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Judy Isacoff

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Writer, naturalist, educator and garden designer, Judy Isacoff has published in regional monthlies, weeklies and dailies as well as professional journals in the field of environmental education. She is a columnist for the Battery Park City, New York Broadsheet Daily and The Broadsheet and for five years contributed a weekly astronomy column to The Berkshire Eagle. A leader in nature study and curriculum-based gardening at schools in urban and rural settings, Isacoff is passionate about cultivating the sense of wonder through her teaching and writing. Her website: NaturesTurn.org

Articles by Judy Isacoff

NATURE’S TURN: In memory of Michael Ballon and Castle Street Cafe

Monday, 7 Oct 2019 - In his “Castle Street Cafe Cookbook,” Michael Ballon wrote: “Of all the food items grown in the garden, nothing is as different [from store-bought] as growing your own lemongrass ... Fresh lemongrass … is green and verdant, with a very powerful bouquet and flavor.”

EYES TO THE SKY: Protect the night, it is good for you

Monday, 16 Sep 2019 - The haze that more or less obliterates – especially in towns and cities – what would be a clear, awe-inspiring, star-filled sky at night, is slow to be recognized for what it is: a smog of light pollution.

NATURE’S TURN: Cover crops for the home gardener

Monday, 26 Aug 2019 - During summer months I broadcast crimson clover seed between crop rows. This beautiful plant not only fixes nitrogen in the soil – i.e., we grow our own fertilizer – it keeps weeds down and is a good cut flower.

EYES TO THE SKY: Night Lights

Monday, 5 Aug 2019 - Every year, from about July 17 through Aug. 24, planet Earth orbits through the debris field of Comet Swift-Tuttle, the parent comet of the Perseid meteor shower.

EYES TO THE SKY: The Eagle has landed

Monday, 22 Jul 2019 - He had unveiled a plaque affixed to the Eagle that bore the inscription, “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon, July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.”

NATURE’S TURN: Polyculture, no-till garden tour

Monday, 17 Jun 2019 - Rows of vigorous fall-planted garlic have anchored the garden with their lush foliage, superseded only by perennial rhubarb that thrived even when its leaves were snow-covered on May 12.

NATURE’S TURN: The Giving Garden

Monday, 20 May 2019 - I bent over the sage and lavender, searching for new green leaves. They should have appeared by now. Yes, there was some new growth but, clearly, many stems had expired.

EYES TO THE SKY: Space walk anniversary, better light for Massachusetts

Monday, 15 Apr 2019 - While the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 moon walk – and we are continually awed by the results of space exploration since – it is sobering to learn that in 85 percent of locations on Earth, only a few stars are visible when looking up to the sky at night.

NATURE’S TURN: Ready to spring

Monday, 8 Apr 2019 - Every day it seemed that the alternation of warm days and freezing nights would end; nights would moderate, allowing the ground to thaw.