Lexington Green Network – October 2021

October 2021 Newsletter

The cooler air of Autumn has arrived, and Lexington is celebrating!!

There are three fall festivals coming up that will celebrate local farms, local food, local businesses and, of course, sustainability. Many of our member organizations will be at one, two or all three events!

October will also bring some excellent presentations and gatherings you will not want to miss, including a talk on a “Pathway to Zero Waste” from our State Representative Michelle Ciccolo. 

Read on for all the details! 

Lexington Community Farm (LexFarm)

Lexington Community Farm’s 7th Annual Harvest Festival

Sunday, October 3, 2021, 10:00AM-12:30PM
Location: 52 Lowell St., Lexington

Let’s Celebrate the Harvest Season on the Farm!

Live  Bluegrass/Folk Music, Nourish Dance Circles, Silk Fields Farm Animals (alpacas, goats, chickens, rabbits), Veggie Racing, Free 12-stem PYO Flower Bouquet, Pumpkin Decorating and other activities!

Del Sur Empanadas and snacks, drinks, finger food and veggies available in the farmstand.

Information tables: FoodLink, Boston Area Gleaners, LPS Green Teams, Lexington Zero Waste, Lexington Living Landscapes, Clean Heat Lexington

Pay at the Door:  $15 Household

More info on our events page: https://lexfarm.org/events/

Lexington Farmers’ Market 

Sustainability Day at Lexington Farmers’ Market

Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 2:00-6:00PM
Location: Worthen Practice Field

Mark your calendar: SUSTAINABILITY DAY is back at the Lexington Farmers’ Market Tuesday, October 5th from 2-6pm!

The LFM will be hosting local sustainability groups and organizations focused on composting, zero waste and green transportation, while offering up community actions and opportunities that you can engage with right here in Lexington. It will be a great way to learn how you can contribute to a more sustainable future by supporting local food, farms and farmers’ markets, take action to reduce your carbon footprint, and implement simple strategies to make a difference in your local community.

Participating organizations include:

  • Battle Road Bikes
  • Black Earth Compost
  • Cleenland
  • Lexington Community Farm
  • Lexington Living Landscapes
  • Lexington Zero Waste Collaborative
  • LexCAN (Climate Action Network)
  • Mothers Out Front
  • Town Of Lexington: Dept. of Sustainability and Dept. of Transportation
  • Revision Energy

Stop by the LFM from 2-6pm at the Worthen Road Practice Field, Tuesday, October 5th!

“Gardening for Wildlife in the Autumn and Year-Round”

with Anna Fialkoff, Project Manager, Wild Seed Project

Thursday, October 7, 2021, 7:00PM
Online Cary Library presentation. For Zoom link, register here

Gardens are habitats, but the degree to which they support local wildlife depends on how we plant and manage them. Our plant choices determine who visits, stays or passes by as creatures look for food and shelter to nest and lay eggs. When and how we decide to clean up leaves or cut plants back affects the life cycles of salamanders, bees, birds, moths and butterflies. Learn how to create habitat in the garden year-round while balancing your workload and garden aesthetics.

Co-sponsored by Lexington Living Landscapes and Cary Library Foundation. Learn more and register here.

Need Help Redesigning Your Yard and Garden? 

…to bring more native plants into your landscape and make your yard more wildlife-friendly? Lexington Living Landscapes has created two webpages full of resources to help:

  • One is a list of Garden Design Professionals near Lexington with an expertise in native plants. Some have also indicated a willingness to spend an hour with a homeowner on their property, answering questions and offering advice, for a flat fee of $100 without expectation of further work.
  • For Do-It-Yourselfers, we have also compiled a list of other resources, including garden templates, courses, Facebook groups, and other sources of assistance. Check them out!

Come Connect With LLL at These Local Events This Month

Lexington Living Landscapes will have a booth at LexFarm’s Harvest Day on Sunday, October 3 (10-12:30), and at the Lexington Farmers’ Market Sustainability Day on October 5 (2-6:30). We’ll also be part of the Sustainable Lexington Committee’s booth at Re-Discovery Day on October 9 (10-3).

