08/22/15 3:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO Here’s my window box on the deck.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO
Here’s my window box on the deck.

It’s that time of the summer — time to sit down for a bit and think things over. Why? To keep your garden book up to date. You won’t remember next summer all the information that you’re so sure of right now. And to order fall bulbs, thinking through carefully what you want and why. (more…)

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08/21/15 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Jill Calabro in a momentary lull during a summer of waitressing, scuba diving and connecting with friends and family.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO
Jill Calabro in a momentary lull during a summer of waitressing, scuba diving and connecting with friends and family.

Jill Calabro is a 21-year-old college junior and Shelter Island native who defies the stereotype of screen-worshipping, hyper-communicating, wireless youth.

Apologizing for being unreachable for a couple of days, she admitted, “I’m not very attached to my phone at all. My friends get mad, but I tell them, ‘I’m sorry it was dead, I haven’t charged it for a couple of days.’”

Jill, who decided last spring to major in marine biology, can’t charge her phone when she’s underwater anyway, and that’s where she’s been spending more and more of her time lately. A young woman with a face-to-face, experiential way of living, Jill describes herself as an avid letter-writer and reluctant texter. (more…)

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08/20/15 4:30pm

 

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Sarah Shepherd and her bees at last year’s Farmers Market.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO
Sarah Shepherd and her bees at last year’s Farmers Market.

An Island favorite, Sarah Shepherd, will discuss her experience and adventures with herbalists, healers and shamans of the Ecuador rainforests at Friday Night Dialogues at 7 p.m. on August 21 at the Shelter Island Library.

Through the use of aromatic plants, herbalists and healers can treat the most diverse diseases as well as prevent them. (more…)

08/14/15 8:00am
Amanda Harris will discuss her new book, 'Fruits of Eden: America's Plant Hunters,' tonight at 7 p.m at the library.

Amanda Harris will discuss her new book, ‘Fruits of Eden: America’s Plant Hunters,’ tonight at 7 p.m at the library.

Much of what we eat today comes from the sea that surrounds our Island, from the rich land of our own gardens, farms as nearby as the North Fork or shipped fresh from Florida or the West Coast.

Until the end of the 19th century though, American menus were quite limited — standard seasonal farm fare, fresh or preserved through salting, smoking or “canning.” David Fairchild and a small group of other dedicated botanists changed all that. Now we can enjoy a cornucopia of tasty, colorful fruits and vegetables grown from seeds collected from around the world. (more…)