Inside the Rodgers Ranch farmhouse, master gardener Marian taught the class about the advantages of herb spirals, keyhole beds, and mandala gardens and how to build them. Then she took students outside and just up the hill to the Rodgers Ranch Urban Farm so they could see these garden types on site! The class then took a short stroll over to Alex Brendel's amazing compost station (Alex is the founder of Bio-Char), where they measured out just the right balance of food residue, straw, and plant material to restore the balance of some soil that had gotten off kilter from too much nitrogen. A week later, In the final class of the series, concepts were reviewed and participants discussed what they'd learned to reduce their carbon and energy footprint and how they planned on applying newfound knowledge to their own yards, gardens, and container plants. Look for more permaculture classes later in the year! Photos by Alison Clary and Denise Koroslev
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.