Garden Dedication

On Sunday May 5, gardeners ranging in age from 4 years old to senior citizens gathered to set our intentions to make Shandaken Community Gardens a place of beauty and bounty. A gracious and generous space to nourish the community.

Hojin Osho, a priest from Zen Mountain Monastery offered a poem as part of a dedication service she led at the garden that day. Heartfelt thanks to Hojin and to everyone who participated in that beautiful event.

Here is Hojin’s poem:

Hojin's dedication poem

 

15th Annual CCEUC’s Great Plant Swap and Sale

15th Annual Great Plant Swap & Sale Coming to New Location in June

CCEUC Plant SwapKingston, NY – As you get your garden ready for spring this year, don’t forget to put aside some plants for the 15th Annual Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s (CCEUC) Master Gardeners Great Plant Swap and Sale taking place Saturday, June 1 at the CCEUC Education Center located at 232 Plaza Road in Kingston.

Here’s how it works:

  • Plants to swap can be dropped off that Saturday morning between 9:00am and 10:00am. Swappers will receive vouchers for the number of plants they drop off.
  • Swappers return at 11:00am to swap vouchers for plants!
  • At 11:30 the swap will open to the public for sale.

Plants must be labeled by name and color of flower, in pots, well cared for, healthy and not on the New York State list of Invasive Plants. Master Gardeners will refuse any plants not meeting these criteria.

Master Gardener volunteers will also be answering gardening questions and have lots of gardening information available. So, pot up your divisions or extra plants a few weeks before the swap date, label them, and bring them to exchange for vouchers.

For more information please call Dona Crawford at 845-340-3990 ext. 335 or visit our website at www.cceulster.org. No early birds please.

For more information about Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s community programs and events visit our online calendar at www.cceulster.org. Follow CCEUC on Facebook and Twitter. CCEUC provides equal program and employment opportunities. Please contact the CCEUC office at 845-340-3990 if you have any special needs.

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC) is a 501(c) 3 subordinate government agency of the State of New York under Article 5, 224(b) of the NYS County Laws organization that utilizes research based knowledge through their partnership with Cornell University. This information is disseminated through their on-going community programming in the areas of Agriculture, Horticulture, 4-H Youth Development, Family and Consumer Science and Environmental programs held throughout Ulster County.

Sincerely,

Jude DeFalco
CCEUC Marketing & Production
Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County
232 Plaza Road
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-340-3990 ext. 332 / Fax: 845-340-3993

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Green$eeds

Money may not grow on trees, but it can grow from seeds!

We love supporting organizations that are doing important work for their communities. In the name of seeds, and the cooperative effort it takes to have healthy local food from seed to seed and farm to plate, we are offering Green$eeds.

Green$eeds is our way of growing money for community organizations. We’ve always been interested in finding ways to support all the parts of a sustainable and resilient local economy. We commission artwork from local artists for our seed packs, contract with local farms to grow seed for our catalog, and teach workshops all over the Northeast. Green$eeds expands our commitment to building community and makes your seed money count. When you choose seeds from our catalog, you know that the seeds you are going to grow in your garden not only support a local farm instead of a multinational corporation, but that you are supporting sustainable growth within your own community.

We’re offering this fundraising program for the months of February-May for those interested in working with the Hudson Valley Seed Library to raise funds for their community organization. To be eligible groups must be community based organizations in the Hudson Valley, Capital District, or Metro New York such as a school, library, garden club, or community garden. Groups should be growing green in some way and show a commitment to developing sustainable practices within their communities.

Our goal with Green$eeds is to keep the initial investment to a minimum and give organizations a long period of time to sell seeds and the chance to reach more people. The participating group publicizes the fundraiser and their patrons are able to go directly to our website to buy their seeds. For each purchase, we donate 25% of each sale back to the organization. Groups can spread the word using the by email, mail, social networking, posters, and other advertising.

For groups who would like more materials to work with, organizations can purchase a group Seed Library membership for $40. This includes 10 Garden/Library Packs, 16 Art Packs, and a reproducible order form. Your group can still use the online program but can also take orders directly using the form. For each pre-order using the form, we donate 40% of each sale back to the organization.

Registration starts now. There are limited supplies for these programs. We will try to accommodate everyone, but depending on the response we will accept groups on a first come first serve basis.

We hope that Green$eeds will help many of the great groups and organizations in the Hudson Valley that are working to strengthen community and provide important services. Of course, even if you are not part of an organization, you can buy seeds from our catalog or become a member of the Seed Library and know that you are helping to create truly sustainable foodshed in the Hudson Valley.

It takes a (seedy) village!