At ChangeHampton we are reflecting on the successes and challenges of creating our Community Pollinator Garden at East Hampton Town Hall in 2023. See our Town Hall Projecton our site. We’re preparing for the care and evolution of the garden in 2024. As our garden designer reminds us, a garden is a “process.” It’s never fixed!
We’re also planning some exciting events in the garden in spring, summer and fall. Stay Tuned!
At the same time we’re conjuring, imagining, trouble-shooting, developing ideas for some new exciting model restorative landscaping projects for the East End.
Last spring ChangeHampton hosted a webinar on Neonic pesticides. See our newsletter to understand more about these most destructive pesticides since DDT that have long been linked to the calamitous loss of birds and beneficial insects and why we need to be concerned about their use in agriculture, nurseries and gardens.
Last year, a bill was traveling through the legislative process and we encouraged our community to sign in support of this act. The Natural Resources Defense Council was leading the effort to pass the bill. Read all about the final bill that Hochul signed here.
Bill Doesn’t Go Into Effect until Jan. 2027! Now we are concerned that this Act of protecting bees, birds and other beneficial insects as well as humans from this lethal pesticide will not go into effect until January 1, 2027.
Meanwhile keep raising your voice! ChangeHamptonwill keep urging local nurseries to STOP USING NEONICS on native plant seeds and forbes. When you are purchasing plants this spring for your native and pollinator gardens, please ask whether Neonics have been used.
Citizen Activist Jaine Mehring Joins the Zoning Board of Appeals
Jaine Mehring, citizen activist, founder of Build-In-Kind, and member of our ChangeHampton Advisory Committee was appointed to the East Hampton Zoning Board of Appeals last week. While we’re sorry to lose a “citizen activist” and organization advisor, we are hopeful that Jaine will bring to the board the same diligent research and analysis, the same commitment to sustainable development in character with our community along with preservation and restoration of native trees and plants, that she did as an agitator.
ChangeHamptonlooks forward to working with the new East Hampton Town Supervisor, Kathy Burke-Gonzalez, who has been a champion of our Community Pollinator Garden at East Hampton Town Hall. (The garden is a public-private partnership with the Town). The vision of the new Supervisor is outlined in this East Hampton Star article. ChangeHampton will be watching closely and continue advocating for a commitment to restorative landscaping on all Town projects and properties. As well we will be watching that decisions by the Supervisor and Board consistently follow the Climate Emergency Declaration.
Bill McKibben talk: “The Politics of Global Warming: The Current State of the Climate Crisis.”
Design and Funding Assistance from Re-Wild Long Island for Community gardens!
Exciting Announcement from our “sister” organization on Long Island, Re-Wild, for a new program of funding and design help for non-profits and community organizations—like schools and houses of worship—with public spaces to develop edible or pollinator gardens.
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