Crayola ColorCycle was launched to help kids in schools across the USA to understand the importance of their role in protecting the environment. Through this initiative, students in K-12 schools can collect and repurpose used Crayola markers. ColorCycle is also a great opportunity for teachers and their students to explore eco-friendly practices. Specially developed standards-based lesson plans are available to enrich instruction and promote lively class discussions. FedEx Ground will pick up the markers — Crayola pays all shipping charges!

Whether you live in a city, suburb, or on land in the country, this essential guide for the backyard homesteader by Kris Bordessa will help you achieve a homespun life–from starting your own garden and pickling the food you grow to pressing wildflowers, baking sourdough loaves, quilting, raising chickens, and creating your own natural cleaning supplies. In National Geographic's Attainable Sustainable's beautifully illustrated pages, makers will find an indispensable home reference for sustainability in the 21st century. This book will teach you how to nurture a healthy relationship with the natural world from growing some of your own food—even if you live in an apartment to embracing home food preservation, from canning to fermenting and pickling.

Whether your environment is home, school or the workplace Green New Jersey Magazine has stories of sustainability, the people who make it happen and the products that are changing our landscape for the better. The magazine was created by Lara Webb-Lipski, former founding Editor-in-Chief of South Jersey Magazine, and founding Editor of SJ Magazine. A graduate of Rutgers University-Camden, she has been the Chairperson for Sustainable Haddonfield for several years. The magazine ended 2019 by starting a podcast devoted to the people who make sustainable come true in the Garden State and recently interviewed "Hen Mama" Gwenne Baile. 

Camden County Chickens and Therapy Chickens founder, Gwenne Baile, is offering a series of educational classes on "The Basics of Raising Backyard Chickens" for anyone looking to raise backyard chickens. The classes are co-hosted by The Oaklyn Green Team and will take place from 7:00-9:30 p.m. at the Oaklyn Firehall. 20 W. Clinton Avenue, on Tuesday, March 24th, Wednesday, May 20th, Wednesday, July 29th and Thursday, October 29th. The course will also be offered on Sunday, September 20th at the Haddon Township Environmental and Historical Center, 143 E. Ormond Avenue. Space is limited to 50 seats and pre-registration is recommended. The class fee of $10 per person is requested at time of registration. To register and for more information, call 856-858-6644 or cell 856-816-8508 or email Gwenne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Sign-in begins 30 minutes before session. 

For several years, the county has found a 21st-century way of getting around the seasonal barrier. It prepares and provides various plants and vegetables to nonprofits and county groups through the use of a hydroponics greenhouse that needs no soil, as well as a traditional greenhouse at its Lakeland Campus - allowing for heads of lettuce to be grown in as little as one month from plant to harvest, with the fastest batch growing in just 12 days. Through the Office of Sustainability, master gardeners and staff use advanced growing techniques to provide nonprofits and other organizations such as The Cathedral Kitchen and The Philadelphia Zoo lettuce, cherry tomatoes, herbs and more items throughout the year.

Join the core working group of Incredible Edible Merchantville upstairs at Eclipse Brewing for their monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m. tonight. They will host guest speaker Jen Callaghan to share information on Aeroponic Gardening and get an update from Dorothy Foley on Sustainable Jersey Green Team Certification. The certification application deadline is Sunday, May 17th and IE members are working feverishly with support from the municipality and other Merchantville sustainability groups to achieve Bronze status this year. Brigid Austin will update everyone on our application for a grant through The Pollination Project, an international nonprofit organization. Finally, Joan Brennan will review plans for Spring 2020 IE Small Action Plans to establish timelines, discuss plant procurement, signage, promotion and coming events. Next meeting: Thursday, March 5th at 7:00PM at Eclipse Brewing.

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