Image by Colleen Cavagna
Image by Colleen Cavagna


From the Earth

  • Saturday, July 29, 2017, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Listen to Master Gardeners Mary Lu Wells or Deb MacCrea as they do gardening presentations during this wonderful event. 

Master Gardener/Master Forest Owner Steven Jakobi  will be presenting "Storytelling: If Trees Could Talk" at the Alfred State College Farm Garden. Steven will also be able to answer questions about The Sierra Club, NY Forest Owners Association and the Master Forest Owner Program.

See details below:

From the Earth

Alfred, NY

July 29, 2017

9:00 - 5:00

Enjoy a day of rural adventure inspired with presentations at six locations that celebrate our connection to the earth in meaningful creative, sustainable, and educational ways.

A.Bird Walk at Foster Lake with Betsy Brooks

5471 Lake Road, Alfred Station, 14803

8:00 - 9:15 (All the other locations open at 9:00)

To begin the celebration of From the Earth, take a leisurely walk around Foster Lake with bird expert Betsy Brooks to see and hear birds, especially the birds that nest in high elevation mature conifer forests (like Golden-crowned Kinglets, White-throated Sparrows, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and more). There will be information available on building various kinds of nest-boxes and how to manage habitat for the benefit of birds.

(Foster Lake will not be open to the public after the Bird Walk.)

B.Mary Lu Wells Garden

4981 McAndrews Road, Alfred Station, 14806

Open all day.

Visit Master Gardener Mary Lu Wells’ garden in a beautiful setting.

9:30 - 10:15: “Gardening in a Time of Erratic Weather”

Come hear Mary Lu discuss strategies that work for dealing with crazy weather while gardening.

C.Hyland Timber Frame Shop

4964 Kenyon Road, Alfred Station, 14803

Open all day.

Tour Sean Hyland’s shop and see the methods and tools used to turn local timber into hand crafted homes using traditional joinery methods.

10:30 - 11:15 and 3:15 - 4:00: “Timber Framing and the Principles of Sustainability”

Sean loves to talk about sustainability.It's a word that we hear a lot about these days.From cars to chicken, it can seem that almost everything is marketed as sustainable or “green”.But what do these terms really mean?Get beyond the marketing and hype to learn some of the concepts that will aid in discerning the truly sustainable from the merely “green washed”.


11:30 - 12:15 and 4:15 - 5:00: “From Firewood to Functional: Making a Lathe Turned Wooden Bowl”

Luke Voytas is a woodworker specializing in hand-crafted furniture and lathe turned vessels.

Using found material, Luke Voytas will be demonstrating turning a bowl from fresh cut green wood. He will show how to select wood for a bowl from the log as well as the techniques involved in shaping the vessel on the lathe and preparing it for use.


D.Gardens, Pottery, Fiber Arts at Linda Huey’s Location

1530 Randolph Road, Alfred Station, 14803

Open all day.

Walk through a vegetable and flower garden surrounded by a bewitching twig style fence to the sugar shed where Linda Huey’s pottery is displayed.(, enjoy several garden talks, a rag braiding demo, and additional demonstrations by the members of the Southern Tier Fiber Arts Guild.

10:30 - 11:15: “Seed Saving: 101”

Dr. Cheryld Emmons will discuss and demonstrate how to collect, process, and store seeds for future use.The focus will be on seeds from produce and also include flowers and trees.Cheryld teaches biology at AU and is extremely knowledgeable and fascinating to learn from.

11:30 - 12:15 pm “Garden Mapping: Planning and Plotting out your Veggie Garden”

Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Debbie MacCrea will give a brief but

thorough explanation of her favorite ways (and the reasons behind them) to plan out each season’s vegetable garden for the mutual benefit of the garden, the gardener, and the family dinner table.

12:30 - 1:15: "Traditional and New Braiding Techniques"

Watch Peggyann Watts show the basics for preparing to braid and learn how you can make a variety of heirloom gifts and prized displays for your home. Braiding is a traditional hand craft using recycled wool fabrics, but not necessarily only for your Grandmother's braided rug. Table runners, totes, laptop carriers, baskets, chair pads or stair pads and rugs can all be made for your everyday or holiday use. Great for that thoughtful gift for a close friend or a treat for yourself. (

Throughout the day: Southern Tier Fiber Arts Guild demonstrations

Guild members will be busy giving interesting demonstrations that will include spinning, knitting, felting, rug making, simple weaving, etc…with many items on display. (

E.Sunny Cove Farm

1444 Randolph Road, Alfred Station, 14803

Open all day.

Sunny Cove Farm is a small grass based family dairy farm that produces high quality organic milk, beef, maple syrup, and apples.


9:30 - 10:15 am and 2:30 - 3:30 pm:Back to Basics: Soaking Grains

Come hear Maria Adam (Alfred’s Nutritional Therapy Practitioner) and Meghan Snyder share their knowledge about properly preparing grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes. Learn the nutritional importance of these steps and the methods used. Tasty examples will be available after the demo.

1:30 - 2:30:How to Make Swiss Cheese

Follow along with Bill Coch and learn how to make your own Swiss cheese at home with minimal equipment in a step by step demonstration that will include curd cutting, cheese pressing and waxing. Sample a number of homemade cheeses, including Swiss, cheddar and parmesan.

F.Alfred State College Farm Garden

1254 State Rt. 244, Alfred Station, 14803

Open all day.

Join Jessica Hutchison, instructor at Alfred State College in the Department of Agriculture and Veterinary Technology, for a tour of the College Farm Garden. The garden this year includes peanuts, potato towers, and a tomato/bean tunnel. (

12:30 - 1:15 and 3:00 - 3:45: Kids Activity

Have fun with Jessica upcycling a plastic container into a unique planter form.

4:15 - 5:00: Storytelling: If Trees Could Talk

Dr. Steven Jakobi will share lessons from nature in a storytelling format. Steven will also be able to answer questions about The Sierra Club, NY Forest Owners Association and the Master Forest Owner Program.


Master Gardener Presentations are Free


Colleen Cavagna
Allegany County Community Educator, Horticulture
585-268-7644 ext 12


Wells Homestead
4981 McAndrews Road
Andover, New York 14806