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Fall Plant Sale 2014 in review.
What a weekend! Folks must be starting to get the word – because they came in droves (over 1,000 people) and bought everything! As usual we had Wonderful help from a cadre of volunteers!
Betsy Weiland, Robin Rietz, and I are again grateful for our dedicated volunteers! MANY THANKS TO:
Barb Wolf who designed our beautiful Fall Plant Sale Poster and to Randy Smith for his beautiful photograph! To Danny McClure for putting together the Elderberry Farms Availability List as well as his Facebook work; to Becky Rivera for creating the Nursery’s Inventory System; to Robin Rietz and Alex Morton for using it! To Paul Barth sending Press Releases out to all media. And a special thank you to Debbie Arrington for her Native Plant “Seeds” article and highlighting our Plant Sale!
Setting up STARS: Alex Morton, Dan & Doria Keister, Jim Wadsworth, John Schmidt, Lee Perrone, Maureen Dannen, Mike Finan, Nancy Dagle, Sara Sommers, Steve Wadsworth, and Tad Gantenbein.
Our Weekend Wonders!
Andrea Slavin, Barb Wolf, Bernadette Balics, Bonnie Ross, Brian Maxwell, Carol Crofoot, Carol Witham, Cassandra Musto, Colene Rauh, David Stevens, Glen Holstein, Hazel Gordon, Jackie Rodgers, Jeff Doyle, Jeff Quiter, Jim Wadsworth, Joanne Heraty, John Schmidt, Kelly Cohen, Leanna Sweha, Lee Perrone, Linda & Rich Blackmarr, Mary Ann Robinson, Mary Schiedt, Maureen Danner, Melanie Loo, Michelle Stevens, Mike Finan, Nadia Zane, Nancy Bittner, Nicole Carpenter, Nyonnoweh Greene, Pat Gilbert, Paul Barth, Paul Lester, Rees Williams, Sara Somers, Tony Duke, plus Ryan, Gavin, and Heather Sterling and Kevin, Marvin and Lynn Gong.
THANK YOU especially to our speakers: Bernadette Balics (see her website); Jeff Quiter (JEFF'S POWERPOINT PRESENTATION); and virtual guest Chris Lopez (the movie of his presentation) the movie is at the bottom of the page.

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Native Gardening Workshops  


11:00 - 11:45 Creating Bird and Pollinator Friendly Gardens, Bernadette Balics, Ecological Landscape Design  

12:15 - 1:00 Native Plant s & Grasses in Home gardens, Jeff Quiter, Hedgerow Farms 


12:00 - 1:00 film of: Water Harvesting and How to Repurpose Your Lawn, Chris Lopez, Co-founder, Certified Water Harvesting Practitioner and Permaculture Designer 

We are BEE friendly: All plants at the SacValley CNPS Fall Plant Sale are Neonicotinoid Free! Bee symbol

What’s a Neonicotinoid? Neonicotinoids are a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine. The use of neonicotinoids was linked in a range of studies to a number of adverse ecological effects, including honey-bee colony collapse disorder and loss of birds due to reduction in insect populations. Increased scrutiny eventually led to restrictions and bans on the use of different neonicotinoids in several countries.  Give BEES a Chance!


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED                             

Join the fun by volunteering for either a Full Day shift or Half Day shift!  The Plant Sale Hours are 10-3 on Saturday and Sunday when we’ll need help with Plant Advice, Customer Help, and Cashiers. Friday set up will be from 8:00-3:00 and the jobs include transporting plants from Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery to the Plant Sale on Friday and returning them on Sunday after 3:00. THIS YEAR we will also need help taking unsold plants home on Sunday after 3:00 AND THEN returning them to Cornflower Farms on Monday morning. This is a critical new job for us. Because of this new responsibility we MUST have these volunteers lined up when we order the plants!   If you can help, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Chris 


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Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery Plant Sales

We also sell plants during our Chapter Nursery's Wednesday Workdays, 10am - 1pm.  Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery is located on the American River Parkway at Soil Born Farm's American River Ranch - 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670. Want to learn more about native plants?  Join the workparty and earn a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich any Wednesday!  Learn more about Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery and email Chris if you plan to come out to buy plants. (cnpschris(AT)


Next year’s SPRING Native Plant Sale will be at Wildflower Wonders on Sat, April 18, 2015 10:00-3:00.  

(Plan to help us set up Friday, 9:00 - 3:00!)