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November 29th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: The Marin Audubon Society: A Field Trip to Pacheco PondWhen: Thursday, December 5th, from 8:30am to 12:00pmWhere: Pacheco Pond in Novato Fee: Free More Information and Directions: marinaudubon.org The UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory drop-in tourWhen: Friday, December 6th,, and most Fridays 2:00pm to 4:00pmWhere: 2099 West Shore Road in Bodega BayFee: Free for groups of less than 10 peopleMore Information and registration: bml.ucdavis.edu FARMERS MARKETS The Saturday Healdsburg Farmers Market is opening one last time this year on November 30th from 8:30am to 12:00pm, rain or shine, at North & Vine Streets in downtown Healdsburg The Sonoma Valley Farmers Market happens every Friday, all year, from 9:00am…

November 22nd 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: Willowside Middle School Nursery Plant SaleWhen: Saturday, November 23rd, 9:00am to 2:00pmWhere: Willowside Middle School, 5299 Hall Road in Santa Rosa More Information and registration: ogusd.org UC Master Gardeners of Napa County: Guided Tree Walk of Fuller Park in NapaWhen: Thursday, November 29th, 10:00am to 12:00pmWhere: Fuller Park at Jefferson and Oak Streets in downtown NapaFee: Free, registration requiredMore Information and registration: napamg.ucanr.edu FARMERS MARKETS: LAST OF THE SEASON on November 26th The Cloverdale Farmers Market from 3:00pm to 6:00pm at 225 North Cloverdale Boulevard in Cloverdale The Tam Valley Farmers Market from 3:00pm to 7:00pm in the CVS parking lot at 759 East…

November 15th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: Daily Acts: Pocket Park Seasonal Maintenance DayWhen: Saturday, November 9th, from 10:30am to 12:30pmWhere: The Cloverdale Regional Library, 401 North Cloverdale Road in Cloverdale Fee: Free More Information and registration: sonomamg.ucanr.edu Madrone Audubon Society presents: A Field Trip to Tolay Lake Regional ParkWhen: Saturday, November 9th, from 8:00am to 2:00pmWhere: Tolay Lake Regional ParkFee: Free, parking is $7 for non-Regional Park membersMore Information: marinaudubon.org FARMERS MARKETS: The Sunday Windsor Farmers Market is open Sundays through December 8th from 10:00am to 1:00pm on the Windsor Town Green The Santa Rosa Community Farmers Market happens every Wednesday and Saturday, all year,…

November 8th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: The UC Master Gardeners of Sonoma County present: Pollinators and Some of Their Favorite PlantsWhen: Saturday, November 9th, from 10:30am to 12:30pmWhere: The Cloverdale Regional Library, 401 North Cloverdale Road in Cloverdale Fee: Free More Information and registration: sonomamg.ucanr.edu Madrone Audubon Society presents: A Field Trip to Tolay Lake Regional ParkWhen: Saturday, November 9th, from 8:00am to 2:00pmWhere: Tolay Lake Regional ParkFee: Free, parking is $7 for non-Regional Park membersMore Information: marinaudubon.org FARMERS MARKETS: The Sunday Windsor Farmers Market is open Sundays through December 8th from 10:00am to 1:00pm on the Windsor Town Green The Santa Rosa Community Farmers Market…

November 1st 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: The Laguna Foundation presents: River Otters On the RiseWhen: Thursday, November 7th, from 6:30pm to 8:00pmWhere: Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road outside Santa Rosa Fee: $14, registration is required More Information and registration: lagunafoundation.org Pepperwood Preserve presents: The Bear Necessities in the Dwight CenterWhen: Thursday, November 7thWhere: Dwight Center, 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road outside Santa RosaFee: $10 suggested donation, free admission for studentsMore Information: pepperwoodpreserve.org FARMERS MARKETS: The Oakmont Farmers Market is open Saturdays, year-round, from 9:00am to 12:00pm at Oakmont and White Oak Drives in Santa Rosa The Sunday San Rafael Farmers…

October 25th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: The UC Master Gardeners of Sonoma County present: Healthcare for SucculentsWhen: Saturday, October 26th, from 10:30am to 12:30pm Where: The Rohnert Park Library, 6250 Lynne Conde Way in Rohnert Park More Information: sonomamg.ucanr.edu Laguna Foundation presents Hoot ‘n Howl: Night Critters When: Saturday, October 26th, from 6:00pm to 8:30pm Where: Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa Fee: $20 for one parent with up to two kids or 35 for a family of four, and registration is required More Information and registration: lagunafoundation.org FARMERS MARKETS: The Bodega Bay Farmers Market will happen just one more Sunday until next Memorial Day weekend, this Sunday, October…

October 18th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: Pepperwood Preserve presents a Creepy Creatures Family WalkWhen: Saturday, October 19th, from 10:00am to 12:00pm Where: Pepperwood Preserve, 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road outside Santa Rosa Fee: Free but donations are encouraged More Information: pepperwoodpreserve.org 350 Sonoma and Recology: Zero Waste Event When: Sunday, October 20th, 10:00am to 1:30pm Where: The Sebastopol Farmers Market, at the corner of Petaluma Street and Weeks Way in downtown Sebastopol More Information and registration: sebastopolfarmmarket.org FARMERS MARKETS: The Saint Helena Farmers Market will only open two more Friday mornings this year, today and next Friday, October 28th, from 7:30am to 12:00pm at Crane Park in Saint…

October 11th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: California Native Plant Society: Annual Fall Plant SaleWhen: Saturday, October 12th, 9:00am to 1:00pm Where: The Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road outside Santa Rosa More Information: cnps.org Sonoma County Farm Trails presents: Weekends Along the Farm Trails When: Saturday & Sunday, October 12th & 13th, 10:00am to 4:00pm both days Where: Various locations Fee: Most stops are free and registration is required More Information and registration: farmtrails.org FARMERS MARKETS: The Cloverdale Farmers Market is open every Tuesday through the end of November from 3:00pm to 6:00pm at 225 North Cloverdale Boulevard in Cloverdale The Santa Rosa Original Farmers Market is open every Wednesday and…

October 4th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: Madrone Audubon Society presents: Field Trip to Ragle Ranch Regional ParkWhen: Saturday, October 5th, 8:30am to 12:00pm Where: Ragle Ranch Regional Park, Ragle Road & Covert Lane in Sebastopol Fee: Free, parking is $7 for non-Regional Parks members More Information: madroneaudubon.org Daily Acts presents: Workshop Series - From Design to Installation When: Monday, October 7th, 6:00pm to 8:00pm Where: Forum Room at the Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma Fee: Free, registration is required More Information and registration: dailyacts.org FARMERS MARKETS: The Springs Farmers market is happening Sundays through December from 10:00am to 2:00pm in the parking lot by the post office in Boyes Hot…

September 27th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: Audubon Canyon Ranch presents: A Guided Nature Walk of BouverieWhen: Saturday, September 28th, from 10:00am to 12:30pm Where: Bouverie Preserve Fee: $20 per person suggest donation, all ages are welcome, but those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian More Information: egret.org Marin County Parks presents: Muddy Hollow to the Beach When: Sunday, September 29th, 10:00am to 2:00pm Fee: Free More Information and detailed directions: marincountyparks.org FARMERS MARKETS: The Sonoma Valley Farmers Market happens every Friday, all year, from 9:00am to 12:30pm at Arnold Field on First Street in Sonoma The Calistoga Farmers Market is open every Saturday, all year, from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the…

September 20th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. FARMERS MARKETS CLOSING FOR THE SEASON: Tuesday September 24th: The Valley of the Moon Farmers Market from 5:30pm until Dusk on the Plaza surrounding City Hall in Sonoma The…

September 13th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: UC Master Gardeners of Sonoma County present: Fall/Winter Food GardeningWhen: Saturday, September 14th, from 10:30am to 12:30pm Where: The Sonoma Valley Library,…

September 6th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: UC Master Gardeners of Sonoma County present: Can the Monarch Butterfly be Saved from Extinction?When: Saturday, September 7th, from 10:30am to 12:30pm Where: The…

August 30th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center: Guided Nursery Tour When: Sunday, September 1st, and every 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month through the end of October, from…

August 23rd 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: The Laguna Foundation: Book-signing of The State of Water: Understanding California’s Most Precious Resource with author Obi KaufmannWhen: Thursday, August 29th,…

August 16th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: Farm Trails presents: The Annual Gravenstein Apple FairWhen: Saturday and Sunday, August 17th & 18th, from 10:00am to 6:00pm Where: Ragle Ranch Regional Park, 500…

August 9th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: UC Master Gardeners of Sonoma County present: Fall Food GardeningWhen: Saturday, August 10th, from 10:30am to 12:30pm Where: Windsor Community Garden on the Town…

August 2nd 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: Land Paths: Stewardship Workday When: Saturday, August 3rd, from 9:00am to 1:00pm Where: The Grove of Old Trees near Occidental Fee: Free, registration is required…

July 26th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: Daily Acts presents: Straus Family Creamery Landscape Transformation Phase One When: Saturday, July 27th, from 9:00am to 3:00pm Where: Straus Family Creamery, 1105…

July 19th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: Daily Acts: Insect Investigation When: Saturday, July 20th, from 10:00am to 12:00pm Where: Robbin's Park, at the corner of Billington and Dartmouth Lanes in Windsor…

July 12th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods: Bat Walk and Talk When: Saturday, July 13th, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm Where: Armstrong Woods & Austin Creek Reserve near…

July 5th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center: Free Guided Nursery Tour When: Sunday, July 10th, and every 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month through the end of October, 1pm to…

June 28th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: The Bay Model Visitor Center presents: Body of Water When: Saturday, June 28th, 2:00pm to 4:00pm Where: The Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway in Sausalito…

June 21st 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: Laguna Foundation and LandPaths present: Nature Journaling at the Laguna Workshop and Field Trip When: Saturday, June 22nd, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm Where: Beginnings…

