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Edith parked in fashion! … Worcester Earth Day clean ups? The city’s most equitable/best farmers markets? Community gardens and more? REC’s been a Woo shining star for decades!

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Garden with REC!

By Edith Morgan
 
It’s that time of year again: Worcester’s citywide Earth Day Clean-up happens April 9, and on that Saturday morning, from 8 a.m. to noon, we expect more than 1,000 volunteers to fan out throughout the city to pick up trash in public places. 

So, in preparation for the event, there was a gathering at the Worcester Senior Center last night, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., to get ready – and to eat and see friends, and take care of “business.”  
 
Earth Day has been observed here in Worcester by the REC and all our neighborhoods since 1989, and yearly we have gotten together to celebrate the successes of the REC projects, plan for the future, and pass out the materials needed for the clean-up.
 
A lively and excited group filled the large meeting-eating area at the Senior Center. After a brief welcome from REC Board President Julie Orozco, we got down to the business of eating the great assortment of “pot-luck” foods that attendees had brought.
 
Then, down to business business: President Orozco  gave a brief summary of her involvement with the organization,  and  Treasurer Ted Hudson summarized the year’s finances, which were detailed for all attendees in the annual report booklet that we all were given.
 
To complete the formal part of this annual meeting,  elections were then held (the slate was at each of our seats,  and everyone was duly introduced, sworn in, and welcomed by the group.)

The Regional Environmental Council has greatly impacted the Worcester Community:

Thywill Opare summarized the accomplishments of the YouthGROW program and its impact on the young people involved with it.

Rafaela Morales-Rosa talked about the Community Gardens program.

Winifred Octave spoke about how she came to be involved, not only in the yearly clean-ups but also in advocating for the great improvements to Grant Park, directly across the street from where she lives. Together with Deb Bolz she founded the Green Hill Neighborhood Association, which carries on improvements year-round.
 
Finally, Steve Fischer, REC executive Director, spoke about some of the accomplishments of these programs:

Steve said there were 50 sites throughout the the city, that last year, 50 tons of trash were collected, involving more than 1,000 volunteers.

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Trash all over our streets! Here’s a bunch of refuse illegally dumped, on Ward Street heading into the Canal District! pic:R.T.

He thanked the many great corporate and community organization sponsors.

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Spring is here!!! flower pics: Chef Joey
 

Before giving the assembled Earth Day Coordinators some tips for the Earth Day Clean-up activities, Steve mentioned some figures that gave us a better idea of the impact these programs are having in Worcester:

There are now 64 [REC] community and school gardens in Worcester;  

34 youth are employed
on two “urban farms” 

and the ever increasing number of REC farmers markets served 8,000 separate (unique) customers. Lest you get the idea that using these locally grown and sold foods are being consumed only by those who can afford the sometimes higher prices that fresh, pure fruits and vegetables bring, I was amazed to find that half of all sales went to users of SNAP benefits and the WIC Program – so people who need it most are getting great, healthy food, fresh and home-grown. That’s a real win-win!

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All Worcester families can afford to buy the fresh produce and more available at REC FARMERS MARKETS because the REC markets do not discriminate – keep some city residents out of the healthy food loop – AND ACCEPT SNAP cards! Some even double the amount of veggies you can buy with SNAP. FOOD JUSTICE NOW!! – R. Tirella pic: Ron O’Clair
 
So, I urge everyone to participate, join REC, help us make our neighborhoods pristine …

… and on April 9 – our city’s Earth Day celebration – fill as many of REC’s yellow trash bags as you can!

REC provides Earth Day clean-up site coordinators with bags, gloves, instructions, and advice.

If you want to help, or have questions, or want to know more, call REC at 508-799-9139. Or go to their website: www.RECworcester.org.
 

Mark your calendars! Saturday, June 13! OPENING DAY! REC Farmers Market!

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Jett gets a little hyper in crowds, but REC Farmers Markets welcome pups, on leads, of course!

