Update: President Victor Herson opened the annual membership business meeting with an overview of activities in the past year including the new website, hay storage in Hawk Hill Farm‘s barn, the metal roof on Thrall Farm‘s barn, restoration of fields at Hawk Hill Farm and Stout Family Fields, acquisition of the Evans Family Meadows and parcels on Beacon Hill, and numerous hikes and events. Treasurer Paul Jones summarized fundraising efforts, on-going stewardship expenses, and fund balances. The membership approved minor edits to the bylaws and re-elected Chip Caton, Victor Herson, and Sharon Mann to three-year terms on the Board of Directors. A more detailed summary appears in our August newsletter.
After the business meeting, members and guests met for a social gathering and refreshments before a presentation, “Every Yard Counts: How to Create a Healthy Monarch Butterfly Habitat at Home.” Diane St John, manager of Natureworks Garden Center, a retail store and landscape company in Northford, CT, has a Landscape Design Certificate, is an accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has a BFA in photography. Diane explained the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly and how we can attract and raise Monarchs in our own yards by using organic gardening techniques and planting foods that these butterflies love. Her photography skills were evident in her beautiful photos. In addition, she presented live examples of the stages of life of the Monarchs she raises. More information about raising Monarchs is available here.