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Alumni, AU staff involved in annual ‘From the Earth’ event

AU alumni, neighbors, and friends invite you to join them as they celebrate their connections to nature in the hills around Alfred during the annual “From the Earth” event, Saturday, July 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

“From the Earth” is a free event that celebrates connection to the land in meaningful, creative, informative, and sustainable ways. Be inspired and learn from how-to gardening talks, demonstrations on stone wall building, woodworking, timber framing, soap making, natural dye-making, and a hands-on clay bowl-making workshop. Visit an organic dairy farm, join a guided bird walk, and enjoy a rewarding and memorable day! Children’s activities included.  Each location (except for Foster Lake) will be open all day and will have several presentations.  New additions each year!

Eight locations:

Betsy Brooks, Foster Lake, 5471 Lake Road, Alfred, “Early bird” bird walk at 8 a.m. (not open all day)


New Country Flowers, 2179 Baker Road, Andover, open all day - greenhouse, butterfly garden, free plants while supplies last


Mary Lu Wells AU ’78, 4981 Mc Andrews Road, Alfred, open all day - vegetable and flower gardens

9:30-10:15 a.m. “Half a Century of Garden Know-How” talk by Mary Lu Wells

Linda Huey ’93 and David Dronsick, 1530 Randolph Road, Alfred, open all day - gardens and pottery display in sugar shed

10:30-11:15 a.m. “How to Pollinate a Flower” talk by Cheryld Emmons, AU professor of biology

11:30 a.m.-12:15 “Make your own Fossil Bowl” clay workshop with Linda Huey

2-5 p.m. “Wheel Throwing Demonstration” by Tara Snyder ’11

Sunny Cove Farm, 1444 Randolph Road, Alfred, open all day - organic dairy farm, children’s activities

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. “How to Improve Clay Soil” talk by Sasha Khodorkovskaya

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. “Soap Making Demonstration” by Meghan Snyder

2:45 -3:30 p.m. “Hard Wheat Bread Making Demonstration” by Dotty Snyder


MacCrea Family Farm, 1664 Waterwells Road, Alfred, open all day - gardens, dye-making demonstrations bringing color to woolen yarns and fleece throughout the day by Debbie MacCrea, AU costume shop manager, Performing Arts, and Carol Wood ’91; woodworking demonstrations by Sean Hyland, Luke Voytas ’13, and Alec MacCrea

3-3:45 p.m. “Goat Milking and Cheese Making” demonstration by Kim MacCrea ’08, counselor, AU Counseling and Wellness Center


The Rogue Carrot, 14 1/2 West University Street, Alfred, natural groceries. Stop in to pick up a bite to eat. Open from 11a.m-5 p.m.       

Quest Farm, 7142 Route.21, Almond, Reynolds Family, open all day - organic produce, gardens

11-11:45 a.m. “Compost Basics” talk by Quentin Castle

4-4:45 p.m. “How to Build a Stone Wall” with Scotty MacCrea

Flyers with map may be obtained at:

Tinkertown Hardware, 833 Route 244, Alfred Station

Quest Farm, 7142 Route 21, Almond

New Country Flowers, 2179 Baker Road, Andover

Public information:

607.587.9282, Snyder Farm