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CSA community celebrates Earth Day

By JANE PRIMERANO
AFP Correspondent

HACKETTSTOWN (May 1, 2015) — The Community Supported Garden at Centenary College has nearly 300 members, but the staff and volunteers never miss an opportunity to spread the word.
Saturday, April 25, was a bright and brisk day for an Earth Day celebration at the organic community garden.
Children learned creative tricks with hula hoops and decorated animal masks, but they also learned about planting seeds and caring for gardens.
Deacon Raupp taught children to build bluebird houses.
The grownups browsed tables where vendors sold hemp jewelry and their own artwork as well as natural skin care and medicinal products.
Erin Scholl was dressed as a bumblebee to call attention to the plight of bees. She was distributing literature about GMO labeling.
Kim Latham spread the word about a local TimeBank.
Time banks carry the tradition of bartering to a new level.
Instead of a direct exchange, time banks allow people to have others do jobs for them they can’t do.
The worker then “banks” the amount of time the job took and can cash it in for a service they need.
“It started with childcare,” Latham said.
Farm members were giving cooking lessons and tips.
Kate Munning was assuring people that even at the end of the winter, they didn’t have to be tired of root vegetables and provided some interesting recipes for beets.
A music tent featured performers for children and adults.
Lori Gold operated a “freecycle” area where clothing and other items were available for free. She had vintage dresses and hats and a number of children’s toys.  Others taught yoga and the farm provided hay rides.
The CSG was signing up members at its own table. Gardener Smadar English said some people sign up at the table, others call later and sign up, but the main point of the day is community building.
“We have so many people giving so much to the garden,” she said, adding it is a great day for people to get together and celebrate the garden and the spring weather.