The RCD offers a number of ways for the community and agricultural producers to get involved with our programming: Agricultural Heritage Series public outings, 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, and our LandSmart Workshop series for land owners and managers. See the listings below for ways to get involved today:
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: friendsofthepetalumariver.org/project/conserve

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

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!

REGISTER HERE!

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.

 

Scott Ranch Heritage Day | June 25, 2017

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

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.