Practice Sustainable Living Workshop

Attend Workshops on Saturday, September 12th, 2020
Sponsored by Orange Environment, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect Orange County’s natural resources and to promote the sustainability of its communities.
Put your boots on and get your feet muddy with two hands-on/feet-on sessions on how to put sustainable methods into practice in your own backyard!
Essentials of Natural Building Rainwater Catchment
• When: 9:00 AM to noon • When: 1:30 – 4:00 PM
• Where: Manza Family Farm, 4 Hathorn Road, Warwick, New York 10990
• Cost: $45 • Cost: $65 (includes a free rain barrel)
Topics Covered:
• Intro to Permaculture Principles
• Incorporating natural building elements into your existing home
• versatility and use applications of clay, sand, straw, stone, wood, and grasses
• Cob applications to build: walls, floors, bathrooms, kitchen, or an outdoor pizza oven
• Mixing clay paints from simple ingredients for use on a variety of surfaces Topics Covered
• Installing a home Rainwater Catchment System
• Harvesting rainwater provides an alternative to drinking water for gardening and other uses
• 55-gallon barrel will be provided free to workshop participants and use of workshop tools that will be provided
• You will also be requested to bring some simple tools (will be specified when you sign up)
• Instructor: Jamie Manza, Organic CSA Farmer and Natural Builder;
Jamie began his natural building career at the Ashevillage institute and designed and built the northeast’s first bale cob structure in High Falls, NY • Instructor: Frank Dragone, a Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener, has been an avid organic gardener for over 40 years, from seed starting to harvesting and food preservation
• CDC Guidelines will be followed: Total participants limited to 15 for safe social distancing. Masks are required. All activities will take place outside.
• Please bring your own masks, snacks, drinks, and lunch if you are staying for both sessions.
Pre-registration and pre-payment required by Sept. 9th – please go to to sign up. For more info contact Peter Lai at 845-313-4246 or at If signing up for both sessions OR are an Orange Environment member, a $10 discount will be applied.

Payment is available via PayPal:

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Practice Sustainable Living

Contact: Peter Lai, 845-313-4246 or

Practice Sustainable Living
Put your boots on and get your feet muddy with two hands-on feet-on sessions on how to put sustainable methods into practice in your own backyard! On Saturday, August 8th, Orange Environment, Inc. is sponsoring two workshops at the Manza Family Farm at 4 Hathorn Road in Warwick, NY. During the morning session from 9 AM to noon, the Essentials of Natural Building instructor, Jamie Manza, will guide you in how to use natural materials like clay paints, cob, straw, and stone in natural building for applications around your home (fee is $45). The afternoon session on Rainwater Catchment runs from 1:30 to 4:00 PM and will be led by Frank Dragone. A 55-gallon drum will be provided to each participant so you can build your own water collection system (fee is $65). CDC Guidelines will be followed and total participants will be limited to 15 to provide for safe social distancing of 6’ apart and masks will be required. Please bring your own masks, snacks, drinks, and/or lunch (if you are staying for both sessions). Pre-registration is required!! Please go to our website and print out a registration form and/or contact Peter Lai at 845-313-4246 or for more info. Then mail your completed registration form and check to Orange Environment Inc., P.O. Box 25, Goshen, NY 10924. *If attending both sessions OR are an Orange Environment, Inc. member, a $10 discount will apply.




Wine Tasting Event at the Warwick Valley Winery with E’lissa Jones

Mother’s Day Weekend
Saturday, May 12th 7-11PM

Orange Environment Celebrates 30 Years

A night out with your family, favorite lady or friends

A Wine Tasting Event by Orange Environment at the Warwick Valley Winery with music by E’lissa Jones and Band

Tickets $40 per person
Send checks to: Orange Environment, PO Box 25, Goshen, NY, 10924
Questions or to rsvp please email us at or by phone: 845-294-5852 or 908-456-5399

Come help Orange Environment celebrate 30 Years of operation and important service to the community at the beautiful Warwick Valley Winery. Ticket include: Wine, Hard Cider and Hors d’oeuvres. Soon’s Apple Cider and Scotty’s Pies for dessert.

