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Don’t let names fool you: You may want ‘weeds’ & ‘worts’ in your garden

by Connie Oswald Stofko A weed is any plant you don’t want in your garden. So who would want a plant with “weed” already in its name? And “wort” sounds like “wart,” those unappealing skin blemishes. Yuck! “Wort” is often coupled with the name of some body part —such as in “lungwort.” Double yuck! Don’t be turned off by those names. “Weed” comes from an Old English word for herb. The archaic meaning of “wort”, which has lingered in some…

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Measure a tree or take a photograph of clouds for NASA

You can contribute important scientific data to NASA and help scientists studying Earth and the global environment. While NASA can use tools such as satellites, citizen scientists like you can add data that they don’t have. Use the GLOBE Observer App. It currently includes four main tools: Clouds, Trees, Mosquito Habitat Mapper and Land Cover. Clouds By photographing clouds, recording sky observations and comparing them with NASA satellite data, you can help scientists gain a new perspective on clouds that satellites…

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Farm to School program is win-win for local farmers, students

Local farmers have a longer selling season for their products, and schoolchildren get fresh fruits and vegetables. This win-win relationship is made possible by New York Farm to School initiatives. “We wouldn’t be able to make this work without Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension,” said Dave Walczak, operations manager of Eden Valley Growers, a farm cooperative founded in 1956. Students get education about healthy eating, too. Get more details here….

proposed butterfly conservatory at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens plans to start work in fall on butterfly conservatory & more

by Connie Oswald Stofko The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens expects to start construction in fall 2020 on an exciting expansion project that includes: Butterfly conservatory State‐of‐the‐art classrooms New grow houses Expanded exhibit and event spaces Café New, more convenient visitor entrance Larger gift shop Completion is expected in the fall of 2022. It’s going to be cool! If you enjoy the Botanical Gardens now, you’ll love the new changes. Butterfly conservatory The butterfly conservatory, where you can walk…

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