Last Chance to Support Local Compost – Write Sonoma County Waste Management Agency Today, Help Reduce GHG Emissions & Mitigate Climate Change

If you support our Sonoma County climate change goals and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the local level, the Petaluma Community Guild and Raucous Rooster invite you to write the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency today in support of local municipal compost. Will Bakx and Alan Siegle, the two Sonoma County residents behind…

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.

Soil Not Oil Conference Returns August 6 and 7

The Soil Not Oil conference returns to Richmond next weekend, August 6 and 7. This important event – unique in its dual focus on soil-building as a means to mitigate climate change and keeping fossil fuels in the ground – will once again feature an outstanding array of compelling speakers – John Jeavons, Paul Kaiser, Andrew…

It’s All About the Soil – Lappé, Donlon & Dimock at Green String Farm March 20

Here’s a must-attend event sponsored by Slow Food Russian River for those interested in how we invest in our soils, our farmers, mitigate the effects of climate change and create a truly sustainable food & ag system. Sunday, March 20, 11am – 3pm Green String Farm, 3571 Old Adobe Road, Petaluma, CA Slow Food Russian…

CDFA Needs Your Comments on the Agronomic Rates of Compost Application for its Healthy Soils Initiative

Ami Gunasekara, PhD, liaison to the Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has put out a call for public comments on an important program of California’s Healthy Soils Initiative. Writes Gunasekara, “Per direction of the Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel, CDFA is making the draft document…

Big Turnout in Support of Sonoma Compost at Board of Supervisors Hearing

From Evan Wiig of The Farmer’s Guild, via Facebook: Big thanks to the HUGE show of support at yesterday’s Board of Supervisors hearing. The room was PACKED with passionate supporters, eloquent farmers like Paul Kaiser of Singing Frogs Farm and Kaiti Catchmyer of Red H Farm, ag advocates like Carmen Snyder of Sonoma County Farm…