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Jug Handle Nursery Hosts Native Plant Sale

Monday, April 04th, 2016 | Author:

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

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Walk on the Wild Side

Wednesday, December 02nd, 2015 | Author:

mushroom-3The “Walk on the Wild Side” mushroom festival event at Jug Handle Creek Farm was enjoyed by several local people and visitors to the Mendocino Coast.  A scrumptious  mushroom  feast was laid out;  with hors d’oeuvres first, and then a dinner menu cooked by Alison Gardner, author of the Wild Mushroom Cookbook, and two helpers.

mushroom-225 people–both  locals and coastal tourists attended, plus 5 Jug Handle staff.   Adrienne Long, Jug Handle staff naturalist, led a mushroom foray through the woods. Warren Bishop, lodge manager/host, took photos.   Navarro Vineyards served wine for the event and Eric Schramm produced a mushroom display and a very informative presentation.

The menu was expanded this year to include several dinner entrees. The menu?  :

mushroom-1Manzanita Bolete and Smoked Pig’s Ears French Onion Dip
Fistulina Chutney
Candy Cap/Cream Cheese Stuffed Dates
French Bread

Salmon and Matsutake Oriental Salad
Vegetarian Smoked Pig’s Ears Split Pea Soup
(With Optional Bacon on the Side)
Bread Served with Herbed Boletus Butter
African Style Fistulina and Chicken Curry
Hot Candy Cap Black Tea Punch
Candy Cap Coffee Cake

If you missed it–we’ll be hosting this event again next year!

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Walk on the Wild Side

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 | Author:

Click for a pdf of the flier

Click for a pdf of the flier

Jug Handle Farm and Nature Center hosts its third annual “Walk on the Wild Side”  event on Sunday, November 15, 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.

For RSVP and information  call 937-3498.

Admission fee is $ 22.

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See the Festival Lights – and stay locally

Thursday, November 13th, 2014 | Author:

Xmas lights at the Botanical Gardens

Xmas lights – Botanical Gardens

Come stay with us and enjoy The 5th Annual Festival of Lights extravaganza at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.

This amazing display of lights promises to dazzle visitors with an array of thousands of glittering lights, creating a spectacular garden full of sparkling whimsy. Follow a magical path through tunnels of light, find surprises at every curve, and wander along luminary-lined avenues bordered with enchanted scenes from the most delightful of dreams.

This community light display opens Friday, November 28 and runs Thursday through Sunday each weekend through Sunday, December 14, from 5:00pm–7:30pm.  Tickets available at the door.

Check out the Botanical Garden website at  for more information, and then book your stay here with us at Jug Handle Creek Farm & Nature Center. Looking forward to seeing you this holiday season.

Carolyn and Kirby- Lodge Managers  JHCF

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Jug Handle Farm Wine and Mushroom Event Walk on the Wild

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 | Author:

Wine and Mushrooms at JHCF Nature Center

Wine and Mushrooms at JHCF Nature Center – Click to enlarge

Take a walk on the wild side– looking for wild  mushrooms– with Teresa Sholars, Professor Emeritus of Biology and Sustainable Agriculture, College of the Redwoods, on Sunday, Nov. 16, at Jug Handle Creek Farm and Nature Center.

The guided wild mushroom walk is part of an all afternoon event  beginning 2 p.m. which will feature wines by Navarro Vineyards, a wild mushroom display prepared by Eric Schramm  of Mendocino Mushrooms and hors d’oeuvres prepared and served by authors of the “Wild Mushroom Cookbook”, Alison Gardner and Merry Winslow.

The refreshments will feature recipes from this brand new cookbook which is  the most comprehensive collection of wild mushroom recipes ever assembled into one book, from breakfast to dinner, appetizers to dessert.  The two authors will have signed copies of their cookbook, hot off the press for sale at the event.

Enter your mushroom photo in Visit Mendocino County’s Instagram contest.

The Fungi Finale and Mighty Mushroom weigh off winner will be announced at this event, which is part of  the 2014 Mendocino County Mushroom WIne and Beer Festival.  There is an admission fee to this event.  You can RSVP at 937-3498.

Jug Handle Creek Farm and Nature Center is located at 15501 North Highway One in Caspar–look for the sign on the east side of the Highway where the beautiful Red and white Victorian Farmhouse sits at the top of the hill.

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Spring Plant Sale and Open House

Monday, May 05th, 2014 | Author:

To celebrate  spring and Mother’s Day, Jug Handle Creek Farm and Nature Center will be hosting a spring plant sale and open house at the Native Plant Nursery on Sunday May 11th from 1 to 4 p.m.

Come to the Farm at 15501 N. Highway One, on the east side of Highway One in Caspar to enjoy the beauty of spring blooms and pick up plants for your landscape and garden-and perhaps a gift for Mom.

Special cut rate prices on Fairy Bells, red huckleberries and trees such as alder and redwood. Sales on many other plants including wild ginger, red huckleberries, wild strawberries,Sitka spruce and wetland species of plants.

All nursery sales will support Jug Handle’s education/restoration projects. For Info:  call 937-3498 or e-mail

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