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News & Press

01/11/2022

City of Sonoma

Art which I created and donated to this organization is being used to help the community.

Focus: The City of Sonoma’s housing rules, which are being revised

Why: The City’s policies matter to YOU! A City that has more, and more affordable, homes will improve equity, economy, and environment in Sonoma Valley.

What: You’ll hear from four speakers with differing perspectives on the City’s housing policies. Then, Sonoma Valley Collaborative’s Council will discuss their approach to influencing this

12/01/2021

Creek Brenda

This is a link to a video which was shared about my Nature Journaling program for the community of Sonoma kids. It also highlights the importance of land and water at this historic creek in Sonoma, Carriger Creek.

11/15/2021

pumpkins and garden

My pumpkins and garden for kids in Sonoma was used by the Sonoma Ecology Center to promote their winter program.

There’s a whole lot of fun to be had this Winter Season! Join us at one of our many events while we connect over community, ecology, and education.

09/10/2021

Farm to Table for Kids community outreach:

Come Join Us As We Develop the Exciting Link Between The Garden, What We Eat, And How it Relates To Our Table At Home

Let’s Celebrate Fall, and Helping Kids To, “Look A Little Closer” And Be Curious.

Sonoma, Ca (October 2021) – With the beauty of fall in the air, I have created a new program to bring kids into the garden to explore the concept of “Farm to Table For Kids.” This is a community outreach program that connects plants + nature + food preparation + enjoyment. Simply, it is my venture into

helping kids to happily understand the circle of soil to kitchen, which our food travels before reaching the table.

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07/28/2021

Video about water in Sonoma Valley and Carriger Creek made public and well received:
https://youtu.be/I6vhnyykr7U

04/2021

Bartholomew Park Winery is creating an Earth Day promotion which includes the Butterfly & Hummingbird gift which I created along with the Sonoma Mentoring Alliance and Sonoma Syrup. See following link to their post: https://www.bartholomewestate.com/earth-day- butterfly-hummingbird-seed-packets/

Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day! Every day is Earth Day at Bartholomew Estate Winery. It is a haven for pollinators. Located within the 375-acre Bartholomew Park, the winery has intentional plantings to attract these helpful creatures – in front of the historic mission-style winery building, and on the Oak Knoll and Courtyard Patio tasting areas. Antonia’s Garden picnic grounds is just adjacent to the winery. It is also host to a selection of attractive plants, trees and flowers.

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Among the pollinator-friendly plantings are blooming fruitless apricot and flowering plum trees, a variety of salvias, cat mint, rosemary, germander, iris, lavender, agapanthus, rock roses, and ceanothus – all attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies and bees who have made the park their home. The crabapple trees that line the driveway entrance, as well as the cherry trees in the garden behind the Villa, are also delightful attractions to these pollinators.

Celebrate Earth Day

We source 22 acres of organically farmed vineyards on the estate to make Bartholomew Estate wines. Grapevines themselves are self-fertilizers so don’t require pollinators. However, the pollinators are extremely beneficial to the cover crops. They help with its overall health of the vineyard and the biodiversity of the ecosystem.

This Earth Day, we are happy to share seed packets with our winery guests. They have been specially curated to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The packets are provided by local real estate agent & founder of the Sonoma Nature Club, Brenda McNeill, with the support of Sonoma Syrup Company, and help of the mentors and mentees of the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance (who assembled the packets together). This outreach program is designed to share the beauty of a spring garden, as well as provide habitats for the treasured contributors to our larger ecosystem. We hope you join us in the celebration and plant the seeds at home!

Learn more about our winery experiences and book a wine tasting here. Make a day of it! Hike the 3+ miles of trails in the park. Or, bring a picnic to enjoy in Bartholomew Park. Pick up at bottle of Antonia’s Garden Rosé of Zinfandel from the winery and toast to our pollinators.

Sonoma Index Tribune article in paper: Sonoma Index

Tribune: https://www.sonomanews.com/article/lifestyle/butterfly-and-hummingbird-garden-seed-giveaway-takes-flight-mid-april/

Sonoma Index

Picture in paper for creating and distributing 350+ gardens with 27
businesses and wineries

How to make oak gall ink video on YouTube Channel

https://youtu.be/qDYCdboxNZ8

12/03/2020

The Sonoma Valley Chamber Of Commerce interviewed me on their “Chamber Chat radio spot.” It was a fun conversation about the real estate market, buyer and seller needs, favorite cookies and owls. That was with Bob Taylor on KSVY at 11:20 to 11:45sm. Hope that you tuned in.

11/20/2020

To help a local falconer and my Nature Journal Club I created a video of a Barred Owl which is being rehabilitated and learning to fly on my 1120 Napa Road listing. You can see the video on the YouTube channel here or this is the direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywMAQRRlFLs

10/27/2020

Check out this feature in the Sonoma Index Tribune, “New Nature Journal Club Launched.” I am looking forward to many fun adventures in nature with members of the Sonoma Nature Journal Club that I have recently created for kids of all ages:

https://www.sonomanews.com/article/news/new-sonoma-nature-journal-club- launched/?sba=AAS&artslide=1

Nature-journal

09/01/2020

The fall issue of Sonoma Magazine is out and online, grab a copy and see this article which re-visits the Sonoma Ecology Center Victory Garden project that I was very involved in when COVID just began. Here I can be seen placing a few plants in one of the 300+ boxes which we donated to the community.

https://www.sonomamag.com/its-bringing-you-back-to-whats-important-locals-share- experience-of-planting-victory-gardens/

Victory Garden

4/24/2020

Pick up a copy of this newspaper and front page article on, “Sowing The Seeds Of Victory” which features the Victory Garden project and commemoration of Earth Day which I am heading up for the Sonoma Ecology Center. This is a community outreach to celebrate the Sonoma Ecology Center’s 30th Anniversary at the beginning of COVID. The SEC donated 300 Victory Garden starter packs to the Sonoma Valley community in just a few hours on Saturday morning:

https://www.sonomanews.com/article/lifestyle/sow-the-seeds-of-victory/

Sowing The Seeds Of Victory

Just Links For Press

10/27/2020

Check out this feature in the Sonoma Index Tribune, “New Nature Journal Club launched.” I am looking forward to many fun adventures in nature with the Sonoma Nature Journal Club that I have recently created for kids of all ages:

https://www.sonomanews.com/article/news/new-sonoma-nature-journal-club-launched/?sba=AAS&artslide=1

9/1/2020

The fall issue of Sonoma Magazine is out and online, grab a copy and see this article which re-visits the Sonoma Ecology Center Victory Garden project that I headed up at the beginning of COVID:

https://www.sonomamag.com/its-bringing-you-back-to-whats-important-locals-share-experience-of-planting-victory-gardens/

4/24/2020

Pick up a copy of this newspaper and front page article on, “Sowing the seeds of Victory” which features the Victory Garden project and commemoration of Earth Day. This is a community outreach which I headed up for the Sonoma Ecology Center to celebrate their 30th Anniversary at the beginning of COVID. We donated 300 Victory Garden starter packs to the Sonoma Valley Community:

https://www.sonomamag.com/its-bringing-you-back-to-whats-important-locals-share-experience-of-planting-victory-gardens/

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