Wednesday, April 29, 2009

What's new in Schuyler Horticulture?

Here are updates on our three gardens here in Schuyler:

The Hidden Valley 4-H Garden has been marked out and ok given from the parks dept. we plan on putting on compost and tilling in within the last week of April. Reuben is excited to add this garden to his educational plan this year along with the nutritional benefits for the campers.

The Head Start Garden at the Human Services Complex will be marked out within the last week of April. This will allow us to start the raised beds and get compost hauled in for those beds. All vegetables grown will go to the Head Start youth and their families with Cornell Cooperative Extension offering technical advice on growing and harvesting for the nutritional benefits of the youth.

The Watkins Glen Community Garden is well underway with a garden located behind the bus garage next to the tennis courts. This garden is tilled and will have work-bees on May 2, 9 and 16th from 10-2 each day. The grand opening of the garden will be Sat. May 23rd from 10-1 with Cornell Cooperative Extension offering help to those getting started. Call Schuyler Outreach to reserve your lot (10x15) $10.00 donation for your proprietary lot.

Cornell Cooperative Extension will be active in all gardens and will be helping teach class’s at all three gardens in the future so watch for more news.

Roger Ort
Horticulture Program Assistant
535-7161 for more info.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Earth Day Celebration

The Schuyler County Environmental Management Council (EMC) is working along side the Green Grand Prix to promote a day of fun and learning on Saturday, May 2nd noon - 3:00pm in Watkins Glen.  The focus of the educational piece is on renewable energy/energy conservation as well as stormwater management.  The event typically draws 400 plus people from a wide geographic range so this is a great opportunity to learn about renewable energy and energy conservation.  The Green Grand Prix gets national press and consist of a road rally for alternate fuels, diesel and efficient gas-powered vehicles.  There will be a speaker’s tent, several educational tents as well as food.

Free and open to the public!

All festivities will take place outside the Racing Museum on Decatur Street, Watkins Glen 
For more information on the Green Grand Prix please visit
There will also be an electronics collection from noon– 3:00pm at the Watkins Glen School Bus Garage on Decatur Street. Large electronics will be $5; small electronics will be $1; cell phones FREE. All electronics will be recycled by REACT E-Recycling out of Horseheads.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact Jenna Hicks at