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Eight Years of FFRP Residence at 604D Main Street

Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve (FFRP) has had a store on Main Street since 2014.  It is located behind the patio between Sandy’s Deli and Maddie Mae’s Pet Pantry.  For eight years FFRP has been in this location, yet every week a Cambrian or two will stop by and say they never knew the store was here.  Admittedly, the hours are limited:  11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

     The FFRP store has information on trails, programs, and events.  Among the resources are an illustrated guide to plants on the Ranch, information about the marine sanctuaries offshore, and archeological reports on the site.  Three thick binders hold clippings from the founding of the Preserve to past fund-raising events such as the Kitchen Tour.  More recent annual reports cover the latest activities.  Tickets to the much-anticipated August Gathering in the Garden fundraising event on Saturday, August 27, are available at the store.

     Applications to volunteer on the Ranch are also on hand.  Volunteer opportunities range from habitat restoration to staffing the store.  Store visitors can sign up for the mailing list while enjoying landscape photographs and paintings that capture beautiful Ranch views.

      To pick up a Ranch-themed tee shirt or baseball cap for oneself or a friend, the FFRP store has that covered, too.  From custom wildflower tea towels to Cambria seed mixes, and nature guides to hoodie sweatshirts, a gift can be found for everyone.  Even better, FFRP members get a 10% discount on all merchandise. When running errands in the West Village, be sure to stop by the FFRP store and see all that is available.

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Giving Back to the Fiscalini Ranch

Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve (FFRP) is fortunate to have a devoted corps of volunteers.  Volunteers maintain trails, restore habitat, lead docent walks, and put on events, among other many projects.  In the first six months of 2022 alone, FFRP volunteers have put in more hours than two full-time employees.  But they are not yet done.  Here are some upcoming volunteer opportunities and activities.

     Water and Ice (Plant): Habitat enhancement is a key FFRP program.  Taking care of natives and removing invasive non-native plants is a year-round task.  Turn out to help with restoration at these volunteer work parties organized by Brian Morgan and Michael Thomas.

–Saturday, August 13, 10:00 a.m.  to noon: water the Monterey pine saplings

–Saturday, August 27, 10:00 a.m. to noon: ice plant removal work party

–Saturday, September 10, 10:00 a.m. to noon: ice plant removal work party

–Saturday, September 17, 10:00 a.m. to noon: water the Monterey pine saplings

–Saturday, October 22, 10:00 a.m. to noon: water the Monterey pine saplings

     Watering work parties will meet south of the Dolphin Bench (look for the truck).  Ice plant removal parties will meet at the south Bluff Trail entrance on Windsor Boulevard.  Basic supplies are provided at all volunteer events, but sturdy shoes, long pants, tick spray, and gloves are recommended.  FFRP is always in need of weeders who love the Ranch and want to spend time with people who feel the same.  To get on the volunteer list, write to volunteer at:

     Docent Walks: To learn more about this treasure in the heart of Cambria, take a free docent walk.  They are an excellent chance to visit with an expert and explore diverse aspects of the Ranch.  Registration is required at:

–Saturday, August 13, 10:00 a.m. to noon:  Sea and Land … A Partnership on the Ranch Preserve

–Saturda,y August 20, 10:00 a.m. to noon:  Mental, Spiritual, and Physical Benefits of Our Ranch

–Saturday, September 17, 10:00 a.m. to noon:  Seek the Secrets of the Bluff Trail

–Saturday, September 24, 10:00 a.m. to noon:  Yes, Our Pinus radiata are Important, But …  

     Gathering in the Garden:  For a taste of a local social event, a celebration will be had on Saturday, August 27, at the Cambria Nursery and Florist from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  In addition to live music, wine tasting, and a raffle, attendees will learn about FFRP’s new oral history project.  Tickets are available at FFRP’s store (604 D Main Street) open Thursday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. or online at: