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Bierwagen’s Donner Trail Fruit received the Nevada County Economic Resource Council’s Community Appreciation Award on April 21 at Trolley Junction Restaurant.

Presenting the award was Mr. Gil Mathew, chairman of the Economic Resource Council. County supervisors Nate Beason and John Spencer shared the podium and presented a certificate of recognition from the County of Nevada. The Community Appreciation Award honors and recognizes businesses in Nevada County that embody the spirit of the gold rush pioneers through the export of modern products and technology.

The Ranch was established in 1902 by the great-grandparents of current owner Chris Bierwagen and has been in continuous production ever since.

Today, the Ranch’s 125 acres produce peaches, apples, raspberries, and garden crops. In the fall the farm is a popular destination for school tours and families to enjoy the annual Harvest Festival, pumpkin patch and farm stand.

Its produce is sold regionally and also served across the road at the Happy Apple Kitchen, run by Bierwagen’s two sisters. The farm’s peaches have gained notoriety from top restaurants such as Chez Panisse in Berkeley and have been lauded in magazine and news articles.

Bierwagen was born and raised on the farm and is the fourth generation family member to operate it. Over the years he has served on many agricultural boards and committees and is currently president of the Nevada County Farm Bureau.


Velocity7 is an official Honoree for the 10th Annual Webby Awards for its work on

The Web site serves as a hub for product information, news and communications. Demonstrating lifestyle marketing with specific channels for die-hard enthusiasts, new Airstreamers, and a dealership network – sets a distinct visual tone while delivering audience-specific content.

“Velocity7’s work has transformed the Airstream brand into a vibrant and relevant consumer experience by creating an internet destination that is both entertaining and informative,” said Tim Champ, director of marketing and brand development, Airstream, Inc.

Produced by Robert Trent, the V7 team integrates multi-level functionality into each element of the website by tuning messaging and graphical treatment to individual customer profiles.

Velocity7 is a full service communication firm located in Nevada City. Services include web development, branding, print design, public relations, online community, and e-commerce development. Call 470-9292 or visit to learn more.


The California Exposition & State Fair today announced that it is now accepting entries for the 2006 Commercial Wine Competition. First held in 1855, the Fair’s wine competition is limited to California wines.

Entry forms, fees, wine labels, and the wine itself may be submitted May 1 through Friday, May 19 to Expo Center, Building 6, located on the grounds of Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento.

The 2006 judging will take place June 16, 17 and 18 at Cal Expo, with announcement of the competition winners on Thursday, July 13 at the California Grape & Gourmet.

A competition handbook and entry form are available online at Interested parties may obtain additional information by calling the California State Fair Wine Department at (916) 263-3159.


A “Job Talk” session hosted by WorkForce Connection, scheduled for Wednesday, May 3, has been postponed. For more information on future events, call Betty Simms at 265-3204 or Shari Voors at 470-1900.


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