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On location: Sonoma County

January/February 2017 California Bountiful magazine



With a unique combination of agriculture and recreation, Sonoma County offers something for everyone. Its 1,768 square miles comprise a rugged coastline, majestic redwood forests, picturesque farmland, cheese trails, fine dining, 400-plus wineries, a vibrant arts community and much more.

Steve Dutton, Sebastopol

A fifth-generation Sonoma County farmer, Steve Dutton says he's always been sure he'd be involved in agriculture for life. He's certainly active: Dutton and his brother, Joe, farm 1,200 acres of winegrapes and 200 acres of apples, and he's also a partner in Dutton-Goldfield Winery. His role as president of the Sonoma County Farm Bureau is one of many ways he supports the work of other farmers and ranchers.

Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, Santa Rosa

The most famous horticulturist of his day, Luther Burbank (1849-1926) introduced Shasta daisies, fire poppies, freestone peaches, Santa Rosa plums, russet potatoes and some 800 other new plant varieties while living and working in Santa Rosa. Burbank's gardens are open daily throughout the year. From April to October, visitors can tour his house and greenhouse.

Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest, Santa Rosa

Perhaps the largest crab feed in the Bay Area, if not the state, this annual event hosted by the county Farm Bureau raises funds for scholarships and agricultural education programs. It's Feb. 4 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. 

Sonoma County Farm Trails

In 1973, a group of forward-thinking farmers created a map and guide for local agriculture, inviting the public to meet the farmers and learn about the origins of their food. Chart your agricultural adventure online!

Farmhouse Inn, Forestville

Siblings Catherine and Joe Bartolomei—fifth-generation Sonoma County farmers—have transformed a formerly run-down inn into a luxurious boutique hotel. Amenities include Michelin-starred dining, "farm-to-table spa" and fire pits with nightly s'mores.


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