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Edible Gardens Tour

Back by popular demand, this tour of Rhinecliff and Rhinebeck food gardens is inspiring for gardeners and non-gardeners alike. We’ll provide maps to backyard gardens with ingenious deer fencing, sky high trellises, and herbs, flowers and veggies galore, including gourds bigger than baseball bats—that still qualify as delicious eating!

squash trellis

Walk the Land

Join us for next two walks in our Walk the Land series, a partnership with Winnakee Land Trust. In October we’ll be foraging and identifying plant medicine with Dina Falconi of Foresting and Feasting fame. In winter we’ll be tracking claw, paw and hoof prints in the snow. Walks take place at Vlei Marsh Preserve in Rhinebeck.

Share Your Harvest

Those of you with edible gardens know that July tends to be a month of abundance—kale, chard, lettuce (the warm weather varieties, at least), collards snap peas, basil, dill, beets, radishes, and the early onslaught of zucchini. Even the tomatoes are coming along.

Plant Native Plants

Native plants and pollinators have co-evolved for generations, perfecting an eco-dance of interdependence and resilience. Loss of natural habitat has reduced pollinator food sources exponentially, making it essential for us humans to plant responsibly. Here’s how and why.

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Help Pass the Birds and Bees Act!

Neonicotinoids are poisoning our water and our pollinators. Pending legislation will curb their use. Here’s how you can help get it through.

Walk the Land: A Forest Tells Its Story

Saturday, May 14, 2022, 11am

Join us as we walk the rich woodlands of Vlei Marsh and learn to read a forest’s backstory—from farming to fires to storms—by observing its subtle clues.


Hooray for Seed Libraries!

Dirty Gaia’s been busy! We packed up individual bundles of the carefully sourced and measured ingredients that form the bulding blocks of a seed library and sent them off to 14 libraries in the Mid-Hudson Library System.


Make Dirt For Earth Day — Compost!

We just set up a snappy Aerobin 400 insulated composter at Morton Memorial Library here in Rhineciff, a drop-off point for the community.


Walk the Land: Vlei Marsh Bird Walk

Saturday, June 4, 2022, 9-11 am

Join us for a guided spring bird walk in Rhinebeck’s Vlei Marsh Preserve with Dr. Alan Peterson of the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club.

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Honeybees in the Garden: A Dance with Evolution

April 7, 2022

Join apiarist and honeybee-hive consultant Grai St. Clair Rice as she explores the fascinating relationship between honeybees and flowers and shares inside advice on how to plant gardens and landscapes beneficial to both.

Grai St. Clair Rice with Echinacea. Photo by Erik Christian.

Winter Sowing Workshop

February 27, 2022

Learn how to convert recycled containers into mini winter-proof greenhouses and get your summer garden started—right now!


Will that be Recycled or Bamboo for You?

That tissue in your loo may be wreaking havoc on boreal forests—bamboo and recycled versions can help. Here’s why you should switch.

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