I was invited yesterday to give a presentation about composting at the city of Lake Worth -Public Services department.The director of Public services Mr.Joseph Kroll gave directions ,information and distributed compost bins to a group of residents who took the composting class and the credit rebate of $ 35 that the city offered to the participants .
There was a crowd of around forty five participants which included two city officials: Commissioners Joan Golden and Cara Jennings .There were also present local activists , business owners ,community leaders and ordinary LW residents
The L W city has the first green building of the Palm Beach county with a roof garden .In addition , it promotes following green energy solutions , welcomes and encourages establishment of green energy businesses .
Recently ,the Lake Worth Resource Centre (LWRC) for example has started ioffering a class on Solar Panels and organic gardening to local residents.
I will be giving an organic gardening class once every month (second wednesday of the month) at the LWRC.
This is another step forward towards spreading the green awareness and creating green jobs in the city simply by providing educational classes ..Knowledge is power.Imagine if this power is GREEN!
At the event yesterday,I gave a brief presentation on composting and distributed handouts .It ended with a community interaction of questions and answers about composting.I felt so happy and weclome at the event.We urban farmers are not limited to the chores of harvesting and planting. We have a role in our community as well to educate and raise green awareness like replacing inefficient lawns, that are a waste of our water and financial resourses , with productive organic vegetable gardens that will help to :
1)Beef our local economy and Farmer market by creating more jobs and businesses.
2)Donate locally grown organic produce for the soup kitchens and food pantries , and make it affordable for low income residents to buy organic produce thaty are locally grown.
3)Create marketing opportunities for the urban farmers who can not afford the green /farmer market stand.
4) Save money for the city on waste managemnt expenses by creating the compost program . Same , well as by saving on the grocery bill, for the residents who participate in the "replace your lawn" with an orgnic garden pilot .
The city of Lake Worth has a program to promote the usage of rain barrels ,as well.Another green pilot program is in trial also , which will allow residents to harvest honey from their backyard bee hives and eat eggs from their home raised chicken .
It is good to know that the first community Organic Garden ever in Palm Beach County was in Lake Worth:
Chief Sitting Bull Organic Community Garden.Unfortunately it ceased to exist not long time ago , but there are hopes that a new rebirth will follow .
Those greening efforts by local residents and officials are establishing a trend of saving historical buildings,preserving a small town culture of diversity and promoting community green businesses .
As the Gulf oil spill now approaches our shores and takes a hit of national condemnation , it is good to remember that there were residents and local leaders and activists who raised the alarm about saving the environment of clean water and chemicals free soil,not recently but long time ago ,through local groups like the Lake Worth based PBC Environmental Coalition .
Last but not least, the city of Lake Worth has a state of the art Reverse Osmosis water fascility that will be operational by the end of next year. A LIVE SIMPLE and LET SIMPLY LIVE mentality is now in the air.To promote and preserve our natural environmental sources and resources ,is the new way of doing business(as unusual) in the City of Lake Worth.BRAVO Lake Worth!