Change in Location for our Plant Exchange

Please note that the Spring Plant Exchange is at the home of B.J. The address is in your yearbook.

Also, be sure to let Ronnie Joy know of any changes/errors in your information in the yearbook as well.

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Dates and Events for Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!  And many more.. :)


Upcoming Sustainability Events

1. April 25-26 Spring Renewal fair with Dan Farella, Diane Burke, Andrea Fagan, Nicole Wines et al – Rumson
2. April 26 Mapping community resources and digital media activism talk with Rachel Dawn Davis – Lincroft
3. April 29 Long Branch Community Garden party (and ongoing) – with Lisa Bagwell
4. May 31 Symphony of Soil film screening, Lincroft
5. TBA Seed saving workshops with Wendy Weiner
Spring Renewal Fair
Sat April 25th and Sunday April 26th
First Presbyterian Church of Rumson, NJ (across from Crazees, located at 4 East River Road)

Join us as we celebrate healthy bodies, healthy mind, and a healthy earth – learn about gardening, permaculture, bee keeping, herbs, greens, organic foods, wild edibles, foraging, home made body products, microbe systems, aromatherapy, and clean eating!

All events are free to the public. Free-will donations are welcome.

Please RSVP for the dinner for Sat evening by calling the church at 732.842.0429.


1:00 Hands On Plant Based Cooking with Andreea Fegan of “Little Bites Of Joy”:

Join us in the Kitchen!

2:30 “From Culture to EcoCulture: Hands-on Gardening Presentation with Raices Cultural Center

3:30 Wild Foraging with Dan Farella of “Return To Nature”

4:30 “Effortless Body & Mind” with Nate Fegan

5:30 Aromatherapy with Laraine Schigotzki of “To Your Health Holistic Wellness”

6:30 Plant-Based Supper and Free Movie Showing of “Dirt” (Please RSVP by calling



9:45 Presbyterian Church of Rumson Worship Service

11:00 Coffee Hour with Green Smoothie Stations

12:00 Organic Garden Tour with Rosanne Rosanne Canore Monroe

1:00 “Clean Eating” with Andreea Fegan of “Little Bites Of Joy”

1:30 Partner Massage with Ivone Maria Ventura (Bring partners, friends, children, family!)

2:15 “Introduction to Treatment Free Beekeeping” with Paul Walters

3:15 Yoga with Diane Kirby Burke

4:15 “Healthy in a Hurry” with Abby Cahn Anton of “Super Simple Super Foods”

5:15 “Emerging Spirituality” with Reverend John Monroe


Climate Mama: Maternal Instinct in the Digital Age

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Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 9:00am

1475 West Front St., Lincroft

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Rachel Dawn Davis, Sustainability Strategist

Our planet is at a crossroads. Younger mothers are increasingly arming themselves with independently funded facts and figures which inform consumption behavior decisions. Providing we seize the opportunity to engage in resource mapping locally en masse, telling our stories through technological tools will yield organized, strong, resilient communities.


Community Garden Work Party

Tues. April 29th (and every Tuesday for the season)

12-4 pm Drop In 

Drop by to help out the Long Branch Community Garden (one of three) at Liberty and Union Streets, Long Branch (one block north of Broadway on Liberty). 

Lisa Bagwell, gardener-in-residence, is leading the work.  Bring tools if you have them, but if not, they will be provided. Email Lisa,, for more info.


Film: Symphony of Soil
Sunday, May 31 6 pm
1475 West Front Street, Lincroft
Unitarian meetinghouse (
Symphony of Soil is a film that cultivates appreciation of this immensely complex and dynamic resource, revealing the many relationships between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals. It also examines the human relationship to soil, and its use and misuse in agriculture, deforestation, and development, as well.
Along with seed saving, this is about our real paths to the future. Discussion afterwards.
The Monmouth County Master Gardeners will have literature available regarding soil testing, etc. Email or call 732-284-6312 for more info.
TBA  Seed Saving Workshops with Wendy Weiner, aka the Front Yard Farmer.  Please email for more info or to schedule a workshop at your local library, school, place of worship, etc.
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Annual Fundraiser to be held in May

Our annual fundraiser is ready to roll! Use these forms to register, all information is below:

Flyer-May 6 copy

Or, grab the PDF file: Flyer-May 6 copy

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No meeting in February?