June 14th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: Sonoma County Regional Parks needs Garden & Land Stewards When: Saturday, June 15th, and every third Saturday of the month, from 10:00am to 2:00pm Where: Maddux…

June 7th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: The Sonoma County Master Gardeners present: Firewise Landscape - What Can You Do Now? When: Saturday, June 8th, from 10:30am to 12:30pm Where: Harvest for the…

May 31st 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. FARMERS MARKETS: The Springs Farmers market will be open Sundays, 10:00am to 2:00pm from this Sunday, June 2nd through December in the parking lot by the post office in Boyes Hot…

May 24th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: The Sonoma County Master Gardeners present: Native Trees of the North Bay When: Saturday, May 25th, from 10:30am to 12:30pm Where: The Rohnert Park Library, 6250…

May 17th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: Land Paths presents: Crepuscular Critters of the Bohemia Ecological Preserve When: Saturday, May 18th, from 4:30pm to 9:30pm Where: Bohemia Ecolgical Preserve is…

May 10th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: Land Paths & the Laguna Foundation present: A Mother’s Day Springtime Walk When: Sunday, May 12th, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm Where: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental…

May 3rd 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: The Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation: Eco-Friendly Garden Tour, Environmental Center Open House, & Native Plant Sale When: Saturday, May 4th, from 10:00am to 4:00pm…

April 26th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:Sonoma County Farm Trails presents: Blossoms, Bees, & Barnyard Babies When: Saturday & Sunday, April 27th & 28th, from 10:00am to 4:00pm Where: Various locations in…

April 19th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:UC Master Gardeners of Marin County present: Tomatoes When: Saturday, April 20th, from 11:00am to 12:00pm Where: The San Anselmo Library, 110 Tunstead Avenue in San…

April 12th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. Help support KRCB-FM Radio 91 during our 2019 Spring Fundraiser at norcalpublicmedia.org/donate FARMERS MARKETS: The Mill Valley Farmers Market is open every Friday, all year, from…

April 5th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:The Laguna Foundation and Audubon Canyon Ranch present: Side by Side with Wild Neighbors: The Living with Mountain Lions Project When: Thursday, April 11, 7:00pm to…

March 29th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:The Marin Agricultural Land Trust presents: Soil Health Workshop When: Saturday, March 30th, 1:00pm to 4:00pm Where: Toluma Farm, 5488 Middle Rd, Tomales Fee: $25…

March 22nd 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:The Marin Audubon Society: Field Trip to the American Canyon Wetlands When: Sunday, March 24th, from 8:30am to 12:00pm More Information and detailed directions:…

March 15th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:The UC Master Gardeners of Sonoma County present: Healthy Garden Approach to Managing Weeds When: Saturday, March 16th, from 10:30am to 12:30pm Where: Central Santa…

March 8th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:The City of Santa Rosa: Arbor Day Tree Planting Parties When: Saturday, March 8th, from 9:00am to 12:00pm Where: Northwest Community Park, 2880 West Steele Lane in…

March 1st 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:The UC Master Gardeners of Sonoma County present: Healthy Gardens When: Saturday, March 2nd, 10:00am to 12:00pm Where: The Cloverdale Regional Library, 401 North…

February 22nd 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:Daily Acts presents: Hands-on Rain Barrel Installation and Potluck When: Saturday, February 23rd, from 10:00am to 3:00pm Where: Cherry Valley School, 1001 Cherry…

February 15th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:BeeKind presents: Introduction to Beekeeping class When: Saturday, February 16th, from 10:00am to 1:00pm Where: Sebastopol Grange Hall, 6000 Sebastopol Avenue in…

February 8th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:Daily Acts presents: From Lawn-to-Landscape: Water-Wise Lawn Alternatives When: Wednesday, February 13th, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm Where: The Cotati Room, behind City…

February 1st 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:The UC Master Gardeners of Sonoma County present: Fruit Tree Care When: Saturday, February 2nd, 10:30am to 12:30pm Where: Healdsburg Regional Library, 139 Piper…

January 25th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:Friends of China Camp present: A King Tide Talk When: Saturday, January 26th, 4:30pm to 5:30pm Where: Village Museum in China Camp Fee: $5 for non-FOCC members,…

January 18th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:Daily Acts presents: Veterans Village Irrigation Installation When: Saturday, January 19th,10:00am to 3:00pm Where: Veterans Village, 665 Russell Avenue in Santa…

January 11th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:Harmony Farm Supply presents: Fruit Tree Pruning When: Saturday, January 12th, from 10:00am to 12:00pm Where: Harmony Farm Supply, 3244 Gravenstein Highway North in…

January 4th 2019 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:The Bay Model Visitor Center presents: Trekking the Model When: Saturday, January 5th, 1:30pm to 2:30pm Where: The Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway in…

December 28th 2018 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. FARMERS MARKETS: Tuesdays, the Petaluma East Side Farmers Market is open from 10:00am to 1:30pm, rain or shine, at Luchessi Park in Petaluma Wednesdays and Saturdays, Santa Rosa…

December 21st 2018 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:Holidays Along The Farm Trails When: Ongoing through January 1st, 2019 Where: Various locations Fee: Free, registration is required More Information and…

December 14th 2018 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:Land Paths and Santa Rosa City Parks: Work Day at Bayer FarmWhen: Saturday, December 15th, 9:00am to 12:00pm Where: Bayer Neighborhood Park and Garden, 1550 West…

December 7th 2018 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:Daily Acts presents: From Gutters to Gardens, Maximizing Rainwater in Your LandscapeWhen: Saturday, December 8th, from 10:00am to 12:00pm Where: The Windsor…

November 30th 2018 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:Audubon Canyon Ranch: Access Orientation and Nature WalkWhen: Saturday, December 1st, 10:00am to 2:00pm Where: ACR's Modini Mayacamas Preserves, Pine Flat Road,…

November 23rd 2018 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:Daily Acts: Sheet Mulching WorkshopWhen: Saturday, November 24th from 10:00am to 2:00pm Where: Old Vineyard Park, on the orner of Pinot Noir Way and Decanter Circler…

November 16th 2018 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:Laguna Foundation and Land Paths: Nature Journaling at the Laguna Workshop and Field TripWhen: Sunday, November 18th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm Where: The Laguna…

November 9th 2018 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:UC Master Gardeners of Sonoma County present: The Wonderful World of WormsWhen: Saturday, November 10th, 10:30am to 12:30pm Where: The Cloverdale Regional Library,…

November 2nd 2018 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:UC Master Gardeners of Sonoma County present: Composting: The Single Best Thing You Can Do for Your GardenWhen: Saturday, November 3rd, 10:30am to 12:30pm Where: The…

October 26th, 2018 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:North Bay Science Discovery DayWhen: Saturday, October 27th, from 10:00am to 4:00pm Where: The Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennet Valley Road in Santa Rosa Fee:…

October 19th, 2018 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:Healdsburg SHED: Mobile Mill Demo and TastingWhen: Saturday, October 20th, 4:30pm to 8:00pm Where: Healdsburg SHED, 25 North Street in Healdsburg Fee: Free More…

October 12th, 2018 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:The Fort Ross Harvest FestivalWhen: Saturday, October 13th, 10:00am to 3:00pm Where: Fort Ross State Historic Park, 19005 Highway 1 Fee: Free admission, $8 parking…

October 5th, 2018 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:The UC Master Gardeners of Sonoma County present: The Wonderful World of WormsWhen: Saturday, October 6th, 10:30am to 12:30pm Where: The Petaluma Library, 100…

September 21st, 2018 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:The UC Master Gardeners of Sonoma County present: Firewise Practices for Home LandscapeWhen: Saturday, September 22nd, from 8:30am to 12:00pm Fee: Free, RSVP is…

September 14th, 2018 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:Daily Acts presents: Greywater Oasis Talk and TourWhen: Saturday, September 15th, from 10:00am to 2:00pm Fee: Free More Information: dailyacts.org and…

September 7th, 2018 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:The Laguna Foundation presents: Dragons in our Watershed: A Field Survey of Laguna DragonfliesWhen: Sunday, September 9th from 9:30am to 4:30pm Where: Laguna…

August 24th, 2018 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:The 24th Bodega Seafood Art & Wine FestivalWhen: Saturday, August 25th, 10:00am to 6:00pm, Sunday, August 26th, 10:00am to 5:00pm Where: Watts Ranch, 16855 Bodega…

August 17th, 2018 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:Laguna Foundation presents: Early Birds: a Laguna Watershed Perspectives WalkWhen: Saturday, August 18th, 7:30am to 10:30am Where: The Laguna Environmental Center,…

August 10th, 2018 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:The 45th Gravenstein Apple FairWhen: Saturday and Sunday, August 11th & 12th, from 10:00am to 6:00pm Where: Ragle Ranch Regional Park, 500 Ragle Road in Sebastopol…

August 03, 2018 - Bay Area Bountiful Radio

Bay Area Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment, and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:The UC Master Gardeners of Sonoma County present: Fall Into Food GardeningWhen: Saturday, August 4th, 10:30am to 12:30pm Where: The Sebastopol Regional Library is…

January 12, 2018 - North Bay Bountiful Radio

North Bay Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: Harmony Farm Supply presents: Fruit Tree Grafting When: Sunday, January 13th, from 10:00am - 12:00pm Location: Harmony Farm Supply, 3244 Gravenstein Hwy N,…

January 19, 2018 - North Bay Bountiful Radio

North Bay Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: The U. C. Master Gardeners of Sonoma County present: Starting and Caring for Your Own Backyard OrchardWhen: Saturday, January 20th from 10:30am to 12:30pm Where:…

March 3, 2017 - North Bay Bountiful Radio

North Bay Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS:Making Your Sonoma County Garden More Sustainable Saturday, March 4th from 10:30 A. M. to 12:30 P. M. Sebastopol Regional Library on Bodega Avenue in Sebastopol.…

January 5, 2018 - North Bay Bountiful Radio

North Bay Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment and sustainability. CALENDAR EVENTS: The Madrone Audubon Society - Christmas Bird Count for KidsWhen: Saturday, January 6th 9am until 1pm Where: Shollenberger Park in Petaluma More Information:…

September 16, 2016 - North Bay Bountiful Radio

North Bay Bountiful explores the food we eat, and where it comes from, as well as the environment and sustainability. This week, we’ll take a look at events and farmer’s market schedules throughout the North Bay, and then Sujata Shrivastav (Sue-JAH-tah Shree-VAH-stiv) shines a sustainable spotlight…

‘The Wild Wisdom of Weeds’

Herbalists have long recognized numerous and varied medicinal uses for many of the plants we think of as weeds.

