Troop 127 “Collecting a Can” or two along the Battenkill in the Fall of 2017
State Route 313 Spring Highway Clean Up Hosted by Battenkill Conservancy & Trout Unlimited
Battenkill Conservancy’s Earth Day Highway Clean Up happens on Saturday April 21 beginning at 9am. Volunteers meet at the State Line Rest Area off State Route 313 roughly 5 miles north of the Village of Cambridge for coffee and donuts provided by local Dunkin Donuts franchise before being provided with safety vests and large bags to pick up trash along the highway. Trout Unlimited Chapter members are also present to share clean up duties along the main roads. The April 21 clean up is the first of four cleanup events where the BkC and TU join forces to maintain the highway free of trash along this prime stretch of the Battenkill.
No pre-registration is required and all interested volunteers are encouraged to volunteer an hour in celebration of Earth Day and ensure the roads begin the summer season free of trash. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ways to Make a Difference; Sunday April 22 at Greenwich Library
Volunteers “gleaning” at local farms for Comfort Food Community
In celebration of Earth Day, local organizations are coming together at the Greenwich Free Library on Sunday April 22 from 2- 4pm to showcase ways you and your family can make a difference. Have you been looking for a group or organization that could use your skills and aligns with your interests? Here is your opportunity to learn about the different groups and organizations doing good work in the community. Many of these grassroots groups operate on shoestring budget yet are determined to address a problem or meet a need. As such their need for all levels of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers is on going.
The event, organized by the Battenkill Conservancy with support from the Greenwich Library, will showcase the following organizations and groups –
Comfort Food Community: This relatively young but dynamic group is focused on meeting the food shortages experienced by many within the community. They will share information about Food Recovery & Gleaning, a fun and important way they work with area farmers to collect field crops. The collected food is then offered at the CFC pantry. Sign up for a fun way to help,see some beautiful farms and learn some tricks on growing vegetables.
Battenkill Conservancy: Most of the snow is gone with streams running through fields, along roads, in backyards. Caring for these smaller feeder streams is often what makes the difference between a healthy and unhealthy river. BkC’s 2018 Adopt a Stream program will be demonstrated by Skidmore Intern, Carolyn Koestner. EarthEcho Water quality testing kits will be shared with interested volunteers who want sign up for a stream. Information about additional volunteer opportunities for the May 5 Community Paddle and Clean Up and the June 5 National Trails Day will also be available.
Village Gardens & Streetscape Group: The Village of Greenwich needs your gardening expertise and vision to help plan, improve and maintain the streetscape. A list of gardens and areas that need help will be shared along with your input on what is needed.
Friends of Fiddler’s Elbow/Bald Mountain: This group will be looking for volunteers to replant the garden at the end of Fiddler’s Elbow Road and sharing ideas about how to address roadside trash along Bald Mountain due to the Transfer Station.
Thunder Mountain Recreational Area: For those that use the 100+ acres of public space and its recreational assets, you can sign up to help paint picnic tables or do trail maintenance to ensure safe and accessible paths for hikers, horses and those who enjoy the reservoir.
Come down to the Greenwich Library and celebrate Earth Day by learning how you can make a difference! Sign up for trail maintenance, highway clean ups, spring garden plantings, food recovery and water quality testing. There is no shortage of volunteer opportunities to help our surrounding woods, trails, water and soil and thereby celebrate Mother Earth!