Gardening for LIfe


Greetings, Gardening for Life friends and fans!
November starts with a wonderful follow up program to last weeks Climate Solutions speaker, Professor John Carroll…and proceeds with other Garden Delights such as soil testing, poultry exhibitions, and gardener specific calendars for the New Year!
Climate Solutions: Meeting the Challenge presents
Paths to a Sustainable Food System
A Conversation about Healthy Food and Thriving Farms
Friday, Nov. 7, 7:30-9:30 PM
First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Rd.

New England is at the end of the food system pipeline and grows just 10% of our food supply. How can we prepare for a time when locally or regionally grown food will be absolutely essential to our having enough to eat? Join a dynamo panel of local experts as we explore a vision for the future, promising practices and actions to take.  Emily Wheeler, Chair of the Concord Agriculture Committee, will moderate the panel. For details:    Panelists include:

Professor Brian Donahue, Brandeis University, co-author of  A New England Food Vision, a collaborative report that considers the future of our region and calls for New England to reach a bold goal of producing at least 50% of our food by 2060–food that will be clean, fair, just, and accessible for all. Communities like Concord can make much better use, he says, of their productive land. He is a farmer himself, and sees a strong role for local and sustainable farming.

Jennifer Hashley, Director of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project at Tufts University and Co-Owner of Pete and Jen’s Backyard Birds in Concord, is a leader in local food systems work, at both a theoretical and a practical level. She is herself a sustainable, organic farmer who has focused on humanely raised, organically fed animals. She will talk about the return of animal husbandry, opportunities and challenges facing small farms.

Jack Kittredge, also a farmer, is the Policy Director for the Massachusetts Chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA). He will speak about the new field of carbon sequestration techniques that can both increase local food production and help reduce harmful carbon emissions into the atmosphere.

Panelists will present briefly about their special areas of expertise and will then respond to questions posed by the moderator and audience. Light refreshments will be available. For more info:

This event is part of the “Climate Solutions: Meeting the Challenge” Speaker Series , co-sponsored by six local organizations: ConcordCAN!, The League of Women Voters of Concord/Carlisle, the Social Action Community at First Parish in Concord, Musketaquid Arts and the Environment, Trinity-Congregational Church, and Trinity Episcopal Church. What brings all of these organizations together is a common belief that finding ways to resolve the climate crisis is critical for the survival of all life on this planet.

Get a head start on soil testing! UMass Soil and Plant Tissue Test Lab has moved

On September 16, the Lab moved from West Experiment Station to a newly renovated space in Paige Laboratory on the UMass Amherst campus. Orders sent to the old address will be automatically forwarded to the new address:
UMass Soil and Plant Tissue Testing Lab
203 Paige Laboratory
161 Holdsworth Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9286
Turnaround times may be affected by the move. For questions, contact the lab by phone at413-545-2311, or by email
2015 UMass Garden Calendar Now Available! 
University of Massachusetts Extension’s popular Garden Calendar is now on sale.
COST: $12, bulk pricing is available on orders of 10 copies or more. Shipping is FREE on calendar orders of 9 or less and ENDS on November 1!
FOR IMAGES IN THE CALENDAR, details and ordering info, go to:
Gardeningis enjoyed by so many people – it can ease stress, keep you limber, and even improve your mood! To help keep your plants healthy, productive, and beautiful, the 2015UMass Garden Calendar offersguidelines and tips on how and when to fertilize flowering plants, calculating the area of your garden, how to get a soil test, the types of fertilizers for flowers, and using organic matter.Properly fertilized plants are healthier, more productive and more beautiful. Plants that are stressed are often more susceptible to disease and insect problems. Even if you start with great garden soil, as your plants grow, they use some of the nutrients that are present and leave the soil less fertile. Rainfall washes out some nutrients and those tasty vegetables and beautiful flowers you grew last year took nutrients from the soil to build those plant tissues. By testing your soil and providing the right amount of fertilizer to your garden, you ensure that this year’s plants have the nutrients they need to flourish.

As always, each month features:
* An inspiring garden image.
* Daily gardening tips for Northeast growing conditions.
* Daily sunrise and sunset times.
* Phases of the moon.
* Plenty of room for notes.
* Low gloss paper for easy writing.

The following info is from, a wonderful resource for Boston area gardeners!


Saturday, November 1, 12-6 pm and Sunday, November 2, 9 – 11 AM.

Thinking about raising a few chickens? The Boston Poultry Exposition is America’s first and oldest poultry show, having begun in 1849.  It is held on the first Saturday and Sunday in November each year at the Four Winds Farm, 31 Ennis Road in North Oxford, Massachusetts.  The show will be open to the public on Saturday, November 1 from 12 noon to 6 pm, and on Sunday from 9 – 11. Entry forms are available for download at (entries postmarked after October 17 will be charged a double entry fee.)

Some of the catagories are Champion Large Fowl, Champion Bantam, Champion Duck, Champion Goose, Champion Turkey, Champion Guinea, and Champion Pigeon.  There is a junior show and a raffle as well. For more information email Stephen Blash at, or call 508-987-8029.

Garden Journal just released
The Community Outreach Group for Landscape Design has created a garden journal for the thoughtful gardener, beginner or seasoned.  This beautiful garden journal lists gardening tasks month by month.  Add your own maintenance notes to personalize and record your horticultural observations.  My Garden Through the Year is available exclusively through COGdesign for $20 each. You may mail payment to COGdesign, PO Box 380275, Cambridge, MA 02238 – for a single journal, add $5 for shipping and handling.  For orders of two or more journals, add $2.50 for each additional journal.  Or, pay with PayPal at http://www.cogdesign.orgCOGdesign is a non-profit service organization offering: quality landscape design for community-based groups; meaningful professional
experience for student and practicing landscape designers; volunteer opportunities for those interested in strengthening communities by creating and improving neighborhood green spaces.
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