The 2019 National Heirloom Exposition is Happening Through Thursday Sept. 12

Greetings from the Raucous Rooster’s abode at an undisclosed Oak Hill henhouse, for which we have been scrambling to pay the bankers. It’s a certainty that no-one is completely insulated from the rising costs of housing in the North Bay, not even the chicks we’re famous for in Petaluma. Lots more to come as we…

Bounty Farm’s 8th Annual Plant Sale: Help us Grow! Earth Day, Sunday, April 22

Everybody eats! Petaluma Bounty aims to grow the sharing economy, the one in which every member of our community has access to enough healthy, nutritious, locally-grown food to thrive. You can help Petaluma Bounty grow its numerous that collectively work towards that goal by shopping for your spring garden’s fruit, vegetable and flower starts at…

Sonoma County Chicken Farmer Joe Rapoport on the War & Revolution That Led Him to Petaluma

This is another post in the Raucous Rooster’s series on war and revolution in the early 20th century, and how the extremely consequential events of 1914 – 1918 helped shape the world we live in today. The excerpt below is from Kenneth Kann’s oral history of the life of labor organizer and radical Sonoma County…

Organic Farmer Albert Straus & Crew Fight Climate Change and Promote Sustainable Practices

First Full-Scale Electric Truck—Powered By Cow Manure from Straus Family Creamery on Vimeo. Special thanks to Albert Straus and crew for a lifetime of organic and sustainable agriculture innovation. Now they’ve created a marvelous new use for cow poop – powering a brand-new feed truck. Thanks also to Haven B Media and Shereen Mahnami for the…

Grant Funding Available to Reduce Dairy Methane Emissions – CalCAN

Reposting this important piece by Jeanne Merrill, of the California Climate and Action Network. Read at the source. Please share with any dairy and other livestock producers who might benefit from this program. – RR New Climate Change Program Launches   This week, California launched an innovative new program aimed at lessening the climate change impact…

All Farmers Should Be Able to Grow Hemp – Celebrate Hemp History Week, June 5 – 11

The 8th annual Hemp History Week campaign video “Breaking Ground” shares the story of Alex White Plume, Oglala Lakota hemp farmer and activist, whose hemp crop was unlawfully raided and destroyed by the DEA in 2000. Since then, he has been fighting for the right to grow hemp on tribal lands, which have been left out of current federal hemp farming legislation. Learn more about Hemp History Week, June 5-11, 2017, and sign up for updates at This video was directed by Lauren Stansbury and produced by Movement Media and Bell Visuals for the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) © 2016

Support Sustainable Ag Solutions to Climate Change – Call Your State Senator and Assemblymember Today

Here’s an important message from CalCAN, the California Climate and Agriculture Network. Please make an investment in California’s climate change-mitigating ag programs with a phone call to your state representatives. – RR Please call your state Senator and Assemblymember: Support sustainable agricultural solutions to climate change Governor Jerry Brown and state legislators are debating the…

Wendell Berry and Eric Schlosser: Protect What’s Worth Keeping & Develop Strategies Built Upon Love

This conversation between novelist, poet & farmer Wendell Berry (The Unsettling of America) and author Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) is worth viewing in its entirety.

Our focus, notes Berry, must be on far more than fear, guilt and anger over climate change. We must develop strategies built on love.

“We need a broad-fronted economic movement to protect everything that’s worth protecting, to stop damage to everything that’s worth keeping,” said Berry.

“We’ve been talked out of love, mercy, kindness. We’ve got to take those things back.”

Instead of using fear and guilt as motivators, “We all need to find things we love to do, and do them.”

Published on Dec 15, 2016

Author, poet, writer and farmer Wendell Berry, in a public conversation with journalist Eric Schlosser, discusses his influences as a writer, his influences as a spiritual person, his connection to Kentucky, the land and more. He begins the conversation with Schlosser by talking about a term he’s coined—industrial fundamentalism—and continues to talk about the agrarian way of life and how to proceed in this new political era.

Food, Inc. Farmer Finds Happiness & Turns a Profit with Pastured Hens

The plight of contract chicken farmer Carole Morison was among the illuminating scenes from the 2008 film, Food, Inc., which educated viewers around the world about the perils of our industrialized food system. Morison’s life as a contract chicken farmer for Perdue more closely resembled that of an indentured servant to the chicken processing giant…