Petaluma, California: Local Farms Featured in KRCB’s North Bay Bountiful

Tara Firma Farm Photos-3 ResizedKRCB, North Bay Public Media, is running a segment called North Bay Bountiful. From their website:

                  “Cultivate. Celebrate. Connect. The San Francisco North Bay area enjoys an incredible bounty of resources—both natural and creative—that enrich all our lives. Our land and seascapes offer breathtaking vistas while also serving as the source of an amazing variety of food and products. There is a pervasive sense of appreciation and connectedness around this bounty, and ample evidence that residents care deeply about optimizing and preserving it. Our arts and culture reflect a joyous recognition of all that lives and grows and sustains us here—body and soul. We share a common mindfulness of just how precious and precarious our resources are.”

As part of this special focus, we were pleased to find several Petaluma, California farms featured in this great series.  We are happy to share them on our site.

Tara Firma Farms

For more information about Tara Firma Farms see our previous post: #Petaluma’s Tara Firma Farms Connects With The Community

From KRCB YouTube Description: “‘Grow the mind to grow the soil, to grow food that strengthens the community.’ That is the mantra of Tara Smith of Tara Firma Farms in Petaluma, California. Thanks to Farm Shorts. More info at : http:///


Petaluma, California: Lighted Boat Parade Tonight 5:30-7:30PM

Petaluma Lighted Boat Parade-30A flotilla of decorated boats will illuminate the Petaluma River Turning Basin in Historic Downtown to celebrate the holiday season tonight.

Individual boaters and the local yacht clubs join in the Petaluma Lighted Boat Parade every year.  Boats aglow with colored lights and holiday decorations start from the Petaluma Marina at dusk (about 5:30 p.m.) to sail into the Historic Downtown Harbor against the darkening sky.

The flotilla remains on view all night long in the Turning Basin.  Following the Lighted Boat Parade, visitors and local residents mingle in Historic Downtown, gathering to dine, drink hot chocolate, snack and enjoy the remainder of the evening entertaining themselves at the many nearby restaurants & clubs.

Here is a short video to kick off the celebration:

Also you can find Carollers in our downtown like the Pacific Empire Chorus – here is a teaser from last year.

Sketch Artist Captures Petaluma California Veteran’s Day Parade


Gus McDuffie flickr Profile Photo

This morning in our searches for good news and information about Petaluma, California, we ran across the following sketches that we had to share.

This gallery of photos are from Gus McDuffie’s Flickr page where you can see more of his sketch work.  Click the navigation arrows on each sketch to view all of them.

PHOTOS: Petaluma, California Chickens

Our site would not be complete if we didn’t have Petaluma chicken photos.  I have been photo’ing our chickens over the years.  It was brought to my attention that I had chicken photos, when I learned the featured photo above has over 5000 views on flickr.  Most of these were taken at Tolay Lake Regional Park.  So I thought I would take the time to create a gallery and slideshow featuring our feathered friends.

I was also pleasantly surprised to learn that the Positively Petaluma flickr group has grown to over 130 members with now over 1000 Petaluma photos added to the group! Do you have some Petaluma chicken photos to share? Please do so on the Positively Petaluma flickr group.


Petaluma: 2015 City of Lights Driving Tour Map Released!

Chad Dunbar, Winner of 2009 Petaluma City of Lights Tour
Chad Dunbar, Winner of 2009 Petaluma City of Lights Tour

Plus Video of Santa’s Tug Boat Arrival

Every year people from all over Sonoma and Marin County visit and enjoy Petaluma’s City of Lights driving tour which officially starts today.  This year we have 16 home entries and 21 businesses. This self-directed tour will continue through December 29th.

Click here to see the 2015 Petaluma City of Lights Driving Tour Map. Judging will happen over this weekend, and winners will be announced by December 11th.

Also our visitors center did a great job of capturing the crowd, carollers and Santa arriving via tugboat in the Petaluma turning basin. Enjoy the video.