Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Housatonic Heritage Hike to Jug End

The fall brings the Housatonic Heritage Walk weekends.  They are held one weekend in September and one in October. The 2014 Heritage Walks are a partnership of the numerous heritage organizations in the Upper Housatonic River Valley, the Berkshire Visitors Bureau, and the National Park Service. The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area is one of only 49 in the country designated by the federal government.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Yoga Hike Partnership Event: Hike Jug End & Yoga at KCC

This Sunday, September 14,  we were able to host the first Appalachian Trail Hike and Yoga event at the Kellogg Conservation Center. We welcomed the rays of sunshine after a chilly morning and rainy Saturday. This event was held in partnership with the organization She Jumps.  She Jumps mission is to encourage women to get outdoors. They have an outdoor education, youth initiatives, and Get the Girls Out programming. Tracy Remelius of Tracy Remelius Yoga, based in Tyringham, MA (a town the A.T. crosses through) is a Regional Coordinator for She Jumps who agreed to help guide the hike with Silvia Cassano, Trail Management Assistant here for ATC in Southern New England. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Feeling SHEEPish

The Kellogg Conservation Center recently welcomed some new additions to the property: sheep!  Our neighbor, Peter Maggio of Mayflower Farm, is using the southern pastures behind the barns to do rotational grazing with his sheep.  This allows him another option for pasturage and the opportunity to expand his operation while helping us keep those fields "mowed" and fertilized, as well as occasionally hayed.  We are excited to have livestock back on the farm again after an almost 2-year hiatus.
I found an old photo, below, from nearby Great Barrington, MA a while back that I thought was kind of cool.  Notice the lack of trees - it is hard to find a hillside like that nowadays in the Berkshires that has so few trees.