Spring Seedling Sale!

We may be in the midst of a nor’easter, but spring is just a week away!  Get a jump start on your vegetable and herb garden with seedlings grown to order by Sweet Earth Co.

Non-GMO and organic seeds used, and all ecologically grown.

Choose from a wide variety of vegetables and herbs.
View our 2017 Crop List and let us know if Sweet Earth Co. can help you.

Contact us for plant suggestions, pricing and availability.  

 

Xenia
Sweet Earth Co.
(914) 703-5509

http://www.SweetEarthCo.com

Sweet Earth on the radio!

I had set an intention for myself that during 2017 I would ‘step outside of my comfort zone’.  How I was going to achieve that I did not yet know.  However, just out of the 2017-gate an opportunity presented itself . I was invited by Dr. Michael Finkelstein, the Slow Medicine Doctor, to be a guest on his radio talk show.  A little nerve wracking yes, but fun.  We talked about how gardening feeds and nurtures us — mind, body and soul.  We talked about the SunRaven Garden Co-Op, a holistic and experiential garden and farming experience that I am so excited to be part of, and I had the chance to talk about my flower and herb farm at Sweet Earth.  In particular, how it is part of the slow flowers movement and how it is a natural extension of my work in sustainable gardening and a manifestation of my passion.  Have a listen.  Slow Medicine Radio: Gardening for Health

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Come Join Me…

…for Healing Teas & Honey at the Slow Medicine Cafe

Slow Medicine Café

December 18 @ 10:00 am2:00 pm

$25

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Come join us for a relaxing Sunday brunch at SunRaven, a tranquil and healing environment. We will provide a farm to table breakfast of freshly picked greens from our garden, an egg frittata, coffee, and teas. Food is Medicine.


This month’s Café includes special guests who will be offering 15-20 minute sessions:

The Slow Medicine Abundist, Peter Harriss
The Slow Medicine Astrologer, Demitra Vassiliadis
The Slow Medicine DreamWeaver, Warren Falcon

Additionally, we will be offering products (healing teas and honey) by The Slow Medicine Horticulturalist, Xenia D’Ambrosi

Cost
A suggested donation of $25 for our Slow Medicine Foundation
$10 for children between 10 and 15
Free for children 9 and under

REGISTER at http://slowmedicine.org/event/slow-medicine-cafe-8/

 

we are thankful

Sweet Earth Co. has so much to be thankful for this year — exciting projects, gracious clients, amazing support from family, staff and friends, and as always the opportunity to experience the wonder of Mother Earth as we connect with nature.  I love what I do and I’m passionate about sustainable gardening, landscaping, and farming.
In addition to our ongoing mission and projects of designing, maintaining and teaching about sustainable gardens, this year Sweet Earth Co had the opportunity to launch two new ‘slow’ ventures. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to launch our vision of a healing garden co-op at SunRaven Farm, the home of Slow Medicine. This program provided members with a hands-on, working and learning garden experience that nourished the body, mind and soul.  Stay tuned for more to come at SunRaven.
As well this year, Sweet Earth Co started a flower farm offering local, sustainably-grown flowers, which has been  dream come true.  I love flowers — they bring beauty and light into our day and a smile to people’s faces.  Joining the ‘slow flowers’ movement was a no-brainer for me — it was about making a conscious choice to grow and sell local flowers in an earth-friendly way.
This year was all about making dreams come true, fueled by mindful passion and the love and support of those around us.
We have so much to be thankful for this year.
Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.
Xenia

Late Summer Shares Available

Sweet Earth Flower CSA is offering a late summer share.  Treat yourself or a friend to 9 weeks of fresh, local flowers from now through September.

At Sweet Earth Co. our field flowers and herbs are grown in our gardens naturally without the use of any synthetic chemicals and nurtured using biodiversity and sustainable practices. Flowers are usually picked the same morning as members get their share so you can expect 5-10 days of fresh, assorted blooms each week.

Our weekly bouquets can go right into your vase at home or use them to create your own floral design to brighten up your home or office space. Our assortment of blooms are also a great choice for local restaurants and business looking to add fresh, natural color their locale.

9 weeks – Fresh Farm Bouquets – $180

To sign up or for questions call (914) 703-5509 or email Xenia@SweetEarthCo.com

Ask about our optional weekly herb bunch too!

 

Planting for Pollinators

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By now we are probably all too familiar with the staggering statistics regarding the decline in bee colonies, the loss of monarch butterfly populations, and the deterioration in biodiversity in general.

