Our plants are selling fast! Orders can be placed until May 1st. Plant pick up will be Saturday May 9th.
April 22nd 2020 will be an Earth Day like none other! This year’s Earth Day is focused on individual action, change, and projects rather than the large gathering projects that Earth Days of the year’s past have been.
Our Earth Day Idea List:
• Create a compost pile if you are able to. Composting can help reduce your landfill waste and provide nutrients to your garden & soil. https://www.naturespath.com/…/blog/the-basics-of-composting/
• Plant something! Maybe a tree, vegetable or herb garden, or even some flowers. If you can’t plant where you are, consider donating to an organization that will plant such as Arbor Day or Canopy Project.
• Consider recycling more. Find more information (including where you can take things that are actually recyclable) at this link: https://earth911.com/recycling-center-search-guides/
•You can also find free recycling programs through TerraCycle for things you may be throwing away.
• Reuse and re-purpose things! If you can’t and do not need something any more, consider donating the items.
• Have extra time on your hands? Perhaps try to fix that leaky faucet.
• Create bird feeders using milk or juice cartons or even pine cones.
• Make and display window signs for Earth Day.
• Buy from local farmers. For example the Worthington Farmers’ Market is open for prepaid order pick up on Saturdays.
There also may be farms local to you offering delivery of their products.
• Get outside if you can. Take a walk around your neighborhood. While you’re walking pick up litter and recycle what you can. You can even create a scoring system for items collected.
• Learn about animals & plants that are native to your area. Ohio has many field guides online such as the one below.
• Clear the storm drain in front of your house. Any debris will stop water from draining as it should and will contribute to flooding. Any trash you may find at the storm drain is in danger of going directly into waterways.
Shepherd’s Corner’s Farm Fresh 5K is the main source of revenue for our food pantry gardens. For thirteen years this race has been a fun community driven event for all ages of runners and walkers. This year the onslaught of COVID-19 has impacted so many and caused life changes for all of us. The health of all of our friends & supporters is very important to us. For this reason, Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center has decided to cancel our June 13th Farm Fresh 5K. We will miss the excitement and laughter the racers and walkers bring to Shepherd’s Corner.
The impact of COVID-19 will be felt for quite this time. We know that the need for our naturally-grown vegetables will be even greater this season. Food insecurity in Central Ohio will continue to rise. Now, more than ever, our food pantry garden is extremely important.
It is the mission of Shepherd’s Corner and of the Dominican Sisters of Peace to care for those who are in need. It would be a blessing to have you join us in our mission. If you are able, consider making a donation to support our efforts to get fresh produce into the hands of those in need. We are grateful for support as we strive to serve our community in this turbulent time.
Our annual plant sale will be held on May 9th!
Stay tuned as more information will be released soon!
“Climate change is the single greatest threat to a sustainable future but, at the same time, addressing the climate challenge presents a golden opportunity to promote prosperity, security and a brighter future for all.”
-Ban Ki-moon (Former Secretary General of the United Nations)
We would like to invite you to watch the film ‘Before the Flood‘. We encourage you to delve a little deeper into the topic of our changing climate.
You can find more information on this National Geographic film here. Including a study guide and more information about the experts featured in the film.
Explore more of the films’ connection with Pope Francis’ Laudato Si encyclical.