UCCE Sonoma County

FSMA Questionnaire Due 8/31

ATTN Produce Growers: CDFA is requiring  Small and Very Small farms, to complete their Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) questionnaire.
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Fair Time is Fun Time!

August 1-11

Visit the Master Gardeners in the Flower Building Annex with their annual demo garden, this one featuring edible landscaping

Master Gardeners are at their demo garden 11am to 5pm throughout the fair. New this year, they are giving workshops throughout the day on both weekends. Schedule of MG workshops during the fair.

Come out and support local youth showing and selling their livestock at the  Junior Livestock Auction  and see their exhibits throughout the fair - in the flower buildings and in the exhibit buildings.

August 3 - Lamb - 9:00 AM | Rabbit - 1:00 PM | Goat - 1:30 PM
August 8 - Hog - 9:00 AM 
August 9 - Beef Auction - 6:00 PM

Good Fire Alliance BBQ & Potluck

August 3, 12 pm, Spring Lake Regional Park

Come meet neighbors and others interested in cooperative burning and grazing in  Sonoma County. 

People from surrounding counties or other areas are welcome too. 
Please RSVP so we know how many people to anticipate and so you receive follow up information about this event.
What to bring? Sunglasses, sunscreen, a smile, and whatever salad, snack, or drink you'd like to share. Maybe a chair, too.

A more specific location and a map will be emailed to RSVPs at a later date

Vineyard Irrigation Water Usage

August 12, 9:30-10:30, Farm Bureau 

Purpose: To introduce a UC Cooperative Extension project to survey vineyard water use in Sonoma County. Topics include: 
  • Anonymous data collection 
  • Survey goals
  • Grower collaboration
Wildfire Home Hardening Workshop

August 17, 10am - 4pm, Sebastopol

Audubon Canyon Ranch is collaborating with the Goldridge Fire Protection district and UCCE to put on this workshop.

Learn how to make your home resilient against wildfire during this hands-on workshop:
  • Receive expert instruction on how to "harden" your home against the next wildfire.
  • Take a tour of a typical home in Sonoma County's W.U.I., with all of its classic issues.
  • Get hands-on experience correcting those issues.
Become a California Naturalist!

Sep 14 - Nov 2, eight Saturday sessions
Pepperwood Preserve, Santa Rosa

In this 8-week course, participants meet every Saturday to explore Pepperwood and learn about different natural history topics. 

Each session runs from 9am-3pm and includes time in the classroom as well as time in the field. Participants will learn about Sonoma county's natural ecosystems, hydrology, soil science, mammology, ecology, ornithology, and geology. 

Those completing the 40-hour course along with their capstone project will receive their California Naturalist Certification through the UC certification program.

Become a Master Gardener!
If you love to garden, learn about horticulture, and want to share your information with others, the UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County offers you the opportunity to learn and to use your knowledge of gardening to serve the community.  

The UC Master Gardener program is a volunteer organization that provides education to home gardeners. Master Gardeners of Sonoma County have a deep commitment to community service and are willing to volunteer as agents of the University of California Cooperative Extension.  

Applications are due September 23 for the 2020 MG Training Class which will launch in January 2020 and run through May 2020.  

Communications Product Survey

The purpose of this survey is to gather input from the users of University of California Agricultural and Natural Resources (UC ANR) communication products (books, websites, promotional materials, etc.).

Please respond by 5:00 PM, Thursday, August 22, 2019. Survey respondents can enter to win a $50 Starbucks gift card.

Events & Workshops by our Partners:
Gravenstein Apple Fair

August 17 & 18, 10am - 6pm
Ragle Park Ranch, Sebastopol

There's something for everyone: live music on two stages, arts & crafts vendors, excellent local food, cider, microbrews & wine, contests & activities, Children's Corner, Artisan Tasting Lounge, Do-It-Yourself Arena, Life on the Farm Arena and of course their famous heirloom Gravenstein apples.  

VOLUNTEERS WANTEDSign-up as a volunteer here.  Most volunteer shifts are ~4 hours long. 
Love to Bake?  Join us for the  2019 Apple Pie Baking Contest  at the fair! Print the  2019 PIE BAKING ENTRY FORM  (pdf) and bring it with you to the fair on Saturday, 8/17 by 11:00AM.

Find discounted tickets at Harmony Farm Supply in Sebastopol, at all Oliver's Markets (Cotati, Montecito, Stony Point, & Windsor), and at all Copperfield's Bookstores (Calistoga, Healdsburg, Napa, Novato, Petaluma, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol).

SRJC Sustainable Ag Offerings - Registration is Open 

Fall Semester:
Semester starts August 19, 2019.

SUSAG 50 Intro to Sustainable Agriculture

SUSAG 160 Direct Farm Marketing

Post Wildfire Land Stewardship Workshop

August 24,  10am at ACR Bouverie Preserve

Get hands on experience on how to steward your land after a severe wildfire event.

Participants will receive expert instruction on improving the ecological health and resiliency of fire-affected land and learn how to do it themselves or how to hire contractors to do the work on their land. 
  • Take a tour of the Bouverie Preserve -a landscape affected by the Nuns fire- and review Bouverie's postfire Forest Management Plan.
  • Get hands-on experience implementing Bouverie Preserve's Forest Management Plan. 
Range Tailgate 2: Cows, Compost + Carbon

August 27, Petaluma

Sonoma RCD and Sonoma Mountain Institute invite ranchers and prospective ranchers to come learn the latest findings from their Healthy Soils Demonstration Project. We'll also hear from professionals on how to determine the best type of compost for your ranch.
CA Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for projects funded by CAL FIRE

September 5,  10am at ACR Bouverie Preserve

This class will focus on CEQA processes related to CAL FIRE grant funding and private/ public agencies' legal obligations. It will cover CEQA's purpose, why it applies, basics (authority, summary, key terms, process), lead & responsible agencies, Senate Bill 901, exempt projects, environmental documents, document adequacy and archaeology. While not ideal for complete new-comers to CEQA, it may be appropriate for some. There will be a lot of detail shared and plenty of time for discussion. 

Learn more and register online
Small Flock Egg Producers Workshop

September 17, 10am at Ag Dept Conference Room

Free workshop for small scale egg producers and those interested in selling eggs by CA Dept of Food & Ag's Egg Safety & Quality Management department.

Topics include:
  • Intro to Chickens
  • Biosecurity
  • Hands on Candling Exercise
  • Poultry Disease
  • Egg Quality
More information in our September news.
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