Keeping Track of Your Gopher Traps

Keeping Track of Your Gopher Traps

One issue that we have is that while our gopher traps, called The Gophinator, are quite hardy, they do disappear as predators drag them away with the dead gophers. Attaching a length of cable to our traps and connecting them to the ground with a flag or stake allow us to identify where they are and keep the predators from taking off with them.

Give to Help Sonoma County Wetland: the Laguna de Santa Rosa

Give to Help Sonoma County Wetland: the Laguna de Santa Rosa

One of our favorite walks is the Santa Rosa Creek trail in the Laguna de Santa Rosa. It is a spectacular trail that allows bikers, walkers and dog owners a peek of the characteristics that make Sonoma County a wonderful place to live: vineyards, horse and cattle pastures, corn fields and ponds full of ducks and geese.

Successful Inventions Speed Up Olive Harvest

Successful Inventions Speed Up Olive Harvest

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. Well, we were in desperate need to find a better way to harvest our seven olive trees in time for Trattore Farms' Community Milling Day last Sunday. For the past years of olive harvest, we've shaken the limbs or stripped the olives by hand, and then chased the ones that rolled or bounced off the tarp we'd laid down to collect them. There had to be a better way.

Small Farming Not "Big Wine": Clay Writes Editorial About the Facts

Small Farming Not "Big Wine": Clay Writes Editorial About the Facts

With growing claims that wine growers are hurting Sonoma County, Clay Gantz wrote an editorial that appeared in Santa Rosa's The Press Democrat on October 17. Clay Gantz is the co-owner of Gantz Family Vineyards and 1st vice-president of the Russian River Valley Winegrowers. 

Chatting about Russian River Valley on the Radio

Chatting about Russian River Valley on the Radio

Thanks so much to Mike Horn and Paul Stern who invited Clay Gantz, co-owner of Gantz Family Vineyards, onto their digital radio program, What’s Cookin' Today Show, on Monday, Oct. 5. Clay's interview starts at 27:40.