact, drought-like conditions and extended fire seasons will be our new-normal due to the sheer amount of human-related greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. However, one variable of the climate change equation that is not well known among the general population is the effect of livestock on the production of greenhouse gasses. 

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

The 2nd annual Sonoma County Zero Waste Symposium in May galvanized this gathering of leaders committed to reducing waste. It offered an opportunity for those active in managing post-fire resources to share the importance of perpetual emergency preparedness and collaboration as future issues arise with climate change. We can apply what was learned from the fires as a model for community resiliency and sustainability going forward.

2018-05-28May 28, 2018

School is out and Roseland’s streets will be more active during daytime with children rushing about on foot and bicycles. Please be careful and slow down for our youth.

2018-05-28May 28, 2018

Effective January 1st, China’s stopped accepting many recycled items, especially plastic. Until recently, first-world countries avoided the plastic problem by shipping our recycling to China, while plastic proliferated all over the planet. Ninety per cent of all plastic ever created hasn’t been recycled, and largely ends up in the oceans.

2018-05-22May 22, 2018

Russian River Estuary Management Project, which will include information about the 2017 Lagoon Management Season, updates on biological and water quality monitoring programs, the pinniped monitoring program, and a preview of the 2018 Lagoon Management Season. There will be a question and answer session following the presentations.

 

2018-05-21May 21, 2018

The Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps (SCYEC) is a jobs, workforce training and ecosystem education program aimed at employing youth and young adults while teaching them about environmental stewardship. The SCYEC provides youth and young adults paychecks, valuable work experience, environmental education, and the opportunity to contribute to their community through ongoing outdoor experiences.

2018-05-21May 21, 2018

The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) began inflating its rubber dam on the Russian River near Forestville on Monday, May 21. The rubber dam is a critical component of the Russian River water supply system that provides naturally filtered drinking water to more than 600,000 residents in portions of Sonoma and Marin counties.  The rubber dam will remain inflated through summer and into the fall. 

 

2018-05-19May 19, 2018

On Tuesday, May 22nd, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will receive Permit Sonoma's report on OWTS (Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems) response to the AB 885 mandate from the State. Local realtors are objecting loudly, sending out sample letters with language they hope will influence supervisors on how they react to the state mandate as it impacts local watershed homes and communities.

2018-06-30Jun 30, 2018

The devastation of our October Fires is having an impact on decades of land-use and transportation planning. 5,000 plus homes got destroyed in the fire and now the county wants to build more than 30,000 new homes to replace what was lost, and ease the high price of housing by changing the supply vs. demand ratio.

2018-05-17May 17, 2018

The situation with the E coli outbreak at the time of this writing (mid-May) is that 172 people have been identified nationwide as being infected, with California reporting 24 cases and 1 death. The source appears to be romaine lettuce, probably cut and in bags, coming out of Yuma, Arizona.

2018-05-17May 17, 2018

Bay Nature's Local Hero Awards Dinner, which celebrates the contributions of extraordinary individuals towards the understanding and preservation of the natural world of the San Francisco Bay Area.

2018-05-05May 5, 2018

In response to the tragic loss of homes in the October 2017 fires and the critical need for more affordable homes countywide, a slate of new initiatives to speed up development are coming forward that have the potential to quickly change the face of Sonoma County for decades to come.

2018-05-03May 3, 2018

Hey west county—it’s time to talk about something that is often avoided at the dinner table, and left out of polite conversations. Namely, septic systems. Or, as my three-year-old would put it, poop.

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

On March 28, a California judge ruled in favor of forcing coffee sellers to post signs that coffee contains cancer-causing agents. Uh oh! Just how dangerous is coffee? Do these warnings serve any useful purpose? And how can we make sense of this latest attempt by the government to protect our health?

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

The rose is arguably the most poetic of flowers. It is the hallmark of Spring, bursting on the scene in April and May, boasting singular beauty and metaphorical richness in every phase, from youthful bud to mature bloom. Thorns protect it, fragrance and color attract insects who live in symbiotic relationship.

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

Perhaps the longest, time wise, and slowest road construction project ever in Roseland, or all of Sonoma County for that matter, may be done by Christmas of this year.

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

Swainson’s Thrushes singing this season...

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

This month brings the prominent return of two of the brightest lights in the evening sky–Jupiter, The Roman King of The Gods, and Venus, The Roman Goddess of Beauty and Love. I say prominent because both have been in the sky prior to May, but now both will be visible in the early evening/twilight sky simultaneously, at least by month’s end.

