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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:

  • Lucky dog: After eight harrowing days lost in the Plumas National Forest, a missing Shetland sheepdog was found. He was hungry, tired, cold, scratched, limping on bloody paws and missing some fur. But his tail was wagging.
  • On trial: The trial for a Quincy man accused of inflicting fatal injuries on a toddler in 2013 is scheduled to begin March 12.
  • Moving on: Just days after Plumas District Hospital announced that it couldn’t take over Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation, several residents of the facility have found new homes.

Spring garden and food workshop series on tap

Feather Publishing


Plumas Rural Services Community Food Network is kicking off spring with a series of three free workshops on food production and use.

The Backyard Farming 101 Workshop will happen Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Quincy. This urban homesteading workshop will cover intensive gardening, raising chickens for meat and eggs, care and use of miniature dairy goats, and how to read a soil test and troubleshoot soil deficiencies. A soup lunch will be provided. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Following will be a hands-on Grafting and Pruning Workshop Sunday, April 15, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Greenville Community Garden. Farmer Frank Mazzarino, of Green Cedar Farm, will cover espalier pruning of fruit trees to a fence line, pruning for fruit production and several different types of grafting methods. Participants are encouraged to bring gloves and pruners. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Finally, an Herbs Workshop will be held Saturday, April 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Quincy Natural Foods Learning Center. This workshop is hosted in partnership with other Earth Week activities put on by the Feather River Land Trust and Feather River College.

This workshop will be all about herbs and will cover using fresh herbs in cooking, with a fresh soup lunch prepared by instructor Dave Willis. Afterward, participants will enjoy making a medicinal salve with native plant specialist Jeanene Hafen to take home. Space is limited to 15.

To find out more about any of these workshops or to register, call Elizabeth Powell at 283-3611, ext. *839, or send an email to


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