Loved the day at Laguna Fest last year and year before so must stop by – wonderful outpouring of love for the land, food and country goodness out Stony Point where Petaluma Blvd. becomes Old Redwood Highway and then to the right at Cooper’s Lane, Sebastopol. It’s a beautiful mid-sized farm, well-stewarded you can tell. A joy to visit! And I treasured the crafty gifts I found, a few still waiting in my drawer for various birthday parties. Check out the CSA boxes and Member Store. 1764 Cooper Rd Sebastopol, CA 95472 (707) 823-0823

Petaluma’s Ellen Bicheler, a founder of Daily Acts, member of Petaluma Grange, and a maker of goods herself, serves as store manager these days. Expect to enjoy book and clothing swap where I got a few quite special items last year – and am always amazed at the level Laguna Farm goes to present relevant workshops and intriguing stuff to do. This year the fun day at the farm open house is again a community celebration and education day, their way of thanking us with tie-ins to local non-profits, educators, crafters, cooks, and community leaders. You can learn how to create fire by friction, take a walk about Laguna de’ Santa Rosa, ask experts for garden advice, dig into herbal preparations, find new rigs amongst the tables of clothes, books and items to swap, learn new concepts in composting and yoga is in the mix.

Laguna Fest opens at 10:30 Under the Grandmother Oak Tree with
Tours starting in front of barn, then comes a Plein Air Tour, a Laguna Farm Tour, Beginning Beekeeping with Beekind, Animal Husbandry, 3 D Wool Art (great for children), Energy Balancing, how to about a
Pollinator Garden, music w. Sebastopol Ukestars, a Raffle, a Mingle, a presentation by The Permaculture Skills Center: Tools for Integrating Ecology and Economy, Beesting Therapy, Bird Language, mushroom cultivation, cob building, Herbal Vinegars and Syrups, Felting with Hazel, Cultivating Herbs for Medicine, Food and Habitat, Cannabis as Medicine.

All that amazing lineup and then, what we’re engaged in most, a presentation on the Grange Movement with Professor Shepherd Bliss at 2:45. Great!

Following Shepherd, there is still more! Seaweed Cultivation, Cheesemaking, Hand and Bow Fire Starting, Essential Oils, Fermented Foods, Herb Garden, Knitting. What a great DIY lineup on one of Sonoma County’s best-kept LOCALLY owned and operated farms.

A DON’T MISS EVENT for budding locavores, farmers and those who appreciate them (isn’t that all of us?)