Northeast Chapter ABS EVENT June 15, 2013

June 15th 2013 – Saturday
9am to 6pm

Come join us for a bamboo work party!
Learn thinning and harvesting techniques. Control strategies.
Large collection of both running and clumping cold-hardy bamboos
Help rejuvenate overgrown groves.
(Bring your own tools)
Chapter meeting, Bamboo auction, Cook out!
BRING YOUR OWN FOOD & DRINK – we will have a grill going, so bring something to share. Bring a cooler w/ ice please.

East West Bamboo Farm and Garden
14 Yellow City Road, Amenia, NY 12501
RSVP Larry 845-373-9020

Amenia NY is north of Manhattan up the Hudson River…. in Dutchess County. Less than 2 hours from the city. It is about 3 hours southwest of Boston. It is a lovely community with farms and rolling hills and lots of green : ) Lots of BAMBOO green : )

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American Bamboo Society Annual Meeting & Conference 2013

American Bamboo Society Annual Meeting & Conference 2013
The 2013 American Bamboo Society Annual Conference
October 10 – 13, 2013

West Palm Beach, Florida

“Bamboo – Uniting the Continents” – The 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Bamboo Society, is being hosted by the Florida-Caribbean Chapter and Mounts Botanical Garden.

October in Florida is paradise at its finest with sunny days and cool evenings enjoyed in your bamboo garden, a must for all the bamboo aficionados to descend upon West Palm Beach and meet up with fellow lovers of bamboo.

Mounts Botanical Garden will be the venue location for speakers- presentations – vendors. Mounts is conveniently located near West Palm International Airport and a limited number of rooms have been secured at a special “American Bamboo Rate” at the nearby Marriott, West Palm Beach.
The deadline to book at the group rate is September 30, 2013. However, the deadline date applies only if all of our reserved rooms have not yet been booked.
If our reserved block of rooms are booked before September 30th, the regular room rate is more than double our group rate.
Please book your room(s) as early as possible.

Find all info here:

The ABS Board Meeting will be held Thursday October 10th at the Marriott. Hotel check-ins, Registrations and a Happy Hour Meet and Greet will also take place

Friday, October 11th will open the conference at Mounts Botanical Garden. Highlighted Presenters and Masters in the craft of bamboo will be Simon Velez and Marcelo Villegas of Colombia, South America.

Saturday, October 12th will begin with morning presentations and include an afternoon field trip to nearby Tropical Bamboo Nursery & Gardens for a bamboo tour and propagation workshop before the evening dinner party (Bamboopalooza!) held in the garden.

Exciting plans for an optional Friday evening dinner gathering and a fun excursion on Sunday are in the works.

Meeting Location:
West Palm Beach, FL

Thu Oct 10 – Sun Oct 13, 2013
Mounts Botanical Garden, West Palm Beach, FL (map)

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Avery Island Moso Grove Grooming Feb 22-24, 2013


2013 marks the fifteenth year that Louisiana Gulf Coast Chapter and American Bamboo Society members will have come to Avery Island to help clear and clean E. A. McIlhenny’s plantings of timber bamboos.

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2012 ABS Conference Pictures

Thanks to everyone who attended the ABS2012 National Conference in Austin, Texas – a great time was had by all.
Here are 3 different versions of event pictures:

Tom Harlow’s Pictures from the ABS2012 National Conference:

Gib Cooper’s Pictures:

Carole Meckes’s Pictures:


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Bamboo Houses Built for Refugee Orphans


These Soe Ker Tie Houses were built on the Thai Burmese border for Karen refugee orphans.

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PLYWERK: Bamboo Entrepreneur, Portland OR

Video of Plywerk:

Plywerk Inc. is a small company in Portland that mounts your artwork on bamboo/maple panels. It started with a good idea 5 years ago, and has evolved into a blossoming bamboo business with 15 employees. The bamboo wave is upon us.

News Article:

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Bamboo Gardens of Louisiana

Lee Berry, in Mt.Hermon, LA is growing over 100 species of bamboo on his 24-acre property. He’s found great success by spreading chicken fertilizer. Definitely a place to check out if you’re in the area!,0,7841903.story

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The ABS has expanded its Big Bamboo Contest to include gathering data on the size that the various large bamboos reach in each State. Here is the charge:

Measure the diameter of each bamboo species in your area that measures over 1 1/2 inches. Measure at about four feet above the ground.

Data for the ABS Big Bamboo Contest must be submitted on or before August 1, 2012 for inclusion in this years competition, and a report to be available at the annual meeting.

Send your list of species and sizes to: or mail it to : Frasier Bingham, 407 Lakeshore Drive, Bainbridge, Georgia 39819.

Lets make a go of this, Regards, Frasier

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We’ve got a friend at the NY Times

This article thoroughly describes the benefits of growing bamboo. Specifically it focuses on the positive impact bamboo can have in Africa. Bamboo is nearly a panacea for the struggles facing many African countries: deforestation, desertification, dwindling firewood, and limited revenue streams. As we know, bamboo quite magically manages to tackle all of those problems in one solid swoop.  INBAR is working on a four-year project to teach communities in Ghana and Ethiopia how to become proficient in running bamboo plantations and build kilns for bamboo biochar.

The article also cites another bamboo forestation project in 1996 by INBAR, which successfully reclaimed land depleted by the brick industry in Allahabad, India. In 2007, the project won the Alcan Prize for Sustainability for its lasting impact.

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World’s first bamboo carbon offset credits issued

Huge news! On February 15, the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS website) made a landmark decision to certify an organization to issue carbon credits for planting bamboo. The Bamboo for Africa program received this accreditation for their mission to assist low-income African communities in generating an income by planting and harvesting bamboo at public schools, and on open government or tribal land. This decision has laid a precedent that opens up opportunities for bamboo initiatives worldwide and gives global credence to bamboos’ ability to sequester carbon.

The certification has catalyzed the development of a revised carbon accounting methodology for bamboo in a unified effort between INBAR, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University (ZAFU) and China Green Carbon Foundation (CGCF) in order to ease the accreditation process for other organizations interested in getting paid to grow bamboo.

Watch a video on the Bamboo for Africa program:

Link to the article:

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