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With more and more human beings crowding onto this planet year after year, Mother Earth is having a tough time maintaining its delicate ecological balance. We need to find ways to make our planet’s ecosystem more sustainable. It is very important for mankind to be the guardians of our planet’s future… by finding ways to reuse, repurpose and recycle many of the things that we use every day. It just makes sense! As growers and gardeners, we certainly take pride in nurturing and caring for our environment in a responsible way, but we can always do more. That’s why we invite you to participate in a day that draws attention to and celebrates our efforts to create a “greener” and more sustainable planet… it’s Celebrate Recycling Day!

Why not make it a family outing– and come join us here at Niepagens on Saturday, March 28th, from 9AM to 2PM, for a day filled with “all things recycled”. We will be joined by the Ecology Action Center, Sugar Grove Nature Center, and GLT Radio’s “GROW” program co-host, Patrick Murphy! The day’s events include educational classes, kids’ activities, food, and some great ideas for recycling and repurposing items from around the home for use in your garden and yard spaces.
We are also excited to have the Ecology Action Center present a hands-on workshop for making your own rain barrel. There will be two workshops offered during the day (9AM & 11AM), with a maximum of ten participants per workshop. If you are interested in participating in one of the “Make Your Own Rain Barrel” workshops, you must pre-register by March 19th. Cost of the Rain Barrel class is $42.00 to cover cost of materials. Please call Niepagens at (309) 828-4580, or stop by the store to register for the workshop. And, join us for all other Celebrate Recycling Day activities, too. Here’s what is planned for the rest of the day…

Celebrate Recycling Day Schedule of Events:
9AM – 11AM:          “Make Your Own Rain Barrel*”
10AM – 11AM:        “Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose Gardening”– Tips for using
                                    everyday items to enhance your garden!
10AM – 11AM:        Children’s Recycled Craft Activity I
11AM – 12 Noon:   “Composting: From Table to Garden”
11AM – 12:30PM:              “Make Your Own Rain Barrel*”
12:30PM – 1PM:    Recycled Garden Pots Program
1PM – 2PM:                        “Pesticide-Free Gardening”
1PM – 2PM:                        Children’s Recycled Craft Activity II

* Cost for the “Make Your Own Rain Barrel” Seminar is $42.00 to cover cost of materials, and you
  must pre-register by March 19th.


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