The Role of Exotic Fruits in Biodiversity

The Heirloom Expo, a colorful celebration of old, rare, exotic and bountiful produce, returned to the fairgrounds in Santa Rosa yesterday, with scores of vendors and nearly as many speakers.

Better Prospects for the 2016 Dungeness Crab Season

As a weak salmon season follows the closure of much of last year’s crab season, the beleaguered north coast fishing fleet is hoping for better conditions this winter.

A Tamer Russian River Flows into Sonoma County

Most of the public access to the Russian River lies along its lower section.

Surveying the Upper Reach of the Russian River

The Russian River is the primary water way in the North Bay, but for most of its length, it flows quietly out of sight. This week, a group of river stakeholders, organized by LandPaths and Supervisor James Gore, are beginning a firsthand exploration of the waterway by kayak. Russian Riverkeeper Don…

North Bay Bountiful Radio - May 20, 2016

North Bay Bountiful Radio is hosted by Darren LaShelle and Wendy Nicholson, and made possible in part by the Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District; Made Local Magazine and Go Local; Petaluma Poultry offering ROCKY® The Free Range Chicken and ROSIE® The Original Organic Chicken;…

North Bay Bountiful Radio - May 13, 2016

North Bay Bountiful Radio is hosted by Darren LaShelle and Wendy Nicholson, and made possible in part by the Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District; Made Local Magazine and Go Local; Petaluma Poultry offering ROCKY® The Free Range Chicken and ROSIE® The Original Organic Chicken;…

North Bay Bountiful Radio - May 6, 2016

North Bay Bountiful Radio is hosted by Darren LaShelle and Wendy Nicholson, and made possible in part by the Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District; Made Local Magazine and Go Local; Petaluma Poultry offering ROCKY® The Free Range Chicken and ROSIE® The Original Organic Chicken;…

North Bay Bountiful Radio - April 29, 2016

North Bay Bountiful Radio is hosted by Darren LaShelle and Sofia Englund, and made possible in part by the Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and Made Local Magazine and Go Local. And by, Petaluma Poultry offering ROCKY® The Free Range Chicken and ROSIE® The Original Organic…

North Bay Bountiful Radio - April 22, 2016

North Bay Bountiful Radio is hosted by Darren LaShelle and Sofia Englund, and made possible in part by the Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and Made Local Magazine and Go Local. And by, Petaluma Poultry offering ROCKY® The Free Range Chicken and ROSIE® The Original Organic…

North Bay Bountiful Radio - April 15, 2015

North Bay Bountiful Radio is hosted by Darren LaShelle and Sofia Englund, and made possible in part by the Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and Made Local Magazine and Go Local. And by, Petaluma Poultry offering ROCKY® The Free Range Chicken and ROSIE® The Original Organic…

North Bay Bountiful Radio - April 8, 2016

North Bay Bountiful Radio is hosted by Darren LaShelle and Sofia Englund, and made possible in part by the Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and Made Local Magazine and Go Local. And by, Petaluma Poultry offering ROCKY® The Free Range Chicken and ROSIE® The Original Organic…

North Bay Bountiful Radio - April 1, 2016

North Bay Bountiful Radio is hosted by Darren LaShelle and Sofia Englund, and made possible in part by the Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and Made Local Magazine and Go Local. And by, Petaluma Poultry offering ROCKY® The Free Range Chicken and ROSIE® The Original Organic…

North Bay Bountiful Radio - March 25, 2016

North Bay Bountiful Radio is hosted by Darren LaShelle and Sofia Englund, and made possible in part by the Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. And by, Petaluma Poultry offering ROCKY® The Free Range Chicken and ROSIE® The Original Organic Chicken. Visit northbaybountiful.org…

North Bay Bountiful Radio - March 18, 2016

North Bay Bountiful Radio is hosted by Darren LaShelle and Sofia Englund, and made possible in part by the Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. And by, Petaluma Poultry offering ROCKY® The Free Range Chicken and ROSIE® The Original Organic Chicken. Visit northbaybountiful.org…

North Bay Bountiful Radio - March 11, 2016

North Bay Bountiful Radio is hosted by Darren LaShelle and Sofia Englund, and made possible in part by the Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. And by, Petaluma Poultry offering ROCKY® The Free Range Chicken and ROSIE® The Original Organic Chicken. Visit northbaybountiful.org…

North Bay Bountiful Radio - March 4, 2016

North Bay Bountiful Radio is hosted by Darren LaShelle and Sofia Englund, and made possible in part by the Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. And by, Petaluma Poultry offering ROCKY® The Free Range Chicken and ROSIE® The Original Organic Chicken. Visit northbaybountiful.org…

North Bay Bountiful Radio - Feb 26, 2016

North Bay Bountiful Radio is hosted by Darren LaShelle and Sofia Englund, and made possible in part by the Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. And by, Petaluma Poultry offering ROCKY® The Free Range Chicken and ROSIE® The Original Organic Chicken. Visit northbaybountiful.org…

North Bay Bountiful Radio - Feb 19, 2016

North Bay Bountiful Radio is hosted by Darren LaShelle and Sofia Englund, and made possible in part by the Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. And by, Petaluma Poultry offering ROCKY® The Free Range Chicken and ROSIE® The Original Organic Chicken. Visit northbaybountiful.org…

North Bay Bountiful Radio - Feb 12, 2016

North Bay Bountiful Radio is hosted by Darren LaShelle and Sofia Englund, and made possible in part by the Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. And by, Petaluma Poultry offering ROCKY® The Free Range Chicken and ROSIE® The Original Organic Chicken. Visit northbaybountiful.org…

North Bay Bountiful Radio - Feb 5, 2016

North Bay Bountiful Radio is hosted by Darren LaShelle and Sofia Englund, and made possible in part by the Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. And by, Petaluma Poultry offering ROCKY® The Free Range Chicken and ROSIE® The Original Organic Chicken. Visit northbaybountiful.org…

North Bay Bountiful Radio - Jan 29, 2016

North Bay Bountiful Radio is hosted by Darren LaShelle and Sofia Englund, and made possible in part by the Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. And by, Petaluma Poultry offering ROCKY® The Free Range Chicken and ROSIE® The Original Organic Chicken. Visit northbaybountiful.org…

North Bay Bountiful Radio - Jan 22, 2016

North Bay Bountiful Radio is hosted by Darren LaShelle and Sofia Englund, and made possible in part by the Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. And by, Petaluma Poultry offering ROCKY® The Free Range Chicken and ROSIE® The Original Organic Chicken. Visit northbaybountiful.org…

North Bay Bountiful Radio - Jan 15, 2016

North Bay Bountiful Radio is hosted by Darren LaShelle and Sofia Englund, and made possible in part by the Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. And by, Petaluma Poultry offering ROCKY® The Free Range Chicken and ROSIE® The Original Organic Chicken. Visit northbaybountiful.org…

North Bay Bountiful Radio - Jan 08, 2016

North Bay Bountiful Radio is hosted by Darren LaShelle and Sofia Englund, and made possible in part by the Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. And by, Petaluma Poultry offering ROCKY® The Free Range Chicken and ROSIE® The Original Organic Chicken. Visit northbaybountiful.org…

North Bay Bountiful Radio - Dec 18, 2015

North Bay Bountiful Radio is hosted by Darren LaShelle and Sofia Englund, and made possible in part by the Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. And by, Petaluma Poultry offering ROCKY® The Free Range Chicken and ROSIE® The Original Organic Chicken.…

North Bay Bountiful Radio - Dec 11, 2015

North Bay Bountiful Radio is hosted by Darren LaShelle and Sofia Englund, and made possible in part by the Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. And by, Petaluma Poultry offering ROCKY® The Free Range Chicken and ROSIE® The Original Organic Chicken.…

North Bay Bountiful Radio - Dec 4, 2015

North Bay Bountiful Radio is hosted by Darren LaShelle and Sofia Englund, and made possible in part by the Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. And by, Petaluma Poultry offering ROCKY® The Free Range Chicken and ROSIE® The Original Organic Chicken.…

Sustainability and the Next Generation

(October 21, 2015) Wednesday was Sustainability Day at Sonoma State, but the keynote speaker for the event warned that attaining “full spectrum sustainability” will require long-term and sweeping changes in all areas of modern life.

Goji Berries Take Root in Sonoma County

(October 12, 2015) A century and a half after they were first introduced to California, Chinese Gogi berries are getting a fresh start, with their anti-oxidant benefits front and center.

Grants Boost Food Stamp Use at Farm Markets

(October 7, 2015) There are 4.4 million food stamp recipients in California, and the participants in that program, now known as Cal Fresh are now able to use their benefits at many local farm markets.

Invasive Speices, Past and Future

(September 24, 2015) From the emergence of animals to the development of agriculture, new species have regularly displaced their predecessors.

The Root Problem with Invasive Species

(September 23, 2015) Efforts to root out invasive plants and restore native ecosystems are difficult and expensive.

Court Ruling Benefits Bees

(September 11, 2015) A California court ruling will soon take off the market a potent pesticide that is suspected of harming or killing thousands of honeybees.

Bees Still Facing Multiple Threats

(September 8, 2015) In its fourth year at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, the National Heirloom Expo is bigger and more diverse than ever.

Banning Bids to Label GMO Foods

(August 5, 2015) Grass-roots campaigns to require labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients could be overruled by a Congressional measure that would prohibit them nationwide.

