Three Levels of
Farm Trails Membership

Cultivate Community ~ Join in Sonoma County Farm Trails' efforts to ensure the continuing economic viability of Sonoma County agriculture by instilling an appreciation of ag as a vital part of our community/lifestyle.

Over forty years ago, a group of forward-thinking farmers blazed trails in Sonoma County, creating a map & guide to local agriculture, inviting the public to meet their farmers and learn more about the origins of their food. This was back in 1973, before the advent of Farmers’ Markets, CSAs and campaigns to shop locally. Over the years, some of our members have changed, but the organizing mission has remained the same: to help ensure the preservation of Sonoma County’s rich and diverse agricultural heritage.

Join Farm Trails Farmer / Producer

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Lynda Hopkins, Foggy River Farm

Increase your exposure and broaden your network by becoming an active Farm Trails member. You’ll be promoted every day of the year in our online Map & Guide. Our website offers a comprehensive fully searchable mini-site where we highlight your products, services, events, methods and practices. Maximize your marketing dollar – the price of ONE 2X3 inch newspaper ad costs the same as ALL the benefits of Farm Trails Membership. Harvest now…

2016 Farmer / Producer Member Benefits

Farmer/Producers members are local producers or processors
of agricultural commodities.

Annual Membership Rate: $175.00
Membership may be paid by check or online using PayPal or a credit card.

Visibility

  • Map & Guide: Our mobile optimized website is a living document with excellent SEO functionality and great traffic. Farmtrails.org offers a personalized page for each member highlighting your products, services, events, methods and practices. It features an extensive product index, dynamic map, thematic highlight pages (U-pick, CSAs, Lodging, Dining, Wine Tasting, etc.), multi-level search engine and dedicated pages for your business, which you can update at any time (photos, calendar of events, blogs, seasonal offerings, links, etc.). Use this resource to tell your story and direct more traffic to your business. The printed 2015/16 Map & Guide will be published in Spring of 2016 and widely distributed throughout the year.
  • Press: Benefit from our professional publicity firm that works all year to promote Farm Trails, its events and its members, pitching our stories both locally and nationally to newspapers, radio groups, television stations, journals, online publications.
  • Facebook Presence: SCFT and GAF will "like" you and share your posts with our growing number of friends, highlighting your events and offerings in our ngoing, targeted Face book campaign. 
  • Newsletter: We'll send you a couple of"internal" (Members only) newsletters each month to keep you informed of relevant events and opportunities happening in Sonoma County. We'll happily publish any news you care to share in our monthly newsletter to the general public.

Invitations to Participate in Events

  • Gravenstein Apple Fair ~ August 13th & 14th: Enjoy discounted rates to participate in GAF as a “Farm Vendor” or “Food Vendor” and/or be part of our Life on the Farm Arena, Artisan Cheese Lounge, Chef’s Tent, Cider/Wine/Beer Tents, Do-It-Yourself Arena or Country Store as an educator or vendor. As a Member, your business will receive 2 complimentary tickets to this beloved country fair.
  • Agritourism: Spring & Fall Tours: If you'd like to interface with the public on site, you can participate in Farm Trails' signature historic, seasonal tours under our permit umbrella (Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies will be held April 30th & May 1st and Weekend Along the Farm Trails will be held September 24th & 25th). We handle all aspects and expenses of marketing and promotion for the tours.
  • Farm to Table Events: Join us for celebrations of Sonoma County's bounty.  We source the menu directly from our members and highlight the producers.  Our 4th Annual BBQ, Brews & Barn Dance will be held Saturday, May 21st at Tara Firma Farms, and the Farm To Fork Fall Feast is scheduled for Saturday, October 22nd at Olympia's Valley Estate.

Educational Opportunities

  • Farmer to Farmer: Mix, mingle & share ideas and information with other members at our Member events (breakfasts & happy hours).
  • Winter Workshops: During your slow season, attend Farm Trails' workshops aimed to help you refine your business and marketing skills.

Brand Recognition. Legacy & Affiliation

  • Signage: Reap the benefits of Farm Trails’ long history and good will in Sonoma County (43 years and counting). We'll gladly provide you with Member stickers and small Farm Trails signs, which we hope you’ll display at your business/ farm stand/ market booth. Our iconic, well-recognized 2’ square signs are available for the duration of your membership for a one-time fee of $50.
  • Stakeholder Presence: There’s strength in numbers and power in presence. Farm Trails is affiliated with many other organizations in support of local agriculture. We attend and “table” at numerous events throughout the year. And as a long-standing, well-respected, shade-tree entity in Sonoma County, we are invited to participate in stakeholder conversations with legislators about agriculture and tourism, where we advocate on your behalf.

