Waste Reduction Fair 2017!

thegreenrock.ca ~ habits for your habitat had a kickin’ great time at the Waste Reduction Week Fair, put off by as part of #WasteReductionWeek with the City of St. John’s and Clean St. John’s at the Memorial University Botanical Gardens on Saturday Oct 21st. (read story on the event in the Telegram here )

thegreenrock-ers volunteering at the Waste Reduction Fair!

thegreenrock-ers volunteering at the Waste Reduction Fair!

thegreenrock.ca was in good company – old and new friends included  Home Again Furniture BankSt. John’s Tool Library,  the Product Care Association, Boomerang Bags, Recycle in Newfoundland, the City of St. John’s Waste Division and others were part of the event!

thegreenrock.ca is about promoting sustainability, Waste Reduction is a key component.  leading up to Waste Reduction Week, thegreenrock.ca launched In its Place a composting and reycling project being piloted at Macdonald Drive Junior High breakfast program in collaboration with Kids Eat Smart Foundation, Clean St.  John’s, Island Compost, and the City of St.  John’s, with a financial contribution from the Wellness Coalition Avalon East. later this fall thegreenrock.ca will be launching InterGeneration~ the plastic bag project, a waste awareness and up-cycling project supported by the IMPACT! Youth Sustainability Fund and in collaboration with Agnes Pratt Home and Waterford Valley High that gets youth and seniors together to up-cycle plastic bags and share skills.

thegreenrock.ca launched last year the Guide to the Good website which promotes local businesses and organizations in the Northeast Avalon. all these projects bring different ideas on how people can live differently and more environmentally conscious way.

visitors to thegreenrock.ca booth got in on the action, and wrote ways in which their everyday actions can have an impact on the environment and to post them on the How Do you fit? board (see photo below to the left).  they were rewarded with a seedling from the Department of Forestry and Agrifoods, and a chance to win a local and green gift

Perla Hernandez talking about thegreenrock.ca's projects
Perla Hernandez talking about thegreenrock.ca’s projects

basket including:
– free month trial of Island Compost by Phill Coates (see Guide to the Good profile)
– skincare samples from Esskin by Esther Squires (see Guide to the Good profile)
– delicious natural soap from Suds~Natural Cooked Soap by Leah Grannon Bryant
– free coupons for delicious Soul Azteka and free coupons from Fixed Coffee!

and we got a winner!! congrats Julia thank you for participating!

 

And we are all winners when we take care of the planet.

(ps – thegreenrock was thrilled to have such an excellent group of volunteers helping out at the booth ~ thank you Leah Grannon Bryant, Amanda Russell, Kate Finn and Mary Anna Duggan you guys rocked!)

 

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environment Week – think planet. act local.

the United Nations established world environment day – WED – as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something to take care of the Earth – and it’s happening!   WED kicked off Environment Week, and  it’s the right time to  look around and see how people are thinking of the planet while living local.

  • there is crowd down at Vanier School planning and planting a community garden in the cold days of June VanierGarden
  • Clean St. John’s has brought earth-carers into classrooms throughout the City to make more earth-carersGrockMQP
  • caring local entrepreneurs are making protecting the environment their business!  check out Island Compost2016-05-19 09.03.25
  • morning runners are bringing bags and taking a day to pick up trash on their route (half a bag on a short run!)run bag
  • families and friends are taking to the trails for some good outdoor timemaraudscape

the government of Canada has come up with focus areas for every day this week – check it!  NL Power is marking the week through EnviroFEST activites in various regions of the province.  how’s it going to work for you?

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technology and fresh eyes – think planet. live local.

thegreenrock.ca green team

easy being green

all through July thegreenrock.ca Conservation Corps Green Team has been finding stories of sustainability on the Northeast Avalon.

the team – Chris, David, Tamara and Jeff – are a brilliant mix of cultures and talents armed with laptops, instruments and recording equipment, and united by a bona fide interest in finding and sharing ways to live more sustainably.

their efforts have captured the attention of many – including the Telegram!  check out thegreenrock.ca green team story in the Telegram and share the news!

 

 

 

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the future of green – children say

no green to be seen today – st. john’s is white with snow, but these kids show that there is green in the future!   in the summer of 2011, thegreenrock.ca Green Team chatted with the 12 and under set to learn what they see as sustainable practice.  check out what they have to say!

down to the dirt – worms make the world a greener place

last summer thegreenrock.ca green team took a trip to bay bulls and met with Christa Williams, co-owner of the J&C Sod Farm, and the Trouters Special Worm farm.

they found out that worms work magic!  from chowing down on kitchen waste to making nutrient-rich soil that needs no harmful chemicals to get stuff growing they are the green bomb.

winter is a great time to start a vermi-composter right in the kitchen (see vermin in the kitchen blog post), and it’s never a bad time to think about making your garden grow.

check it out, online and in person.   1 Main Witless Bay, Newfoundland, 709 334-3531   or email at jcsodfrm@nf.aibn.com

pam pippy’s garden

pam pippy is one down-to-earth gardener.  her space is amazing – so much so that even the dog and cat play in it together.  her compost bin is in three parts.  her inspiration comes from those who came before her and she’s passing it on to those who are following.   thegreenrock.ca green team paid pam a visit in the summer of 2011, and found a feast for the eyes, and data on what to do with kitchen scraps!

 

vermin in the kitchen

vermin under the sink

i am at a happy place where composting and clearing out the storage room excite me.   true.

and i’d been excited about a vermi-composter – a tub of worms in the house – since i’d first heard that such things existed.   the rest of the family did not share my enthusiasm, but a summer of emmets touring the house increased their level of immunity to little things that crawl.

and last weekend we were in the right place at the right time:  the trouter’s special worm farm in bay bulls.  we were there as part of (an excellent!) jfw expedition.

bought the kit from krista (=~$60.00 for a pound of worms and a big bin), and it fit perfectly under the sink.

we were in the kitchen compost business.  woo-hoo!   the process is fairly simple – feed the worms compostable matter. to do this you dig a hole in the dirt in the bin, drop a scoop of ‘food’ (i use a cat litter scoop, but it’s a bit weak and bendy), and cover it back up.  mark where you put it.  and they eat it.  after a while you dump the worms, claim the compost, and start anew.

we are six people, so even a thousand worms can’t consume our leavings, so our worm composter supplements the composters in the back garden.

(make that 997.  three escaped and were found, dead, toward the door.  that was on day 1.  i think the message made it back to under the sink.  no escapees sighted since.)

and the kids clamour to feed the worms.  who knew how good life could get?