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Page 8 The Cloverdale Reveille April 18, 2019 www.cloverdalereveille,com ACTION! -- Last year's summer film camp participants working to film their projects. Photo provided By Zo~ Strickland Reveille Editor zoe@sonomawest.com After a week of class, a student can make short videos. That's part of the premise behind the Alexander Valley Film Society's (AVFS) Summer Film Camp, which runs two weeklong boot camps for kids interested in learning about film. At the end of the week, participants will have created a one- to two-minute commercial -- a tangible representation of their work. "We are not the educators. But if we can help facilitate the kids' learning, we can help broaden the community," said AVFS Founder and Executive Director Kathryn Hecht about the film society's decision to host film boot camps for students. While the AVFS staff don't lead the programs, they bring in experts in the field to teach participants about filmmaking. In previous years, the summer film camp only had a beginning level class However this year, the AFVS have added a second, intermediate-level program. To be placed in the higher level, students should have either attended the 2018 summer film program, or be in this year's beginner program. Any student between sixth and 12th grades can apply, and the workshops are geared toward "folks who don't have digital media opportunities in their schools, or kids who don't have time in their schedules to (take those classes)," Hecht said. According to Hecht, the summer classes have historically consisted of primarily north county students, however the camp is open to kids throughout the county. The camps this summer will be taught by Malinalli L6pez, the Windsor-based CEO and founder of XQL Media, who also teaches film in the American Multicultural Studies and Chicano/Latino Department at Sonoma State University. Hecht is excitedto have L6pez as the workshop teacher because it "offers an opportunity for us to bridge a cultural gap," she said. "Latinx kids, kids of color can come in and work with a teacher of color." As part of partnering with the community, the boot camps will be held in the Cloverdale High School Maker Space and students will have access to formative video editing programs. "If nothing else, these kids are going to be working with at least three professional filmmakers," Hecht said. "The more caring adults you can have in a kid's life, the greater the experience." Hecht also hopes that the boot camps can help curb some of the effects of the summer slide. Classes are $100 for a week of courses; there are scholarships available for those who need it. The beginner bootcamp will take place from June 17 to June 21, 9 a.m. to noon. The intermediate bootcamp will be from June 24 to June 29, 9 a.m. to noon. Applications can be found at avfilmsociety.org/summer- film-camp and are due by May 15. scusslon Continued from Page I was hungry for that opportunity to talk about those things they read about in their newspaper," she said. "It was heartening to see people expressing differing opinions about hot-button topics ~,:. :{ feel respected and heard, even if they did not agreewith others' opinions." Even before the topics began, she said she received feedback as to why a topic was being discussed and not another, and also heard back quickly about what people thought on a topic. "We said, please, come to this event and share those opinions," DeWeese said. At the events, she said, discourse was professional. "We had people who said, 'I don't agree with you,' and people were comfortable sharing different opinions," she said. An example, during the LGBTQI event, was that people expressed frustration over changes in pronoun use to be more non- binary. Even though the opinion is not a popular one in Sonoma ROUNDTABLE -- Participants in the Together at the Table discussions dive into award for the program and will continue the talks on a quartertly basis. Photo provided hot topics. The library recently won an County, guests were still able to ways the program was made so for difficult discussions and word have discussions about the why of open was by explaining right out use by partnering with local differing opinions, as opposed to the gate what the intention of a safe organizations. For instance, what shouting matches, discussion space was. to do if the discussion on being DeWeese said that one of the In addition, the library planned black in America turned to use of racial slurs. No one used a slur in a derogatory way, but DeWeese said they were prepared for it, and it was interesting to see the differing opinions of partner organizations as to how to handle situations The partners also had a chance to explain what they did in the community on the hot issues, further educating the audience. DeWeese said that when they receive the national award, the library will also have a chance to share with other libraries how the program succeeded, which may in turn expand it to other areas of the country. The award comes with $1,000, which DeWeese said will go back into the program, which cost up to $1,200 per topic in material costs. Together at the Table will move to a quarterly basis. Future topics will include cannabis and white privilege To share an idea or provide feedback to the library on Together at the Table, visit the library website at sonomalibrary.org. On the Together at the Table page under the services tab, there is a survey available. Continued from Page 1 growing grapes. The Cloverdale Historical Society lended the Reveille a copy of a book that was put out in 1888 by Geo B. Baer, publisher of the Reveille, titled "Cloverdale: the Orange District of Sonoma County. The Home of the Olive, and the Fig and Other Varieties of Fruit." Baer discussed Cloverdale's locational advantages in the text, positioning it as a prime location for crop growth as a whole. "As to assure crop every year, greatly depends on the locality, but a sure crop is one of the advantages claimed for Cloverdale and vicinity," he wrote. "Our district is free from frosts, fogs and fruit pests. The rainfall is abundant. The experience of the past years has shown that a failure is unknown, and that whatever elements may prevail in other places, Cloverdale has good crops." The publication estimates 3,885 acres of grapes and 2,000 