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Audubon’s Annual Plant Exchange and Sale is Saturday, May 16

Audubon’s Annual Plant Exchange and Sale is Saturday, May 16

Jamestown, NY – Growing healthy, blooming, tasty, beautiful plants is one of the best parts of spring.

You are invited to exchange plants, knowledge, tips and tricks at the Jamestown Audubon Nature Center’s annual Plant Exchange & Sale on Saturday, May 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gardeners know there are always volunteer plants that spring up and need new homes. The Plant Exchange & Sale was born to share those volunteers. It has grown to include donations from nurseries to provide some friendly and in-demand plants, a sale option for those just starting out who don’t yet have extras, and some seeds and informational displays.

Nature Center Taste of Nature Series: Worm Composting

Nature Center Taste of Nature Series: Worm Composting

Jamestown, NY – Did you know that worms can convert your food scraps into nutrient-rich compost for your garden?

You can learn how at the Audubon Nature Center’s next Taste of Nature Series class on Tuesday evening, May 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Juliette Enfield from Penn State Cooperative Extension will cover the basics of worm composting, also known as vermicomposting. She will share techniques on keeping a low maintenance and odorless worm compost bin.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn about worm biology.
  • Learn how to maintain a worm compost bin indoors and out.
  • Learn how small farms are using worm composting to reduce waste and fertilize crops.
  • Create and take home their very own worm bin with Red Wiggler worms.
     

Bins, worms and some food scraps and bedding will be provided.

Nature Center Program on Raising Chickens

Nature Center Program on Raising Chickens

Jamestown, NY – It is becoming more and more popular to raise chickens in the backyard.

The Audubon Nature Center is presenting “Backyard Chickens,” featuring a panel of local folks who have done just that, on Saturday, March 14, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Raising egg-laying chickens in the backyard is fun, self-sufficient and educational. Not only do you get fresh eggs out of the endeavor, you also gain some great insight in the poultry brain, get some laughter at their antics, and, if you choose, get some tasty dinners once your birds are past prime laying age.

Come armed with questions for a group of folks who have raised birds in their yards. While not professional (are there professional backyard chicken raisers?), they have first-hand knowledge of how to raise birds right here in our area.

Emerald Ash Borer is Topic of Nature Center’s First Friday in February

Emerald Ash Borer is Topic of Nature Center’s First Friday in February

Jamestown, NY – With confirmation that the Emerald Ash Borer is now resident in Chautauqua County, how will you deal with the Emerald Ash Borer when it arrives in your back yard?

Betsy Burgeson, chair of the Chautauqua County Emerald Ash Borer Task Force, will give a presentation on this invasive species at the Audubon Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on 11 a.m. February 6, 2015.

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an insect of Asian origin that is rapidly making its way across the United States, threatening all of our ash trees. It tunnels under the bark, cutting off water and nutrients and ultimately killing the tree in two to four years. Municipalities are making management plans for ash trees on public lands, and residents will also need to have a plan to manage ash trees on their property.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Announces Annual Poster Competition

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Announces Annual Poster Competition

 

The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market will hold its fifth annual poster contest to promote the outdoor market’s upcoming 2015 season. Entries for the poster competition are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 6. Whether you’re a student studying the arts, a professional graphic designer or just someone with a creative streak, you’re invited to submit your design for an 11x17-inch color poster that accurately reflects the feel of the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market. 

All entries should contain — but are not limited to — the following copy content:

Audubon Presenting Wreath-Making Workshop

Audubon Presenting Wreath-Making Workshop

Jamestown, NY – Making an evergreen wreath is a skill you can put to use at holiday time every year.

You can learn this skill at the Audubon Nature Center’sWreath-Making Workshop on Saturday, December 6, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Participants will craft a homemade wreath using materials from the Audubon Nature Center and other local property. You will learn how to identify greens, harvest materials, prepare them for the wreaths, assemble your wreath, and decorate it. You should be able to finish your wreath during the workshop.

All materials are provided, but you may want to bring your own hand pruners and gloves.

The cost for this ever-popular event is $33 or $25 for Friends of the Nature Center.

Reservations with payment are required by Wednesday, December 3. Call (716) 569-2345 or use the on-line form by clicking through “Wreath-Making Workshop” at www.jamestownaudubon.org.

New Winter Market on Hertel to Open on Nov. 22

New Winter Market on Hertel to Open on Nov. 22

 

 

A new indoor farmers’ and food producers’ market will open inside the new 3,000-square-foot home of The Pasta Peddler and Blackbird Sweets, located at 1547 Hertel Ave., Buffalo, on Saturday, Nov. 22. The 20-week market will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through April 4.