Agriculture briefs

Apple press can be used for free

Apple lovers can press their own fresh juice during harvest season through a free, new program sponsored by Slow Foods Russian River.

The group at noon Saturday will celebrate the opening of its Community Apple Press at the Luther Burbank Experiment Farm, 7777 Bodega Ave. in Sebastopol.

The free press is available there by reservations during harvest from Thursday through Sunday. To reserve a time, call 824-2899.

Backyard apples are welcome, but the group hopes that city folks also will buy local apples and make their own juice.

“I believe this will be a great shot in the arm for the apple growers in Sonoma County,” said Slow Foods volunteer Bob Burke.

The program was made possible by a $4,500 grant from the city of Sebastopol.

Record prices at livestock auction

Buyers again broke records this year at the Sonoma County Fair’s Junior Livestock Auction, paying $1.28 million for animals raised by 4-H and FFA youth.

The total, which was nearly 9 percent higher than the previous year, included more than $550,000 paid for 329 hogs; nearly $338,000 for 264 lambs; over $318,000 for 56 steers; and $34,000 for 42 goats.

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