Eight sessions of gardening for fun for second, third and fourth-graders. Held Wednesdays Sept. 5 through Oct. 24. Cost: $30 residents, $40 non-residents. Online registration required: livegreeninplano.obsres.com
Held on six consecutive Thursdays.
• Get the scoop on green living topics such as water conservation, responsible yard care,
managing household waste, green building and renovation, energy eﬃciency and air quality.
• Understand how daily decisions impact the environment - for better and for worse.
• Discover simple ways to inspire people in making greener choices.
• Contribute 24 hours of volunteer service, matching your passion for the environment with
new skills and fun opportunities.
Geocaching is a scavenger/treasure hunt using GPS units and coordinates to find the treasure. It is the fastest growing outdoor activity in the world. Learn more at this workshop. No equipment or experience needed. This program is limited to 10 families/small groups as the number of GPS units is limited. Call Michelle at 972-291-5940 to check availability. The program is available to the general public and will be held in an outdoor amphitheater that is wheelchair and stroller accessible. All programs are subject to weather conditions.
Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday of each week, March 22-Oct. 20. On top of all the great local produce they always have, this year they're offering local organics. Check out their website to see list of vendors.
The Downtown Arlington Farmer’s Market is a community-oriented market focusing on Texas provided foods, arts, crafts, services and wares. It is open every Friday and Saturday. The goal of the market is to provide a venue for local vendors to offer Arlington, Texas residents an opportunity to buy the freshest meat, produce, breads and other great foods, crafts and products available. Visit their website to learn more about vendors.
Everything sold here is either grown, raised or produced within 150 miles of Fort Worth.
The North Central Texas Farmers Market Corp. operates two markets weekly at this time of year.
Westside: 3821 Southwest Blvd., Fort Worth. 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays (year-round).
Downtown Fort Worth: 1000 Throckmorton St., Federal Plaza Park in front of Lanham Plaza (federal building). 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesdays (through December).
The Coppell Farmers Market is a one-stop shopping trip for fresh, seasonal produce, pastured meats, eggs, breads and locally made foods. All products sold at the Coppell Farmers Market are grown, raised and/or produced directly by the vendor within the North Central Texas region, with the exception of full disclosure and approval of selling another’s product.
Weekly and seasonal offerings:
Grass fed beef, natural pork & chicken, eggs from free range hens, Gulf coast seafood, wild-caught Alaska salmon, tomatoes, lettuces and varieties of greens, herbs, beets, turnips, radishes, spring and large onions, mushrooms, new potatoes and sweet potatoes continue to be offered in addition to honey, cheese, pasta, artisan breads, pies, cookies, cake balls, soup & dessert mixes, herb-infused sorbet, chips and salsa, granola, spice blends, pecans, spiced nuts, Texas olive oil, coffee and tea.
Find bedding plants for spring/summer color, herbs or vegetables. Look for doggie treats, custom soaps and soy candles, worm castings, worm wine or pre-order vermi-composting kits.
The Keller Farmers Market is a casual, open air, seasonal market that offers fresh Texas produce, meats, eggs, wine, tamales, baked goods, artisan bread, chips, salsa, pasta, pickles, jellies and jams, honey, grains, desserts, prepared foods, coffee, pet products and crafts, all from the state of Texas or within 150 miles.
A bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables creates a colorful welcome to those who appreciate the "buy fresh, buy local" idea. Seasonal fruits create a spectacular palette. The freshest vegetables in North Dallas will excite your culinary talents. Also available are pasture fed beef, pork, lamb and the freshest eggs you'll find. Buy pasta, seafood, cheesecake, muffins, gourmet items and honey - all fresh!
The Grand Prairie Farmers Market is open in downtown Grand Prairie, selling fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, coffee, tea, tamales, jellies and relishes, grass-fed meats, homemade soaps, candles and more. Check out the Farmers Market Calendar on the GPFM website for a listing of special events, including cooking demonstrations, festivals and holiday market.
Is your yard work piling up? Let it! Learn the basics of turning that garden debris into garden gold through composting. We cover what to put in, what to leave out, and how to mix, moisten and manage your way to successful soil enrichment. We'll also teach you to use specialized red worms to compost your food waste and create a fertile soil amendment for plants.
Cost: $5 residents. $9 non-residents.
The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council will host the first ever Green Apple Day of Service. For one day, advocates from across the country and around the world will come together in support of healthy, sustainable schools by taking real action in their communities.
For more information or to learn how to fund a service project, see website.
The Allen Garden Club, Keep Allen Beautiful and the Allen Heritage Guild are holding a community event for residents to take part in the beautification of Allen Heritage Village. Residents are encouraged to join in the event by helping to plant flowers, spread mulch or help install irrigation around the historic Lynge House. To participate, just show up during the specified time and come prepared to plant. Please bring a pair of gloves and a spade or hand shovel to assist in the fun. For more details, contact the Allen Garden Club at firstname.lastname@example.org or Donna Kliewer at 214-509-4554.
