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:

North Coast Vineyard Hedgerow Tour | Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019

    Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019       
    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    Ridge Vineyards and Preston Farm and Winery,                        Healdsburg
 Detailed instructions of where to meet will be sent after you register
 RSVP HERE

 

Hedgerows can provide many benefits to your vineyard operation. Join us for a morning of discussion and demonstration at two vineyards that have successfully integrated hedgerows into their operations. We will discuss reasons for planting hedgerows, plant choices, and considerations for planning, implementing, and managing a successful hedgerow in a vineyard setting. Presenters will share their experiences of integrating hedgerows and how they fit in with broader soil health goals and farm management. The workshop takes place in the field, where attendees will get to see established hedgerows, and ask the growers about their experience and perspective.

Presenters:
David Gates, Senior VP of vineyard operations at Ridge Vineyards
Lou Preston, owner, Preston Farm and Winery
Keith Abeles, Sonoma Resource Conservation District

Space is limited. Please register soon to ensure your space.

For more information, contact Keith Abeles, Sonoma RCD, at kabeles@sonomarcd.org or call 707-569-1448.

Hosted by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance and the Sonoma Resource Conservation District. 

Range Tailgate 2: Cows, Compost + Carbon | Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

9:00 am-11:30 am
Private address – directions given to registrants only
 RSVP HERE

Sonoma RCD and Sonoma Mountain Institute invite ranchers and prospective ranchers to come learn the latest findings from their Healthy Soils Demonstration Project. This demonstration field trail started in 2018 on a private 300-acre ranch owned by the Sonoma Mountain Institute, is looking at how compost application influences soil health and forage productivity on a working rangeland. This tailgate will include a discussion on the comparison of our baseline vs year 1 soil samples on both treatment and control plots as well as a discussion of practice adoption pros and cons from the ranch manager. We’ll also hear from professionals on how to determine the best type of compost for your ranch.

A more detailed agenda will be posted on our website in the coming weeks. Please don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about boosting soil health on your own ranch!

Visit our website for the latest event details here: https://sonomarcd.org/get-involved/

Workshop questions? Contact project manager, Kari Wester at kwester@sonomarcd.org or (707) 569-1448 ext. 101

The 2017 Healthy Soils Demonstration Project is funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds and is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment.

Demo Workshop II: Compost + Tillage in the Vineyard | Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019


Thursday, August 1, 2019

9:00 am-11:30 am
La Crema Estate at Saralee’s  Vineyard
3575 Slusser Road, Windsor, CA 95492

 RSVP HERE

Demo Workshop II: Compost and Tillage in the Vineyard

Sonoma RCD and Jackson Family Wines invite growers to come learn the latest findings from their Healthy Soils Demonstration Project! This field trial, started in 2018 at Saralee’s Vineyard, is looking at how tillage frequency and compost application influences soil health and productivity in a working vineyard. The workshop will include:

  • Presentation by technical advisor Dr. Josh Beniston on current insights from soil health data gathered so far
  • Field tour of the test plots and discussion of practice adoption pros and cons with the vineyard manager

A more detailed agenda to follow. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about boosting soil health in your own vineyard!

QUESTIONS? Please contact Anya Starovoytov, project manager at (707) 569-1448 ext 109 or email astarovoytov@sonomarcd.org

The 2017 Healthy Soils Demonstration Project is funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds and is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment.

Tillage Management Alternatives | Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2019

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
11:00 am-12:30 pm
MacLeod Family Vineyard
Kenwood, CA
REGISTER HERE

 

Tillage Management Alternatives: Impacts on Soil Moisture and Health
 A Tour and Discussion of Vineyard Trials and Preliminary Findings

The RCD has been working with the MacLeod Family Vineyard to look at the impact of different types of tillage management on soil health and relative moisture availability. Field trials were established in fall 2017 to investigate differences in no till, alternate row till and full till management on soil health properties and soil moisture. We will meet to discuss the project, tillage alternatives, and opportunities to maximize retention and conservation of water in the soil and at the ranch. Josh Beniston, soil scientist and program coordinator for the sustainable agriculture program at the Santa Rosa Junior College, will present on findings to date.  Grower John MacLeod will discuss his perspective and interest in the project, and growers will be invited to discuss their experiences and perspectives on how to best manage the soil and water, and ask questions.

Presenters:                                                                                                      

  • Keith Abeles, Soil and Water Specialist, Sonoma RCD
  • Josh Beniston, PhD, Soil Scientist and Program Coordinator for Sustainable Agriculture, Santa Rosa Junior College
  • John MacLeod, Grower, MacLeod Family Vineyard

 

This workshop is made possible by NRCS.

CA Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) Grower Workshop | Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
9:00 am-12:30 pm
Sonoma State University, Stevenson Hall
1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Room: Stevenson 2044
*Sonoma RCD staff will be available to assist with LandSmart at this workshop
REGISTER HERE

The CSWA Farm Plan walks growers through a hybrid of the Resource Conservation Districts’ (RCD) LandSmart Plans and California Code of Sustainable Winegrowing. These workshops are designed to assist growers who have already begun completing the CSWA Farm Plan Template or LandSmart. Workshops will be held in computer labs where there will be technical assistance available to work on your Farm Plan, including mapping assistance, LandSmart questionnaire and table completion assistance, technical guidance with engineers and Qualified Professionals, and assistance compiling needed action items for compliance. Growers are encouraged to attempt to complete as much of their Farm Plan as possible in advance and bring your questions. Please note, CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE vineyards are not automatically in compliance with the General Waste Discharge Requirements for Vineyard Properties in the Napa River and Sonoma Creek Watersheds. The CSWA Farm Plan template must be completed and verified for any vineyard using the CSWA Third-Party Program.