And it’s a good thing, too! Our Northeastern winter has been amazingly difficult, with plenty of snow, more snow, and lots of it. 

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But, now that it’s been plowed aside, it just is sitting there, glistening and now melting, as our freezing temperatures comeup a little bit. It’s really the cold that makes it difficult, but by our next meeting we should be rollicking in our gardens, trowels in hand, welcoming the start of a great growing season.

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Turning Straw into Gold – an apt name for our activity in January

Irene Saputo, a renowned designer at many competitions, showed us her own techniques in making jewelry from natural materials. She took some beans, seeds and glue, and gave an entertaining and informative description of the steps to a winning design.

We wish her best of luck in her upcoming activities this year!

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Reminder for our January Meeting – coming to a venue near you!

Our Next meeting will be

January 20, 2015 at 11:00am

Please Note , The Atrium will no longer be providing lunch

so please bring your lunch including a drink.

 If you would rather purchase your lunch , you can do so from the

 Coffee Shop on the Main Level.

2015-2016 Membership dues can be paid at this meeting.

See you there!  Irene

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Getting Ready for our January Meeting – Info Below:


written by our Publicity Chair Pat Dygulski

Pin made out of dried beans and pods.

Pin made out of beans, pods, etc. shown on a hand dyed scarf.

€“First prize winner of the  necklace created by Irene Saputo made out of garbanzo beans, fava beans, a tree peony seed pod, etc.

€“First prize winner of the necklace created by Irene Saputo made out of garbanzo beans, fava beans, a tree peony seed pod, etc.

Tuesday, January 20,  2015 Irene Saputo of the Navesink Garden Club will demonstrate how to select and prepare dried plant material for use in botanical designs with a focus on jewelry making.   This will be held at the Atrium at 40 Riverside Avenue in Red Bank, NJ.    The meeting and presentation  is open to the general public free of charge.

Irene is the current president of the Navesink Garden Club.  In the past two years she has won an award,  in February, at the New Jersey Flower and Garden Show held in Edison New Jersey. The jewelry she created out of seeds, beans and natural dried flowers in the  GCNJ Flower Show Artistic Crafts Section has impressed all who visited the show. 

This year as part of the New Jersey Flower and Garden Show  â€œThe Great American Novel” sponsored by Mac Events will be held  at  The New Jersey Convention and Expo Center located at 93 Sunfield Avenue in Edison New Jersey 08837 with the following Standard Flower Show Dates and Times (Thursday, February 12, 2015 1pm-8pm; Friday, February 13, 2015 10am- 8pm; Saturday, February 14, 2015 10am-8pm and Sunday, February 15, 2015 10am-5:50pm

The Navesink Garden Club is inviting people interested in horticulture and design to join the club.  You can come meet everyone and learn what other interesting projects the club will be doing.  Come to one or more of our  monthly meetings.   The meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month at The Atrium located at 40 Riverside Avenue  in Red Bank, NJ in January, March, April and May from 11:00am till 2:00pm.

The Navesink GC is a member of The Garden Club of New Jersey, Inc. and the Central Atlantic Region of National Garden Clubs, Inc.  Members come from Colts Neck, Marlboro, Holmdel, Middletown, Fair Haven, Red Bank, Little Silver, Leonardo, Manalapan, Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Eatontown, Brick, Tinton Falls, Brielle, Elberon, Hazlet, Long Branch, Neptune, Lincroft, Rumson, Navesink and Shrewsbury in New Jersey, Sarasota in Florida, Waveland in Mississippi and New York City, New York.  For more information about the Navesink Garden Club and programs, contact the Membership Chair, Judy Alberse,

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