Edible Jersey Market Review

Our favorite time of year: farmers' market season! Whether in your own community or during your summer travels, farmers’ markets are one of the best places to experience the tastes of the Garden State. Get out, buy local and support our farmers this season. Many markets opening statewide this weekend. Here's our 2018 guide:…/farmers-market. Merchantville Sat., 10am–2pm, June–Oct. Centre St. and Chestnut Ave.

DiMedio Farms offers Blueberry Plants

Grow GIANT #blueberries this Summer 2018 with the best $10 blueberry bushes direct from real blueberry farmers. Grow your own bumper crop of large, tasty ORGANIC blueberries in pots, garden or edible hedge rows. CALL NOW (609) 561-5905 to pick-up your order now in Late-May at our popular #blueberry plants nursery. Buy large 3 year-old, Non-GMO, NATURALLY GROWN, Heirloom #blueberry bushes and plant the perfect edible landscaping at your home with our amazing blueberry, raspberry, thornless blackberry or strawberry plants:

South Jersey Farms Adjusting After Long, Cold Winter

South Jersey's cold winter weather continued into spring and, because of this, many farmers say that they're at least one to three weeks behind on their crops. Southern states such as Florida and Georgia are finishing out their growing seasons at their normal times, but northern states such as New York and Pennsylvania are getting an even later start than South Jersey due to even harsher conditions.

IE Merchantville

Incredible Edible (IE) Merchantville was created by a handful of residents to initiate a conversation around a new green project intended to grow Merchantville beyond our community garden and farmers market by creating a supportive culture of understanding, learning and action towards environmental stewardship and a sustainable future. Using the Pam Warhurst Incredible Edible Network - eat our landscapes - model as a staring point we will galvanize the community by growing herbs and veges in public spaces and celebrating local food, bringing sustainable edible living to life through local school education, and supporting our local food economy through restaurants and businesses.

Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program

A Rutgers Environmental Steward is a volunteer that is trained in the important environmental issues affecting New Jersey and works to help solve local environmental problems. Stewards attend weekly classes and are taught by leading researchers from Rutgers, government, and the nonprofit sector. Field trips to environmentally significant sites are included. Stewards complete a 60-hour internship of their choosing to become certified. Topics include climate change, soil health, alternative energy, water quality, habitat conservation, pollinator protection, environmental policy and more! Anyone can become an Environmental Steward! You do not need an environmental degree. You simply need a passion for the environment, a desire to learn, and a willingness to volunteer to create positive change in your community.

Gardens growing with volunteer efforts

Starting small can lead to great growth. That's what has happened with the Share the Harvest neighborhood gardens in Ellwood City, PA. Volunteers are busy getting ready for what they hope will be the best growing season so far to supply fresh produce to those in the community who need assistance. Crystal Simpson's Girl Scout group became involved with the community gardens as part of a journey. "The girls were working on a project called Sow What where they learned about where food comes from and the processes it takes to get to consumers," she said, adding that an Earth Day festival is where they met those working with the community garden and leaders of the Scouting organization decided it would be a great learning experience to plan and donate to the community.

Up-cycle gardening ideas

Gardeners are a pretty thrifty bunch and it’s in the garden where repurposing old items into new really comes into its own. From transforming tins into planters to repurposing old furniture for storing produce, there are countless ways to put worn out or unwanted items to good use in the garden. In this short video we’ll share some of our favorite garden up-cycling ideas. If you love growing your own food, why not try some of these clever recycling ideas.

Environmental Film Series Educates, Inspires

Introducing an Environmental Film Series to educate & inspire. "Plastic Paradise" is the first in a series of highly acclaimed films showing at the Eilandarts Center in Merchantvill on Friday, March 9 from 7-9. We are pleased to have Lena Smith, a New Jersey organizer for Food and Water Watch, to provide a perspective from the front lines of the environmental movement. Space is limited. RSVP via text to Dorothy (856) 952-9997. This is a free series, supported by local community members. Films appropriate for 7th grade and up. Donations welcome.

Green Team meeting

There will be a Green Team meeting on Tuesday, September 19th at 7:30 p.m. in Merchantville Borough Hall. All communities participating in the Sustainable Jersey program must establish a Green Team. The Mayor and City Council formally establish a Green Team and appoint members by resolution or ordinance. Green Teams differ from conservancy boards, environmental committees, and planning commissions because the focus is on completing actions required for Sustainable Jersey certification. Come learn and offer your input.



Seed Saving Demonstration

Join us on Tuesday, September 19th from 7-8 p.m. at The Collingswood Public Library for an educational evening on how to save seeds. We will cover the three basic methods of processing seeds: dry, wet, & fermentation. The presentation will be about 10-15 minutes. This will be followed by a demonstration of all three methods. If you'd like to get your hands dirty please bring your own fruits and dried seed pods with you for processing. This last part is optional.

Car Seat Inspections at 9/9 Farmers Market

Mark it on your calendars! Saturday, September 9 from 10AM-1PM at the Merchantville Farmers Market, Safe Kids of Southern New Jersey will be performing Car Seat Inspections for Merchantville Residents. Come out and have your car seats inspected by certified Car Seat technicians. I Look forward to seeing you all there!

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