Hammonton Green Committee Minutes May 6, 2019
Monthly Meeting - Hammonton Town Hall

Green Committee Members:

X_ Jeanette DePiero  X_Mica McCullough  X_ Amy Menzel   X_ Linda Esposito  
_ Kerri Patton      __Sara Verrillo   __Jen Rajkowski    __ Steve Doran

Friends of the Green Committee & Guests: Susan Weingartner, John McCaffery, Ellie Gibson, Paige Macauley, Robin Chieco, Kathia Ramirez, Marcos Jimenez, Deborah White, Eric Schmehl, Charley Crowley

  1. Events and Projects:



Community Garden Update

  • 13 available plots, 5 donation plots; John M. requested 2nd plot- APPROVED.
  • Ellie June 11th Garden Talk 6:30 pm “Whole Plant Cooking”
  • Paige Macauley (ShopRite Nutritionist) garden talk will be 7/11 at 6:30. Her children’s workshop will be earlier the same day.
  • Charley will look into minor maintenance issues at the Garden.
  • Garden Workdays: May 19th, June 1st & 23rd, July 13th & 28th,

HHS Rain Garden Installation

  • Robin Chieco, School Superintendent-- 3 rain gardens will be installed at HHS by Rutgers, PPA & GC volunteers on May 29 (rain date 5/31) from 7:30-2:30. Any GC volunteers must RSVP in advance to hammontongreencommittee@gmail.com

Events Recap

  • At April’s 6 events, HGC gave away approximately 200 reusable bags, lots of cups & rulers, & collected several dozen email addresses (Mica has added to Mailchimp)

Pollinator Garden-

  • Planting dates scheduled for May 18th & 19th (on left side of driveway pulling into Lake Park).
  • ~200 butterfly weed plugs will be ready to plant when garden is ready.

RedCross Fire Awareness Campaign- Updates?

  • Amy will reach out to high schoolers for canvassing date (still TBD) to make residents aware of 6/1 campaign.
  • Mica will create a signup form for volunteers for 6/1
  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for June 1 door-to-door campaign.

Compost Bin Pre-Order

  • Amy will share concerns about reaching number of pre-orders.

Plastics Subcommittee

  • Plastics Subcommittee meeting, 6:00 pm @ Casciano, May 8th
  • Planning large-scale art project

Sustainable Jersey planning 

  • Next SJ meeting date-- Mon, May 20, 6:30 pm at Hammonton Arts Center (downstairs). This will be our FINAL meeting before submission is due on June 2.
  • Green Business Program-- Linda, Amy & Sara will look at Fermented’s application. Mica will help review Thin Place Farm app. Feel free to share this program with local businesses!

Green Day 9/21 (rain date 9/22)

  • Lake Park reserved; Recycling Central will still be at Fairgrounds
  • Vendor form updated-- please share with local businesses & orgs!
  • Mica will update sponsor form for 2019  share with committee.
  • Jeanette will talk with HAC about potential plein air competition.  

 Upcoming Events

  • Toy Recycling- Amy will report back from Second Chance Toy Recycling, potential to tie in with HMC at Green Day.  
  • Garden Workday May 19th, 10:00 am-- a small group can clean up trash in the woods behind compost pile.
  • Adopt-A-Road Cleanup June 15th, 9:00 (meet at library)
  • Green Drinks July 19th, 7:00 pm, Amy will ask Annata Wine Bar
  • National Night Out, August 9. Mica will reserve HGC spot.
  • Eye Opening Film & Lecture Series-- tentatively August 15th with Jersey Friendly Yards (Mica will reach out).


2. Open Floor

3. Next Garden/GC Meeting: June 3rd, 6:30 pm for Garden, 7:00 for GC