There are many wonderful reasons for making your own condiments and sauces: You have control over what goes in them; the ingredients are fresher; they taste better; and, in many cases, they cost less. See how easy it is to make mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, almond milk, barbecue sauce and salad dressings. Everyone will participate in making one of these, so bring an apron.
Thursday, June 15, 10am - 12pm, $20. Instructors: Denise Koroslev and friends.
To register: www.sustainablecoco.org
Everyone had a great time at Heritage Day yesterday! Despite the toasty temperatures, visitors came to the ranch to "meet" Grandma Rodgers, enacted by Pleasant Hill Historical Society President Dana Matthews, who talked about the Rodgers' family's experience as immigrants from Ireland and what they would have brought over on steamships; play old fashioned games (oak gall relay races, hoops, horseshoes, ball 'n cups); make pioneer crafts (whirligigs, flags. tic-tac-toe sets with bean game pieces, and lavender sachets); pump water from our "well"; do laundry the old-fashioned way, with washboards and tubs; churn and sample their own homemade butter; relax on the porch and drink homemade lemonade; admire Evie Michon's table of beautiful objects made from wheat weavings as they learned that the ranch used to be a wheat farm in the 1800s, and tour the urban farm with Farmer John and Marian. Board Member Christian even kicked off our brick pathway fundraiser (more details to come)! Mayor Michael Harris, Park and Rec's Zac Shess, and City Councilmember Tim Flaherty stopped by, along with all our other important guests, friends, and neighbors. A huge thank you to the many fabulous volunteers who made this Heritage Day possible: Dana, Evie, Kathleen, Eileen, Brenda, Josh, Jocelyn, Victoria, Habiba, Lynn, Shayla, Maria, Adares, Abhinav, Tommy, Sue, Aloma, and Christian! This event would not have been possible without you!
~~~Board Members Alison and Denise Photos by Alison Clary
Bay Area News Group correspondent Janice DeJesus interviewed Dana Matthews, former board member of RRHC and current president of the Pleasant Hill Historical Society, about her upcoming stint as Mary Ann Rodgers for Heritage Day on May 20, a FREE, family-friendly event with old fashioned games and activities. To read the entire article, please go to this link: www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/05/10/clothed-in-history-bringing-old-rodgers-ranch-to-life/
We also got some nice coverage on Heritage Day in Faith Barnidge's Good Neighbors column today. Please note, there is no charge for Heritage Day and there are no shuttles from Northgate High School. Just come directly to the ranch for this free event! See you there next Saturday, May 20!
Dana Matthews will portray Grandma Rodgers on Heritage Day. Photo by Janice DeJesus
An abundance of material items can smother us in many ways, keeping us from focusing on what really matters. Simplicity brings balance to our life, freedom from distraction and joy to self. Marian Woodard and Denise Koroslev will present fun, practical ways to organize, declutter, and get our home in shape, while resisting the urge to bring in more stuff. Kimberly Lam and Anne Baker will show sustainable ways to recycle these discarded items, giving them a new life so they don't end up in our landfill. May 18, 10am - 12pm. To register:
Photos of expo (including getting the smoker ready the night before!) by Farmer John Matthesen
The community gave a proper turn-out to the urban farm's annual spring plant sale and expo! Visitors scooped up heirloom plants (the tomato plants were especially popular); feasted on BBQ and DVC Culinary delicacies (pork sliders, quinoa stuffed peppers, pasta salad, guacamole,and more!); attended mini-workshops on olive oil, foraging, herbs, gray water systems, and more; took advantage of on-the-spot mini-tutorials on soil health, vermiculture, composting, and organic gardening with Master Gardener Marian Woodard and John Matthesen; spoke with our many wonderful vendors (Eco-Mulch, Succulent Garden Club, Kricket's homemade soaps, and more!); and visited neighbors and friends while enjoying a beautiful sunny spring day at the ranch! If anyone has photos they'd like to share, please e-mail them to email@example.com and I'll post them here! Thanks to everyone for making this annual event a wonderful success!
Photos by Alison Clary
A woman in Danville re-purposed our "leftover" barn wood for this beautiful decorative door. See previous post for other examples. If you are interested in doing something similar for a vintage art or carpentry project, wood is still available. Please contact Board Member Christian Rousset at (925) 890-4482 or firstname.lastname@example.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.