Workshops & Happy LOCAL Holidays
UCCE Sonoma County
Save the Dates
Good Fire Alliance Organizing Meeting
Monday, Dec 10, 5:30-7pm
Central Santa Rosa Library
211 E Street | Santa Rosa

Become a member of the Good Fire Alliance (GFA) and help create the organizational structure, while planning our next work parties and workshops. 

GFA is a Sonoma County a based group for neighbors, land-owners, organizations and interested people who want to use prescribed burning, grazing, and other vegetation management strategies to restore ecologically resilient and safe communities. In other words: neighbors getting the job done!

Benefits of joining the GFA:
  • Learn about strategic tools for vegetation management, continue education on tools such as burning, shaded fuel breaks, and grazing.
  • Receive hands-on training about how to safely employ prescribed burning, grazing, and other land management tools as a private landowner.
  • Connect with neighbors and community members interested in assisting each other with vegetation management in their neighborhoods and on their properties.
Options for Pesticide Use in Organic Systems,  UCCE Marin
Thursday, Dec 13, 4pm
Webinar, FREE!

Even in certified organic systems, there can be a time and place for the application of chemicals to manage disease and/or weeds. 

Join a short webinar to discuss a few materials and applications that you might not have thought of before. We'll also review the proper way to report pesticide/herbicide use and some essential safety considerations when using them.

Speakers include:
John Roncoroni, UC Cooperative Extension, Napa County
Allison Klein, Marin County Department of Ag, Weights & Measures
Lisa Blecker, UC ANR Statewide Pesticide Safety Education Program
Grapevine Production Short Course
Feb 12-15, Napa
Springhill Suites & 
Oakville Experimental Vineyard

Plan to join us for this integrated vineyard management short course featuring UC faculty, Cooperative Extension Specialists and Farm Advisors, and USDA researchers who will provide an in-depth, comprehensive study of all phases of grapevine culture and production.

The program is based on the latest information and research and will cover the fundamental principles that form the basis for practical decisions and include Q&A for each session, quality time with instructors and networking opportunities.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: New and experienced growers as well as other industry members interested in commercial grape production.

REGISTRATION for California residents begins December 3, 2018. Open registration will begin December 18, 2018.

Presented by the UC Davis and the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources 
Happy LOCAL Holidays
During this festive time of the year, take  advantage of the bounty that is grown, raised and made here in Sonoma County. From produce to meat and dairy products to locally made foods and of course the wines, beers and spirits, there is something for everyone on your list. 

To help you find what you're looking for, visit the Farm Trails site to  Find Our Farms & Produce by Criteria  and  California Cheese Trail. Both include maps and Farm Trails site lets you search by a variety of criterion including product type, region, method and more.

Share the Bounty that is Sonoma County. 

Happy Holidays from UCCE Sonoma County!
Impacted by 2017 Wildfires:
Survey: Livestock & Poultry Producers Impacted by Fires 
Reminder: We need your assistance to better understand the economic impact of fire events in livestock production in California.  Our team of faculty and researchers would like to model the economic impact of fire in livestock production in California.  

We hope to be able to demonstrate to livestock producers the threat and severity of economic loss that fire poses to their operation. Additionally, we hope to identify potential actions that ranchers can take to reduce or mitigate their losses due to wildfires. 

We are interested in conducting a risk assessment to gather information about the properties in California, that have experienced wildfires within the last 10 years. This survey will provide critical information that can be incorporated into guidelines aimed toward proving the foundations for future fire economic assessments and management decisions.

Your participation is essential to helping us in this risk assessment. The survey will take about 15-30 minutes of your time, depending on the number of your properties that have been affected by wildfire.
Events & Workshops by our Partners:
Holidays Along the Farm Trails by Sonoma County Farm Trails

'Tis the season to celebrate with our community.  Join Sonoma County farmers and producers as they open their gates and barn doors to offer a behind-the-scenes peek at life on the farm.  

Shop their unique farmstands for your holiday meals, cut your own Christmas tree, make a gift at DIY workshops, greet farm animals, and so much more.

Now through January 1

Visitors must register for free to receive the list of participating destinations and offerings in our interactive online map.
Holiday Pop-up Market  with Sonoma County Farm Trails

Sonoma County Farm Trails members and local artists, makers and musicians will be participating in the first event at The Bank. Located in the former Petaluma Seed Bank location.

Should be a fun holiday event. 
December 14, 15 & 16

Noon to 7pm

Drop-off location for Redwood Empire Food Bank
Farmer/Buyer Mixer Farmers Guild, co-sponsored by UCANR
Tuesday, Jan 8, 3pm
Sebastopol Grange

This event is designed for professional production farmers ready to provide consistent supplies of goods to buyers and for any food business ready to purchase direct from local farms. 

SRJC Spring 2019 Sustainable Ag Course Offerings

Sustainable Ag classes are held at Shone Farm. Spring semester offerings include:
  • Introduction to Sustainable Ag
  • Agricultural Composting
  • Organic Crop Planning
  • Organic Apple Production
  • Integrated Pest Management
31st Small Farm Conference  by CAFF and Farmers Guild

Where farmers, ranchers and local food advocates gather each year to explore hot topics in sustainable agriculture, work to bridge field and fork, sharpen their skills, network and give voice to those growing a more resilient food system from the soil up.

Programs catered for new farmers, seasoned growers, farmers market managers and anyone supporting small farms, whether from within kitchens, the halls of Sacramento, school cafeterias or out in your own neighborhood.
Feb 22 & 23, 2019

Registration Open
UC Davis Student Farm & Bowley Center
1050 Ext Center Drive | Davis