Successful Wild Mushroom Event

The ” Walk on the Wild Side” mushroom event at Jug Handle Creek Farm this year had a very large turnout of 64 people plus staff. More than 50 people pre-reserved and there were numerous walk-ins.

The event was very well received and everyone who attended had a fine time sampling mushroom cuisine–scrumptious foods and unique drinks, plus a hike in the woods with naturalist Adrienne Long, assisted by Fern Tahja, to identify numerous species that thrive on the Jug Handle property.

Eric Schramm mounted his beautiful mushroom display at the lodge and gave a presentation to the appreciative group.

All the guests really enjoyed the tasting menu, the interpretive mushroom walk and the mushroom display and presentation by Eric Scramm.

The menu was prepared by Wild Mushroom Cookbook author Alison Gardner, of our nursery staff and her helpers Merry Winslow, Sandy Berrigan and Helene Chalfin.

Alison Gardner donated all of the appetizers and drinks listed below for the event:

Yellow Chanterelle Sour Cream Dip
Porcini Sour Cream Dip
White Chanterelle Tapenade
Butter Bolete Sour Cream Dip
Candy Cap Glazed Nuts
Pickled Chanterelles
Chanterelle Pesto Pasta
Turkey Tail Chai
Candy Cap Chai

Chips and crackers were served along with these delights.

After the mushroom hike a dinner was provided

Dinner Menu

Chanterelle Chowder with Salmon
White Bean,Tomato and Chanterelle Salad
Candy Cap Cornbread
Candy Cap Apple CoffeeCake
Candy Cap Butterscotch Pudding -donated by Alison Gardner
Candy Cap Egg Nog

Navarro Vineyards provide a case of red and white grape juices to cap off the evening.

If you missed it this time–we will be hosting this event again next year!

Walk on the Wild Side is Back -November 13th

Jug Handle Farm and Nature Center hosts its fourth annual “Walk on the Wild Side” event on Sunday, November 13th, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m, as part of Mendocino County’s WIne and Mushroom Festival.

Take a walk in the woods with a mushroom expert to identify wild mushrooms in the field, followed by savory refreshments at the Farmhouse lodge served by Alison Gardner; author of the Wild Mushroom Cookbook. Menu samples frorm the cookbook will be featured. .WInes from Navarro Vineyards will be on hand to complement the refreshments.

Naturalist Adrienne Long, who leads mushroom hikes for coastal visitors,will lead the mushroom foray into the woods.

Eric Schramm of Mendocino Mushrooms will make a presentation after the hike with numerous mushrooms on display. Come join the fun, forage and feast.

Click here to download a pdf flyer

For RSVP and information call 937-3498. Admission fee is $ 22.

Walk on the Wild Side

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Jug Handle Farm and Nature Center hosts its third annual “Walk on the Wild Side” event on Sunday, November 13, from 1 to 5 p.m. as part of Mendocino County’s Wine and Mushroom Festival.

Take a walk with a mushroom expert in the woods to identify wild mushrooms, followed by savory refreshments served by Alison Gardner; author of the Wild Mushroom Cookbook – serving dishes from the cookbook as hor d’oeuvres.

Eric Schramm of Mendocino Mushrooms will make a presentation after the hike with numerous mushrooms on display. Come join the fun-forage and feast.

To download a pdf of the details, click here

For RSVP and information call 937-3498 or email:

Admission fee is $ 22.

Jug Handle Nursery Hosts Native Plant Sale

Jug Handle Nursery Hosts Native Plant Sale  April 9th at 10th as part of Native Plant week.

Jug Handle Creek Farm and Nature Center will celebrate  Native Plant week April 9-16th by hosting a large sale of  local California native plants.

Jug-Handle-Native-Plant-SaleFrom lovely columbines and wild ginger to trees such as redwood, Sitka Spruce and douglas fir to beautiful showy shrubs such as Pink Flowering currant and Salmonberry–native  plants are a wonderful and water saving addition to your garden and landscape.

The Native Plant Week sale will be held at Jug Handle Farm,   Saturday and Sunday April  9 and 10 from 1 to 4 p.m.  Location is 15501 North Highway One, on the east side of the highway- just across from the stop sign at the north entrance to Caspar.
The nursery is always open by appointment during Native plant week and throughout the year. Just call 937-3498.

Jug Handle’s Restoration/Education Nursery is set up to be used exclusively to grow local species of native plants from wild collected seeds, cuttings and divisions.

It serves as a focal point for education programs, restoration projects, trainings and work stewardship activities with local and regional schools, youth groups and Americorps.  Seeds are collected for site specific projects—such as for the Coastal Trail or Otis Johnson Park; or plants can be selected from nursery stock.  Plants grown on contract are sold at wholesale prices, with a down payment.

Income derived from the sale of plants supports the operation, staffing and maintenance of the nursery;  the staffing and resources for Jug Handle’s educational programs as well as overall improvements to landscaping with native plants and eliminating invasive exotic plants throughout Jug Handle’s property.

Jug Handle, a nonprofit nature education center and overnight lodge, teaches stewardship and restoration to local and regional school children & Americorps youth.

Jug Handle nursery has been involved with the Coastal Trail Project and the restoration of Otis Johnson Park with the City of Fort Bragg. Next year, we will have several hundred Shore Pine, Bishop Pine, Pygmy Cypress and Wax Myrtle just the right size–for  coastal mitigation projects.

All native plants  are raised from site-specific seeds, cuttings and divisions gathered by our nursery staff: consultant and collections expert Alison Gardner and other staff-Fern Tahja, Adrienne Long and  Nursery Director Helene Chalfin.

For the CIty’s Coastal trail and Otis Johnson Park projects,  Jug Handle staff members directed MESA students ( Math, Engineering and Science Achievement ) from Fort Bragg and SONAR  students ( Mendocino High School’s School of Natural Resources) in plant collections and propagation.

Jug Handle supplied Danco construction in 2014  with  almost 1500 local native plant species for the landscaping surrounding the new senior housing units on Cypress Street, near the Fort Bragg Police Department.

In another recent mitigation project on the south coast Jug Handle Nursery supplied about 1100 native plants to a private landowner.

Jug Handle has provided  plants to Cal Trans for various revegetation projects and has supplied plants to State Parks and the Mendocino Land Trust  for their revegetation projects.

  • Helene Chalfin obtained grants to establish Jug Handle’s nursery beginning in 1993.  Funding was obtained from State Department of Education; AT&T Foundation, Le Beau Charitable Trust and County Fish and Game Commission, to restore the original Greenhouse one wall at a time over several years.  New windows were installed at the south; new roof put on; interior tables built, bottom heat and mist system installed inside and the building was strengthened at the north.  Later a propagation shed was added; holding tables and a shade house structure added to protect plants and irrigation system created, all through grant funds and in kind donations.
  • Ken Montgomery, an expert nurseryman who runs Anderson Valley Nursery, mentored Jug Handle’s Education Director in  native plant propagation at the Botanical Gardens while he was Project Director there.  He has served as a consultant on Jug Handle nursery questions since its very beginning.
  • Betty Young, then of Circuit Riders Nursery and later the Director of of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Native Plant Nursery also provided mentoring training, native plant nursery manuals, and  consultations.

For an appointment, please contact:
Helene Chalfin, Director: Grants/Education/Nursery

707.937.3498 or