January 2020 🍲 🎄 🍲 Happy Holidays & Happy New Year 🎆 🎇 🎆
2020 Calendar
Who doesn't want a beautiful calendar with Sonoma County working lands as the backdrop?!

We worked with our partners Ag + Open Space, Gold Ridge RCD, Sonoma Land Trust, Sonoma RCD and USDA NRCS to create a beautiful calendar available at our offices.

Stop by and get yours, and they make great gifts for your friends to learn more about our working lands. FREE!!!
133 Aviation Blvd, Suite 109, Santa Rosa
M-F 8am-noon, 1-4pm
Free-Range/Pastured Poultry Workshops
UC Davis Veterinary Medicine and UCCE are partnering with other organizations to bring you a workshop series for free-range/pasture raised poultry.

The classes are offered in Davis and via WEBINAR. Attend one, some or all:

1/06: Husbandry, Pasture Management, and Rotational Systems
1/14: Pastured Poultry Farm Economics and Marketing
1/22: Alternative Poultry Species & Animal Welfare Considerations
1/27: Feed and Nutrition for Pastured Poultry
1/30: Egg Quality and Review of Useful Poultry Production
January 7, 8am-4:40pm
Farming in the New Normal
A workshop for growers on agriculture and climate
At this workshop, you will get the latest information from California researchers, government agency leaders, agriculture industry professionals and innovative farmers to:

  • Help you understand how climate change will affect your farming operations
  • Provide practical strategies for agriculture to thrive in a new climate reality 
  • Explore opportunities and resources for implementing climate strategies on farms

UCCE in partnership with other agencies is offering this workshop.
January 11, 12 & 25
UCCE Mendocino, Ukiah
Forest Stewardship Workshop
The goal of the workshop is to help landowners understand and protect their forests by creating a Forest Management Plan.

Topics include:
  • Forest management objectives and planning
  • Forest health, insects and disease
  • Forest and fire ecology, wildlife, watersheds
  • Fuels reduction and forest resource marketing
  • Mapping, inventory and silviculture
  • Project development & permitting
  • Getting professional help and cost-share opportunities
Hopland Hikes: Meet the Lambs
January 11, 10am Hopland Research & Extension Center
Join Hopland Hikes at the Hopland Research and Extension Center every second Saturday in 2020.

On this, first hike of the new year, you will be meeting their newborn lambs! This is a family friendly hike suitable for all ages, walking (or strollers) for 1 mile total distance with the chance to meet our newborn lambs.

Please dress for the weather - it can be very cold up at the research center and could rain!
Youth Ag & Animal Science Field Day
February 8, 8:30am, Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds
Keynote address by Temple Grandin

Learn about the client-veterinarian relationship, promoting agriculture, backyard poultry, career opportunities, working landscapes, science of wildland fire, and animal welfare practices.

$5 per person, register by February 1
For youth (aged 9 and older) and adults
Hemp Webpage
New fact sheet on our website includes information about the proposed County ordinance, resources and presentations from the workshop we hosted in November.
Events & Workshops by our Partners:
Holidays Along the Farm Trails
Still time to participate! Support Sonoma County farmers & producers who are opening their gates & barn doors to offer a taste of life on the farm.

Register for FREE. Your attendance will directly support our community and contribute to our local food system!
Animal Science Classes at SRJC
Spring Semester starts January 13

Ansci52 - Meat Science will look at raising meat animals, processing, food safety and include hands on learning opportunities like sausage making. Thursdays from 1-5pm
Ansci134 - Livestock Reproduction will cover reproductive techniques and genetics of livestock. Tuesdays from 9am-1pm
Eqsci170 - Farrier Science looks at anatomy and management of the hoof. This is a great class for anyone who owns a horse! Wednesdays from 6-9pm
Natural Resources Instructor Position
Santa Rosa Junior College
2020 North Bay CAFF Annual Gathering
An annual tradition, each January we invite our whole community to gather with local farmers and farm advocates from across the North Bay to look back on 2019, from accomplishments to tribulations to those we’ve lost along the way, all while planting seeds collectively for the 2020 season ahead. “CAFF” stands for Community Alliance  with  Family Farmers, so bring a friend––farmers and non-farmers alike––to learn how we can all help grow a more regenerative, just and abundant food system from the soil up.

Dinner, drinks, an update from our statewide organization, and lively stories three inspiring, local farmers.

Jan 14, 6pm
Sebastopol Grange

Potluck: please bring a dish or drink to share
California Small Farm Conference
February 27-29, 2020 in San Luis Obispo

Local food, innovation, community roots and healthy soils—just a few of the things you’ll find growing on small farms and ranches all across California.
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