Kelly Bradley's summer camp, "Little House at Rodgers Ranch," influenced by Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved book series "Little House on the Prairie," has been super popular with campers. Participants register through PHRPD, and there's one camp left this summer, July 23 - July 27 (Monday - Friday, 9am - 3pm). Last week, kids played oak gall relay races, tried quill writing, created a tent fort out of branches, baked cookies from a solar oven, did embroidery on muslin cloth, tried laundry the old-fashioned way (by pumping water and using washboards and a wringer), met some furry friends, made shaved ice with fruit, and did lots and lots of other crafts and activities! Photos by Alison Clary
Are you curious about aquaponics? Learn about this home-scaled method of growing fish and plants in one integrated system. Samanntha will introduce aquaponics through Power Point presentation and a discussion of common questions. Components from a variety of systems will be on hand for a greater understanding of the equipment. We will cover fish choices, which plants do best, and system size requirements for small scale food production. Workshop is 6 - 8pm. Cost: $25
To register for workshop, go to
At Small World Park, 2551 Harbor Street, Pittsburg
Experience exhibits, activities, and entertainment that will guide you on how to reduce your impact on Mother Earth!! Bring a Picnic & spend the day at this family friendly event to raise environmental awareness. Everyone can get their "passports" stamped and enjoy the entertainment and rides. We will have a special gift for those that fill up their passports, on the way out! Lots of fun for kids and adults alike. All the rides in Small World Park will be open. Admission: Festival Special ~ Adults $3.00 ~ Kids & Seniors $2.00 ~ Rides Included!!! More info here
Water conservation is still crucial, but irrigation choices can be overwhelming. Samanntha demystifies various methods of irrigation, including PVC, drip, wicking or self watering, olla pots, and gravity feed from barrels. You'll have opportunities for hands-on exploration of the equipment, and get answers to all your questions. June 21, 6 - 8pm, Rodgers Ranch.
Go here to register: Best Irrigation Methods: Save Water & Work!
The front lawn is starting to grow in! Thank you, birds, for leaving the seeds alone! This is a no-mow eco-grass made up of three different fescues. It only has to be mown once or twice a year, so it's in keeping with our message of sustainability. Also, has anyone seen the gorgeous red hollyhock flowers to the right of the house? They look so old-fashioned and are an incredible color. Photos by Alison Clary
If you love Marian Woodard's workshops as much as we do, you'll enjoy this one on composting! Note: This is not at RRHC but at Pittsburg Environmental Center, 2581 Harbor St. Pittsburg.
What has super powers, makes your garden grow and glow, is super easy, saves you money … and can be done at your convenience? COMPOST! You’ll get your “rot” on at this fun workshop and learn the 6 reasons compost can help not just your garden, but the entire planet. See for yourself how simple it can be.
We’ll also touch on worm composting as a means of turning kitchen scraps into a compost of exceptional quality. Get all your questions answered and take home great information and materials. Please note that the date for this workshop has changed to JULY 28, 10am - 12pm.
$5 workshop fee. To pre-register, go to www.sustainablecoco.org or
Instructor Jennifer Brennan did a great job teaching the home canning workshop last Thursday. Participants learned practical tips on how to can, safely and efficiently. Everyone went home with a jar of incredible homemade apricot-ginger jam! We also thank Rob White for his generous donation of assorted Mason and Bell jars earlier in the day. Photos by Alison Clary
MAY 17, 6 - 8pm
Learn how to preserve the bounty of summer in this beginner's class! We will share tips and pointers to get you started on home canning with confidence. In this hands on workshop, students will learn some easy methods of fruit jam preparation that will take the mystery out of homemade jams. A basic water-bath canning demo will give you a good foundation to preserve at home. We will touch on other methods of food preservation, and everyone will receive handouts and take a jar of preserves home.
$25 Fee, plus materials fee (less than $10)
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.