COOKING UP THE LOCAL HARVESTIs your CSA share overflowing with late summer vegetables? Are you overwhelmed with the choices at the farmers markets this time of year? Essex County Cornell Cooperative Extension is hosting a “Cooking up the Local Harvest” workshop at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall. This hands-on workshop will be taught by Chef David Hunt. Chef Hunt, head chef at the Hungry Trout Resort in Wilmington, is a great proponent of local food and regularly incorporates it into his menus. This class will focus on tasty ways to serve up the abundance of vegetables in the North Country at the peak of summer harvest. Join us for an afternoon of fun and delectable creativity! Fee is $10. Limit 15 participants. For more information or to register please call 518-962-4810 x 404 or email email@example.com.
PAST EVENTSBark: Get to Know Your Trees
Hear Michael Wojtech – Naturalist and author of Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast
Saturday, October 11, 9:00am-1:00pm
Michael will take you on a walk in the autumn woods to develop your perceptive skills and hone your bark knowledge with this hands-on experience. Nature series is presented by Elizabeth Lee, Outdoor Guide. Co-sponsored by the Northeast Wilderness Trust
Tuesday, July 15
Free Community Education Night
Essex County Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Grange invite you to attend a screening of this important film.
HERE ONE DAY is a bracing, visually arresting, emotionally candid film about a woman coping with mental illness, her relationships with her family, and the ripple effects of her suicide on those she loved. The film will be followed by community discussion, questions and answers by Producer/Director Kathy Leichter and local mental health professionals.
Nature programs presented by Elizabeth Lee, outdoor guide and the Northeast Wilderness Trust.
Friday, April 25, 7pm
Timber Rattlesnakes in Folklore and Fact
Presentation by Joe Racette, the New York State Wildlife Action Plan Coordinator.
Introduction to Fruit-Tree Grafting
An essential skill for the small-scale orchardist
Learn how to graft your own trees for backyard apples, pears, cherries, and more, inexpensively. Transform existing crabapple or pie cherry trees into varieties that produce your favorite fruit. Experience the history and science of grafting and why grafting is necessary to propagate mainstream cultivars.
Tuesday, May 6 at 7pm
Creating a Rain Garden
Workshop led by Amanda Cording, PhD candidate at UVM, researching nutrient and sediment retention in rain gardens at the UVM Outdoor Bioretention Laboratory. Amanda has also done extensive fieldwork in watershed hydrology.
Friday, February 21 at 7pm
Friday, March 7 at 7pm
Saturday, March 8 from 9am-1pm
Winter Bird Language and Behavior Field Class
Connor Stedman will lead a half day field class exploring the relationship between bird language, tracking, and winter ecology.
Sunday, September 30 at 3pm
This is an award-winning documentary by filmmaker Josh Fox on fracking, high-volume hydraulic fracturing to release natural gas from shale. A gas-drilling boom has swept across the U.S. But is fracking safe? When Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he seeks the answer to that question and travels across the country, uncovering a trail of secrets, lies, and contamination.
Admission is free. The film will be followed by a Q & A session with Gary Henry, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Technology at Clinton Community College.
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Adirondack Council
For details on the film, visit the movie website here.
Celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 22nd
11am Family Nature Walk,
1-3pm Bike Clinic
Documentary film that takes us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive.
Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29
FarmHack is a community for those who embrace the long-standing farm traditions of tinkering, inventing, fabricating, tweaking, and improving things that break. Farmers, engineers, designers, inventors all welcome to bring your ideas for more efficient and sustainable tools and practices for farmers.
Full schedule of events is available here.
Wild, Yet Wonderfully Near: Bobcats Return to the Champlain Valley
Learn the surprising facts about bobcats and habitat use.
Naturalist and wildlife tracking expert Sue Morse will share stories and evidence of the bobcats' return from near extinction.
Sponsored by Northeast Wilderness Trust and Champlain Area Trails (CATS)
Suggested donation $5
Poetries of Place, readings by Elaine Sexton and Roger Mitchell and conversation with landscape painter Edward Cornell
Adirondack Raptors and Wendy Hall brought owls and