This is a good time to be getting outdoors, not only because of the mostly warming weather, but because it takes our minds off the cares of the world.
This is also a good time to study up on edible wild plants, which offer us free green vegetables without having to go far afield. Do shepherd’s purse, common orange day lilies, dandelion, broadleaf plantain, and ostrich ferns appeal to you? I can vouch for them all.
Wherever you gather plants, be sure herbicides and pesticides have not been used….
from Sue Bayne, Chairperson of CASE (Civic Action South East):
Now is the time to walk your property and the parks and check for spotted lanternfly egg masses before they begin hatching in May.
Spotted lanternfly egg masses look like the attached and should be scraped into a bag filled with hand sanitizer or isopropyl alcohol. Each spotted lanternfly egg mass that gets scraped could mean 50 less pests come spring.
Thanks to Willistown Twp for their timely reminder and the photo.
Room 102, Mitchell Hall, WCU, West Chester PA 19382. Nov. 20, 7:30 pm.
The Biggest Little Farm is a story about two people who left the city behind in an effort to revitalize barren farm land and live more harmoniously with the earth. This recently released film has been generating a lot of excitement for its inspiring tale and gorgeous cinematography.
The Third Annual Environmental Film Series at WCU sponsored by the Office of Sustainability at West Chester University, the West Chester Green Team, and member groups of the Chester County Environment Alliance, in memory of Graham Hudgings.
Sykes Student Union Theater, 110 W. Rosedale Ave., West Chester PA 19382. Door opens at 5:30 p.m., films at 6:00. Films are free!
SEPTA’s 104 and 92 buses stop on High Street, the ChesCo SCCOOT bus stops at the corner of Rosedale and New Streets, and the campus is easily accessible by bicycle and on foot. If you drive, access the lot in back of Sykes side via the streets to the east or west of Sykes.
9/19, Bikes vs Cars, about bicycling in our society
10/17, River Blue, about wasteful and polluting clothing manufacturing. 11/7, Reinventing Power, about renewable energy, with West Chester Sustainability director Will Williams as guest speaker 12/12, Eating Animals, with a vegetarian food tasting buffet by the WC Coop
On Saturday, June 29th, about 100 West Chester residents toured organic gardens in the WC borough. Gardens that were toured showcased vegetables, flowers, rain gardens, tower gardens, and much more. The goal of the tour was to educate residents about the many different types of gardens you can have, even in a small space.
A popular attraction of the tour was Councilwoman Denise Polk’s backyard. Although Polk only has less than one-tenth of an acre, the space boasts more than 50 different plantings, in addition to a honey bee house. Polk suggests eating veggies fresh off the vine, and keeping chemical use to a minimum or not at all. (Photo by Bill Rettew: “Checking out Councilwoman Denise Polk’s backyard organic garden”)
In total there were 10 stops along the tour, with a site in each ward of the borough. Tour goers flocked to gardens in backyards, in addition to stops at West Chester University and the Melton Center.
Margaret Hudgings is an active West Chester Green Team leader, and she helped to organize the event. She was excited to see that a main goal of the tour had been accomplished; “The tour shows people that you can have a fantastic garden even if you have a small yard.”
West Chester Green Team hopes to run this tour again next year, with some improvements and new gardens featured.
On July 2, the West Chester Green Team took a busload of kids from West Chester’s Little Faces Day Care on an outing to Longwood Gardens. Here are some photos of the very successful event, part of our effort to familiarize local residents, including kids, more with the world of nature and especially plants (whether edible or not).