Saturday, March 01, 2014

Green Matters

Image courtesy of the Wesleyan
Student Assembly, Middletown, CT
Green Choices
This coming spring, which is not that far away, the library will be hosting a series of programs about green projects and initiatives you can take on yourself or with others. We'll also be developing a variety of resource lists, including online and in print, and posting them up in preparation for Earth Day (April 22) and through the end of May. Programs first...

Community Gardening
Wednesday, April 9, 6:30 p.m. Click to Register
Meet Barbara Wagner and Bill Deusing and join the discussion about what it takes to form an organic gardening community. Ms. Wagner is Executive Director of the Board of Directors of the Wind Hill Community Farm in Glastonbury, CT. Mr. Deusing, farmer, author, and environmental activist served as Executive Director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut (CT NOFA) for 12 years and currently grows fruits and vegetables on the Old Solar Farm located in Oxford, CT. We'll be chatting about organic community gardening as a means to promote local growing, healthy food choices, and environmental stewardship.

Beekeeping in Connecticut: History, Opportunities and Challenges
Thursday, April 24, 1:00 p.m. Registration Opens March 15
By request, the library welcomes back guest speaker Mark Creighton, Beekeeper & Agricultural Research Technician at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and CT’s Apiary Inspector. Mr. Creighton inspects 5,400 beehives in the state. Learn about beekeeping opportunities from an expert who also happens to be a hands-on urban beekeeper.

East Hampton Small Business Showcase: Positively Clean
Wednesday, May 14, 6:30 p.m. Registration Opens April 12
Meet, greet, and chat with Priscilla Connors, owner-manager of East Hampton's own Positively Clean. Learn about natural, non-toxic, no chemical ways to disinfect and deodorize your home, just in time for windows open spring. Ms. Connors is also a proponent of feng shui, which further informs the presentation.

Sustainable Landscaping
Thursday May 22, 1:00 p.m.
Registration Opens April 19
Gail Reynolds, UCONN Master Gardener Program Coordinator, will discuss planting gardens and landscapes to enhance the sustainability of your backyard's ecosystem. Gail lectures widely throughout our state and hails from Higganum.