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Attention Sonoma County parents!  A terrific on-line resource and community just hit the web today.  Come on over to, and discover how to join, and creator Holly White-Wolfe's quest to document Sonoma County's unique parenting style.

Introducing the growing

Sono-ma is a growing on-line resource and community for "sharing the art of mothering in Sonoma County."  On May 13, visitors to will find a newly imagined, fully-featured website offering a wealth of support to local, conscientious families.

From articles such as "Detours Around the Loom..." showcasing local mother's who are also pursuing career and creative endeavors to articles such as "Make and Do Mamma..." you'll find ideas, support, and inspiration to support your work as a parent.  Dr. Sloan, award winning author and a guest contributor to Sono-Ma, will also keep you abreast of important Sonoma County Health issues

DeAnna L'am, author of "Becoming Peers:  Mentoring Girls into Womanhood", also contributes a monthly story on raising girls with confidence.  Then there's Waldorf Modern's Cathy Tullysmith, offering regular tips for how to get your family to "gather around the table" and eat locally.

How to Join in

You can be a part of Sono-Ma. in almost any way you please. Sign up for our Newsletter service and you'll be sure to get all article posts and local updates - simply send a blank email to sono-ma@getresponse and we'll send you a sign up confirmation.

You can show your support and read articles through Facebook, Networked Blogs, or by going right to    Leave comments, suggest stories, and join our "Sonoma Sharing" group on Big Tent.  Share the seeds of your inspirations today!

Sono-Ma's Author Holly White-Wolfe Shares What Inspired Sono-Ma

"Just where did Sono-Ma come from? Let's just say that the seed of the idea was planted when I first became a mother, and I began to see Sonoma County through the new lens of a parent. While I'd moved to Sonoma County in 1995, I blamed that fact on chance and circumstance, and planned to find another home where I would settle down to perhaps raise a family.

However, I started to develop a fondness for the place where I built trails in dozens of gorgeous green spaces with the teens from the Youth Volunteer Corps. I found a growing respect for the many innovative and civic minded folk who worked with me to create healthy communities through my job at the Health Department.

Then we bought a house in downtown Santa Rosa, and I found I could live my whole life without driving a car. I walked to the Farmer's Market, the library, my doctors' offices, and the happening fourth street. Later, I signed up for Business School and found I could easily commute to Market Street in San Francisco to get a first rate education while enjoying the city life in weekly, bite sized durations. It hit me... I live in the center of the best place on earth! As we all say, Sonoma County is a gorgeous green space, is home to local innovators and artisans, sports a lovely coastline, and is a hop, skip, and jump from the world class metropolitan city of San Francisco.

 Becoming a mom opened my eyes to an even more powerful and unique characteristic about Sonoma County: this place is home to tons of local parents, health practitioners, and educators who are committed to raising a new generation of eco-concisous, multi-cultural, initiative-taking chidlren. From the people at the Women's Health and Birth Center, to my friend the late Reverend Coffee, to the moms I met at the Waldorf Roots and Shoots program, to the farmers who open their farms to our children, to the hundreds of mom-prenuers who are popularizing the homespun, I found a tremendous amount of local inspiration for a new way of raising families.

Sono-Ma began to grow in my mind as I saw this new way of parenting by living local, being earth-centered, living on a rhythm around the core elements of hearth and home, and nourishing families' bodies and souls... I wanted to capture and document this growing "Sono-Ma style" mothering movement, and provide resources to local moms who were also hungry for support in creating a this grounded, healthy way of raising families."

One year later, Sono-Ma is turning out to be a real community and showcase for the art of mothering in Sonoma County. Join in and share today!


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