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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Graton - January 2012

Resolutions and Solutions!
Have you resolved this year to take better care of yourself and our only planet?  If you haven’t, perhaps you should because there is an easy way to do both - by signing up with Spiral Foods.  Sonoma County’s Spiral Foods Cooperative is building a market that showcases local food with minimal packaging. You can help create this innovative village-center (hopefully to be headquartered in Graton!) designed to strengthen our food system through cooperative ownership.  

Spiral Foods Co-op will 
1) Stock the best selection of local responsibly grown produce, bulk items, humane meats, dairy and wellness products at fair prices.  
2) Provide a relaxing gathering space in their café operated by a co-op of local chefs, 
3) Operate a commercial kitchen for local production stressing reusable packaging,
 4) Offer farmers a consistent market, sustainable prices, cold storage and a cooperative marketing network.

To become a founding member of Spiral Foods and for questions, email

Tree Planting Time Again at the Graton Community Services District (Sewer District)

This January, Forest Unlimited, in conjunction with the Graton Community Services District, will be planting approximately 400 potted redwood trees in the irrigation field of the Graton Wastewater Treatment Plant for reforestation and wastewater management. They are seeking volunteers to help plant the trees.

The planting date is Saturday, January 7th.  To help out, please rendezvous at 8:30 a.m. at the Willow Wood Market Café in downtown Graton.  Carpools will transport volunteers to the irrigation field and planting starts at 9:30 a.m, ending by1:00 p.m.  In the event of heavy rain, the tree planting event will be rescheduled.

To sign up and/or to ask any questions, please contact Carl Wahl, Project Manager, at 874-9268 or or Bob Nelson, Project Manager, at 874-1740 or at .

New Sign Coming to the Park

Sonoma Wine will be erecting a new sign showing some concept drawings of how the proposed park at the old firehouse site could look.  Through the Graton Green Group, the community has submitted a bid to purchase the site.  To help in this remarkable community project, contact Dewey Watson at 829 9440 or

Look Who Was Here in Graton! 

Yes, it was Santa.  And, his lovely wife and entourage.  You can see a photo of Snap the Photo Elf taking a picture of Santa with some of his visiting dignitaries.  The Holiday Tree was donated by the Graton Fire Protection District.  

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