Petaluma has long been a hub of agriculture, where the fertile ground grows many crops and the wide open pastures offer a place for livestock to graze. To this day, there are more than a dozen working farms and ranches, many of which are members of the Sonoma County Farm Trails. This weekend farms all over the county will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the annual Farm Trails tour. The event is free to attend, but registration is required at farmtrails.org. Once registered, just download the map and take off to see which ever farms fit your fancy. The list below highlights the local Farm Trails members, but note that not all of these operations will be open this weekend. The participating farms are noted in the list. Many of these businesses allow visitors to book a reservation to see these farms for a chance to get up close and personal with the animals and agriculture.
American Made Miniatures
This local ranch is a treat for kids of any age. It is filled with miniature horses and mules, pygmy goats, bunnies, sheep, dwarf hamsters and many other four-legged creatures. Take a tour to feed and learn all about the animals.
More info: AmericanMadeMiniatures.com
This century-old property gives a taste of life on an old-fashioned farm. It’s a place to learn about wood-splitting, feed some chickens or take a walk through the Portal of Time.
More info: artfularrangements.org
Bud’s Custom Meats
This fourth-generation butcher is all about locally sourced and sustainable meats. It’s one of the few places you can find wild game like kangaroo, alligator and pheasant.
More info: budscustommeat.com
Bodega Bay Oyster Company
Learn exactly how oysters are raised, harvested and shucked this weekend at this picturesque Petaluma farm. This weekend, tours will start on the hour, every hour, from noon to 4 p.m.
This business will be on the tour this weekend. Address: 12830 Valley Ford Road, Petaluma.
Cottage Gardens of Petaluma
This uniquely designed business feels more like a walk in a garden than a visit to a nursery. The shop is packed with plants, nearly 80 percent of which are grown on site.
More info: cottagegardensofpet.com
This property will only be open on Sunday this weekend, but will offer a chance to see a working cattle ranch up close and personal. Arrive at 2 p.m. for a tour that includes tips on the best way to prepare beef. Pasture-raised beef will also be available for purchase.
This business will be on the tour this weekend. Address: 750 Freestone Ranch Road, Petaluma.
Garden Valley Ranch
This venues is popular with wedding planners all over Northern California. The expansive property includes 5-acres with more than 8,000 rosebushes. Make sure to stop by the koi pond.
This business will be on the tour this weekend. Address: 498 Pepper Road, Petaluma
Green Goose Farm
This Two Rock property is home to a host of humanely raised animals. You can find heritage breeds of pork, lamb, chicken, goose, duck and turkey.
More info: farmtrails.org/farm/green-goose-farm
Green String Farm
This is probably the best known farm on the trail, thanks to its central location. Bob Cannard has 30 years of sustainable farming experience, and partner Fred Cline is no stranger to soil as the mastermind behind Cline Cellars.