PHRPD had their board meeting at the ranch last night. RRHC was on the agenda and President Denise Koroslev, John Matthesen, and Christian Rousset (with Marian Woodard, Lynn Spatz, and Alison Clary also present) reported on the ranch's activities this past year. RRHC is a Pleasant Hill Park and Rec facility, and they use our site for programs and events. Members of both boards enjoyed s'mores and hot chocolate before the meeting began, and we look forward to further cultivating our relationship with them! Photo by Alison Clary
Our annual Harvest Festival yesterday had record visitor attendance yesterday!
We thank all the organizations who spent the day with us, spreading the word about their organizations and providing family-friendly activities. Families loved all the free games and crafts, and the pumpkin painting station and 4-H pen were especially popular! Patrick Remer's story time was packed to the gills in the house (we've already decided to do it outdoors next year!). A big thank you to the Lions Club for providing the hot dog stand, and a shout out to Tom McVeigh and Maxine Chan for their charming folk songs on guitar. John Burgh was new this year with his vintage truck and rope-making station. Thanks to the urban farm up the hill for providing impromptu tours and mini-talks about organic farming and healthy soil. Most of all, thanks to you, the public, for all your support and enthusiasm. Happy autumn, everyone!
Here's a link to some beautiful photographs from the day, thanks to Hal Jeffrey and his son, Mark Jeffrey. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1gsLB_DZPnLh-tsLr3Lu7aDM979YqEUwl?usp=sharing
More photos to come soon!!!
Green Your Holidays workshop, October 18, 6 - 8pm
If we're not careful, the holiday season can be full of waste and material excess. If holiday gift-giving is frustrating your efforts to live sustainably, join us as we play with ideas for mindful, earth-friendly gift-giving, and creative methods of boxing and wrapping gifts. This fun and festive workshop is perfectly timed for the holiday season.$25 fee. REGISTER HERE.
Last night, we enjoyed co-hosting another sustainable workshop, "Healthful Home Fermenting: Kombucha and More" with Sustainable Contra Costa. Attendees of the workshop learned how two safely make kombucha at home from our fabulous instructor Jennifer Brennan, who gave everyone a SCOBI and starter to take home. Everyone loved tasting samples of pineapple and triple berry kombuchas as well as her delicious and healthy fermented cauliflower and zucchini. For more information on kombucha, please see this article from SCOCO's newsletter:
We have one more workshop in the sustainable living series, "Green Your Holidays," on October 18, before we start a new series in January 2019. For more information and to register for workshops, go to www.sustainablecoco.org.
Photos by Alison Clary
Last Friday, the board of RRHC welcomed friends from PH Chamber of Commerce, PH Park and Rec and PH City Council; friends and neighbors; and members of Rodgers Ranch to an annual celebration and ribbon cutting for our new brick pathway. President Denise Koroslev gave everyone an update on our continuing renovations and fundraising efforts to raise the new barn. Guests checked out our beautiful new pathway with engraved bricks and new drought tolerant eco-lawn; munched on chicken salad, cheese and crackers, homemade apple cobbler and sesame sticks; sipped wine and John's fabulous quinoa beer; enjoyed live music from Dave Carter; and learned about future events and plans to replace the roof and paint the house, all while staying true to our position on the National Register of Historic Places. It was a lovely afternoon, and we sincerely thank all our wonderful supporters. Photos by Mark Jeffrey and Alison Clary
Why pay big bucks for kombucha when you can make it yourself? Learn all about kombucha (a fermented tea beverage) and why fermented foods are so good for you! This class will cover how to make kombucha safely at home with a focus on the double fermentation process. Sample various kombucha flavors and take home a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) along with some starter to create your own brew at home! $25. www.sustainablecoco.org
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.