Green Festival - 7th Annual!
April 18, 2015 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Irvin Ave.
Celebrate Spring and all things green by joining your friends and neighbors at Collingswood’s seventh annual Green Festival, located just off Haddon Avenue on Irvin Avenue near the PATCO High Speed line.
RSVP, chat and get updates about this event on the event page started by Green Festival Volunteers! Click here!
Enjoy the following and more:
-Local, sustainable food, organic gardening, green products, water conservation, renewable energy, and environmentally-friendly construction
-Buy shade trees, backyard composters, and rain barrels at subsidized prices
-Enjoy al fresco dining from local restaurants while enjoying live music
-Buy produce and products from local farmers and specialty organic vendors
-Bring home free tree seedlings courtesy of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign
-Buy objects d'art made from recycled materials by local artisans
Green Festival activities:
Presentation: The Dirt on Rain Gardens: What they do, how they’re made and their applicability in suburban communities - with Mike Haberland. Presented by the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Two sessions: 10 am and 11 am at the Perkins Center’s rain garden.
Workshop for kids: Make a Butterfly (Recycled) Feeder - with teaching artist Kate Johnson to guide kids through the process. Come to the Perkins Center workshop table at 10:15 am or 11:15 am.
Activities for kids: Fun Zone sponsored by Collingswood Roots and Shoots Nature Club - face-painting, sidewalk chalk drawing, games, arts and crafts, and more in the area behind the Old Zane School (Kitchen & Associates).
Bike Share and Bike Rodeo: At the Bike Share tent learn to tune up your bike from mechanic volunteers and sign up for the Bike Share program (a mere $25 to rent a bike for one year). The nearby bike rodeo area offers a series of fun bike-centric activities for kids and their bikes.
Green Festival on-site recycling:
The recycling tent:
Bring natural corks, ink cartridges, cell phones, bagged packing peanuts, rechargeable and button batteries, rinsed Capri Sun pouches and Brita filters, worn-out Crocs and paired, re-usable shoes.
Free paper shredding will be available from 10am to 1pm under the Speedline.
Electronics recycling drop off:
Bring any electronic item that can be recycled or refurbished - old TVs, monitors, laptops, radios, FAX machines, keyboards, DVD players, stereo equipment, typewriters, VCRs, scanners, printers. Drop off between 9am and 2pm near the paper shredding area. Note: disassembled equipment cannot be reused, so don’t bring it.
Computers will be collected by CamTech in the Local Business tent.
Household hazardous waste collection - courtesy of Camden County:
Drive or walk up to the Collingswood Public Works Complex (adjacent to the Green Festival) at 713 N. Atlantic Ave. between 8:30 am - 3:00 pm. Click to learn what to bring and not bring.
Bring gently-used toys, books and school supplies to Dustless Hardwood Floors’ table for their Spring Toy Drive at the festival. Donations will go to Camden County Head Start Programs. Or bring donations to the Dustless office, 487 Haddon Ave., weekdays in April from 9am to 1pm. Call Susan at 609-314-0301 or the Dustless Hardwood Floors office at 856-833-0024. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Perkins Center for the Arts has teamed up with TerraCycle to recycle difficult-to-recycle waste. Bring the following items to the festival and drop them into the TerraCycle bins in front of Perkins at 30 Irvin Ave: Brita products (filters, pitchers, packaging), baby and toddler food pouches and caps.
Free Tree Seedlings available!
Free tree seedlings will be available to Collingswood residents at the Collingswood Green Festival as part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign. This program helps communities replace trees damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. Seedlings, available on a first come, first served basis, also come with instructions on how to store, care for, and plant them. The guides help residents choose the right place on a property to plant a tree while keeping in mind the tree’s full-grown size in the future. Residents should plant the seedlings within two days after pick-up in order to prevent the roots from drying out. For a list of all distribution locations across the state, visit www.forestry.nj.gov or www.facebook.com/newjerseyforests.
Collingswood’s Green Festival is just one of the eco-initiatives that makes the Borough one of the greenest places in the Delaware Valley. Programs in Collingswood that encourage sustainability include the town’s bike share program, subsidized composter and rainbarrel programs, community garden, the only town that provides car sharing (via Zipcar) in Southern New Jersey and recognition as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.
Image by Candice Z Photography