News and Our Environment

Foragers & Herbalists: Fattoush – Middle Eastern herb and bread salad

August 31, 2022

By Merrie Witkin Every culture has its ways of using leftover bread, the sacred staff of life, and summer bread-embellished salads are a popular means of doing so. Panzanella, the Tuscan bread […]

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July Species Spotlight: Milkweed and Swallowwort

July 30, 2022

by Claire Hartl Milkweed Milkweed is a native plant that many people know as the host plant for the monarch butterfly. Monarchs lay their eggs on milkweeds, and the caterpillars […]

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Foragers and Herbalists: Stuffed Wild Grape Leaves

July 29, 2022

The perfect finger food: Stuffed wild grape leaves (dolmades) By Merrie Witkin  When John Le Carre coined the phrase “ the constant gardener” as the title for his  2001 political […]

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Mine Tailings

July 18, 2022

When extracting and refining rock into a usable economic product, there is always a trail of waste or non economic product produced. This waste is known as mine tailings. The […]

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WVLT announces community forums around sign project

June 27, 2022

The Wallkill Valley Land Trust seeks community input for an ongoing educational signage project The Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) is excited to announce a series of open forums to […]

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The Pollinator Bookshelf: Garden Revolution by Larry Weaner

June 24, 2022

The Pollinator Bookshelf is a new feature in Field Notes. Each month we’ll introduce different book and author.  Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change (2016) Larry […]

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June Species Spotlight: Asian Jumping Worm and Red Backed Salamander

June 24, 2022

by Claire Hartl Jumping Worms This month’s featured invasive species is actually several species collected under an umbrella common name. Asian jumping worms. There are at least three species under […]

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Foragers and Herbalists: When Mint Comes into its Own

June 24, 2022

When mint comes into its own  Come June, mint is popping up full force in my garden. That is okay, because it  comes in handy for cocktails on the patio […]

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Explosive Storage Magazine

June 23, 2022

The dome shape and size of this building indicate it was an explosive storage magazine meaning that high explosives were stored here for the mining industry; however, historical records of […]

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Joppenbergh Collapse

June 23, 2022

The collapse of the Joppenbergh mountain mines can be seen from the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail on the Trestle.   In the late 1800s, Joppenbergh mountain was mined extensively for […]

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