Apps Help Farmers With Efficiency During The Drought

(July 17, 2015) More and more California growers are using smartphone apps to streamline their farming operations and become more efficient during the drought.

'Imperfect' Produce On Sale To Reduce Food Waste

(July 14, 2015) ALSO: California’s largest public pension fund reports a disappointing return on investments for the fiscal year that wrapped up last month.

EPA to Expand Pesticide Ban

(July 2, 2015) The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it plans to ban the commonly-used agricultural pesticide, chlorpyrifos.

The Next Generation of Food

(June 30, 2015) A website offering positive reinforcement for close-to-home food choices is out to bolster the economic viability of local agriculture.

Summer Youth Ecology Corps Goes Back to Work

(June 21, 2015) Today we look at a triple-win summer job program for youth—they’re working outdoors, helping the community, and gaining experiences beyond job skills that will serve them going forward.

Green Roof Tops New Amy's Drive-Thru

(June 15, 2015) A new fast food outlet in Rohnert Park is drawing attention for their vegetarian menu, but the organic aspects of the Amy’s Drive-Thru building itself are also unusual.

Spreading the Word About Soil

 (June 4, 2015) Dirt is ancient, alive, and essential to agriculture.But it is not necessarily eternal. And that can be a big problem.

Implementation of Riparian Corridor Rules Begins

Sonoma County’s Riparian Corridor ordinance is the culmination of an effort that began 25 years earlier.

Vineyard Water Conservation

By using drip irrigation systems sparingly, vineyards can improve their crop while also saving water, a group of local growers were told yesterday.

Privatization May Threaten California Parklands

Yet another brewing legislative battle in Washington could change Californians' access to some popular public lands.

Connecting New Farmers with Land

(April 21, 2015) Sonoma County prides itself on its agricultural history, but high land costs are making it difficult for the next generation of farmers to get a foothold. An alliance of farmers, landowners and public agencies are hoping to change that. 3:24 The "Growing Our Farms" event takes…

Eco2School Fun Energizes Students to Drive Less

 A primary goal of the Center for Climate Protection’s high school outreach program, called Eco2School, is encouraging students to drive less.

Charting Local Adaptations to Climate Change

Extreme weather is here, so how do we deal with it? That was the subject of a day-long Forum held at Sonoma State Wednesday, titled “Resilience in a Changing Climate.

Introducing the Waterboxx

A simple but carefully designed planter box allows newly planted trees to grow and flourish, using just the water naturally available in their environment.

Creek restoration group celebrates 500th project

 STRAW--Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed--celebrated their 500th project, with a day of planning trees at Tolay Ranch. Since Laurette Rogers, Program Director, began STRAW 23 years ago, she's seen 40,000 students help restore more than 35 miles of creek bed, plus uncounted wetlands.

Solar Energy's Long History

What do Socrates, Leonardo Da Vinci and Albert Einstein have in common? They were all early advocates for the use of solar energy.

Inspired Forward by LandPaths

 As the hawk soars, it’s only 13 miles from the west county’s unspoiled Bohemia Ranch to urban Roseland.

Sonoma County’s Hunger Index

 Sonoma County is widely known for the quality and variety of foods and beverages grown and produced here.

Parasite Threatens Native Plants

3:15 About twenty years ago Sudden Oak Death devastated oaks around the Bay Area.

Efforts to Save Endangered White Abalone Paying Off

The sea snail, which was once abundant along the California coast, was overfished almost to the point of extinction.

Environmental Groups Sue State Over Pesticide Plan

A sweeping plan to give the California Department of Food Agriculture free rein in applying pesticides statewide is being contested by a broad coalition of food and environmental groups that contend it violates the state’s Environmental Quality Act.

Sonoma County Vinters Commit to Sustainability

ALSO: A new poll shows California voters back extending Prop 30 and making key changes to Prop 13.

California Farmers Turn Sugar Beets Into Energy

Struggling sugar beet farmers in the San Joaquin Valley are turning their crop into energy instead of sweetener.

Foie Gras Back On The Menu In California

ALSO: Measles outbreak linked to California Disney theme parks.

Trevi Systems: Out to Cut the Cost of Desalination

The biggest obstacle to turning salt water into fresh water is the considerable energy that’s required.

What's lacking in farm workers' health care

o better meet the health needs of migrant farm workers, health care professionals will need to expand their training to include background in the social issues and conditions that affect those patients.

Living with Migrant Farmworkers

To learn about the harsh realities of a migrant farm worker’s life, researcher Seth Holmes took a first-person approach, living and working alongside them for a season.

Bringing Back Beavers

Beavers once lived over almost all of California, before they were trapped to near extinction.

‘Upcycling’ surplus tomatoes

Better than just recycling, “upcycling” uses waste materials to create new products with increased value.

Vineyard Frost Protection Rules to Kick in

Winegrape growers are facing new regulations governing diversions of water from the Russian River and its tributaries for late season frost protection.

Experts: Droughts Impacts Far From Over

This history of water in California is fraught with disaster, drama and tensions.

Hunting in Sharp Decline in California

• Advocates want to make sure the arts are included in Common Core.

Filmmaker Plunges into Russian River's Health

From gravel to grapes, dredging to drought, the many forces that shape the health of the Russian River are examined in a new documentary by a local filmmaker.

Closing the Waste Loop with Compost

Farms in Sonoma County are part of an innovative program to close the waste loop.

Creating Climate Wealth

Forget fossil fuels and extraction technologies.

On the Watch for Water Waste

When it comes to saving water, every drop counts.

Documenting the Grape Harvest

Growing grapes is a form of farming.

The Economics of Sustainability

What would a truly sustainable economic system look and feel like? A four-day conference, sponsored by Sonoma’s Praxis Peace Institute, plans to explore that question in depth.

California Tapping Reserves To Fight Wildfires

• New Study Links California Drought to Climate Change.

Green Teens to Share Climate Ideas

The issue of Climate Change is a big concern for many area high school students, and a large group of them are coming together this evening to talk about what they are doing and share ideas.

Natural Gift Flows Through Water Dowser

As California’s severe drought continues, farmers, ranchers and vineyard owners are desperately searching for new or additional water sources.

Heirloom Expo Looks Back, Forward

The 4th annual Heirloom Expo got underway at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds yesterday.

DIY: California's Water Policy Choices

As California’s drought continues, the range of possible responses is narrowing, while the cost for most available options is increasing.

Developing Solar Power on Agricultural Lands

Sonoma County has opened the door for the construction of new solar arrays that could feed Sonoma Clean Power, on agricultural lands and elsewhere.

Water Emergency in Inverness, Despite Ample Supplies

Water reservoirs are full in the small West Marin town of Inverness, yet the community has been ordered by state water officials to implement water emergency measures.

Insect Pests Thriving Thanks to Climate Change

The effects of gradual climate change can be both large and small.

Tastes and Tips at the Fermentation Festival

Fermentation is an essential part of the brewing of beer and other alcoholic beverages, but that process is also involved in the making of a wide variety of foods.

Study: California Water Allocations Exceeds Supply

ALSO: The California Senate has approved a bill that would prohibit school districts from expelling students for acts of “willful defiance.

Climate Change is Making Summer Worse

Much as we love summer, there are things about the season that, inevitably, are not so great. And according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, climate change is making some of those downsides even worse.

Remembering 'The Mushroom Man'

Charmoon Richardson Credit Wild About Mushrooms Charmoon Richardson, who was widely known as Sonoma County’s ‘mushroom man,’ passed away earlier this month. In an archival North Bay Report, we hear again his enthusiasm for his seeking out and savoring his favorite subject.

A New Invasive Plant Threatens the Russian River

Red or scarlet wisteria Credit Sonoma County Gazette Invasive plants along the Russian River are a fact of life in many areas--so thoroughly established they will never be eradicated.

The Sonoma Land Trust's Unspoiled Legacy

The acquisition of the Pole Mountain property formed a bridge between other larger parcels owned by the Sonoma Land Trust, extending the preserved landscape from the Pacific shore well into the coastal hills.

A Local Botanist's Rare Find

Showy Indian Clover in bloom The number of plants and animals listed as threatened or endangered is almost constantly growing. But only rarely does a species that was thought to be extinct make a come-back to join the endangered list.

Crafting A Lexicon of Sustainability

When we talk about something—food, for instance—it’s essential that we all understanding the same meanings for the words we use. That’s the reasoning behind the Lexicon of

Farmer's Little Helper: Beneficial Insects

Popcorn and winter squash growing at Quarter Acre Farm Credit courtesy Quarter Acre Farm. Spring is bug season. Andrea Davis-Cetina sees plenty as she walks through Quarter Acre Farm. She's

Women Winemakers Part 2

Working in the wine industry is increasingly an option for women. But owning the winery is another matter. We hear from some two local women winery owners in this North Bay Report. Merry EdwardsMerry Edwards, one of the early trailblazers among women winemakers, recounts being fortunate to have her…

Women Winemakers

Women are entering California's wine industry in ever-increasing numbers. But how many of them are actually making the wines? Lucia Gilbert Women winemakers also tend to collect a disproportionate share of awards in various competitions, observes Lucia Gilbert of Santa Clara University. She…

Landscape painting

19th century American landscape master Thomas Cole wove a preservationist perspective into his art. First grade students liked seeing it, but enjoyed making their own pictures even more. Thomas Cole's 1827 oil painting, Peace at Sunset (Evening in the White Mountains) currently on display at the…

Drums for Solar

A new local non-profit is out to aid poor villages in West Africa through sharing their most precious—and in some cases, only—assets: their history and their culture. Drums for Solar founder Bruce Rhodes was confident he could persuade Californians to support his vision of bringing solar energy to…

Wine and History in the Russian River Valley

The Russian River Valley is acclaimed for its complex red varietals and the wine made from them. But it wasn't always that way, as a local film-maker has now documented. Long before the grapegrowers and winemakers of the Russian River Valley developed a widely recognized "name" for their products,…

