Get your green on this Sunday, September 15th, at the 6th Annual Hammonton Green Day Festival. This environmentally friendly event will be held from 12 noon to 4 p.m. in downtown Hammonton on the grounds of St. Joseph High School at 328 Vine Street.
All areas of organic and green living will be represented at the festival, including natural and organic products, food, massage and bodywork, acupuncture, art, nature advocacy, electric vehicles, and much, much more. Hammonton Green Day Committee chairperson, Susan Coan, is expecting this year’s event to be even bigger than last year. “We have more vendors and exhibitors than last year; we almost ran out of space,” she said with a smile. “There will be something for everyone.”
Bring the kids so they can share in eco-crafts and activities like the Trash Dash Relay, and learn about the many ways to have a positive impact on our environment and planet. Kids can also get an up-close view of Woodford Cedar Run’s and the Philadelphia Zoo’s animal ambassadors. Finally Home Farm Animal Rescue will also be there with rescued cats, kittens, dogs and puppies for adoption. The Hammonton Mothers Club booth will have a Lego and book exchange, the Lions Club is collecting used crayons for recycling, and the Womens’ Civic Club is collecting gently used children’s Halloween costumes as well. Musician Robin Gazzara will provide music throughout the event.
Three “Tent Talks” are scheduled during the festival. You can expand your green knowledge of best native plants for your bees with the South Jersey Beekeepers Association, learn how to make-your-own rain barrel with Mike Haberland of Rutgers Extension Service, and experience the culinary wizardry of master chef Kelly McCray, who will be doing a healthy cooking demonstration. If you want to get more hands-on with your food, you can ride the “Smoothie Bike” and view the Farm Explorer truck at the Greener Partners booth.
Farming and land preservation exhibitors include the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, JAH’s Creation Organic Farms, the Beach Plum Association, and Clemenson Farms, specializing in native plants.
The art community will also be sharing their goods. The Hammonton Arts Center (selling one-of-a-kind reusable bags from their artists), Charles Arsenault, Charles Branigan, Cherelle Oriolo, and many other artists will be showcasing their artwork.
No green event would be complete without exhibits on alternative energy, so an electric and hybrid car will be on display. You can also enter a raffle to win a rain barrel or a refurbished bicycle (sponsored by NJM)l. NJM is also doing a bicycle collection at its booth.
New Jersey Manufacturers is the primary sponsor of the 6th Annual Green Day Festival, along with South Jersey Gas, Atlantic City Electric, ACUA, and AtlanticCare. Visit the Hammonton Green Committee’s webpage for more information.
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