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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: Find woodcocks on the ground and in the air

Monday, 25 Mar 2019 - At my location, the bird shoots up from the ground and spirals into the air adjacent to the thicket, above an open field. As it descends, it chirps loudly, punctuating its fall, and repeats the songs and the aerial dance in the darkness.

EYES TO THE SKY: Song to the Sun

Monday, 18 Feb 2019 - When I turned around at the crest of the hill, I saw brilliant light with a rosy glow spread across the top of the mountain to the southwest, above the dim hillside below, where I stood.

NATURE’S TURN: Gardens that welcome the wild

Monday, 11 Feb 2019 - Arne Maynard revealed that he begins each project by looking to the natural environment for grounding and inspiration. He observes the wild plants and insects, listens to the birds and seeks out signs of other wildlife in order to become aware of the place that will be the setting for his garden design.

NATURE’S TURN: Better Butter for the New Year

Monday, 31 Dec 2018 - My response is to cook the vegetables before they decline, make improvements in storage conditions for the rest of the harvest and refine my choices of varieties for the new growing season.

NATURE’S TURN: Schoolhouse Garden family album 2018

Monday, 17 Dec 2018 - That planting, intended to protect the earth through harsh winter storms and serve many other functions for the soil, was stripped and hauled away to chipmunk storage chambers, a ready food for uninvited guests of the garden.

NATURE’S TURN: Creation’s winter grandeur

Monday, 3 Dec 2018 - For delight, add to winter at its most visually captivating the flurry of a diversity of birds winging in for high energy food at the most modest, or lavish, of bird feeders.

NATURE’S TURN: Frozen northeast, flowering northwest

Monday, 19 Nov 2018 - After the ground freezes, gardeners look up to seed stalks and vines of flowering annuals and perennials to decide which to leave for wildlife and to disperse their seed in the landscape, and which to cut to collect seed for intentional sowing or to compost.

NATURE’S TURN: Autumn palate

Monday, 24 Sep 2018 - Our season with the high Sun is past. Autumn vegetables and flowers sustain us in the changing light and weather.

NATURE’S TURN: A full plate

Monday, 10 Sep 2018 - Onions and potatoes, tomatoes and basil, cucumbers and kale, snap beans and zucchini fill dinner plates and overflow salad plates as the growing season peaks.