An online, collaborative initiative to raise funds for and increase awareness of 10 local, small environmental organizations…
We have always said that we a tad different, “a different shade of green,” making us a unique partner in the GreenGive group. Our mission is to bring the community together, for the Greener Good, and we’ve been doing that for the past 14 years. We focus on all aspects of Climate Change and on building a resilient and thriving community that protects the environment.
Of course, we want to you to learn about all 10 GreenGive organizations, since we are all doing good work — each in our own way. Yet, you may ask: Why support Annapolis Green in the GreenGive?
Here’s a bit about just some of what we’ve been up to in just the last few months and our view looking forward.
Plastic Free Annapolis
Annapolis Green continues to bring attention to the scourge of plastic of all kinds, particularly in our waterways where wildlife mistakes it for food. Soon we will launch “No Butts in the Bay!” with the City of Annapolis, a public education program about damage caused to our waterways by the cigarette butts (they are plastic, not biodegradable) that are thoughtlessly discarded on the street and then washed into streams. Read more.
Kick Gas Annapolis – Driving Electric!
Getting around without producing greenhouse gas emissions IS our future and Annapolis Green is the only local nonprofit consistently providing education and access to exciting developments that are moving us toward this goal. In April we initiated a six-month campaign on EV action. Each month will feature programming culminating in a large in-person show at City Dock on Sunday, September 26, during National Drive Electric Week. Read more.
Here We Grow
We’ve been championing modern-day Victory Gardens to encourage people to value the land and Nature by installing, developing or updating their gardens to provide beauty, food, and pollinator habitat. Our demonstration garden at 92 Maryland continues to thrive and turn heads as we showcase our use our compost, natural gardening techniques, and encourage people to plant veggies right in with native flowers, even coining the term Beautiful & Delicious. Read more.
Responsible Events & Festivals (REF)
More than ever as we are all so anxious to come back out and participate in the many special events Annapolis has to offer, we need to recognize our responsibility to our environment. Last year we gave Mother Nature a break as we stayed home but sadly, single-use has soared. We are working to create a better normal that underscores the importance of sustainability applicable to event sites, organizers and attendees with an online toolkit, coming soon. Contact us to learn more.
Our popular portable water refill stations are in demand and coming back out! Straddling both the Plastic Free and REF programs, we are working to meet the demand with sponsorships available to help us deploy! If you’re interested in demonstrating your commitment to clean water with a sponsorship, please let us know. Read more.
In the fall we plan to relaunch Green Drinks in the beautiful setting of Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville. It will be great to reconnect in person! Save the date: September 22.
Also in the fall we will have our first Harvest Dinner at the beautiful Honey’s Harvest Farm. Stay tuned for details.
All of our programming is designed to connect you with our community and with Nature and is possible only with your support. Every dollar raised will be turned into these projects and programs that really do make a difference right here in Anne Arundel County. We all love our Chesapeake Bay and consider it a national treasure.
GreenGive organizations intend to make sure that the waterways that feed into the Bay are clean and ready for fishing, crabbing, swimming and boating. There is no better legacy we can leave the next generation.
Tags: donate, drive electric, gardening, Green Drinks, greengive, Here We Grow, Kick Gas Annapolis, NAPTOWN TAP, REF, Responsible Events & Festivals, water stations
Annapolis Green is partnering with Founding 100 supporter Homestead Gardens in an exciting three-part spring gardening seminar series. The third is Here We Grow: Beautiful & Delicious!
Topics covered: Companion planting and the relationship between flowers and veggies for a truly Beautiful & Delicious garden!
Let’s celebrate beautiful and delicious gardens everywhere! Join Annapolis Green’s Here We Grow initiative… a modern-day Victory Garden initiative to encourage people to value the land and Nature by installing, developing or updating front yard gardens to provide beauty, food, and pollinator habitat everywhere you can! Meeting Annapolis Green’s overall organizational mission, this program resonates with many people who are gardening and cooking. Together, let’s get excited about the bounty of a summer garden, share ideas, tips and tricks.
Anna Chaney – Anna is a CPA, entrepreneur, certified in Permaculture Theory and Design, Regenerative Agriculture Farmer, Herbalist and Shamanic Energy Healer. She founded, owns, and operates a local catering and event company located at an eco-lifestyle marina resort on the Chesapeake Bay. She and her family have preserved over 1500 acres in agricultural and historic preservation in Anne Arundel County and Northern Calvert County. She lives on and care-takes a 160-acre permaculture farm, Honey’s Harvest, located in Lothian, Maryland, where she and her son grow and produce native fruits and nuts, and make herbal plant-based tinctures and syrups. Their focus is healing the soil; which feeds the plants and nourishes the people. She is dedicated to growing nutrient dense food and medicine for people: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Heather Wheatley – Homestead Gardens’ Educational Coordinator, Heather is also a certified Chesapeake Bay landscape professional and certified professional horticulturalist. Heather’s immense knowledge of our landscape will help anyone, novice or pro, get the most out of the soil and provide guidance on what to plant that will thrive. Her personal and professional mission is to proliferate the art and science of real and sustainable horticulture. She has expertise in plant selection, production, and trial installations in green roofing, green walls, and pollinator/beneficial meadow-scaping.
