President’s Message

MCFB’s New Home

Greetings Farmers and Agricultural Supporters,

It has been a busy year for our staff and volunteers at the Mendocino County Farm Bureau. After Grow West exercised their purchase agreement at out former Talmage property last year, our board of directors set out to purchase a new property to support our advocacy work. We are fortunate that this coincided with American Ag Credit listing their Gobbi Street building and even more fortunate that they were willing to give MCFB the opportunity to review, appraise, and make an offer on their building before the building was listed. Through months of due diligence and work of our properties committee. the board of directors made the decision at the start of this year to purchase the lot and building at 455 E. Gobbi Street. The work of the properties committee has been continuing as we plan to implement minor building alteration in preparation for moving out of Grow West’s Talmage office.

President Estelle Clifton

I want to express my appreciation to the Mendocino County Farm Bureau’s property committee members, which includes the members of our executive committee, and to our board of directors for their time and energy, ensuring we have a new home, owned by Mendocino County Farm Bureau, that will serve our membership and staff needs. Frost Pauli of Pauli Ranch deserves a special recognition for facilitating and communicating with buyers, sellers, appraisers, council, and our directors, through the recent purchase.

I also want to thank and recognize our new properties committee chair, Randy Huffman of Conrad Forest products for coordinating with tenants, designers, and contractors, as we prepare to move in. The communication and dedication of talented volunteers and dedicated staff are exemplary.

Finally, I want to thank our previous Executive Director, Devon Boer for staying on top of the real estate minutia. Selling the Talmage Road site was a good primer for purchasing our Gobbi Street building and her attention to these transition details, on top of her regular advocacy and member service work is greatly appreciated.

We look forward to finalizing our improvements and welcoming our farm community to our new space in the coming months.