Killingly Green News

Keeping an Ear to the Earth

 

All about Killingly's natural resources, the farms, the gardens and the environment.  Killingly Green News is a collaborative effort of the Killingly Agriculture Commission, The Killingly Community Garden, Mother Nature's Garden of Killingly, and the Killingly Conservation Commission.  


We would like to wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season and a bountiful New Year! Thank you for supporting the Killingly Ag Commission, Conservation Commission, Community Garden, and Mother Nature's Garden!
Ag Commission member Byron Martin is offering another one of his popular bee classes in January. These classes fill up quickly, so register early!
(See registration information above.)
Check out this video to see Byron taking care of the bees down at Logee's!
If you're daydreaming about the warm summer sun and the taste of fresh garden tomatoes, start planning now to 'grow your own' in 2018! 
The Killingly Community Garden has a limited number of garden plots still available. If you are interested in being one of our gardeners this year, you can reserve a plot today by calling the Killingly Planning and Development Office at (860)779-5311.
Mother Nature's Garden gets in the spirit
by Chris Shaw

Members of Mother Nature's Garden took a little time from working on and fundraising for the planned Veterans Garden and got in the holiday spirit by decorating a pollinator themed tree for display at the Killingly Community Center. Several trees from local businesses and organizations are on display around the center throughout the holidays. If you haven't already, stop by to see the festive trees and decorations!
 
Killingly Conservation Commission News
by Donna Bronwell, Chair

Need KCC member

Killingly Conservation Commission has an opening for a person to help with our various projects and mission. If you or anyone you know has the commitment to protect our rural character and green spaces, contact Donna Bronwell, Chairperson. Come to our regular meeting the third Wednesday at 7 pm (next meeting January 17) to see if this commission is the way you'd like to serve our community.

Environmental Award for 2017 will be presented after the new year.

The Cat Hollow Bridge is installed!

After over 10 years in the process (it's a long story), the green bridge now crosses the Whetstone Brook and allows access to the trails on the opposite side. Conservation folks have been working from time to time on trails there, but now with the bridge in place, extra helpers will be needed. Watch for updates.

Cat Hollow Park is now even more handicapped accessible with views of the dams, scenic babbling brook and mill ponds. To find the new bridge, follow the "Picnic Area" sign down to 35 ft. dam site. Cat Hollow Park is between Dog Hill Road and Valley Road in the Dayville area of Killingly. If you haven't been there, check it out!

Bulb planting class held at Killingly Community Garden
by Chris Shaw

Killingly Community Garden Secretary Carrie Carter offered a bulb planting class at the Westfield Avenue garden site on November 17th and 19th. Those willing to brave the cold temperatures were rewarded with instructions on flower bulb planting and even some bulbs to take home for their own gardens. Even the littlest gardeners were able to get their gloves dirty and assist with the planting.
 
Thursday, December 21st marks the winter solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year. Agriculture has played an important role in solstice celebrations for ages. Click here for a list, compiled by the USDA Forest Service, to learn more about the plants that have held special meaning at this time of year to civilizations past and present.
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