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Plan, preserve, treat all spaces wisely.

Help create resilient communities, protect biodiversity, conserve open space and natural lanscape.Explore government, education and private partnerships.Improve capacity building, strategy for acquisition (?), code planning and zoning.

What's the latest on carbon sequestration, geoengineering, clustering, avoiding "heat islands."

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New Director of Education at Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Cente

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Wednesday, 30 July 2014 22:43

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 exRead more

 

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New York State Camping Discount. Get Out There and Relax!

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Sunday, 01 June 2014 13:24

 

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 summeRead more

   

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Weekend Warnings in the ADKs

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Thursday, 22 May 2014 20:19

 

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 backcouRead more

   

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Eat This Plant.

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Tuesday, 13 May 2014 00:00

 
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 protectedRead more
   

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Mowing? Not In My Backyard

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00

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 mulRead more

   

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DEC to Conduct Controlled Burn in Bog Brook Unique Area

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Wednesday, 09 April 2014 13:55

DEC to Conduct Controlled Burn in Bog Brook Unique Area

Invasive Phragmites target of groundbreaking burn campaign.

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 oneRead more

   

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Make Maple Candy in the Snow Today

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Saturday, 15 March 2014 00:00

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 coRead more

   

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Stoneledge Organic CSA Share Now Open to New Members

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Thursday, 06 February 2014 08:29

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 upcomingRead more

   

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Irvington Storefront

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Friday, 31 January 2014 00:00

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 willRead more

   

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How to Mulch Your Leaves on the Lawn

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Wednesday, 27 November 2013 00:00

The Village of Irvington's Green Policy Task force and the Greenburgh Nature Center are leading the way with the "Love Em and Leave Em" leaf mulching initiative.  Check out their great short educational videos:

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, Westchester County is excited about it, and your kidRead more

   

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Compost on Your Way to Work!

Written by Paula Sakofs Saturday, 12 October 2013 00:00

Compost on Your Way to Work!

Composting just got a little easier with the opening of Commuter Composting Sites. BIG!Compost, a program of Build It Green! NYC, has opened 18 composting sites in Brooklyn and Queens. Three sites have convenient morning hours (some open as early as 8am), so folks can easily drop off their food scraps as they start their morning commute. So far, BIG!Compost has diverted 267,230 pounds of food scraps from landfills. 

Go to the BIG!Compost page to get more details on the program and find curreRead more

   

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