Immigration's Environmental Impacts

How many more residents can the environment of United States support? That question hasn't been comprehensively studied, but there's a group that says that it should be. Phil CafaroThe idea of a national study of the environmental impacts of population growth through immigration is not new, notes…

Invasive Snails in Tomales Bay

A complex interaction between native crabs and oysters and invasive Atlantic snails (seen at right) is playing out beneath the waters of Tomales Bay. Dr. David Kimbro has studied the predatory effects of invasive Atlantic snails on native Olympia oysters in Tomales Bay. He explains how they arrived…

Invasive Kelp

Not all invasive plant species spread on land. A fast-growing and rapidly reproducing oriental kelp has been found in San Francisco Bay, and could threaten the commercial oyster beds in Tomales. Dr. Chela Zabin, contemplating one sample of the 900-plus pounds of kelp she and her colleagues…

Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Sonoma County has set an ambitious goal for greenhouse gas reductions by 2015. A new report shows that encouraging progress toward that target is being made. Ann HancockThe linkage between using less electricity and gasoline and curtailing CO2 emissions is direct and easy to understand. Cutting…

Pesticides and Kids' Health

Widely used chemical pesticides that boost agricultural production and assist in landscape maintenance, may also have serious harmful impacts on developing children. Emily Marquez, Ph.D.For obvious reasons, it's not possible to conduct studies on these questions with human subjects. But biologist…

How to Save the Planet Through Grazing

Can cows and compost stem global climate change? One project in West Marin thinks so. The Nicasio-based Marin Carbon Project is finding ways to increase soil carbon, in the hopes of putting the breaks on global climate change. John Wick describes how he manages cattle grazing to maximize carbon…

An Unknown Earth

Science has both helped create global climate change, and led us to understand how and why it is occurring. But according to writer and philosopher Jacob Needleman, solving the problems that face the planet now will require a different sort of human intelligence. Jacob NeedlemanPart of the…

Conservation Economics Research Gains SSU Prof. Prize

Even if the Nobel Prize committee overlooked Sonoma County this year, our local university is home to one professor who recently received a prestigious national prize for his work on poverty and deforestation in developing lands. The Cozzarelli Prize is sponsored by the Proceedings of the National…

Geothermal Energy

Solar and wind are attractive sources of renewable energy, but neither one is available constantly. But there's another resource that is, and projects to tap into it are heating up.California already has a leg up on most other areas in the development of geothermal power, observes Karl Gawell,…

Invasive Mussels

A specially trained dog with a sensitive nose is the newest weapon being deployed in regional efforts to protect Northern California's lakes from some small but highly destructive, invasive mussel species. Popeye, the specially trained dog that will be sniffing around boats at Lake Sonoma this…

Botanical Dimensions

A remote and little known repository of Amazonian plant specimens is being digitized and shared with the world, in part through the efforts of an Occidental woman. Kathleen HarrisonBotanical Dimensions, an Occidental-based non-profit, was created to do four things: Collect, protect, propagate and…

A Move to Protect Rare, Misunderstood Badgers

American Badgers, tenacious, rarely seen creatures, have found friends in Petaluma. For the past 12 years members of the non-profit Paula Lane Action Network have sought to protect an 11-acre plot of land on West Petaluma’s Paula Lane. This spring they got the help they needed, a matching grant…

A Nutritionist Surveys the Sonoma County Fair

Between now and Aug. 12 the Sonoma County Fairgrounds are loaded with prize livestock, quilts, flowers and, of course, lots of food – from steamed artichokes to chocolate dipped cheesecake. KRCB’s Danielle Venton and Anne O’Donnell, a nutrition professor at Santa Rosa Junior College, brought their…

Food Cycle

What's a good way to promote local organic and sustainably grown foods in school lunches? How about a cross-continental bicycle ride? Adam WilliamsThe Food Cyclists will be met by a celebration in their honor at 6 o'clock on the evening of August first at the Redwood Café in Cotati. You can find…

Symphony of the Soil

Dirt is ancient, alive, and essential to agriculture. But it is not necessarily eternal. And that can be a big problem. Deborah Koons GarciaCalifornia's soil--and the people who study and work with it--plays a large part in Symphony of the Soil, but filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia says that's not…

Water Testing Standards

Irrigation with treated wastewater has been common on the Santa Rosa Plain since the 1980s, and may soon spread across much of the rest of California. But persistent concerns about the presence of minute amounts of endocrine-disrupting chemicals on that water just got a boost from an important new…

Trans Fats

In 2007, Dr. Lynn Silver Chalfin, helped New York City ban trans fats at fast food restaurants. Today, the new Public Health Officer for Sonoma County can prove that policy has worked. The abstract of Dr. Silver Chalfin's paper on the New York City transfat regulations and their effects can be read…

Butterflies Welcome, But Few at Hallberg

On Sunday, June 24, the Hallberg Butterfly Gardens in Sebastopol holds an annual "Open Gardens Day." Visitors are welcome to tour the grounds, watch for butterflies, don't expect too many, however, and learn about the bird and insect-friendly plants overseen by a very special lady. Louise Hallberg…

Renewable Energy Projects

In keeping with Sonoma County's recent history as a hotbed of renewable energy innovation and expansion, two new projects, each using a different renewable source, are in the news today. The planned turbine project, as seen in the rendering at left, is yet another instance of Sonoma County's…

Vineyards Desperate for Labor

Farm labor is in high demand this year. With a bumper grape crop expected this year, many vineyard managers are worried about getting the help they need come harvest time. Changes in border enforcement have lead to effects we’re seeing the effects in our fields and vineyards. Tony Linegar, Sonoma…

Genetically engineered salmon

Fast-growing genetically engineered salmon could reduce food prices and ease pressure on wild fish. But are they safe for humans and the environment? Allison Van EenennaamAquaBounty Technologies, the company behind the fast growing AquAdvantage Salmon, has sought regulatory approval since the early…

Laguna Evironmenal Center

A new building on a historic old farm west of Santa Rosa is home to the long-planned Laguna Environmental Center, which officially opens tomorrow. For most of the past five years, the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation has been focused on building their new home, at the corner of Sanford and…

Save Our Sonoma Roads

One of the many hazards that awaits unwary travelers on Lichau RoadThe hundreds of potholes that jar travelers Sonoma County's roads should not be seen as a result of insufficient funding, a new advocacy group argues, but a direct consequence of inappropriate budgetary choices. Michael Troy (left)…

Coho hatchery

Biologists are trying to bring Coho Salmon back from near extinction in the Russian River. The breeding program at the core of this effort just got an upgrade. Biologist Francis Hourigan inspects the young fish in one of the tanks at the new hatcheryCritics complain hatcheries are bad for wild fish…

Gardens in Santa Rosa City Parks

Arlie Haig checks new growth in a community garden at Julliard ParkMore and more, people are turning to community gardens to grow their own fresh fruit and vegetables. And in Santa Rosa, that's just gotten a little bit easier. In Julliard Park the community garden sits on former bocce ball courts.…

"The Bay Area Forager"

Long before humankind developed agriculture, gathering food from the natural landscape provided sustenance. And to a limited degree, it still can, even here in the Bay Area. Edible plants are around us just about everywhere, if we know where to look and how to recognize them, says Mia Andler,…

Eagles in the Laguna

The American Bald Eagle wasn't named our national bird just its size and fierce countenance. They were also widespread across much of north America, including here in California. That ended in the middle of the 20th century, but the impressive raptors--with a wingspan of 6 to 7 feet-- are now…

Wastewater Irrigation Runoff

As irrigation of treated wastewater moves into more urban areas, it increases the risk of human exposure and runoff into sensitive waterways. Brenda AdelmanMost of the sewage processed by Santa Rosa's regional water treatment facility comes from urban users, but until late last year, the discharge…

Tiger Salamander Tunnels

To keep endangered tiger salamanders on the Santa Rosa plain from becoming roadkill as they come out of their burrows to mate, a set of test tunnels have been installed under one local road to offer a safer route to reproduction. Protecting an endangered species means preserving the habitat it…

Biochar

In centuries past, it helped the Indians of the Amazon basin feed their people for hundreds, maybe even thousands of years before the first Spaniards arrived. Now bio-char could help the 21st century world curtail a major cause of global climate change. The key to the benefits of biochar, explains…

Hungry Owl Project

It's a classic win-win. The Hungry Owl Project is providing habitat and boosting populations of barn owls in the north bay, enabling the nocturnal predators to feast on mice, rats and other rodents we'd rather not be allowed to proliferate unchecked. Alex Godbe with her friend, WookieBarn owls are…

Groundwater study

A long-awaited survey of groundwater levels and fluctuations beneath the Santa Rosa plain was previewed to a keenly interested group of about 3 dozen stakeholders Thursday morning. USGS Hydrologist Tracy Nishikawa presents research about groundwater in the Santa Rosa plain.The area under study…

Algae Research

Harvesting biomass from one of the test "green rectangles" at the Santa Rosa Wastewater treatment facility. The plant mass is sent on to a digester to be converted to methane.At Santa Rosa's Regional sewer plant, ponds covered with fast-growing aquatic plants are being used to help clean toxics and…

Salmon status in the Russian River

Much is being done to support wild salmon in our local waterways, from habitat restoration projects in remote creeks to extensively debated adjustments in the water flows in the Russian River. But do the results match up with the effort invested? The coming Wild Steelhead Festival is only partially…

Stormwater awareness

Most storm drains don't flow to sewage treatment facilities, but feed into local creeks, streams and rivers instead. So what goes down those drains is important to the health of those nearby waterways. The emphasis on getting the rainwater runoff message out to young people was not surprising,…

Western Hills Nursery

A major attraction for plant lovers and gardeners in the hills of Western Sonoma County is now in the process of being restored. Maggie WychThe creators of Western Hills Nursery were able to develop their site for more than 25 years, reports longtime friend and current volunteer Betsy Flack of…

