Making Monarch Oases

A winery, a 4-H club, some lawn-owners and others are learning to serve and save pollinators.

In the publication ‘Tri-State Lookout’ writer Jessica Cohen details the efforts of Orange Environment Inc and its board member Dr. Joe Grizzanti and science advisor Dr. Anne Wibiralske on starting a regional initiative to create habitat for Monarch butterflies and other pollinators by asking local homeowners to convert some or all of their lawns to pollinator habitats filled with native pollinator plants.

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Sustainable Living Workshops on 11/4 & 11/23!

Our popular workshops on rain catchment and growing mushrooms in your own backyard are back! Learn how to install a rainwater catchment and water conservation system on 11/4 and/or on 11/11 learn how to inoculate shiitake mushroom spores into logs and take them home to see them grow and reap a harvest. See our flyer below for details and visit our Workshop page under “Get Involved”to sign-up or go directly to https://orangeenvironment.square.site/ to reserve your spot!

How to grow mushrooms in your own backyard 3.18.23

Mushrooms are a remarkable source of food and medicine that have been cultivated and wildcrafted by humans for thousands of years. This workshop will introduce participants to the world of mushrooms: their role in making healthy soils and forests and their potential in growing them in a home environment or on a commercial scale.

The morning session will focus on mushrooms and their medicinal applications, methods of mushroom cultivation (shiitakes on tree logs, lion mane/oyster on totems, and Stropharia in woodchips), bed and log prep, maintenance and harvesting, yard management, and economics of growing mushrooms as a small farm enterprise.

In the afternoon session participants will inoculate shiitake mushroom spores into logs and then take them home to see them grow and reap a harvest.

Sign-up for both sessions! See the attached flyer for registration information or go directly to http://orangeenvironment.square.site/.

How to grow mushrooms in your own backyard 3.18.23