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Feather River Bulletin 2A Wednesday, May 19, 2010 0 # Sixteen sixth- through 12-graders from Plumas Christian School went on a tour recently of heritage sites, such as the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. Later, the students went to New York City, where they had a close encounter with the headline-grabbing thwarted bomb threat. After dinner on Times Square at Bubba Gump, students passed by a van that shortly began emitting smoke. One of the students even bought a T-shirt from the street vendor who observed the smoking van and called police. Times Square was evacuated and the bomb squad called in. By that time, the students were safely at the Broadway show "Phantom of the Opera." Photo submitted. Imagine receiving a weekly box of the region's freshest veg- etables, fruits and herbs throughout the summer season. That's the promise of Plumas Rural Services' re- cently launched High Altitude Harvest community-support- ed agriculture program. What is community-sup- ported agriculture? The High Altitude Harvest CSA is a partnersh!p between farmers and consumers. Community members sup- port the farms through pre- season payment and in ex- change get a weekly share of the season's harvest. CSAs work well because farms get a commitment from members, and can plan crops in advance. CSA members get to know their farmers, eat fresh food and learn to cook with the seasons. It's a tasty deal for everyone. A project goal is to create a steady market for local farm- ers, and to encourage farmers to ramp up production. It is very hard to make a living growing food in this region, be- cause of the small population and short growing season. If community members commit to buying a larger percentage of their food from local farmers, those growers become more viable. Another High Altitude CSA goal is to make locally grown, I I I I I I I I Not good off Large off Medium with any other offer. Expires 5-31-10 Watch the Open 7 days 11 am - lOpm' Plumas Pines Shopping Center, Quincy 283-2320 healthy, delicious food avail- extra beef ($75/$300) and bread Organics, Rolling J Ranch able to everyone, not just mid- shares ($4.50/$72) are avail- and Sierra Valley Farms. dle- and upper-income house- able. Those rates represent a 9 holds. Plumas Rural Services - 15 percent savings over regu- A little history has received a permit to ac- lar retail prices. Four payment Elizabeth Powell started the cept food stamps as payment plans are available, and people Grassfed Gardens CSA in 2008 for shares, and can offer a can split a share, with seven members. "It was limited number of partial The shareholder will pick such a hit that we decided to scholarships to people who up a weekly box of produce, make it a project of Plumas meet income guidelines. PRS beef or bread -- if purchasing Rural Services," said Powell, will have a few work-trade op- those options -- every Friday. "and we have since secured tions available as well. Each member will receive funding to expand it into the eight to 12 varieties of locally multi-producer High Altitude Nuts and bolts grown vegetables, fruits and Harvest CSA, with 30 shares HAH is a multi-producer herbs each week, available for -- and hopeful CSA, incorporating food from pickup at locations in Quincy Powell said at the end of her eight produce growers, one and Greenville. three-year funding period the beef producer and a local bak- Members will also receive a goal was to have the CSA op- cry. That makes it possible weekly newsletter with theerate as a self-sustaining busi- for the program to offer a latest from participating ness, serving members across greater variety of produce in farmers, including crop up- Plumas County. the shares; plans are for 40 dates, recipes, photos and veg- For more information or to types of veggies, fruits and gielore, join the High Altitude Har- herbs throughout the 16-week The Thompson Valley vest CSA, call Powell at 283- season, June 18 - Oct. 1. The Ranch is the grass-fed beef 3611, ext *839, or e-mall food@ types and volume of produce supplier, and American Val- plumasruralservices.org. will vary as the season ley Baking is the bread sup- More information is also changes, plier. Produce suppliers are available on the Plumas Rural Here's how it works. A per- Avalanche Ranch, Dawn Gar-Services website at plumasru- son purchases a share. Pro- dens, Grassfed Gardens, ralservices.org. Click on"Ser- duce ($30 per week, $480 for Greenville High School, Har- vices" and then on "Commu- the season), beef ($45/$180), mony Acres, Meadow Valley nity Food Network. li Early childhood educator Inge Stock will present the workshop "Early Literacy in Everyday Experiences" Sat- urday, May 22, at Portola Kids, Inc. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The training focuses on de- velopmentally appropriate practices to engage pre- kindergarten children in lit- eracy learning. lJevelopmentally appropri- ate activities encourage chil- dren in playful experimenta- tion with language and help them develop language aware- ness that is needed for reading. Stock has been the lead preschool teacher at the Feather River College Child Development Center for six years. She holds a master's degree in elementary educa- Nort ra Colorado and'holds a program director's ]5erfiait. She believes "literacy learn- ing is best when it is based on the individual needs of the child while promoting a posi- tive self image; is natural and authentic, not contrived or Ii 'i:ii,::i:ii i ::ii Tii::ii i!:!ii! ..... but with physical therapy I was able to cut my recovery time from 4 months to 2 months and am up walking again." Dylan Whitenton PLUMAS PHYSICAL THERAPY I .b Kory Felker, MPT 78 Central Ave., Quincy 283-2202 in .. j:- , Inge Stock will lead a workshop on early literacy for pre-kinder- garten children Saturday, May 22, in Portola. The registration deadline is tomorrow. Photo submitted out of context, and is engag- developed by Stock. ing, promotes and supports The training is sponsored curiosity." by the Child Care & Develop- The early literacy training ment Planning Council. is open to all educators, par- Registration deadline is ents and early education stu- May 20. To sign up, call coun- dents. Participants will re- cil coordinator Joyce Scroggs ceive a copy of the California at 283-6500 ext. 234. Portola Preschool Learning Founda- Kids, Inc. is at 420 North Pine tions, along with materials St. in Portola. BUILD IT, FIX IT, REMODEL IT We Care About Yout. No .lob Too Big or Too Small Steve Kreth ': Insured CA License #907193 Bus: 530-836-0870 Cell: 249-3126 1 J Ken Risley of Joy Engineering oy Engineering- now has aggregate deliveries in the Portola, Quincy and Greenville areas! Aggregate for every job, every need, large or small. Call Ken for delivery days and times. Sloat Quarry is now open Monday-Friday 7am-4pm (530) 836-7232 Need a smaller amount of aggregate? Stop by and load up on what you need. KEN RISLEY Mobile (530) 386-2878 JOY ENGINEERING ENGIN EERING CONTRACTORS Mailing: Physical: 1584 Wolf Meadows Lane 90 Industrial Way Portola, CA 96122 Beckworth, CA 96129 CA Lic. 395555 Office (530) 832-5760 NY Lic. 0050700 Fax (530) 832-5472 PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT Elect Supervisor District 5 Today's voice for ALL voters and ALL issues Please join the long list of supporters and help move our county forward. Plumas County Native If elected Supervisor I promise to recognize tlmt it is the citizens of the 5th District who will have the seat on the Board, not.just me. I will represent your interests and insure your concerns are acknowledged and considered. Mail: EO. Box 147 Graeagle, CA 96103 Phone: 530-836-2518 PAID FOR BY THE COMMITTEE TO ELECT JON KENNEDY SUPERVISOR DISTRICT 5, 2010