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Member’s Monthly Meeting: Jessica York of The Branch Ranch

2023/09/13 19:30 - 21:30
The Meeting House, Riverdale Farm
Address: 201 Winchester Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4X 1B8

Jessica York is the owner and operator of The Branch Ranch, a unique farm nestled in the
rolling hills of Northumberland near the village of Warkworth, Ontario , growing select
varieties of basketry willow for basket weaving, garden ornaments, crafts, living willow
structures and cuttings. Jessica’s love of willow and weaving began with woven living
willow trees. Jess was inspired by the diversity of willow craft, and when the business
was offered for sale, Jessica jumped at the opportunity. The Branch Ranch combines all
the things Jess loves; the outdoors, offering a creative outlet and human connection
through this age old craft.


In addition to the presentation from Jessica, our treasurer Maria will present our 2022-2023 Financial Report, and members will have a chance to ask questions.

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