The earth is what we all have in common. -- Wendell Berry
Yes, many of us know Earth Day is in April. Quick - what date?
April 22. It’s always on April 22. Who cares? Shouldn’t Earth Day be every day?
I think of Earth Day as a reminder to take an action to improve the community. The Little Silver Environmental Commission is getting a head start on Earth Day festivities by offering some convenient ways to take action on Saturday, March 23.
At the Woman’s Club in Little Silver, you can bring in your electronics that have been crowding up your garage knowing they will be properly recycled or repurposed (all information will be securely erased). Clothing, linens and shoes can also be brought to the Club for collection by the Rescue Mission of Trenton to benefit their organization.
Want to get more active in your garden? Start with the glamour girl of gardening – the composter! We’re talking rotting food. Decomposing kitchen scraps. Decaying yard waste. It all sounds gross (well, honestly, it is pretty gross), time consuming (not at all), and difficult (no, it’s pretty basic). I started composting three years ago after attending a Monmouth County Backyard Composting workshop. Just look at that lovely, nutrient rich soil layer on the bottom of the compost pile in the photo attached to this blog!
From 10-10:45AM, there will be a Backyard Composting workshop hosted by Monmouth County. Composters need to be pre-ordered in one of three ways: 1) sign up in Little Silver Boro Hall at the front desk , 2) email Bonnie Akey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 3) Contact the Monmouth County Recycling Coordinator at 732-431-7460.
Another gardening gem is the rain barrel! Representatives from Rain Barrels International will be on hand all day to distribute rain barrels but reservations MUST be made in advance at http://www.rainbarrelsintl.com/ under the EVENTS tab. All proceeds will benefit the Parker House Renovation Project. Why get a rain barrel, you ask?
- Divert water from municipal storm drain systems
- Conserve a vital natural resource
- Protect our bay and ocean from runoff pollution
- Save MONEY by reducing water bills
They even come with a 4” tight mesh screen to prevent mosquitoes from accessing water. Available in Black or Terra Cotta
Speaking of rain, a master gardener of Monmouth County (part of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension) will be presenting a talk on rain gardens from 12:30-1:30PM.
But wait – there is more! There will be tables full of “green” information and products including:
- Walking trails of Little Silver
- Little Silver Garden Club
- Memorial Garden
- Parker Homestead
- New Jersey Natural Gas
If you have ideas or products that would to contribute to our Environmental Day, please feel free to email me. Remember: action trumps everything! Let’s act to benefit our local community and the community at large – our Earth.