January in Sonoma County
The Spring 2020 Bloomin’ Backyards garden tour is scheduled for Sunday, May 17, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Petaluma. Recognized experts will be on hand to demonstrate and answer questions on organic gardening, soil development, drip irrigation, integrated pest management, habitat gardening, growing fruits and vegetables, water catchment, firewise landscaping, and much, much more. The tour is a biennial event presented by the UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County.
Ticket information will be posted on our website on April 2, 2020. Please visit sonomamg.ucanr.edu for regularly updated information.
Food Gardening Resolutions
Growing a Thriving Vegetable Garden with Less Water
The Food Gardening Specialists (FGS) of the UCCE Sonoma Master Gardeners are excited to present water-wise food gardening strategies. Given our hot, dry summers along with the prediction of extended drought, we can’t afford to waste a drop. This video demonstrates how home and community gardeners can grow a thriving vegetable garden with less water. In addition, this video is complemented by a planting scheme and a drip system instruction and shopping list that reflect the 4x8-foot demonstration vegetable bed in the video. Click here for these documents along with additional helpful documents for food gardening with less water.
Ask a Master Gardener
Questions and Answers from the Helpline
Watch to Learn What Master Gardeners Do
Master Gardener-staffed Help Desks are located
at Sonoma County Farmers' Markets and Fairs
Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by the UC Davis Cooperative Extension.
Sonoma County Master Gardeners will provide environmentally sustainable, science-based horticultural information to all of Sonoma County’s population. We strive for diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our organization.
UCCE Farm Advisor: Stephanie Larson, County Director
SCMG Coordinator: Mimi Enright
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
Updated: January 19, 2020
At this time, George also advocated educating children in schools about nutrition and agriculture. His writings and teachings set a new standard in this country for feeding people and the stewardship of the land. As we all know, agriculture moved away from these important cultural standards to mechanized, prolific monocultures which ultimately created acres and acres of soil and wildlife destroying air and water, polluting crops with health-threatening pesticides. Where would we be today if George’s vision and supporting science had been followed? “Slow Food” and other advocates of growing food sustainably and organically by ourselves or by those local to us, are leading a strong path for us and for future generations. Thank you, George Washington Carver for your great work!
Meeting with Master Gardeners at Bayer Farm, the decision to address soil needs with cover crops is a priority and our plantings will feature “Slow Food’s” Ark of Taste (Heritage foods that face distinction). We have a long list of tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons, beans, and lettuce seeds to start and plant in the garden; so exciting! Our “Slow Food” liaison, Kathy Matonak, has told us that Kendall Jackson will also feature an Ark to Taste garden. Pretty Cool! Googling this years’ seeds will no doubt produce a list, if others are interested in seeding these heritage plants.
It seems like whenever I get inspired to grow and cook healthy food, I pick up one of my books written by Alice Waters (“Chez Panise” restaurant owner, pioneer of Farm to Table) who writes about the simplicity, freshness and nutritionally delicious aspects of local food and the cultural surrounding it. Her books contain recipes and lots of other information. No other words need to be said than what’s on the back of her book, The Art of Simple Food:
“Eat local and sustainably; Eat seasonally; Shop at Farmers markets; Plant a garden; Conserve, compost and recycle; Cook simply; Cook together; Eat together; Remember, food is precious.” Alice Waters
Master Gardeners in Print
The Garden Doctors
Dana Lozano & Gwen Kilchherr, The Press Democrat
Webmasters: Kim Roche, Stan Pawlak
Website Editor: Penny Fink
Food Gardening Editor: Stephanie Wrightson
Staff Photographers and Videographers:
Cie Cary, Electra de Peyster,
Coby Lafayette-Kelleher, Laura Salo Long