Celebrating Mother Earth’s bounty

In honor of Earth Day, let’s recognize how the Earth provides foods to keep us nourished and fed. Gardeners tend to have an appreciation for what the Earth has to offer, but that may be especially true right now — as the world grapples with the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Fears have caused people to panic shop and hoard food. People who grow their own food don’t have … [Read more...]

Painting rocks with a spring theme

The Land O’Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, recently hosted a rock painting event where participants were encouraged to channel their inner artist by painting rocks with a spring theme, in honor of Earth Day. Acrylic paints were used to design bumble bees, ladybugs and garden flowers. The library hosts a rock painting class one Wednesday a month. Earth Day is on April 22. … [Read more...]

Celebrate Earth Day in the garden: Reduce, reuse and recycle

Rain barrels, compost and using organic matter for mulch are some excellent ways to go green in the garden. But, there also are endless ways to upcycle outdoors to attract wildlife, while reducing, reusing, and recycling more nontraditional items into creative and fun, and practical items. As Earth Day 2019 approaches, which is officially on April 22, consider using those old nylons to tie … [Read more...]

A vision with a purpose

Keep Pasco Beautiful has been named the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Non-Profit for 2018. The award honors Keep Pasco Beautiful’s continuous efforts to engage the community in litter and waste reduction, while encouraging beautification. “Our organization does amazing things in the community thanks to the dedication of our volunteers and partners who share our vision and … [Read more...]

Festivities set to honor Earth Day

Finding ways to celebrate Mother Earth and to recycle, upcycle and preserve its precious resources are the themes of Earth Day celebrations planned around the region. One of the largest area events planned for Earth Day, known as Earth Day Tampa Bay, got its start as EcoFest at Learning Gate Community School in Lutz. Now, in its eighth year, the event has become Tampa’s signature Earth … [Read more...]

‘Waste Not, Want Not’ – Reducing food waste

As we prepare to celebrate Earth Day — on April 22 —I thought I’d share some facts about how much food the average American family wastes each year, and then focus on how we can reduce food waste. Depending on what figures you look at, the average family of four in the United States wastes from about $1,350 to $2,275 every year. When broken down by components, it turns out that fresh fruits … [Read more...]

EcoFest offers fun, and food for thought

Thousands turned out for the sixth annual EcoFest at the picturesque setting of Lowry Park. This year’s event had the feel of a farmer’s market and that was intentional, said Michele Northrup, an event organizer from Learning Gate Community School. The charter school, located in Lutz, has spearheaded the event since its inception. As its name implies, the festival celebrates efforts … [Read more...]

Protecting the earth, all year long

Corrine Goodman is a big fan of Earth Day. “My only desire for Earth Day would be is that it’s a month long,” said the Lutz woman, who is an avid gardener. “We’re the caretakers of this earth,” said Goodman, whose water-saving practices earned her the 2014 Community Waterwise Award in Pasco County. Her yard is a work in progress — and it’s progressing quite nicely. “This was the … [Read more...]

Earth Day coming to Crews Lake Park

Crews Lake Park will celebrate Earth Day April 26 with a day-long event featuring workshops, crafts and even a ladybug release. The event is sponsored by Pasco County Parks & Recreation, Covanta Pasco, the University of Florida Pasco Cooperative Extension and Pasco County Utilities. It takes place at the park, located at 16739 Crews Lake Drive in Spring Hill, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Two … [Read more...]