Author: Jenn Prendergast (Jennifer Prendergast)

The Birds and the Bees…a Pollination Conversation
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The Birds and the Bees…a Pollination Conversation

Let’s talk pollination…on a small garden scale. The first year I started gardening I noticed my zucchini would start to grow but then get brown on the end and fall off. I was so confused and oh-so sad! Zucchini are supposed to be one of the easiest things to grow! As many a beginning gardener...

Summers over…now what?
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Summers over…now what?

Seasonal Gardening Tips for Beginners As the days get shorter and temperature gets colder, most of us don’t think about our garden as much. But with the Bay Area’s amazing year-round growing climate, winter is no reason to put your green thumb to bed! From beets, broccoli and brussels sprouts to kale, garlic, spinach and...

Shhhhhhh it is a Secret!
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Shhhhhhh it is a Secret!

Most of us come to the fair for our yearly visit and stay for the day. Some may even enjoy several days of our 18-day fair. As an employee, I am here the entire run from early in the morning to well into the evening. What is the most popular reason to fair? THE FOOD!...

Special Contests at the Fair
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Special Contests at the Fair

Get Your Daily Dose of Fun! Are you gastronomically gifted? Do you have the fastest baby in the West? Are you all dressed up in a fancy hat with nowhere to go? Get your Game On and sign up for any one or more of the Fair’s fun & fabulous contests! I think one of...

I Spy the Best Job at the Fair
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I Spy the Best Job at the Fair

Do you know what I get to do at our fair?  I literally have the most delicious job in the word… I oversee our food concessions! I spend most of the year visiting other fairs in search of new and exciting cuisine to bring to Alameda County Fair. What’s more important than great fair food...

Youth Barn, Keeping Agricultural in our Community
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Youth Barn, Keeping Agricultural in our Community

Have you ever walked through our Livestock Pavilion at Fair and seen the hard working kids taking care of the animals? My family would come to the Pavilion to see the animals and watch the judging every year. As an animal crazy kid I was always intrigued but I never understood the how or why!...

Pleasanton Equestrian Center – Big Ideas Ending in Hoof Prints
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Pleasanton Equestrian Center – Big Ideas Ending in Hoof Prints

Six years ago, a change in leadership brought new and exciting prospects to our fairgrounds. That’s when an idea took shape and behind-the-scenes planning was underway for a grand, new addition. Fast forward to 2017 when I hear that we are about to break ground on an equestrian show facility! Whhhhaaaaat??? As a lifelong “horse...

“Spring’s coming – what’s in your garden?”  Part 2
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“Spring’s coming – what’s in your garden?” Part 2

Successful Growing Tips for Beginners cont. Tomatoes and peppers are a great choice for the beginner gardener and are some of my personal favorites. These plants tend to be hardy and relatively easy to grow. This year some of the tomato seeds I started can be seen in the bucket garden located in our Agventure Park area...