Backyard Gardening

By Amanda Kuhnert

For most backyard gardeners, growing and sustaining a garden is a process of trial and error. Every year we learn something new. We focus on one thing but overlook something else. And we vow to never let that happen again.Billings Garden

After a decade of gardening, I still get goosebumps when those first seedlings poke through the earth. And I marvel at the miracle of every tomato, green bean, and zucchini that eventually comes into being. Because I know, from experience, that every successful garden is the result of hard work, learning from mistakes, and a little luck — even professionals aren’t immune to universal gardening threats like weather, disease, and pests.

Sustainable Summer Activities

By Amanda Kuhnert

This summer, as we hit the trails and head to our local farmers’ markets, we’re reminded of the importance of maintaining the health and vitality of our local ecosystem. We hope you’ll take advantage of these fun and informative programs offered by community organizations.
10th Annual Trek to Taste: Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Keeton
This celebration of trails, local food, and healthy living will be hosted at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park and Billings Park. Guided walks start at 10:30 a.m. and noon. Or grab a map and venture out on your own. Along the way sample free, delicious foods from local producers. Enjoy family games, arts and crafts, demonstrations, an ice-cream social, music, and more. Free event. For info:

10th Annual Trek to Taste Event

By Zachariah Ralph

This year marks the 10th annual Trek to Taste event. On Saturday, June 2, Woodstock will join communities and parks across the country to celebrate National Trails Day. This free event is community co-generated with collaboration by more than 30 area organizations. It takes place on the trails of Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park and Woodstock’s town parks. Trek to Taste combines healthy activities, farm fresh food, music, the arts, and local history for a day-long celebration.

Permaculture Keeps Giving

By Sally Miller

When the North Universalist Chapel Garden was first established in 2014 the purpose was to expand permaculture gardening into the heart of the Village of Woodstock. The intention was for the garden to serve as a model for educating residents of Woodstock about permaculture, food security and community food systems with a goal to inspire people to transform their lawns into Edible Forest Gardens. They saw permaculture as a way to “both mitigate and adapt to climate change and to raise consciousness about the real threats of climate change and how we can, working together in communities, creatively (and quickly) transition to a new systems and a new way of living on this planet.” (more…)