2018 Conservation Plant Sale is Now Available

The Cheshire County Conservation District is currently accepting orders for its Annual Conservation Plant Sale. 2018 offerings include a variety of top quality evergreen and deciduous trees, wildlife and landscaping shrubs, tender summer bulbs, perennials and ornamentals, as well as berries and fruit trees.

Many of the species we offer are native, attractive to pollinators, and drought resistant. For this reason they are healthy, hardy plants adapted to our local growing conditions and beneficial to both the grower and wildlife. Once established they require less watering, fertilizers, and pesticides, saving you time and money. This year we are working with Fedco of Maine to bring you top quality plants and bring you mushrooms for your backyard from Wichland Woods of Keene, NH.

All of the proceeds from the sale will benefit conservation efforts in Cheshire County. Thus, in addition to improving your landscape you are helping fund conservation projects in your local community. For more information and to receive order forms, contact the Conservation District office at 756-2988 ext. 115 or send an email to lola@cheshireconservation.org.

View the Plant Sale Catalog and order forms online

All orders and payment must be received by the Conservation District no later than March 2, 2018. Plant Sale Pick-Up Day is currently scheduled for April 28, 2018 from 9am-1pm at Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole.

Community Garden Connections Weekly Garden Parties

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WHERE?
The Westmoreland Garden Project located at the Cheshire County Farm
River Road in Westmoreland, NH, 03467 (near the Maplewood Nursing Home)

WHEN?
Every Tuesday, May through October, 4-6pm
(Carpool from Antioch University at 3:30pm)

WHAT ELSE?

  • Dress for garden work, rain or shine!
  • No supplies required – just bring yourself and a positive attitude!
  • Antioch’s Community Garden Connections staff will support volunteers in planting, watering, and weeding the vegetable garden, caring for the orchard, and creating a perennial flower garden!
  • All proceeds are donated to the Keene Community Kitchen and other community members with limited access to fresh produce.

For more information contact: communitygardens@antioch.edu

 

Backyard Compost Building

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Backyard Compost Building
A Small Scale Biodynamic Model, Lynne Boudreau of Kroka Expeditions
Sun 5/7 – 1pm-4pm

Workshop fee: $25

Register and pay now – or – Apply for a scholarship for this workshop

Join W.S. Badger Company for a hands-on workshop to explore the joys of decomposition and learn how to make compost that will feed your plants and nourish your being! We will spend time discussing different materials and their properties, as well as the composting processes and the magical influence of various biodynamic preparations on the inner workings of the compost pile. We will then head outside to actually build a compost pile together.

Please wear appropriate shoes/boots and dress for the weather. Bring gloves if you desire, and a pitch fork or shovel if you can!

Presenter Bio: Lynne Boudreau is co-founder of Kroka Expeditions in Marlow, NH. Prior to becoming Kroka’s Farm and Garden Manager/Educator, Lynne apprenticed on a biodynamic farm in Pennsylvania. The Farm at Kroka Expeditions uses biodynamic and organic practices with the intention of healing the land. With a deep respect for the natural world and the wisdom and ways of elders and native people, Lynne farms using varied modalities, while also working by intuition and trust that the Earth knows how to care for itself.

How to Grow a Totally Organic Garden

Free workshop!  Registration Required:  Click here to register.

In today’s world, people are becoming more and more concerned with what they put into their mouths. Where does this food come from? Are there any GMOs? Were pesticides sprayed here or nearby?

What better way is there to take control of our eating than by growing some of our own food? We can give our plants additional soil amenities to provide extra nutrients for ourselves and our families. We can stay grounded by handling and caring for our plants. And the flavor! Nothing beats homegrown fruits and vegetables.

Plus, the health benefits are astronomical. Fresh picked has more vitamins and minerals than anything that is found in a store.  Give your family the edge for health—grow your own. Because, health, after all, is the greatest wealth.

This is a presentation on how to grow a beautiful garden. With over 100 color pictures designed to provide insights and how-to information on soil preparation, planting, weeding, thinning and harvesting, this gives participants the tools that they need to plant and maintain a garden.

Celeste Longacre is the author of “Celeste’s Garden Delights.” She is also an accomplished gardener who has been growing most of her family’s vegetables for over 35 years. Celeste preserves the garden’s bounty by canning, freezing, drying, and fermenting it as well as storing her produce in a root cellar. She and her husband, Bob, live sustainably in a handmade octagonal home. During the cold winter months, their heat is provided by the firewood that Bob cuts. Much of their electricity is generated with an array of solar panels.  For further information visit her website at www.celestelongacre.com.