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Canopy Campaign Update

October was a busy month planting trees in Hartford with both new and long-time tree champions through the KNOX Canopy Campaign. For example, both TD Bank and Travelers provided volunteer power and funding to plant more than 100 trees this month! You can learn more and see them in action in this video and these pictures. Additionally, the KNOX Green Crew has been busy planting trees in Hartford … [Read more...]

Making an Impact with Environmental Education

Students from Impact Academy are digging KNOX. This month, a group of vibrant high schoolers helped prepare the pollinator bed at our new community garden on Sigourney Street. To start our day, we discussed the need for pollinators and their importance to garden health. The goal of this activity was to provide opportunities for young adults to get involved in the local community. Impact Academy … [Read more...]

UTC, Engineers Without Borders, and Hartford High School Install Rainwater Harvesting System at KNOX’s Community Garden

On Friday, September 20th, 2019, over 40 volunteers from United Technologies Corporation (UTC), Engineers Without Borders, and Hartford High School joined KNOX staff to enhance KNOX’s new Hudson Street Community Garden. Volunteers installed a rainwater harvesting system on the garden’s gazebo to supply water for the site’s raised garden beds. Gregory Hayes, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Save the Bees

Adapted from Sean Woitas, GloryBee by KNOX Farm & Grounds Manager Chelsea Morrison Our world’s food supply depends on honey bees. One of every three bites of our food originates from bees pollinating the flowers that produce our fruits, nuts, vegetables and even coffee–coffee production has been found to double when purposely pollinated by honey bees. Each one of us benefits from a … [Read more...]

AARP Community Challenge Program Helps KNOX Renovate Community Garden

By Lindsay White, Advancement Associate/Grant Writer KNOX, a key partner in improving the city of Hartford since its founding in 1966, was one of only 88 non-profit organizations in the United States to be selected as a first-ever AARP Community Challenge recipient. The grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative that aims to create change and improve quality of … [Read more...]

New Trees along East Coast Greenway

By Lindsay White, Advancement Associate/Grant Writer On October 4, 2017, volunteers from The Hartford joined KNOX staff at the Broad Street trail entrance to Bushnell Park to plant native, drought-resistant trees. Thanks to a $5,000 Keep America Beautiful/Lowe’s Community Partners Grant, these newly-planted trees enhance Hartford’s section of the East Coast Greenway, a multi-use pedestrian … [Read more...]

Veggie Gardening Tips

By Dave Gregorski, KNOX Community Member Tomatoes – Blossom-end  Rot    Caused by a deficiency in calcium/magnesium;  just as the first flower buds appear, soak the soil around each plant with a mild Epsom salt solution.  You can also, a month or two before transplanting, bury some crushed egg shells in the tomato bed. Tomatoes – Earlier Ripening -   Remove suckers early...these are the … [Read more...]

Mushroom Mysterium Part II

by Emily Petersen, Community Garden & Education Manager. The mycological experimentation has begun! I planted a 4’ x 8’ bed of oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus), from an inoculation kit I ordered through 100th Monkey Mushroom Farm. [Check out their website, they have good resources, especially if you have (or work) with kids: www.100thmonkeymushrooms.com] There are many places to … [Read more...]

You Say Bolt?

by Emily Petersen, Community Garden & Education Manager. I recently took a trip down to Charleston, South Carolina to visit an old childhood friend. I love travelling there. The city is vitally rich with food and friendliness…not to mention the gorgeous old live oaks (Quercus virginiana) who get their name from being an evergreen species of oak. This means that instead of going dormant … [Read more...]

Mushroom Mysterium – Part 1

by Emily Petersen, Community Garden & Education Manager. I’m the type of person who will eat most any food put in front of me. If I haven’t tried it, I’ll give it a taste, even if it looks like a cucumber-shaped, slimy mold or comes from an unusual body part. Just don’t put fruit snacks in front of me. I never could quite bond with my peers over those gummies. I like to invite people … [Read more...]