Acorn Processing Workshop!

This workshop was sponsored by a project from Japan: Small-Scale Economies Project at t9he Research Insittute for Humanity and Nature, Japan. The director is Dr Junko Habu. Also attending were: Rika Sinkai, Yuko Kobayashi and Alisha Eastep. The Acorn Processing presenters were Julie Tex, Mandy Marine and Carly Tex. These presenters are very culturally knowledgable and highly educated on the academic side. Julie has her degree in Anthropology and Social Science. Mandy has her degree in Archeology. They both work for Cal Trans. Carly has her Lingistics degree and works for Owen Valley Career Development Center.
3This was a well attended event with 34 Adults and 13 Youth present. We had visitors from Visalia, Fresno, Lemoore and from the coastal area. It was raining all day, but we were able to host the activity in the barn. We had a fire going, and with all the bodies present, moving around as we worked, we were able to keep warm enough.

Julie, Carly and Mandy were well received by the crowd, as they gave an overall presentation, then jumped right into the “hands on” workshop! Tables were set up for Cracking & Cleaning, Grinding & Sifting, then Leaching and finally cooking. They brought traditional tools such a1s baskets, brushes, sifters & stirrers. They also demonstrated contemporary tools such as nutcrackers and grinders.

6I brought some of our personal tools and Lalo was able to bring many mortars & pestles that have been returned to the Santa Rosa Rancheria Tribe.
It was crowded, and we didn’t have a lot of room to spread out. I appreciated that everyone took turns at the stations. While some were busy working, other7s had time to visit and get to know one another. The ladies from Japan were very interested in the work that we do, and were very happy to talk to Andrew Glazier, Steven Lee, Jim Summers (Saturday night) and Mandy so they could ask questions about botony and get more information about our plants.
As the acorn was leaching, the second presentation was given by Junko and Rika. They talked about the acorn and buckeye of Japan. It was very interesting how similar our cultures are. Rika had a handout available and provided taste testers for the audience. Yuko shared origami paper to make acorn and other origami. Junko also gave out paper made of very thin slices of a tree similar to our Cedar tree. They were very impressed with our group and hope to continue our work together.

Finally, we were able to cook the acorn. And when it was done, we were all able to taste! It was a lot of work for only a pot of acorn mush (teh’ pin), but I am reminded, that this was a daily chore, in the days of my ancestors. I have the acorn that we leached and the acorn that still needs to be ground and leached. I am planning to have this ready for the Spring Ceremony.
Thank you to the volunteers that helped to make this a success: Beth, Melissa, Ragni, John, Alyssa, Laura Kay and the youth who helped move those heavy rocks!
All in all, it was a very good day!
Submitted by: Darlene Franco 2-6-2016

Spring Service Learning Camp 2016

Alspring 2015 064l interested middle school and high school aged youth are invited to Quaker Oaks Farm’s 2016 Spring Service Learning Camp, in partnership with the Wukchumni Tribe and the Youth Programs of Pacific Yearly Meeting Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

This will be an opportunity for Quakers and Native Americans to share and learn from each other: who we are, where we come from, historical events not usually taught in school, interactions with Tribal Elders and Native families, local Wukchumni Traditions, the opportunity to participate in a sweat lodge ceremony, and many other fun activities.

The Gathering Of Native American (GONA) curriculum will be facilitated by the Wukchumni People and other California Natives, incorporating historical events and contemporary Native Americans lifestyles.

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Come learn, make friends, and have fun!


When:        March 22-26, 2016

Who:          Middle and High School Age Quaker & Native youth

Where:  Quaker Oaks Farm – Visalia Friends Meeting House

17218 Avenue 296, Visalia, CA 93292

For more information contact Melissa Lovett-Adair at, Alyssa Nelson at, or Darlene Franco at


Spring Service Learning Camp

March 31 to April 4th 2015

All interested high school aged youth are invited to Quaker Oaks Farm’s 2015 Spring Service Learning Camp, in partnership with the Wukchumni Tribe and the Youth Program of the Pacific Yearly Meeting Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). We will share about and learn the history of Native American people in California and how to be allies to indigenous people everywhere. Restorative Justice begins with understanding. Campers are again invited by the Wukchumni Tribe to the annual rebuilding of the sweat lodge. Come learn, make friends and have fun!


