First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta plans sustainability program

MARIETTA — The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta’s Green Sanctuary is partnering with its Social Justice Sunday program to offer a presentation on Sustainability and Local Sourcing at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Fellowship Hall.

Free and open to the public, the presentation will bring together three local organizations whose work focuses on the issues.

Susie Huser and Bailey Stein will discuss the Community Food Initiatives, which has recently launched its Southeast Ohio FOODLINK project.

John Stock, outreach coordinator of United Plant Savers, based in Rutland, Ohio, will speak about the 25-year-old organization’s mission to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and the native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come. Washington County Extension Agent Marcus McCartney will talk about the Ohio State University master gardener volunteer’s school educational program, the Junior Farmer’s Market.

The Social Justice Sunday program will also launch the Green Sanctuary’s Winter Gardening Series, How Does Your Garden Grow? which will continue the following three Sundays from 1-3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Programs will be presented beginning 1 p.m. with a second speaker, if scheduled, beginning at roughly 1:45 p.m.

On Feb. 10, Master Gardener Volunteer Anita Beeney will demonstrate the ancient art of ikebana, traditional Japanese flower arrangement, and discuss what flowers she uses in her variety of floral arrangements. Participants will also get to make a small arrangement to take home. No second speaker is scheduled.

On Feb. 17, George Banziger, a life-long gardener, will address winter seed sowing using non-traditional materials. Participants will get to make their own mini-greenhouse using recycled materials including recycled water jugs. To allow for participation, there will be no second speaker on this date.

The final Sunday, Feb. 24, brings a Green Sanctuary panel of wormers, George Banziger, Dawn Hewitt and Roger Kalter, which will demonstrate techniques of vermiculture. Hopefully, those attending can take home some of these valuable friends of the earth for their own gardens.

Following the panel on worms, McCartney will discuss unwanted critters in gardens and will offer information about the prevalence of lyme disease and deer ticks in the area.

All classes are free and open to the public, though donations to cover material costs and speaker’s travel expenses are appreciated. Questions about the series may be addressed to coordinator Andrew Clovis at