NEWS OF THE MONTH FROM THE TARRYTOWN ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
JUNE 2021 WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT _____________________
This month, take a tour of some of the native plant projects newly installed on the grounds of the Warner Library, Patriots Park and Broadway. See what the new Placemaking Committee is up to, and swear off plastics for the month of July. Then come to our (Zoom) meeting. It’s Thursday night, June 3! (See below for the link.)
LOVE YOUR VILLAGE JOINING TEAC IS EASY. JUST COME TO A (ZOOM) MEETING. ________________________
TEAC relies on volunteers to keep things moving, and we usually meet on the 1st Thursday in Village Hall, One Depot Plaza, at 7:00 PM.
In light of the pandemic, we’ve moved our monthly meetings online — Zoom-style for now — so you can still pitch in. The next regular TEAC meeting will be on THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2021. The meetings are open to all.
To join the meeting, launch your Zoom app, then use the following login credentials:
MANY HANDS: DIGGING IN FOR POLLINATORS
By Mai Mai Margules
The newly-planted pollinator garden at Warner Library, on Broadway and Wildey Street.
June is national pollinator month and TEAC is celebrating with the creation of several new public pollinator gardens in the heart of our Village.
Last fall, in a time of great uncertainty with the specter of a pandemic winter looming , the TEAC Landscaping Committee focused on a goal for spring: we would install pollinator gardens in the heart of the Village. These gardens would aid our fragile pollinators and help to introduce our community to native plants and the crucial role they play in supporting butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects.
These new gardens will add to the existing pollinator pathway anchored by the Native Plant Gardens at Neperan Park which Little Gardens of Tarrytown has installed and maintained and Riverwalk..
Given that we started with zero budget and limited experience, our dream could never have materialized without the tremendous outpouring of support from our community. We asked for help and the response was overwhelming. The Warner Library Pollinator Garden GoFundMe which Friends of Warner Library set up garnered 86 donors and a sponsor, Laura Rey of Rey Insurance, that raised the funds needed for the creation and maintenance of the gardens.
Local residents donated their time and shared their knowledge and skills to physically construct the spaces. Emily Rausch of Hilltop Hanover Farms in Ossining donated three carloads of local ecotype native plants which we incorporated into our plantings and shared with others. Laura Perkins, chief horticulturist at Stone Barns, provided native plants and advised the planting team for Warner Library.
Susanne Jone of the Philipse Manor Garden Club shared her knowledge of native plant design for the Warner Garden and Tarrytown resident Jose Mendoza directed the site’s construction.
Patriots Park now welcomes visitors with a beautiful pollinator garden designed by local landscape artists Lee Eiferman and Tim Duch who also headed up the installation team and sourced the plants.
Throughout the process the Village of Tarrytown has been a supportive partner in expanding the pollinator pathway. The DPW and Parks Department assisted us throughout the process with hands-on help in preparing the ground at Patriots Park and in procuring project materials. The Village funded the new pollinator planters and tree well spaces along Broadway between Mc keel and Main St. that will provide additional pollinator habitat and form another link in the Pathway.
Below is a brief outline of the new gardens. We hope that you take a tour and enjoy them. These gardens are the beginning, far from a fait accompli. They will evolve and change and we will learn in the process. (We have already learned that the local deer that frequent Warner Library do not read the “deer resistant “ tags on the oxeye sunflowers. Liquid Fence has become the fragrance of the summer.)
We hope that these demo gardens will inspire others to create native plant gardens at home and in other open spaces; this is the true mission. To help make this connection, we will be installing interpretive signs with photos and the names of our plants along with web links for more info. We will also be placing plant stakes throughout the gardens identifying native plants.
Our wish is that in sharing our story, those of you who have a dream of creating positive change for the environment will see that it is possible. It’s possible by reaching out to partner with others and by choosing projects that are feasible to maintain. So, please: plow ahead with your goals, get more gardens growing, and don’t be deterred by doubts or deer!