Tags: Anna Chaney, Beautiful & Delicious!, food gardening, Heather Wheatley, Here We Grow, Homestead Gardens, native plants
Annapolis Green is partnering with Founding 100 supporter Homestead Gardens in an exciting three-part spring gardening seminar series. The second is Here We Grow: Helping Essential Pollinators Thrive
- Why pollinators (bees, bats, beetles, moths and more) are key to our food supply: No bees, no food!
- Pesticide and habitat threats to pollinators
- How what you plant makes a difference to pollinator health: Plant Native!
- Homestead Gardens’ Native Habitat Center
Luke Goembel, Vice President of the Central Maryland Beekeepers Association.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Dr. Goembel is a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. He won a National Academy of Sciences award to study space science at NASA after earning a Ph.D. in chemistry from Johns Hopkins and founded his own aerospace business in 1997 where he designed and built space science instrumentation for NASA and others. In 2009 he began beekeeping. After a devastating year for his bees, he investigated the reasons for the sudden deaths of his bees and from that time forward has devoted effort to studying and advocating for pollinator health. He has authored articles in American Bee Journal, and has given testimony in support of pollinator-protecting bills in the Maryland General Assembly including a State-wide regulatory ban on the pesticide ranked second in causing pollinator deaths. He has served as a panelist at a Congressional briefing in D.C., and has spoken at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Dr. Goembel volunteers his time and has not received one cent from either side on the issue of pollinators and pesticides.
Kathy Jentz, Editor, Publisher and Founder of Washington Gardener Magazine.
Kathy is a life-long gardener from a family of farmers and dedicated gardeners. Currently, she is President of the Silver Spring Garden Club and on the board of several other clubs and organizations, including GardenComm, the association for Garden Communicators. She is a proud member of One Montgomery Green ( a sister organization to Annapolis Green) and Washington Gardener Magazine is a gold-level certified business in Green America.
Register to attend
More about our Here We Grow program, a modern-day Victory Garden concept.
Tags: bees, Central Maryland Beekeepers Association, food gardening, Here We Grow, Homestead Gardens, Kathy Jentz, Luke Goemble, native plants, pollinators
Annapolis Green is partnering with Founding 100 supporter Homestead Gardens in an exciting three-part spring gardening seminar series. The first, Here We Grow: Planting Resilient Species, on March 24, will kick off Annapolis Green’s Here We Grow program. It will focus on understanding the soil and planting for our region.
- Heather Wheatley of Homestead Gardens is a Certified Chesapeake Bay landscape professional and certified professional horticulturist. Heather’s immense knowledge of our landscape will help anyone–novice or pro–get the most out of the soil and provide guidance on what plants will thrive.
- Josh Clark, Landscape Architect, Restoration Coordinator with Anne Arundel County’s Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA), and Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional, will discuss WSA’s Replant Anne Arundel program, the mission behind the initiative, and how to get involved. Josh will also share his favorite native resilient species.
Information and registration
Tags: Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy, gardening, Heather Wheatley, Here We Grow, Homestead Gardens, Josh Clark, native plants, Resilient Species, watershed stewards academy, WSA
Give those Jack-O-Lanterns a Dignified Demise
back to the Earth
Annapolis Green is partnering with the City of Annapolis to collect and compost fall pumpkins that have outlived their decorative usefulness. Instead of putting unwanted pumpkins in the trash and condemning them to the landfill, bring them to the Great Pumpkin Dropoff at Truxtun Park!
Next spring those nutritious pumpkins will have been turned into fantastic compost for your spring garden… Pumpkin Spice Compost!
The Great Pumpkin Dropoff is part of nonprofit Annapolis Green’s Here We Grow program to encourage home gardeners to grow food with flowers with the natural soil amendment of compost rather than synthetic fertilizers and without pesticides.
The pumpkins will be turned into compost by Veteran Compost, Maryland’s only licensed compost farm and a Founding One Hundred supporter of Annapolis Green. Residents will be able to pre-order the compost as a holiday gift from Annapolis Green along with related gardening products.
The huge pumpkin currently on Church Circle will be composted too, along with its little brothers and sisters from our porches.
How it Works
Bring your pumpkins (or pumpkin bits if you’re making pie) to the bins conveniently set up on Truxtun Park Road in Truxtun Park (near the skateboard area) anytime on November 5-8.
Watch for directional signs. Just pour them into the bins and you’re done knowing that you’ve done a good thing for the Earth and lightened the landfill load!
Post photos of your pumpkins on social media. Hashtags:
Be sure to remove any wax or paint from Jack-O-Lanterns as those materials will not break down with the natural pumpkin.
The Great Pumpkin Drop Flyer
Anne Arundel County is also composting pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns. Check out its Recycling and Waste Reduction Division Facebook page for details and other good recycling info.
Tags: #AnnapolisGreenGreatPumpkinDropoff, #AnnapolisPumpkinsBacktoNature, anne arundel county, city of annapolis, composting, Here We Grow, jacko-o-lantern, pumpkin, pumpkin spice compost, truxtun park, Veteran Compost