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Gold Ridge RCD e-Newsletter
* * * *  March 2015  * * * *    
In This Issue:  

* John Green named Restorationist of the Year

* Conservation Burn and Biochar Workshop

*  The Farmer's Guild and CAFF Event:  Farmer/Buyer Mixer

*  Resilience in Climate Change Forum

*  Water Efficiency Workshop for Vineyards and Diversified Farms

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Salmon Restoration Federation's Restorationist of the Year   



John Green, Project Manager and Lead Scientist, was recently recognized by the Salmon Restoration Federation as the "Restorationist of the Year" for his tireless efforts to manage a diverse array of projects geared at restoring habitat for salmon. He has also been generous in sharing his knowledge and expertise through speaking events, webinars and articles.


John has accomplished an incredible amount of work 

in our district this year, including: 

  • 11 roof water catchment tanks in Salmon Creek. 
  • Two unanchored large wood debris projects enhancing over a mile of habitat on CA State Parks Willow Creek Property. 
  • A leading partner in designing multiple projects to reduce summer use of instream water. 
  • Assisted in management of the implementation of an off-channel winter refugia project on Green Valley Creek. 

Beyond that John is a joy to work with and a great source of knowledge for our community. He has given many presentations for fellow restorationists and has trained a few colleagues in the meantime. He has also volunteered his time to develop designs for roof water catchment projects for local schools in Sonoma County.


 Congratulations John!  


For the finest ingredients, we all know to source locally. But today, thanks to a growing farm-to-table movement, supporting our local farms also translates into new business for your restaurant, grocery store, or other food service. Come find out how direct relationships with producers can provide you promotion, customer loyalty and a healthier food economy. 


4 pm 

4:15 pm
Presentation: Successful Partnerships 

5 pm 
Farmer / Buyer Speed-Dating 
(plus a special breakout group for new and aspiring farmers)

6 pm
Appetizers from the Green Grocer


To RSVP:  Click here.


Conservation Burn Workshop


Circle Bar Ranch

These workshops feature both hands-on, in-the-field training and a classroom style component.  

The early morning classroom session (8 A.M. to 10 A.M) will focus on biochar itself, including why it works to improve soil, the benefits of using it in both animal and plant agriculture, how to properly condition it prior to use, and how to apply it. Conservation burn theory and methodology will also be covered, including the scientific theory behind the process, safety and permitting considerations, pile construction, burn management, and maximizing production of biochar. 

The late morning session (10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.) will include hands-on field training using one pile of vines and vine trimmings.

Extended field training will be available (12:30 P.M. to 3 P.M.) for those looking for additional training on multiple piles. 


To register, click here.


If you have questions, please contact:


Raymond Baltar


Sonoma Biochar Initiative



707 291-3240


Sonoma County Adaption Forum

The North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative announces the Sonoma County Adaptation Forum to be held April 8, 2015 at the Sonoma State University Student Center in Rohnert Park, CA.


This public forum will bring together individuals from across a wide spectrum of sectors and disciplines who are working to ensure that Sonoma County remains vibrant and resilient in a changing climate. More than 200 attendees will explore new and innovative approaches for adapting to climate change.


Click here for more info.



Water Efficiency Workshop for Vineyards and Diversified Farms


Tuesday, April 14, 2015 

Rose Ranch

Kenwood, CA

Click here for map.

Workshop, 8:30 - 11:30 AM  Lunch, 11:45 - 1:00 PM


Registration $15:

Click here to register.


Keith Abeles, Sonoma RCD will explain the irrigation system evaluation process, the importance of establishing good distribution uniformity to benefit crop production & maximize water use efficiency.


Tom Shapland, PHD, will demonstrate on-site evapotranspiration monitoring & vine stress using the Surface Renewal method, including benchmarks to compare irrigation strategies.


Rachel Petitt, CAFF, will discuss drought resources available.


Ellen Hopkins, Zero Waste consultant, will demonstrate the compost system used at the farm for food waste, chicken bedding, and green waste that produces compost for enhanced soil tilth, plant health, and water retention.


Steve Rose, Rose Ranch/Vineyards Inn Chef and Owner, will talk about holistic practices used at the farm including pasture management, compost, vermin-compost applications, & cover cropping.


The staff of the Gold Ridge RCD thanks you for your continued support.

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