Orchard Supply Hardware's official grand opening was Saturday, Feb. 20, and they donated $5,000 to RRHC as part of their "Neighbor Helping Neighbor" program, contributing to local non-profits. President Denise Koroslev accepted the check and made a few remarks, thanking OSH for their support of sustainability, one of the ranch's guiding missions. Mayor Sue Noack, members of the Chamber of Commerce, and members of the RRHC board attended the 6:30am event, which involved not the usual ribbon cutting for a grand opening, but a board sawing! A surprising number of customers attended the early morning event, which included a DJ playing music on loudspeakers, a coffee stand, green balloons, $25 gift cards for the first 100 customers, free tote bags, and more. We are very grateful to Orchard Hardware and urge you to visit their beautiful new store!
Photos courtesy of Denise Rousset
This past Saturday, board members Alison, Christian, Denise, and Joseph, and volunteers John, Victoria, Alex, and Camden loaded wood into the container, started painting the blue container to match the other containers, put down sheet mulching to kill weeds without pesticides, secured the two "recycled" (and very dense and heavy) Martinez barn doors from warping and rain, and much more. We made great headway with the continuing barn project in addition to sprucing things up before the big Expo and Plant Sale on April 9. Photos by Alison Clary
Marian Woodard taught students: "We don't have a water quantity issue; we have a water containment issue." Students learned how to identify the most relevant water capture systems for their property, which may include swales, dams, earthworks, ponds, and grey-water, and they learned how to use an A-frame to identify contour lines (for swales). Classes are on Saturdays, 10am - noon, through March 19. To register for any of the remaining classes, go to www.sustainablecoco.org/permaculture__series. Photos courtesy of Denise Koroslev.
Marian and Kelley talked to a group of about 15 about soil management, the wonder of weeds to tell you about your yard, different composting systems, and more. There are 5 classes left in the series! To sign up for individual or multiple classes, go to www.sustainablecoco.org/permaculture_series Photos by Alison Clary
Master gardener extraordinaire Bethallyn Black rushed from a class on soils to Rodgers Ranch so she could teach the Fruit Trees 101 workshop last night at 6:30 - 8:30pm. Participants listened attentively as Bethallyn gave sage advice on watering, fertilizing, pruning, and so much more during these times of drought, climate change, and new pests. To attend environmental workshops like this one, please visit www.sustainablecoco.org/workshops. Photos by Alison Clary
On January 30, master gardener Marian Woodard, with assistance from Kelley Burnham, taught the first class of her new permaculture series, "PermaWHAT?: The What, Why, When, Where & Who (You!)" at Rodgers Ranch.
To sign up for any or all of the seven remaining classes on Saturdays, 10am - noon, through March 19, go to www.sustainablecoco.org/permaculture_series Photos by Alison Clary
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.