What is Oakvillegreen up to during the COVID crisis?

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COVID has hit us just like the Dr. Seuss tale, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  But in the same way that stealing all the presents couldn’t keep Christmas from coming, Spring is Back, bringing optimism and renewal!

For we humans, COVID is a game changer, and this is a time we never could have imagined. We hope that you and your family are staying safe and adapting to the challenges created by a worldwide pandemic.

The good news is that there are still a lot of environmental things that you can do, even if we can’t do them together!

Oakvillegreen’s ONLINE Native Plant Sale is still happening.

Click to shop at our online store that has 20+ choices!  Store

This will be welcome news to those who have been dreaming of working in their gardens or planting pots of native wildflowers for busy pollinators.

Deadline to order is April 27th

Pickup will still take place in Oakville on May 9th(location & details TBD).

Be assured, that those who purchase online and have prepaid orders, will receive an email confirming exact Contact-free pickup details before May 9th.

Evolving circumstances will dictate the details, so please bear with us!

Nature still needs your help during this difficult time. For Oakvillegreen, everyday is Earth Day!

  • Do your own spring clean up on your daily wellness walk in your neighbourhood. Our spring cleanup event with Oakville Environmental Peace & Ecology group is cancelled, but there’s lots of winter garbage emerging in public spaces. Bring a bag, wear gloves and collect items along your way. And don’t forget to wash your hands when you get home!
  • Plant native trees, shrubs, milkweed for Monarchs or ready-to-plant Pollinator Kits for the birds and pollinators and beauty in your backyard. Shop our online store. Here
  • Help control the spread of invasive Garlic Mustard. Garlic Mustard can harm biodiversity, and grows in a wide range of conditions, which is why we have been actively working with citizens to pull it.

Garlic Mustard is already very noticeable along trails & natural areas and NOW is a perfect time to remove it. Take a bag & gloves and pull it up easily by the taproot and dispose in your garbage. (Do not compost it!)

Read more here: https://www.ontarioinvasiveplants.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/OIPC_BMP_GarlicMustard.pdf

  • Bring out any seeds you have around or order seeds online. Start some plants indoors for your garden. There is still lots of time to plant things to eat, native plants and flowers!
  • Get out and appreciate nature, whether it’s your yard or balcony. When in public, respect all distancing rules- but be friendly! A wave or a “good morning” shouted across the street can unify us!

Spring is normally an extremely busy time for Oakvillegreen.

As of today, we have had to postpone all of our events for April and May and June (stay tuned for rebooking dates!).

Normally, Oakvillegreen would be preparing for their numerous events like the community wide clean-up, tree plantings and invasive species pulls that are favourite boots-on-the-ground citizen activities that we have become well known for.  But this year is different!

I am incredibly proud of our two staff members, Beatriz and Anelia who have been working reduced hours, but are truly committed to keeping up the “green” work that we do for our community. Oakvillegreen does not have an office, so we are accustomed to working together remotely.

We have been planning innovative ways to adapt our Green Roots curriculum-based school programming and community education.  We are sharing positive messaging about how to you can “keep greeningand support biodiversity in your very own neighbourhood and backyard.

Maybe you are planting a Victory Garden this year, filled with veggies & flowers.

Try planting a native milkweed plant and invite Monarchs to your backyard with this easy-to-grow host plant. Buy milkweed at our *online* native plant sale.

We are proud of our Oakvillegreen Youth Stewards (OCAYS) who have committed their volunteer time to work in our community to increase biodiversity. This program is currently on hold but we are eager to reconnect with our youth again soon! They have been training to become TD Tree Captains, (thanks to a TD Friends of the Environment Foundation grant) to play a valuable role during our large community events that promote restoration of our local woodlots, river valleys and greenspaces.

Biodiversity and the climate crisis are inextricably linked and we are more devoted than ever, to address both of these issues for a healthy future.

We look to our members and followers, and ask you to share nature-filled pictures or inspirational stories from your vantage point! We are especially aware that not everyone has a large home or a backyard, so we will find fun ways to appreciate nature from inside your homes or from windows or balconies, or while walking the dog!!

Send your photos & stories to president@oakvillegreen.orgfor us to post on our website and social media.

Best Wishes,

Karen Brock

President, Oakvillegreen