In addition to lots of information, we’ll have seeds of pollinator-friendly native plants to share that we’ve harvested from Lexington gardens, and an “oak starter kit” for those who would like to plant an oak for the enormous contributions that oaks make to wildlife food chains. Please stop by, learn what we’re up to, and share your thoughts!

Lexington Climate Action Network (formerly LexGWAC)

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“Pathway to Zero Waste: State Policy and Practical Toolkits”

Thursday, October 28, 2021, 7:00-8:30PM
Zoom Event (register here)

Two of Massachusetts’ Zero Waste champions, State Representative Michelle Ciccolo, Chair of the bipartisan Zero Waste Caucus, and Kirstie Pecci, Director of the Conservation Law Foundation’s Zero Waste Project, will lead us in conversation.

They will explain the imperative to reduce the waste that goes into incinerators and landfills.  Each year, the burning and landfilling of this waste creates greenhouse gases and pollution, which often escapes into our environment, contaminating resources and harming human health and the health of our natural systems. Come learn about the active initiatives at the state level as well as steps you can take through action and advocacy to decrease waste and create a healthier environment for all.

Please sign up at this Link (preregistration required)Free and open to all.

Co-sponsored by Lexington Climate Action Network, Lexington Zero Waste Collaborative, and LPS Green Teams.

Mothers Out Front/Lexington

Lexington Mothers Out Front presents its October Climate Coffee Break – take 30 minutes for action on the environment! 

“Planning for Climate Change: Clean Heat for Hartwell Ave.”

Thursday, October 14, 2021, 12:00-12:30PM
Online – Register at https://www.mothersoutfront.org/events/lexington-ma-20211014/

Building emissions are a major driver of global warming and account for one third of Lexington’s total carbon emissions. New development at Hartwell Ave, if built with conventional heating and cooling, could increase those emissions by as much as 40%. Join Cindy Arens of Clean Heat Lexington to learn about a new Citizens Petition to Town Meeting that would limit fossil fuel use at Hartwell Ave and help protect Lexington’s quest to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

RSVP at https://www.mothersoutfront.org/events/lexington-ma-20211014/

Lexington Zero Waste Collaborative

LexSORT: Free Community Composting Drop-Off Pilot Program Is in Full Swing!

Our LexSORT FREE community composting 6-month pilot program is in full swing with 150 registered participants and two active drop-off locations. If you’ve ever considered composting, here’s your chance to start. For more details and to register to participate, visit our LexSORT webpage.

We’d Like to Meet You!

Come meet us and learn more about all of our programs and activities at the following upcoming community events. Registered LexSORT participants may also pick up complimentary BPI-certified compostable bags for lining your kitchen compost bins.

Sunday, October 3rd, 10:00AM – 12:30PM: LexZeroWaste booth @ LexFarm Harvest Festival, 52 Lowell St.

Tuesday, October 5th, 2:00- 6:30PM: LexZeroWaste booth next to Cleenland booth (see below) @ Lexington Farmers’ Market Sustainability Day, Worthen Rd. Practice Field (next to the Lexington High School Field House)

Saturday, October 9th, 10:00AM-3:00PM: LexZeroWaste booth @ Re-Discovery Day, Lexington Center

“Refill Event” with Cleenland at Lex Farmers‘ Market Sustainability Day

Are you looking for a way to reduce your household plastic consumption? If so, join LexZeroWaste and Cleenland at a refill event. at the Lexington Farmers’ Market Sustainability Day event (Tuesday, October 5th, 2:00-6:00PM – see above).

Bring along any of your empty containers and Cleenland will be happy to refill them for you with their eco-friendly household and personal care products

Stay in the Loop with LexZeroWaste!

Subscribe to our e-newsletter to receive occasional updates about what’s happening with LexZeroWaste and invitations to participate in upcoming programs.

Citizens for Lexington Conservation

CLC’s Fall 2021 Walk Series

Citizen for Lexington Conservation returns with a full complement of in-person walks for the fall season.

Topics will include a bird walk, a photography walk, and an iNaturalist walk, in addition to an opportunity to join Lexington’s goatherd which browses at Chiesa Farm from time to time.

For information on all walks please visit the CLC web site at https://clclex.org/activities-2021/. Do join us!

Would you like to submit an environmental event or activity?
Email us at newsletter@lexingtongreennetwork.org

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