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Field and Forest, by Richard Gast

Asters and goldenrod: late season native perennials

As autumn approaches, the days grow shorter, evenings grow cooler, acorns fall from the oaks, and the maples, in anticipation of the coming change of season, start to reveal hints of the glorious spectacle of color that lies ahead. It’s also the time of year when the goldenrod and the ...

Farmers markets in full swing

During my years at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, one of my (self-proclaimed) missions was to support local farms and producers and to promote consumer access to, education about, and appreciation for local, fresh, sustainably produced foods and products — while also working to develop ...

High tunnels can extend season, enhance crops

High tunnels, sometimes called hoop houses, offer northern New York market growers an easy way to extend our limited growing season by two or three months. Sometimes more. Farmers can grow early and/or late crops of cool weather and salad vegetables even while there’s snow on the ground. And ...

Emerald ash borer solution? Parasitic wasps

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is a half-inch long, green buprestid or jewel beetle. It’s an invasive insect native to Asia, believed to have made its way to the United States on solid wood packing material carried in cargo ships or on airplanes. EAB was first discovered in the U.S. in 2002, ...

Plan next year’s perennial wildflower garden now

“Look at the wild flowers. See how they grow.” — Luke 12:27, International Children’s Bible “You belong among the wildflowers.” — Tom Petty “Love is like wildflowers; it’s often found in the most unlikely places.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson As I walk along the fields, ...

Foraging for wild food

I’ve always found the idea of foraging for wild edible plants appealing, but daunting. I know a little about wild plants and foraging, but I lack confidence. And with good reason. I didn’t grow up foraging and, although it’s possible to acquire knowledge about foraging from books and ...