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

This theme’s issue is Parenting the Next Generation, but it’s beginning to look as if we can take all take some lessons from Generation “Z.”

2018-06-29Jun 29, 2018

An update to an article submitted last May about trespassing enforcement and fire prevention as it relates to illegal homeless encampments in our area.

2018-05-01May 1, 2018

Sonoma County is facing seemingly insurmountable Budget issues, in part, resulting from the horrendous fires last fall. Everything has been expensive, from fire fighting to cleanup and recovery.

The question now is: “How does the County move forward in coping with the immense budget disparity?”

2018-04-30Apr 30, 2018

You’re invited! Join us to get your hands in the soil and learn about native, edible, and pollinator-friendly plant choices. Daily Acts, with support from the City of Petaluma, will be planting the new Living, Learning Landscape at the Petaluma Regional Library on March 24th and we need volunteers!

2018-04-27Apr 27, 2018

This morning at 10:32 am, Sonoma County Deputy Chief Sonoma County Counsel Alegria DeLaCruz informed attorneys representing homeless residents of the now destroyed homeless encampment in the Roseland district of Santa Rosa of a change of plans for another eviction that had been scheduled for today, April 27, at 2:30pm.

2018-04-23Apr 23, 2018

The end of the late rains and beginning of warm weather is the ideal time for an increase in mosquito populations. Our vector control technicians have documented over 800 new sources of mosquito production in the October 2017 burn areas. These sources include swimming pools, spas, compromised septic systems, and depressions caused by the removal of foundations and debris.

2018-04-17Apr 17, 2018

Earth Day is coming upon us! Do you know what that means? April 22nd marks the day we get to focus on the environment, learn more about conservation, be out in nature, and promote a healthy, sustainable environment.

2018-04-14Apr 14, 2018

Matching Grant Applications Accepted through June 6!
We are pleased to report that considerable interest has been shown in our Matching Grant Program this funding cycle. To allow more time for interested public agencies and nonprofits to apply, we are extending the application deadline from April 30 to Wednesday, June 6, at 5pm. This year, funding through the program can help support recovery efforts in fire-impacted communities through the restoration of habitats, acquisition and development of land for community open space, and other projects. Eligible projects that aid in rebuilding and recovery efforts in affected communities may be given preference. The Matching Grant Program budget for the 2018 cycle is $4 million. 

2018-04-04Apr 4, 2018

The North Bay Water Reuse Authority has prepared a joint Draft Environmental Impact Report/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) projects proposed in the Phase 2 Program would continue to build upon commitments to long-term inter-agency cooperation to address common needs related to reliable water supplies and enhanced environmental restoration. The 45-day CEQA review period begins on April 4, 2018, and closes on May 18, 2018.

2018-04-02Apr 2, 2018

The summit is coming. No, it’s not a meeting of government officials. There will be no presidents, prime ministers and plutocrats in attendance, but rather students and teachers who care about climate change, sustainability and resilience, not just in the classroom as an academic exercise, but also in “real life,” as educators like to call it.

2018-03-31Mar 31, 2018

I feel that I must say something to make everyone aware of the Dangerous situation that exists along the Hwy 1. corridor through the Timber Cove Subdivision: PG&E Lines, Dead Pines & Tan Oaks. 

 

2018-03-31Mar 31, 2018

Breaking News: Iconic Berry’s Saw Mill and property in Cazadero are for sale. The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District should take note, as this historic property is just over the hill from the Jenner Headlands Preserve and would complement the Preserve/Pole Mountain acquisitions in so many ways.

 

2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018

The topic for the 2018 Russian River Watershed Association’s High School video contest was: From the Street to the Creek, Be Part of the Pollution Solution! Entries could be an individual or group effort and prize awards are split 50% between the individual(s) who submit the video and the high school they attend.

2018-03-30Mar 30, 2018

Daily Acts is excited to announce the 2018 Community Resilience Challenge, an annual community mobilization campaign that runs April through the end of May and inspires thousands of people to save water, grow food, conserve energy, reduce waste, and build community in Sonoma County.

2018-03-30Mar 30, 2018

Recent news that Sonoma County’s overall health ranking has fallen to No. 7 in the state, down two places from last year in a state-wide health survey, should concern us all. More alarming was the Sonoma County Department of Health Services’ January 2018 report noting that our childhood cancer rate is the 4th highest in California and that cancer is the leading cause of death in all age groups.

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

Spring on the Sonoma Coast offers residents of the County, as well as visitors, many amazing visual delights - wildflowers everywhere, migrating Pacific Gray Whales, Pacific Harbor Seal pups, especially at the Goat Rock Beach colony, and birds in breeding plumage and sitting on nests on the rocks off the coast that are part of the California Coastal National Monument.

