LITTLETON, N.H.— Join the Littleton Food Co-op, the University of New Hampshire Master Gardeners and the Earth Day Network in celebrating the 46th anniversary of Earth Day on Sunday April 24 from 11 am – 1 pm at the Littleton Co-op in Littleton, NH. This year’s celebration is focused on an ambitious goal set forth by the Earth Day Network- to plant 7.8 billion trees by the 50th Earth Day anniversary in 2020.
And you can help! On Sunday, April 24th the Co-op will be giving away over 200 fruit tree seedlings for customers to plant at their home or in their community. UNH Master Gardeners will be on-site working with families, children and anyone interested in potting a conifer to take away and plant. The Master Gardeners will also be available to answer questions for the upcoming spring season.
The University of New Hampshire Extension Master Gardener Program extends to the public UNH Extension research-based information about home horticulture, pest management and more. In exchange for the training and materials received from the University of New Hampshire Extension, master gardeners perform volunteer services in a myriad of venues. http://extension.unh.edu/Volunteer/Who-are-Master-Gardeners
The Earth Day Network’s website explains why the focus on trees:
Trees help combat climate change.
They absorb excess and harmful CO2 from our atmosphere. In fact, in a single year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the same amount of CO2 produced by driving the average car 26,000 miles.
Trees help us breathe clean air.
Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.
Trees help communities.
Trees help communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability and provide food, energy and income.
See more at: http://www.earthday.org/earth-day/earth-day-theme/#sthash.7FbXGdst.dpuf
Littleton Food Co-op’s Member Services Manager explains “Customers should look for the farmer’ s market style tent with a pile of soil beneath it on the lawn next to the store. We could be breaking ground for our expansion project as early as May so this might be the last event on our lawn in its current state.” She continues “Part of the co-op’s mission is to promote environmental sustainability and this partnership with UNH and the Earth Day Network will have a positive green impact in our own community.”
Member-owned Littleton Food Co-op serves the North Country of New Hampshire and Northeast Kingdom of Vermont by providing a broad range of high quality food products, a variety of local and natural items, offered at a fair price, with outstanding service. Everyone is welcome to shop and anyone is welcome to join.
Located at the intersection of Cottage Street and Route 302 (exit 41 off I-93), the Littleton Food Co-op is open daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. All are welcome to shop the Co-op, member or not.
For more information or to become a member, please visit www.littletoncoop.com.