This Saturday, April 22nd, is Earth Day, a day dedicated to celebrating our extraordinary planet and re-committing ourselves to being stewards of its health. At The Nature Place, we think that every day is Earth Day, but we’re happy to show our home a little extra love on this occasion. We hope that you too can give […]
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Welcome to Dr. Ed’s Office. Now, what are your symptoms again? Hard to stay still for a long period of time; feel like you’re missing out on something; you have some kind of notion that the sky is singing and is blue just for you; the scents unexpectedly brought to you on a gentle, warm breeze […]
Help the Pfeiffer Center get considered for a major grant to expand Neighbor to Neighbor! Neighbor to Neighbor is an after-school program where students from a local public middle school work, play, and grow food and community, with Green Meadow High School students and the Pfeiffer Center gardeners. Each summer, six of these middle school students […]
Wild food forager Paul Tappenden tell us about the many culinary delights that Garlic Mustard can provide. Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is a very versatile food plant, which can be found at almost any time of the year, from mid-winter to the height of the summer. The flavor isn’t very strong during the winter and early spring […]
Chuck Stead, our beloved camp storyteller, recounts a day spent coping with the floods of spring and learning an important lesson. After the winter thaw, there come spring showers. They are gentle and deceptive and very inviting. The thing is, the earth is still saturated with a soaking from melted winter thaw, and spring showers have […]
Our cooking instructor, Eva Szigeti, shares her thoughts on the importance of gardening, as well as a recipe for a delicious post-gardening snack. Dirty hands, wet boots, a speckle of mud on the face, stones and seeds in the pocket, a basket of fresh vegetables in hand: this is a child coming from the garden. […]
The temperatures and weather of late have been all over the place: rain, fog, snow, 70 degrees, 15 degrees, ice. The expression, ‘if you don’t like the weather today, wait until tomorrow’, has never seemed more true. The following is from an ancient book of secret nature lore (o-o-ah-ah), but we thought we would share it […]
On a particularly frigid March 4th we tapped maple trees during two sugaring programs. While the cold kept the usual hordes at bay, many brave maple fans came out to learn all about how to tap trees, collect and boil sap, and to enjoy thick, sweet syrup over crushed ice, accompanied by a dill pickle.
Wild food forager Paul Tappenden tells us how to identify the best Field Garlic specimens and suggests how to prepare them. Last year was a poor year for many species, owing to a late frost that killed a lot of blossoms. Even the plants that are normally hardy, and don’t flower until later in the year, seemed […]
Chuck Stead, our beloved camp storyteller, tells us a tale of Maple Water in the mountains and gratitude for Mother Earth. We always hated to see the last of winter. Along with snow holidays off from school, the seasonal blanket of white turned the woodlands into an Artic adventure. Come evening, the very earth itself […]