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4B Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Carolyn Shipp Staff Writer cshipp@plumasnews. om rsery n In 2004, Don Parrish established a nursery and feed store called Vintage Gardens in Portola. PROFILES IN BUSINESS Plants and animals were VINTAGE GARDENS Don's passion. The business specialized in trees, shrubs, Owners: soils, fertilizers, fresh eggs, Anna and Joe Parrish top end dog and cat food, and Address: more. 73282 Highway 70, Portola When he finally fulfilled his Phone: dream of starting the nursery, 832-5341 the former contractor only Winter hours: got to enjoy it for a short Tuesday - Saturday period of time. When he died 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. last summer it was a heartbreak for the business, red barn stands nearby full of His death left the nursery a variety of top-quality in the hands of his wife, animal feed. Anna, and his son, Joe. A renovated farm house "It's been since that point serves as the main building we're just trying to keep the . and inside are trinkets, gifts place going -- initially for his and a multitude of gardening sake," said Joe, "I feel like I and agriculture commodities. kind of owed it to him." The most popular product Joe Parrish, a contractor as the business is known for is well, said he never had a big its top brand dog food such as role in running the business. Taste of the Wild and However, when he started Diamond. managing the nursery to However, the fresh eggs are honor his father, he said he a high seller as well. Along quickly made it into his own with fresh chicken eggs, the project that he wanted to see store offers duck and goose thrive, eggs, which Parrish said are He said his plan for the great eggs for baking. business is to focus on the It's the pigeons, however, feed store aspect and add that have a special place in more animal products and the Parrish business. medicines. He will still keep Parrish said they are more part of the nursery around, like pets, and are reminiscent but he said with the decline in of the clays he and his dad housing development, there is would race pigeons at Lake little demand for landscaping Davis. and nursery products. While Vintage Gardens is "My vision is to turn it into in the business of growing a classic type of feed store," trees, it also is in the business he said. of cutting them down. They The business has the feel of offer split firewood and a feed store already. Coops deliver it too. full of chickens, pigeons, Though the products they geese and ducks are scattered sell are top notch, Parrish along the property, and a big said the difficulty for Vintage Joe Parrish stands in the Vintage Gardens feed barn. The new owner of the nursery and feed store in Portola strives to honor his late father's dream of owning and running a nursery. Photos by Carolyn Shipp Gardens is developing public awareness. "Though we've been at this location for 2-1/2 years people don't know we're here," he said. The nursery is located west of Delleker on the south side of Highway 70, just a few feet off the road. However, the fact that it is slightly off the beaten path just adds more character to the true quality and atmosphere the Parrishes have created with their business. "I really want to keep my dad's dream going," said Parrish. "I would encotirage people to give us a shot." all Cooter, the rooster, struts his stuff in front of the hens. Vintage Gardens sells fresh chicken, duck and goose eggs. Bags of livestock feed sit on pallets at the Vintage Garden barn. The business prides itself on stocking the shelves with top brands. Alread ?,th s,i ye tr, C alFirq When clear!pg around a has responded t0 ndarly ihome, resldeiats should work wildfires that have charred in the eaHy morning when more than 700 acres, reports the agency. As a result, CalFire officials are reminding residents to ensure they are maintaining 100 feet of defensible space, a reminder that comes several months earlier than normal. temperatures are down and humidity is up, to avoid sparking a wildfire. CalFire offers additional tips to creating defensible space: --Maintain 100 feet of defensible space around all structures. --Clear all needles and .: leaves from roofs, eaves and rain gutters. --Trim branches 6 feet from the ground. --Landscape with fire-resistant/drought-tolerant plants that require little water. --Remove branches near roofs and within 10 feet of the chimney. space aroun --Use trimming, mowing green waste facility. Those material,a. l.vegetati9n, !0 and powered equipment who Choose (o burn their Yard feet aroia'n fie edge 0fthe before i0 a.m and not on hot, debris should make sure to burn pile. :' windy days. burn safely: --Have a water supply at --Keep wood piles and --Call the local air the burning site. flammable materials at least pollution control district to --Keep informed on local 30 feet fromthe home. ensure it's a permissive burn weather and don't burn on There are several ways to day. windy days. dispose of trimmed branches --Don't burn piles larger Always remain in and yard clippings, including than 4 feet in diameter, attendance until the fire is chipping or taking it to a --Clear all flammable "dead out." Sudoku Puzzle #3033-D Difficult 8 Sudoku Solution #3032-D 957816423 421 593678 68r3742591 7624351 89 51 8927364 394168752 23i9654617 i 8415271 936 1 718 3 8 9 2[4 5 "Greetings!" 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