Prickly Pear Celebration 2016

THCC Proud Sponsor as Anza Celebrates 3rd Annual Prickly Pear Celebration

Anza California will be celebrating its 3rd Annual Prickly Pear Celebration on September 17th, 2016 .  Come increase your awareness and appreciation of the native plant foods and their uses.

The 3rd annual prickly Pear Celebration will be held in Minor Park in the heart of Anza with exhibitors demonstrating how to harvest and prepare the large varieties of native plants that are available for food, clothing, medicine and more.  The booths will feature handmade food products and arts and crafts made by local artisans. 

LANDSCAPING WITH NATIVE PLANTS……SCOTT BRILES
Scott will demonstrate how to plant a native plant and talk about native food plants.
LUTHER BURBANK SPINELESS CACTUS IDENTIFICATION PROJECT…..ROY WIERSMA
Burbank’s spineless cactus hybrids were developed primarily for forage and fruit purposes.
CAHUILLA BASKETRY…..ROSE ANN HAMILTON
Cahuilla basketry materials to share and will demonstrate a twine basket.

PRICKLY PEAR AS A CASH CROP…..ANNIKA KNOPPEL
Cactus and other food plants as a viable cash crop

PRICKLY PEAR TO ‘DYE’ FOR…..DENISE SQUIRES
Will discuss technique, use of mordants and issues with stability and color fastness. Will have samples.
Will also discuss how to use dried cochineal (cactus parasitic insect) to produce carmine red.
FOOD PLANTS OF BUTTERFLIES AND SKIPPERS OF ANZA VALLEY…..GORDON PRATT
Will demonstrate the complexity of food plant usage by caterpillars and the need to plant numerous species of plants in your yard if you want to provide food to many of our native butterfly species.


COME AND SAMPLE NATIVE FOODS:
Nopales Salsa
Annika’s Wacky Cacti Juices
Elderflower syrup
Prickly Pear and Chia Jam
Woolly Blue Curl Tea
Black Sage Tea
Black Sage Lemonade
and more to come as we are still busy harvesting and processing the ‘tuna’s.


INDIAN FRY-BREAD will be available to purchase for lunch. Bring an appetite!!


THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:
Anza Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Bob Giffin of Overland Realty
Caliwater
Chilli Ainsworth of Homequest Properties
Moosa Creek Nursery, Inc.

Join us Saturday, Sepember 17th. Let’s make the Prickly Pear Celebration a success.   For further information please call 951-389-0220 or email pricklypearcelebration@gmail.com