February 14-16, 2015 (Presidents’ Day / Valentines Day Weekend)

17218 Avenue 296, Visalia, CA 93292

.. a Drug- & Alcohol-Free and Fun- & Spirit-Filled event …

… Rain or Shine! …

Calling all Quaker and Wukchumni young adults (approx age 18-35ish plus your children) for a weekend of fellowship and service at Quaker Oaks Farm. We are looking forward to a relaxed weekend to hang out as well as help build a wheelchair accessible composting toilet (how cool is that!). We hope to have some (entirely optional) opportunities for worship and worship-sharing as well as hiking and campfires, and possibly a sweat led by Wukchumni participants – the agenda will be a collaborative creation of the participants and will depend a lot on what people are keen to do.

There is no cost for the weekend. All participants, however, do need to bring their own food and cooking equipment as well as their own camping equipment. If you don’t have a camping stove please ask as we may be able to share amongst us.

The camping area has an outhouse (no shower), tent spaces, drinking water tap and picnic tables for cooking under a gazebo. We will have access to a barn with a stove and chairs if it rains.

While we will each be cooking for ourselves, we do hope some informal potlucking will take place. We also hope participants will feel welcome to join Visalia Friends at their regular potluck lunch after attending Meeting for Worship with them on Sunday.

Participants are welcome to arrive starting Saturday 2/14 at 11 am and stay through Monday lunch. We hope as many as possible will make it in time for a welcome from the Wukchumni Tribe early Saturday afternoon. (Friday night camping may be possible if arranged in advance.)

More about the service project:

Help build a custom-designed composting-privy (aka latrine) to improve the camping area at Quaker Oaks Farm! This will be greatly appreciated by the Wukchumni Tribe, who have many gatherings here, and for all other camping guests of the Farm. Made possible in part by a grant from the Youth Programs Fund (Bob Vogel Endowment) of Pacific Yearly Meeting and the expertise of Rex Caudle, local Friend and a lead builder of the Visalia Meetinghouse. Based on a design used on the Appalachian Trail.

Although there is no cost for the weekend, donations to Quaker Oaks Farm will be gratefully accepted.

This weekend is a collaborative effort of Quaker Oaks Farm, young adults (YAFs) of Pacific Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and young adults of the Wukchumni Tribe, with support from the PYM Youth Programs Coordinator.

Quaker Oaks Farm is just east of Visalia, only 3.5 hours from Berkeley and about 3 hours from Los Angeles – we hope you can make it!

Please pass this invitation on to young adults who might like to know about this opportunity. For more information or to let us know to expect you, please contact Sally Kingsland (Strawberry Creek MM),

What to bring
● Rain gear (just in case!)
● Sleeping gear (tent, mat, sleeping bag etc)
● Cooking equipment (stove, pots, spoons etc)
● Food for the whole weekend (consider bringing something to share as a potluck for
Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch) grocery
stores and restaurants are in town a
few miles away.
● Water bottle
● Flashlight and extra batteries
● Warm clothes for the evenings
● Clothes (including work gloves and closed toed shoes) for working on the service
project and/or hiking
● Day pack for hiking and carrying stuff
● Protective gear (mosquito repellant, first aid kit, sunscreen, chapstick, hat etc)
● Personal items (toiletries, meds etc)
● Camping chair for around the campfire
● Camera, musical instruments, binoculars, journal etc

For more details contact

Hope to see you there!

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop!

Come to Quaker oaks Farm Saturday morning December 8 from 9:00 to 12:00 and learn the rt of wreath making from two local master gardeners.  At the end of the workshop you will take away a beautiful fragrant wreath or swag that will beautify your home for the entire holiday season.

Quaker Oaks Farm will provide: 

  • an assortment of fresh local greenery
  • a grapevine base
  • ribbons and trimmings

You provide:

  • $25 registration fee
  • hand pruning shears
  • wire nippers
  • garden gloves (optional)
  • favorite ornaments or special items (optional)

Dress in warm comfortable clothes.  Registration is required and space is limited.  To register or for more information call Beth Lovett 594-4009



Spring Youth Work Camp

Quaker Oaks Farm~ Visalia, CA

 Spring Youth Work Camp

March 25th– March 31st, 2013

This camp is focused around the theme of Land Use and Sustainability. Youth will participate in service learning and trips around the farm and surrounding areas. We will work alongside the local Wukchumni Tribe as we help rebuild their Sweat Lodge and join them in a sweat.  We’ll learn about the local nature reserve, help prepare and attend Visalia’s Meeting’s Easter Celebration, and form community with youth from all over the West Coast by working side-by-side all week.

Co-sponsored by Quaker Oaks Farm, Pacific Yearly Meeting’s Youth Program Committee, & Pacific Yearly Meeting’s Unity with Nature Committee