Goat Walks and Animal Talks at Blue Button Farm

Do all the animals have names?

This and dozens of other questions from visitors to Blue Button Farm are patiently answered by owners Dennis and Holly Pryor before and during goat gambols through the woods on their 8-acre property. Though they sell eggs, sheep & goat fibers and Continue reading “Goat Walks and Animal Talks at Blue Button Farm”

Sunday Nature Walk–Migration Madness

As the cooler temperatures of an April spring seem like a distant memory amidst a record-breaking heat wave, we are reminded that the month of May brings with it the birth and continuation of nature throughout the region. It also gives onlookers timely opportunities to see birds Continue reading “Sunday Nature Walk–Migration Madness”

Back Yard Beekeepers Association Presents Raina Jain

Raina Jain

Join Connecticut’s Back Yard Beekeepers Association for an in-person (or Zoom) presentation on May 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Norfield Congregational Church in Weston. In keeping with the club’s mission statement, “to provide our membership with a forum for sharing knowledge Continue reading “Back Yard Beekeepers Association Presents Raina Jain”

Take the Pollinator Pledge–Bees and Butterflies Will Thank You

The Easton Garden Club is encouraging gardeners to take the “Pollinator Pledge” by planting pesticide-free and native pollinator-friendly plants, all food sources for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators.

The pollinator-friendly plants are not only food for a range Continue reading “Take the Pollinator Pledge–Bees and Butterflies Will Thank You”

‘Keepers of the Blue’ Released Online

The latest film from the Courier’s “Sunday Nature Walk” columnist Tomas Koeck has been released online via YouTube. Keepers of the Blue previously premiered at the Bridgeport Discovery Museum and had its theatrical release at the Sacred Heart University Community Theatre.

“Keepers Continue reading “‘Keepers of the Blue’ Released Online”

Flower Sales Abound in Time for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day plant sales are sprouting up in the area.  Easton resident Noreen Forde is organizing her third plant sale in honor of Mother’s Day to support cancer survivors like herself.

Within the past two years, she raised over $10,000 in sales for Clearity, a national organization Continue reading “Flower Sales Abound in Time for Mother’s Day”

Sunday Nature Walk – Special Edition: The Great White Shark

Few animals capture our imagination like that of the great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias). The largest predatory fish on the planet, the great white can reach lengths of over twenty feet long and can be found along shorelines regionally and around the world.

Although this Continue reading “Sunday Nature Walk – Special Edition: The Great White Shark”

Draft Zoning Amendment Would Require Site Plan Approval for Slaughterhouses

The Easton Planning and Zoning Commission is drafting a zoning amendment to require applicants seeking to build an accessory farm structure to slaughter livestock to have a site plan approved by the commission. Current zoning regulations only require a permit for approval.

The Continue reading “Draft Zoning Amendment Would Require Site Plan Approval for Slaughterhouses”

The Colorful History of Snow’s Farm

Easton’s agricultural heritage is a point of pride in town, but little has been written about Snow’s Farm’s unlikely origins and few know the long and patchworked Snow family history. Recently, several descendants, including Irv Snow, the farm’s fourth-generation proprietor, pieced Continue reading “The Colorful History of Snow’s Farm”

Skip It or Go on That Hike?

It was our last morning after two nights at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY. Check-out was at noon, and our breakfast reservation was for 9:30. But Mohonk’s price includes free activities and equipment to guests, and the snowshoe hike with naturalist Michael Ridolfo at 10:30 Continue reading “Skip It or Go on That Hike?”