The Community Garden End of Season Harvest Event

The seed savers/community garden group has accomplished a great deal since ramping up this spring. It is now time to enjoy the fruits of our harvest, put the garden to bed, celebrate our progress, and plan for an even better 2018. This will happen on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We’re hoping for a good turnout, many hands would make light work and give us more time to enjoy ourselves. PLEASE R.S.V.P., if you can, so we’ll know how many to expect (and to have enough snacks!). if you can’t respond, please come anyway. There will be a final planning session at 6:00 tonight at the library for anyone interested in helping to pull together the last-minute details. half hour, tops.

In the meantime –

Here are the plans for Saturday’s to-do list (to date):

  • Bench building 10-11 a.m. Pat Sullivan, who helped folks make two benches already, will hold a bench-building session from 10 to 11 a.m. to make a couple more for the garden – simple to build, comfortable to sit on. Anyone welcome to participate, especially young people who want to help.
  • Make 4 more raised beds
  • Make three-bin composter
  • Assemble black plastic composter
  • Move remaining piles of soil from outside garden into new raised beds
  • Harvest vegetables from this year’s raised beds
  • Get victoria’s mature compost to mix with soil for next year
  • Move all wood inside enclosure
  • Secure hole in south fence
  • Weed beds (not that many . . .)
  • Tidy up around fence, as good neighbors with school

Tools/equipment needed:

  • Wheelbarrows
  • Shovels
  • Rakes
  • Battery-powered drills/screwdrivers (charged)
  • Battery-powered skill saw (charged)
  • Measuring tapes
  • Staple guns
  • Square
  • Harvest buckets
  • Weeding tools
  • Lag bolts and weed barrier (Stephen Greene will bring)
  • Sidewalk chalk and scissors (Caroline will bring)
  • Trash can
  • Wooden pallets – we hope to secure a few, but if you have any you’d like to donate to the cause, they would be gladly accepted.
  • Pick-up trucks . . .

Other things:
Feel free to bring any snacks and drinks to share. Helen will bring a large cooler of water.

Stephen may bring apple pie!

Apple pressing!
Speaking of apples, Susan Flash is bringing her apple press to make cider for all. We have access to west mountain farm apples that will need to be picked either Friday afternoon or before 10 on Saturday. Volunteers needed for this. Please let us know in your RSVP, if you’d be willing to pick some apples. Apple crates/buckets also needed. We’ll make cider throughout the day. If you want some, please bring clean, seal-able jugs/containers to transport home.

That’s it for now, hope to see you all soon. It will be a fun, productive day after a very satisfying first season.

Thank you all ahead of time!

Caroline

 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

MICHAEL BATCHER, MBATCHER@BCRCVT.ORG, BENNINGTON COUNTY SOLID WASTE ALLIANCE, BENNINGTON COUNTY

The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance will hold a household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Dorset School, 130 School Drive, Dorset, VT 05251. This event is free for residents and second home property owners of the towns of Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland and Woodford. Small businesses may also participate but must pre-register by September 15, 2017 and must pay for materials they bring for disposal. Please visit http://www.bcswavt.org/ or contact Michael S. Batcher (mbatcher@bcrcvt.org802-442-0713 x 2) for more information.

 

Worm Bin Composting at Stamford Library Children’s Summer Reading Camp!

Bring the children to the Stamford Library Summer Reading Camp
on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 10:30-11:30 a.m. for a HANDS-ON workshop about WORM BIN COMPOSTING!

Helen Fields, Master Composter, will help us investigate the science,
the art, and the FUN of having your own WORM BIN to compost
all of your kitchen food scraps! Sing the red wiggler song and dance the
red wiggler dance! Draw pictures of the worms and learn their names!

AND it is NOT SMELLY!

AND you DON’T have to touch the worms IF YOU DON’T WANT TO!
(but you can if you do).

Parents and other adults are welcome.

Come learn about how we can reduce our garbage bill and make
the best compost in the world: BLACK GOLD RED WIGGLER COMPOST!!!!

(Flowers and veggies LOVE BGRWC!)

ALL ARE WELCOME. SNACKS PROVIDED. BRING YOUR FRIENDS!

 

Seed Savers / Community Garden

Due to an unfriendly weather forecast, the Community Garden work bee has been re-scheduled to tomorrow – Wednesday June 28th 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

Our hope is to build four 12’x3’x2′ raised beds, line the beds with landscaping cloth and fill with top soil that has been generously donated by North Branch Landscaping and Tietgens Trucking and Excavation.

 

Update on Glyphosate Proposed Use in Stamford

Myself and others attended the Select board meeting last night to try
and get further information on the herbicide use and logging operations
that are planned for our town. The Select board was receptive of
our inquires and have provided the information made available to their board on this matter (see below). Please read as much of the information as you can, as one resident stated last night, “This probably won’t be the last time we have to face issues like this”. Continue reading “Update on Glyphosate Proposed Use in Stamford”

Out of This Weeks Selectboard Minutes

The town office was contacted by the National Forest who wants to hire a contractor to work in the town’s right-of-way along parts of County Road, Maltese Road and Risky Ranch Road to use herbicides to treat several invasive species of plants. Concerns were raised as to what type of herbicides would be used and the effects it would have on beekeepers and residents with allergies. The Selectboard agreed that the National Forest should come to the town office to research the names of the property owners affected. Kurt Gamari, the town’s Health Officer, felt sometimes non-treatment can be worse if the invasive species is allowed to spread. The Selectboard thought it would be best if the National Forest scheduled a Public Meeting, invited all affected landowners and provided a list of exactly what chemicals they would be using in what manner.

Going Zero Waste with Amy Johns

Please join us May 11 at 6:30 p.m. for a library program and a community event that could have positive impacts on all of us and our town.

Amy Johns, Stamford resident and Director of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College, will talk about ways to achieve a waste-free lifestyle.

Amy, who teaches courses on renewable energy and sustainability at Williams, will discuss the concept of Zero Waste living and outline strategies aimed at reducing waste and pollution in our lives and becoming better stewards of our environment.

The hour-long program will include time for discussion and light refreshments.