Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wegmans Organic Farm Tour:


Curious about what goes into running our organic farm? Put on your walking shoes to join us for this approximately 2-mile tour of the farm. Everyone attending must dress for outside "agricultural" conditions; please bring an umbrella if there is a chance of rain! - See more at: http://www.wegmans.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/EventsDetailView?langId=-1&storeId=10052&catalogId=10002&productId=573012#sthash.1w5orWJ6.dpuf
urious about what goes into running our organic farm? Put on your walking shoes to join us for this approximately 2-mile tour of the farm. Everyone attending must dress for outside "agricultural" conditions; please bring an umbrella if there is a chance of rain! - See more at: http://www.wegmans.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/EventsDetailView?langId=-1&storeId=10052&catalogId=10002&productId=573012#sthash.1w5orWJ6.dpu
Curious about what goes into running our organic farm? Put on your walking shoes to join us for this approximately 2-mile tour of the farm. Everyone attending must dress for outside "agricultural" conditions; please bring an umbrella if there is a chance of rain! - See more at: http://www.wegmans.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/EventsDetailView?langId=-1&storeId=10052&catalogId=10002&productId=573012#sthash.1w5orWJ6.dpuf
Wegmans Organic Farm tour            
 Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM
     Chances are you’ve seen the Wegmans Organic Farm barn on West Lake Road in Canandaigua.  We enjoyed a tour with Alison on a rainy morning to find out just what happens there:

 
  
Alison gives us a history of the Wegmans Organic Farm
Alison shows us the cooler
The wash and packing room
Touring the kitchen garden
 
Linda tells us about stevia plants
kiwi
the bunny hutch
organic fertilizer
chicken coup
Casanova the rooster
one of 6 high tunnels
mini harvester
 
direct seeder
wheat grass
 
hydroponically grown wheat grass
 
 
 
carrots for Thanksgiving
 
bee hives
 
looking out from tractor shed
 
compost area
looking out from upper west end of the farm
 
a high tunnel as large as a football field
with a Perfect Rain system
 
 
 
tomatoes
field peppers
 
young eggplant and blossoms
 
 
Alison's new favorite: beets
 
 
Thank you Alison for a grand tour of the Wegmans Organic Farm!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Paddling with the Plants

Please pardon the spacing differences...I'm not sure what's causing the inconsistency - and have been unable to correct it.
What a wonderful time we had at Muller Field Station under the expert guidance of Maura Sullivan, FLCC Instructor of Environmental Conservation.
Maura Sullivan with her beloved copy of 
The Plants of Pennsylvania by
Ann Fowler Rhoads and Timothy A. Block
We first met at the lodge
With nine people in attendance we were easily managed in four canoes.
potamogeton
Coon tail (under the surface)

potamogeton

heading north towards Honeoye Lake

Parthenocissus quinquefolia, Virginia creeper
same virginia creeper - turning red
Bill holding up utricularia; bladderwort
bladderwort blossom


bladderwort plant in bottom of canoe
Leona inspecting the bladderwort as Donna looks on

Lobelia cardinalis - Cardinal flower
Maura pulls up a bur reed
taking a closer look at the bur reed stem
bur reed plant-looks like a constellation
The stem is spongy - aerenchyma - allowing it to remain boyant


The Plants of Pennsylvania is handy ANYWHERE!
Maura and Eli identifying a species


royal fern
Pickerel weed: Pontederia cordata

pickerel weed close up
red dodder - cuscuta
speckled elder - alnus incana
blue heron
Polygonum: knotweed
Eli checks out the ochrea: papery sheath on stem
polygonum seen in pink and white: also called smart weed
This is as far north as we went - as we met a shallow beaver dam
smaller leaves are duck weed
Decodon verticilla; water willow from the loosestrife family


heading south through duck weed
solanum dulcamara -enchanted night shade

button bush: cephalanthus occidentalis
Returning from our canoe
Jewel weed - not quite ready to disperse seed
but does show a silver glisten in the water
Leona inspecting the common milkweed for possible butterfly activity
Persicaria Sagittata with toothed/spiked stem

goldenrod
Joe pye weed: eutrochium fistulosum
wild garlic growing near the lodge
Muller Field Station lodge
a closer check of species back at the lodge
Bill learns to identify male and female with smartweed / polygonum
dark red species is mosquito fern: azolla caroliniana
 Wetland Plants and Soils at Muller Field Station - Canoeing!
    Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM  
                (carpool 9:20 am from Sly Street lot)
Learn about wetland soils and plants from FLCC Instructor of Environmental Conservation, Maura Sullivan. Muller Field Station has canoes and life preservers for our use.  Perhaps we’ll get a close up look at water plants from canoes!  Bring a lunch to enjoy after our program at the Field Station house.  Come dressed for adventure!  Directions: head west from Canandaigua on Route 5/20. Turn left onto NY 64 south 3.7 miles to US Route 20A.  Turn right onto 20A and  continue 7.1 miles to County Road 36.  Turn left onto CR 36 and proceed south 5.5 miles.  Muller Field Station will be on your left at 6455 County Road 36.  
verbena hastata - blue vervain

For more information about FLCC's Muller Field Station: http://www.flcc.edu/muller/index.cfm