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Cannabis Cultivating Re-Visited

Cannabis Cultivating Re-Visited

  Sonoma County, California Readers of this reporter’s August local and national articles on unpermitted cannabis growing expressed both appreciations and appropriate criticisms. Their feedback has made me aware of how complicated this issue is. I am a patient at Peace in Medicine, a dispensary here in Sebastopol, California, and appreciate its CBD cannabis. It […]

By September 25, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Standing Rock Benefit Draws Hundred to the Grange

Standing Rock Benefit Draws Hundred to the Grange

(Sebastopol, California) An inspiring Standing Rock benefit to support Native Americans and others seeking to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) happened Nov. 6 from early in the afternoon to past 10 p.m. at the Sebastopol Grange in Northern California. A steady stream of animated folks of all ages coming and going was estimated to […]

By November 11, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Monsanto’s Roundup Kills and Damages More Than Weeds

Monsanto’s Roundup Kills and Damages More Than Weeds

Protests against Monsanto’s Roundup, with its poisonous, weed-killing glyphosate, have spread around the globe. An arm of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it a probable cause of cancer in 2015. California’s Environmental Protection Agency (CA EPA) recently decided to label it as such. Environmental groups and activists in Northern California, a region known for […]

Why Be a Food Farmer?

Why Be a Food Farmer?

 (Sonoma County, Northern California) Many good reasons exist, other than merely earning money, to be a food farmer, though getting paid is an important benefit. Working outside in nature is good for the body and soul. Nature is a helpful, abundant teacher that can aid humans to develop humility and understand our appropriate roles on […]

By November 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Environmental/Ethical/Spiritual Costs of Northern California’s Wine Industry

Environmental/Ethical/Spiritual Costs of Northern California’s Wine Industry

  I have been contemplating why the growing struggle by rural residents against the expanding, industrial wine industry in Sonoma and Napa counties, Northern California, has touched my heart and soul so deeply.  An email from Sister Julie DeRossi of the Starcross Monastic Community to the Board of Supervisors, which follows at the end of […]

By September 5, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Water Grab by Sonoma County, California’s Wine Empire

Water Grab by Sonoma County, California’s Wine Empire

(Santa Rosa, CA) An overflow crowd spilled into the lobby at California State Senator Mike McGuire’s August 13 promised Town Hall. Many were alarmed by an article at the top of the front-page of the prior day’s pro-wine industry local daily newspaper.  “Wine Industry’s ‘Water Grab’” headlined the Press Democrat (PD) story. It described legislation being drafted that would […]

“Grapes Verse Eggs” – Sonoma County’s Goliath vs David Story

“Grapes Verse Eggs” – Sonoma County’s Goliath vs David Story

  (Sonoma County, Northern California)   “Grapes versus eggs,” reports an excellent August 6 article in Sonoma County’s daily Press Democrat (PD). The Windsor Oaks Vineyard and Winery, seeking to expand its events, forced the closure of the popular Wise Acre Farm’s egg stand, disappointing many local food customers. Selling eggs directly to people for […]

Why I Support Bernie Sanders for President

Why I Support Bernie Sanders for President

    (An excerpt follows from the keynote speech at the kickoff rally for Bernie Sanders on July 29 at the Grange in small town Sebastopol, attended by 180 people.  Half a dozen other house gatherings occurred elsewhere in Sonoma County, Northern California, with the one in Graton village drawing 55 people. Over 3,000 such […]

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