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Pollinate for Mom

Every May, adults and children alike are tasked with a daunting mission-to somehow thank our mothers for everything they’ve done for us over the years. Classic Mother’s Day traditions include a sentimental card, breakfast in bed, and of course, flowers. This Mother’s Day, take the opportunity to celebrate not only your mother, but also the mother we all share — Mother Earth — by purchasing and/or planting pollinator-friendly flowers. Here are some helpful suggestions for pollinator-friendly flowers that are native to the Mid-Atlantic region: Lanceleaf coreopsis, Wild indigio, Purple coneflower, Bottle gentian and New England aster.

Published in Stewardship

Plant Swap

Garden enthusiasts love to get together to talk about the splendor of the garden. They also love to gather to share plants. Incredible Edible Merchantville and The Merchantville Garden Club will host Plant Swaps at the gazebo on the Chestnut Avenue bike path and Wellwood Park on Saturday on Saturday,…
Published in Boro, Stewardship

Wellwood Park Clean-Up

Incredible Edible Merchantville invites you to celebrate our EARTH! Join our effort to clean and refresh Wellwood Park, promote environmental stewardship, and showcase this green space in all it's natural beauty!
Meet us on Sunday, April 25th at the Wellwood Park Gazebo on West Maple Avenue between Linden and Hamilton Avenue. We will be working in the park from 12:00-3:00 p.m. Please wear gloves and bring a rake if you have one. Water and snacks courtesy of Rita O'Brien from Real Estate Rita. Together we can make a difference! RAIN or SHINE - PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR A MASK
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Community Recycling Day

Celebrate Earth Day by Recycling with Merchantville's Green Team on Saturday, April 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Station Coffee Shop on the bike path. We are accepting thin plastics, see below small electronics, sneakers, eyeglasses, corks and crayons. More about the small electronics we are accepting at Merchantville Green Team event on Saturday April 24th. This from our recycling stream partner. We accept: cell phones, smartphones, iPhones, iPods, iPads, tablets, Apple\Android watches, bluetooth, tablets. GPS, MP3 players, e-readers, digital cameras, handheld gaming systems and the accessories that come with them.We don't care if your gadgets are broken, old, locked, drowned or bedazzled. Get in/evolved!
 
Published in Green Team, Life

GT Adds Habitat

Las week Merchantville's Green Team volunteers added a new pollinator habitat to our ever growing sustainability and land stewardship efforts. The Smith family prepared the new habitat, located along the Rails-to-Trails path at Chestnut and Alexander Avenues to ready it for spring growth. The Green Team works with all of the town's sustainability organizations - Incredible Edible, Garden Club, Shade Tree, 4-H, Junior Green Team - on environmental projects to maintain our Sustainable Jersey Bronze certification and achieve silver status in future years. Follow Merchantville's sustainability partners on social media.

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IE Chronicles Growth

In early 2018, inspired by the actions of a community in Tordmoden, UK, Joan Brennan and Betsy Langley started planting the seeds for a town-wide sustainability program called Incredible Edible (IE) Merchantville. By the fall of that year,  Merchantville’s first community projects were under way, and the ideas of community garden sharing, greening public spaces, produce donations, monarch habitats, and pollinator gardens were born. Bolstered by a group of passionate volunteers they set out to educate our small town about the value of nurturing environmental stewardship to promote a culture of healthy living, provide food security and foster a sustainable future through edible landscapes. Collaboration with the town Garden Club, The Green Team, borough officials, businesses, schools, churches and other community organizations have led to small project expansions including multiple communal garden spaces and insect habitats. In 2020 more than thirty-five residents have joined the effort as part of their This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. many dedicating a portion of their produce to food security donations at the Grace Church Food Pantry. IE was also an active partner in Merchantville's successful Sustainable Jersey Bronze certification application. For Incredible Edible Merchantville, the vision of  believing in the power of your own potential and creating a kind, confident, and connected community through the power of food is just beginning! They were able to chronicle their journey in this video with the able assistance of Ashley Brennan.