If you would like to volunteer to help with any of the plantings please contact us at email@example.com
Give them a brake: Our nesting Canada Geese can’t fly!
Drive carefully around the Lakes area, because many geese are flightless through the end of July. After nesting, Canada Geese shed and re-grow their outer wing feathers for a 4-5 week flightless period. The birds resume flight by August.
Ditch the Straws: PLASTIC-FREE JULY
By Annie Kravet
Microplastics washed up on the stony shore of Losee Park in Tarrytown. Plastics in the ocean break up into small pieces. Microplastic pollution has contaminated the whole planet, from Arctic snow and mountain soils to many rivers and the deepest oceans.Reducing plastic use will help reduce plastic pollution.
Have you heard of the global movement to reduce plastic waste, “Plastic Free July”? The movement is helping people reduce their reliance on single use plastics all over the world. I took the challenge last summer and not only did it help me eliminate certain single use plastics from my daily routine, it was fun and fulfilling to get creative about sustainable alternatives to common throw-away items and to inspire my family and friends to do the same.
There are different levels of the Plastic Free July challenge you can sign up for, ranging from eliminating the four most common single use plastic items (plastic bags, plastic water bottles, plastic straws, and take-away coffee cups), to saying no to all single use plastics for the entire month of July.
I signed up again for the challenge this summer, and this time I’m planning to try to go single-use plastics free. Will you join me?
A new place to enjoy solitude or conversation on Broadway. The bench project was the inaugural effort of Tarrytown’s Placemaking Committee.
Tarrytown has recently instituted a new committee for placemaking in our village.
“Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value.” – PPS-Project for Public Spaces
The village of Tarrytown has established a Placemaking Committee to build special places throughout the village that would encourage people to gather. These places would ideally be transformed physically (including landscaping) and would help to support and sustain Tarrytown’s businesses.
The Placemaking Committee joined forces with TEAC to create a peaceful and inviting spot along Broadway, in front of the former Bolton’s store, for people to stop and chat, have lunch, a cup of coffee or just rest their feet. It doesn’t take much to start a public space reawakening; a single bench can suffice.
In this case, it was created simply by moving two of the existing benches to face each other and by filling planters with perennial pollinator plants.
The Placemaking Committee and TEAC are planning to add more plantings and artwork to the area in the near future, and transforming other spaces throughout the village to help promote people’s health, happiness and well-being.
A Plein Air event at Pierson Park in mid to late September is also in the planning stage. Artists will be invited to come with their own equipment and paint a local scene. Their work would then be auctioned off to the public while refreshments are served. It is a fun, creative, outdoor activity with the added benefit that all art and supplies leave with the artist at the end of the event.
KEEP IT GOING Clothing and Housewares SWAP ____________________
By Cari Newton
Last month’s Clothing and Housewares SWAP was such a success, that we are planning several more events coming soon! This event helped to divert items from the landfill and helped to avoid buying something new! Almost 100 participants brought items to swap and found lots of goodies to take home. We had the giant textile recycling cart overflowing with the “unswappable” clothing, shoes & linens. We sent 2 carloads of clothing to Greenburgh Nature Center for their Spring Festival Sale, another carload of housewares was donated to Green Drop and 4 local Little Free Libraries were filled up with the leftover books. Two huge loads of shopping bags were given to 2 different local food pantries for use with distribution. Other houseware items were given away free to local folks in need via Facebook or word of mouth.
The next SWAP event will be June 27 at the Hastings Flea:
1. How does the SWAP work?
When you arrive, you will drop off your items that you no longer want at the check in table. Then your items will be sorted, organized, and placed on the tables in the browsing area where folks can “shop” for free. Once you drop off your items, you can go directly to the “shopping area” to browse all the goodies that were brought in before you.
