Merchantville's Earth Fair

Mark your calendars and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day at Merchantville’s Earth Fair on Saturday, May 9th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This FREE event is sponsored by The Borough of Merchantville and The Merchantville Task Force and, hosted by the Borough’s Sustainability Partners – The Green Team, The Garden Club, Incredible Edible Merchantville, The Shade Tree Commission, The MES Junior Green Team and Merchantville 4H Club. The fair will feature eco-friendly exhibitors, non-profits, and businesses from the greater South Jersey area at booths on waste recycling, pollinator gardens, reducing your carbon footprint, backyard chickens, natural health, electric cars and edible landscaping. Attendees of all ages will learn about earth-friendly topics, environmental issues, green practices and simple lifestyle changes to attain sustainable living. The fair will also offer lots of children’s activities, educational programs, demonstrations, live animals, music, food and games. Merchantville’s Earth Fair will provide a great opportunity to enjoy a day in our historic downtown learning about environmental issues and simple, sustainable living solutions. Vendors may submit applications here.

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Goodall Mini-Grants

The Jane Goodall Institute's global youth program - Roots & Shoots - flourishes in nearly 100 countries partnering withWe partner with schools, educators and youth organizations to inspire and educate young people to make a difference on an individual level. Participants identify and address problems in their communities, while becoming the compassionate citizens that our planet needs. Since 2014, the Roots & Shoots mini-grant program has awarded over 500 grants to Roots & Shoots groups in the United States. Mini-grants range from $200-$400 each. Groups are guided by the Roots & Shoots 4 step model to create youth-led service learning campaigns. Once they have chosen a campaign idea, members of all ages are encouraged to apply. Groups use the funds to help implement their projects and celebrate their accomplishments. 

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Backyard Chicken Basics

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. 

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Crayola ColorCycles!

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!

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Food Waste Recycling

Cafeterias and kitchens in county buildings will soon begin filling recycling containers instead of dumpsters thanks to a pilot program to lessen the environmental impact of facilities owned and operated by the county approved by the Freeholder Board. Proposals are currently being accepted to find a vendor who will collect food waste generated during meal preparation and transport it to local composting and food recycling sites. Mass production county kitchens produce thousands of pounds of food waste during preparation, however, potato skins, banana peels and other organic materials can be recycled and reused. The county is looking for a vendor to supply bins to store food waste then, collect and deliver it to sites where it can be reused as animal feed or recycled via composting or anaerobic digestion.

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Minnesota's Bee-friendly

Minnesota just allocated nearly a million dollars in incentives for people to transform their lawns into bee-friendly wildflowers, clover and native grasses. The state is asking citizens to stop spraying herbicide, stop mowing so often, and let their lawns re-wild into a more natural state. The goal is to provide food sources for pollinators of all kinds, but will specifically aim at saving the rusty patched bumblebee, a fat and fuzzy species on the brink of extinction that seems to be making its final stand in the cities of the Upper Midwest. Citizens living in rusty patch bumblebee zones are eligible for grants up to $500, while people living in zones of secondary and tertiary importance to bees are eligible for $350 and $150 respectively.

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Self-Reliant Living

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.

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County Keeps Growing

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.

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Explore Green NJ

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. 

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IE Meeting Tonight

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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Seed Shopping?

Why choose Heirloom Seeds, you ask? Exceptional taste is the No. 1 reason many gardeners cite for choosing heirloom varieties. Other great reasons: they are likely to be more nutritious than newer varieties, they are open-pollinated - which means you can save your own seed to replant from year to year, they are “less uniform” than hybrids - which means they often don’t ripen all at once, they are almost always less expensive than hybrids, and finally, many heirlooms have wonderful stories of how they came to America. Seeds saved from heirloom vegetables will produce plants that are true to type, unlike hybrid seeds. Save those seeds, and you can create your own locally adapted variety.

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