Sea Level Rise

San Francisco Bay used to be much larger, before dredging and infill created new real estate where marshlands were before. So what will happen to those lands when the world's sea level increases? Documentarian Claire Schoen warns that it won't be pretty. Claire SchoenIndependent media producer…

Propagating "Extinct" Clover

Showy Indian CloverThe number of plants and animals listed as threatened or endangered is almost constantly growing. But only rarely does a species that was thought to be extinct make a come-back to join the endangered list. This is the story of just such a recovery, in the coastal hills of the…

Vandalized Salmon

A reward is being offered for information leading to the vandals who prematurely released thousands of young, pen-raised Chinook salmon into San Francisco Bay earlier this month. The reward fund was set up, explains Brooke Halsey, Executive Director for the Tiburon Salmon Institute, to try and…

Teaching Eco-Literacy

While state and federal educational standards concentrate on the basics, to the exclusion of almost everything else, proponents of Eco-literacy are finding ways to bring the outside world into the classroom. And vice versa. The Center for Ecoliteracy's decision to concentrate on tools and…

"Harvest the Rain"

One of our most bountiful and essential natural resources falls freely from the skies, yet we let most of it slip away without making good use of it. Even though there are many ways to catch, save, and repurpose the rainwater that runs off our roofs. In urban and suburban areas, where space for…

Burrowing Owls

Nesting sites for burrowing owls were widespread in the north bay until about 25 years ago. Now some small steps are being taken to encourage the birds to come back. The efforts to provide new nesting sites in southeastern Sonoma County are being guided by the birds' history there, explains Tom…

Toxic Algae Research

Red tides—caused when millions of algae spread across the surface of coastal waters—have been around for centuries. But our understanding of how and why they occur is murkier than the water they inhabit. So a new research project is hoping to clear things up. Efforts to secure funding for this…

Sustainable Soil

Dirt consists of much more than mere minerals. That's why the most important parts of the plants we grow may be the underground root systems we rarely see. . A soil profile such as this offers rarely seen information about how itstexture and content can become stratified and vareid. The addition of…

Food Bank Cuts

The need for groceries from the Redwood Empire Food Bank is on the upswing, while federal support for their programs is moving in the opposite direction. One indicator of the depth of the lingering recession, says Redwood Empire Food Bank Executive Director David Goodman, can be seen locally in the…

Sheep in Vineyards

Sheep may safely graze in vineyards during the dormant, winter months, but expanding that to a year-round option requires applying some ovine psychology. Using an electric grid deterrent to train sheep is easier than you might think, explains Kelly Mulville. Kelly MulvilleThe wires carry a charge…

Satewide Apple Moth EIR

Light Brown Apple MothThe fight against invasive insects that threaten crops is a big concern in California. Now a proposed statewide environmental planning document for that effort is threatening to trigger another fight over how it should be conducted. Groups that oppose pesticide spraying, such…

Climate Change & Agriculture

Using chicken manure to create electricity, and the benefits of getting to know your local farmer. These were among the myriad topics covered at a conference yesterday on "Preserving Agriculture in the Face of Climate Change." Farming organically is a good thing, says Paul Kaiser of Sebastopol's…

West County Seed Bank

In a small bountiful community garden in Sebastopol, the goal is not producing food, but harvesting seeds to be shared with others for future growing seasons. Saving and sharing seeds goes hand in hand with the local food movement, says Sara McCammant, co-founder of the West County Seed Bank. Her…

Sales Tax for Agriculture

If we value the agricultural diversity that abounds beyond the vineyards in Sonoma County, would be we willing to tax ourselves to sustain and benefit from it? It's worth remembering that the full title of the existing entity is the Sonoma County Agriculture and Open Space District, notes Michael…

The State of Sustainability

Our Gross National Product, as currently calculated, is not a good measure of actual economic productivity, much less the growing move toward more sustainable business practices.So says a San Francisco business school leader. Maggie Winslow, academic dean of the Presidio Graduate School in San…

Eco-Odyssey

If the local economy relies, in part, on tourism, and tourism is dependent on fossil fuels, what happens if — or when — gas prices head past $5 per gallon? The Eco-Odyssey is a new effort to demonstrate a carbonless alternative form of eco-tourism. Gasoline prices were down around $3 per gallon…

Redwood Research

Beyond being a beautiful building material, redwoods hold promise for carbon sequestration as well as pest resistance. The trick is unlocking that potential. Redwoods propagate in two ways, explains UC Cooperative Extension Ag advisor Greg Giusti, one that mixes genetic material, and one that's a…

Sonoma County Energy Independence

Sonoma County's innovative program to charge energy-saving home improvements against future property tax bills is two years old, and growing. The projects in the SCIEP program can be as small as $25,00 with no upper limit. Property owners can elect to repay the amount loaned over 5, 10 or 20 years.…

Hunger in Sonoma County

According to a UCLA report, some 20,000 Sonoma County residents regularly go hungry. But the director of our local food bank says that number is wrong. It's too low. All figures in this story have been taken from the Redwood Empire Food Bank report, Hunger in Sonoma County/2010. Read or download…

Sonoma County Food Forum

Our local food system—from seed to table and back to soil again—is vital, yet fragmented. The inaugural day-long Sonoma County Food Forum Feb. 24th at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds was an attempt to start putting those pieces together for the 21st century. Sheana DavisFood growers and producers in…

Clean Air Standards

Republican members of Congress who want to block the Environmental Protection Agency from setting stricter clean air standards are facing opposition from public health advocates who say such a move would be disastrous for children and others with asthma. The outcome of the debate over the EPA and…

Abalone Poaching

A laundry basket of poached abaloneIn the current economic downturn, the lucrative black market for abalone is providing more incentive than ever for abalone poaching, which comes in a variety of forms. If it is the black market that is driving the demand for poached abalone, then who are those…

Abalone Season

Open season on California's most popular mollusk has ended, but the fate of the Pacific red abalone fishery won't be determined by those who obey the laws governing it. If you find abalone on the menu at an area restaurant, says California Fish and Game warden Tiffany Stinson, it isn't necessarily…

"Rivers of California"

From the untamed Smith River near the Oregon Border to the southernmost San Diego River, all of the Golden State's Rivers are captured, beautifully, in a new book of photographs by conservationist Tim Palmer. This is the image of the mouth of the Russian River at Jenner, taken by moonlight shortly…

Rain Gardens

As the rainy season returns, perhaps your yard or garden would benefit from keeping more of that water around for a while. There's no doubt that the environment as a whole would. Rain gardens are one good way to do just that. SPAWN's tours of Marin area rain gardens will be held Nov. 19 & 20 and…

Groundwater workshops

As demand for fresh water intensifies, subsurface aquifers will be a key part of the competition. But how much water lies below the Santa Rosa Plain, and who does it belong to? These are among the questions to be addressed in a series of public workshops that begin this week. In addition to…

Green New Deal

Less water and pesticide use, less garbage and more living wage jobs. These are among the societal goals outlined in the "Green New Deal for the North Bay." One of the goals behind the Green New Deal is also to break down the disconnect between Sonoma and Marin Counties, adds Norman Solomon,…

Sea Sheperds

Saving Whales

Tomales Wind Towers

Climate change activists who advocate alternative energy developments and defenders of the natural environment are increasingly finding themselves at odds, a conflict that is now playing out on two ridgetops near Dillon Beach, in northwestern Marin County. Petaluma garage owner Chips Armstrong, one…

Food for Thought

AIDS and HIV don't make headlines much any more, but that doesn't mean they have gone away. So Food for Thought, the Sonoma County AIDS Food Bank is working to feed just as many people as ever. You can find a more detailed history of Food For Thought on the agency's website. A sizable share of the…

Extinct Clover

The number of plants and animals listed as threatened or endangered is almost constantly growing. But only rarely does a species that was thought to be extinct make a come-back to join the endangered list. This is the story of just such a recovery, in the coastal hills of the North Bay. It's now…

Geothermal Power at The Geysers

How about using the heat from the Earth’s core to power your home? Guess what: you already are. Solar, wind and water power are the big three natural and sustainable sources for electric power, but the North Bay also benefits from a fourth—geothermal energy. The geological conditions that allow…

Remembering "The Farm"

Communal living was a idealistic experiment for some back when the counter-culture was in full flower, and The Farm, a pioneering outpost in rural Tennessee, mostly managed to live up to those ideals. The earliest origins of The Farm can be traced back to San Francisco at the end of the 1960s,…

Food Stamps at Farmer's Market

A change at the Santa Rosa Farmer’s Market that begins on Saturday may help some lower income households enjoy healthier menus. To make the introduction of the food stamp program at the Santa Rosa Farmer’s Market this Saturday more festive, manager Paula Downing says several special events will be…

Sustaining Eco-Tourism

Eco-tourism is a growth industry, especially in remote and unspoiled areas. But as those areas attract more visitors, can the natural experience they offer remain the same? Initially, most geo-tourism was the realm of small, localized businesses that combined personal attention with the providers’…

Cattle Brands of the North Bay

Branding cattle may evoke images of the old west a century ago, but it’s a still-active part of agriculture in the North Bay, with a lengthy history here, too. Just as they were a century again, brands are used today to identify the legal owners of not just cattle, but horses, mules, burros, sheep…

Bat Lady Remembered

More than 50 years ago, Patricia Winters got her first bat, and promptly fell in love with it. As an advocate for the small nocturnal flying mammals, she was known throughout the North Bay and beyond as the Bat Lady. She died of cancer at age 70 recently, but shared her enthusiasm and knowledge in…

Weather & Climate Change

Carl Mears has been studying the weather for years. Now he’s trying to do something about it. Carl Mears will be the featured speaker at a community gathering June 30 at 5:30 pm at the Universalist Unitarian Church in Santa Rosa. His topic: “What’s really going on with the Climate? A scientists’…

"A California Bestiary"

From the extinct California Grizzly to the omnipresent California ground squirrel, a carefully chosen 12 animal species are featured in the small, reflective and beautifully illustrated new book, A California Bestiary. Rebecca Solnit drew on both personal experience and background knowledge,…

