Hard cider on the rise in Sonoma County

This little black puppy is one of our puppies that has completed the Started Puppy Training Program here at Kentfield Kennels and now will be the “orchard dog” to greet visitors at this new Hard Cider Business here in Sebastopol.  Luna, the black lab was trained by our apprentice trainer Jenny in Maxwell, CA.

 

Ethic Cider owners Ned & Michelle Lawton, their son Kielson, 12 daughter  Remi, 9, and puppy Luna, stand next to an apple press at their apple farm in December 2018 in Sebastopol, CA

Ethic Cider

Ned and Michelle Lawton bought their Sebastopol heirloom apple farm in 2016 after being bit by the cider bug. Shortly after, they launched Ethic Ciders.

Now in their second year of production, the couple makes some 2,000 cases of heirloom cider using 100 percent organically and ethically farmed fruit sourced from their own cider apple orchard and neighboring apple farmers. The Lawtons are strong proponents of regenerative farming and like to explore strategies that both heal the land and increase the quality of the apples grown at their orchard on Occidental Road.

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