County launches online gardener program
The Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office, in collaboration with the Sonoma County Department of Health Services and the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), has launched an online self-certification program to allow local gardeners to sell or donate their eligible produce.
Previously, there were only three methods for produce growers to meet CalCode approved source requirements. These methods were not a good fit for community gardens, school gardens, or other local garden producers. Modeled after a similar effort by Napa County, the Sonoma County Approved Produce Gardener Certificate provides a process for local produce gardeners to be recognized as an approved source and become eligible to sell or donate produce to Sonoma County food facilities, such as food banks, schools, and other retail food facilities.
The Agricultural Commissioner’s office will be hosting an informational meeting about the program on May 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Agricultural Commissioner’s conference room located at 133 Aviation Blvd, Suite 110 in Santa Rosa. All interested gardeners are encouraged to attend.
Please register online, as space is limited: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/360310.
For more information, go to secure.sonoma-county.org/agcomm/produce_gardener/.