Replace Your Lawn With A Water-Smart Garden, $20
Saturday, November 19, 9:30am - noon
Pittsburg Library Community Room & Pittsburg Living Green Garden
Learn how to convert your thirsty lawn to a beautiful, water-smart garden in this classroom/hands-on combo workshop with master gardener Marian Woodard! Start out at the Pittsburg Library Community Room and learn about a SIMPLE, low-cost method of lawn conversion, without digging up your lawn; how to create a site analysis of your space; and what types of plants (edible or not) to choose to create a picturesque, drought-tolerant garden. Then, head over to the beautiful Pittsburg Living Green Garden where your instructor will guide you through the step-by-step process of sheet mulching for lawn conversion. Additionally, learn techniques for keeping your new garden happy and healthy, such as frost protection.
Register at www.sustainablecoco.org/workshops
MANY MORE SUSTAINABLE WORKSHOPS TO COME in 2017, IN PITTSBURG AND AT RODGERS RANCH, STARTING JANUARY. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR NEW POSTINGS!
Denise and Aloma created a charming tableau of RRHC with a harvest theme for fall at the Pleasant Hill Community Library. The display is only up through October though, so hurry! Photo by Denise Koroslev
A group of freshman and senior girls and their principal from Carondelet High School visited Rodgers Ranch today as a service project. Board members Alison Clary and John Matthesen hosted the fieldtrip. Alison gave the girls a tour of the house and told them about the Rodgers family, farmhouse, and significant agricultural history of the area. She discussed the center's mission, the concept of sustainability, reducing one's carbon footprint, climate change, and drought, and the group brainstormed ways to become more environmental.
John showed the students a short video on permaculture and explained what the urban farm does and what techniques it uses to practice non-toxic, sustainable farming. The group took an in-depth tour of the urban farm, and John showed the girls how companion planting puts theory into practice. The girls visited the "worm hotel" and learned about vermiculture, sampled many plants throughout the farm (lettuces, tomatoes, beans, chard, etc.), checked out the rain barrel system, visited the bee hives, and much more.
Before the girls departed by bus, Alison led them on a sheet mulching project by the windmill. The girls raked away old landscaping material from the dirt, lay down overlapping burlap bags, and shoveled wood chips on top! They did an excellent job, had a great time, and hope to implement some of what they'd learned back at their high school, where they want to start composting food scraps from the cafeteria and plant new gardens. We look forward to hearing about their accomplishments in the coming year!
Photos by Alison Clary
RRHC had its Harvest Festival October 8. Lots of families, neighbors, and friends came to celebrate the fall with us! 20 local service groups and organizations provided kid-friendly games and crafts and offered information about their groups. Thank you to all our partners and to everyone who came by and made the day a huge success!
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.