2. What kinds of items can I bring?
We are looking for CLEAN items in good condition that someone else would really love! For Clothing, nothing too faded, no rips, tears, holes, or stains. No underwear or lingerie please. **We are doing a textile recycling collection so feel free to bring those “unswappable” clothing, shoes, and linen items in a SEPARATE bag for quick sorting at the event** For housewares, bring only clean working items in good condition. Nothing in need of repair please. We really cannot stress enough that your items be CLEAN and GOOD CONDITION. (Except for items meant for textile recycling of course)
3. What are some examples of items I could bring?
For clothing: shirts, pants, shorts, skirts dresses, jackets, shoes, jewelry, belts, purses, hats, bags. Housewares: small appliances, small furniture, kitchenware, dishes, utensils, books, dvds, home décor, organizing bins, games, current electronics, linens, curtains, towels, plants, clocks, lamps, toys, tools, etc… PLEASE, only items that are in good condition!
4. If I show up at eh beginning of the event, will there be anything there for me for me to “shop” for?
Yes! We are collecting items the day before from some folks to ensure there is a selection of items available for the first appointments to “shop” from.
5. How many items can I bring/take?
For this event, we did not set a limit on how many items you can bring/take. We are just asking everyone to be respectful of each other and do not bring or take a carload. Take only what you know you that really can use.
6. What if I don’t find anything that I want to take?
We are allowing you to go through and “shop” again later in the day if you choose. There will be a Standby line and we will let folks go through again as long as there is space for social distancing.
7. What if I just want to donate items and not take anything?
That is totally fine! We have been collecting items for donations so there will be a selection at the beginning, and we are also inviting a few families in need without requiring them to bring items. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for pick up or to set a time for you to drop off items for donation.
8. What happens to the stuff if there is some leftover?
The leftover items will be donated to several different organizations. Clothing and some housewares will go to a Caring Cupboard where folks in need can shop for free, books to free libraries, etc…
9. Can I drop off my items early?
Absolutely! We will begin accepting items early at 9am. If you want to “shop”, you will need to come back between 10am-4pm.
10. How late can I drop off items on the day of the event.
We will stop taking items at 3pm and reserving the last hour for “shopping” only.
11. What can I do with stained or ripped clothing and linens that are “unswappable”?
There will be a textile recycling collection at this event so be sure to clean out your closet! Pack up all your “unswappable” items separately from the good stuff so we can quickly sort your items at your appointment. We can accept clothing, linens, and shoes for textile recycling.
12. How is a clothing and housewares SWAP Eco-Friendly?
Every time you opt for something used instead of buying new, you are helping to save the Earth! You are conserving resources, preventing pollution and diverting items from the landfill! Swapping your things also saves you money!
We are looking forward to seeing you at the SWAP! Please feel free email any additional questions to
IT DOESN’T TASTE LIKE CHICKEN Vegan Recipe of the Month
By Cari Newton
Small changes can make a BIG impact. Swapping out the meat for vegan options is easier than ever before! There is a plethora of online and social media resources for information, recipes, support groups, and even fun social groups where you can learn about the best restaurants and vegan products that are available in your area. By making the switch, you are saving the excessive resources that go in to raising an animal for food. This graph by the World Resources Institute shows just how huge the gap is between raising animals for food vs. raising plants for food. Note that the big dark blue line is for rainwater. The other colors are covering pasture, cropland, irrigation, land use change and agricultural production.
Help conserve these precious resources and eliminate the pollution associated with animal agriculture by participating in Meatless Mondays, try eating only vegan on weekdays or give it your all and completely switch to only plant-based food. If you are just starting out and you feel like you can use a little extra help figuring it all out, find yourself an experienced vegan that is willing to be your “mentor” to help answer any questions you may have. They will have the scoop on the best product, recipe, and restaurant recommendations. As always, your local library is a great place to try out new vegan cookbooks. The Warner Library in Tarrytown has a nice selection to choose from!
This month’s recipe is my go-to for BBQ Jackfruit sandwiches. I highly recommend you bookmark this webpage because you will definitely want to make this recipe again!