Fire Season

Late rains along the coast and low moisture in other parts of California portend a busy wildfire season in the months ahead. It’s impossible to predict how much the state will need to pay for fire suppression costs in any give year, but CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant says we can be confident…

Saving Seeds

The key to sustaining agricultural biodiversity may be as close as the nearest backyard garden—even your own. It’s easy to begin seed saving, explains Bill McDorman, but not all common garden plants readily lend themselves to the practice. Seed saving begins in individual backyards, but the idea is…

Weed Watchers

The effort to purge unwanted non-native plants from the Point Reyes National Seashore is enlisting new recruits—sharp-eyed hikers who train to be “Weed Watchers.” The Weed Watcher program was introduced last year, and attracted about 40 participants. More are being sought this summer, and the first…

Sheep Shearing

Learning the process of hands-on sheep shearing may not be wild, but it is unquestionably wooly. Shearing sheep is a physical process, but leverage and technique are more important than strength. Students of all ages can learn—one member of the current class is just 13, and women can shear as well…

Luther Burbank's Farm

Luther Burbank’s greenhouse is an icon of Santa Rosa, but the famed horticulturalist actually did most of his ground-breaking work at another site—his 18 acre Goldridge Farm in Sebastopol. Burbank is justly renowned for his botanical innovations, but not everything he worked with was a success. In…

Wine Image and Ownership

California has hundreds of small, family-owned wineries surrounded by vineyards. But the huge international companies that dominate the industry also trade on that image to promote their products, and their business interests. Marin Institute Research and Policy Director Sarah Mart says their study…

Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson may have been America’s first environmental whistle-blower. That’s inspired for a west county poet to create her own biographical one-woman show about the author of Silent Spring. Lilith Rogers describes herself as a lifelong gardener and poet—she’s even written a book of her own…

Ailing Pelicans

The formerly endangered California Brown Pelican appears to be facing some new challenges this winter, as hundreds of the birds have been taken to bird rescue facilities from here to Long Beach. Paul Kelway, a spokesman for the International Bird Rescue Research Center, says that after several days…

Project GROW

It may take a lifetime to see the results, but students replanting a native oak forest near Glen Ellen are taking the long view. Bouverie Preserve Sonoma Valley High School

Farmworker Health Risks

California’s 1 million farmworkers are at increased risk for respiratory diseases and other health problems, according to a new report, in large part due to poor air quality where they are working. Pesticides and other chemicals are part—but only part—of the air quality issues that affect farm…

Post Carbon Institute

When the Post Carbon Institute was started in 2003, the idea behind its name was a philosophical ideal. Seven years later, it’s become a imminent necessity—one with an accelerating deadline. Moving into a post-carbon world will require all kinds of changes in the way people live, especially in our…

The Shovel Project

A unique instance of hands-on philanthropy, Tom Pringle’s Shovel Project is making life a little better for random households around Tijuana, Mexico. Perhaps surprisingly, Pringle (seen here in his home workshop) says the germ of the idea for his shovel project was inspired, not by the need or a…

Ag Innovation Network

The pathway to sustainability depends on morphing conflict into consensus, and when it comes to food systems, that’s what Sebastopol’s Ag Innovation Network is all about. Even in areas where there is a history of deep distrust between factions within the agricultural sector, such as Sonoma County…

Vineyard Frost Protection

Endangered salmon and vineyards vulnerable to frost are both depending on flows in local waterways to protect them, but there isn’t enough water available to serve both competing needs. The vines shown at left have been sprayed with water that then freezes around the budding greenery. This protects…

"When the Rivers Ran Red"

It's well known that many of the oldest wineries in Sonoma and Napa Counties predate Prohibition, but the story of how they got through the 14 dry years when the 18th amendment was in effect is only now being fully told. Dry laws were never supported in northern California. Several statewide ballot…

"The Dangerous World of Butterflies"

Nature lovers versus breeders. Preservationists versus poachers and smugglers. A history that goes back eons versus threatened extinctions in the 21st century. These are just some of the stories that lie within the dangerous world of....butterflies? Here on the west coast, we enjoy seeing the…

Recording Nature in the Tetons

You have to get up pretty early to capture the pure sounds of nature… and get a long way away from the rest of the noisy human race. Gina Farr of Wild Sound Stories in Marin County finds a poignant significance in these recent recordings, because the changes they document tell a story of losses…

Climate Change and Vineyards

Global warming poses a real and serious threat to California’s wine industry, but vineyards throughout the state—and other agricultural lands—can also take steps to blunt the pace of climate change. It is increasingly clear, says Ted Lemon (right) , co-owner of Littorai Wines in Sebastopol, that…

Daily Acts

Daily Acts, a Petaluma-based dedicated to sustainability and transformation, works, its founder says, by exercising “the freedom to act without having all the answers.” As the impacts from Daily Acts ripple outward from the North Bay, founder and Executive Director Trathen Beckman says they are…

Food Bank News

The Redwood Empire Food Bank has seen their client base grow by 40% over the past two years, and has added some innovative new ways to serve them. The development of the Redwood Empire Food Bank’s new “3 Squares” prepackaged meals, explains Executive Director David Goodman, grew out of a large…

Bio-converter

Sonoma County inventor James McElvaney (right), has developed a system to convert organic waste into energy and other beneficial byproducts, one that creates the energy that powers it in the bargain. Bob Hillman, McElvaney's partner in their start-up, Bioconverter LLC, sees their new technology as…

Climate Change and Invasive Plants

Some invasive plants in northern California will not tolerate higher temperatures and other habitat changes resulting from global warming. But there are others that can be expected to thrive and spread even further. Elizabeth Brusati is program manager for the California Invasive Plant Council. She…

Ecosystem Rights

U.S. law gives constitutional rights to corporations. Now a countervailing legal theory is emerging that defines and defends the legal rights of the environment. Mari Margill is Associate Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, based in their West Coast office in Portland,…

Meat vs. Carbon

There’s one simple thing an individual can do to greatly reduce their carbon footprint: eat less meat. Another current trend in the efforts to counter industrial agriculture is grass fed beef and cage free poultry. That may result in healthier and tastier animals, but Hope Bohanec (right) is not…

Birds and Climate Change

As climate change creates a hotter and drier California, our native birds will relocate to more hospitable areas, and existing communities of species will recombine in new ways that may threaten their survival. PRBO and their partners have developed interactive maps showing the projected…

Herb Exchange

In addition to growing grapes, Sonoma County’s microclimates are also well suited for cultivating some micro-crops: medicinal herbs. Cotati area herb grower Terri Toso says she and others are constantly trying to expand their repertoire of varieties that can be successfully cultivated locally. Toso…

Ploughshares

Armed conflict throughout the world has been declining over the past decade, according to the Canadian research group, Project Ploughshares. Many of the current wars still underway around the globe get little, if any, coverage in America’s mainstream media. And that may actually be a good thing, as…

United Plant Savers

Preserving biological diversity isn’t the only reason for protecting endangered plant species—in some cases, its good for our health, too. United Plant Savers emerged in the 1990s, primarily in response to the depletion of naturally occurring supplies of popular medicinal herbs, explains Executive…

Greywater Rules Relaxed

Residential greywater systems are now legal in California, and most modest residential installations don’t ever require a permit. But exactly how the changed rules are being implemented remains a little murky. Sonoma County PRMD deputy director Duane Starnes explains why diverting laundry water…

Renewable Energy

Legislation to commit California’s utilities to a higher standard for developing and using renewable energy is heading for a final decision in Sacramento. State Senator Joe Simitian (D-San Mateo) left, the author of SB 14, says his measure offers multiple benefits, including some that extend well…

Invasive Snails

A complex interaction between native crabs and oysters and invasive Atlantic snails (seen at left) is playing out beneath the waters of Tomales Bay. Dr. David Kimbro has studied the predatory effects of invasive Atlantic snails on native Olympia oysters in Tomales Bay. He explains how they arrived…

Seeds of Learning

Expanding the educational opportunities for children in poor, rural parts of Nicaragua and El Salvador is the focus of a low profile Sonoma-based non-profit. Seeds of Learning was started 18 years ago by two Sonoma County men, Todd Evans and Patrick Rickon, based on their own experiences in Central…

Invasive Weeds

Just as doctors move quickly to detect and treat infectious diseases before they can spread, botanists and habitat managers are teaming up to use the same approach against invasive weeds in the Bay Area. California Invasive Weeds Awareness Week (CIWAW)is July 20-26, 2009. This an annual event that…

YouthBuild Goes Green

YouthBuild, an education and job training program for young people in the Santa Rosa area, is going green. Many of the recent YouthBuild graduates like to return and visit the current class, and Program Director Casey McChesney welcomes them as walking role models for the youth who are developing…

Urban Permaculture

Permaculture - an idea that began around sustainable agriculture - is moving into the urban environment. You can also learn more about this subject at the Oakland-based Urban Permaculture Guild.Dave Henson, Executive Director of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (right), explains that interest…

Groundwater mercury

The most harmful form of mercury is being washed into coastal waters through subsurface groundwater, a new study has found, and at rates far higher than from the air. That research was conducted at two Northern California sites, including Stinson Beach (right) in Marin County. When we hear about…

Fungi

Fungi are the oldest living things on land, and among their estimated two million varieties, they may hold many yet-to-be-discovered medicinal uses and other benefits. Paul Stamets, founder and president of Fungi Perfecti , has written six books on mushroom cultivation including Growing Gourmet and…

Historic Ecology

We tend to think of history as a record of human activity, but a natural landscape also has a history all it's own, which is what is studied in the new field called historic ecology. The San Francisco Estuary Institute's study of the Napa River ecosystem was a project that brought together a wide…

In Darwin's Footsteps

The world has changed in many ways in the 150 years since Charles Darwin published "The Origin of Species." But much remains the same on the Galapagos Islands that inspired his famous theory. SSS Professor Matt James returned to the Galapagos Islands earlier this year to recreate the 1905-06…

