Santa Rosa Junior College’s Shone Farm invites the public to its Fall Festival, celebrating 44 years of the Farm’s history. Experience authentic farm activities, a wood milling demonstration, apple pressing, and taste Shone Farm’s award-winning wine and olive oil. Attendees can pick their own pumpkins and vegetables (U-Pick), participate in the rotten tomato slingshot, and enjoy tours of SRJC’s 365-acre Shone Farm, including a walk through their forest. Special children’s activities will feature face-painting, craft projects such as stick horse making, and exploring how compost gets made. Kids and adults can meet farm animals and learn what’s involved with taking care of horses, and sheep. All of these activities will be presented by students in SRJC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Department.
Shone Farm encourages visitors to come hungry and enjoy delicious lunch options, featuring fresh Shone Grown™ ingredients. A farm stand of Shone Grown™ products, fruits, vegetables, and award-winning wine (2013 and 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition) and olive oil (a Gold and Double Gold winner for the past three consecutive years at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair) will be available for sale at the Festival.
Shone Farm, a 365-acre farm in the Russian River valley, has been used as a field laboratory and teaching resource for SRJC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources students for more than four decades. Students benefit from direct, hands-on experience as they learn about natural resource management and conservation, sustainable agriculture, winemaking, viticulture, and animal health and livestock management.