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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wednesday Sound Bites

February Sun
The sun looked like it was coming in for a landing this morning. Hope it's here to stay. Melt the snow away!
It’s a #WordlessWednesday image on this February morn. The sun, which was amazingly bright kicks off the post for today. If you’ve been paying attention to more than weather, the days are getting longer and this sun sure beats another foot of snow even it if was only 4ยบ.  But rather than just share a #nature image, there’s a couple of sound bites worth sharing. It's time to get your thoughts in forward gear - start thinking garden, landscape, design plus 30 #daystillspring .

But back to the sound bites. First up is an article in the Worcester; if you care about local food, this is worth the click and read. In a nutshell, ‘Seeds are sown to make Worcester a ‘hub’ for local produce’ discusses making the Worcester County area a ‘hub’ for our local farmers, (which Worcester County farmers rank ‘sixth on a list topped by Fresno, CA with direct sales from 2012 data.’)  If you read to the end of the article, which can sometimes be a challenge in our fast-paced world, there is a free Thursday evening event at the Hanover, “Building a Sustainable Worcester: Taking a Regional Food Hub from Vision to Reality.” You have to call the box office to register and reserve your seating but what better way to get engaged in the local food scene. It’s a perfect time to think about the impact of our farms and locally grown food rather than what is still left to shovel outside your door.

One other tidbit to share that may have been lost and buried in the snow piles is a new threat with emerald ash borer. This invasive insect pest has killed millions of ash trees and is now a threat to the white fringetree. Click on this Purdue briefing, which is a quick summary and this article, which confirmed EAB as a threat to more than just the ash. It’s important we know our pests - plus the how, what and where that it effects our surrounding landscape.

So that’s it in a tiny snowflake on this mid-February Wednesday.  As Orhan Pamuk said about snow,”…the endless repetition of an ordinary miracle” but here in New England, we prefer longer days, sun and eventually spring! And if you missed yesterday’s post, check out the new face lift.

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