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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: 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.

NATURE’S TURN: Forager, gardener and cook

Monday, 13 Aug 2018 - Until quite recently, wild foods, both weeds and wildcrafted, had been the purview of naturalists and their followers. Today, chefs seek out foraged edibles to introduce to diners.