ITHACA, N.Y. — How we garden and manage landscapes can contribute to a healthier environment and capture more carbon from the atmosphere that is being released through greenhouse gases. The Climate Wise Earthkeeping Garden Fair on Saturday April 27 from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Boynton Middle School in Ithaca, NY will showcase practical ways gardeners and property owners can improve soils, manage water, and make “climate wise” plant choices. The event is a first-of-its-kind in the region and builds on the premise that drawing down carbon is a key way to mitigate climate change.
More than 20 local groups and businesses will provide educational exhibits or demonstrations at the Fair, on topics including soils, biochar, composting, permaculture, pollinators and beekeeping, native plants, tree planting, invasive species, grafting, and more. The event will include a series of five 30-minute talks that will focus on healthy soil, water management, no mow lawns, meadows, native plant choices, and intensive permaculture practices. In addition, short films will be shown that include the how’s and whys of climate wise gardening. Information will be relevant to every type of garden and landscape and to new gardeners and those with experience, and there will be activities focused on the young gardener.
The Climate Wise Earthkeeping Garden Fair is free and the public is invited to drop in at any time or stay for an day of learning and inspiration. Bring a small baggie of soil and get a free soil pH test done by Master Gardener volunteers. Free tree and shrub seedlings will be given away to all visitors who want them.
The event has been planned by members of Fossil Free Tompkins along with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, along with other sponsors and supporters that represent local climate action and garden groups. For more information and a map to the location, please visit: http://ccetompkins.org/climatewise-garden-fair or direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension
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