Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Flower Power Fundraising

Consider selling plants for your next fundraiser, and help The City of Lynn blossom!

ideas here...

or create your own garden seed packets to sell.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Green Parking Garage

Check out a Lynner's idea on hanging plants, masking the MBTA Parking Garage. 

Front Yard Gardens in the City

Front Yard Gardens and flower pots help beautify our city.
Spring is almost here.  Let's make Lynn pretty!

Check out City of Lynn Concepts for a photo of downtown Lynn garden.

America the Beautiful Fund

America the Beautiful FundWho May Apply: Community Groups
Amount: 100 to 1,000 Free Seed Packets
Deadline: Ongoing

Youth Garden Grants...

Youth Garden Grants Program/ National Gardening Association and Home DepotWho May Apply: Schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs.
Amount:  $500 to $1,000
Deadline: Ongoing

America the Beautiful Fund

America the Beautiful Fund
Who May Apply: Non-profit groups receive seed donations from major seed companies
Amount: Sets of 50 packets of vegetables, flowers and herbs are available for the cost of postage/handling.
Deadline:  Ongoing

Grants: School and youth gardens

Healthy Sprout AwardsWho May Apply: School and Youth garden programs
Amount: 20 gift certificates to Garden Supply
                (Five for $500 and 15 for $200)
Deadline: October 15th, 2010 annual deadline
Contact: Details, criteria and applications at

Hydroponics Grant

Hooked on Hydroponics sponsored by The Grow Store and the Progressive Gardening Trade AssociationWho May Apply: School garden programs
Amount: 36 Hydroponic systems valued up to $1,100
Deadline:  Sept. 18th, 2010 annual deadlineContact:

Grant: Individuals for improving community with gardening

Garden Crusader Awards from Gardener's Supply
Who May Apply: Individuals improving their communities through gardening
Amount: 21 Cash and gift certificate awards
Deadline: June 1st, 2010 annual deadlineContact:

Grant: Community, school and youth gardens

What: Mantis AwardWho May Apply: Community, School, and youth garden programs
Amount: 25 Mantis tiller/cultivators
Deadline: Annual Application March 1, 2010Contact: www.kidsgardening/org/grants/mantis

Thanks to Lynn Side Edition for finding the link to this grant.

Green Grants

Thanks to Lynn Side Edition for finding this link to grants...

This just in from the American Community Gardening Association:  the latest list of grants that communities and schools across the nation can apply for to receive help with their garden. 
Watch the deadline dates as some must be applied for now and in the next few months.  Others are open and can be applied for annually.  Still others are open to certain regions of the U.S. and even internationally.
For: National
What: The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation will install a fruit tree orchard in a public community garden
Who May Apply: Public community gardens with space for an orchard.
Amount: All plant material, equipment and team to install orchard
Deadline: February 28th, 2010Contact:

Monday, February 15, 2010


Rodents are keystone terrestrial species, which eat subterranean fungi on tree roots containing nutrients, water, fungal spores, bacteria and yeast.  Rodent pellets distributed throughout a forest serve to inoculate areas for new tree growth.  Rodents can thus help to recolonize disturbed areas with nutrient transfers.  

Could these unwanted little creatures help clean dumps as well?  The City of Lynn should welcome them near these areas.

As long as they stay underground... lets not be afraid.   They help areas cultivate soil for planting new trees and help keep old trees healthy.

Big Brother Big Sister...

Recycle here....

Your Old Items Can Help

If you are in the process of packing away some of your older things, consider donating a few items.  Your donations will help children in your community and provide a deduction on next year's taxes.  You can help out a great cause without opening your wallet.
Big Brother Big Sister Foundation accepts donations of clothing, shoes, books, small toys, games and household items.  They use these items to help support the work of BBBS mentoring agencies throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  They'll pick up your donations for free and drop off a tax deductible receipt.
They will be collecting used clothing donations in Lynn on Thursday, February 18, 2010.

There are three ways you can arrange a pick up:

 CALL Them
  1-800-483-5503 to setup a pickup.
Click on the email address above, send them your contact info, address and a brief description of the items you'd like to donate.  A staff member will email you back to set things up. 
 Click on the link above to register online and setup your pickup.  You'll receive automatic reminders, a printer ready receipt (all donations are tax deductible) and you'll be able to setup future pickups.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Polluter Watch: Exxon Continues to deny deny deny

Exxon Mobil used to say that it stopped funding fringe groups and “unthinking tanks” that denied the overwhelming evidence behind global warming and pushed out thousands of non-credible, non-sourced, industry-funded and unscientific research to raise doubts about climate change.
But whoops! New evidence has appeared that Exxon is in fact dumping money into these “research institutes.”
The Independent reports that “anti-climate change think-tanks such as the Atlas Economic Research Foundation in the US and the International Policy Network in the UK have received grants totaling hundreds of thousands of pounds from the multinational energy company ExxonMobil.”
So, what say you, Exxon?
Kate Sheppard reports:
ExxonMobil’s response? “We have the same concerns as people everywhere—and that is how to provide the world with the energy it needs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” the company said in a statement to the Independent. Yes, ExxonMobil, the fossil fuel-giant, is just like “people everywhere.”
Yep, I’m sure people everywhere made a $19.3 billion profit last year.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

CASE CLOSED! ... Thank Kleenex

Thank Kimberly-Clark for protecting ancient forests

Kimberly-Clark Thank YouIn a tremendous victory for ancient forests, including the North American Boreal Forest, Kimberly-Clark has announced a new policy that protects endangered forests.

The company has set a goal of obtaining 100 percent of the wood fiber for its products including its flagship brand, Kleenex from environmentally responsible sources. The policy increases the company’s use of FSC-certified pulp and recycled fiber for North American tissue products, reduces the use of non-FSC certified pulp from the Boreal Forest to zero by 2011, and will prevent all K-C products from ever being made from Endangered Forests. This policy is good for forests globally.

Please take a minute to thank Kimberly-Clark for its policy of protecting ancient forests! (here)

Lynnway's Environmental Issues

Check out this weblink to Environmental Issues on the Lynnway in Lynn..


Green Roofs

Check out City of Lynn Concepts for a vision of Green Roofs in the City of Lynn.

We need to help make this happen someway.

Green Roofs over Lynn.... (click here)

Take Action: Crime posters for EXXON MOBILE

Corporate polluters are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to block progress on clean energy jobs, independence from fossil fuels and efforts to fight global warming. 

These climate criminals will stop at nothing to mislead the public and our elected officials about global warming in order to line their own pockets. And even though they’re right out there in the open, you might not notice them. That’s because they go by names like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Petroleum Institute, Americans for Prosperity, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity…the list goes on and on.

Big corporations know that the public doesn’t trust them. So they funnel millions of dollars to front groups to do their dirty work. No one has perfected this over the years quite like Exxon Mobil and their CEO Rex Tillerson. That’s why we started Project PolluterWatch -- to hold people like Mr. Tillerson accountable by educating the public about polluter influence peddling and propaganda.

Help us get started by putting up “wanted” posters for Mr. Tillerson in your hometown!

The idea is a simple one: download our short one-page toolkit and print out a few copies of the “wanted” poster we have created for Rex Tillerson. Then, take some time over the next couple of weeks and put them up around town. It’s as easy as that and should be a lot of fun.

We need to make sure that everyone in your community knows who is really responsible for stalling progress on global warming. Because until people start putting names and faces with the groups who are undermining our future, we’re not going to be able to separate their propaganda from the truth and stop global warming. Take action today!

Have fun!

~ A message from GreenPeace USA