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Spring garden and food workshop series on tap

Feather Publishing


Plumas Rural Services Community Food Network is kicking off spring with a series of three free workshops on food production and use.

The Backyard Farming 101 Workshop will happen Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Quincy. This urban homesteading workshop will cover intensive gardening, raising chickens for meat and eggs, care and use of miniature dairy goats, and how to read a soil test and troubleshoot soil deficiencies. A soup lunch will be provided. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Following will be a hands-on Grafting and Pruning Workshop Sunday, April 15, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Greenville Community Garden. Farmer Frank Mazzarino, of Green Cedar Farm, will cover espalier pruning of fruit trees to a fence line, pruning for fruit production and several different types of grafting methods. Participants are encouraged to bring gloves and pruners. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Finally, an Herbs Workshop will be held Saturday, April 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Quincy Natural Foods Learning Center. This workshop is hosted in partnership with other Earth Week activities put on by the Feather River Land Trust and Feather River College.

This workshop will be all about herbs and will cover using fresh herbs in cooking, with a fresh soup lunch prepared by instructor Dave Willis. Afterward, participants will enjoy making a medicinal salve with native plant specialist Jeanene Hafen to take home. Space is limited to 15.

To find out more about any of these workshops or to register, call Elizabeth Powell at 283-3611, ext. *839, or send an email to

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