RURAL LANDOWNER WORKSHOPS

Workshops on various natural resource topics, targeting diverse audiences, are scheduled throughout the year.  Upcoming workshops can be found here, as well as in our blog and newsletter.

May 1st: Free Native Plant Workshop

Cortland, NY – The Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting a free workshop, “Native Plants and Why They’re Important” on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at the NYS Grange Auditorium from 7 – 8:30 pm.  Registration is required. 

The workshop will include presentations on several topics associated with growing native plants, by Kathy McGrath, SWCD Water Quality Specialist.  The workshop will consist of four parts:

I –    “An Introduction to Native Plants

II –  “Plants, Bugs and Birds: How to Plant for Wildlife and Habitat

III – “Getting Started, Getting Dirty” 

IV – Tour of the Grange/SWCD native plant garden

Native flower seeds and/or shrubs will be provided to participants for as long as supplies last!

What are native plants?  The term “native” refers to plants in New York before Europeans colonized the state.  What it really means is plants that contribute in important ways to our natural ecosystem.  They provide food and habitat for our songbirds, pollinators and other wildlife.  Non-native plants, which come from Europe or Asia, for example, provide much less benefit to our ecosystem, often outcompete native species, and can become invasive.

For more information, or to register for the workshop, please call the Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District at 756-5991.

May 5th: Growing Food and Raised Beds

Session 2 of the Fresh Connections Workshop Series.

Come join us in our second session to learn about how to build a raised bed! You will learn all the materials needed, and the proper way to plant it!

When:      May 5, 2019

Place:       Beaudry Park

Time:        1-3 PM

 Please RSVP by May 2nd to save your spot, space is limited!

 For more information, or to register for the workshop, please call the Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District at 756-5991.