- Author: Karen Giovannini
Speakers include Dietrich Gehring of Indian Ladder Farmstead Cidery & Brewery in Altamont, New York and author of The Hop Grower's Handbook; Rohit Nayyar, Dean Peckham, and Jaspaul Bains founders and owners of United Hops in Yuba City; Christian Toran, Head Brewer of the new sustainability-focused Seismic Brewing Company; and several others.
A panel of local hop growers will discuss small-scale hop farming; and a panel of local hop brewers will discuss their needs and brewing with fresh hops; and at the end of day, a field trip to Redwood Hill Farm's new hopyard.
You also have a chance to view the new SRJC educational brewing program equipment at Shone Farm.
Read When Hops was the 'King of Crops' an historical account of hops in Sonoma County, with some wonderful photos, written by Gaye LeBaron for The Press Democrat February 2016 (note the date for last years workshop is included).
$45.00 if paid by 3/17; $65 after 3/17.
***SPACE IS LIMITED, WE EXPECT TO SELL OUT***
Registration closes at 9 am Thursday, March 23.
Doors open at 8 am, presentations begin at 8:30.
Coffee and snacks in the morning and
catered lunch following the malt beverage tasting.
|Taste beverages from single hop varieties
- Editor: Karen Giovannini
We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.
In 2012 I had a life changing experience, I contracted a very rare flesh eating bacteria and almost lost my life. After being airlifted to Children's hospital in Oakland, I spent the summer there having 14 surgeries. While I was in the hospital, I was overcome by the generosity of our community and complete strangers. I reaped the many benefits of donated items while in the hospital. In addition, our community rallied around to support me and help my family in ways that were unimaginable. Even though I had previously been active in community service activities, this incident made service an even bigger priority in life. I think giving back to the community is not only self-fulfilling but also a way for me to say thank you to those that helped me. Now I hope that I can help make a positive change in someone elses life and improve community conditions.
Community Service Project: Missy's Homeless Survival Pack Drive
Right now as we are experiencing a much earlier wet and cold winter, there's a huge need for tarps, sleeping bags, rain ponchos, rain boots, shoes, umbrellas, backpacks, hats, gloves, jackets...anything to keep people warm and dry.
Catholic Charities Family Support Center
465 A Street
Also if you'll mention that this is being donated on behalf of Missy's Homeless Survival Pack Drive, that would be helpful. Catholic Charities is able to help provide shelter & housing for over 2500 homeless men, women and children. Unfortunately, there are many that are on a waiting list and are unable to seek shelter. These packs will be distributed to those individuals to help keep them warm during these inclement conditions. Share this flier for Missy's Homeless Survival Pack Drive at your work.
- The average age of residents in the family shelter is 12 years old
- Over 500 children and youth under the age of 24 called Catholic Charities home last year
- For every child they housed, 4 more were on the shelter waiting list
- 1 in 50 children in the US are homeless (~1.5 million children total)
For more information about their services, please visit Catholic Charities./span>
- Author: Mariska Obedzinski
With the early rains, UC biologists began detecting adult coho in the Russian in October this year, with an estimated count of 326 passing through the mainstem of the river at Duncans Mills as of December 1 (see Tables 1&2 below for information on release groups). Though it's still early in the season, this year's estimate is already much higher than last year's total of 192 returning adult coho.
Despite the fact that the tributaries became connected to the mainstem in late October, we have only started seeing adults spawn in the tributaries during the last couple of weeks. UC and the Water Agency have now completed three rounds of redd surveys on Coastal Monitoring Program reaches in 26 Russian River tributaries and the majority of the spawning activity was observed last week in the Dry Creek watershed (see map below).
And there is some exciting news on Mill Creek! As a result of a passage barrier remediation project implemented by Trout Unlimited, Prunuske Chatham, Inc, National Ocianic & Atmospheric Administration, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, and Sonoma County Water Agency this past summer, adult coho are now able to access 11 miles of prime spawning and rearing habitat upstream of a former flashboard dam. Learn about the Mill Creek project.
Mill Creek Coho Spawning:
Chinook Salmon in Pena Creek:
To learn more, visit Monitoring Salmon and Steelhead in the Russian River.
- Author: Karen Giovannini
In the interest of a very tasty Thanksgiving feast, we challenge you to use local produce, meats and value add products as much as possible.
If you are fortunate enough to live in or have the opportunity to visit and shop in Sonoma County, visit the Farm Trails site to Find Our Farms & Produce by Criteria and California Cheese Trail. Both include maps and Farm Trails site lets you search by a variety of criterion including product type, region, method and more.
It is entirely possible to create a traditional, or un-traditional, Thanksgiving dinner using all local products (well, except the cranberries). Fresher products, reduced carbon footprint and supporting our agricultural heritage are just a few of the benefits of locally sourcing your meals. Your taste buds will thank you.
Happy Thanksgiving from UCCE Sonoma County!
- Author: Steven M. Worker
Now is the time to learn more and join 4-H!
The Sonoma County 4-H program helps young people, ages 5-19, reach their fullest potential as competent, confident individuals who contribute to and are connected with their communities. Using an experiential educational model, 4-H helps youth develop essential skills that they will use throughout their lives, such as identifying and nurturing interests, desiring knowledge, setting goals, self-reflection, adapting to new situations, communicating, and responding to the needs of others.
Look at what Sonoma County 4-H accomplished during the 2015-16 4-H year. Or read about the powerful impact 4-H has on young people for each County Board of Supervisor District.