OPENING DAY!

Saturday, June 13

REC Main South Farmer’s Market 

Central Branch YMCA in Main South – Fuller Family Park

9:30 am – 1 pm

Arts and crafts

Live music

Free kids activities

Free yoga …

Fresh AFFORDABLE veggies

Fresh AFFORDABLE fruit

Fresh eggs

and more yumminess! ALL AFFORDABLE and locally sourced!

FOOD JUSTICE now! SNAP, WIC, Senior Citizen farmers market coupons accepted!

Support local farmers and artisans! Support REC – the Regional Environmental Council – working out of Castle Street, committed to bringing fresh peoduce and more TO EVERYONE IN OUR CITY, growers of scores of urban gardens in our public schools, urban neighborhoods – all of Woo! Providers of jobs for our city youth! Getting the kids out in the sun and teaching them to plant and nurture and work with others. Getting them exercising (gardening is great exercise!) … teaching them to eat better! And they can go home and educate their families!

Healthy foods for healthy minds and bodies! So kids do better in school! So families stay strong!

Come out and play with REC this coming Saturday!

– Rosalie Tirella

The schedules for REC’s other WORCESTER farmers markets …

… and some background info from the REC website:

Since 2008, the Regional Environmental Council of Central MA (REC) has brought healthy, fresh, affordable, locally grown food to shoppers in Worcester, Massachusetts through our REC Community Farmers Markets.

Today, we offer farmers’ markets 6 days each week at locations throughout Worcester from mid-June through the end of October.

Come join our farmers on:

Saturdays at our Main South Market

Mondays & Fridays at our Beaver Brook Market

and Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays join our Mobile Farmers Market at 15 different locations throughout Worcester!

What makes REC Community Farmers Markets different?

When you shop REC Community Farmers Markets, you are not only enjoying the freshest local food, you are supporting local farmers, supporting jobs for local youth, and helping your neighbors gain access to healthy, fresh & affordable food! Shop REC & Support Our Community!

All markets offer fresh, affordable, locally grown veggies, fruit, meats & eggs. Some markets offer baked goods, prepared foods & artisanal crafts.

2015 SCHEDULE

EVERY SATURDAY – REC Main South Farmers Market

June 13th – October 31st 2015

9:30AM-1:00PM
YMCA Fuller Family Park, 104 Murray Ave, Worcester
(behind Central Community Branch YMCA)
Free kids’ activities, live music and art, crafts and prepared foods for sale, in addition to veggies, fruit, meats & eggs.
Plenty of free off-street parking
Cash, credit, debit, WIC & Senior coupons, and EBT/SNAP all accepted.
EBT/SNAP purchases HALF OFF up to $40! (while supplies last)

EVERY MONDAY & FRIDAY – REC Beaver Brook Farmers Market

JUNE 15th – OCTOBER 30th 2015
9:30 AM-2 PM

Beaver Brook Park, 306 Chandler St, Worcester
(across from Foley Stadium)
Plenty of free off-street parking.
Cash, credit, debit, WIC & Senior coupons, and EBT/SNAP all accepted.

EVERY TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY –
REC Mobile Farmers Market (check out our BIG BLUE VEGGIE MOBILE – with solar powered fridge & freezer!)

June 16th – October 29th
Cash, credit, debit, WIC & Senior coupons, and EBT/SNAP all accepted.
EBT/SNAP purchases HALF OFF up to $40! (while supplies last)

Grand Opening! Tomorrow! REC Community Farmers Market! YMCA branch – Main South

Saturday, June 21
 
Join us from 9:30 am – 2 pm
 The Fuller Family Park, 104 Murray Ave, Worcester (behind the Central Community Branch YMCA)
  REC 2014 Community Farmers Markets season at our Grand Opening Day!
We are excited to offer fresh, local fruits, vegetables, meats and eggs, as well as special guest appearances from our elected officials! And, at the Main South market only, crafts, free kids activities, live music and art!