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Bronze Certification Achieved

On Tuesday, December 15th, the Borough of Merchantville was pleased to announce that Merchantville has been awarded Bronze level certification from Sustainable Jersey. They extended thanks to community volunteers from the Green Team, Incredible Edible and the Garden Club: Dorothy Foley, Joan Brennan and Cindy Hertneck and, Borough Community Development Director, Mara Wuebker for their contributions towards this achievement. 

Dear Merchantville Boro:

Congratulations! We are pleased to announce that Merchantville Boro has been awarded Bronze Level certification! Your application was approved for 13 actions in 9 categories for a total of 155 points. Your achievement will be recognized during a virtual awards ceremony to be held at the end of February/early March in 2021. An email about this achievement, the virtual event, and promotional materials (including a customizable press release, and customized certified logo) will be sent to the mayor, clerk, and all account users in January 2021. In the meantime if you have any questions regarding your Sustainable Jersey certification feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 609-771-2938. Please note that our offices will be closed from December 21 through January 1.

Congratulations again on this outstanding achievement!

Sustainable Jersey

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Support Our Seasonal Markets

Hello "Market Off Centre" family and friends! We hope many of you will join us again this Friday evening from 5:00-8:00 p.m. to experience Monsterville's seasonal spirit. This week on October 23rd, in addition to our regular offering of local, handmade, and homemade goods and services, we will feature Halloween Crafts for kids and a Jack O'Lantern Walk along the Rails-to-Trails path. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own carved pumpkin to display on the walkway and we'll supply the candle! Pumpkins may be dropped off any time after 3:30 p.m. On October 30th - our final market of the 2020 season -  we will host a Halloween Costume strut and offer plenty of kid-friendly crafts. If you are interested in being a vendor at our last tow markets please contact market coordinator, Eric Goonan, at 856-571-1421 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Bee, Wasp or What?

Rutgers Cooperative Extension Faculty and Staff in the ANR Department work in diverse areas of Agriculture, Horticulture, and Natural Resources. The Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources serves the residents of New Jersey through the development and dissemination of research-based information. Our goal is to teach people new skills and information so they can make better informed decisions and changes in themselves, their businesses, and personal lives. Broadly defined, our programs assist commercial businesses, governmental agencies, and residents through personal or group requests for assistance, information and consultation on issues related to agriculture, the environment, and natural resources management. Trying to ID some flying insects? Here's a helpful article.

 

 

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Landscape Registry is Growing

During the month of July Incredible Edible Merchantville added two gardens to our Sustainable Landscape Registry. We welcomed the Bouvier Family's garden on July 16th. They have a plot at the Community Center and are growing a variety of tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, peppers, and some flowers for pollinators. At home they also grow herbs, green onions, and flowers, including milkweed for monarchs. On July 27th, Mary-Noelle at sent pictures of her garden at 48 Volan Street. She and her neighbor, Sam, at 54 Volan Street share their gardens. Mare is full sun and she’s part shade, so she does things like lettuces and leafy greens and I do peppers, tomatoes and eggplant. Sharing the garden is a lot of fun since we get to plan, shop, dig and plant together and the kids get into it too, plus there’s always someone to water if you’re away! Sustainable landscaping is a goal of our program. Send pictures and a description of your garden to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to join!

 

 

 

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Volunteer for Shade Tree

It's the perfect time to become a member of the Shade Tree Commission! A Street tree inventory will soon be underway by a Tree Professional (pursuant to a DEP grant) to assess tree conditions, risks, and tree/sidewalk conflicts. The tree inventory will serve as the foundation for developing a plan for future tree maintenance, planting, and removal. Great way to begin your time on the Commission! Our Shade Tree volunteers plant and maintain all curbside trees in the Borough. Other responsibilities include: removal and/or trimming of curbside and public trees, reporting tree related problems to other Borough agencies, maintaining Tree City USA status, conducting Arbor Day ceremonies, providing tips to the public on general tree maintenance, providing guidelines for dealing with tree damaged sidewalks and, managing the Affiliated memorial tree and plaque program. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer to help this effort today.

Published in Notices, Eco
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