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.
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. http://incredibleediblenetwork.org.uk/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. https://www.facebook.com/SJSeedCircleLibrary
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!
Have you ever considered raising chickens in your backyard? Gwenne Baile, Chair, Camden County Chickens and Chair of Haddon Township’s Backyard Chicken Advisory Board will teach you how easy and rewarding it is to raise a backyard flock on Sunday, September 10th at 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM at the Camden County Environmental Center. Learn everything from choosing the right chicks, setting up a coop, and keeping them happy and healthy year-round. Rosebud, her Therapy Chicken, will be joining us!