Jonah Summer Garden Party — You’re Invited!

The Board of the Jonah Center takes great pleasure in inviting everyone to our Summer Garden Party on Saturday, July 20, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Middletown home of JCEA Board members Kathy and Mark Meyering. (Rain date is Sunday, July 21.)

Highlights of the event include a hydroponic vegetable-gardening system designed for people in rural Haiti; a backyard chicken coop; beautiful flower gardens; a demonstration on identifying invasive plants; a bio-char oven that produces a highly enriched soil amendment using pyrolysis of woody biomass; and an activity for children. Enjoy the company of others who care about the environment. Delectable, healthful refreshments, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. The yard enjoys afternoon shade so you won’t be too hot. Continue reading

Water Chestnut Work Parties Scheduled

On Saturday, June 15, (Rain date Sun. June 16) from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, paddlers will return to the Floating Meadows to remove emerging water chestnut plants.  A second work party is scheduled for Sat. July 13 (Rain date Sun. July 14) from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The final work party will be on Sunday, July 28, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Water chestnut plants seriously endanger other aquatic life in our local freshwater marshland. The launch site will be the usual one at 181 Johnson Street in Middletown. For information on possible last minute cancellation, check back on this post or call 860-398-3771.

Paddlers find this is to be a fun, gratifying activity.  Plus, you will meet some of the nicest people you’ll ever encounter.  Bags will be provided and some gloves will be available, but we encourage participants to bring their own rubber dish-washing gloves.


What Can Be Recycled, What Can’t Be, And Why

Since China quit buying recycled materials from the United States, the recycling market and many recycling facilities in our country have been thrown for a loop.  Materials pile up, and contamination of recyclables (including putting things in the recycling bin that cannot be recycled) has wreaked havoc.  Here’s an opportunity to get the situation straight. We need a healthy, viable recycling system. Here’s now you can help.