Congratulations to Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. for their win at the 2013 Good Food Awards. Of the 176 cheeses entered from around the US, their newest cheese Bay Blue earned the Judges' top score of the 11 cheeses given the top award of Winner. See where to find Bay Blue and the rest of their acclaimed cheese line here.
Toluma Farms is celebrating their 10th anniversary with the opening of their Creamery, Tomales Farmstead Creamery. The creamery will begin making soft ripened goat and mixed milk cheeses this spring. The cheese will be available at restaurants through out the Bay Area as well as at Cowgirl Creamery.
Farm Day is back - Thursday March 21, from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the Marin Center Exhibition Hall in San Rafael. This free, public event in which over 30 exhibitors provide hands-on interactive activities targeted for elementary school youth is a Marin County must!
The California's Artisan Cheese Festival is back for its 7th year on March 22 - 24, for a weekend of all things cheese. Meet cheesemakers, learn about hands-on cheesemaking and more from panel discussions and cooking demonstrations, enjoy farm tours, cheese-inspired culinary delights, wine and cheese pairings, and more! Tickets are on sale now.
Calling all ranchers - don't miss the Ranching for Profit workshop in Petaluma on Saturday, April 20th from 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The workshop will cover topics of economics, ecology, management intensive grazing and building more effective management teams on the ranch. View the event flyer for more information and to register now.
The Sonoma County Agropreneurs' new six month training program for beginning farmers and ranchers begins this May. The program runs three days per month (two Fridays and one Saturday per month). Cost is $650, with limited scholarships available. Classes include ag, business, and field days at SRJC Shone Farm and other locations. All details, including the application, can be found at: http://ucanr.edu/bfr2013.
For those of you who missed the photographic exhibit of Marin's Agrarian Roots through the lens of Marin's first Farm Advisor M.B. Boissevain's insightful photographs that premiered at the 2012 Marin County Fair, the exhibit is back at the Civic Center until April 26th.