The Big Recycle: Stockton School Rummage Sale Is March 15 – 16

???????????????????????????????With snow on the ground and temps still in the teens, it’s hard to believe that one of Stockton, NJ’s harbingers of spring – the Rummage – is right around the corner. But weather aside, it’s time to clear out our homes, donate to a worthy cause and participate in one of our community’s biggest and most entertaining recycling opportunities.

What: The Stockton Borough School’s Annual Rummage Sale

When: Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. & Sunday, March 16, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Details: Saturday: Items are full price but the good stuff goes quickly! Sunday: Items are 1/2 price and the bag sale runs from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your own bag!

Where: Prallsville Mill, Rt. 29, Stockton, NJ (directions at http://drms-stockton.org/directions.html

Why: Proceeds benefit the students of a terrific school that also happens to be NJ’s smallest and oldest elementary school.

Donate Starting This Sunday

Donating to a worthy cause is a great way to recycle the many items that clutter our homes long after we’ve stopped using them. Donated items will be sold to the public at very affordable prices during the two-day sale. All unsold items will go to a variety of charitable organizations — so they won’t end up in landfill. Donations are tax-deductible. Volunteers at the mill will give you a form.

You can donate any of the following gently used items:

  • Clothing
  • Books (except textbooks, travel guides, catalogs and magazines)
  • Music (except videotapes)
  • Electronics (except televisions and computers)
  • Household items (except mattresses and stuffed furniture)
  • Linens
  • Jewelry
  • Toys

Drop off times: Sunday, March 9 through Thursday, March 13, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Connecting the Dots to Live More Sustainably

Culinary herb garden

Culinary herb garden

Note that the article posted a moment ago was published accidentally! Please read this version instead!

Are you a vegan? Do you shop locally? Buy organic food? Belong to a time bank, co-op or informal sharing collective? Avoid plastic? Collect water in rain barrels? Buy electricity from a renewable generator? Use local currency? Commute via bike or public transportation? Live in an eco-friendly home?

There are many ways to live more sustainably today…and many “movements” advocating for one of these ways or another. But in this information-savvy age, with so many opportunities to “follow” those who think just like us, we can easily slip into a “silo” when it comes to our views and actions. Making connections between these silos can open doors to some surprising and innovative ways to live more sustainably.

Just consider some of the doors opened by edible gardening. Read more

Slowing Down the Holidays

pine trees 3

It always happens this time of year. The season that’s supposed to be about giving, sharing and spending time with the people we care about starts to feel like something else entirely. As we chase down gifts and plan menus for parties and gatherings, it’s easy to fall into an unsustainably stressful state of mind.

Buying eco-conscious gifts, shopping locally and making holiday meals with farm-fresh foods can all be elements of a sustainable holiday. But if we spend the next few weeks rushing to “get everything done,” we can easily miss the simple joys of the season. If your holidays never quite measure up to childhood memories, perhaps it’s time to find a more sustainable holiday pace. Read more

Helping Others This Thanksgiving

Many of us will spend Thanksgiving sharing a wonderful home cooked meal with family and friends. But for a growing number of people, that simple pleasure remains far out of reach. Over the past few years, the economy has led to a sizeable increase in the number of Americans facing “food insecurity.” Now Sandy has made matters worse.

Fortunately, many people have responded to the recent disaster by generously donating  time, money and household goods to local organizations as well as those serving the hardest hit areas at the Jersey Shore and in New York. Schools, organizations and individuals also have been helping by donating items to food banks, many of which lost supplies during the power outage and need to re-stock their shelves.

If you would like to volunteer to serve a meal on Thanksgiving (or next month, on Christmas) or donate food items, which will continue to be in need in the weeks ahead, take a look at these food pantry listings, both local and at the shore.

Local Food Pantries

www.fishermansmark.org

http://www.trentonsoupkitchen.org

http://www.foodinbucks.org/pantry_central.php

http://flemfp.com

Jersey Shore Food Pantries

http://www.app.com/viewart/20121114/NJNEWS/311140075/?odyssey=tab%7Cmo

http://www.foodpantries.org/ci/nj-brickstpopular%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

Happy Thanksgiving!

Growing food…and sharing it

Spring garden

Spring garden in the Delaware River Valley

Are your flowers getting crowded out by zucchini, lettuce and heirloom tomatoes? If you’re growing more of what you eat these days — whether to save money, enjoy fresh ingredients or ensure your food is healthy and chemical-free — you’re far from alone. Surveys conducted a few years ago by the Garden Writers’ Association and the National Gardening Association found that approximately 40 million Americans are growing food in backyard or community gardens. As edible gardens multiply, so do opportunities to share surplus harvest with friends, neighbors and the rising number of individuals in need.

A boom in edible gardening

The two surveys tracked a significant increase in the number of U.S. households growing food. For example, 19% more households expected to grow vegetables, fruit and herbs in 2009 than in 2008. (Updated survey results are expected soon.) The economy was a big factor for many of these edible gardeners, who hoped growing food would help lower household grocery bills while also improving the safety and taste of their food. – Read more

Donate or Dine: Two Ways to Support Stockton School’s Pasta Dinner & Art Auction, May 6th

Stockton Inn in the sun...(Feb 10th 4:16PM)

Stockton Inn in the sun…(Feb 10th 4:16PM) (Photo credit: road_less_trvled)

The 10th annual ‘Spaghetti & Art’ benefit for the Stockton Borough School (Stockton, NJ) will take place Sunday, May 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Stockton Inn. This enjoyable yearly gathering of artists, parents and other locals supports New Jersey’s oldest and smallest public elementary school, a four-room schoolhouse that has served the community for well over a century. – Read more

Philabundance offers opportunity to share your harvest with neighbors in need

It may seem a bit early to think about harvesting your garden’s bounty. But if you’d like to share some of that harvest with people in need, consider participating in the Philabundance Share the Harvest program. Simply plant an extra row or two of whatever you are growing. Then donate your produce any Saturday between July 7th and September 22nd, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at one of the Bucks County pickup locations: Carousel Gardens, 591 Durham Road, Newtown, PA, or Seasons Garden Center, 1069 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA. Your donations will be distributed to area food pantries. – Read more