RRHC recently installed a tankless water heater under the sink in the farmhouse’s kitchen! This type of water heater is about the size of a small suitcase and is much more energy efficient because it heats water directly and only as needed, without the space requirements of conventional water heaters and without the expense of having to maintain and recirculate hot water during times of inactivity. The new heater is nothing to look at, but we love it and look forward to having plenty of hot water to do dishes properly! This is imperative for regular usage, events throughout the year, and the DVC Culinary classes, taught by RRHC Board member John Matthesen. This water heater was made possible through a grant from the Pleasant Hill Community Foundation. For more information on tankless water heaters, visit: https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/heat-and-cool/water-heating/tankless-or-demand-type-water-heaters
The ranch's urban farm is busier than ever and Farmer John Matthesen and Master Gardener Marian Woodard are growing an impressive variety of crops: squash, cucumbers, herbs, raspberries, corn, tomatoes, zinnias, and more! Photos by Alison Clary
We are excited to announce that the new roof on the farmhouse is complete! We thank Shellco General Contractors for doing a fantastic job. They paid special attention on keeping this 1867 structure as historically accurate as possible. Thanks also to Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District for their ongoing support, financial and otherwise. There is more work to do, both on the grounds and on the interior, but the roof was a huge accomplishment. New siding will come later, along with painting, and more! We look forward to making the re-opening of the ranch to the public official and will keep you, our wonderful community supporters, in the loop! See you soon!
Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center Board of Directors:
Aloma Levine, Alison Clary, Christine Holm, John Matthesen, Christian Rousset, Lynn Spatz, and Marian Woodard.
Join our partner Sustainable Contra Costa for this online FREE live broadcast every month as they interview special guests, share the latest tips and provide the inspiration, education, and camaraderie that will help us all live resilient lives in times of uncertainty. Episode 3: What does it mean to have a resilient local food system? Have you wondered how to help the most at-risk members of our community during this time? Meet the folks doing the great work of keeping food on the shelves for our neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity, right now, and at all times. County Supervisor John Gioia will dig into the intersection between the issues of food security and racial justice. Guests from White Pony Express, the Urban Farmers, and Loaves & Fishes will share their work and make sure we understand all the ways we can support them. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. This broadcast will be created using Zoom, and simultaneously livestreamed on our YouTube channel. You can join the “studio audience” and be part of the questions and discussion at the end of each program. Please be aware that the program will be recorded for viewing later. No personal participant information will be shared publicly. Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainability-live-resilient-local-food-systems-tickets-107290897964
Our partner, Sustainable Contra Costa, in partnership with the City of Pittsburg, presents this live webinar on drip irrigation -- a fabulous way to save water, effort, and improve the health of your edible and ornamental landscaping. And yes, drip systems can be really simple! Landscaper Seth Wright demystifies drip irrigation, so you can enjoy a hassle-free summer and save money on your water bills. You'll learn to confidently install or upgrade your own drip irrigation system. We’ll discuss design considerations from manifold to emitter, No more tangles of spewing leaks or hiring someone to hand water when you’re out of town. Drip irrigation makes it all so easy. Special discounted $10 fee! Co-sponsored by the City of Pittsburg. This is a live online event, using Zoom. Meeting information will be sent when you register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/get-a-grip-on-drip-live-online-workshop-tickets-89355016259
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