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Dr. Fred Groverman


Sidell Community Historical Society

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Sidell Community Historical Society

Background Information

Employment History

Cotati Chamber of Commerce


Founding Member and Board Member
4-H Foundation of Sonoma County

Board Member
Association of California Healthcare Districts

Life Member and Veterinarian
California Veterinary Medical Association

Petaluma Community Foundation

Family Farm Alliance


Petaluma High School

University of California , Davis



dairy science

San Luis Obispo

Web References (37 Total References)

Obituaries [cached]

Groverman and her husband, veterinarian Fred Groverman, were well-known for their Shropshire sheep breeding.

Fred Groverman said Tuesday that his wife wasn't seeking public acclamation for her service. "We do it from the heart," he said.
After graduation the couple moved to Sonoma County and in 1962 to the ranch outside Petaluma where Fred Groverman was born.

Board of Trustees | Petaluma Community Foundation [cached]

Fred Groverman, D.V.M. (Honorary Trustee) was born and raised in Petaluma and still lives and raises sheep on the ranch where he was born. Following his graduation from the University of California Davis as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, in 1958 he joined the Cotati Small Animal Hospital where he still works today. He is married with four grown children and a proud grandfather of six. As an active member of his community, Fred has served on numerous boards for more than forty years including Santa Rosa Memorial Alliance, Association of California Hospital Districts, Waugh Elementary School and the Sonoma County Fair boards. His veterinary experience has allowed him to be a valuable leader of the Sonoma County 4-H program for thirty six years. With his extensive knowledge of business and health care, he has been an advocate at the state level for health care related legislation. Fred was a co-founder of our Foundation in 1975 and became an active member in 1999 after serving over twenty-seven years on the Petaluma Health Care District Board of Directors.

Who We Are :: 4H Foundation of Sonoma County [cached]

Fred Groverman

Fred Groverman

Sonoma County Farm Bureau [cached]

Groverman grew up on his family's 52 acre sheep ranch in Petaluma where chores were part of the daily routine. He began tending livestock and planting crops as kid. He raised pheasants and parakeets, planted pumpkins and shallots and at 9 years old was milking his own cow and making homemade ice cream from the rich cream. He was a member of the 4-H and FFA, showing sheep, hogs and dairy cattle at the fairs.

He graduated from Petaluma High School in 1981 and then studied at Santa Rosa Junior College before transferring to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he earned a degree in dairy science. When he returned to Sonoma County, he worked at various jobs on area ranches while getting his farming business going. Today, in addition to the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and Amazing Corn Maze, he farms 15 acres of pumpkins on his father's ranch in Petaluma and grows hay and silage crops on 110 acres of leased land. When not farming he is atop his horse doing team roping or hunting, his two passions.
Groverman grows a variety of pumpkins. Many are sold at the Pumpkin Patch but the rest are sold throughout the Bay Area and shipped out of state to places like Wyoming where the growing season is too short to produce pumpkins. Groverman said the biggest threat to his bottom-line is rainy weather. Heavy rains during October weekends reduce the crowds and his revenue. But as a farmer he knows he is at the mercy of Mother Nature.
He said his customers aren't as forgiving when their outing to the Pumpkin Patch is dashed by a rain storm on an October weekend.
"People get more upset than I do when it rains. The weather is out my control. Someone bigger than me is calling the shots," said Groverman.

Sonoma County Farm Bureau [cached]

Petaluma veterinarian Fred Groverman, president of the 4-H Foundation, said the benefit barbecue not only raised funds for the 4-H Foundation but community awareness about the 4-H program in Sonoma County and its value to youth.

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