Outing / Event Description

Bucolic Black Oaks and Berries - Duckworth Ranch Tour | 06.30.13

June

30, 2013

Sunday

10:00 AM TO 12:30 PM
Status: Closed



Space is limited and RSVP required (scroll to bottom of this page to register).

Where can you find organic hay fields, berries by the bushel, free range chickens, river otters (occasionally), and relic black oak forest - all within a stone throw of Sebastopol? Part of the Nahmens conservation easement from your County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District, Duckworth Ranch produces local food AND stewards the land. We'll talk with Lorri and her family as we walk on these beautiful 80+ acres along Blucher Creek, keeping watch for bitterns and bobcats.

  

** Photos from 2010 tour

- Bring the kids! Family friendly - part of our "No Child Left Inside" and our Local Agriculture series!

- Pick your own berries for sale!

- Slow pace easy to moderate terrain; BYO picnic lunch, potluck desserts

On this tour, we’ll learn more about the District’s commitment to protecting agricultural land in Sonoma County – and the important role private landowners play in that process.

The Duckworth family has graciously offered to share their ranch with us – thanks to them! We'll talk with Lorri and her family as we walk on these beautiful 80+ acres along Blucher Creek, keeping watch for bitterns and bobcats.

We’ll start with a brief introduction and then we’ll then walk and talk with Lorri and her family on a tour of her organic hay fields, future “U pick” berries, orchards, ponds, chickens, goats, and more. Our walk will continue through the grasslands and up a winding trail through relic black oak forest, looking for birds and other local flora and fauna, and taking in the vistas of this bucolic valley and beyond.

All told, the optional walk will be about 1.5 miles - not particularly strenuous, but some steeper sections and lots of uneven footing. We will encounter some poison oak, but it is avoidable.

We’ll top off our tour with BYO lunch and potluck desserts before heading on our way.

When: We’ll meet at 9:45-10am on Sunday, June 30th. Thanks for your promptness! We should finish with our tour by about noon – you are encouraged to stay for BYO lunch and potluck desserts.

Where: We’ll meet at Duckworth Ranch, 2950 Canfield Road, Sebastopol (click link for map). Look for LandPaths sign and staff to direct you to parking.

Details, Details:

• There is no charge for this outing. It is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who funded the District’s work with a quarter-cent sales tax, in partnership with one of the District’s non-profit partner LandPaths.

• You will be asked to sign our standard liability waiver as you arrive.

• No smoking or pets; thank you.

• There is a rustic restroom available on the farm.

What to bring:
Your questions for the Duckworth family, walking shoes or boots, picnic lunch, snacks, water, and/or dessert (potluck if you wish), binoculars, hiking poles or stick if desired, something to sit on during our picnic lunch (chair or blanket), small change for pick your own berries if you wish.


The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District protects land in Sonoma County and LandPaths connects you with that land.  This program is made possible though a partnership between the District and non-profit partner LandPaths.  It is sponsored by the voters of Sonoma County who funded the District's work with a quarter-cent sales tax, and is coordinated & guided by LandPaths.   


 


Host Details
Duckworth Ranch