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You Can Harvest Spring Crops at Audubon Workshop, Sunday Afternoon, June 11

You Can Harvest Spring Crops at Audubon Workshop, Sunday Afternoon, June 11

Jamestown, NY – “Early Spring Harvests and More Planting” is the theme of the second in a series of workshops on organic gardening presented by Audubon Community Nature Center.

You are invited to a hands-on, taste-buds-on workshop at the home of organic gardeners Scott and Pam Stoleson in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania. At the 1-3 p.m. event on Sunday afternoon, June 11, you can sample various greens and berries and help plant major crops.

The first crops of the year should harvestable by this date. Sure, there’s lettuce, but have you ever tried Minutina? Or Mizuna? Sorrel? Wrinkled Crinkled Cress? Or Osaka Purple mustard?

Everyone knows strawberries, but how about Honeyberries? Weather and groundhogs willing, you’ll sample these and other early harvests. This is also the time to plant heat-loving, frost-sensitive crops such as tomatoes, tomatillos, eggplants, and melons. You’ll learn how to use plastic mulch to help keep these tender veggies’ roots warm.

Audubon Annual Plant Exchange and Sale, Saturday, May 20

Audubon Annual Plant Exchange and Sale, Saturday, May 20

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center’s annual Plant Exchange and Sale gives gardeners an opportunity to share with others some of their extras or pick up some new plants.

Information about native plants as well as some to purchase will also be available at the event on Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In the spring, many gardeners find that their yards have empty spaces in need of plants or too many volunteer plants that need new homes. Plant Exchange aims to assist by allowing gardeners to trade their extras for new items, or simply provide plants for sale for those who need them. Local nurseries donate plants, and occasionally some ephemeral spring wildflowers or fruit vines and bushes show up.

Shining Light on Top Five Myths About Solar Energy

Shining Light on Top Five Myths About Solar Energy

In Western New York and across the entire U.S., home solar installations are on the rise! In 2012, homeowners installed enough residential solar panels to power the equivalent of almost 24,000 homes.

Despite its growing popularity, solar technology remains unfamiliar to many Americans. As renewable energy becomes a mainstay topic for the nation's partisan political debates, consumers may struggle to separate the facts about solar energy from common misconceptions.

Here are the realities behind five common solar myths, courtesy of Buffalo Solar Solutions Inc. and SolarWorld Americas:

Heavy April Showers Bring Water Woes for Area Homeowners; Tips Will Help Prevent Future Damage

Heavy April Showers Bring Water Woes for Area Homeowners; Tips Will Help Prevent Future Damage

Two inches of rain fell throughout Western New York on Thursday, April 20, causing sump pump failures and flooding issues in many homes. And if you’ve ever stood in those shoes — or boots — you know the aftermath can be an absolute mess!

“When your home suffers water damage, time matters and it’s important to take immediate action,” said Edmund Bedient, owner of Clear Choice Carpet Cleaning Services in West Seneca. “In order to prevent structural damage and mold growth, it’s important to act quickly and contact an experienced company with professional references and an outstanding reputation. This is no time to be scammed by a fly-by-night contractor.

Audubon Workshop on Organic Gardening, Sunday Afternoon, April 30

Audubon Workshop on Organic Gardening, Sunday Afternoon, April 30

Jamestown, NY – If you’ve ever thought how wonderful it would be to harvest fresh produce in your backyard, Audubon Community Nature Center has just the thing for you.

Audubon is presenting “Seeds and Soil: Planning Your Garden” on Sunday, April 30, 1-2:30 p.m.

In this first of a series of workshops on organic gardening, you can plan a food garden and plant seeds to take home. You will leave with handouts that provide information on preparing a garden and where to get the best seeds and starter plants.

You will learn from a couple of experts with a lot of experience. Scott and Pam Stoleson have been raising some of their own food for more than 15 years. They estimate that they produce 85% of the vegetables, 50% of the fruit, and 10% of the nuts that they consume.

Come prepared to get your hands dirty, as you will also be planting seeds to take with you for your own garden. You are welcome to bring your own gardening gloves if you like.

Protect Yourself From Rising Utility Rates with Solar Energy

Protect Yourself From Rising Utility Rates with Solar Energy

When’s the last time you took a long look at your electric bill? Between rising service fees and delivery fees, you’ll quickly discover one cold, hard fact: To the electric company, you’re a “rate payer,” not a valued customer.

“Like any other corporation, utility companies are bound by their investors to do everything they can to maximize profits,” said Alicia Uebelhoer, co-owner of Buffalo Solar Solutions Inc. “They are more than happy with the fact that you don’t understand what you’re paying for. And they are even happier that you don’t realize the truth.”

The truth is, that in many cases, customers of the electric utility companies are paying more for the delivery of their electricity than they are for the electricity itself. 

Learn to Make a Braided Wool Rug at Audubon on Friday, February 17

Learn to Make a Braided Wool Rug at Audubon on Friday, February 17

Jamestown, NY – By devoting part of a Friday afternoon to do some learning, you could be able to make your own braided wool rug.

On February 17 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. the Audubon Community Nature Center is presenting a workshop on Braided Wool Rug Techniques. Using reclaimed wool clothing, you can learn how to start, braid, add lengths, and lace to create braided wool rugs of varying sizes with a hands-on project.

You will learn all these techniques by creating a wool trivet. You will also receive a lacing needle and a braiding hook. The skills you learn can be used to make rugs of all sizes.