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Monday, 17 Jun 2019 - Rows of vigorous fall-planted garlic have anchored the garden with their lush foliage, superseded only by perennial rhubarb that thrived even when its leaves were snow-covered on May 12.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

EYES TO THE SKY: Northeast Astronomy Forum, Dark Sky Week

Monday, 1 Apr 2019 - The ambitious program includes numerous seminars, solar viewing through shielded telescopes, and 120 exhibitors and vendors enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge with the general public, including children.

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.