UCCE Sonoma County
Save the Dates
SOD Blitz
April 25-28
Various locations 

Participate in this annual #CitizenScience project to help determine the health of our local oaks.

What is involved?
Unless otherwise noted, participants will:
  • Attend a one-hour training
  • Collect samples independently
  • Return samples during daylight hours to a collection box at the training location by Sunday, April 28 at 5pm.
  • Petaluma Community Center
  • Galbreath Wildlands Preserve in Mendocino County
  • Sonoma Valley Regional Park
  • Spring Lake Park Environmental Discovery Center
  • O'Reilly Media Inc, Sebastopol
Meeting will provide all of the information and supplies you need to participate in this citizen scientist project. More about the SOD Blitz.
Post-Fire Food Safety Workshop
Saturday, April 27
SRJC Shone Farm

Learn how wildfire impacts the health and safety of locally grown produce and backyard chicken eggs from home, school, community gardens and local farms.

Hear from UC ANR researchers about two timely studies investigating produce safety after the Sonoma Complex Fire in October 2017 and the safety of backyard chicken eggs from fire affected counties across California.
58th Annual 4-H ChickenQue & Open House
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Sonoma County Fairgrounds

For 58 years, 4-H members and their families from all over the county have come together, rain or shine, to host the largest single day chicken BBQ west of the Mississippi!  Learn more  

Fun for the Whole Family:
  • Interactive booths featuring 4-H projects, find one that fits your interests!
  • Delicious BBQ chicken meal with fixin's
  • Famous Cake Tables available by the slice or whole cake
  • Drive-thru window to pick up meals and cake!
Grazing School Fire Wildfire Vegetation Reduction
Friday & Saturday, May 17 & 18, 2019
SRJC Shone Farm

Join  UCCE Sonoma Extension Advisers  for a two-day, hands-on grazing school provides participants with practical, field-based experience in applying the principles of managed grazing on rangeland. Learn to estimate carrying capacity and graze periods, develop grazing plans and monitoring systems, and discover the benefits of prescribed grazing.

Events & Workshops by our Partners:
Crop Report Time

Every response is important. The Crop Report is a valuable publication and is widely distributed to public officials and government agencies, as well as many businesses interested in agriculture. All past Crop Reports can be viewed on our  Crop Reports page.

Please complete all applicable surveys from the list below and click the Submit button to send your responses via email. Or, if you prefer, you may print the survey and fax it to  (707) 565-3850

Please submit your responses by ASAP (already past due, so please do this today).   
  1. Apple Production Survey (PDF: 372 kB)
  2. Egg and Poultry Production Survey (PDF: 370 kB)
  3. Field Crops and Pasture Rangeland Production Survey (PDF: 453 kB)
  4. Livestock Survey (PDF: 401 kB)
  5. Nursery Products Survey (PDF: 429 kB)
  6. Olive and Apiary Production Survey (PDF: 392 kB)
  7. Vegetable, Fruit, Nut, Eggs, and Cut Flower Production Survey (PDF: 377 kB)
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Pierpaolo Aymar at  (707) 565-2371  or via email  atpierpaolo.aymar@sonoma-county.org

Farmers Guild/CAFF

  • April 2, 6pm, Sebastopol Grange Hall
    Marketing round-table where farmers are invited to share tips and challenges with their CSAs, farmers markets, restaurant accounts, etc. 
  • May 7, 6pm, Sebastopol Grange Hall
    Public forum asking the question "What would a New Green Deal need to include if it were to address the issues facing family farms and sustainable agriculture?"
  • December 9, Shone Farm: SAVE THE DATE!
    Small Farm Tech Expo showcasing tech (from hand tools to tractor implements to software) specifically designed for smaller-scale and sustainable farming operations. 
Wildland Firefighter Training
for Rx Burn Practitioners

April 27-28, Martin Griffin Preserve

Training by Audobon Canyon Ranch
Online course prerequisites required 

Learn more about requirements and register at:

Grower Trade Show, Seminar & Barbecue

April 12, 7am, SRJC Shone Farm

Hear from industry experts, including this year's keynote speaker Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech. Tradeshow and a delicious barbecue lunch with some of your favorite Sonoma County wines! Also presenting the annual Viticulture Award of Excellence.

Free to all growers and includes lunch. For members of the public, the event is open and tickets can be purchased through the registration link for $20 (also includes lunch).
Shaded Fuel Break Workshop

May 4, Jenner Headlands Preserve

Take a tour of shaded fuel break at Jenner Headlands Preserve, do some hands-on work and learn how shaded fuel breaks reduce fuel loads and provide safer area for firefighters. 

Hosted by Audubon Canyon Ranch's Fire Forward  Program and The Wildlands Conservancy

Learn more about this event and register at: