Agriculture

Colonial-Inspired Kitchen Door Garden

by on July 15, 2017 in Agriculture, Home Page, Uncategorized
If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Colonial-Inspired Kitchen Door Garden behind the library, now is a good time to do so.
Borage flowers are blooming and honeybees have discovered them and we have four Swallowtail caterpillars enjoying the dill plants. Keep an eye out for the caterpillars or their pupa once they mature enough to transition into a butterfly.

Small native pollinators are enjoying the Chamomile and Calendula flowers. The Nasturtium are blooming and spreading.
Volunteers are showing up in the garden. No not volunteers weeding, though those would be welcome. We have a volunteer Borage growing from between the Forget-me-nots and Purslane springing up near the Chamomile.  You might be interested in the fact that Purslane is an edible and can be put into salads, while you are adding to your salad, throw in some Calendula petals and Nasturtium and Borage flowers!

Dry Calendula petals and make a salve for dry cracked skin in winter. (seeds are available in the library)

Enjoy the photos from this weeks garden. Notes from Val of Ag-Com.

Wild Edibles

by on January 24, 2017 in Agriculture, Home Page, Promote, Wildlife

This Saturday, January 28th 11am
Al Stoops will be lecturing on Wild Edibles
at the Olivia Rodham Library
Come for coffee and donuts and stay for the talk.

Learn about easily identifiable edibles, Al Stoop’s lecture is sure to be informative, and thought provocative.

You will leave thinking differently about our woods in Nelson.

If you enjoy Al’s talk, perhaps you would like to join Al and Kathy on their Monday forays into the woods.

Photos by Kathy Schillemat

Seed Catalog at the Nelson Library

by on March 31, 2015 in Agriculture, Home Page, Promote

written by Jacqueline Roland

Seed Catalog Photo

Snow-covered backyards provide the perfect canvas for imagining your next prolific summer garden! As you develop your garden plans for this year, please consider growing some of the wonderful seeds that are available from the Nelson Library Seed Catalog! The seeds in the catalog are from Nelson seed savers, which means that they’re better suited to our local growing conditions than the seeds you’ll find at a garden supply store.
Seeds that are currently available in the catalog include:
Bush Yellow Wax Beans “Indie”
Yellow Onion
Sweet Pepper “Carmin”
Cucumber “Marketmore”
Cilantro
Calendula
Dill
Borage
The Library Seed Catalog is a free resource for Nelson residents! Why not try growing something new this year? You have nothing to lose!

Farm Table

by on June 12, 2013 in Agriculture, Food, Home Page, Promote

Farm Table The Nelson Congregational Church and the Nelson Agricultural Commission are proud to announce the return of the Sunday Farm Table on the church lawn starting on Sunday June 16 continuing on Sundays through the local growing season to September 15  from 9am-3:30pm.  Available local produce, foods, even flowers will be at table on the grass strip to the right side of the church. The commission and local farmers and anyone with produce to give are encouraged to share their abundance. The Farm Table project was envisioned as farmers had an abundance of produce and our communities have many mouths to feed.

The church and commission will rotate shared responsibility for setup and cleanup.  Anyone wishing to help is welcome to sign up.  Call David Voymas  (Ag .Com. chair for more information, ideas and questions ) at 847-3137.

The Farm Table will be set and a donation box on the table will be available.  All are welcome at the Farm Table.   Proceeds will help fund local missions and needs.

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