Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is pleased to announce this year’s Board Commendation Award Winners and Finalists for the Environmental Excellence Competition. Finalists were honored and winners announced during the 22nd Annual Environmental Excellence Celebration on November 1, 2012 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. For more information regarding this inspirational and exciting evening, click here.
This Fall, Closer to Earth will have two weekly work & learning events every Sunday and Wednesday from 6 to 8p. We will meet at NW 31st and N. Shartel at the Central Park Community Gardens.
Then sometime in Sept we shift to 5pm to 7p then before or by October 1st we shift to 4p til 6p and keep these hours all the way through the winter and spring until May when we shift to summer time hours of 7p until 9p.
The Alpha Phi Omega (APO) service fraternity chapter at the University of Oklahoma are coming en masse on Wednesday the 29th to work with us from 6p ti 8p.
Then, APO will be sending a few students possibly every sunday and wednesday through this semester starting with wed the 5th of sept
We will skip Sunday sept 2 because of the labor day weekend holiday.
If you want to volunteer then feel free to show up at a workday or email Allen at parleir AT cox.net (replace the AT with the @ symbol).
Closer to Earth has an agreement with the Whole Foods in Oklahoma City to process all of their compostable waste. The group initially started this composting in late 2011 with a brief pause in December, resuming in January 2012. Closer to Earth composts all the waste in a zero landfill operation.
This past weekend’s Big Event Work day was a huge success! Thanks to the hard work and generosity of UCO and OCU students and youth groups from across Oklahoma, we accomplished a lot of work at our urban farm and at Central Park Community Garden.
At central park students helped remove Bermuda grass, edge and prepare garden beds for planting
The big projects at our farm site were setting raised beds in our field and building compost bins for our large scale compost initiative.
We were greatly impressed with all of the volunteers enthusiasm and tireless energy. Thank you all so much for spending a day with us and come back soon!
(photos from volunteers at Central Park coming soon!)
Thanks again to all our volunteers and to UCO and OCU for organizing the BIG Event!
|Kam of Guilford Gardens educating CTE youth in sustainable farming practices|
|Kam explaining the benefits of growing food in a hoop house|
|Chef Barb teaching us how to prepare greens from our garden!|
Come join CTE this Saturday March 5th as we host students volunteering from UCO and OCU’s ‘BIG Event’!
We will be working at both of our sites:
At Central Park we will be preparing garden beds for spring planting, edging vegetable beds with recycled material, harvesting worm castings, working to in the Shartel medians to prepare to install a rock boulder sign and removing Bermuda grass.
At CYO Urban Farm we will be preparing our plot of land into raised beds, building compost bins from recycled pallets, planting onions, harvesting worm castings, starting seedling trays and making walking trails with wood chips.
This is a great opportunity to get your hands dirty, come see our work sites, get to know our youth and learn some new gardening techniques. We hope to see you there!
If you have any questions or need directions e-mail Rachel.Kastner@gmail.com
We are VERY happy and proud to announce that Closer to Earth is the recipient of Green Education Foundation and Gardener’s Supply Company’s $5,000 Green Thumb Challenge grant! We cant thank them enough for this support! I am so proud of our youth and the hard work they do to merit this grant.
$5,000 is a lot of money for us and we will be investing it well. This grant is going towards:
1. Helping to cover the costs of our weekly transportation of materials for our large composting initiative
2. A business investment to jump start our youth’s project to sell veggies, compost and worm castings at farmers markets and special events
3. Providing bus passes and assisting with van transportation costs, helping youth to and from work and between work sites
4. Revamping our greenhouse for winter crop production and season extension
5. Purchasing winter materials such as row cover, cover crop seed and alfalfa hay.
See the Press Release: here