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

I’ve been thinking about Earth Day, remembering the first one in 1970. Gathering at the Laguna Festival of Arts grounds, holding my two-month old son, I had such great hope.

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

The decision on WHERE cannabis can be grown has only partly been decided as Sonoma County enters into farming and selling this now legal crop in California. People who voted to make this beneficial plant legal so that it can be grown for fiber, medicinal solutions, as well as recreational use, are afraid of WHERE this crop will be grown The ease of stealing and selling it attracts criminals and has caused death to innocent people living near grows.

2018-03-27Mar 27, 2018

When discussing the conservation of natural resources within Sonoma County, it’s hard to avoid the elephant in the room. That elephant is our prosperous wine industry. Despite how much wine benefits our local economy, we cannot ignore its negative environmental impacts to our unique and fragile ecosystem.

 

2018-03-27Mar 27, 2018

We encourage dialogue among our readers and with us. Please send your LETTERS to vesta@sonic.net

2018-03-20Mar 20, 2018

The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership and partners are developing free landscape design templates to help fire victims get back in their homes faster, while encouraging long-term environmental sustainability.  Sonoma County residents are invited to attend two community input sessions to participate in the development of these landscape design templates, which will help define the look, feel, and functionality of the landscapes in the neighborhoods being rebuilt.

2018-03-19Mar 19, 2018

Sonoma County Rises, a community based, wildfire recovery focused organization, has launched aCommunity Outreach Survey to gain insight into Sonoma County residents’ attitudes five months after the October wildfires. The Survey, atwww.socorises.org, seeks to gain information from a broad section of the community living here now to best inform and guide decision-makers about what matters most as they plan for recovery and rebuilding.

2018-03-18Mar 18, 2018

Dr. Lisa Micheli leads Pepperwood Preserve in East Sonoma County and it just turns out that the work they do has had a huge impact on understanding fire as a normal part of our ecology. Because they study fire's impact on the environment, when the Tubbs Fire came roaring over the hills and ran right through Pepperwood, they had cameras, temperature gauges, wind gauges and everything already in place that gave them an amazing amount of information on Fire Ecology.

2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018

Goat Ropers rolled through Roseland in the night and rustled out two goats recently donated to the Bayer Farm project run by Land Paths.

2018-03-16Mar 16, 2018

In an instant back in October, the fires changed our community. For many people, there was terrible trauma—emotional, physical, and financial; for others, while less, it was still palpable. What do we know about how individuals and communities successfully manage massive traumas from natural disasters?

2018-03-16Mar 16, 2018

In my lifetime, I have watched a larger and larger divide between rich and poor. I’ve watched the middle class evaporating, and the homeless population exploding.

2018-03-16Mar 16, 2018

wo women are talking. “Every time I am down in the dumps, I get a new hat.”

“Is THAT where you get them!”

2018-03-16Mar 16, 2018

Empowered by Youth Advocates, Sixth Local School Board Speaks Up for Climate Action to Protect Current and Future Students Sonoma County School Board Members Lead Nation in Non-Partisan Call for Climate Action to Protect Current and Future Students.

2018-03-16Mar 16, 2018

The incredibly bright planet Venus, which was “The Morning Star” for most of last year, has been slowly making her return as “The Evening Star” since late January, gradually climbing higher and higher in the western sky, but still appearing relatively low all month long.

2018-03-16Mar 16, 2018

What if you could have an earth-friendly lawn that was low-maintenance, soft to play on, and saved you money on your water bill? You can! There are some great water-wise alternatives now that fulfill the same role as a lawn, while reducing water use, fertilizer and herbicide use, and time spent on the lawnmower.

2018-03-16Mar 16, 2018

The devastating wildfires of 2017 brought themes of resilience to the forefront in the north bay region. As local communities rebuild, we reflect on the effects of fire storming over the landscape and we wonder what we could do better.

2018-03-13Mar 13, 2018

He was conceived and born at home on the Inverness Ridge between Tomales Bay and the Pacific Ocean. His father taught him how to surf from a very early age.

2018-03-13Mar 13, 2018

The Community Soil Foundation raises awareness of the practices and methods of market organic farming and it’s benefits on community, health and ecology, while offering students and members of the community an opportunity to learn how to grow as well as gain directly organic food production in Sonoma County, California.

