The leaves are turning colors and the fall harvest is nearly in. What a wonderful time to acknowledge the bounty of the earth and to celebrate the farmers who work so intimately with her. Sebastopol has its own unique style of celebrating, from creative farmer musicians and old time country music, to farm tours and even talks about sustainable food production.
The festivities start Saturday, November 9 from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. with the Love Your Farmer Harvest Celebration at the Sebastopol Grange (6000 Sebastopol Ave.). Food will provided by the chefs of the Green Grocer and Lata’s Indian Cooking… Read the rest
“Batikleteawi” (where the elderberry grows) was the name of the Pomo village located where Sebastopol stands today. For more than 10,000 years, the Pomo made what is now known as the Laguna de Santa Rosa their home. They hunted elk, mountain lion and grizzly bear, and feasted on migratory birds, acorns, roots and berries.
The Pomo are known internationally for their intricate baskets, including ceremonial baskets decorated with hummingbird feathers and cooking baskets stitched so finely that they could hold water.
Today the Pomo maintain rich cultural traditions which they share with Sebastopol during the month of October:
Pomo music… Read the rest
No, the Gravensteins are not long-lost relatives we’re welcoming home.
Visitors arriving to Sebastopol via Highway 116 are greeted by this wonderful banner as part of a joint project between Slow Food Russian River and Cittaslow Sebastopol. The purpose is to raise awareness about the Gravenstein apple and support local apple farmers.
In its heyday, there were over 11,000 acres dedicated to this heirloom apple. Now there are fewer than 500 acres. But with increasing demand for the unique sweet/tart flavor of the Gravenstein, local apple farmers are able to carry on a tradition that for some has been in… Read the rest
Nothing says summer more than the golden rolling hills of California. And experiencing them by bike is one of the many joys of west Sonoma County. Whether you like abundant flat wetlands and wildlife, the shaded majesty of the redwood forest, or undulant vineyards and organic farms, there are rides for every taste and ability.… Read the rest
One of Cittaslow USA’s key priorities is to involve children and youth in their communities and help them to understand the importance of caring for their towns. The heart of our work is aimed at preserving for the generations that follow us, the quality of life and the unique personalities of each of our member towns across America. With this in mind, we look for ways to acknowledge the high quality work of organizations that meet this goal.
Kid Scoop News is a newspaper for and by students with the mission of connecting children to their communities and promoting civic… Read the rest
In collaboration with the Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce, which also serves as the town’s Visitor Center, Cittaslow Sebastopol participated in a joint project to create a library of graphics for a “Visit Sebastopol” campaign.… Read the rest
Sebastopol World Friends (SWF) maintains Sebastopol’s relationship with its sister cities, including Takeo City in Japan. In August 2011, the Leading Asia program of Sister Cities International awarded SWF a grant to bring a delegation to Japan to share best practices in sustainable development.
In September 2012, the exchange was expanded to include a delegation of Japanese business students coming to Sebastopol to learn about eco-tourism.… Read the rest
Go back 100 years in your mind and read on:
Today, I had a glass of milk from Bessie after milking her this morning. It was still warm. I put a big chunk of butter and a pool of cream that Sissy collected and made this weekend, on my cooked oats. I put a little honey from our bees on top, too. Mother collected eggs this morning, and I had one with my beef steak. I helped raise the beef cattle last spring from which the steak came.
That was breakfast in the early 1900s! The statement came from a… Read the rest
Kid Scoop News is a newspaper for and by students with the mission of connecting children to their communities and promoting civic involvement. As part of their work, Kid Scoop News publishes articles by student reporters on the actions of local children. The following article features the work of a group of 5th grade students in Dave Neubacher’s 5th grade class at El Verano Elementary School in Sonoma, California. They worked on a project to raise awareness about disappearing honeybees. Kid Scoop News published the following letter and graphics the students presented to the Sonoma City Council.… Read the rest
Sebastopol, California was the third town in the United States to earn the Cittaslow designation. Cittaslow Sebastopol joined the international and national networks of Cittaslow in June 2010. Sebastopol was awarded the highest scores of the founding Cittaslow USA towns. Among the Cittaslow criteria that Sebastopol was noted for were those focused on quality of life, wellbeing, sustainability, culture, and the arts.… Read the rest