Fodder System Design (Aguanga) — July 26

Fodder System Design + Trees (Forage/Shade/Wood), Raising Earthworms & Worm Tea on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM in Aguanga, CA 92536.

For more information, visit http://www.meetup.com/San-Jacinto-Valley-Preppers:

Designing your own Fodder System to feed your Livestock. Ron Skinner, after reviewing various ready to go systems, built our system to feed our meat rabbits, sheep, hogs, and poultry. We have also planted Mulberry and Paulownia Trees “Empress Trees” which supply excellent forage for our livestock (over 20% protein in the leaves), as well as shade/shelter and firewood for heating.

For the 2nd part of this meetup, Dennis Chavez will show how to build a worm bid and will demonstrate several different designs.  He will also speak about bin preparation, initial start-up, and maintenance.

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Lemon Lily Festival (Idyllwild) — July 12-13

The Lemon Lily Festival (and a Bluegrass Music) will be on July 12-13 from 9 am-4 pm at the Idyllwild Nature Center and 9 am-5 pm in downtown Idyllwild.  The Lemon Lily Committee is focused on restoring the Lemon Lily to the San Jacinto Mountains.

The following is from http://lemonlilyfestival.com:

This year’s Festival will take place over two days, July 12 and 13th in the beautiful (and friendly) mountain community of Idyllwild, CA. Nestled among the tall pines of the San Jacinto Mountains, Idyllwild offers a wide array of art and nature-oriented activities, and is rated as one of America’s Top 100 Art Towns.

The Lemon Lily (Lilium parryi) is native to the San Jacinto Mountains. While not an endangered species (yet), it is threatened due to over-harvesting by collectors.

For those who don’t know, the Lemon Lily Festival is focused on restoring the Lemon Lily (Lillium parryi) to its natural habit in the San Jacinto Mountains. At one time, many years ago, the stream beds and cooler shaded areas were covered with thousands of Lemon Lilies. The lilies were so popular with admirers that they were often dug up by the hundreds and taken to gardens and nurseries in the flatlands, rendering them with the threat of extinction in the area.

In 2009, a group of concerned citizens led by local businessman Doug Yagaloff formed The Lemon Lily committee. With he help of the Idyllwild Nature Center and the FRIENDS of the San Jacinto Mountain County Parks, the groups banded together to create an ongoing effort to celebrate, educate, and restore the Lemon Lily to our mountains.

We’ve got a lot of exciting events and activities in store for Lemon Lily veterans and newbies: nature hikes, lectures, demonstrations, crafts, food and local vendors, artisans and more for Lemon Lily Lovers of all ages.

We hope you’ll join us!

To learn more Lilium parryi (Lemon Lily), visit:

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Water-Wise Gardening — June 28

Learn 6 ways to make your gar­den Cal­i­for­nia friendly at the FREE Water-Wise Gardening workshop on Sat­ur­day, June 28, 2014 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at San Jac­into Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 625 South Pico Avenue

Seat­ing is lim­ited, please RSVP at (951) 487‑7383.

For more information, visit http://www.san-jacinto.ca.us/news/pdfs/2014/06-28-14LandscapeClassPoster_v02.pdf

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Cow Pool at CTRRA — sign up now

Circle T Ranch Riding Academy is now offering sign ups for pastured raised beef.   This is your opportunity to support local business and support high quality beef.

Questions are being answered here:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008365427157.

The following is from http://www.ctrra.com/boarding/cowpool:

A cowpool refers to sharing beef, but we’re not talking just any beef. Together our cowpool program will raise sustainably and humanely raised beef from a source you can trust.

Our main objective is to connect neighbors together, as directly and as efficiently as possible, with the very best caretakers of land and livestock – family farmers and ranchers. Not only will you be buying higher quality beef than what is available in a grocery store, but you will be helping family farmers and ranchers stay on the land.

Cowpool Provides:

•             The highest quality, healthiest beef anywhere

•             The highest standards for humane treatment of animals

•             A living Income for farm and ranch families

•             Local jobs, economic benefits to local economies

•             A lighter carbon footprint – major reduction in feed and food-miles

•             A cost savings to you

So how does it work. A few times a year we invite new members to buy in on cattle. You could buy a whole cow or just a 1/4. We then raise the cattle on the grass of the Diamond Valley between Temecula Wine Country and Hemet. Each family pays a monthly fee for feed, kind of like a boarding payment, and when the time comes we harevest the cattle and deliver it to you, wrapped and ready to cook.

Pasture to plate protocol

Good management and humane treatment of our animals reduces stress and prevets disease, making it possible to eliminate sub-therapeutic antibiotics in the feeding program.

Herds are managed in an environmentally sustainable manner.

No growth promoting steroids or hormones are used in our feeding program, resulting in more tender and flavorful beef.

Our cattle are younger than commodity cattle, resulting in more tender beef with less connective tissue, eliminating the mechanical and chemical tenderization necessary with commodity beef.

Animals are slaughtered in a slow and safe manner.

Linking our ranches more directly with our customers minimizes the distance from pasture to plate.

All of our meat is source verified and labeled as “Born and Raised in the USA.”

We age our beef for two to three weeks to achieve optimal tenderness and flavor.

