Thursday, July 30, 2009
I'm happy to report that AEVERS1987, her boyfriend & I met up at the Guy West Bridge along University Avenue at 7:45PM and went for an evening walk along the American River to Howe Avenue parkway entrance. The cool delta breeze and orange-lavender sunset during the walk was fantastically delicious. It's something that you have to just experience to appreciate; words don't give it justice.
Everyone we met along the parkway were cool, from the guys fishing from the bridge, to the mountain bikers, and joggers and of course other walkers like us! We all loved it and will be doing it again next Wednesday evening and hope others will be able to join us.
Monday, July 27, 2009
This morning a friend and I were out on the American River Parkway to meet up with Chris Lewis, Manager of Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery, at the Soil Born Farms 'American River Ranch' site within the Goethe reach of the Parkway. Chris gave us a tour of the native plant nursery, and donated 13 native plants for the Native Plant Demo-Garden at the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery.
The American River Ranch urban farm site along the river is simply awesome! If you've never been this urban agricultural project site is a must see and visit. I've provided some info below about both Elderberry Farms & Soil Born Farms.
SOIL BORN FARMS
The mission of Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture and Education project is to create an urban agriculture and education project that empowers youth and adults to discover and participate in a local food system that encourages healthy living, nurtures the environment and grows a sustainable community.
Based out of two urban farms (Hurly Way Farm & American River Ranch) and local school sites, their programs focus on promoting health and experiential learning opportunities for youth, producing healthy food, improving access to healthy food for all residents and modeling land and environmental stewardship.
The American River Ranch (www.soilborn.org/am_river_ranch.html)
The site is permanent home of Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture and Education Project. On Saturdays 8:30 am -2:30 pm you can visit the 'ranch' to enjoy country experience in the city and stop by the Farm Stand to purchase fresh seasonal, local organic produce.
ELDERBERY FARMS NATIVE PLANT NURSERY
The mission of Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery is to promote awareness of the benefits of native plant habitat, encourage community involvement, and
provide a source of local native plants for restoration projects as well as gardeners.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Yesterday morning several SacValley California Native Plant Society folks (myself included) met with Kathy Brown, Acting Preserve Manager, at the Cosumnes River Preserve to get tour of the three native plant gardens at the preserve and offer suggestions for updated native plant selection for fall garden improvements.
I am so glad that I took the time to drive down to the preserve. Not only did I meet up with some wonderful, talented and thoughtful people that morning, I was also able to take in a beautiful walk at the preserve. After the walk we finished up at the canoe/raft launch along Middle Slough, sat down, dangled our feet in the water and watched the butterflies, birds (including a harrier!) and squirrels do their thing along this slow moving slough.
I truly regret not bringing my digital camera with me. BUT I've decided I'm going to schedule a walk out there w/my Spark Peeps this August -and you bet I'm bringing a camera to get some photos of us enjoying ourselves.
Below is some additional info about the preserve. Be sure and stay tuned for announcement about walk at the preserve in August.
COSUMNES RIVER PRESERVE WALKING & HIKING TRAILS
Lost Slough Wetlands Walk
A one+ mile, universally accessible trail offers visitors an up-close experience into lush marshes, wetland plants, water birds, insects, and amphibians. There is also a wooden boardwalk, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, which can be accessed along the Wetlands Walk. The boardwalk meanders into the restored marshes of Lost Slough (located across Franklin Blvd. from the Visitor Center) and was built during the winter of 1994.
Cosumnes River Walk Trail
The Cosumnes River Walk trail is a 3-mile round-trip trail, accessible from the bridge just north of the Visitor Center.
The Nature Conservancy first opened the trail to the public in 1987. It is located primarily on raised levees that wind through a variety of habitats, including buttonbush thickets, native grasslands, valley oak riparian forest along the Cosumnes River, cottonwood/willow riparian forest, tule marsh, valley oak savannah and several restoration projects – including the oldest riparian restoration planting (planted winter '87-'88) and about 30 acres of restored seasonal marsh.
Due to the rough nature of the terrain, the trail is not universally accessible. In addition, during the winter months, the natural flood cycle often results in complete inundation of the trail by floodwaters. However, most of the year the trail is open, from sunrise to sunset, to anyone who cares to use it.
The Cosumnes River Preserve’s Trail Brochure is available online
or you may pick up a copy at the Visitor Center.
For more info about the Cosumnes River Preserve visit: www.cosumnes.org
Friday, July 17, 2009
Well sports fans, despite the 103 *°F heat in Sacramento, I decided to head down to Land Park for evening walk. I put my tennis shoes on, tied my red lace on my shoe, put on my garden hat and started to head out the door. My hubby was amazed that I was going to go, and asked if he could join us -I said of course; so off we went.
I checked my spark mail before I headed out, and got message from K-GECKO that she was heading home after work cuz of the temp, but had no such message from EVASOMA so we left for the park. Boy was it hot and no breeze what so ever! And there were hardly any people there either! At 5pm we started our stretched and decided that we'd wait until 5:30pm; but no Sparkies... So hubby and I left for the walk and survived - LOL!! I've already had 5 cups of water and now I'm jumping in the pool!
Ta-ta for now.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
GIANT ZUCCHINI. Things have been busy for me the last few days. So busy that I hadn't made it out to my vegie garden in a couple of days; so I got up early this morning to harvest, weed & water and low and behold my garden has been overrun with giant zucchini!!! You know the size of baseball bats! (well almost ...) So I tell you what folks, we will be eating zucchini this week and probably all summer at the rate they are growing. Sooooooo, PLEASE send me your favorite zucchini recipes if you've got the time.
MY CACTUS THING. My dad & I were born in Arizona and I've always had a fascination for cactus and related plants that can survive the extremes of the southwest desert. Cactus are so prickly on the outside, but often sweet and tender on the inside and during the spring, they have the most beautiful blossoms. I had a Jewish friend who used to call me 'Sabra', which in Hebrew can mean 'thorny cactus fruit' and 'rest'. My friend thought I tended to be a little tough and thorny on the outside, but nice or 'sweet' once folks got to know me. I didn't mind the analogy, cuz I can be a bit prickly at times. So I have a thing for cactus because they remind me of my home state, Arizona, and myself -at times.
IGUANAS ... So, my cactus have out grown their pots and I decided to head over to Panama Pottery on 24th street to support my favorite potters and pick up some new pots for my baby cactus. However, I ended up coming home with an Iquana!! and pots! My new Spark Peep on the Land Park walk have had me thinking about various reptiles -so I took this as my first step to having a "pet" reptile/iguana; albeit a ceramic one.
STILL AVOIDING EXERCISE. I'm such a weenie. I skipped my exercise yesterday cuz I had a court & medical appointment yesterday to attend to; and want to count battling with my zucchini this morning as exercise (I did actually sweat while I was hula-hoeing the weeds in my vegie patch). But, I need to get to the gym tonight. OK. Gotta go to the gym.
Ciao for now.
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