Land Paths

The Sonoma County non-profit Land Paths, founded a dozen years ago to help connect urban residents to the natural world around them, is finding that goal taking them in some unexpected new directions. Landpaths' mission is "to foster a love of the land in Sonoma County," a broad goal that underlies…

Green-Collar Jobs

As the US economy struggles to climb out of the current downturn, there's a new emphasis on creating "green-collar" jobs which could be especially beneficial to California. Ian Kim (left) works at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights as Director of the Green-Collar Jobs Campaign. He advocates for…

Wave Power

The Sonoma County Water Agency is taking a close look at the energy-producing potential of wave power off the Sonoma County coast. The first step in the process of determining the potential for wave power energy off the Sonoma County coast is conducting a series of baseline studies of the possible…

John Muir

John Muir (right) died 95 years ago, but he still speaks to modern day California. And not just through his writings. Retired Methodist minister Don Baldwin (seen here in character) has embraced the role of ground-breaking environmentalist John Muir in public appearances throughout northern…

Bees vs. Mandarins

An ongoing dispute between beekeepers and citrus growers in the Central Valley raises questions that could profoundly affect agriculture throughout the state. Read the state's proposed rulemaking language here. Serge Labesque, with one of his hives. There's also a solid, dispassionate summary of…

GMO Mystery

Genetically modified organisms are not the villain in the newest mystery novel by Susan Arnout Smith. But they play a key role all the same. Smith says she had a background awareness of the GMO issue, but began to see it in a new light-as potential subject matter-when she witnessed an impassioned…

Geo Tourism

Eco-tourism may draw some visitors to the North Bay, but some forward-looking groups are betting that even more travelers can be enticed through the broader approach called Geo-tourism. Anyone wanting a broader understanding of Geotourism in general or the North Coast initiative specifically can…

Farm Succession

Just about everyone agrees that preserving California's productive agricultural lands is a good idea, even if there have been some highly charged disagreements over the best means to accomplish that objective. Sidestepping these policy debates, California FarmLink is working directly with farming…

Drought

It's official. The drought is back, and mandatory cutbacks in water consumption are imminent. Water reserves are at or approaching historic lows in both Lake Mendocino (see at right) and Lake Sonoma. With seasonal rainfall totals for the year also running well below normal, the outlook is not…

Conservation Corps

Job training and education go hand in hand for Conservation Corps North Bay, the rebranded Marin Conservation Corps which has recently expanded to serve Sonoma County, too. Marilee Eckert, Executive Director of the newly renamed Conservation Corps North Bay, says it is well-positioned to grow into…

Water Agency Governance

After 20 years as a director of the Sonoma County Water Agency, departing Sonoma County Supervisor Tim Smith thinks there's a better way to govern that key department. It is unclear if anyone on the new Board of Supervisors is prepared to take up this issue and champion it, but if and when someone…

Coho release

The carefully coordinated release of some ready-to-spawn adult coho may mean that three years from now, Salmon Creek will once again contain its namesake. Fish and Game biologist Bob Cooey carries a net containing two adult Coho salmon down to the water of Salmon Creek. Cooey says the release site,…

Conservation Strategy Fund

Using economic analysis as a tool for environmental protection is a core philosophy driving the Sebastopol-based Conservation Strategy Fund. John Reid, President and founder of the Conservation Strategy Fund, explains how he sees economics as a tool for increasing overall human happiness The…

Heritage Turkeys

If turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving--which is historically doubtful--it might have been much like one of the organic heritage turkeys now being raised in a few places here in Sonoma County. There are about a dozen turkey species recognized as "heritage" breeds, most of them still…

Rare Fruit

From forgotten varieties of plums and apples to grapefuit and even bananas, an impressive array of rare fruits are growing in Sonoma County. The California Rare Fruit Growers organization is internationally known for its devotion to cultivating and perpetuating fruit varieites that may otherwise go…

Garden Allies

No matter where you go, insects have people hugely outnumbered. But there are far more beneficial bugs than harmful ones. This is a close-up look at a snowy tree cricket. You can see if you recognize its call here. Planting a mixed landscape provides a diverse habitat for the insects that prey on…

Biomimicry

Alternatives to technologies that depend on fossil fuels are all around us, modeled in the natural world, and studied in the new field of bio-mimicry. Janine Benyus, author of Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, is founder of The Biomimicry Institute, whose mission is to nurture and grow a…

Sonoma County's Climate Action Plan

It's one thing to set ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but quite another to map out exactly how Sonoma County can reach the goals it has set. Sonoma County's Community Climate Action Plan will be unveiled tonight at the Climate Protection Campaigns office in downtown Santa…

Solar Sonoma County

The Solar Sonoma County program, which got its official kick-off last night, may make our area a model for other rural regions that want to expand their use of solar power. Click here to see a detailed 2-page fact sheet on Solar Sonoma County. (pdf) John Lushetsky from the federal Department of…

Ants

They have us badly outnumbered, but there are ways to divert an invasion of ants without trying to eradicate them. A close-up look at anArgentine ant. There's a lot more information about common California ants and how to cope with them here. For additional resources from the Sonoma County Master…

"Soil, Not Oil"

The most critical natural resource on the planet is at risk, but its not one we’re accustomed to thinking of as endangered. Dr. Vandana Shiva is the founder of Navdanya International , an India-based science and policy research center. Its mission: "To protect nature and people's rights to…

Aqua EcoTourism

There’s more economic benefit to letting scuba divers see live sharks swimming off the California coast than there is in fishing for them. Click here to read a summary of the new study Sea The Value: Quantifying the Value of Marine Life to Divers.

California's Raw Milk Law

Is raw milk getting a raw deal in the California legislature? Some natural dairy advocates think so, and are hoping to turn things around with a new bill that is getting its first major hearing this week. On June 24th, the Assembly Agriculture Committee of California held that hearing in Sacramento…

State of the River

It happens every year. Once the confetti clears and everyone heads back to work or school, it's time for the annual round of "state/us" reports--on the state of the union, the state, even the county. So why not jump on that bandwagon and prepare an update on the state of the Russian River? And who…

Environmental News

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    November 14, 2019

    California Burning Podcast: The Science of Fire Behavior

    The Camp Fire was the most destructive fire in California’s history. 19,000 homes were destroyed and at least 85 people were killed. But with so many fuel-laden forests, the question becomes not why this happened, but why we haven’t seen more disasters of this scale? Matt Fidler, the creator of the…
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    November 13, 2019

    Impacts Expected on Russian River After Kincade Fire

    The Russian River provides water to as many as 700,000 local residents; close to a million visitors use the river for recreation in the summer. Reporter Pamela Lorence visited Healdsburg last week to meet with Don McEnhill, the head of the nonprofit group Russian Riverkeeper. He told her how…
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    November 05, 2019

    'Halloween Do-Over' Brings Joy to Healdsburg After Fire

    by Matt Villano When it became clear that Healdsburg was downgrading its evacuation status on Halloween, two local women figured most people would miss out on the typical trick-or-treat experience. The women, Elena Halvorsen and Mandy Carpenter, both have kids in the local public school, and both…
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    October 23, 2019

    Survivors of Camp Fire and Tubbs Fire Look Back and Ahead

    Over the past two weeks, art lovers have been visiting studios throughout Sonoma County. Art Trails, which organizes the visits, was about to start two years ago, when the Tubbs Fire raced through Santa Rosa. Artist Bill Gittins was ready to display several hundred of his paintings and prints but…
  • Oct 14, 2019

    Fire Survivors React to Power Shut-off

    Millions of Californians had their power shut off last week by Pacific Gas and Electric Company as a way to help prevent wildfires from starting…
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    Oct 03, 2019

    Smokey the Bear Has Affected Forest Management for Decades

    Fire season in California has been getting longer and more intense. One major reason for the severity is fire suppression. Putting out fires is a…
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    Sep 06, 2019

    Study Shows Climate Change Could Threaten Oyster Habitat

    Research from the University of California at Davis published last month shows that climate change could dramatically shrink oyster habitat. KRCB’s…
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    Aug 29, 2019

    Controlled Burns Could Help Prevent California's Megafires

    Over the past two years, California has been devastated by the worst wildfires in its history. As those fires continue to grow in frequency and…
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    Jul 29, 2019

    Gray Whale Mystery

    Are Gray Whales the Canary in the Climate Coal Mine? WATCH VIDEO. NorCal Public Media explores the mystery of Gray Whales washing up on California…
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    Jun 27, 2019

    Experts Showcase Fire Resistant Building Materials

    As we head into summer, homeowners are looking for ways to protect their properties from wildfire. KRCB's Adia White attended an event at the Santa…
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    Jun 12, 2019

    Why Food Reformers Have Mixed Feelings About Eco-Labels

    Dan Charles June 12, 2019 Hear this Morning Edition Story Take a walk through the grocery story; the packages are talking to you, proclaiming their…
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    Jun 08, 2019

    Living Downstream: The Klamath Water Wars

    This is the story of a 15-year conflict over what would be the biggest dam removal ever, a modern cowboys and Indians tale that shows how victories…
  • Jun 07, 2019

    Against All Odds, Paradise Students Graduate on Home Campus

    Around two hundred graduates walked across the Paradise High football field on Thursday night. They were all smiles and laughter, proving that the…
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    Jun 04, 2019

    Grist Finds Link Between Pollution and Infant Death in San Bernardino

    The online shopping economy appears to be having a deadly impact on children’s health in San Bernardino County. A new investigation by Grist Magazine…
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    May 30, 2019

    Citizen Input Sought for Santa Rosa's Future

    In 2009, Santa Rosa created a state-mandated plan that looked ahead to the year 2035. The plan made certain assumptions, and was created to optimize…
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    May 29, 2019

    Sonoma County Inspects Rural Properties for Fire Safety

    Sonoma County is inspecting homes and properties to make sure that owners have cleared weeds and cut overgrown grass on their lots. This is the first…

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