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Gettin’ Wriggly With It: Build A Worm Composting Bin at Rodgers Ranch in Pleasant Hill July 18th


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Gettin’ Wriggly With It: Build A Worm Composting Bin:

Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill
Thursday, July 18th, 2019
6:00 – 8:00pm | $25 per household

Don’t toss your precious food scraps into the green can. Use them to make the best fertilizer EVER! Keeping a worm bin at home is easy, takes mere minutes each week, produces NO odors, and is fun for the whole family. Your garden and houseplants will thank you. This hands-on bin-building workshop provides everything you need to get started, and you will go home with complete ready-to-start bin, including the worms! $25 fee is for ONE household, and includes ONE worm bin. Children welcome.

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Starbread Bakery in Pleasant Hill is Sooooo Goooood!


College Park Center, Pleasant Hill

Recently I found myself strolling around College Park Center in Pleasant Hill when I passed by this bakery call Starbread, “Home of the Seniorita Bread”. I thought to myself, a Mexican bakery, no big deal, and moved on. As I lingered nearby, this sweet, sweet smell permeated my senses and I walked back to the bakery, this time peeking inside. “Hmm, looks like some kind of donuts, let me check this out”, I thought to myself. For $2 for a bag of five I figured, why not?

Needless to say, they were delicious and these aren’t even the famous seniorita breads. It turns out, this isn’t even a Mexican bakery; it’s a Filipino bakery and they offer other goods like roasted garlic peanuts and Camachile cookies which go great with coffee and tea. Addictingly so. My waistline may not thank me, but my taste buds sure are grateful! If you’re in the area be sure to check this place out.

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Home & Body: Keeping It Simple Workshop at Rodgers Ranch in Pleasant Hill May 9th


Home & Body: Keeping It Simple Workshop:

Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill
Thursday, May 9th, 2019
6:00 – 8:00pm | $25

More and more evidence of dangerous toxins in our home and beauty products are being revealed. Learn how to identify and lessen your exposure and create some natural products that work just as well. Make and take home some natural laundry soap and hand cream.

Instructor Denise Koroslev has studied, grown, and used herbs for over 40 years and presented herb classes for culinary and medicinal purposes. She is president of Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center, which promotes sustainable living, and is parlimentarian of the Northern California Unit of the Herb Society of America.

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Happy Lemon Coming to Pleasant Hill


College Park Center, Pleasant Hill

Thanks to a reader for sending word that Shanghai-based boba cafe Happy Lemon is opening in a new spot at College Park Center (Contra Costa Blvd. & Gold Club Rd.) in Pleasant Hill. Check out their drinks menu here.

From their website:

Happylemon is a fresh creative takeaway tea brand. Applying bright colors and simple lines, it creates a happy, energetic, healthy and lovely brand image, becoming one of the most representative tea brands in China. Happy Lemon aims to promote a new tea culture; tea is Chinese culture and Happy Lemon aims to make tea a world’s culture.

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Growing And Using Herbs at Rodgers Ranch March 21st in Pleasant Hill


Growing And Using Herbs:

Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill
Thursday, March 21st, 2019
10:00am – 12:00pm | $25

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 herbal infused vinegar, and each participant will go home with a bottle of medicinal and culinary vinegar.

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Trees, Guilds & Food Forests, and Options for Applying Them at Rodgers Ranch in Pleasant Hill March 2nd


Trees, Guilds & Food Forests, and Options for Applying Them:

Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill
Saturday, March 2nd, 2019
9:30am – 12:00pm | $40

Purpose: 1. Learn how to identify which plants are needed, and then place plants so that they help each other grow for increased yield, soil health and less work for the gardener.

2. Learn how to build structures such as herb spirals, keyhole beds or mandala beds to incorporate guilds.

Participants will be able to: identify 6 critical functions of trees and how to use them in the garden; what types of trees and plants to use for desired functions; what to plant around trees; how to build high-density planting structures.

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What’s The Buzz: Backyard Beekeeping at Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center in Pleasant Hill Feb 21st


What’s The Buzz: Backyard Beekeeping:

Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill
Thursday, February 21st, 2019
10:00am – 12:00pm | $25

Are you thinking about keeping bees? Or perhaps you just want to know more about these miraculous garden helpers and how to encourage them to visit your yard? Our expert from the Mt. Diablo Beekeepers’ Association, teaches us about bee biology, equipment, installation, seasonal management, bee-friendly gardens, and much more!

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Garden Design – Components and Connections at Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center in Pleasant Hill Feb 9th


Photo by Flickr user Darlene Roelofsen

Garden Design – Components and Connections:

Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill
Saturday, February 9th, 2019
9:30am – 12:00pm | $40

Learn what needs to be incorporated for successful garden design and implementation

Participants will be able to: create a garden map, identify important property components, understand how elements affect each other, identify essential elements and begin ideas placement