2018-03-06Mar 6, 2018

A key mission of the Sonoma County Beekeepers’ Association is to encourage people to plant for our pollinators—including not only for our precious honey bees but also many other native species of bees and bumblebees.

2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018

Summertime means longer days, warmer temperatures, an increase in outdoor activities and, if you are a dog or cat owner or come in contact with these pets, you know that summertime brings more pests! Especially fleas and ticks. Why are these pesky pests a cause for concern? What should we consider before using pet pesticides and are there alternatives we can use to protect our pets, ourselves and our environment?

2018-03-06Mar 6, 2018

A series of community workshops are scheduled to update well owners and others on options for short-term funding of Sonoma County’s Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs). The workshops will take place in the three groundwater basins in Sonoma County immediately affected by California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA): Santa Rosa Plain, Sonoma Valley and Petaluma Valley

2018-03-06Mar 6, 2018

As Sonoma’s only completely pesticide, herbicide and fungicide-free nursery, we at Sonoma Valley Wholesale Nursery have spent two decades experimenting with environmentally sustainable plant solutions. One wonderful discovery years ago was introducing chickens to control the snail and slug population. Our chickens are now such talented pest control champions that I must search high and low for the little mollusks.

2018-03-06Mar 6, 2018

Since 2004, my husband Doug and I have owned Beekind Honey in Sebastopol. We opened the shop in a very tiny portion of where it exists today. Doug had been beekeeping for seven years when we opened the store, I as always, the beekeeper’s keeper, was convinced that this amazing local honey that Doug and other local Sonoma County beekeepers were collecting had great unique value.

2018-03-05Mar 5, 2018

The annual Eco-Friendly Garden Tour (Tour) will take place onMay 5th! Now in its eighth year, the Tour is sponsored by theSonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership (Partnership) and focuses on low water-use, sustainable landscaping. Tour participants will learn water-saving strategies and garden tips from homeowners while perusing gorgeous gardens and mingling with neighbors.

2018-03-02Mar 2, 2018

With a growing ecological crisis looming; including severe droughts, top soil depletion, loss of biodiversity and watershed pollution, our approach to landscaping requires a shift from degenerative to regenerative design and installation.

2018-03-02Mar 2, 2018

What does the Santa Rosa Southeast Greenway have in common with the increased popularity of bicycling in Santa Rosa? Cycling infrastructure included in the Southeast Greenway is the next important project to create a way to move around the Santa Rosa Plain on a bike without having to engage with cars. As our city continues to define itself as a cycling destination, Greenway bike paths will become an attraction for cyclists – both residents and visitors alike

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

The long-awaited parking lot at the Jenner Headlands Preserve is almost ready for its grand opening. Located 1.5 miles north of Jenner on Coast Highway One, volunteers are busy planting landscaping plants, while work crews put the finishing touches on the infra-structure.

 

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

Discovering what wildflowers are popping out along the trails – everything from little tiny ground-hugging flowers to bushes and trees – a rainbow of colors.

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

This is known as the Vernal (or Spring) Equinox. The word Equinox is a Latin term which means “equal night”. On this day, Earth’s northern and southern hemispheres both receive equal amounts of day and night AND as a visual testament to this occurrence, the sun rises due east and sets due west—again on this day only.

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

You’re invited! Join us to get your hands in the soil and learn about native, edible, and pollinator-friendly plant choices. Daily Acts, with support from the City of Petaluma, will be planting the new Living, Learning Landscape at the Petaluma Regional Library on March 24th and we need volunteers!

2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018

It’s butterfly and dragonfly season and they are plentiful this year. Is it because of the wet winter providing more food sources? Discover where and what is flying around, and learn more about the lake habitats and connections to nature around water.

2018-02-28Feb 28, 2018

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors appropriated $1m in the 2017-18 fiscal year to address homelessness in the Lower Russian River area. $250,000 of that money was granted to West County Community Services by the Board of Supervisors for rapid re-housing.

2018-02-28Feb 28, 2018

Bill Keene, Manager of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, told numerous Roseland residents he would seek to have a sub-committee set up as soon as possible to address concerns about Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks Department plans for the Roseland Creek Nature Preserve.

2018-02-28Feb 28, 2018

In an instant back in October, the fires changed our community. For many people, there was terrible trauma—emotional, physical, and financial; for others, while less, it was still palpable. What do we know about how individuals and communities successfully manage massive traumas from natural disasters?

2018-02-28Feb 28, 2018

As most Gazette readers are well aware, solutions to climate change exist and are needed now more than ever. We are implementing them every day at the Center for Climate Protection, and our ECO2school Program is squarely focused on giving young people opportunities to lead with climate solutions.

