Maryellen Burns shared her some of her knowledge about food and agriculture in Rio Linda. Like, 85% of the world's caviar is produced by a sturgeon farm just a couple of miles away.
Susan Hanks of Hanks Hens and All Things Good located in Rio Linda. 75 hens produce 3 dozen free-range and cage-free eggs/day. They also grow herbs for Sacramento restaurants, raise lambs, and other produce.
Cooking demonstration: lamb with rice and hollandaise.
Eggs poached in salsa with corn tortillas.
I also had a very nice visit with Emmie Makishima (far side of table in blue blouse). She remembered the time I invited her and her husband to my 6th grade classroom to share their experiences in a Japanese internment camp, which went along with a literature unit I was teaching. It was one of the most memorable teaching experiences of my career.
The walking tour was lead by Nicole Brogdon who wrote a book, A Walking Tour of Rio Linda, as a project to get a badge in Girl Scouts. She was in high school at the time.
Rio Linda celebrated its 100th anniversary last year. There's a new mural on the walls of Nu-Way Market.
Sally the librarian showed us where the new Rio Linda Library will be located - on the recently-closed Rio Linda Elementary School campus. Renovations to a bank of 8 classrooms are currently in progress. The size of the library will double along with access to computers.
What a great program! My compliments to Maryellen, Nicole, and Sally.