Steve Palecki, College of the Redwoods Plant Propagation, Agriculture Program

College of the Redwoods students are making babies!

I knew that would get your attention — The Plant Propagation class has spent the entire semester learning about all the different ways you can turn one plant into many — and you get to reap their success.  Every year the students propagate plants from seeds, divisions, corms, bulbs, grafts and more — and lucky you! You can attend the College of the Redwoods Plant Sale, and not only buy great healthy plants for your vegetable garden or landscape, you can support a wonderful program that ensures that future generations will know how to turn one plant into many.  If you want food in your future…and don’t we all?…attend the CR Plant Sale Friday April 29 (noon to 6) and Saturday April 30th (10-6) — at the Greenhouse in the rear section of the campus (just take the road that winds around back).

Plant propagation!  if you were to come up to my house, you would find that 90% of my landscape consists of plants that I have propagated.  It all started when I watched my mom take a piece of ivy and put it into a little pitcher and the roots would grow.  It seems like these baby plants hardly ever made it into another pot, but they were little reminders of how plants really want to live.  Now — I know what you are thinking…should we really be propagating ivy anyway?

Sure enough, there are plenty of plants that are invasive species — and the more we learn about plants, the more we will know about which ones are good for our environment and which end up as “weeds” — wrong plants in the wrong placs.  If you are interested in learning more about plants I can’t think of a better place to start than the CR Plant Propagation class offered each spring semester.

Listen here for the interview with Steve Palecki

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John Short, College of the Redwoods Educational Farm

How lucky to have the opportunity to interview John Short, the relatively new Farm Manager for the College of the Redwoods Educational Farm in Shively.  If you haven’t heard me wax on about how I love the farm down in Shively, well…you haven’t spent near enough time with me.  As soon as I can convince the administration to put a couple of yurts on the property, that is where you will find me — at least in the spring, summer and fall.  As we know — rains in Humboldt can cause flooding and that is a location I would not want to be during a the winter.  But hey — 3 seasons gives me plenty of time to settle into my yurt.

The Shively property is 38 lovely acres — a nice orchard for your apples including some nice heirloom Etters varieties.  The greenhouse is a great place to escape on a cold spring day — heating up in spite of outdoor temps.  There are plenty of animals — sheep, goats, chickens…and maybe more — some of the best turkey I’ve eaten in my life came from the farm, and if they raised turkeys I would be first on the list.

If you want to get a taste of farm life without too large of a time or monetary commitment, sign up for the 1 unit class.  Load up on the CR van once a week and head to Shively to wrangle animals, plant or harvest crops, pick apples, put up fences — and generally anything a farm needs to do.  CR Farm Shively 

Listen here for the interview with John Short!

Noah Corp, College of the Redwoods Bianchi Educational Farm

College of the Redwoods Bianchi Educational Farm — whew, it’s a mouthful!  But WHAT a farm!  An idyllic haven from the city, Shively California can only be reached by a windy, somewhat scary country road.  Around each turn you might come face to face with a logging truck or a herd of seemingly wild goats, so take it slow — but definitely head out for a visit.  Once a year the farm hosts an open house, complete with a taste of farm grown produce.

turkey turkey 2 tractor sausage plant tree fence

Do I sound biased?  if not, I should.  I have taken several classes out at the farm — it’s where I injected my first goat, eviscerated my first turkey, built my first electric fence, pressed my first apples — ok, you get it, I had a lot of firsts out there.  It is a shining gem of an organic educational farm, donated to CR for the purpose of teaching people how to raise animals and raise crops. So much to talk about there are two interviews to listen to.  Hope to see you out at the farm sometime, and if not there — check out the Farmers Market at the College of the Redwoods campus twice weekly (TBD at time of posting)

College of the Redwoods Farm

Part 1 Listen Here

Part 2 Listen Here