Field Guide: Petaluma Coffee Baseball Cap

Baseball Cap

Petaluma Coffee fills the 2nd street corridor in Downtown Petaluma with the wonderfully toasty smell of roasting beans most every afternoon. Support this locally minded business by purchasing a smart hat or mug, and support fair-trade coffee by purchasing their perfectly roasted coffee beans. 


Field Guide: Barely Lit


These amazing all natural, soy wax candles are hand poured by a family-owned business in West Petaluma. They have a lovely variety of scents you will so want to be smelling this winter whether at home or at work.  (We have candles going all winter at Field Sonoma and choose our scents very carefully.) 

Field Guide: Paper & Stone Jizos

Jizo (geezo) is a bodhisattva and an expression of deepest compassion.
Jizo means Womb of the Earth and conveys vastness, deepness, profundity, as well as patience and stillness.

Beth Meredith of Petaluma has made and collected these for the past 25 years and you can find them at Made Local in Santa Rosa.

Field Guide: Petaluma Coffee Mug

Thermal Mug

Designed for travel with a locking, leak-proof lid, keep your morning coffee fresh and piping hot with a Petaluma Coffee & Tea Co. Thermal mug.

Field Guide: Perk's Pollinators

Perks Pollinators pairs the freshest local honey with natural and organic ingredients (locally sourced whenever possible) to make balms, creams, scrubs and oils. Brought to you by the creative genius of Paty Perkins.

Rivertown Photobooth 2018

Thanks for participating in the 2018 Rivertown Revival Photobooth,
a Field Sonoma – sponsored tradition for 8 years running.

Thanks to all of you for braving the heat to get your time in front of Michael Woolsey’s camera
(always a lucky place to land.)  The portraits are now ready to share.
Click the link below, sift through the gallery to find your portrait,
then click the download button in the lower right hand corner.

Hope to see you back next summer at the
10th anniversary of The Greatest Slough on Earth!

Old Glory

Old Glory. 1776. Every piece of cloth slowly made in a colonial weaving room had a story. There remains a story – rewritten and still thriving in Sonoma County at North Bay Industries. The Stars and Stripes. 2018. Cloth and thread. The cotton is no longer picked by hand – the current cotton picker is a self-propelled machine that removes cotton lint and seed from the plant at up to six rows at a time. It’s fast, self-driving and replaces the labor of 240 sets of field hands. The Red White and Blue. Today they appear the same, but many ingredients used to come from Spanish colonies in Central and South America. Eighteenth-century dyers used insects to produce red, indigo for blue, campeche tree heartwood for purple, walnut for brown, and turmeric for yellow. Because of their chemistry, many eighteenth-century dyes are these days deemed unsafe, so the chemicals used at NBI to dye these beautiful flags are now American made.

The story of how our flag is made will continue long after those that proudly wave it.

Photography by Michael Woolsey

River Monster Artshow

Let there be river monsters and let them be beautiful.

Calling local artists of all types and ages to create their version of what lurks in the greatest slough on earth, the Petaluma River, to be part of an exhibit hosted at The Back House Gallery at HeebeJeebe. Show opens on July 7th. Entries can be submitted in person and are due to HeebeJeebe no later than July 5th by 6 p.m. All mediums accepted. The slimier and scalier the better!


Please let us know if you will be submitting a piece.
Must be ready to hang and let us know if it needs a pedestal or electricity.


Contact The Back House Gallery at 707-773-3222


An Ode To The Trailing Edge

Made in Sonoma. Slow and meticulous. We set out to create the 2018 Rivertown Revival poster. Using our hands and tools from the past – wood, iron and imagination. What we found reinvigorated our design chops.

That being said, there’s something about the love of letterpress printing that’s indestructible. That it’s survived and returned to schools and studios around the world speaks to that. What is it? The clinking and soft whir of a Chandler and Price press that drowns out the humming and droning beeps of the technology that surrounds us? The feeling you get when you see a beautifully carved foot-wide wooden letter “G”? Hands are drawn to the power of meaningful words on paper so deeply impressed that you have to run your fingers over their surface. Perhaps it’s the way a delicate dingbat sits raised .981” on a chunk of lead. It’s consuming.

Letterpress printing has not just survived, it’s thriving; and with passion, some humor, and style.

Moon and Thistle press in Santa Rosa is a haven for this trailing edge of technology. We brought with us a small collection of wooden letters and an idea for Petaluma’s Rivertown Revival poster. Co-Proprietor, Katie Nealon led us on a printing journey with her Vandercook 219AB press that prints a maximum sheet of 19×26”. Translation: Built in 1949, this 10ft long, 2500lb machine with power driven ink distribution and two swing-out paper shelves under the feed board can crank out oversized posters you’d want to envelope yourself in – they are so full of depth and the smell of history. Katie’s Vandercook proudly sits central in her shop surrounded by over 200 drawers of type – living in California Cases. Her shelves are loaded with leading, spacers, Kelsey presses, a plethora of tools and gobs of wood furniture used to lock up the type on the press.

We arrived with a box of wood type and an idea and clearly left that afternoon with more than a printed poster. We are now infused with a deeper appreciation for an era passed. Thanks to Katie and her will to care and preserve. She’s an artist, a poet and her studio is a quiet nod that letterpress is here. Alive.

Workspace: The Sandalady

Sandalady, Cotati Ca.

Fran, sole proprietor of The Sandalady Baseball Glove Repair Shop, has been repairing baseball gloves since the early 70’s in her 10x10ft storefront shop in Cotati CA. She knows everything to know about baseball gloves from purchasing a new glove and breaking it in, to glove maintenance and repair.

Photography by Michael Woolsey

The shop is a capsule of pure baseball goodness.

Fran’s favorite glove is the 70’s Wilson – Made in USA -“The A2000.” Find Fran at