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Local strawberries are in season; get them quick

Home-grown strawberries last only about two weeks, and by the time some people realize strawberries are available, the season is over. Get local strawberries quick while they’re still available at Goodman’s Farm Market, 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls, NY.  They carry home-grown fruits and vegetables in season, as well as honey and other local products. Swiss chard and leaf lettuce are in season now. There’s still time to plant flowering perennials and vegetables, and Goodman’s has a good selection…

Stella Niagara from WNY Land Conservancy

Matching gifts needed to create Stella Niagara Preserve; other projects get grants

The Western New York Land Conservancy and the Friends of the Stella Niagara Preserve have received a $200,000 challenge gift by a local couple, Pamela and Joe Priest, to help create the Stella Niagara Preserve, a new nature preserve on the Niagara River in Lewiston. The Land Conservancy is asking residents, businesses, and foundations to donate and match this challenge gift by June 1 in order to complete the project on time and to open the preserve to the public later…

Fascinating green roof project under way in Springville; you can help

by Connie Oswald Stofko The Springville Center for the Arts is seeking volunteers to start seedlings for its green roof project. You’ll get seeds that you are asked to start in containers and nurture until they’re ready to be transplanted onto the green roof. You don’t have to live in Springville to participate. In addition to the seedling program, volunteers are needed for the installation of the green roof on the building that the arts center is rehabilitating at  5 East Main…

local apples from Goodman's Farm Market Niagara Falls

Welcome our new Premium Partner, Goodman’s Farm Market in Niagara Falls

If you’re looking for locally grown produce throughout the year, stop in to our newest Premium Partner, Goodman’s Farm Market. Goodman’s Farm Market is located at 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls, NY. Even though it’s winter, there are still local products in stock. Apples are one of the few produce items that are as tasty now as they were the day they were picked. Goodman’s carries apples grown in Niagara County including Empire, Crispin, Jonagold, Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious,…

Chef to demonstrate cooking with herbs Aug. 23 at Mischler’s; tips on growing herbs, too

Herbs can add so much to the dishes we prepare– if you know how to use herbs well. Chef Andrew Marino of the Irishman Pub and Eatery in Williamsville will present a free demonstration and tasting called “Cooking With Herbs” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Using plants available at Mischler’s, Marino will teach you how to make and plate special herb-inspired dishes. You can buy the plants and take…

Plant food now: broccoli & other veggies from seed for fall as well as fruit trees & bushes

by Connie Oswald Stofko If your garden was wet or you were busy and didn’t get any food plants in your garden this spring, don’t fret. It’s not too late. You can plant vegetables, including broccoli, from seed. You can also plant fruit trees and bushes. Vegetables Now is the time to plant seeds for many vegetables that you can harvest in fall. In addition to broccoli, seeds that you can sow now include lima beans, coriander, dill, collards and…

Make food a permanent part of your Western New York yard with edible landscapes

by Connie Oswald Stofko When we want to grow food, we generally think of smallish plants that we would categorize as “vegetables” or “herbs,” such as tomatoes or zucchini or parsley. Today we’re going to challenge you to think bigger. When you think of food, think of trees and shrubs. The concept is called edible landscapes, said Fred Safford, who is in charge of trees and shrubs at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. It’s a way to work with…

Learn how to keep chickens & more at urban farming event in Buffalo

You can tour an urban farm, learn about keeping chickens and learn the basics of aquaponics during Growing Green Spring Urban Agriculture Training, hosted by the staff of Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP). It takes place Friday through Sunday, March 7 to 9 in Buffalo. The cost for Saturday only is $150; for Sunday only, $125; free for the Friday evening reception, and $225 for all three days. The deadline to register is Feb. 28. Click here to register. At the…

Want to start community garden in Buffalo? Apply to Grassroots Gardens by Feb. 17

If you are interested in starting a community garden in the City of Buffalo, you may be able to get assistance from Grassroots Gardens. The full application isn’t due until March 3, but a letter of intent is due Feb. 17. An open house will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 in the Grassroots Gardens main office, 2495 Main Street, Suite 408, Buffalo NY 14214. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and to help…

90-acre farm in WNY will remain agricultural land under conservation easement

Even those of us who grow vegetables in our gardens still depend on farmers for most of our food. But that food supply could be constrained if we lose Western New York farmland to housing and other development. The Western New York Land Conservancy is working to protect local farmland. Earlier this month it announced that the 90-acre Meyer Farm in the Town of Eden is now permanently protected from development and will remain farmland for future generations. This $244,000…