On April 14, soil, seeds and sun will combine for a wholistic Earth Day event in Highland Falls. The program will include a Kitchen Gardening experience where aspiring gardeners can learn the basics of creating and maintaining a vegetable garden, followed by pizza lunch, and end with a presentation about a new Community Solar offering in our region. The event will be held at the Holy Innocents Church Hall beginning at 10 am. All are invited and anyone who is interested may attend one or both sessions.
Starting with an indoor presentation by Master Gardener Bruce Rennie, participants will not only hear how to plan and plant their garden but also get to start seeds, and prep and plant seedlings in the Community Garden at Church of the Holy Innocents. “This workshop is for anyone who wants to start a vegetable garden but needs some basic skills,” said Rennie. Topics covered will include: planning the garden, i.e. what type is best for your space, what to plant where and when, preparing the soil, planting and raising seedlings. Participants will be able to select seeds and start them in their own mini-greenhouse structures. “We ask anyone who wants to start seeds to bring a plastic gallon jug they will use for that purpose,” Rennie said.
Weather permitting, participants will get more hands on experience by getting the Community Garden ready for spring planting. There they will learn about tools, different kinds of garden beds, making and using compost, and weeding and mulching. Participants will walk away with the information and hands-on experience they need to get started this spring in their own garden.
Immediately following Kitchen Gardening Workshop, local residents are invited at 1 pm to join the gardeners at a pizza lunch provided by Hudson Solar who will offer a presentation on Community Solar. In partnership with Orange County Citizens Foundation, Hudson Solar is creating a Community Solar Array on 1.25 acres of a 54-acre field adjacent to OCCF’s Kurt Seligmann homestead in Sugar Loaf. Anyone who has Orange and Rockland as their utility provider can purchase an allotment of panels in the Community Solar Array and utilize the clean energy their panels produce to replace their electrical usage at home. “If roof top panels were not feasible for you when we offered the Solarize program last summer, this is a great alternative for you,” said Olga Anderson of The Town of Highlands Green Team who is the local liaison to Hudson Solar. “Its like a solar farm co-op.” Anderson is urging renters as well as homeowners who want a sustainable alternative to rising utility costs to check out this new program. Jeff Irish, President of Hudson Solar, will be on hand with information as well as lunch!
There is no charge for the programs, however donations to the Community Garden at Holy Innocents for the gardening workshops are welcome. The Kitchen Garden program is sponsored by the Community Garden and The Town of Highlands Garden Club. The Community Solar program is sponsored by Hudson Solar, a full service provider of solar solutions based in Rhinebeck. Both presentations will be held at the Holy Innocents Church Hall. Gardening will begin at 10 am, lunch and Community Solar presentation begin at 1 pm. To register please call Olga Anderson at 917-509-1200 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.