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Lessons From A Zombie Apocalypse

I had an epiphany driving into work that one of the silver linings of this terrible pandemic is the possible reworking of how many of us view nature. Nature, and public gardens, and parks. Things we may have took for granted, yet now crave, and are being denied access to. I remember back in the Great Recession of 2008 that Horticulture took a hit because it was considered a luxury industry. Which I must admit chafed a bit, both personally and financially.

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Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle

As most of you are aware, Summit and our neighboring towns, Chatham, and Madison, have instituted the ban on single use plastic bags. We, here at RRA think and talk about sustainability. We talk to our children about waste and continue to make them aware of our fragile planet. We recycle our film plastic at school through the Trex Bags to Benches program. We drop off our bags at our grocery stores. If we continue to use the "upcycle" philosophy with our children and families and convey this v...

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Will Climate Change Affect Maple Sugaring?

As I reflect on this past weekend's 60+ degree days, it's hard to imagine climate change not affecting maple sugaring since it is so dependent on weather. I am often asked why we tap our maple trees in the winter; wouldn't it be more enjoyable hiking out to check the buckets and tap the trees when it is 60 degrees? It most definitely would be; however, it is the alternating freezing and thawing cycle that occurs in late winter that controls the sap flow.

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