County Lands for Food Production: submit a proposal to for a community garden on County Land.
At the request of County of Sonoma (County) Board of Supervisors the University of California Cooperative Extension, Department of Health Services, Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, Regional Parks Department, Sonoma County Water Agency, Agricultural Commissioner, and General Services Department collaborated to assess the feasibility of making land owned by organizations governed by the County Board of Supervisors available for food production.
There are three (3) phases associated with this project:
- Phase 1, Community Gardening
- Phase 2, Small-scale farming operations
- Phase 3, Grazing
This Request for Proposal (“RFP”) is issued by the Sonoma County Regional Parks for Phase 1 of the project. We invite proposals from qualified organizations for the licensing of publicly owned lands for the development and management of community gardens.
See the Request for Proposal for complete information.
- April 10 - Interested parties must return the completed Acknowledgement of Receipt of the RFP to the Sonoma County Regional Parks.
- May 31 - Proposals must be received no later than 3pm by the Sonoma County Regional Parks.
- NOTE: Any changes to dates will be posted on Sonoma County Regional Parks as an addendum.
If you're an aspiring/beginning farmer or rancher with at least one year or more of experience under your belt, and want to learn how to take your operation to the next level - increasing your farming/ranching knowledge, connecting with experienced farmers/ranchers (Masters), receiving hands-on education, and creating crop, grazing and business plans, please apply for this year's program!
Sustainable Agriculture Summer Academy offered by Santa Rosa Junior College will be held at SRJC's Shone Farm.
This new program is open to current high school sophomores and juniors - 24 students will be selected.
WHEN: For two weeks starting late July/early August (TBA) - Monday-Thursday. Classes will be held 9:30-3:00, with a ½ hour lunch break.
WHERE: Santa Rosa Junior College’s Shone Farm, Forestville
WHY: To learn about sustainable agriculture and resource stewardship on a working farm, and to have fun!
COST: FREE! All materials, supplies and tuition will be provided at no charge. You will be responsible for providing transportation to and from SRJC’s Shone Farm. The group will be transported in SRJC vans for field trips.
Applications due Friday, May 3!
What happens at SASA?
The Sustainable Agriculture Summer Academy is designed to introduce high school students to sustainable agriculture and natural resource stewardship through lecture, field activities, and hands-on projects.
- Explore Shone Farm on a hay-ride tour
- Learn from demonstrations, presentations, and hands-on projects with livestock, soils, compost, greenhouse plants, row crops, vineyards, the Shone Farm forest, and more!
- Visit local farms for an overview of sustainable agriculture in Sonoma County
- Take a Russian River canoe trip
- Camp overnight at Shone Farm’s forest and campground
Why should I participate in SASA?
- You will earn 3 college credits and 10 high school credits
- You will learn about aspects of sustainable farming and gardening and resource stewardship
- You could set a course for your future!
- Participation in SASA will look great on your college applications and resumes
- You will make new friends and have fun on a working farm!
Full time opening for a Senior Agricultural Program Assistant for the IPM and Viticulture advisors. Closing date for applications is Saturday, June 15 at 11:59pm. This is a County paid position working at the UCCE Sonoma office.
Maybe you know about the 4-H and Master Gardener programs, but we also have Livestock & Range Management, Viticulture, Integrated Pest Management, Specialty Crop and Marine Science advisors.
In addition, we have the Agropreneurship Beginning Farmers & Ranchers Program, the Sudden Oak Death Program, the Endangered Coho Recovery Program and an Agriculture Ombudsman.
Read all about the great work we are doing in our 2012 Annual Report.