 

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Join Farm Trails Partner

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Freestone Artisan Cheese

By becoming a Partner of Farm Trails, you actively demonstrate your commitment to agriculture in Sonoma County and support the growth of a healthy & thriving local economy. We’ll feature your business on our website and in our Map & Guide and will encourage our contacts to patronize your place of business.

2016 Partner Benefits

Partner members are local businesses that promote or support local agriculture and/or tourism including
farmers markets, feed stores, groceries, inns, chambers, etc.

 

Annual Membership Rate: $175.00
Membership may be paid by check or online using PayPal or a credit card.

Visibility

  • Map & GuideOur mobile optimized website is a living document with excellent SEO functionality and great traffic. Farmtrails.org offers a personalized page for each member highlighting your products, services, events, methods and practices. It features an extensive product index, dynamic map, thematic highlight pages (U-pick, CSAs, Lodging, Dining, Wine Tasting, etc.), multi-level search engine and dedicated pages for your business, which you can update at any time (photos, calendar of events, blogs, seasonal offerings, links, etc.). Use this resource to tell your story and direct more traffic to your business. The printed 2015/16 Map & Guide will be published in Spring of 2016 and widely distributed throughout the year.
  • Press: Benefit from our professional publicity firm that works all year to promote Farm Trails, its events and its members, pitching our stories both locally and nationally to newspapers, radio groups, television stations, journals, online publications.
  • Facebook Presence: SCFT and GAF will "like" you and share your posts with our growing number of friends, highlighting your events and offerings in our ngoing, targeted Facebook campaign.
  • Newsletter: We'll send you a couple of"internal" (Members only) newsletters each month to keep you informed of relevant events and opportunities happening in Sonoma County. We'll happily publish any news you care to share in our monthly newsletter to the general public.

Invitations to Participate in Events

  • Gravenstein Apple Fair ~ August 13th & 14th: Enjoy discounted rates to participate in GAF as a “Farm Vendor” or “Food Vendor” and/or be part of our Life on the Farm Arena, Artisan Cheese Lounge, Chef’s Tent, Cider/Wine/Beer Tents, Do-It-Yourself Arena or Country Store as an educator or vendor. As a Member, your business will receive 2 complimentary tickets to this beloved country fair.
  • Agritourism ~ Spring & Fall Tours: If you'd like to interface with the public on site, you can participate in Farm Trails' signature historic, seasonal tours under our permit umbrella (Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies will be held April 30th & May 1st and Weekend Along the Farm Trails will be held September 24th & 25th). We handle all aspects and expenses of marketing and promotion for the tours.
  • Farm To Table Events ~ Join us for celebrations of Sonoma County's bounty. We source the menu directly from our members and highlight the producers. Our 4th Annual BBQ, Brews & Barn Dance will be held Saturday, May 21st at Tara Firma Farms, and the Farm To Fork Fall Feast is scheduled for Saturday, October 22nd at Olympia's Valley Estate.

Educational Opportunities

  • Member to Member: Mix, mingle & share ideas and information with other members at our Member events (breakfasts & happy hours).
  • Winter Workshops: During your slow season, attend Farm Trails' workshops aimed to help you refine your business and marketing skills.

Brand Recognition. Legacy & Affiliation

  • Signage: Reap the benefits of Farm Trails’ long history and good will in Sonoma County (43 years and counting). We'll gladly provide you with Member stickers and small Farm Trails signs, which we hope you’ll display at your business/ farm stand/ market booth. Our iconic, well-recognized 2’ square signs are available for the duration of your membership for a one-time fee of $50.
  • Stakeholder Presence: There’s strength in numbers and power in presence. Farm Trails is affiliated with many other organizations in support of local agriculture. We attend and “table” at numerous events throughout the year. And as a long-standing, well-respected, shade-tree entity in Sonoma County, we are invited to participate in stakeholder conversations with legislators about agriculture and tourism, where we advocate on your behalf.

 

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Join Farm Trails Farm Club

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Anyone can be a Farm Club Member!

Sonoma County Farm Trails is excited to announce our newest crop, Farm Club. We’re aiming to develop and expand the vibrant community that exists between farmers and those they feed. If you want to be more involved with local agriculture, this is a great place to start. Anyone and everyone is invited, and it’s free!

2015 Farm Club Member Benefits

Annual Membership Rate: FREE

  • Periodic Farm Trails Newsletter, with updates about what’s happening on the farm and ways you can interface with our agricultural community.
  • Discounts on participating Farm Trails Membership products and services.
  • Access and "First Dibs" to exclusive events and specials throughout the year, including on-farm dinners and barn parties, lectures, demonstrations, tours, workshops, Farm Club sales, etc.
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