5 options -- plus a party! -- for doing good in Hartford on Saturday

Submitted 3 months ago

If you're looking for something to do and to do good in Hartford this weekend, then look no further. It's Hartford Community Day! 

Here are your options. 

Hartford Village: Compost Skill Share and Meet-up

Learn about backyard compost management and what you can do to turn food waste into soil. Bring questions, ideas, and an interest in DIY to this meet-up of compost non-experts. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the bench on the corner of Park Street and Maple Street (Route 14). Contact Bethany at bethany@vitalcommunities.org to get involved. 

White River Community Garden Ratcliffe Park Latham Works Lane: Work Day and Blueberry Planting

Take a tour of the White River Community Garden at Ratcliffe Park and help establish the garden as a community space for years to come. Volunteers will be planting blueberry bushes and doing other projects at the space from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Stop on by! Contact Jack at jacktspicer@gmail.com to get involved. 

Maxfield Sports Complex Route 5 South: Tree Health

We all know Maxfield Sports Complex as home to playing fields, a walking and jogging path, tennis courts, and other incredible recreation spaces. But did you know there are also trees there? These trees need some help to thrive - their roots are being damaged and many are overrun by weeds. Volunteers will be gathering at Maxfield from 10:00 a.m. until noon to help improve the health of the trees at the Sports Complex. Contact Jon at jon.bouton@comcast.net to join in! 

Cemetery Clean Up: Old Poor Farm Cemetery off Old River Road

Help revive our town's most historic cemetery, which dates back to the mid-1800's and has about 20 burials. Volunteers will be cutting trees and raking and blowing leaves carefully to ensure the monuments can withstand the next 200 years. Meet at 9:00 am. Contact Art at abpeale@comcast.net to help out and get directions to the site. 

West Hartford: Apple Tree Guild Planting at Wild Water Farm 87 Joe Ranger Road

Volunteers will be planting three guilds under young apple trees. Learn about plant guilds, the importance of companion planting, and how you can establish guilds in your own backyard for optimal plant health. Work begins at 3:00 p.m. - stay later for a potluck and community discussion! Contact Kye at kye@uppervalleyfood.coop to join in. 

At the end of the day, there will be a POTLUCK, COMMUNITY CONVERSATION about resilience, and BONFIRE for all members of the town, generously hosted by Kye Cochran at her home, 87 Joe Ranger Road, Quechee, VT 05059.


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