Archives for land-use

How to Mulch Your Leaves on the Lawn

The Village of Irvington’s Green Policy Task force and the Greenburgh Nature Center are led the way with the “Love Em and Leave Em” leaf mulching initiative.  Now New Rochelle, Yonkers, Bronxville and Scarsdale are on board. You can spend more time having fun and less time raking leaves. Check out their great short videos to learn how: Composting 101 Mulching Leaves Mulch in Place for Your Perenial Beds. Mulch Leaves on Your Lawn Mulch in Place on Your Driveway   Want to start your own campaign? No need to reinvent the wheel. Most of the Rivertowns are on board,
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New Director of Education at Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Cente

The Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm is pleased to announce the hiring of Carol Lake as the new Director of Education at Hilltop Hanover Farm. Most recently working as a sustainable agriculture consultant in Fairfield and Westchester Counties, Carol founded and was the executive director of two educational farms in NH. In the environmental education and sustainable agriculture field for over 25 years, she has started and managed several biodynamic and organic grass fed dairies, and has worked extensively with rotationally managed, pastured livestock operations. The Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm is pleased to announce the hiring of Carol Lake
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New York State Camping Discount. Get Out There and Relax!

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced details of the Early Summer Camping Special for 112 state campgrounds across New York on Wednesday. The discount helps kick off the summer season for families looking for affordable getaways and coincides with the state’s broader outdoor tourism promotions highlighted earlier this month at the Governor’s Tourism Summit. “New York has one of the nation’s largest and most beautiful State Parks systems, and with discounted rates at State campgrounds this summer we are making it easier than ever to explore the great outdoors,” Governor Cuomo said. “As we approach the summer camping season I encourage
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Weekend Warnings in the ADKs

If you are planning to recreate in the Adirondacks this Memorial Day Weekend, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation asks you to please remember the following: FIRE DANGER: Low. Campfires are prohibited in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness. HIGH USAGE LEVELS: Visitors to the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness should be aware that trailhead parking lots and interior campsites will often fill to capacity on Memorial Day weekend. Please plan accordingly and seek backcountry recreation opportunities in other areas. TRAIL CONDITIONS: Trails are wet and muddy. Wear waterproof footwear and gaiters. Walk through, not around, mud and water on trails to
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Eat This Plant.

Spring in the Catskills beings an incredible array of wildflowers, wildlife and the first trickle of visitors. This year is your opportunity for locals and visitors alike to favor the beauty, and biodiversity of these Mountains by being leaders in “Good for the Woods” foraging. Hurricane Irene moved thousands of tons of soil and organic material. Roots rhizomes, seeds and other reproductive parts of invasive species are now sprouting in places that have been protected and threatening the beauty, biology and marketability of this unique place. The long winter and late snow is forcing a condensed blooming season for one of the
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Mowing? Not In My Backyard

Mowing your lawn for half an hour puts out more emissions than driving a late model car 1000 miles! Now imagine pushing that late model car from here to say Montréal and back and breathing in 1000 miles worth of fumes! Use of lawn pesticides have quadrupled since Rachel Carlson wrote Silent Spring. Use of pesticides in suburbs like Westchester is triple that used in conventional farming. What to do? Luckily we live in the land of alternatives so cleaning up the yard is easy.. Try an electric mulching mower, Black and Decker offer corded and no cord models.  Check
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DEC to Conduct Controlled Burn in Bog Brook Unique Area

New York State DEC will conduct a controlled burn at Bog Brook Unique Area, located in the towns of Southeast and Patterson in Putnam County. The prescribed fire will involve 14.5 acres and is tentatively scheduled for April 10 or 11, depending on weather conditions. The burn will continue DEC’s efforts to restore the Area’s unique native wetland communities and wildlife habitat. When acquired in 1981, Bog Brook contained one of the State’s best examples of a rich graminoid fen, a unique type of wetland. Over the years, its habitat has been gradually degraded by an expanding infestation of common reed (Phragmites
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Make Maple Candy in the Snow Today

Climate change means weird weather. Thanks to this winter’s snow storms we have a unique culinary opportunity. On the Ides of March we can enjoy a unique Hudson Valley, cold weather, traditional craft-treat, Maple Candy. At the end of this long cold winter trees have begun to push sap from the roots out to their buds to start new leaves. The sap is slightly sweet and tasty. When you’re in the woods this week notice where the snow melt is more noticeable around the base of trees. Check out the color of the tree tips, they’re turning a muted pink.
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Stoneledge Organic CSA Share Now Open to New Members

Dreaming of eggplant and signing up for a CSA share now. Stoneledge Farm’s CSA is now open for new members. Rye, Hastings on Hudson, White Plains, Wilton, Grab a share while you can. Here’s the announcement letter from Deborah: Winter 2014 Good Afternoon What a winter.  Really cold winter temperatures followed by days of snow.  The last snow fall was beautiful as it covered the farm. As the winter moves along, our thoughts and plans are looking ahead to the upcoming 2014 season.  Seeds are ordered and have been delivered.  The seed packets line the bench. The potting soil sits
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Irvington Storefront

We recently Interviewed Ruth Katz and John Duvall two building owners in Irvington, New York about their choice to pass on offers from great businesses to rent their Main Street storefront.   They’re holding out for something more.  More than an immediate income stream they are holding out for a community asset.  They are looking for the triple bottom line for their community in a very personal way.  They want a business to rent their storefront that will bring creative, local, slowed down, practical community driven value to the neighborhood.  Why?  Because they live here. They are investing in the community and want to
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