Monthly Archives: September 2013

Fern harvesting & woodrat compost

Gondolas-1In this show, 89-year-old Edith (Dellepere) Gondola talks about her family and childhood with her husband Ambrose–who she has known for 80 years and been married to for 67 years. They are joined in conversation by Ken Eichstadt. Tune in to hear how Edith’s father made a good living harvesting sacks of compost from woodrat nests, and gathering wild fern fronds to sell to florists in San Francisco. Eventually he and Edith’s mother, Rose, opened a bar and gas station in the crossroads town of Olema.

Listen to the show by clicking the arrow below, or download the mp3 here.

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Cow patty footwarmers

Nip assisting with branding Macappin ranch in north western Sonoma county

Nip assisting with branding Macappin ranch in north western Sonoma county

In this show, 97-year-old Arnold “Nip” Rasmason talks about his hardscrabble childhood, growing up poor on a remote ranch in the steep ridge country of northern Sonoma County. Nip describes a lifestyle few people can imagine today—a time of travelling peddlers, hunting, trapping, and—on cold, frosty mornings—standing in fresh cow pies in the pasture to get his bare feet warm. Join us as Nip describes meals of roasted robin with polenta, and catching live deer by hand. Listen to the show by clicking the arrow below, or download the mp3 here.