About Sonoma County Farm Trails
Exactly forty years ago this Spring, a group of forward-thinking farmers blazed trails in Sonoma County, creating a map & guide for local agriculture, inviting the public to meet their farmers and learn more about the origins of their food. These pioneers also produced the Gravenstein Apple Fair to celebrate the heirloom apple and Sonoma County’s rural traditions. This was back in 1973, before the advent of Farmers’ Markets, CSAs and campaigns to shop locally. Over the years, some of the farmer members have changed, but the organizing mission has remained the same: to help ensure the preservation of Sonoma County’s rich agricultural heritage.
Founded as a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization, Sonoma County Farm Trails membership has recently voted to amend our charter. We are in the process of changing our status to 501(c)(3). We hope to further cultivate community by facilitating both farmer-to-farmer and farmer-to-public educational forums, as well as offering relevant events to foodies and aspiring producers through our new "Farm Club" and our upcoming "Barn Shop." We will continue to serve as a local resource, hosting Sonoma County's premier online agricultural guide, producing the Gravenstein Apple Fair, and promoting seasonal farm tours like "Weekends along the Farm Trails" in the Fall and "Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies" in the Spring.