September 25, 2013 - Good Friends Garden


People from The Onondaga Nation and Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation have been collaborating on a garden project for about 7 years now, known as The Good Friends Garden. The idea for the garden came as NOON and Onondaga people found they wanted to learn more about each other while working together in an active, productive and meaningful way. Everyone involved was interested in learning more about gardening, as well as, becoming better friends, and so The Good Friends Garden was started. People from Onondaga generously donated space for the Garden, first near the buffalo field, and then a couple of years later in a field near the Onondaga Firehouse on Rte. 11A where it remains today.

There have been about 10 consistent gardeners with many more coming for occasional work days. Our interests have expanded to include taking classes in permaculture and bringing a Mayan permaculture teacher to meet the group, holding a Seed and Plant Giveaway for Nation residents each Spring, bringing Haudenosaunee elders and teachers to teach about seed saving and traditional gardening, helping to bring honeybees to the Nation and giving away vegetables to elders and others from the bounty of the garden.

Our biggest challenges have been having enough time in our busy schedules to garden together and finding organic ways to rid the field of an invasive weed called English Cocklebur. Our relationships as friends and neighbors have deepened as we find time to garden together, laugh, share stories and several times a year have meetings/potluck dinners to plan for what is next.

We've finished our gardening for this year, except for cleaning out the rest of the dead plants, taking down and storing the fence. However, if you have an interest in helping in the spring, you can contact Cindy Squilace at 415-5508 or


Onondaga Lake/Bloody Brook Clean Up

10/8/2013, Public Meeting, 6:00 PM, Holiday Inn, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, New York 13088.
NYSDEC invites you to a public meeting to discuss the proposed remedy to address contamination at the site. You are encouraged to provide comments at the meeting, and during the 30-day comment period described in this fact sheet.

This link opens a fact sheet that invites the public to comment on a proposed remedy to address contamination related to the Bloody Brook Site #V00501 (Salina, Onondaga County) under New York's Voluntary Cleanup Program:   

Events of Note:

Ganondagon Groundbreaking Ceremony

Despite the rainy weather on September 16th, a large group of dignitaries, volunteers and well wishers met at Ganondagan State Historic Site to celebrate the ground breaking for the Seneca Art & Culture Center fulfilling a 30-year vision of a permanent, year-round interpretive facility to tell the story of the Seneca and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) contributions to art, culture and society for more than 2,000 years to the present day.

Upcoming Events:

Sept 28 & 29 - Haudenosaunee Wooden Stick Lacrosse Expo, Onondaga Lake Park, Syracuse, NY, Saturday, September 28, 8:30-5 & Sunday, September 29, 9-5.

October 4-6 - Imaging America National Conference,, Syracuse. NOON will be presenting a workshop on Cross-cultural Collaboration and Local Activism at a lunch session on Saturday. For information & registration


October 8 -  NOON Steering Committee Meeting, 7-8:30 pm, Syracuse Peace Council, open. Since new people often have a lot of questions, we recommend talking with Carol Baum, Syracuse Peace Council Staff (315-472-5478 , or Sue Eiholzer, NOON Volunteer (315-492-2684 , before the meeting.315-472-5478315-492-2684

October 15 - Doctrine of Discovery Study Group, 7 pm at the home of Gail Bundy, 37 N Main St, Homer, NY. For directions or information, or 607-749-2557 .607-749-2557

 October16 - Shaleshock CNY, 6 pm, Community Room, Onondaga Free Library. Meeting on local hydrofracking efforts.


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