COGDesign Benefit at the Elephant Walk

Join us for Benefit Dinner on November 1, 2010 – at The Elephant Walk in Waltham – in support the Community Outreach Group for Landscape Design.  Gather for hors d’oeuvres & drinks at 6:00, followed by a prix fixe dinner at 6:30.   Includes award-winning Cambodian-French vegetarian, gluten-free, and meat options.  The Elephant Walk is donating 50% of the meal price and bar tab to COG. Advance registration is required — register online through Elephant…

Asian Longhorned Beetle Update

If you’re in the Boston area, you’ve already heard about the discovery at Faulkner Hospital of six trees infested with the Asian Longhorned Beetle.  Yesterday, our managers and crew leaders attended a briefing by the USDA to learn about how the problem is being addressed in the landcare industry. What Can We Do? Our crews will be monitoring the properties we serve throughout the Boston area, and will be contacting the USDA if we see…

Maple Sugaring in the City

Last weekend, I attended Russells’ Winter Fair to educate guests about organic landcare and NOFA.  I shared a table with Natick Community Organic Farm, which is hosting a maple sugaring festival this Saturday, March 6, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m..  They’ll start out with a pancake breakfast, then demonstrate Native American and Colonial sugaring techniques, as well as offering tours of their modern maple sugaring operation. This year, even city-dwellers seem to be taking note of…

AY&AH Staff Featured in MBHP Update

Project manager Carolyn Edsell-Vetter and her partner Jesse were featured in Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership‘s fall Donor Spotlight (p.3).  As part of her commitment to support MBHP, Carolyn raised over $7,500 for the homelessness prevention agency when she ran Boston’s 2009 marathon.  Many thanks to A Yard & A Half’s generous customers, staff,  and business partners who donated during this spring’s Marathon challenge! MBHP provides programs and support for property owners, managers, and tenants.  Join…

MA Local Food Co-op Accepting Orders

Although CSA subscriptions are becoming quite common, finding local dairy, eggs, and meat can be a challenge.  For folks in the MetroWest area and beyond, here’s an update from Kelley O’Connor, founder of the Massachusetts Local Food Cooperative: MA Local Food‘s August ordering cycle is now open featuring almost 400 products. You will find everything from Beef, Pork, Beefalo, Lamb, Herbs, Breads, Jams and Preserves, National Award Winning Cheese, Coffee, Tea, Gluten-free products, Desserts and…

August Tips & Events

After crafting a lengthy email of maintenance tips for a client experiencing various wet-weather woes, I read MassHort’s August Horticultural Hints.  If your plants are looking a bit leggy, brown, or mushy, take a look! Upcoming Events: Ecological Landscaping Association Roundtable – August 12, 1-4:30 pm, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA. Panelists share recipes for favorite organic fertilizers and amendments, and tips on “making ecological landscaping work for you”. Boston GreenFest 2009 – August…

Asian Long-horned Beetle Train-the-Trainer Session

The Asian Longhorned Beetle Outreach and Survey Project needs volunteers to receive training about ALB and other forest pests. The “Train the Trainer” session provides tools you need to teach others and protect your neighborhood from this invasive pest! The ability to recognize the beetle and tree damage caused by it Tips to distinguish ALB from similar species and to recognize when tree damage is not caused by ALB Copies of various outreach materials and…

Children’s Room Installation in the News

A Yard & A Half just completed a pro-bono installation of a design by David McCoy for The Children’s Room, a grief counseling agency for young people.  The project, coordinated by COGDesign, made the front page of today’s  Waltham’s Daily News Tribune.