Sustainable Shepherdstown Green Drinks at Domestic

 Our next Green Drinks will be on Wed, March 25th at Domestic from 6-8:00pm

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Join fellow eco-networkers for our monthly Green Drinks.

Screenshot 2015-03-09 14.19.58There will be a short presentation by Tara Jenkins-Slick, from Sustainable Solutions, She will share with us that on May 2nd, Sustainable Solutions will be implementing a hazardous fuel mitigation project at Morgan’s Grove Park. This will include the removal of brush piles, and fuels in and around wooded areas. In addition, Sustainable Solutions will be implementing some forest restoration practices to include planting native trees and shrubs to increase forest health and native wildlife. Their goal is to improve the area that will potentially become a community food forest

You will also have a chance to share what you do as well as exchange business cards, brochures, fliers, etc.

Did you know that you can make excellent syrup from the black walnut tree?

Screenshot 2015-03-10 07.47.38We all know about maple sugaring and the making of maple syrup, but did you know that you can make excellent syrup from the black walnut tree?   The sap flow has started and perhaps because of the recent cold and now the abrupt warmth, the flow is strong.  Oddly enough, it’s the smaller diameter trees that produce the most.  Small being from about 14” to 22” is the best and can produce a gallon or more a day.
The down side is that just as is the case with the sugar maple, the ratio of water to syrup is 40:1, but if you heat with a wood stove, you can monitor the evaporation of the excess water on top of the woodstove.
A very traditional tap is made from the shaft wood of the Elderberry bush. It has a pithy center that can be pushed out and with the addition of a suspension hook for thebucket you have what you need. The sap flow is weather dependent and flows best when a daily temperature   fluctuation approaches 30 degrees.
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The Local Source Recycles

A retail outlet for local crafters and artists to sell their products. We also deal in fair-trade and eco-friendly goods. We take recycling from our community. The Local Source offers sustainable solutions for everyday life.Bring us your recyclables!! We reuse or recycle: egg cartons, batteries, candles/wax, cell phones, wine corks, juice bags, ink cartridges, silicone “dry pack” packets, mason jars, berry baskets, packing peanuts, and bubble wrap.