News From Vale

September 3, 2013

Vale is developing a green burial section, The Dell at Vale, to accommodate those desiring a natural, simple, back-to-the-elements, final resting place.

The “green burial” option is gaining national popularity and wider acceptance as individuals embrace this method of final disposition for many reasons.

The “Traditional” Way

Many people prefer the eco-friendly methods used before embalming. Typically, a green burial is when the body is returned directly to the soil in a way that doesn’t inhibit the natural decomposition process.

Not Just for Green Thinkers

Along with the “back to nature”-type thinkers, there are those who oppose the large permanent monuments and expensively maintained cemetery landscapes whose upkeep require the use of herbicides, fertilizers, and gasoline-powered equipment.

The ecology movement promotes natural burial in a wildflower meadow setting. Nationwide, green burial areas are being developed in established cemeteries and as exclusive burial sites.

Architect/Vale board member, Frank Gilmore, proved instrumental in designing The Dell. He supervised the construction, landscaping, the selection and placement of trees and wildflowers, and laid out the paths and berms.

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May 8, 2013

Since 1866 we have honored the memories of our loved ones who have served in all the wars and most especially, those who made the ultimate sacrifice to our country. It is also a time to remember departed friends and family.

Again this year, Vale is offering to plant potted red geraniums (three plants per pot) on specified graves, which will last through the summer. The first pot purchase is $35 and each additional pot is $25. The price includes the planting and careful maintenance of the entire plot. Two or more pots are recommended.

For more information or to purchase pots, you can download an order form or contact the Vale office at: (518) 346-0423.

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April 25, 2013

Metroland recently published an article highlighting Vales commitment to green burials. From the article:

In June of this year, Schenectady’s historic—and nondenominational—Vale Cemetery will offer the second green burial option in the area. Though Vale opened in 1857, there is enough space on its rambling, bucolic grounds to accommodate new burials for a couple of centuries. (Vale currently buries between 30 and 50 people per year, and averages 100 cremated remains per month.) And a beautiful dell on the property is being turned into a meadow for green burials.

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April 18, 2013

You can become a VIP (Vale Important Patron) with a membership in Vale Patrons.

You will receive:
Two newsletters a year
Free tickets for all public tours
Notice of Vale Cemetery Board meetings

Membership levels and fees:
Individual – $25
Family – $50
Supporting – $150
Benefactor – $1000

Please contact Vale’s office for details at 346-0423.

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December 12, 2012

The "Transition Network" will garden in Vale for four years, Roots & Wisdom, a program about growing produce and teaching inner-city youths about agriculture and nutrition, maintained a large garden plot in Vale. However, the program was downsized due to decreased financial support, which now leaves some space for other gardening projects.

Schenectady Transitions Network, a group concerned with organic farming and self -sufficiency through locally grown food, is now using some of that growing space.

Winter wheat was planted and in the spring vegetables will be planted. Excess produce will go to the Farmers’ Market and Food Pantry.

For details about Transitions, visit

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