Something different is to become a part of the Greenfield Police Department. Chief Tim Hester announced that the force has trained two horses to work as mounted patrols during special occasions. The mounted patrols will make their début during the village’s annual Memorial Day Parade and a few days later as part of G3’s Paddle on Paint Spring Festival. This could turn into a hit TV series, Sergeant McNeil of the Greenfield Mounted Police.
On May 1, 2014, G3 members met with Spark’s director, Jennifer Wenker, and presented to her a generous check to help Spark reach its goals.
Greening Greater Greenfield (G3), with the McClain High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter. is offering a free garden plant package to residents of the Greenfield School District. This season’s package will include three tomato plants, three pepper plants, four onion sets, and six marigold plants. The packages can be picked up on May 8, 2014 at the Vocational Agriculture Building, corner of Fifth and Lafayette Streets in Greenfield between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:30 pm. A donation would be appreciated and all donated funds will be given to one of Greenfield’s food banks.
This is the beginning of what G3 hopes to become a community gardening program that will eventually include workshops on establishing a proper backyard garden and hands-on food preservation workshops teaching participants the proper methods of canning and freezing surplus vegetables.
Arbor Day this year will be on Friday, April 25. Keeping with recent tradition the village of Greenfield has acquired 100 pin oak and 100 redbud trees that will be distributed to first grade students in the Greenfield School District.
It has also become a tradition for Greenfield’s nursing homes to plant a tree. Both Hearth and Care and Edgewood Manor are doing their part to keep the green in Greenfield.
Greening Greater Greenfield now has fall and winter events firmly on their feet and is now turning its attention to the spring. There has been discussion about doing something focused on Paint Creek and G3 member Sam Bowers came up with the idea of a float trip down the creek.G
So, G3 has hooked up with Waters Edge Canoe Livery to provide a three-mile trip down beautiful Paint Creek on Sunday, June 1, 2014. Reservations will need to be made and the cost of renting a kayak, canoe, or tube will be approximately $25 which will include a van ride back to the beginning point. If you have your own equipment there will be a minimum charge for participating and for hauling you and your boat back.
Food, while being a basic necessity, is becoming increasingly more expensive. One way to improve the lives of our residents is to make growing one’s own food a greater reality. To help accomplish that G3 has teamed up with McClain’s Future Farmers of America Chapter to make vegetable plants readily available to the community.
While the FFA students are providing the facility and labor to nurture the seedlings, G3 has provided all the materials. When ready a package of ready to plant seedlings will be available for anyone wanting to start a backyard garden. The package will be free but it is hoped a cash donation will be made to the FFA which plans to turn around and donate the money to a food pantry.