Board members Aloma Levine and Christian Rousset show off new completed ramp, built by Eagle Scout Daniel Ramirez and his team on Community Service Day. Photo by Alison Clary
The ranch was hopping today with lots of visitors, including Community Service Day volunteers (thank you all SO much for your help with weeding, trimming, and beautifying the grounds!); several Scouts families led by Daniel Ramirez for his Eagle Scout Project (installing a new ramp at the farmhouse's back entrance, which was actually the original front entrance); and a mycology (mushroom) workshop, hosted by Rodgers Ranch Urban Farm and Bay Area Mycology Association. The Pleasant Hill City Channel visited and interviewed RRHC Board Members Denise Koroslev and Christian Rousset about plans for the barn, Harvest Festival on October 19, and more. We all greatly enjoyed having friends, neighbors, and volunteers spend their time with us and we appreciate all their hard work on the ranch! It looks amazing! Photos by Alison Clary
Anna Marie Beauchemin, clinical herbalist and founder of East Bay Herbals (EastBayHerbals.com) was our instructor for tonight's workshop, "Using and Preserving Herbs." Everyone enjoyed her extremely informative Power Point presentation before jumping in for the hands-on portion of the evening, Registrants chopped, grated, and sliced fresh ginger, garlic, and onion and added fresh herbs and apple cider vinegar to make their own fire cider, a savory concoction full of health and probiotics. Photos by Alison Clary
Using and Preserving Medicinal Herbs, $25
Instructor: Anna Maria Beauchemin
September 26, 6pm - 8pm
We will explore the world of herbal medicine and its connections to the garden and kitchen. Many of our most common kitchen herbs and spices are not only powerhouses in the medicinal world but easy to grow in the garden. We will cover the definition of herbal medicine, the basics of planning a pollinator-friendly herb garden, properties and uses of popular kitchen medicinals, and preserving herbs from the summer for use throughout the fall and winter. This workshop includes a demo on making “fire cider,” a popular, herbal infused medicinal and culinary vinegar, and each participant goes home with their own bottle.
Anna Marie Beauchemin is a trained clinical herbalist, biologist, and the founder of East Bay Herbals – a community apothecary in Martinez. She offers herbal based wellness consultations, custom formulations, and community workshops throughout the East Bay. To register, click on:
Last night's hands-on vermiculture workshop was a hit. Instructor Marian Woodard taught participants about keeping specific species of worms to decompose plant waste at home. The worms' nutrient-rich castings (poop) yield better gardening results, and their tunneling and ingesting behavior creates porous soil for better drainage and aeration. Each participant made their own worm bin "hotel" with 10-gallon bins (generously donated by Bill's Ace Hardware Store and drilled by Marian), damp shredded newspapers, grated organic carrot, and, of course, lots of fresh, wriggly worms! Photos by Alison Clary
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