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SCENe offers soil testing workshop

SPRINGVILLE — An open meeting of the Springville Concord Elder Network will take place on April 14 at 10:30 a.m. in the Love In the Name of Christ building, located at 64 East Main St. in Springville. The club’s newest member, Eleanor Eschborn, a certified master gardener, will be conducting free soil testing.

Eschborn, who completed her studies with the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Ellicottville, is required to perform 50 hours annually of community service, to maintain her certification.

“I am excited to work with the SCENe Garden Club and pass on the information I have learned about gardening, growing native plants and the importance of soil composition. That is why we chose to have the soil testing clinic as our first event,” she said.

Participants may bring 1-cup samples from their gardens to the meeting, for evaluation. In order to get an accurate test, the following steps are recommended: Make a 6-inch deep hole; cut a slice at least 6 inches deep from the back of the hole; place the sample in a clean bucket; repeat this three or four times; mix the samples in the bucket and then place soil on paper towels, to air dry.

SCENe President Cindy Goode said that, in addition to the soil testing, garden club members are planning other community events. Members are working with Ethan Waterman, of Waterman Nursery in East Concord, on select community garden projects.

“The SCENe Garden Club helps maintain the Love INC garden along the Main Street building and we have some new ideas to enhance it, this year,” Goode explained.

“The club is also looking into ways we can help improve the gardens in the village parks, such as around the flagpole at Shuttleworth Park and by the Fiddlers Green Park gazebo. Other fun ideas include hosting a wine and cheese event at a local nursery.”

The SCENe Garden Club meets the second Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the Love INC building. The group is open to new members. For more information, call the SCENe office at 592-7599.

SCENe is supported by Healthy Community Alliance, Inc.; Health Foundation for Western and Central New York; the town of Concord; Erie County Senior Services; Love INC; private donations; community partners and SCENe volunteers.


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