The first in a series of three one-week nature camps through Pleasant Hill Park and Rec has started. Kelly Bradley and her assistants, Elise and Jocelyn, are at the ranch this week for the first camp, Pollinators and More. Children in grades 1 through 5 are learning all about bees, flowers that attract them, bats that pollinate flowers, and more. They will complete a Citizen Science project, sample honey, make beeswax cream, and take home bee and butterfly-friendly seedlings. To register for the other two nature camps, Cooking In and From The Garden (7/25 - 7/29) and Little House on Pleasant Hill (8/1 - 8/5), go to http://www.pleasanthillrec.com/camps.html
Photos by Alison Clary
Today, a group of instructors and about 30 high school juniors and seniors from 19 high schools spent part of the day at Rodgers Ranch Urban Farm. They rotated to 5 different "stations" and learned about composting, organic gardening, growing plants from seeds,the uses and varieties of herbs, and smoked meats. The week-long camp teaches students about the culinary arts and hospitality industry through hands-on learning in the DVC kitchens and on field trips around the Bay Area. The students, some of whom hope to become chefs someday, learned about farm to table practices and feasted on BBQ ribs and chicken from Big Pig BBQ, a corn slaw salad, corn bread, baked beans, and fruit cobbler. They had pre-prepared a lot of the foods in the DVC kitchens beforehand, and the result was a fabulous lunch for all! Photos by Alison Clary
Last week, Denise Koroslev and Marian Woodard gave humorous but helpful advice and anecdotes to a dozen participants who came to learn about simplifying their home. With a nod to Marie Kondo, bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy, Denise and Marian discussed and demonstrated simple but strategic techniques for discarding, sorting, and organizing drawers, closets, and one's overall home in order to focus on what's really important in life. Kimberly Lam from Republic Services rounded out the evening by giving tips on where to recycle all that stuff so it doesn't go straight to the landfill. Everyone loved the idea of having a follow-up "garage sale" because we all know that "one man's trash is another man's treasure." Photos by Alison Clary
Northern California Unit of the Herb Society of America
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