Yesterday, Emily Burkhard from WNYT News Channel 13 spent the afternoon at the Pitney Meadows Community Farm and did a great segment that included our beekeeper, Jenn Dunn; the plans for the 166-acre farm and the flourishing community gardens.
If you didn’t see it, here’s the link: WNYT
Burkhard and her videographer, Josh, were at the farm interviewing and enjoying the gardens and butterflies for several hours. During that time, Burkhard learned the process of extracting honey from bee hives, toured the community gardens, spoke with gardeners and asked great questions about plans for the farm’s future that were answered by Farm Director Ken Kleinpeter.
It was fun to be able to share what has been accomplished at Pitney Meadows in just a year.
The videography on the story captures the beauty of the farm and the continuation of its agricultural legacy.
This morning, the gardeners at the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens donated 22 pounds of fresh, healthy, organically grown produce to the Franklin Community Center’s food pantry.
Twenty two pounds! That brings our total contribution this month to about 40 pounds.
I’m so glad we are able to do this!
Thank you all and especially to those gardeners who are traveling this week and gave us permission to harvest ripe vegetables from their plots.
If you won’t be about next week, please let me know if we can harvest from your plots.
Come see dozens of fairy houses and cheer for the biggest sunflowers in the contest in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.
Admission to the farm is free. Donations are welcome. Visitors can buy lunch at the Nine Miles East Farm’s Food Truck, and enjoy ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s, play fairy games, listen to music, and follow the fairy queen as she tells a story and more.
If you want to wear your fairy attire, please do.
Every Saturday since June, children have been attending a reading and garden/craft program in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens we called the Sunflower Hour. Today was the last session of the season.
It has been wonderful with dozens of children coming over the summer to hear stories told by Faye Mihuta, a retired teacher, and experience life in the garden. Children sat in the sunflower house, which is just now beginning bloom and listened to books being read.
Over the last eight weeks the crafts they made with artist Jess Clauser included a fluttering butterfly, bee bracelets, and cards made with vegetable stamps. Other weeks, the children learned about sowing flower seeds, how vegetables grow, the importance of honeybees and the butterfly habitat we have to support Monarch butterflies. Jay Epstein came one Saturday to talk about worms and the children made worm farms from recycled bottles to take home.
Today, the project was to make a clay medallion by pressing the leaf of the herb sage into wet clay. The clay was trimmed with a round cookie cutter and set out to dry. Once dry, they can be painted. Each one was very pretty and the children were please to take home several each.
Next, we harvested onions. Each child had a chance to pull the onions from the ground and take one home.
Afterwards, we all tasted zucchini bread and basil lemonade. Both were delicious.
It was a great morning in the garden.
Special thank you to Faye and Jess for all the effort put into making Sunflower Hour a memorable experience for young community members. You are deeply appreciated.
This tiny Monarch caterpillar is now in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens, a gift from Dawn, the owner of Wildthings Rescue Nursery. Dawn is one of the vendors at the Saratoga Farmers Market and gave us this little treasure for our butterfly garden.
We carefully tucked it into its new home on a milkweed plant in the butterfly garden and protected it from predators with a special butterfly netting donated by gardener, Kay S. In the next two weeks, we will watch it grow and become a chrysalis and after that a magnificent Monarch.
Thank you all. BTW – Dawn’s Nursery specializes in native plants. You can check it out here: www.dawnswildthings.com
The Girls Scouts have been working in the gardens the last two seasons and we are delighted to have them!
They have grown food for the pantries, created a fairy garden, earned art and outdoor experience and so much more.
Now, the scouts will be able to earn a badge for their work in the community gardens.
This is the patch that troop leader Jess Clauser designed. Note the Pitney Farm barn and silo.
Green thumbs up to all the troops!
This morning we were able to donate 8.8 pounds of freshly harvested, organically grown tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants and herbs including tarragon, basil and dill to the Franklin Community Center.
Thank you to all the Pitney Meadows Community Gardeners for your generosity.
Natalie Walsh, Garden Director
P.S. I added a few flowers. They are food for the soul. 🙂
One of the great joys of gardening is looking at your harvest and deciding what dinner will be that night.
This is what one gardener at Pitney Meadows Community Gardens picked recently from her plot.