Eco

Eco-Friendly Class Gift

Thank you to Merchantville School Class of 2019 who donated a Water Bottle filling station that has already helped to saved our local environment from more than 2,000 plastic bottles. Elkay's bottle filling stations provide convenient hydration with a rapid fill of filtered water to quench thirst and minimize plastic bottle waste in the environment. Students can now fill up using water bottles that are eco-friendly and, at the same time, promote healthy choices by reducing the consumption of sugary drinks. The addition of this filling station will generate enthusiasm for school-wide sustainability, improve the overall health of students and reduce the number of disposable water bottles used at the school. Bottled water is the second most popular beverage in the United States and currently, only 20% of disposable water bottles are recycled. Plastic water bottles take a large amount of petroleum to make and transport and, up to 700 years to biodegrade.

 

Journey Back to Nature

The documentary, Petty’s Island: A Journey Back to Nature will be presented tonight, October 1st, from 7:00 - 8:45 p.m. at Pennsauken Library. This 22-minute film highlights the history of the Island, from its first inhabitants, to the environmental transformation currently taking place. Petty’s Island is a piece of land situated on the Delaware River between Philadelphia and Camden - but technically a part of Pennsauken Township. For over 100 years, this Island was owned by Citgo and utilized for industrial purposes. In the early 2000’s, however, a bald eagle nest was found on the Island, forever changing its fate.The goal of the film is to inform others about the rich history of this land, and the educational and recreational activities that will soon be available to all, especially local residents.

Town Sustainability Social

Come grab a drink with neighbors and a variety of borough green organizations that are helping to create a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable community. Groups that will be present include: Merchantville's Green Team, Merchantville's Garden Club, Incredible Edible Merchantville, Merchantville's Shade Tree Commission, Mayor and Borough Council, MES Garden Club, MES Junior Green Team. From from 6-8 p.m. members of these stakeholder groups will host a social gathering on the Community Center deck - a perfect opportunity to mingle and network with these community volunteers over drinks and light fare. At 8 p.m. Merchantville's Green Team will lead a joint stakeholder meeting to share current sustainability plans, describe future projects and solicit YOUR ideas and feedback. From recycling to roofless solar energy to pollinating plants and land stewardship - we’ll have it all at this event. So come see how YOU can help your community become a little cleaner, greener, and more sustainable! Limit: 100. Register for your free ticket here.

EV Charging Stations

Transportation is the greatest source of greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants in New Jersey and the U.S. Electric vehicles can be game-changers when it comes to cleaning our air and reducing the cost of driving. The future of electric transportation is evolving rapidly, and PSEG wants to help it move along. Our utility’s NJ Clean Energy Future proposal supports the deployment of nearly 40,000 electric vehicle chargers across New Jersey. The obstacle that keeps millions of car-buyers from making the switch to plug-in vehicles is not the price, nor performance, nor the availability of an EV that meets their needs. It’s the lack of convenient access to charging stations.

Found Food

This Exit 19 Productions video shows Mike Casey foraging for food with his friend Chef Phil Manganaro. They find some berries, get mosquito bites and Chef Phil makes some homemade root beer. Exit 19 Productions is a group of comedians, writers, funny people and degenerates trying to make people laugh or give them a little bit of knowledge - hopefully a bit of both.

Freezing Garden Veges

Freezing maintains the natural color, fresh flavor, and high nutritive value of fresh foods. The objective is to bring foods to the frozen state quickly. When properly done, fruits and vegetables are more like fresh than when preserved by any other method. Best of all, freezing vegetables and fruit is fast and easy. You don’t need a lot of time or years of experience to preserve garden-fresh fruits and vegetables. Organized in a friendly, food-by-food format, readers will find “The Beginner’s Guide to Preserving Food at Home” by Janet Chadwick an invaluable reference. Freezing, drying, canning, and storing instructions are available for each vegetable, fruit, and herb, and in many cases, several methods for freezing fruits and vegetables or canning food are described. 

Farmers Market OPEN 10-2

Merchantville's Market Off Centre is open today, and every Saturday between June and October, from 10-2. Come on down to our Rails-to-Trails Bike Path along Chestnut Avenue where the market provides an active family oriented atmosphere offering a variety of local, handmade, and homemade goods and services. Birdhouses by Britt will be a new feature at our market today! Interested Venders should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with information about your products or services. 

Jersey-Friendly Yards

Did you know that you can rethink your lawn, create a Jersey-friendly yard and reduce your environmental impact? NJ native plants help conserve and filter water, provide habitat for native wildlife, protect soil resources, and reduce the costs and environmental impacts associated with fertilizers and pesticides.This year’s Jersey-Friendly Yards conference will be on Saturday, October 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Ocean County College’s Gateway Building in Toms River, New Jersey. There will be two fantastic featured speakers and “choose a workshop” sessions to learn how to put your Jersey-Friendly Yard into practice! Fall is the perfect time to add native plants to your landscape and New Jersey growers will bring a great selection of native plants ready for fall planting.

Community Garden Plots

Merchantville has a Community Garden at the Community Center and from time to time, there are garden plots available.  Merchantville's Community Garden is a single piece of land located behind the baseball field at the Community Center. It is gardened and maintained collectively by a group of residents and students. Our community gardens utilizes either individual plots on this public land to produce fruit, vegetables, and plants for food and food sharing. Please contact Kris Donohue at kdonohue202@gmail if you are interested in having a sunny plot in this garden next year.

Food Shares at Eclipse

Come and get em! Zucchini, hot peppers, cucumbers, beans, squash, kale, turnips and tomatoes are available for free at Eclipse Brewing. At Incredible Edible Merchantville we love connecting people through food and food sharing. Although we're just getting our feet wet, there are many businesses in our community who are already doing extraordinary things. For some it’s about creating a garden, for others supporting food waste and food injustice. For some it’s about teaching people to grow and cook and for others it’s about ensuring people have that space to grow. For us all it’s about making sure our whole community can get involved. Eclipse Brewing and Park Place Cafe & Restaurant are business leaders in planting crops for food sharing and connecting to nature through locally foraged foods.

Ode to an Oak

Last month, the Salem Oak, the tallest white oak tree in New Jersey, toppled within the grounds of Salem Friends Meeting. In its honor, Meeting member Jessica Waddington wrote this obituary of the beloved county landmark. On Thursday, June 6 at around 6:00 in the evening, the stately Salem Oak lay down, after standing tall for an estimated 600 years. She was at home, in the Salem Friends Burial Ground on Broadway, in the small historic town of Salem, N.J. She had battled time, gravity, and Mother Nature for several hundred years, losing several limbs and requiring a great deal of care, before finally succumbing. She was surrounded by her descendants, the town that loved her, and a few hundred deceased Friends, all of whom benefited from her stately bearing, her ongoing endurance, and her deep roots that preceded not only the birth of this nation, but the European settlement of its lands.

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