Sunday, April 15th 10am-2pm

Vermicomposting is an easy method for turning kitchen and yard waste to nutrient rich microbial diverse soil. This class will cover how worms can help to restore soil fertility, what ingredients can go into a worm bin, and what designs and methods can be used to create a worm bin. Branden Irvine is a Certified Permaculture Design Practitioner and has worked and trained with organizations restoring degraded lands to healthy ecosystems utilizing thermophilic composting, worm farming, compost tea, and native plant restoration projects.

Mature 12+ welcome. Contact ARC for meeting location (Gold Hill/Placerville area) and to sign up.

Cost: $15/members, $20/non-members. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

Join ARC staff, docents and other volunteers for open farm days at Wakamatsu on the first Saturdays of Spring & Fall!

Site of the first Japanese colony in America, your self-guided walking tour of Wakamatsu Farm may include a stroll to Okei-san’s 1871 gravesite and Charles Graner’s original 1850’s farmhouse. Take a trip around the lake on the 1.5-mile wheelchair-accessible trail. Bring a picnic and chair to sit and relax.  Onsite interpreters can share information and answer questions about Wakamatsu Farm’s human and natural history.  Suitable for all ages and capabilities, points of interest are mainly outdoors reached by dirt trail or unpaved road over generally flat terrain.  Seasonal produce may be available for purchase.  Amenities are limited, so plan for rugged outdoor leisure.  Please manage your own trash and leave the land better than you found it.

Steady rain or temperatures over 100 degrees will cancel.  Check ARC’s event calendar for updates. Cost: $10 per vehicle. Buses and large vans are $5 per person.  All proceeds directly benefit Wakamatsu Farm.

For private tours, please call 530-621-1224.  Find out more at: www.ARConservancy.org/wakamatsu

Saturday, March 24th 11am – 1pm

Essential oils were man’s first medicine. They possess powerful antibacterial, anti-microbial, anti-viral, and antiseptic properties that make them highly effective infection-fighters, immune-boosters and wound-healers. Come learn how to create your own natural pharmacy kit that will help protect you and your family. Kat Fleming’s passion for alternative medicine and natural remedies progressed into a study of the therapeutic properties of essential oils in 2004. She has since held numerous essential oil workshops in Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Portland on the topics of immune health, emotional balance, skin care, meditation, pain-reduction, digestive health and cleansing.

Responsible teen+ welcome. Contact ARC for meeting location (Coloma area) and to sign up.

Cost: $20/members, $25/non-members. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

Thursday, March 22nd 5:30-7pm

Bring your Native American flute and learn a variety of techniques to improve your playing experience.  Gain a better understanding of why people play the flute.  You will have an opportunity to learn a number of songs from instructor Greg Kiefer. In 2009, Greg discovered the beautiful sounds of the Native American flute and it has been an integral part of his life since. Just as with reading books, he believes music should allow you to drift to many different worlds. His wide range of musical styles and harmonic vibrations create a melodic Native Flute voyage from traditional to very modern.  This class is geared towards beginners. If you don’t have a flute, the instructor will provide one.

Ages 10+ recommended. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Coloma area).

Suggested donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

Sunday, March 18th 10am-12pm

Certified Permaculture Design Practitioner Branden Irvine will lead this workshop.  This introductory class will touch on the first four chapters of Permaculture: A Designers Manual by Bill Mollison. This class will cover the philosophy behind permaculture, concepts and themes in design, methods of design, and pattern understanding in nature. Mature 12+ welcome. Through the World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farmers program (WWOOF). Branden Irvine lived and worked on farms here in the United States and Australia. He has worked and trained with organizations restoring degraded lands to healthy ecosystems utilizing thermophilic composting, worm farming, compost tea, and native plant restoration projects.

Contact ARC for meeting location (Gold Hill/Placerville area) and to sign up.

Cost: $10/members, $15/non-members. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

Sunday, March 11th 1-2:30pm – Followed by Q&A

There are many benefits and few limitations with the use of controlled graywater for gardens and general foliage.  The time to consider and plan for its use is BEFORE a dry or drought year. J.S. Reed, PhD, will be teaching this workshop designed to help the home gardener utilize water sources that can be safely and successfully used in lieu of traditional potable water.  Very simple, inexpensive designing and chemistry will be presented. Jim holds multiple degrees, ranging from biochemistry to psychology.  He has taught and lectured at over a half-dozen colleges and universities and has been featured in several newspaper articles and television programs.

Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Coloma area).

Suggested donation: $5/members, $10/non-members.

julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

 

Saturday, March 10th from 10am – 2pm

The Giving Garden is a part of the historic Wakamatsu farm where volunteers assist in seasonal plantings, weed management, mulch application, fruit tree pruning, crop and orchard fertilizing, seed germination, plant propagation as well as fruit and veggie harvesting. During the winter we aim to plant cover crops to protect our precious soils from wind and rain erosion. Along with the Giving Garden, a greenhouse, plant nursery and California native plant demonstration garden is on site.

We will be working on more native plantings, weeding, mulching and garden maintenance.

These volunteer work days are critical to the success of the Giving Garden project.

Gardeners and landscapers of all ages and abilities welcome.

Please contact Taylor Faye to sign up and/or receive more information about farm volunteer work days at stewardship@arconservancy.org  or (530) 621-1224 extension 25.

Saturday, March 10th 10am-4pm

It’s time to go beyond those “Auto” settings on your camera. Today’s cameras can do so much more! Learn some of the settings on your digital camera, digital workflow, and composition from local photographer Betty Sederquist. Betty taught digital photography for many years at Folsom Lake College.

14+ welcome.

Contact ARC for meeting location (Coloma/Lotus area) and to sign up.

Cost: $85/members, $100/non-members. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

Saturday, March 10th 10am-1pm

Calling school-age hikers and their families.  Join Catherine and Ola Jane as they explore the great outdoors. Bring your favorite field guide, binoculars, lunch, good walking shoes, and your spirit for adventure. We’ll hike for about an hour, snack and explore, and then hike back.  Location will be announced as we get closer to the date. We expect to hike about 3 miles total.  Catherine and Ola Jane have both completed the California Naturalist program and love to share and learn with others.  Hope you can join us.

Contact ARC for meeting location (TBD) and to sign up.

FREE: Donations encouraged. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

 

Saturday, February 24th 10am-4pm

We can’t teach Adobe Photoshop in just a few hours, but this quick and intense survey of the program will at least get you started. You’ll get a quick look at tools, menus and workflow and have some fun, too! Betty Sederquist, ARC supporter and local photographer, taught Photoshop for many years at Folsom Lake College.

Laptop and program recommended but not mandatory for attendance. Ages 14+ welcome.

Please call Julie for meeting location (Coloma area) and to sign up 530-621-1224  extension 21 or julie@ARConservancy.org

Cost: $85/members, $100/non-members.