  • U.S. honey bee populations have declined by a third each year since 2006.  While the loss of honeybees is alarming, our native, wild bees are also disappearing.
  • Monarch butterfly populations have declined by almost 90% due to habitat loss and use of pesticides.

The truth of the matter is that pollinators are essential to human life and the lives of many other species.  Without them, 85% of plants would not be able produce the seeds or fruits that countless other animals depend on. Not to mention, that one in three mouthfuls of our own food and beverage require the presence of a pollinator.

Pollinators, however, don’t just include bees and butterflies — birds, wasps, flies, bats, moths, and even beetles all transport pollen.

Pollinators need our help, and every little bit helps!  Here are simple guidelines to help you mindfully support our pollinators.

FOOD:  Help pollinators by providing a diversity of plants that bloom from early spring to late fall.  Plant a variety of colors, fragrances and heights.  Help them find the food by planting clusters of the same plant.  Clustering plants also helps them be more efficient pollinators by transferring the pollen to the same species, instead of squandering the pollen on unreceptive, neighboring flowers.  Plant native (to your region) whenever possible as they are four times more attractive to pollinators.  Avoid pollen-less cultivars and double-petaled varieties of ornamental flowers.  Keep in mind that many herbs and annual flowers, while not native, are very beneficial food sources to pollinators.  Even some weeds, such as the spring dandelions, are food sources.   Visit the links below for comprehensive lists of pollinator-friendly plants.

Remember to plant host plants as well as plants that provide pollen.  Many butterflies need to feed on host plants during their larval stage.  Monarch butterflies for instance, feed exclusively on milkweed during their caterpillar stage.

WATER: A clean, reliable source of water is essential to pollinators.  Streams, ponds, pools, and bird baths, even puddles, provide drinking and bathing opportunities for pollinators.  Ensure the water sources have a shallow or sloping side so the pollinators can easily approach the water without drowning.  I like to put a nice rock in the center of my bird bath that lays slightly above the water level.

SHELTER:  Pollinators need protection from severe weather and from predators, as well as places for nesting and egg-laying.  Incorporate different layers in the landscape — ground covers, perennials of varying heights, shrubs and trees.  Keep some ground area bare as well for native bees that nest underground.  Many beneficial pollinators overwinter in the dried, hollow stalks of plants. 

PROTECTION FROM PESTICIDES:  It has been well documented that the excessive and inappropriate use of pesticides has played a major role in the decline of pollinator populations.  There are non-chemical options for protecting our plants and crops from pests and for controlling invasive plants.  Remember, that even some “organic” pesticides can harm pollinators.

I urge you to take steps to make your landscape more pollinator-friendly.  Learn more by visiting these sites.

SOURCES & REFERENCES

Xerces.org – Pollinator Conservation Fact Sheet

Pollinator.org – Regional Guide for Selecting Plants for Pollinators

Panna.org – Bee Friendly Gardening

NRCS.USDA.gov – Pollinator Plants for the Northeast

American Beauties Native Plants – Best Native Plants for Bees

American Beauties – Best Plants for Butterflies

 

Sweet Earth Co. Honoree in 2015 Morris Media Green Awards

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I’m very proud to announce that Sweet Earth Co. has received a wonderful honor in recognition of our work in the area of sustainable landscaping design and management. Morris Media Group announced the winners of their second annual Green Awards.  Three winners along with 28 Honorable Mention honorees that includes Sweet Earth Co. were selected for their efforts in the local fight to protect the environment while also creating a sustainable social and economic community. The winners and honorees were nominated by their community and selected by a distinguished panel of judges.  Read about them in Morris Media’s press release below. Please join me in congratulating all fellow winners and share this post so more people can support green businesses that make a difference in our community. Thank you for your support and for nominating us.

 

Green Award Winners 2015

Morris Media Group announces the 2015 Green Award winners. Western Connecticut State University, Sustainable Westchester, and Daphne Dixon and her Live Green CT are the three category winners in the second annual Green Awards, which will be presented in a live ceremony on March 12 at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

The award ceremony is open to the public. Tickets are $50 and can be ordered online at townvibe.com/greenevent.

The 2015 Green Awards recognize businesses, non-profits, and individuals that are leading the local fight to protect the environment while also creating a sustainable social and economic community. “The awards salute those who are making a difference, and they bring awareness to their good work,” says publisher Geoffrey Morris. “They get even greater attention since we profile the winners in our magazines, which reach 225,000 readers every issue.”

