The RCD offers a number of ways for the community and agricultural producers to get involved with our programming: LandSmart workshop series for land owners and managers, annual partner events like the Petaluma River Fall Trash Cleanup in September, volunteer opportunities as they arise in conjunction with our On-the-Ground projects. We also attend a number of community events annually! See the listings below for ways to get involved today:

27th Annual Dollars & $ense Seminar and Trade Show | Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

Thursday, January 11 
7:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Join Sonoma County Winegrowers for the 27th Annual Dollars & $ense Seminar and Trade Show on Thursday, January 11th, 2018 from 7:00 am – 1:30 pm at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts located at 50 Mark West Springs Road (behind the Sutter Hospital).

Our theme for the event is “Sonoma County Strong and Sustainable.” We hope to see you there as we reconnect and rebuild with friends and colleagues, reflect on the past season and the challenges our community has faced, and celebrate the New Year and the great successes to come!

Dollars & $ense is always a wonderful opportunity for our growers to gather as a community. We hope you will join us for another great program, trade show featuring more than 50 vendors, and a delicious luncheon with Sonoma County wines. The Sonoma RCD is excited to participate in this annual event!  Click here to register for Dollars & $ense.

For general information about the seminar, please contact Andriana Duckworth, Relationships & Programs Manager, at


Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival | Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

Saturday, February 10
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
That’s when we’ll do it all again at the fantastic Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival, held on the grounds of the Milt Brandt Visitors Center!  Rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Food, wine, beer, silent auction, live music, archery, fishing, tours, demonstrations — just about anything you can imagine, and it is FREE!

Come on by to visit with staff and see our interactive watershed model!

More information here:

SAVE THE DATE: Vineyard Soil Health Symposium | Friday, Mar. 9, 2018

Friday, March 9th 
9:00 AM – 12 Noon
Sonoma County Farm Bureau Office
3589 Westwind Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Presentations from grower panels on practices that can help improve vineyard soil health and sequester carbon: cover crops, compost, alternative tillage practices, and planting hedgerows.

Our website will be updated with more symposium details and a registration link will be available by late January 2018.

Agricultural and Rural Lands Fire Recovery and Resource Town Hall | Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

Monday, October 30th
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Sonoma County Event Center at the Fairgrounds
1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa
View Flyer Here!

Sonoma County Farm Bureau invites you to participate in an agricultural fire recovery and resource town hall. The event will include resources from organizations providing agricultural information to attendees.

Guest Speaker: Karen Ross, Secretary of California Department of Agriculture Come learn about disaster programs for farmers and ranchers. Information will be provided on how to support the rural residents and agriculture communities.

This event is free and open to the public. The Sonoma RCD will be in attendance.

Achadinha Cheese Co. Tour, Tasting & Potluck! | Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

You are invited to experience the exceptional artisan cheeses from the home ranch of the Pacheco Family. The Achadinha (Osh-a-deen-a) Cheese Company is a family operated ranch led by Jim and Donna Pacheco along with their four children William, Daniel, Elizabeth and David. Hear their family story starting three generations back in Portugal and how they’ve diversified their ranch in Petaluma as we tour the cheese plant, visit with the gals (goats and cows), and relish in a complimentary cheese tasting. Cheeses are available to purchase direct from Donna after the tour! Stay afterwards for a potluck on the farm and to enjoy the end of summer!


This is an Agricultural Heritage Series outing hosted by the Sonoma Resource Conservation District. There is no cost for this event. This outing is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the Agricultural and Open Space District’s work with a quarter cent sales tax and in partnership with Achadinha Cheese Co.

California Coastal Cleanup Day | Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017

California Coastal Cleanup Day welcomes more than 60,000 volunteers who will pick up hundreds of thousands of pounds of trash and recyclables from beaches, lakes, and waterways each year.” California Coastal Commission, 2017. In celebration of this annual state-wide event local groups from around Sonoma County organize to educate, cleanup, and celebrate our inland waterways and coastal areas. The Sonoma RCD is proud to partner again with the Friends of the Petaluma River and Russian Riverkeeper to protect water quality, wildlife and our communities in both of these watersheds.

Petaluma Watershed
Hosted by: Friends of the Petaluma River and the Sonoma RCD, sponsored by community partners. For event details and location please visit:

Russian River Watershed
Hosted by: Russian Riverkeeper, sponsored by the Sonoma RCD and other community partners. For more information and to register visit:

Scott Ranch Heritage Day | June 25, 2017

Time: 11am—2pm
Where: Scott Ranch, East Petaluma
(address given to registrants only)
Level: Easy

Experience some of Sonoma County’s ranching heritage! Hear from the Scott Family about their history in Petaluma and what they are doing today to steward the landscape. Rangeland Specialist Richard King and Cowboy Scott Geber will explain how their trials in managing the land have improved the health of the cows and the soil beneath their feet. BYO picnic lunch to enjoy at the old barn following morning discussion and pasture walk!

This is an Agricultural Heritage Series outing hosted by the Sonoma Resource Conservation District. There is no cost for this event. This outing is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District’s work with a quarter cent sales tax and in partnership with Scott Ranch.

LandSmart Workshops

These unique workshops are targeted to support land owners and managers with natural resource conservation practices and cutting edge land management techniques. Expert practitioners offer insights and resources to participants through detailed presentations and field tour sessions. Collaboration with other local and regional stakeholders to design and execute these informative workshops provides an invaluable opportunity for agriculturalists to gain tangible tools to support the efficiency and sustainability of their operation.