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Explore Buffalo to Host Autumn Tour of Homes

Explore Buffalo to Host Autumn Tour of Homes

Save the date and join Explore Buffalo and Imagine:Hamburg from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 for a rare opportunity to see the interiors of historic homes in one of Erie County’s most charming villages! 

On this Autumn Tour of Homes, approximately 10 home interiors will be open to view and admire. Take a look at some incredible 19th century interiors that have been painstakingly maintained or restored by their owners. In addition, the Village of Hamburg business community will be participating with special offerings the day of the tour, including live music, wine tasting and even a real steam engine.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit explorebuffalo.org or phone (716) 245-3032.

Join the Harvesting at Audubon Gardening Workshop, Sunday Afternoon, August 20

Join the Harvesting at Audubon Gardening Workshop, Sunday Afternoon, August 20

Jamestown, NY – Late summer is the time for harvesting tomatoes, potatoes, squash, and berries.

“Late Summer Harvests” is the theme for the fourth in a series of five gardening classes presented by organic gardeners Scott and Pam Stoleson through Audubon Community Nature Center.

This hands-on, taste-buds-on workshop is set for 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, at the Stolesons’ home in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania.

You may get to sample such distinctive items as Black from Tula tomato, kohlrabi, multi-colored carrots, and Ma Guan, also known as fuzzy gourd.

You will learn the tasks needed to keep the veggies coming in: tying up tomatoes, snapping suckers, monitoring mildews and blights, and squishing squash bugs.

The Stolesons 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.

Keep in mind that you could get dirty.

Local Educator Discovers How to Unleash Children's Love for Nature ​

Local Educator Discovers How to Unleash Children's Love for Nature ​

Like many of us with a few years under our belt, Dave Bauer grew up in an era before video games and cellphones, when children enthusiastically played in the great outdoors until the streetlights went on. He thoroughly enjoyed exploring his natural surroundings, leaving no stone unturned and being completely intrigued by the creepy crawlers found in the soil beneath. 

Bauer’s youthful appreciation of nature led to a successful career as a teacher of environmental science and training others in creative thinking, change leadership and living sustainability. Following his retirement from the teaching profession, he turned his attention to several projects focused on reconnecting today’s youth with nature.

With WNY on the Upswing, Low-income Families Finding Fewer Quality Housing Opportunities

With WNY on the Upswing, Low-income Families Finding Fewer Quality Housing Opportunities

The City of Buffalo is seeing a resurgence that many of us never thought we would see in our lifetime. New buildings are going up and businesses that never gave Buffalo serious thought are now lining up to purchase commercial space for immediate and future development, all of which is tremendous news for the city by the lake and its surrounding suburbs.

As a result, housing prices are also skyrocketing. Again, that’s good news if you currently own a home in the 716. For those now looking to buy, many are already finding themselves priced out of the market. And those who rent, especially in the city, are dealing with dramatically increasing monthly payments, making the cost of quality rental housing a big burden on our low-income residents.

Taste and Learn at Audubon Gardening Workshop, Sunday Afternoon, July 16

Taste and Learn at Audubon Gardening Workshop, Sunday Afternoon, July 16

Jamestown, NY – You can learn the basics of weeding, mulching, and organic pest control at a gardening class at the home of organic gardeners Scott and Pam Stoleson.

This hands-on, taste-buds-on workshop, the third in a series presented by Audubon Community Nature Center, is 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, July 16,

Driving directions to the Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania, location will be emailed to registrants on the Thursday before the workshop.

At this point one’s entire garden is fully planted and hopefully growing well. But there’s no time for sitting on your laurels. Getting great harvests in the fall requires a substantial investment of sweat equity now.

Audubon July 6 Raised Bed Gardening Workshop Free Thanks to Cummins

Audubon July 6 Raised Bed Gardening Workshop Free Thanks to Cummins

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) has added raised beds to its kitchen garden and will be offering three free gardening workshops, all thanks to a grant from Jamestown Cummins Engine Plant

Reg Boutwell, an avid gardener with years of experience, designed and built the raised beds. He is also instructing the 6-7 p.m. Raised Bed Gardening workshop on Thursday, July 6. Rain date is the same time on July 13.

Raised beds require some thought when it comes to design, and filling the beds requires a bit of know-how to get the best results. They also have some advantages over in-ground gardens.

Solar Panels Just Became a Work of Art in Western New York

Solar Panels Just Became a Work of Art in Western New York

As the desire for solar energy continues to grow both locally and across the nation, we’re seeing rooftop solar units with much greater frequency and in practically every neighborhood. And if you look a little closer, you’ll also see pole-mounted solar panels popping up in back yards and open fields in both rural and urban communities.

But thanks to Buffalo Solar Solutions Inc., solar energy in Western New York just entered a whole new world, one that combines solar panels, architecture and ingenuity to introduce a new option for homeowners that is as artistically eye-opening as it is energy efficient.

What is believed to be Western New York’s first solar pergola was recently constructed for a Lancaster homeowner, and the end result is sure to generate excitement for those seeking a clean energy option that adds to the overall beauty of their home and landscaping.