fig trees, as well as a combined 1,170 acres in peaches, plums, prunes, pears and other fruits, When it came to oranges, Baer posited that the crop was up-and-coming in the area. "There are only about 500 orange trees in the district, as orange-growing was considered an experiment until lately, when it has developed into a certainty of success," he said. "Oranges will grow to as high a state of perfection in this district as in any other part of California. The same can be said of other citrus fruits." While there were only an estimated 500 orange trees at the time of the book's publication, Baer reinforced his belief that Cloverdale would become a sea of orange trees. "In writing of the climactic advantages we cannot but again refer to orange growing. There is a fascination in the very name of an orange grove, and the newcomer who has made up his mind back in his old eastern home to come to California, an orange grove is a dream of his fondest hopes. "We hold that Cloverdale will grow as fine oranges as are raised in any part of the state we have compared the fruit this season and have no hesitancy in making the above assertion, which is also corroborated by parties from Southern California, who sampled the fruit with us. Every orange grown in Cloverdale can find a market at home and in Mendocino and Lake Counties," he wrote. While we were unable to find information pertaining specifically to citrus production between 1888 and 1953 (when total production was reported countywide in crop reports), one can make the connection that Baer's prediction was correct The Cloverdale Citrus Fair began in 1892, directly referencing Cloverdale's ties to citrus production. While Cloverdale had vineyard growth in 1888 and is known for its vineyards today, prohibition led to a decrease in grape production in the 1920s. According to "Cloverdale: Images of America," by Joan Wagele, Marge Gray and the Cloverdale Historical Society, PRUNE PICKERS -- People pick prunes at Coen Ranch on Cherry Creek to decrease, as farmers drifted, furthering grape production. many of the local vineyards were turned into prune- growing acreage during the 1920s. However, the county began getting into the prune business in 1881, when Luther Burbank helped plant 21,000 trees Following the end of prohibition in 1933, grape growing made a comeback, with vineyards replacing orchards. Countywide cultivation The oldest crop report released by the Sonoma County Department of Agriculture is from 1928. The 1928 report shewed 20,000 acres of grapes and 20,600 acres of prunes throughout the county. A crop report from 1934 shows 21,500 acres of grapes and 23,021 acres of prunes. In the following decades, prune acreage slowly decreased. In 90 years of crop reports from the Sonoma County Farm Trails (then the Sonoma County Department of Agriculture), only one report from 1948 broke down agriculture production by location. In 1948, the Cloverdale/Geyservflle area was home to 4,775 acres of prunes (there were 19,581 acres countywide). Countywide, citrus production wasn't tracked in crop reports until 1953, when lemons had a meager three reported acres and oranges had seven. In the 1953 report, prunes made up 17,256 acres countywide. Looking forward 10 years to 1963, the county's citrus Road. By the 1970s, Sonoma production increased to 53 acres; the county's prune acreage also slightly increased, to a reported 18,043. After another 10 years, the 1973 report shows a dramatic decrease in prune plots to 6,385 acres. Citrus made up a reported 42 acres and grapes had 19,138. The 1983 report neglects citrus altogether; prunes once again decreased to a total of 3,295 acres and vineyard acreage increased to 30,223 total acres Jumping ahead 20 years, the county only had a reported 8 acres of prunes and plums, and 59,973 of grapes. Most recently, Cloverdale's past agricultural pride points weren't included in crop production reports at all. The 2017 Sonoma County Crop Photo Sonoma County Historical Society County's prune business began Report reported that total wine grape acreage in the county was at 62,465. Other fruits reported were apples (2,190 bearing acres) and olives (381). Is there something you've been wondering about Cloverdale -- something about local politics, local people or even local histozT-- that would make a good news story? We want to bear from you. SoCtwious?-- a new project rom Sonoma West Publishers and the Cloverdale Revelile -- invites you to be a part of the local news report~g process. The idea is sRnple: You ask a question, and we track down the answer. For more information or to submit a question, go to www.sonomawest.com/clover dale reveille~hearken. Continued from Page 1 they be awardeda dispensary permit. "In addition to overseeing the operations of the dispensary, my other primary role would be to develop and implement the wellness programs that we want to share with the residents of Cloverdale," Gomez said, adding that she has experience being a fitness professional. "I am here today to tell you that Daniel and I are really excited about the possibility of living in Cloverdale I would love to partner with the health, wellness and fitness professionals of Cloverdale. I trust that together we can pool our resources, our skills, our talents to create something unique, accessible and functional for every resident of Cloverdale." In addition to Turner, Mayor Melanie Bagby and Councilmember Marta Cruz also agreed with Wolter's initial suggestion. "I want to make clear to the public, I've discussed this issue with staff and no one is breaking down the door to be additional applicants," Bagby said of her personal reasoning behind supporting only reopening the RFP process to the existing applicants. The council agreed that the two applicants would have to submit an updated background check, as well any other pertinent updated information. After the applicants present new information in a public hearing, the council can then decide if they want to award both applicants dispensary permits, as well as advise city staff to change the cannabis ordinance to reflect a maximum of three dispensary permits rather than the current two. While an official public hearing date for the two applicants hasn't been set yet, the council discussed setting the public hearings during the last city council meeting in May (May 22)