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P4P Expo (Pomona) — June 21-22

Prepared 4 Prepper’s Expo is on Saturday, June 21 at 9am – 7pm and Sunday, June 22 at 10am – 4pm.  It is located at the Fairplex at 1101 West McKinley Avenue, Pomona.   Join http://www.meetup.com/San-Jacinto-Valley-Preppers if you would like to meet locals interested in this expo.

Cost:

Adults: $12
Two-Day Pass: $17
Children: (12 and under) Free
Family Pass: $30 Includes up to 5 family members.
Military/Police/Fire: $10 (ID Required)

The following is from http://www.p4pexpo.com:

One Safe Family.org – a family and veteran owned business, presents the “P4P EXPO”. . . Southern California’s largest self-reliance, emergency preparedness and prepper’s expo.

At the P4P Expo, families can explore self-reliance, enjoy numerous seminars and demonstrations, learn survival skills, and find the newest products, supplies and resources needed to sustain and protect your family in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.

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Native Plant Uses (Idyllwild) — July 5 & 6

Native Plants: Contemporary and Traditional Uses class with be held on July 5 & 6.  The class is held at IdyllwildARTS, 52500 Temecula Road, Idyllwild, CA 92549.

The following is from http://deborahsmall.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/native-plants-class-contemporary-and-traditional-uses-at-idyllwildarts-2014:

Once again, Craig Torres, Barbara Drake, Abe Sanchez, and Leslie Mouriquand will be teaching their wonderful weekend workshop on Native Plants at IdyllwildARTS, July 5 & 6 2014.

The poster above and bios below are from the IdyllwildARTS website.

CRAIG TORRES (Tongva) is a member of the Traditional Council of Pimu and involved with Ti’at Society, an organization focused on the revival of the traditional maritime culture of the Southern California coastal region and Southern Channel Islands. He is an artist, as well as cultural educator, presenter and consultant to schools, culture and nature centers, museums, and city, state and government agencies acting as a consultant on the Tongva. He has also been involved with the organization Preserving Our Heritage and Chia Café, which provide cooking demos and classes with California native plants. These activities also provide education on the importance of preserving native plants, habitats and landscapes for future generations.

BARBARA DRAKE (Tongva) is a tribal elder and culture keeper. Her program, Preserving Our Heritage, is a food bank of native foods collected, preserved and processed for tribal elders. She is a member of the Mother Earth Clan, a group of three Southern California Native American women educators who have taught extensively in muse- ums, schools and tribal institutions.

ABE SANCHEZ has been actively involved in the revival and preservation of Indigenous arts and foods. Two of his specialties are Southern California Native American Basketry and California and Southwest Native foods. He has had the opportunity to work closely with traditional Native American gatherers to learn the methods and practices of these cultural specialists. His interest in traditional foods is that many of these local ingredients are sustainable products that are readily available yet underutilized. He believes that by having the opportunity to teach about these ancient natural foods and helping people learn ways to prepare and eat them again can make a difference in both their health and our environment.

DANIEL MCCARTHY received his BS and MS in anthropology from the University of California, Riverside. For the past 40 years, he has worked at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Joshua Tree National Park and throughout Southern California compiling photographic inventories of rock art sites in these areas and throughout the western region. He has worked with Elders and Traditional Practitioners for over 35 years and served as the Tribal Relations Program Manager for the San Bernardino National Forest for 17 years. He is currently Director, CRM Department, at San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

The above-mentioned class is one of several during the Native American Arts Program.  The following is from http://www.idyllwildarts.org/page.cfm?p=725:

Native American Arts Program

The Idyllwild Arts Summer Program features two dynamic components of the Native American Arts Program:

1) A variety of engaging, hands-on WORKSHOPS designed for adults of all levels of experience and knowledge. Working closely with master artists and cultural specialists, students have the rare opportunity to learn traditional and contemporary Native American art forms and to gain an understanding of the rich cultural foundation which inspires and motivates each artist.

2) The FESTIVAL includes a series of events – exhibits, performances, the Michael Kabotie Lecture series, films – presented by distinguished artists, scholars and cultural specialists. All Festival events are open to the public. See the “Native American Arts Festival Week” tab below for complete details and a schedule of events….

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Survival Skills Education — June 3- August 21

This FREE online seminar meets on Tuesdays at 5 pm and Thursdays at 6pm.  For more information visit their website.

The following is from http://summerofsurvival.com/sos:

Every Tuesday and Thursday evening you’ll hear from another survival expert. And joining in the conversation couldn’t be easier.

Instead of buying a ticket, traveling to our live expo and fighting the crowds… all you have to do is bug in, log on and soak up years of survival expertise from the convenience of your computer.  You’ll get every expert’s most important, up-to-date advice on how to protect yourself and your loved ones from the next crisis. They’ll answer your most pressing questions on both why and how to prepare. And unlike other events, you’ll get to learn at a measured pace.  You see, we’ve been told by past participants of our live events that the presentations were fantastic – but trying to get everything down and use it before they forgot what they learned was like taking a drink from a fire hose.  That’s why we designed Summer of Survival differently than anything you’ve seen before.  Instead of jamming all our life-saving material into one short weekend or week of training, we’re presenting just two topics each week… giving you time to actually absorb the information and put it into practice before moving on to the next topic.  We’re even hosting our trainings during the week so you can keep your weekends free for practicing your newly acquired survival skills.  One more thing you’ll quickly discover… Summer of Survival isn’t your typical online one-way conversation….

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