2018-02-27Feb 27, 2018

The OAEC non-profit nursery is the outward face of our 45-year-old esteemed Mother Garden and represents an outreach into the community of the experience, work and wisdom we’ve gained from working the land in the same place since 1974.

2018-02-27Feb 27, 2018

Starting a huge environmental restoration in the aftermath of the Wine Country wildfires, more than 1,000 volunteers are gathering acorns to grow new oak trees for fire-damaged areas. Environmentalists spearheading the emergency oak brigade said so many people signed up to collect, box, and mail in acorns from the North Bay that it briefly crashed the server of the California Native Plant Society over the weekend.

2018-02-27Feb 27, 2018

We encourage dialogue among our readers and with us. Please send your LETTERS to vesta@sonic.net

2018-02-27Feb 27, 2018

How can we nurture our HAPPY home? One way is to make sure as we plan our gardens this year so that we provide what all living beings need: water and clean air.

2018-02-16Feb 16, 2018

What does the Santa Rosa Southeast Greenway have in common with the increased popularity of bicycling in Santa Rosa? Eric Anderson, co-owner of the recently renovated Astro Motel, which caters to cyclists, had this to say: 

2018-02-16Feb 16, 2018

In 1990, through the foresight of community leaders and citizens, Sonoma County voters approved the creation of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (Ag + Open Space) and a quarter-cent sales tax that provides funding for planning, acquisition, and stewardship of the region’s working, natural, and scenic open space lands.

2018-06-27Jun 27, 2018

The world over, we use many different words to describe long distance walking. It’s an age-old tradition that roots all the way back to our ancient ancestors, who trekked across the land as a way of life, a simple exercise in survival.

2018-02-16Feb 16, 2018

Ronni Sands began to teach at Summerfield almost 25 years ago at a time when there was no permaculture garden and no Sophia Hall. There was no track, there were no green houses on the farm, and no shed.

2018-02-16Feb 16, 2018

Like the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, Pepperwood may be home to quiescent natural beauties waiting arousal. Seeds can be present in soil but lay dormant for years, even decades.

2018-02-16Feb 16, 2018

Though many of us were taken by surprise by the fires last fall, if the plants that live at Pepperwood could talk I bet they would say they were not that surprised. In fact, I bet they would say they were prepared. Our local vegetation has evolved a number of clever ways to regenerate after fire.

2018-02-16Feb 16, 2018

Like the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, Pepperwood may be home to quiescent natural beauties waiting arousal. Seeds can be present in soil but lay dormant for years, even decades.

2018-02-12Feb 12, 2018

After the fires, our normal greetings were replaced by three quick questions to our friends and neighbors we encountered in the next month after the fires: How are you? How’s your family? Did your house make it?  The varying responses, hugs, and connections made with former acquaintances that became neighbors and friends changed our concept of community. We all faced some level of shock, terror, and sustained fear for those weeks following the initial event, which for most was slowly replaced by grief, acceptance, and motivation to do something productive.

2018-02-11Feb 11, 2018

The number of applications in Petaluma has jumped from one to SIX commercial (up to 1 acre) cannabis farms within a three-mile radius. The county has not indicated that they are thinking about the concentration of cannabis in our area, nor are they addressing the cumulative impact of these applications on our area's overall water, traffic, safety, etc. Our area is under siege. This is a huge problem and we are planning to address it with David Rabbit at our next meeting.

2018-02-07Feb 7, 2018

On Thursday, Feb. 22 the Public Policy Facilitating Committee (PPFC) will hold its annual meeting to review projects that are helping to restore endangered and threatened fish to the Russian River watershed while maintaining the region’s primary water supply. This year’s meeting will include a walking tour of a habitat enhancement project on Dry Creek

2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018

During the fires, the question came up regularly: “How bad is the risk from all of this smoke, and is it long-term?” Also, recently a major medical journal stated that there are 20 million premature deaths a year worldwide due to air pollution. While US ozone levels and pollution have improved over recent decades due to government regulations, the Trump administration is now cutting funds to the EPA and gutting protection for air quality.

2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018

As a boy growing up in Sonoma County and small-town Santa Rosa, I was fortunate to have the creeks, rivers, Redwood forests and the wild and pristine coast to call my playground.

2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018

Back on December 21st, the Winter Solstice marked the shortest day (and longest night) of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. By now, you probably have noticed the days getting longer as the sun has been slowly heading north, eventually setting in the northwest on June 21st, which will mark the Summer Solstice – the longest day and shortest night of the year.

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