Saturday September 24, and Sunday, September 25, 10 AM – 4 PM. FREE.
Luther Burbank performed most of the experiments which resulted in the creation of more than 800 new varieties of trees, shrubs, and flowers at Gold Ridge Farm in Sebastopol. Three acres of the original 18 are maintained by the volunteers from the Western Sonoma County Historical Society, and are open to the public, free of charge.
- Visitors can join a docent tour and learn why Luther Burbank was one of the most famous men of his day, along with Edison and Henry Ford, as they stroll around the paths.
- Kids love to make rope with the antique rope machine that they turn by hand, and feed apples into the apple press, then drink the fresh cider.
- Burbank’s historic cottage will be open where you can see the photographic exhibit of the history of the farm and buy Harvest Fair Double Gold preserves made from the fruits of the Farm, plus shirts, books and gifts.
- For sale in the nursery: Seascape Strawberries, Penstemon, Deodar Cedar trees. Bubank’s Amarcrinum (the Naked Lady wearing a skirt), White Grape vines, Surprise’ yellow Daylily, Spineless Cactus, Crimson Winter Rhubarb, and many more.
- Rachel Carson (1907-1964) will reappear in the person of Lilith Rogers, an environmental activist and writer. Rogers tells the story of the triumphs and tragedies of the author of Silent Spring, the book that started the environmental movement, using Carson’s own words. Performance will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
- Refreshments, including popcorn, apple cider, and home made baked goods.
- Where: Gold Ridge Farm is located above Burbank Heights and Orchards, just west of downtown Sebastopol at 7777Bodega Ave.