In light of COVID-19, all of our events have been cancelled or postponed. We know how difficult it is to be without the comfort of our social interactions, and we believe now more than ever it is essential to stay connected and provide support within our community. Committed to making the best of this experience together, we are sharing some ways for you and your family to stay healthy, happy, and have some fun!
Pointers for Preserving Provisions
  • Make the most of what's already available in your home and backyard.

  • Increase your intake of fresh fruits and veggies, without venturing to the grocery store.

  • Help to preserve valuable resources and learn some new skills along the way!
Plus: an all-natural Easter egg dye using just leftover food scraps. Read on below!
Clever Kitchen Experiments
Counter-top Cloning

Place cuttings such as celery or lettuce in water (suspend with toothpicks if needed)

Leave on a sunny windowsill for a few days

Once they've grown some roots and/or shoots, try planting in pots or outdoors!

(Click the link above for plant-specific instructions)
Soil-less Sprouting
Grow your own sprouts (It's easy!)
Transform your dried pantry items into something fresh and green. You can use:

  • Lentils and beans
  • Whole grains like unhulled barley
  • Non-irradiated seeds (try radish, pumpkin, sun-flower or sesame)

(Click the link above for even more ideas!)

Soak seeds in a jar of water for 8 hours

Allow seeds to drain (invert jar over
a mesh lid, strainer or cheesecloth)

Rinse and drain 2-3 times a day for 2-3 days

Enjoy in salads, sandwiches, soups and stir-fries!
A Beautiful Bounty Could Be Waiting in Your Backyard
Our PHLT Preserves are still open to the public during this time! We encourage you to get out in nature while maintaining a safe social distance. See if you can spot any of these edible plants on one of our preserves!
Pick young leaves for the best flavor; eat raw or saute.
A tender weed with a sweet
and mild taste.
A forest crop similar to
onion or garlic.
* Remember to practice sustainable harvesting techniques that promote plant regrowth
and always check with your edible plant resources to ensure accurate identification.
Try this: chickweed salad for two
2 cups chickweed leaves and flowers, chopped
1 cup sprouted lentils, lightly steamed
1/4 cup crumbled feta or goat cheese
Handful of sunflower seeds
White wine vinaigrette
1/4 c white wine vinegar + 1/4 c olive oil +
2 Tb maple syrup or honey + 1 tsp Dijon mustard
Enjoy a backyard picnic with your quarantine team!
Make the Most
Before You Compost!
Get crafty with colorful scraps like beets, red cabbages, avocado pits, onion skins, and sorry-looking spinach for making DIY dyes for eggs or other materials like paper and fabric!

For more ideas about what to do with your leftover produce, check out this great website .
Final tip: make the freezer your friend! Any foods you won’t eat right away (produce
and leftovers included) can become a welcome treat on a lazy day down the road.
Stay Healthy!
- From your PHLT Team -
Pocono Heritage Land Trust |