Agricultural Heritage Outings

Upcoming Agricultural Heritage Outings

Connecting you to Farms and Ranches protected forever by the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District. Free to the public! Sponsored by the voters of Sonoma County who funded the District's work with a quarter-cent sales tax.



Past Farm and Ranch Outings

Seeing Restoration in Action at Tolay Creek Ranch - October 21, 2012

 

 

Thanks to a partnership with the Sonoma Land Trust and the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, we were able to get more people outdoors to enjoy the open spaces and agricultural heritage of our county. A multi-generational group joined us, including agricultural entrepreneurs from 4H, to discuss the long tradition of farming on this land spanning from Native Americans, to early homesteaders, to present day ranching. Under the care of the Sonoma Land Trust, the pastureland and creek beds are being restored, and soon turned over to the Regional Park Service for public access. In the meantime, joining us on one of our Agricultural Heritage Outings allows the opportunity to visit the whole store told by experts like the Land Trust Stewardship Director, Bob Neale.

 

Creek Cleanup - September 15, 2012

 

On Saturday, September 15th we kicked off COASTWEEKS, an international celebration of our coastal resources lasting three weeks. In an effort to "keep it clean upstream," the Southern Sonoma RCD and Friends of the Petaluma River hosted our annual Creek Cleanup to collect trash and debris across our watershed. The goal was to increase the number of groups participating and the amount of trash collected! We all pitched in and cleaned up our streets, creeks, streams, and waterways, before winter rains washed our trash to the sea!

 

Good Old Fashioned Fun at Scott's Ranch - August 16, 2012

A reosounding THANK YOU!! to our hosts and all who participated in the recent Agricultural Heritage Outing at Scott Ranch! Tom Scott, landowner and Southern Sonoma Board Director welcomed us onto his property, sharing the viewshed and agrarian histroy of this place that has been preserved with support of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. Scott Gerber, longtime ranch manager, local musician, and friend of many, charmed the crowd by herding cattle to demonstrate his innovative practices regenerating native grasses. Meanwhile, Richard King, a professional in rangeland management, explained the critical importance of healthy pastures to the ecosystem. After a short walk to observe some of the grass species in the field, the Scott family generously grilled up some of their grass fed beef for all to tase. MORE PLEASE!! If you would like to support Scott Ranch, and have a taste of their beef for yourself contact Scott Mattei at (209) 365-9158 or email him at: matteimail@gmail.com. To learn more about holistic rangeland management, contact Richard King at (707) 769-1490 or email him at: rking1675@gmail.com

 

Outing at the Achadinha Cheese Company & Pacheco Family Dairy - June 30, 2012

 

 

We enjoyed a tour of the Pacheco Family's goat dairy followed by a brief walk to the stunning views of Petaluma. We met the goats at milking time and learned about the family's multiple generations of ranching and dairying. A decade ago, the Pacheco's converted the dairy operations from cows to goats, and now feature award-winning, hand crafted artisan cheese by Achadinha Cheese Company. We met Jim, the dairyman, and his wife Donna, the cheesemaker, and learned about the grass fed mixed herd of Nubian, Serbian, and Alpine goats producing high quality milk. The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District protected this Chileno Valley 230-acre ranch in 2008. Special thanks to our hosts Jim and Donna Pacheco for leading the group on a tour of their facility and property, sharing their stories and experiences, and offering samples of their cheeses for the group to enjoy.

Herding Demo on Sonoma Mountain Ranch - Saturday, June 25, 2011

Special thanks to our hosts Tom Scott and Scott Gerber. We would also like to thank Richard King, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Wayne Haydon, California Geological Services, for attending and addressing the group on range management and regional geology.


Pacheco Goat Dairy Ranch Tour & Artisan Cheese Makers - Memorial Day, May 30, 2011

 

 

 

We enjoyed a tour of the Pacheco Family's goat dairy followed by a brief walk to the stunning views of Petaluma. We met the goats at milking time and learned about the family's multiple generations of ranching and dairying. A decade ago, the Pacheco's converted the dairy operations from cows to goats, and now feature award-winning, hand crafted artisan cheese by Achadinha Cheese Company. We met Jim, the dairyman, and his wife Donna, the cheesemaker, and learned about the grass fed mixed herd of Nubian, Serbian, and Alpine goats producing high quality milk. The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District protected this Chileno Valley 230-acre ranch in 2008. Special thanks to our hosts Jim and Donna Pacheco for leading the group on a tour of their facility and property, sharing their stories and experiences, and offering samples of their cheeses for the group to enjoy.

 


Summer Walk in the Vineyard - Flocchini Family Estate, June 2010

Special thanks to our hosts: Andrew, Nicholas & Andrea Flocchini and Eric Neal, vineyard manager. Ice cream and cheese tasting donated by Mike Griffin, Clover Stornetta....


Triple-C Dairy Tour, May 11, 2010

A big 'thank you' to property owners Robert and Norene Camozzi for their generosity and hospitality. We also need to thank our project partners, The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (SCAPOSD), and Mike Griffin of Clover-Stornetta. To start the day....


Cloudy Bend Ranch Outing - Lambs and Levees. January 9, 2010

A big 'thank you' to Craig Jacobsen, rancher and owner of Cloudy Bend Ranch on the Petaluma River. We had a great group of folks out to meet Craig, learn about the ranch, hear a presentation on bayland geomorphology and the local levee system, and then take a stroll along the levee....




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