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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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Planting For The Future With Just Food Trainer Eric Thomann

Written by Paula Sakofs Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00

Planting For The Future With Just Food Trainer Eric Thomann

For the past 17 years, at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Van Brundt Street in Red Hook, The Backyard Garden has served as a place for local residents to garden, grow food, and enjoy community activities. Founder Eric Thomann is still running the Backyard Garden, and his passion for community gardening has enabled him to work with his neighbors to turn the once vacant lot into a truly remarkable urban garden.

 “We have been growing food for 10,000 years, on every continent. We know how to dRead more


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The Government Shutdown, The Farm Bill, & You

Written by Paula Sakofs Tuesday, 08 October 2013 11:30

At the stroke of midnight this past Tuesday, September 30th, House Republicans forced a government shutdown and all work ground to a halt. The Farm Bill extension also expired on September 30th, leaving the bill unauthorized and its future unclear.

The shutdown has left multiple critical federal nutrition and conservation programs in limbo, such as the nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Click here to find out more about how the government shutdown will impact federal nutritRead more


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Exotic Veggies and Recipes From Our Friends at Hilltop Hanover Farms

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Wednesday, 18 September 2013 00:00

This Week Hilltop Hanover in Yorktown Heights has:

Spaghetti Squash, Buttercup squash, Brocolli Raab, Radishes, Tomatoes, Eggplant, Peppers, Beets, Onions, Scallions, Carrots, Garlic, Shallots, Yukina, Bok Choy,


You maybe unfamiliar with some of the vegetables at the Farmstand this week so we have added some recipes on our blog for Daikon Radishes, Radish Greens, Yukina, Muzina and Bok Choy. Click Here for recipes.

U-Pick Hours
Saturday  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This Week:  EggplantRead more


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Recognize Bee Decline

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

Recognize Bee Decline

It's not news that millions of bees in the US are dropping dead. The problem has gotten so bad that last winter alone 31% of hives in the US collapsed.

Scientists have linked a powerful class of pesticides called "neonics" to the increase in bee die-offs, prompting the recent introduction of a bill in Congress that would impose a ban on neonics until a scientific review and field studies prove no harm will come to bee populations from their use. Europe
is way ahead of us in imposing the world's fRead more


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Scenic Hudson: Despite Judge's Ruling, Campaign Continues to Protect the Palisades

Written by Green Guru Network Administrator Thursday, 22 August 2013 06:38

From our friends at Scenic Hudson:

On August 9 the New Jersey judge in charge of the lawsuit challenging Englewood Cliffs' variance allowing a 143-foot-high building in a zone with a 35-foot height limit issued a ruling in favor of LG, the international electronics manufacturer planning to build its new headquarters tower over the historic Palisades Park. Scenic Hudson and the other public interest litigants will appeal the decision. We remain determined to persuade LG to bring the height of itsRead more


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