SONOMA COUNTY CAFF CHAPTER
For several decades the Sonoma County CAFF Chapter has organized to support family farms, sustainable agriculture and local food systems through events, resources and direct advocacy at the city and county level. This grassroots volunteer group, open to both farmers as well as farm-loving advocates, invites you to join us at our potlucks and events to network with likeminded agrarians and hear about local food- and farm-related topics. If you’d like to dig deeper into our organization or help us advocate for local policies, check out our Leadership Circle meetings.
For more info or to get involved contact Wendy Krupnick at wlk [at] sonic.net
EVENTS & MEETINGS
While in-person gatherings are currently postponed due to COVID, the chapter hosts online “Farmers Guild” events, free educational webinars open to all. For dates, updates and official invites to these events, sign up for our mailing list and/or check out the “What’s New” section below.
Leadership Circle meetings are 4th Mondays at 6:30 via Zoom. For an invite and agenda to these more in-depth meetings or to learn more about getting involved, please contact wlk [at] sonic.net
As the voice of small farms and sustainable agriculture, the Sonoma County CAFF chapter is actively engaged in local advocacy, speaking up at public hearings, meeting with policymakers, and submitting written comment. To learn more about the chapter’s stances, we’ve compiled all recent comment letters covering a variety of food, agricultural and land use issues, as well as a glossary with descriptions of relevant agencies and organizations.
OTHER LOCAL RESOURCES YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT:
Sonoma RCD / Goldridge RCD (Local Resource Conservations Districts, RCDs) : These local agencies help individuals and community groups drive the solutions to our most pressing natural resource issues, such as prolonged drought and climate change. They do this by making available technical, financial and educational resources to achieve the greatest benefit to soil, water and related natural resources.
Natural Resources Conservation Service: Formerly known as the Soil Conservation Service, is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture that provides technical assistance to farmers and other private landowners and managers.
Ag & Open Space: The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District permanently protects the diverse agricultural, natural resource, and scenic open space lands of Sonoma County for future generations, primarily through the use of conservation easements and matching grant funding.
Sonoma County Farm Trails: Farm Trails connects the public to Sonoma County farmers, ranchers, producers, and purveyors to ensure the economic viability of local agriculture and instill an appreciation of ag as a vital part of our community through events, tours and marketing.
UCCE Sonoma: Cooperative Extension provides research support for agriculture and natural resources, in family and consumer sciences, in community resources development and in youth development. University of California advisors are housed in County Cooperative Extension offices throughout California. These advisors extend knowledge and provide county research in selected Cooperative Education program areas. Specialists housed on University campuses conduct research and work with advisors in the counties to provide information for dissemination.
Sonoma County Groundwater Sustainability Agencies: Petaluma / Santa Rosa Plain / Sonoma Valley: The historic passage of SGMA in 2014 set forth a statewide framework to help protect groundwater resources over the long-term. SGMA requires locals agencies to form groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) for the high and medium priority basins. GSAs develop and implement groundwater sustainability plans (GSPs) to avoid undesirable results and mitigate overdraft within 20 years.
WHAT'S NEW IN SONOMA COUNTY:
Fire Resilience on the Farm. This 6-part workshop includes presentations from farmers, ranchers, experts and agencies on preparing your farm or ranch for wildfire. While
Join the Sonoma County CAFF chapter for a virtual presentation and discussion on Community Partners & Carbon Farming, featuring Anthony Myint of ZeroFoodprint and Restore
Food and agriculture workers are designated to receive the vaccine in the next tier, Phase 1b Tier 1. The populations in this phase include: Persons