The purpose of the awards is to highlight the successful work that is being done in the area, to promote those who are doing that work, and to encourage others to join the efforts. Winners will be profiled in the March/April issues of Bedford Magazine, Fairfield Magazine, Litchfield Magazine, Ridgefield Magazine, and Wilton Magazine.

Nominations were open to the public and were accepted in three categories. 1. Businesses or non-profit organizations whose primary focus is producing or selling innovative green products, providing innovative green services, and/or promoting a green lifestyle. 2. Businesses or non-profit organizations, though not a producer or seller of green products or services, that have significantly incorporated green practices into their culture and operations. 3. Individuals who are actively promoting and living a green lifestyle.

Three independent judges sifted through the 85 nominees to find the three category winners and Honorable Mention winners.

Organized in 2014, Sustainable Westchester, the Category 1 winner, has as its members more than 85 percent of all municipalities in Westchester County, serving more than 800,000 residents. Sustainable Westchester facilitates effective sustainability initiatives, engages community stakeholders, and shares tools, resources, and incentives to create healthy and vibrant communities. The organization provides an arena in which communities can share services and ideas leading to the development of effective responses to important sustainability-related opportunities, such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste management, land use, transportation, water conservation, food security and more.

Western Connecticut State University was selected in Category 2 for its extensive investment and efforts to employ smart-building technology. WCSU  invested more than $450,000 in the university’s largest residence hall, resulting in dramatic reduction in energy use. Other efforts included the installation of four EV charging stations, and the achievement of LEED Silver Status on its newly constructed Visual and Performing Arts Center.

Daphne Dixon, as founder and president of Live Green CT, is the Category 3 winner. She has produced over 200 sustainability events, educated over 15,000 people, organized some 50 panel discussions, and worked with and promoted over 300 green businesses and services. She also serves on the following task forces: Fairfield Clean Energy Task Force, Norwalk Energy and Environment Task Force, and Sustainable Stamford. She is director of the Wilton Go Green Festival and is host of Fairfield, Stamford, and Bridgeport Green Drinks-networking events that bring people together around local sustainability issues.

In addition to the three winners, Morris Media Group Green Awards recognize 28 Honorable Mention honorees, who the judges feel warrant recognition. Aetheria Relaxation Spa, The Aquarium Reading Room, Atlantic Westchester, Back 40 Mercantile, Bedford 2020 Coalition, Dana Gips, Analiese Paik and the Fairfield Green Food Guide, Heineken USA, Kathleen McHugh, Kent Conservation Commission, The Magnet Schools at Fairchild Wheeler Campus, Middlebrook School, New Milford Youth Agency, New Morning Market, Northwest Conservation District, Planet Fuel, The Prospector Theater, The Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield River Study, Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters, Sport Hill Farm, Stop Algonquin Pipeline Extension, Sustainable America, Sweet Earth Company, Waldingfield Farm, Washington Parks Foundation, Westchester Green Business Challenge.

The judges for the 2015 Green Awards represent the three counties that make up the geographical region of the nominees. Rich Lechner has over 30 years experience in helping organizations leverage technology to address critical business challenges and to change the way the world works. As vice president of Energy & Environment at IBM, he oversaw the launch of a multi-billion dollar business that spanned “green IT,” intelligent buildings, sustainable operations, and smart urban infrastructure. He is currently a consultant and an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute for Environmental Sustainability.

Kirsten Peckerman was recipient of 2011 Friend of the Green Award in recognition of her contributions to The Gunnery School and The Steep Rock Association, on whose boards she serves. She also serves on the board of Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust and on the Aspetuck Watershed Partnership’s River Smart project, which aims to protect key watersheds in seven Litchfield County towns.

Alex Mochary Bergstein is a mother, attorney, and advocate for children’s environmental health. A former corporate attorney at Skadden Arps, she is chairman of the board of the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center and director of Greening Our Children, a nonprofit that educates families about reducing their exposure to toxins. Alex is a doctoral candidate at Yale University and anticipates obtaining her PhD in chemical safety policy in 2016.

Sweet Earth Co. Needs Your Vote

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Sweet Earth Co. needs your support to move on to the next step for $150,000 Grant from Chase’s Mission Main StreetSM Grants.  Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to small business, Chase launched Mission Main Street Grants, a program that will award 20 grants of $150,000 to small businesses across America.

250 Votes are needed to help us become eligible. This grant will help us grow and develop our employees, offer paid internships, purchase more energy-efficient equipment, engage in more community outreach, and help get the word out about our services.

Help Sweet Earth Co. Grow by Voting Online Before October 17

Vote For Sweet Earth Co Now:  https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/business/detail/56077