Princess Peach, Mango Tango and Stephen Universe are a few of the fruit trees with names and a new home at the Truman Street Community Garden in New Haven. Leslie and Gilbert Radcliff, Truman Street youth and the New Haven Land Trust are coordinating the creation of this urban orchard that will be full of fruit trees, grapes, hardy kiwi, and medicinal and culinary herbs.
My name is Julian Reyes It’s my first time working with the New Haven Land Trust. My work experience has been great working with these teenagers from the [email protected] program. My favorite part about working in community gardens is getting to use different kinds of gardening tools. My favorite place to work is on Long Wharf because we get the chance to saw down and pull out all sorts of weeds, and trees. Everyone gets along well and we are all hard working.
Did you know bats can live for about 35 years? Did you also know that bat populations are being wiped out by a disease called the White-nose Syndrome? With this bat box installed at the Quinnipiac Meadows Nature Preserve, we hope to boost bat populations in the area and spark conversations about these important creatures that we have been rapidly losing over the last several years.
We have worked at the Long Wharf Nature Preserve each Thursday since we started this job. Our job is to remove invasive species from the area, so the native species can grow. Some of the species that we have removed include: Autumn Olive, Mugwart, Bittersweet, Honeysuckle, and Multiflora Rose. We have learned how to identify these plants, as well as some of the native plants, and have removed some of the invasive species that we can identify. Most of what we have removed includes Mugwart, Bittersweet, and Autumn Olive.
The rain won't stop the Land Trust's bird-watchers! Ranger Dan led us on a fantastic walk at the Quinnipiac Meadows Nature Preserve on Saturday. We saw close to 20 different bird species and enjoyed a wonderful morning spent outside! Click here for more pictures!
This week was the first week of work for the New Haven Land Trust [email protected] crew. We started work at the Ann Street Community Garden. Projects included filling a raised garden bed with soil and removing weeds along the fences and the back of the garden to make room for a new shed, wood chips, and hopefully more raised garden beds. We met Almeta and some of the other gardeners who were helpful in sharing tools and wisdom about the garden. The Ann Street Garden has many different types of plants growing, which are cared for by members of the community.
Wow, what an eye-opening walk! Justin Freiberg from the Yale West Campus Urban Farm came out to teach us all about the variety of uses for different plants found on the preserve. We learned that while shadbush berries and mulberries are considered to be quite edible and nutritious, the jury is still out on whether or not milkweed is actually edible. See our facebook for more pictures from this fun walk!
This week we were able to make a major impact on one of our preserves. Medtronic/Covidien had 19 volunteers out at Pond Lily to remove 45+ bags of garbage and even more broken and disused items that didn't fit in trash bags! See this link for more photos! We removed several old tires, a mattress and box springs, half of a ceramic sink, broken TVs, and lots more! Thank you Medtronic/Covidien for putting in the time and effort to make this happen!
What a great opportunity to learn about life under the water at the Long Wharf Nature Preserve. Mary Beth Decker, researcher and lecturer at Yale, taught us about all the reasons we should be thanking plankton! Plankton gives us about half of the air we breathe, provides food for marine life, and was one of the earliest life forms! I have another to add: thank you, plankton for providing such an awesome lesson about living systems! Thank you, Plankton!