Earth Day Celebration

4-17-10   Earth Day at Perfect Christmas Tree Farm       (l-r) Bobby Saccaro, 5, from Phillipsburg; Joey Palumbo, 2, from Phillipsburg; and Mia Latif, 4, from Stewartsville, get a close up view of earthworms through a magnifying glass. Carmen Pirotte, from Stewarstville, was on hand to teach all about worms.        photo by Cathy Miller
4-17-10 Earth Day at Perfect Christmas Tree Farm (l-r) Bobby Saccaro, 5, from Phillipsburg; Joey Palumbo, 2, from Phillipsburg; and Mia Latif, 4, from Stewartsville, get a close up view of earthworms through a magnifying glass. Carmen Pirotte, from Stewarstville, was on hand to teach all about worms. photo by Cathy Miller
Earth Day Celebration Raises Awareness

Lopatcong, March 9, 2010: What to do at a Christmas tree farm in April? Plant trees, of course!

The familiar open green space at Perfect Christmas Tree Farm, 999 US 22 in Phillipsburg NJ transforms for a one-day Celebration, Earth Day, April 23, 2011. Conifer seedling, ready for planting, are a gift to the first 100 people who come to this 2nd annual event between 10 AM and 3 PM.

The free celebration is designed to raise awareness to Reuse, Recycle and Reduce waste in our community. The plan for the day includes gardening information and planting instruction provided by the Washington Community Garden. Earth science educator Carmen Pirotte is here for the second year to teach about composting. There are children’s crafts reusing everyday wasted materials, hayrides and house tours. An exercise plan of fresh air activities and a Swap Meet to buy sell or trade usable goods are happening all day. There is also continuous showing of the movies “Mad City Chickens, about the benefits of raising a backyard flock and “Flow”, an award winning movie about our drinking water supply. Canine behaviorist Robert Hafer of ‘The Gift of Sunshine’, a 501c-3 non-profit dedicated to helping service dogs will demonstrate positive dog training methods. AKC Canine Good Citizen trials conducted by Jill Wright begin at noon.

There is even an Easter Rabbit and an Easter Egg Hunt and an Earth Day Art Contest.

Local non-profits are encouraged to use this Earth Day Celebration to showcase their activities and as a fund raising event. Area businesses are invited to display and demonstrate their ‘Green’ products and services.

“Earth Day is the perfect time for area businesses to inspire the public with ideas for conserving our resources”, says Cynthia Curtis, co-owner with her husband, farmer, John Curtis. “We support civic organizations such as the Scouts, church groups, service clubs and non- profits by providing a venue for their activities and a place to do service. Anyone interested in participating in the Swap Meet, or as a exhibitor or has a product or idea to put before the public should contact me at Perfect Christmas Tree Farm”, she adds.