Transform your property into a sustainable, food producing, eco-friendly habitat. Our workshops feature some of the best and brightest eco-minded enthusiasts in the DFW area. The USE workshops are designed for beginning and advanced gardeners and/or eco-friendly homeowners who are seeking solutions to move their homestead to the next level of sustainability. Cost: $100 each or $80 per workshop when you register for both USE workshops (First workshop held Sept. 15). To register, go to the Texas Worm Ranch website and click on the "U.S.E." tab where you can pay via PayPal or by check (with a deadline of 14 days prior to each workshop.) See website for itinerary. Email email@example.com.
Over the past 11 years, this community and family oriented Green Living Fair has grown to be the largest “green show” in the South. It occurs at the end of September, every year, in historic Fredericksburg, Texas. You can see the latest in eco-friendly technologies. Learn how to save and create your own energy. Attend informative talks by the experts. Visit with our vendors to see contemporary green living and sustainability practices. Come test drive the next generation in personal transportation. It’s fun, environmentally friendly, and a great place to learn how you can make a difference!
The city of Dallas is collecting televisions, toys, clothing and shoes, used books, scrap metal, tires, paper/cardboard, documents for shred, styrofoam, packaging foam, bubble/shrink wrap, clean plastic bags/packaging, appliances, batteries (automotive or alkaline), used oil (cooking or automotive), fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs, electronics (video games, compact discs, cell phones, computers, calculators, etc.). NO household hazardous chemicals or paint, building supplies, pharmaceuticals, furniture or mattresses. For more information, call 311 or the Waste Diversion Hotline at 214-670-4475.
Hosted by the Molly Hollar Wildscape. The sale features a large variety of plant species grown at the greenhouse by Wildscape volunteers, including: ground covers, perennials, shrubs, vines and trees. Many species of grasses are provided by Blue Stem Nursery. These plants are mostly from local seeds and cuttings. These plants are better adapted to our local climate and rainfall.
Maps and refreshments will be available at 8:30 a.m. at Helping Hands Garden. This is a self-guided tour of Coppell landscapes and gardens, featuring drought-tolerant native and adapted plants that require minimal irrigation. The tour will showcase five Coppell homes and the two Coppell Community Gardens. Volunteers and homeowners will be available on site to answer questions about gardening using SmartScape techniques. Come see what you should plant now for beautiful blooms next year from the homeowners of some of the most unique landscapes in Coppell. This free tour is easily biked and is a great reason to get out and enjoy the fall weather. Bike route map will be included.
For more information, contact Jen Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An off-grid Earthship/Monolithic Dome is being built near Bastrop, Texas. Biotechture Training is hosting a two-day Sustainability Seminar Sept. 29-30 at the build site. This is a your chance to see a build in progress while you learn about sustainability. Also, there are internship opportunities for you to participate in and get hands-on experience.
Exact location and directions will be emailed when you register at:
Fee is $100. See website for details.
Discover how much fun science can be by attending Science Day at the Dallas Zoo. Guests will encounter booths that demonstrate scientific principles in entertaining ways, while teachers and homeschool parents participate in educational workshops and earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours. All zoo guests are invited to try the fun activities at booths.
Cost: Free for pre-registered teachers; booths free for zoo patrons with paid admission.
Learn how to identify invasive plants and help prevent them from spreading in our community. During this workshop you will learn what is an invasive plant, some of the common ones in our area and what steps can you take on your property to improve native species. Bring water and wear outdoor gear and bring GPS and camera if you have them. FREE (with paid admission). Reservations required.
Every Saturday, Elizabeth Anna’s hosts a local and organic market featuring in-season produce, fresh eggs and ground wheat bread along with other baked goods. Pre-order meat & dairy. Check the website for specials of the week and sneak peaks at our recipe kits.
Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal. A partnership of the Dallas Area Drug Prevention Partnership, Dallas Police Department, Dallas ISD Police, University Park Police,
The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, 12th Step Ministry and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Fort Worth residents can use any one of five locations within Fort Worth or our partner communities to drop off unused medications for proper disposal. Locations:
Ridgmar Mall, 1888 Green Oaks Road;
Nashville Avenue Police Station, 1100 Nashville Ave.;
Saginaw Fire Station No. 1, 400 S. Saginaw Blvd.;
Keller Police Department, 330 Rufe Snow Dr.;
Burleson: Old Municipal Service Ctr., 133 N. Main St.
The Backyard Chickens Collaborative DFW North is exhibiting chickens at the Fall Trash Bash and Green Environmental Fair put on by Keep Flower Mound Beautiful in the Home Depot parking lot.
Two classes are scheduled to help new chicken advocates get started:
10:30 a.m.- Getting Started with Backyard Chickens, by Michelle Fischer.
Considerations to starting your backyard chicken flock. What you need to plan for and do to get started.
11:30 a.m. - Picking Chickens, How to Select Chicken Breeds, by Mark Glover.
How to select the best chicken breeds for your backyard flock.
Michael Fazi is raising funds for his Eagle Scout project by hosting a Spaghetti Dinner. Dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.
All proceeds from the dinner and all donations will go to support the construction of an outdoor classroom in Tandy Hills Natural Area. (See http://tandyhills.org/)
The eight new benches will be used for the Kids On the Prairie Program, which introduces city school kids to the wonders of nature.
Any funds remaining at the completion of the project will be donated to Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area.