COVID regulations and information
California Blueprint for a Safer Economy: Purple, Red, Orange, Yellow...where are we, what's allowed, what determines status? Visit this website for all the information, and check back periodically for updates.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Food and Agriculture: Take time to periodically review this web section for the latest guidance from the California Department of Food & Agriculture on best practices for operation farm stands, farmers' market, and all other ag-related production, processing, and service operations.
SoCo Launch: SoCo Launch is a Sonoma EDB's hub for all COVID-related business resources.The Sonoma County Health Officer requires all businesses to create a Social Distancing Protocol & COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep businesses open. Visit this website for full details about this and lots more.
SoCo Emergency | Coronavirus Response: This website is a clearinghouse for all information from the County related to the pandemic, including vaccines and testing.
Sonoma County Department of Environmental Health & Safety: If you are processing, preparing, serving, or selling food and nonalcoholic beverage to customers, be sure you are in compliance with the County's regulations. You may need a temporary food permit or cottage food registration or permit. Review the Food Safety Program section and contact the department directly with any questions.
Direct Sales & Agritourism webinars
Join University of California Cooperative Extension, Sonoma County Farm Trails, and partners for a series of free virtual trainings in how to build your capacity to sell direct to consumers and build an agritourism business. Trainings will feature farmers and other experts covering a diversity of topics. You'll recognize some familiar names from our membership!
- Monday, March 22, 3 to 4 p.m.: Operating a Safe, Healthy & Successful Farm Stand (with Emmett Hopkins, Foggy River Farm; and Reyna Yagi, Bounty Farm). View recording here.
- Monday, April 5, 3 to 4 p.m.: Best Practices for Visitor Interaction with Animals (with Jennifer Bice, Redwood Hill Farm–Capracopia)
- Monday, April 19, 3 to 4 p.m.: Best Practices for Farm Tours, Workshops & Farm-Based Education (with Bill MacElroy, Monte-Bellaria di California)
- Monday, May 3, 3 to 4 p.m.: Online Sales Options & Methods
- Monday, May 17, 3 to 4 p.m.: Creative Marketing & Staying Connected with Social Media
- Monday, May 24, 3 to 4 p.m.: Community Collaboration—Farm Trails, Tourism Partners & More (with our Executive Director Carmen Snyder)
To register for the webinars, click here.