Performing will be the very talented Warwick resident E’lissa Jones and Band. E’lissa Jones is a professional singer, prolific songwriter, violinist, pianist, and guitarist. She is an exceptionally talented artist with a rich melancholy voice and velvety quality reminiscent of jazz singers. Her influential style includes folk, jazz, rock, and R&B music in her catalogue of over 250 original songs.

This young artist performed background vocals with blues legend Wilson Pickett from 2001-2006 touring with Ray Charles, Al Green and many more. E’lissa, in her folk music realm, has also opened for legend Pete Seeger and Steve Forbert, and has played violin for old favorites like Bobby Vee.

Directions to the winery:

Barn Dance

Environment celebrates its 30th year

a foot-stomping Barn Dance!

Orange Environment will be celebrating almost 30 years of
advocacy and action  protecting the
environment with a fun-filled old-fashioned Barn Dance Saturday, March 24th at 7:00PM
at The Wisner Barn, 30 Wisner Road, Warwick.
  Come join us for country dancing, snacks,
desserts, delectable pies, and beverages included in the cover price of $15 per
person or $30 per family (chaperoned kids under 16 free).

Orange County’s Glory Bound Band — and caller
Joe Miedema  — will be calling out the
steps for some swing-your-partner square dancing in the beautiful Wisner Barn. He’ll
teach you the steps & get you out there dancing to some lively country

So…bring yourself, bring your partner, bring your kids and
your friends…but definitely come on over and help us celebrate Orange
Environment’s commitment to preserving the beauty and resources of Orange
County and its environs!

For reservations or more information call 845- 610-3548.

Directions to Orange
Environment’s Barn Dance, Sat., March 24th, 7pm

Wisner Barn on Wisner
Road in Warwick

Rt. 17 Westbound from
Monroe, Central Valley and Cornwall

Take exit 127 (Sugar
Loaf/Warwick), at end of ramp turn left onto Lehigh Avenue.

At light (17M) go
straight, following signs for Warwick/County 13- this puts you onto Kings
Highway.            Follow County
13/Kings Highway through downtown Sugar Loaf toward Warwick (your total
distance on Kings Highway from 17m to the Wisner Barn is approx. 7 miles).  Pass Jiffy Stop Food Mart, Applewood Winery,
Kings Estate and Paradise View Estates.
Pass Kings Elementary School, take your next left onto Wisner Road
(landmark: Calvary Baptist Church).  Pass
over RR crossing (make sure to stop) and barn is up on your right (barn says,
“Stone Bridge Station”).  Park
in small parking lot or along the road.

Rt. 17 Eastbound from
Middletown and Goshen

Take exit 126
(Chester/Florida), at end of ramp turn left, go over overpass.  At McDonalds/CVS there is a light, turn right
onto 17m.  At next light, turn right onto
County 13/Kings Highway, following signs for Warwick and Sugar Loaf.  Follow directions above.

From Downtown Warwick

From Mobil Stations
near hospital take Kings Highway toward Sugar Loaf. You will drive approx. 1.9
miles, turning right onto Wisner Road.
Pass over RR crossing, Barn on right.
More information above.


Welcome to Orange Environment


Irene, Irene, best reason for restoring wetlands I’ve ever seen

In My View by Michael R. Edelstein, Ph.D.
In the recent press, now dominated by the devastation wreaked on Orange County and the region by Irene, there was scant coverage (except in the Strauss papers) of a fascinating conflict taking shape in Orange County’s black dirt region. The federal government has been purchasing land in order to restore wetlands. As demonstrated at the wonderful Wallkill River National Wildlife Reserve, mostly south of our county, the restoration of this historic region’s wetlands causes an amazing flourishing of nature, also covered in the recent press.
(visit the Press Room page to view entire article)

There are no proceeds going to Orange Environment with the sale of any composter