Taste and Learn at Audubon Gardening Workshop, Sunday Afternoon, July 16

Organic gardeners Scott and Pam Stoleson are opening their home in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania, on Sunday afternoon, July 16, for a gardening workshop offered by Audubon Community Nature Center. You can learn how protection from weeds and critters, like that provided for these tomato plants, can save you time and energy and increase your yield.

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You can learn the basics of weeding, mulching, and organic pest control at a gardening class at the home of organic gardeners Scott and Pam Stoleson.
This hands-on, taste-buds-on workshop, the third in a series presented by Audubon Community Nature Center is from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 16.

Driving directions to the Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania, location will be emailed to registrants on the Thursday before the workshop.

At this point one’s entire garden is fully planted and hopefully growing well. But there’s no time for sitting on your laurels. Getting great harvests in the fall requires a substantial investment of sweat equity now.

That wonderful garden bed and soil that’s been created is also great for growing a huge variety of weeds – some of which are great to eat – and all those healthy veggies attract a variety of vegetable-loving varmints. You will learn ways to battle these pests without chemicals. You will also sample whatever is now ripe for picking, possibly including sugar snap peas, the first tomatoes and cucumbers, gooseberries, currants, and raspberries.

The Stolesons have been raising some of their own food for more than 15 years. They estimate that they produce 85% of the vegetables, 50 percent of the fruit, and 10 percent of the nuts that they consume.
Keep in mind that you could get dirty.

Fee for the workshop is $16, $12 for Nature Center members.

Enrollment is limited. Paid reservations are required by Wednesday, July 12, and can be made by calling (716) 569-2345 during business hours or clicking through the Program page at www.auduboncnc.org.

Future workshops will be on Sunday afternoons. The theme on August 20 is Late Summer Harvests and October 1 is Fall Harvests and Putting Your Garden to Bed. For details, check out these dates on the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.

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.

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 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. Visit at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania, or online at auduboncnc.org.