Thursday, April 16, 2009

Collingswood Green Festival

From the website - Collingswood's Green Festival will incorporate gardening and food.

Green Festival!
April 25, 2009 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Irivn Ave.

With a bike share, farmers’ market, composting programs and hundreds of tree plantings yearly, a green festival was a long time coming in Collingswood. The Borough that has been initiating green ideas for years will bring together the work and ideas of like-minded businesses, residents, officials and guests on April 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Irvin Avenue in Collingswood.

“It’s a natural fit for this town,” said Commissioner Joan Leonard. “We’ve been implementing green ideas for years now and this event will really bring it all together and showcase what we can do for everyone to take part.”

The event will showcase environmental products, services, programs and more on both a local and larger scale. Visitors can take a close look at hybrid cars, tree planting (Collingswood Shade Tree Board will feature huge discounts on trees for home planting), composting, gardening, energy conservation, reserving water, solar power, recycling and even a kids’ section where little ones can play and learn about the environment. Learn more about green architecture and get involved with Collingswood’s bike share and get a free bike tune up from volunteer mechanics. Get to know local businesses that sell sustainable and eco-friendly products.

There will also be giveaways, prizes, food, music and much more to celebrate making the world a greener place. Listen to Earth friendly rock and folk group Mamapalooza and pick up reusable grocery bags. Bring old ink cartridges and cell phones to recycle and help raise funds for Collingswood grade schools. Collingswood will also continue its composting and rain barrel seminars. It takes only minutes to learn the basics of using a composter or rain barrel from professional workshops on site at the festival. There's something for beginning environmentalists and even the most dedicated to green causes.

The first Collingswood Green Festival will also be held on the same day as the Camden County Hazardous Waste Collection event in Collingswood at the Public Works garage on N. Atlantic Ave. This way, green-minded residents can drop off hazardous waste safely and then check out the fair to learn what else businesses, organizations and other residents are doing to be green.



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