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Green Film Series: At The Fork

Join us at the Montclair Public Library on Thursday, November 16th at 6:30pm for the next installment of the Green Film Series, AT THE FORK:

“Caring about animals, caring about where your food comes from, [and] caring about how your food is produced is just a part of a larger shift in all of civilization,” notes one farmer in John Papola’s farming documentary AT THE FORK. The film takes an honest approach at the way animals are produced for food, diving into the impact of our choices make when we sit down to eat. In AT THE FORK, filmmaker and omnivore John Papola, together with his vegetarian wife Lisa, offer up a timely and refreshingly unbiased look at how farm animals are raised for our consumption. With unprecedented access to large-scale conventional farms, Papola asks the tough questions behind every hamburger, glass of milk, and baby-back rib. What he discovers are not heartless industrialists, but America’s farmers — real people who, along with him, are grappling with the moral dimensions of farming animals for mass food consumption.

Watch the trailer here:

AT THE FORK Official Trailer from Emergent Order on Vimeo.

Vote November 7th on Directing Revenue for Environmental Damage Lawsuits

This Tuesday, New Jersey voters will have the opportunity to vote on Ballot Question 2, on how revenue from environmental damage lawsuits should be directed. A “Yes” vote supports the allocation of that revenue to protecting natural resources and pay legal costs to pursue environmental lawsuits. From Ballotopedia:

Question 2 would create a lockbox for state revenue from legal settlements and awards related to natural resource damages in cases of environmental contamination. Revenue in the lockbox would be used to restore or replace damaged or lost natural resources, protect natural resources, and pay the legal costs of pursuing settlements and rewards. The state would be required to prioritize the use of revenue in the fund for restoring the immediate area related to the settlement or case.

Learn more about Public Question #2, to understand what a “yes” or “no” vote means on Ballotopedia: https://ballotpedia.org/New_Jersey_Public_Question_2,_Revenue_from_Environmental_Damage_Lawsuits_Dedicated_to_Environmental_Projects_Amendment_(2017)

Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale

Autumn Bin & Barrel Garden Sale
At Edgemont Memorial Park, Montclair
Saturday, October 14th, 9am-1pm

The Essex County Environmental Commission is excited to host our first Bin & Barrel Garden Sale – right on time for putting fall leaves to their best use! Home composting is easy – good for your gardens and good for the Earth – and the right bin helps you get started. And, capturing nature’s rain in a backyard barrel for watering your flowers and plants will also keep your garden “green”.

Our Earth Machine Home Compost Bins and Systern Rain Barrels are now being sold at cost – a deep discount – to any and all Essex County residents! Retailing at home improvement centers for $100, Essex County residents can purchase the USA’s most popular compost bin for only $50 during this “Bin & Barrel” sale. Rain barrels can cost even more, but these 55-gallon beauties are only $65 until October 14.

For easy purchase, simply go to www.essexcompostersale.ecwid.com to order your new compost bin and turning tool, rain barrel, leaf corral or kitchen scraps collector. Then, come to our easy pick-up on Saturday, October 14, from 9:00am – 1:00 pm at Edgemont Memorial Park in Montclair, on Valley Road just 1 block south of Watchung Avenue (07042).

There you can learn the simple tricks for successful composting in your own backyard, how and why to set-up and use a rain barrel for your gardens, and more. We will answer any questions you have, and ensure you can get started right away!

Composting is nature’s recycling, turning yard waste and kitchen scraps into a valuable, nutrient-rich soil improver. With smart water conservation, gardening novices or experts get a glimpse of the beautiful ecosystem right in your backyard.

For any questions in advance, feel free to contact the Compost Hotline and Essex Environmental Commission co-Chair Gray Russell at (973) 509-5721.

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