Monday, April 23, 2012

Meatless Monday: Celebrating Gardens on Earth Day and Every Day

Yesterday was Earth Day.  Throughout the weekend, citizens of the world honored the earth in a variety of ways — with fundraisers for the environment, clean-ups, tree planting, festivals…

Google marked the occasion by celebrating “Gardening.” The doodling Googlers grew a special Google Doodle and wrote a very special post with an assortment of resources for gardeners, including an interactive guide to finding CSAs and community gardens across the US, a compendium of YouTube videos on various gardening subjects, and a Street View tour of gardens around the world. The High Line, a favorite destination of mine, is one of the gardens featured.

I’ve been thinking about gardens a lot during 2012. I am a step closer to becoming a certified Master Gardener. I’ve been in the classroom since January, I just passed the written exam, and I’ve started fulfilling my outreach hours. I am looking forward to working in the New Haven County Extension Office with my mentor who’s active in the New Haven Land Trust (NHLT).

Here is the link to the Google Map of the community gardens in New Haven, all made possible with the assistance of the NHLT. The NHLT has helped with the development of approximately 50 gardens throughout the city. More are on the way. This is in addition to their conservation activities and maintaining close to 80 acres in six nature preserves. New Haven is so lucky to have them.

Happy Monday, everyone. Have a great week.

I often blog on food, food issues, or topics related to growing things on Monday in support of Meatless Monday, one of several programs developed in the Healthy Monday project, founded in 2003 in association with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications. Meatless Monday’s goal is “to help reduce meat consumption 15% in order to improve personal health and the health of our planet.”

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