February Break with Backyard Growers!

February Break (1)

Having a staycation during February break and looking for a way to keep the kids entertained?

Backyard Growers is hosting three days of children’s workshops during February break for children grades K-5 packed with hands-on activities. Each day children will learn and discover more about food and gardening though activities such as: grinding wheat to flour, making and painting with plant dyes, holding and learning about worms, dressing up like a plant, and more!

For more information go to: backyardgrowers.org/events

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Join Us On The Winter Birding Boat Trip

The Chamber is doing the Winter Birding Boat Trip again this year!
Weather permitting, we will be going out on Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 8:00 AM to Noon. The cost of this wonderful excursion is $75.00. Space is limited, so please sign up early– we did sell out last year and we expect to do so this year as well.

Winter Birding Boat Trip

The Cape Ann Winter Birding Boat Trip is a chance for bird-lovers to come to Gloucester and to brave whatever weather winter brings, in order to look for loons, grebes, sea ducks, alcids and other avian delights of the season along Cape Ann ‘s spectacular shoreline- including puffins- and we hope you will join us! CLICK HERE to register.

The year 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, passed in 1918. The treaty is a seminal piece of legislation that has saved, and continues to save, the life of billions upon billions of North American birds. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Geographic, Audubon, and BirdLife have created a timely alliance, joining forces this year to celebrate birds, while also raising awareness about the current dangers that they face. (Thank you Kim Smith for this reminder).
Come celebrate this most important anniversary with a trip to Stellwagen!

It seems to be shaping up to be another big Snowy Owl year, so we will be looking for these spectacular raptors as well as all the other winter specialties.

This trip has filled up for the past few years, so please register soon to be sure of getting a spot on the boat.

We will again be under the watchful expertise (in both navigating the boat and identifying the many birds and marine life!) of Captain Jay Frontierro on board the Privateer IV, with 7 Seas Whale Watch- Thank you Capt. Jay for this opportunity again this year!

We are honored to have Wayne Petersen, Jim Berry and Robert Buchsbaum along to help us identify our flying friends. Wayne is the Director of Massachusetts Important Bird Area (IBA) Program, with the Mass Audubon, and Jim and Robert are enthusiasts extraordinaire, and have been helping us with Bird Identification for years!

Last year we had a spectacular trip where along with the many different birds we spotted, we also were delighted to see Whales and Dolphins! We hope for the same this year!

If you have any questions, please contact Kerry at the Chamber 978-283-1601.

Winter Blahs Buster

The next meeting of the Seaside Garden Club is Tuesday, February 13, 7pm, at the Manchester Community Center. The speaker is Andi Ross of Nature’s Way, a Natick Community Organic Farm (http://www.natickfarm.org/). Guests are welcome, there is a $5 fee for non-members.

The Seaside Garden Club is a group of fun, active, civic-minded and hands-on gardeners. We welcome all types of gardeners from beginners to experienced… there is always something to learn and share. We invite you to become a member of our club and enjoy our monthly programs which feature interesting guest speakers and creative workshops.

We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, September through June, at the Manchester Community Center, located at 40 Harbor Point, Manchester-by-the-Sea. Social time begins with light refreshments at 7:00 pm, followed by the program at 7:30 pm.

This Week at Backyard Growers:

Cropped Ferment

Part 2 of our Fermentation Workshop is this Thursday from 6-8pm.  Join us at Pigeon Cove Ferments kitchen where we will be making our own sauerkraut! Missed part 1? No problem! Participants will leave this workshop with full confidence on the science behind fermentation and how to make your own kraut.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online. Questions? Contact: 978-281-0480 or community@backyardgrowers.org

Hope to see you there!

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Having a staycation during February break and looking for a way to keep the kids entertained?

Backyard Growers is hosting three days of children’s workshops during February break for children grades K-5 packed with hands-on activities. Each day children will learn and discover more about food and gardening though activities such as: grinding wheat to flour, making and painting with plant dyes, holding and learning about worms, dressing up like a plant, and more!

February Break (1)