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Chronicled Inspiration!

This backyard garden, at 23 East Chestnut Avenue in Merchantville, featuring an overhead irrigation system, is an inspiration to Incredible Edible and everyone who values sustainable land practices and food justice - especially during times like these. Taken on June 15th, 1937, it shows (left to right) B. Smith, William Hurg, Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Hahn, Mr. Hahn Sr., J. Hannigan, and J.D. Campbell, standing under a high-tech, state of art, overhead irrigation system. The photo was shared by the Merchantville-Pennsauken Water Commission on their Facebook timeline. 1925-31 Courier Post ads for pure bred Barred Rock Cockerels and hatching eggs.

Published in Stewardship

U Can Pick Safely

U-Pick farm operations offer an opportunity for customers to purchase local fresh fruits and vegetables.  Customers need to understand that picking produce at farms is about obtaining food at this time and should not be used to as an event destination or a family gathering.  Farmers must follow the New Jersey Executive Orders that are specific to essential retail businesses.  Each farm is unique and there are no one size fits all answers to providing a safe environment for workers and customers.  Farms will need to focus on all aspects of the farm experience for the customers including parking, check-in, locating picking areas, movement through the picking area, and check-out. Here's a list of U-Pick farms near Merchantville.
Published in Eco, COVID-19

Residential Rain Gardens

This video from Steve Fiedler of Go Green Galloway and the Atlantic Cape May Sustainable Jersey Hub shows how a residential rain garden works to manage stormwater while building habitat with native plants. This Sustainable Jersey Hub support Green Team communities in Atlantic and Cape May County. The first Sustainable Jersey Regional Hubs were launched in 2013. The hubs are independent; they organize and align themselves to the sustainability goals of their region. Active hubs range from multi-municipal green team collaboratives, to county planning departments taking the lead on convening their own municipalities, to grassroots leaders with the desire to see a more regional collaboration within their area. Sustainable Jersey provides financial support, technical assistance, guidance and networking opportunities for the hubs. 

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Perseverance Pays Off

After 6-year battle a Florida couple won the right to plant vegetables in their front yard. Hermine Ricketts and her husband, Tom Carroll, planted in front of their home in Miami Shores, FL on the day a Florida law went into effect that nullifies local bans on vegetable gardens at residential properties. That ordinance, which was tightened to forbid vegetables in the front yard on the grounds that they were unsightly and imposed a daily $50 fine - had forced the couple to uproot a garden in 2013 that Ricketts had tended for 17 years. But, she lawyered up, reached out to Institute for Justice and after six years they won! An appeals court also ruled against Ricketts, but the Florida Legislature passed a bill protecting vegetable gardens, and last week Gov. Ron DeSantis signed it into law.

Published in Stewardship

Earth Day at Home

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Rutgers Cooperative Extension announces its webinar series “Earth Day at Home”. This series will focus on steps everyone can take to protect the environment. Join us on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. to learn from experts at Rutgers Cooperative Extension. These live, interactive sessions will be 1 hour. To join you need either a computer, tablet, or smartphone with speakers. Every week we will cover small actions that together reduce negative impacts on the environment. Monday, May 11th join us for Home Vegetable Gardening for Food, Fun and Stress Management. We can all do our part to take actions that make our homes more sustainable, from environmentally friendly lawn care, to composting, to reducing plastic waste. These actions, more than ever, start at home.

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Register Your Garden

Join Incredible Edible Merchantville's Sustainable Landscapes Registry. We know you're proud of your home garden - and so are we! Vegetable, flower, herb, habitat - every type of garden counts towards land stewardship, food justice and sustainability efforts. Incredible Edible Merchantville is working to continue to expand this program this year and attain Sustainable Jersey Bronze certification. This 2020 small action project - designed to create an inventory of Borough gardens and habitats - will support our efforts. To be included please email your information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Send us some pictures, a description and location information to . We look forward to learning about your garden!

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Rooting Celery In Water

Growing celery from the base of the stalks is a fun project that couldn't be easier—plus, it's great to do with kids. The celery sprouts surprisingly fast and, except for the cutting part, even very young children can do the whole project. If you are looking for activities to teach science and math skills, have the kids measure how fast the celery grows. There are two ways to do the project: using just water or in a container with potting soil. If you are just sprouting in water, this project can be a good one for winter when it's particularly fun to see something green and growing indoors.

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Plant Those Spuds!

Potatoes prefer cool weather and can be planted very early in the gardening season—as you soon as the frost is out of the soil and you are able to work the soil. In Northern regions, some gardeners will plant the first crop of early-maturing potatoes in early to mid-April, 6 to 8 weeks before the average last frost date or as soon as the soil can be worked. They can survive some cool weather but the threat of frost is a gamble. If there is a threat of frost at night, temporarily cover any sprouted foliage with mulch or an artificial covering such as old sheets or plastic containers - and be sure to remember to remove the coverings in the morning. Choose a location that gets full sun—at least 6 hours each day - and grow potatoes in trenched rows spaced about 3 feet apart.

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Earth Fair Postponed

Members of Merchantville's Green Team, Garden Club and Incredible Edible met by virtual conference call on Tuesday, March 24th. The main agenda item was the need to revise plans and postpone the Earth Fair on May 9th. The attendees decided that postponement until the Fall rather than cancelation made the most sense then, assigned outreach tasks to inform accepted vendors and media outlets. Members also reviewed updates on existing projects, including the effort towards Bronze certification with Sustainable Jersey and, will keep the public updated on any future changes to Earth Fair.

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2020 Brings Market Changes

We are happy to announce that the 2020 'Market Off Centre' will have a new day and time this season - every Friday night from 5:00-9:00 p.m. The Market provides an active, family-oriented atmosphere, offering a variety of local, handmade and homemade goods and services. Markets will be held from June through October along Centre Street and Chestnut Avenue in the downtown. Market volunteers are looking forward to improving attendees experience this season and, invite your thoughts and suggestions. Ideas can be shared on their facebook page and vendors should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with information about their products or services. The 2020 Kick-Off Bash will take place on Friday, June 5th.

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Green Vendors Wanted

Join us as an earth-friendly exhibitor at Merchantville’s Earth Fair on May 9th. Applicants must support our green message. We welcome vendors with products or information about reducing our carbon footprint, sustainability, recycling or repurposing. In keeping with a strong environmental commitment, the event will be zero waste and all registrants must indicate in their application what environmental educational message or product you will be promoting at the event. Organizers reserve the right to disqualify vendor applications that do not have an environmental message to convey or product to sell. We require that all wastes (bags, to-go containers, cups, drinking straws, etc.) generated during the event must either be recyclable or compostable. Booth registration is FREE. This event is rain or shine. Register through Eventbrite.

 

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