Celebrating the Farmers Guild ~ Guild-Raising 2014!

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This Saturday, February 15th, Sebastopol, CA will host the first annual Guild-Raising. For one day, the newest wave of farmers and ranchers here in Northern California, will descend upon the Sebastopol Grange hall to interact, share resources and celebrate a fast-growing movement we call the Farmers Guild. The Guild is a network now stretching from Mendocino to Marin, Sacramento to Sonoma, Yolo County and beyond!

For this particular gathering of the Guild, these typically local farmer-to-farmer alliances will open their doors to the entire food and farming community: chefs, grocers, agricultural advocates, land-owners and more. The Guild-Raising festivities (and the Guild movement itself) reflects a new paradigm in food and farming: as food awareness grows and communication technologies sharpen, we’re watching as the walls between producer and consumer crumble, the conduits between a farmer’s crop and the consumer’s plate multiply, all while the ability to obtain information, find resources and connect with fellow farmers becomes easier than ever. All this movement explains the proliferation of the Guilds and such is the reason for throwing a party!

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Community Picks: Spiral Foods, Preserve Sonoma & Marin Organic ~ at the N. Coast Young Farmers Guild

Last night’s North Coast Young Farmers Guild was another great success!  The crowd keeps growing, the dishes featured the delicious summer bounty, and the speakers were great!  Held at the amazing GrowKitchen in Sebastopol, the party started at the farm across the street for tasty sangria and tomato-picking, and then moved back inside for dinner, chatting, and a fun and casual presentation by the night’s lineup.

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This month we heard from Spiral Foods, Preserve Sonoma and Marin Organic.  All three of these organizations support farmers and ranchers by helping them reach new markets, distribute surplus harvest, or create value-added products.  Here’s an overview about their great work!

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