raffleimage Garden Walk Buffalo

Raffle, survey, gala & more items too good to miss

Hurry to buy tickets for Garden Walk Super Big Raffle You could win more than $2,800 in plants, gift certificates, merchandise, a Kodak printer, and tickets to see Bill Cosby, the Indigo Girls and Three Dog Night in the Garden Walk Super Big Raffle. Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com was pleased to donate note cards featuring images by Donna Brok, whose garden photography you can enjoy on her blog, Garden Walk, Garden Talk. There are dozens of items; see the entire list here. Tickets…

mint water on Argyle in Buffalo NY

Make a refreshing drink & other items too good to miss

Minted water is a refreshing summertime beverage For an easy and refreshing drink this summer, try minted water. I tasted this light beverage in the garden of Kathy and Ed Burke on Argyle Park during Garden Walk Buffalo. Simply place mint in cool water and let it set. Mint is easy to grow and spreads quickly, so this is a great way to use large bunches. It was hot during Garden Walk Buffalo and visitors appreciated this summertime treat. You…

Earth Bowl Festival in Grand Island NY 2012

Earth Bowl Festival to feature plant sale, concert, dinner

An interesting new event called the Earth Bowl Festival will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Riverside Salem United Church of Christ Environmental Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY, overlooking the scenic Niagara River. Parking is available along the river. The Earth Bowl Festival features a delicious, full course vegetarian dinner including entrees, salads, breads and desserts, with vegan, wheat-free and dairy-free options. Dinner will be served in beautifully designed, hand-thrown artisan bowls, created…

vegetables from Microsoft clip art

Grants available for projects to get farm products to areas in need

The FreshConnect program, which brings fresh food from New York State farms to underserved communities, will award competitive grants to support projects that make New York farm products more accessible to low-income residents and areas in need. The deadline is April 2. In 2011, Governor Cuomo launched the FreshConnect program to create new farmers markets and support existing markets that provided fresh produce to high-need areas throughout the state. The initiative is now expanding to include not just farmers’ markets,…

tomatoes by Eckhardt in Buffalo NY area

Local food: Gardeners can support farm products in the Buffalo area

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, we in the Buffalo area spend a lot of time planning menus, baking, cooking, dining with family and nibbling at parties. So while we’re thinking of food, let’s shift our focus slightly and look at some important questions: How do we sustain our supply of locally grown food? How do we make sure our children and grandchildren enjoy the abundance and variety of locally produced food that we now take for granted in Western…