 

Sustainable Equine Management | March 2-3, 2019

Saturday, March 2-3, 2019
Petaluma watershed location
REGISTER TODAY

Please join Daily Acts and the RCD in learning how to plan and implement practical, efficient and cost-effective strategies for managing horses and equestrian facilities for both horse health and environmental integrity.

The Sustainable Equine Management Workshop will be of value to all of our equestrians, and the greater community! There is also the opportunity for a consultation with Alayne Blickle of Horses For Clean Water!

2nd Annual Vineyard Soil Health Symposium | Friday, Mar. 8, 2019

Friday, March 8, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Sonoma County Winegrowers New Office in Santa Rosa
3245 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa 95401
Coffee and snacks provided.
Please RSVP: REGISTER HERE

Growers will gather for a morning of presentations and discussions on improving vineyard soil health. The program will begin with academic researchers and professionals sharing information on tillage management alternatives, cover crops, compost application, and best practices for vineyard floor management. This will be followed by a grower panel discussing their experiences with implementing these practices, and the benefits, drawbacks and complexities of integrating them into their operations. Discussions will highlight the benefits, drawbacks, challenges and complexities of reducing tillage in the vineyard.

Presenters:

  • Glenn McGourty, Winegrowing and Plant Science Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension- Mendocino and Lake County
  • Josh Beniston, PhD, Soil Scientist and Program Coordinator for Sustainable Agriculture, Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Britta Baskerville, Community Education Specialist, UC Cooperative Extension- Mendocino and Lake County

Grower Panel:

  • Ned Horton, Vineyard Manager, Quivira Vineyards and Winery
  • Dave Koball, Director of Viticulture, Noble Vineyard Management
  • Julie Nord, MS Soil Science, Owner, Nord Vineyards
  • More to come! 

Please check back for more details. If you have any questions please contact Keith Abeles, Soil and Water Specialist at 707-569-1448 ext 112 or email at kabeles@sonomarcd.org.

Visit the North Coast Soil Health Hub for information on soil health trials and research going on in our region: http://soilhub.org/

Hosted by the Sonoma Resource Conservation District and Sonoma County Winegrape Commission with support from the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.

 

Managing Rural Roads | Friday, Dec. 7, 2018

Friday, December 7, 2018
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Southern Sonoma ranch – address provided to registrants only
Please RSVP: REGISTER HERE

Managing Rural Roads: Classroom & field workshop for heavy equipment operators and land managers who maintain dirt roads

Come learn how to maintain rural roads to reduce annual maintenance costs and prevent erosion. We will share tools to help you implement best management practices (BMPs) on your roads and comply with future water quality regulations. We will also take a walking tour of road treatments recently implemented and will discuss potential grant funding available for rural road erosion control.

Topics Covered:
Road shaping techniques and equipment required
Stream crossing fail-safe structures
Following typical construction drawings in a real world setting
Checklist for determining whether or not your roads are “storm-proof”
Estimating time and cost involved in upgrading roads

This workshop has been funded wholly or in part by the USEPA and the State Water Board. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the USEPA or the State Water Board, nor does the USEPA or the State Water Board endorse trade names or recommend the use of commercial products mentioned in this document.

Demo Workshop: Tillage & Compost in the Vineyard | Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard, 3575 Slusser Road, Windsor, CA 95492
Please RSVP: REGISTER HERE

 

Join Sonoma RCD and Jackson Family Wines to learn about their Healthy Soils Demonstration Project, which is looking at how tillage and compost application influences soil health and productivity within a working vineyard. The workshop will describe the long-term field trial started in 2018 at Saralee’s Vineyard and highlight what management practices other vineyards can adopt to improve soil health and sequester more carbon in their soil. The workshop will conclude with a field tour of the test plots so please dress accordingly. Morning pastries, coffee, and tea will be provided by Jackson Family Wines.

This field tour is part of the RCD’s ongoing Soil Health Series. Please visit the North Coast Soil Hub at http://soilhub.org/ to learn more about soil health and other upcoming events in the region.

QUESTIONS? Please contact Anya Starovoytov, project manager at (707) 569-1448 ext 109 or email astarovoytov@sonomarcd.org

The 2017 Healthy Soils Demonstration Project is funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds and is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment.

Range Tailgate: Cows, Compost and Carbon | Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018

Thursday, November 8, 2018
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Private ranch located in Petaluma. Address provided to registrants only.
Please RSVP: REGISTER HERE

Join us on the ranch to take a look at areas where we’ve recently applied compost! This is the first in a series of workshops on this property to observe management changes over time. Come learn about Carbon Farm Planning and multi-beneficial soil management practices for rangeland properties. We’ll discuss our current Healthy Soils project and what practices we are doing to help sequester carbon, increase water holding capacity on the ranch. We’ll also hear from the rancher about other anticipated benefits such as increased forage production.

This field tour is part of the RCD’s ongoing Soil Health Series. Please visit the North Coast Soil Hub at http://soilhub.org/ to learn more about soil health and other upcoming events in the region.

QUESTIONS? Please contact Kari Wester, project manager at (707) 569-1448 or email kwester@sonomarcd.org

The 2017 Healthy Soils Demonstration Project is funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds and is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment.

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.