Sunday, May 20th 2-4pm

Thermophilic composting is used to rid compost of human pathogens, plant diseases, and weed seeds. The best part is you can gather most, if not all, of the ingredients from your kitchen and backyard waste. This class covers what thermophilic composting is, ingredients used in a compost pile, and methods used to create healthy compost.  Help create a compost pile at the Farm using materials already at the Farm. Our instructor 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.

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.

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.

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.