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Brenda Snyder, a Niagara County resident and author of the book “Grow It, Save It, Use It,” will present a program on heirloom gardening using permaculture from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at Bond Lake Park in Ransomville.

Permaculture is a method of growing crops that is not labor-intensive. It requires no watering, no fertilizing and minimal weeding. Using this method of food production will radically reduce the cost of having a garden and growing your own food.

Permaculture gardens use techniques and practices that combine the best of wildlife gardening, edible landscaping and native-plant cultivation into one low-maintenance, self-contained and productive ecosystem.

Though heirloom vegetables were commonly grown in earlier times, they are seldom seen in modern large-scale gardening.

Public interest about organic gardening, however, has once again spurred an interest in heirloom seed varieties.

The program will be held in the Nature Center, located at 2353 Lower Mountain Road.

To get to the entrance door of the center, follow the sidewalk between the Warming House and the skating rink and proceed to the rear of the building.

The free event is sponsored by the Bond Lake Park Environmental and Beautification Committee. For more information, call 694-3488 or visit freewebs.com/bondlakepark.

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