Wednesday, April 18, 2018

10 ways to LOVE YOUR MOTHER in MANSFIELD!

Earth Day is next week! 

...so we compiled a list of 10 activities right here in our home town that can help launch your "Love Your Mother" lighter-footprint lifestyle! 


Make a newspaper pot and plant a seed to take home! 
1. April 19th: 
Visit Lil' Blue Goat during Third Thursdays Mansfield to try one of our wooden pot makers.  Use a piece of our recycled newspaper to make a pot and plant a seed to take home with you! We will have soil and a selection of seeds that I've saved from our own garden - come get your hands a lil' dirty! Free family fun! 

Extended Saturday Hours at Lil' Blue Goat
2. April 21-May 26:
Lil' Blue Goat will be open longer hours for Downtown Springtime Lingering-n-Shopping! We will bring our best selections of Mansfield friendly perennials that grow crazy-well and super-easily in our very own garden, and there's usually a good amount of live-painting and wine drinking happening as well!

First ever "OPEN STUDIO" day at our home studio garden... 
3. Sunday, April 22 - Official world EARTH DAY!
Visit our HOME STUDIO in Historic Mansfield to see the 'before/in progress' gardens, as well as what it is like to live/work in a messy pile of creation all the time! It should be perfect weather for porch-sitting...
Mansfield's own food co-op!
4. Ongoing:
Buy local food from our very own food co-op.  A carefully curated group of local farmers producing organic foods! Check out the order forms on Monday, submit each week by Wednesday, and pick up on Saturdays! Easy peasy!

Shop local foods and vendors while enjoying music and community! 
5. Saturdays, April 28-October 27
Don't let your hamburger come to you from the other side of the planet! Save that energy and get family raised, healthy options at our own farmer's market - now in its 14th year! They also have carefully selected vendors who make/raise produce, eggs, local breads, jellies, baked treats, soaps, and other artisan crafts.


Free family fun for Earth Day! 
6. April 28:
Join the fun at the Chris Burkett Service Center to learn about and participate in activities that support a healthy planet! Brought to you by the hardworking volunteers at 'Keep Mansfield Beautiful"!

lavender and texas primrose blooming in our urban garden
7. Ongoing:
Follow along at home as we keep you updated and inspired on our trials of native and Texas adapted plants for your home garden! We are currently playing with ways to create biodiversity and habitats in smaller and smaller spaces - zero lot line homes and apartments for instance... Facebook continues to be the easiest way to announce news, exciting happenings and pretty pictures, so be sure to update settings to see our posts in an increasingly complicated technological world!
Get outside as often as possible! 
8. Ongoing:
Speaking of an increasingly technological world - put your screens down and get thee OUTSIDE! Walking and biking are good for you, and they also slow you down to a pace where you really NOTICE YOUR COMMUNITY!  Look at the spaces around you, absorb the beauty of our parks and trails, check out local businesses and SUPPORT THEM, see what your neighbors are successfully planting in their gardens, pick up a piece of litter.... Learn to love LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE! 

Learn how to work with - and therefore make positive changes to - our local climate! 
9. Ongoing:
Listen, Learn and PLANT! While you are out enjoying your walk or bike ride, you may notice that it sure is HOT IN TEXAS much of the year! But by learning more and more about what sort of plants thrive here with minimal resource input, you can help steer the local climate into something more hospitable for everyone! Plant trees for shade and learn about native varieties, petition our local government to plant more native shade trees in public spaces to increase walkability! Learn about planting windbreaks, butterfly gardens, making rain barrels, and composting.  How? Lil' Blue Goat is always ready to chat gardening, so stop by when we are in... Together, not only can we make Mansfield more beautiful, but also MORE COMFORTABLE and SUSTAINABLE! This Earth Day - 2018 - vow to do just a few small things to GET GROWING and support a stronger city! (For awesome ideas on sustainable growth in general, we recommend following Strong Towns!)




10. Ongoing:
Follow our city's events - they offer Earth Friendly services and activities year 'round! From FREE MULCH to classes on gardens and rain barrels to toxic waste disposal, you wont want to miss their announcements!

Happy Earth Day everyone! xoxo

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