Photos of expo (including getting the smoker ready the night before!) by Farmer John Matthesen
The community gave a proper turn-out to the urban farm's annual spring plant sale and expo! Visitors scooped up heirloom plants (the tomato plants were especially popular); feasted on BBQ and DVC Culinary delicacies (pork sliders, quinoa stuffed peppers, pasta salad, guacamole,and more!); attended mini-workshops on olive oil, foraging, herbs, gray water systems, and more; took advantage of on-the-spot mini-tutorials on soil health, vermiculture, composting, and organic gardening with Master Gardener Marian Woodard and John Matthesen; spoke with our many wonderful vendors (Eco-Mulch, Succulent Garden Club, Kricket's homemade soaps, and more!); and visited neighbors and friends while enjoying a beautiful sunny spring day at the ranch! If anyone has photos they'd like to share, please e-mail them to email@example.com and I'll post them here! Thanks to everyone for making this annual event a wonderful success!
Photos by Alison Clary
A woman in Danville re-purposed our "leftover" barn wood for this beautiful decorative door. See previous post for other examples. If you are interested in doing something similar for a vintage art or carpentry project, wood is still available. Please contact Board Member Christian Rousset at (925) 890-4482 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
These beautiful tables were made by Richard Garbarino from Martinez using vintage barn wood salvaged from a dismantled barn in Martinez from the late 1890s. Larger beams and more substantial pieces from that site are currently in storage at Rodgers Ranch and will be used later to re-build our barn, but quality smaller pieces, like the ones you see below, are perfect for carpentry projects and other artisanal endeavors. If you are interested, please contact Board Member Christian Rousset ASAP at (925) 890-4482 or email@example.com.
A homeschool group visited last week and Denise, Alison, and Aloma spent a few hours giving them a glimpse of pioneer life. The parents of the group said they would be teaching them about California history soon. We gave them a tour of the house and farm and led them in a rain stick making craft to take home, The 16 students learned about laundry in the late 1800s and tried their hand at using washboards and the wringer outside, Then they went inside to the kitchen, where they learned how to churn butter! The students loved tasting their own homemade butter and had a great time visiting! Photos by Alison Clary
Marian taught her 8th and final class in the permaculture series today. It was a beautiful sunny morning, and the participants enjoyed learning about the many varieties of mushrooms, their relationship to other plants, and how to cultivate them. They reviewed all they had learned over the past 8 weeks, and then went outside to learn how to create the ideal compost (and compost tea), using just the right balance of carbon and nitrogen and brown and green layers, properly mixed together (plant material, newspaper scraps, cardboard, coffee grounds, food scraps, and more!). Everyone went home inspired to apply what they learned in the classroom (and field) to their own gardens. We hope to see participants at the upcoming Plant Sale and Expo at the Urban Farm on April 15! Photos by Alison Clary
RRHC President Denise Koroslev was honored at the Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista luncheon at Contra Costa Country Club on Wednesday for being a Woman of Distinction! Tina Young, Recreation Superintendent for PH Parks and Rec, introduced Denise and remarked on her dedication to RRHC for the past 20 years and how she has made a positive difference in our community. Board Members Alison Clary and Aloma Levine were in attendance, along with PHRPD General Manager Michelle Lacey, Pleasant Hill Mayor Michael Harris, and many others!
Rodgers Ranch Urban Farm has their 5th annual Expo and Plant sale Saturday, April 15, 10am - 4pm. Visit exhibitors; take free mini gardening classes; enjoy tasty lunch by DVC Culinary; tour historic farmhouse, and more! For more information, go to:
The Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center's Board of Directors is excited to use our blog, Ranch Posts, to keep members and the public informed of the latest activities at the ranch. We invite you to comment, ask questions, or muse on the heritage center, both its historical past and its thriving present.