Join us on the third Saturdays of Spring & Fall for public tours at Wakamatsu Farm!

The site of the first Japanese colony in America in 1869, the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony is on the National Register of Historic Places and California Registered Historical Landmark #815.  This 272-acre property features Okei-san’s historic gravesite, an 1850’s farmhouse, and a turn-of-the-century barn. Rich in cultural and natural resources, the rolling landscape boasts productive farming soils, wildlife habitat, oak woodlands, ponds, and a wheelchair-accessible trail.  Onsite is ARC’s native plant nursery, orchard, and giving garden. Wakamatsu Farm is open to the public only during scheduled events and tours, such as this public tour.  Led by trained docents, the approximate 1.5-mile hike is mainly outdoors, on dirt trails, over generally flat terrain, including stairs, and is not recommended for mobility-challenged visitors.

Mature children 10+ are welcome.  Wakamatsu Open Farm Days are suitable for all visitors, including families and mobility-challenged visitors.

Steady rain or temperatures over 100 degrees will cancel.  Check ARC’s event calendar for updates.

Please call 530-621-1224 to RSVP or to schedule private tours.

Cost: $10/Adults, $5/Children 10-17 years old.  All proceeds directly benefit Wakamatsu Farm.  Find out more at: www.ARConservancy.org/wakamatsu

Saturday, May 19th from 9am- 1pm

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, May 12th 8am-11am

Come join us for a morning Spring birding walk at the Wakamatsu Farm. We will be looking for resident species as well as the Spring migrants. Our program host Parker Flickinger joins us through the AmeriCorps program. He loves the outdoors, and has a B.S. in Environmental Science.

This is an easy hike for all quiet bird enthusiasts over the age of 8.

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

Suggested donation: $5/person or $10/family. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

Tuesday, May 8th from 9am-1pm. 

In May as the sun rises earlier and so does the temperature, we are shifting our workday times an our earlier to 9am-1pm.

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.

 

Sunday May 6th 2-4pm

Taylor Graham, El Dorado County Poet Laureate, and award-winning Sacramento-area poet Katy Brown, will lead an exploration of farmhouse, barn and surroundings, then ask participants to write a poem inspired by what they’ve experienced. Any who wish may share their poems with the group and ARC.

Children 8+ welcome with adult supervision.

Contact ARC to sign up, and for carpool meeting location (Placerville).

Suggested Donation: $5/members, $10/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

1st Wednesday of each month starting in May, 5pm – Dark

ARC is partnering with the El Dorado Chapter of Trout Unlimited for a monthly fishing night at the Wakamatsu Colony Farm in Gold Hill.  Try your hand at casting techniques, catch a few bass, and enjoy the serenity of the 8-acre lake at the historic farm. Participants MUST have a valid CA fishing license. Adults only, please. Rain or shine (lightning storm cancels).

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

Suggested donation: $10/members, $15/non-members.

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


Sunday, April 29th 9am-1pm

This day is dedicated to the artist in you. Bring your easel and supplies, or camera, and spend the day painting, sketching, or “shooting” to your heart’s content. There are potentially thousands of beautiful images to capture at Wakamatsu. With 272 acres of springs, streams, oaks, and vistas, an old barn, dairy, gravesite, home and gardens, the viewpoints are endless. Docents may be on hand to share the history of this remarkable piece of property still being acquired by ARC.

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

FREE: Donations encouraged.

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

Join us on the third Saturdays of Spring & Fall for public tours at Wakamatsu Farm!

The site of the first Japanese colony in America in 1869, the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony is on the National Register of Historic Places and California Registered Historical Landmark #815.  This 272-acre property features Okei-san’s historic gravesite, an 1850’s farmhouse, and a turn-of-the-century barn. Rich in cultural and natural resources, the rolling landscape boasts productive farming soils, wildlife habitat, oak woodlands, ponds, and a wheelchair-accessible trail.  Onsite is ARC’s native plant nursery, orchard, and giving garden. Wakamatsu Farm is open to the public only during scheduled events and tours, such as this public tour.  Led by trained docents, the approximate 1.5-mile hike is mainly outdoors, on dirt trails, over generally flat terrain, including stairs, and is not recommended for mobility-challenged visitors.

Mature children 10+ are welcome.  Wakamatsu Open Farm Days are suitable for all visitors, including families and mobility-challenged visitors.

Steady rain or temperatures over 100 degrees will cancel.  Check ARC’s event calendar for updates.

Please call 530-621-1224 to RSVP or to schedule private tours.

Cost: $10/Adults, $5/Children 10-17 years old.  All proceeds directly benefit Wakamatsu Farm.  Find out more at: www.ARConservancy.org/wakamatsu

Tuesday, April 17th 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.