Audubon Workshop on Organic Gardening, Sunday Afternoon, April 30

Scott and Pam Stoleson’s organic garden, pictured here, is ready for planting. While you may want to begin with a more modest area, you can learn how they do it at Audubon Community Nature Center’s “Seeds and Soil: Planning Your Garden” workshop on Sunday afternoon, April 30.

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If you’ve ever thought how wonderful it would be to harvest fresh produce in your backyard, Audubon Community Nature Center has just the thing for you.

Audubon is presenting “Seeds and Soil: Planning Your Garden” on Sunday, April 30, 1-2:30 p.m.

In this first of a series of workshops on organic gardening, you can plan a food garden and plant seeds to take home. You will leave with handouts that provide information on preparing a garden and where to get the best seeds and starter plants.

You will learn from a couple of experts with a lot of experience. Scott and Pam Stoleson have been raising some of their own food for more than 15 years. They estimate that they produce 85% of the vegetables, 50% of the fruit, and 10% of the nuts that they consume.

Come prepared to get your hands dirty, as you will also be planting seeds to take with you for your own garden. You are welcome to bring your own gardening gloves if you like.

Fee for the workshop is $12, $9 for Nature Center members.

Enrollment is limited. Paid reservations are required by Thursday, April 27, and can be made by calling (716) 569-2345 during business hours or clicking through Attend a Program/Programs and Workshops under Plan Your Visit at

This introductory class will take place at Audubon. The rest will take place at the Stoleson residence in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania, where you will spend part of each class sampling produce and part getting your hands dirty as you learn practical gardening techniques.

Future workshops will be on Sunday afternoons June 11: Early Spring Harvests, July 16: Maintaining Your Garden, August 20: Late Summer Harvests, and October 1: Fall Harvests and Putting Your Garden to Bed. For details, check out these dates at Attend a Program/Programs and Workshops under Plan Your Visit at

Save these dates and watch Audubon’s newsletters and website for more details. The final class will include preparing a meal from ingredients you will pick on arrival.

This event is one of several Audubon programs offered in collaboration with the Green Up Jamestown Initiative. For more information on this partnership to unite community members who support conservation and sustainability and who advocate clean renewable energies, economies, and jobs, visit

Audubon education programs are funded with support from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, and Lenna Foundation.

Audubon Community Nature Center is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 or visit

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.