The Conservation Committee is charged with arousing the interest of the Club and the community to the importance of conservation and the dangers of neglecting our environment. In pursuit this educational mission, the committee has undertaken the following activities:
The Litchfield Garden Club has made small financial contributions to organizations doing important conservation work in our community and state. Recipients in the last decade have included Connecticut Audubon Society, Connecticut Fund for the Environment, Connecticut Land Trust, Housatonic Valley Association, Litchfield Community Garden, Partners for Sustainable Healthy Communities, Litchfield Greenway, Litchfield High School Envirothon Team, Litchfield Hills Greenprint, Litchfield Land Trust, Northwest Conservation District, and River Alliance.
Butterfly Garden to Pollinator Project, 2010: The Conservation Committee of the Litchfield Garden Club has “hands on” involvement in the Pollinator Project, which it planted and continues to maintain at White Memorial next to Ongley Pond. Garden Club members take turns making sure the garden is weeded and watered.
Click HERE for more info about the project, including before and after pictures. Check frequently as images are updated!
GCA’s Acorn blog highlighted Litchfield Garden Club’s Pollinator Project on August 13 2013. Thank you Polly Brooks for sending in the information.
CONNECTICUT CONSERVATION ADVOCATE
Connecticut Conservation advocate Martha H. Phillips receives major award from Garden club of America. Litchfield Garden Club member Martha H. Phillips has received one of the highest honors bestowed annually by the Garden Club of America (GCA), the Margaret Douglas Medal.
The award, presented to Phillips at the GCA's annual meeting is given for notable service to the cause of conservation education. Read more
Abundance in the Litchfield Area
Why it is important to “eat local? Our booklet discusses the differences between sustainable, organic, and other farming methods, and lists most of the area’s farmers’ markets, local farms selling to the public, makers of food products and restaurants that rely principally on local food suppliers. Please read our booklet.
Litchfield Sixth Grade Conservation Education Program:
Starting in the early 1960’s, the Litchfield Garden Club has underwritten the cost of bringing White Memorial Education Director Carrie Szwed (and her predecessors Jeff Greenwood and Gordon Loery) into Litchfield’s sixth grade classes to provide a five-unit program every spring. Over the years, approximately 4800 sixth-graders have been taught about Connecticut geology and minerals, coniferous trees, animal adaptations, biodiversity and endangered species, invasive species and climate change. The program is capped off by a field day at White Memorial when students apply all their newly-acquired knowledge.
Members doing good work in conservATION!
Martha was honored with the Tribute Award in Conservation at the FGCCT Awards Meeting at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, CT on October 28, 2015
She prepared two award-winning conservation exhibits which were entered in the Special Exhibits Section at two FGCCT Flower Shows in Hartford. One was awarded a blue ribbon, and the other received the coveted NGC Education Award. Martha is an exemplary ambassador in the conservation field – locally, state-wide, and nationally.”
Do you want to “stay in the know” on Conservation issues? – the following links may provide helpful information and resources. The Litchfield Garden Club is not responsible for the content of any site to which we provide links.
Land Preservation in Litchfield, CT
Organization involved in Conservation & Environmental Protection in CT
National Conservation Organizations
Enforcing Environmental Laws