August was an unusually mild month, but we weren’t complaining. On the first day of the month, and twice again over the following weeks, STATE volunteers singlehandedly took on a frightening infestation of mile-a-minute weed at the Three Village Garden Club Arboretum. Over the course of the three events, over 25 different volunteers came out to show the awful plant what we’re made of, and by the end of the third day, we couldn’t find a single plant in the entire arboretum, all before the plants had a chance to produce berries and spread. This goes down in history as one of our greatest accomplishments, as the problem had been growing for years, and next year, it will be much less massive and more easily eradicated. Twice, we headed over to Sweetbriar Nature Center to have fun in their gardens, completing a new path through a particularly large flowerbed so that children (and adults) can feel like they are in a magical little hideaway amongst the 5+ foot tall grasses and flowers. Of course, we tended to our own garden throughout the month, taking home a multitude of vegetables and herbs. For the first time, we participated in the Long Island Farm Bureau’s Made on Long Island Day; volunteers handed out maps, took surveys, and helped patrons enjoy the festival while they enjoyed the festival themselves. We took one more good shot at the Ludwigia problem on the Peconic River, wading in and pulling hundreds of pounds of the plant off the water’s surface and into row boats, then laboriously unloading them and doing it again, and again, and again. One thing is for certain: we have some seriously determined volunteers! The Pepperweed had one more visit from our volunteers, as well, and we were happy to find only pathetic little sprouts. Towards the end of the month, we took an afternoon to pot up our homegrown native seedlings along with some tree and shrub whips in serious need of some room to grow. To finish up the month, our six most dedicated volunteers throughout the summer were rewarded with a long day up in New Paltz. First, we all shared a great deal of laughter as everyone tried their best to conquer the cliffs while rock climbing. After learning how to repel— or dangle, at time— we had lunch and took off for a beautiful hike. The day ended with a celebratory dinner where we toasted to everyone’s hard work and told stories of the fun we shared over the previous months.