Foraging Class covered by Rivertowns Enterprise! Read it here.
Tuesday, May 2, 2023
The Pollinator Pathway is a patchwork of native flowering plants—from meadows to window boxes—that provide habitat for bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects and wildlife. “Much of our food depends on the work of these pollinators,” said Roubi Eliopoulos and Tess McDade, two Dobbs Ferry residents who are organizing Dobbs Ferry’s chapter of the Pollinator Pathway.
“Dobbs Ferry is the 37th village in Westchester to join the Pollinator Pathway,” said Filippine Hoogland, co-founder of Healthy Yards, the organizing force of the Pollinator Pathway. Neighboring villages of Ardsley, Hastings and Irvington have already organized a chapter; each is a resource for residents and a connection to other pollinator-friendly villages in our region.
- Nancy Delmerico and Kathryn Slocum, members of the Friends of Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Park, which has created a beautiful landscape of native plants along the Hudson River
- Joanna Rock, a homeowner who incorporates more native wildflowers and flowering perennials into her garden each season
- Mickey Mossaidis, a native plants enthusiast who has helped source and distribute over 20,000 native plants in the Rivertowns and beyond
- Roubi Eliopoulos and Iris Hiskey Arno, gardeners with Roots & Wings, the sustainable initiative of South Church, who mix flowers and vegetables on the Church’s campus
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
"That's what will happen to your banana peels, clementine peels and uneaten bagel," she told the little group from Days of Wonder, a childcare program located on South's campus. Teachers Luke and Jordi learned, too, and were tasked with sharing the news to the other classes.The lesson was a step towards Roots & Wings' goal of having all groups that use South Church's campus compost their food scraps, rather than add them to the waste stream. The vision grew out of the recent Composting Conversations--a how-to evening that grew into a think tank of ways to move the dial on local composting.
"This are your compost bins," Lenore, a Roots & Wings steering committee member, told the students. "They are for you and your families to use, as well as your school."
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Partnerships power community garden at First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon
Roots & Wings, the sustainable initiative of South Presbyterian Church, in Dobbs Ferry, has provided $2,500 in seed monies for a new garden at First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon. The collaboration was celebrated at a Garden Work Day and BBQ at First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon on April 9.
“We are thrilled to be part of this new garden,” said Lenore Person, member of Roots & Wings Steering Committee.
The collaboration practically put itself together, she said. Dorothy Muller, a Presbyterian minister living in Sleepy Hollow, serves on the ministry team of both churches and helped make introductions.
Roots & Wings received funding from the Hudson River Presbytery in 2011 for implementing programs that help people to care for the earth and to know its rhythms, creating community and rejuvenating themselves in the process. Written into the grant was funding for other organizations to “grow community.”
The garden at First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon is a partnership between the church’s Mission Committee and Resilient Survivors, a new non-profit in Mount Vernon for survivors of domestic violence, incarceration, addiction— “any trauma that has lasting significant impact on life,” said Claire Hurst, the co-president.
D.I.G. Farm, in North Salem, and its sister organization Westchester Local Food Network will contribute gardening know-how. Allison Turcan, the founder of both organizations, has put together a lean budget using farming connections for fencing, compost, building a compost bin, seeds and seedlings. The City of Mount Vernon contributed wood chips.
Resilient Survivors plans to run healing circles in the new garden. First Presbyterian Church envisions gardening classes and cooking programs using their home-grown produce. “The excitement continues to build,” said Marcia Morgan, member of First Presbyterian Church’s mission committee. “We are thankful for everyone’s hard work and input!”
Thursday, August 5, 2021
There'll be a native plants pop-up sale at Roots & Wings CSA this Sunday, August 8, 9 - 10 am, in the parking lot behind South Church.
Check it out!
|Variety||Common Names||Quantities||Container Type|
|Anemone canadensis||Canada anemone||12||Plug|
|Bouteloua gracilis||Blue Grama||50||Plug|
|Ceanothus americanus||New Jersey Tea||3||Plug|
|Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips'||Turtlehead 'Hot Lips'||15||Plug|
|Conoclinium coelestinum||Blue Mist Flower||17||Plug|
|Coreopsis lanceolata||Lanceleaf tickseed||8||Plug|
|Coreopsis lanceolata 'Baby Gold'||Lanceleaf tickseed 'Baby Gold'||12||Plug|
|Elymus Hystrix||Bottlebrush grass||20||Plug|
|Eupatorium fistulosum||Joe Pye Weed||16||Plug|
|Geranium maculatum||Wild geranium||1||Plug|
|Geum triflorum||Prairie Smokeflower||4||Cup|
|Liatris spicata||Dense Blazing Star||1||Plug|
|Lonicera sempervirens||Coral honeysuckle||32||Plug|
|Packera Aurea||Golden GroundSel||1||Cup|
|Phlox stolonifera||Creeping phlox||17||Plug|
|Pycnanthemum tenuifolium||Narrow Leaf Mountain Mint||41||Plug|
|Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida||Orange Coneflower||7||Plug|
|Schizachyrium scoparium||Little BlueStem||18||Plug|
|Scutellaria incana||Hoary Skullcaps||88||Plug|
|Solidago flexicaulis||Zigzag goldenrod||12||Plug|
|Sorghastrum nutans||Yellow Indiangrass||38||Plug|
|Symphyotrichum novae-angliae||New England Aster||10||Plug|
|Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'||Aster ‘Purple Dome’||12||Plug|
|Thermopsis villosa||Aaron's rod||14||Plug|
$3 each for plugs