This week the challenge from Reduce Footprints is to Welcome Spring. What spring? This is the view of the Little Cove from my front window, what I woke to this morning. The snow is still coming down in big fluffy flakes and isn’t expected to stop for another 3 days.
Here is the challenge:
Welcome to spring! This week take a walk outside. But we’re not talking about any walk, this will be a walk with a purpose…..a walk which goes beyond the obvious “not using transportation” benefit. for example, walk to the library, gym or community center and post some basic green living ideas on their bulletin board for others to read. Participate in a river, community garden or public park clean up. Collect litter as you walk and recycle it or deposit it into trash bins. Join a walk “for the environment” …an organized walk to raise awareness or raise funds for a worthy project. The idea this week is to take one additional step and make it count double.
I won’t be taking any walks in this weather, my chair would definitely get stuck as everything directly under the snow is solid ice to make things worse.
Instead I posted a notice to the residents concerning the field we cleared last year. Thankfully, we had a very early spring which gave me plenty of extra time clear the weeds and pick up all the trash that had been littered around. Once I began clearing the area people stopped using the field as a place to dump their rubbish.
The only problem we have had is getting the word out that this field isn’t just for the use of the people directly involved in beautifying the area or putting in garden beds.
So I posted this today in our communal laundry room
This is what it reads:
Come Join Us: Last year residents cleared the back field to have a space for gardens, a place to have a cook-out, exercise your children and pets.
If you want to garden or have other ideas of how you want to use the field please join us. This is open to all.
While part of our apartment building is rented to college students, who I don’t see wanting to put the time and money into a garden bed when they won’t be staying here more than a year or two, I do want to see this land being used by all. I also hope new residents will realize they can join in to the community garden portion of the field to give more the opportunity to grow healthy and flavorful foods this year.