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MAY 6, 2017

History of Ranching along the San Francisco Bay


When: Saturday, May 6

Time: 10 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Private property - address given to registrants only
Level: Moderate


Join us to walk alongside the largest in-tact tidal salt marsh: the Petaluma Marsh. You’ll hear about the ranching legacy in the baylands and how local partners are working together to understand the river’s historical hydrology in order to identify and prioritize multi-benefit wetland restoration opportunities in the watershed.


Meet local rancher Craig Jacobsen, representatives from the Sonoma Resource Conservation District and other local partners as we:

  • preview a new short video “The Marsh: Baylands in Transition”
  • present some of the initial findings in the developing Petaluma River Historical Hydrology Study
  • see legacy of hay production and ranching near the bay
  • take in the stunning viewsheds of this dynamic watershed

The tour will highlight this protected 368 acre ranch as we walk out to a portion of the levee paralleling the Petaluma River. You won’t want to miss this exclusive opportunity!

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. Part of the Agricultural Heritage Series presented by the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District & the Sonoma Resource Conservation District.


MAY 16, 2017

Dry Farming Grapes with Paul Bernier


Come learn the history, techniques and tools of dry farming grapes in Sonoma County. Join long-time dry farmer Paul Bernier demonstrating these techniques that produce excellent wine—and command long-term contracts and premium prices—while promoting environmental stewardship by conserving water and energy. The workshop will be held at a vineyard that Paul planted 16 years ago and has dry farmed ever since.

Workshop begins at 10 AM and will be followed by lunch at 12:30 PM.

Additional speakers include Dave Runsten, CAFF Policy Director, who will talk about CAFF’s ten years of promoting dry farming and what we have learned and Glenn McGourty, viticulture and plant science adviser for UCCE-Mendocino County, who will talk about his team’s on-going research of climate-smart practices in vineyards.

WHERE: 1101 Canyon Rd. Geyserville, Sonoma County

This event is funded by the Rose Foundation.There is no charge to attend this event.
However in order to plan for attendance and lunch, please RSVP!

APRIL17, 2017
LandSmart Workshop: Forest and Range Stewardship


When: Monday, April 17

Time: 6-8 pm
Where: Russian River Sportsmen’s Club, 25150 Steelhead Blvd. Duncans Mills, CA 95430

The Sonoma Resource Conservation District (RCD) is hosting an informational workshop for both small and large range and forest landowners. Hear from agency partners and RCD conservation planners who can help you manage your land and connect you with available funding programs.


Check out the flyer here!


For questions please contact Jeff Schreiber, program developement manager at or call 707.569.1448 ext. 110.




APRIL 8, 2017
Special Invitation: Achadinha Cheese Co. Tour


Time: 10am—Noon
Where: 750 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma 94952
Level: Easy


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!


MARCH 15, 2017

Got Runoff? RCDs Host Stormwater Workshop for Local Residents


Time: 6-8pm

Apple Blossom School

700 Watertrough Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Free to the public

How can we make the most of excessive rainfall, protect our soil from erosion, protect our roads from potholes and landslides, and deliver water to our water tables? Join Gold Ridge and Sonoma RCDs and partners, like Harmony Farm Supply and Permaculture Artisans, for a tradeshow-style workshop that explains the practices of good stormwater stewardship. You will have access to experts and information on where to get the tools or help you need.

We'll cover a suite of projects that store, slow, spread and sink stormwater, including rainwater catchment, permeable paving, rain gardens, earth works, and more. See the Stormwater Management Guide "Slow it. Spread it. Sink it. Store it!" online!