08/02/15 3:00pm
CHARITY ROBEY

CHARITY ROBEY

When Joni Mitchell sang, “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone?” she was probably thinking of the environment.

But she could just as well been singing of the relief provided by a few minutes in a porta-potty.

During summer in the United States, the porta-potty is ubiquitous and indispensable. It goes by many names; porta-san, porta-potty, Johnny on the spot, Portaloo and kybo (more about that later.) (more…)

07/06/15 8:00am

 

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Green peppers at Sylvester Manor farmstand.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO
Green peppers at Sylvester Manor farmstand.

If you are a regular reader of my column, your garden should be benefiting from what you’ve learned about the efficient use of water, weed management, nutrition, flavor and growing great tomatoes. Now that your garden is taking off, what should you do with all of that wonderful produce? (more…)

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06/10/15 4:30pm
HALSEY QUINN PHOTO Cricket, safely leaning against a rock, off duty from clearing brush and restoring pasture land.

HALSEY QUINN PHOTO
Cricket, safely leaning against a rock, off duty from clearing brush and restoring pasture land.

Sylvester Manor, with all of its 243 acres, is home to countless crops, trees and animals. However, despite popular demand, the Manor was goat-less until two months ago, when Cricket and Copper arrived. (more…)

06/09/15 12:00pm
KURT ERICKSEN PHOTO Romaine heads in Windmill Field, overshadowing the soil to minimize weeds while retaining soil moisture.

KURT ERICKSEN PHOTO
Romaine heads in Windmill Field, overshadowing the soil to minimize weeds while retaining soil moisture.

To manage weeds, we need to recognize that they are indicators of soil conditions.

If the soil in your garden is wet and poorly drained or compacted, acidic, alkaline, overworked or fertile, you will have different weeds growing. Get to know the weeds in your garden. You can either find plants that prefer those conditions or make changes for the plants you want to grow. (more…)

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05/29/15 2:00pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Kurt Ericksen at the Sylvester Manor farmstand where the first spring crops are already on offer.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO
Kurt Ericksen at the Sylvester Manor farmstand where the first spring crops are already on offer.

After college and a tour of service in the United States Coast Guard, Kurt Ericksen turned to a profession that drew upon his unusual skill set: experience with environmental regulations and policy, a willingness to get extremely dirty and sangfroid. He became a farmer. (more…)