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Winter lights

December 7, 2014 The night has always been one of my favorite times of day. It turns everything familiar into something unfamiliar and different. This terrified me as a chil. more »»

The tale of a gardener’s dilemma

December 7, 2014 This is a story about a gardener who wanted her 50 bags of leaves shredded so she would be able to use them as mulch on all of her beautiful flower bed. more »»

Eating acorns

November 30, 2014 This fall I dabbled in balanophagy- on a very limited basis. It started by chance but I’ve been thinking about it for a few years. more »»

Surrounded by amazing places to visit

November 23, 2014 The Tundra Swans do not know that it is mid-November, but that does not stop them from migrating through our area in Mid-November every yea. more »»

Farmers markets continue to grow throughout region

November 23, 2014 For centuries, small family farms have been taking their best produce to towns and cities, hoping to sell all they can and resupply their own needs from other growers. more »»

In the fragile time

November 16, 2014 It sings to me in the fragile time between sleep and consciousness. Steady, soothing, and oddly musical, the raindrops hit the tin roof and capture me. more »»

A season to remember

November 9, 2014 No season is as full of traditions for me as fall. It’s an odd, mixed up season during which we transition from summer to winter. more »»

The art of mindful seeing

November 2, 2014 It can take as long as 20 minutes to fully give myself permission to forget the worries of the world and be mindful as I walk. To be fully present to this moment. more »»

Forest pest identification workshop scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday

October 26, 2014 The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets working with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County, will be holding a two-part Forest Pest training and ID session on Tuesday an... more »»

The art of basket making

October 19, 2014 I collect the produce from my garden in a wire basket. I store my kindling in a circular basket made of wooden splints. My catch-all container in the mudroom is a sweetgrass baske. more »»

Inner Child comes out to play with skunks

October 12, 2014 Inside every adult, there is a little kid hiding and waiting to come out. This little one is full of wonder and joy and excitement, but buried under years of knowledge and other experiences. more »»

­September perfection

September 28, 2014 There is a day in September when everything is perfect. I don’t mean “perfect” in the unattainable sense. more »»

How to winter over and recycle some of your plants

September 28, 2014 I just wanted to let you know, some of your summer plants will winter over very nicely, in your home or basemen. more »»

Homesteader’s dream

September 21, 2014 To live off the grid is a declaration of self-sufficiency. more »»

Making memories

September 14, 2014 This summer I had the good fortune to go on vacation with 16 members of my family. Some may think this a week to be tolerated. For me, this was a trip to anticipate with pleasure and to enjo. more »»

Secrets of a happy wintergreen plant

September 14, 2014 This is a tale of the little plant that couldn’t. Eight or so years ago, I bought a small wintergreen plant from a good nursery. This wild ground cover from N.E. more »»

Fascinating fall colors brighten autumn days

September 7, 2014 CRIN FREDRICKSON Fall sort of snuck up on me this year. I was driving into work, it was a Thursday, and I was lost in thought for most of the rid. more »»

Greedy gardener’s consolation: the blueberry always brings in a harvest

September 7, 2014 Our last winter was the coldest in 60 years. My apple, apricot, cherry, peach, pear, nectarine, plum, and black walnut trees all had no flowers, and no fruit. more »»

Litter on land and in water

August 31, 2014 This summer I started a list. 1. The south branch of Cattaraugus Creek, 2. A small, unnamed beach on Lake Erie, 3. Arkwright Falls, 4. The Chadakoin River, 5. Conewango Creek, 6. more »»

Label mania controversy heating up

August 31, 2014 The chips looked interesting: made from fresh spinach and kale with sea salt. The snack king in our house brought them home and we agreed they were very tast. more »»



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