Special Feature: Home and Garden

By Melissa Yerkov

Wire Executive Editor

It ain’t easy being green.

Just ask the BucksMont Organic Gardeners.

The informal group of gardeners was created in 1996 and has been working tirelessly to produce fresh, organically grown food in Bucks and Montgomery counties ever since.

Today, their efforts are flourishing.

The BucksMont Organic Gardeners is committed to growing food using organic, sustainable methods, without the use of unnatural fertilizers and pesticides. The overall goal of the group is to educate and practice healthy, sustainable gardening while preserving the land.

The group holds monthly meetings which are open to the public, to learn about organic gardening methods. The meetings are held the second Monday of each month and offer lectures, presentations and group discussions. Topics range from identifying beneficial garden insects to food preservations techniques to composting and everything in between.

The club welcomes anyone with an interest in organic gardening methods, or the practice of growing food without the use of unnatural fertilizers and pesticides. The group is informal and simply showing up to a meeting or event means you’re in the club. Members learn about the importance of pollinators, methods of water conservation and composting, and more.

Currently there are no membership fees and programs are open to the public, but donations are welcome. The BucksMont Organic Gardeners has members throughout Bucks and Montgomery counties. Some members live in rural settings with lots of space, while others live in a suburban setting and have a very small plot for gardening. The only prerequisite to join is an interest in organic gardening.

The BucksMont Organic Gardeners will meet Monday, Oct. 14, at 7:15 p.m. at the Churchville Nature Center at 501 Churchville Lane. For more information, call Joy Snyder at 215-441-4596 or RNJSnyder@aol.com. For information on upcoming events and field trips, email BMOGardeners@gmail.com.

Around Town

• A farmers’ market will be held at Playwicki Farm at 408 Pennsylvania Rt. 213 in Southampton, on Sept. 18 from 3 to 6 p.m.
• Lower Makefield Township farmers’ market will be held at the corner of Edgewood and Heacock roads on Sept. 19 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. For information, visit http://www.lmtfarmersmarket.com or call 215-310-8664.
• To celebrate 100 years, the Norristown Garden Club will present “A Stroll Through Our Century” flower show on Sept. 19 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. and Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show is at the Fairview Village Church at 3044 W. Germantown Pike. The show is free and open to the public. For more information, call 610 630-6821 or email ibawduniak@aol.com or visit http://www.norristowngardenclub.org.
• The Ambler farmers’ market will be open on Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the SEPTA parking lot, at the corner of Butler and Maple avenues.
• The Lansdale farmers’ market will take place at Railroad Avenue and West Main Street in Lansdale on Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature fresh, locally grown foods. For information, visit http://www.LansdaleFarmersMarket.org.
• The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy will host a free wildflower walk on Sept. 21 at 9:30 a.m. at Mill Hill in East Greenville. No registration is required. For information, call 610-287-9383 or visit perkiomenwatershed.org.
• Gardeners from Pennsbury Manor will describe their work and give a tour of the garden on Sept. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 400 Pennsbury Memorial Road in Morrisille. For information, call 215-946-0400 or visit pennsburymanor.org.
• Temple University Ambler Campus and Food Crops Garden will host the Garlic in the Garden Cook Off and Festival on Sept. 22 at 580 Meetinghouse Road. Admission is $5 with a perishable/non-perishable donation and $10 without a donation. For more information, visit http://www.philabundance.org.
•  Residents of Bucks County are invited to participate in Warminster Parks & Recreation Department’s annual heaviest tomato contest. If you have a tomato that is ripe, not rotten, and would like to enter it into the contest, go to 1100 Veterans Way Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to weigh it in. A prize will be awarded to the winner. Program information and registration is available online at http://www.warminstertownship.org/recreation and by calling 215-443-5428.

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