Most mornings, when I step outside to fetch the newspapers that conveniently sit on the walkway to my home, having been dropped in the early morning, a pattern well-established long before Amazon was prime, I am struck by the consistency and reliability of these papers. I am frustrated by the mostly yellow, but also blue and green (such colors of spring!?) plastic bags that keep the papers dry. I would rather have a wet newspaper, it too would dry, than having to deal with the plastic bag, a bag whose days are numbered as towns begin to ban these single use bags.
The bags do have a second use, to curb dogs. Many at the Farm with dogs are happy to use these bags I bring to the Farm since the dogs at Holly Hill and most everywhere daily contribute to the waste in the world. (Dog poop is not good for our compost, due the dog diet).
Re-using and recycling are two good activities that can happen year-round and not just around Earth Day once a year. There would not need to be a town wide pick-up day, Ship Shapers, if each person dealt with their trash on a daily basis.
The bags themselves take a lot to produce. Petroleum helps power the factory to make these plastic sleeves/for the daily journals I receive. I have asked the newspaper people, circulation departments, not to bag up the papers, to no avail. Are rubber bands just as costly to the environment? When I delivered the Washington Star in the afternoons as a kid, I used rubber bands and good placement for my customers. People depend on consistency and patterns.
In spring, with warm sunny days on demand, along with April rain showers, folks are excited to buy plants, organic seedlings and seeds, for growing, cultivating and eating. They love the spinach and lettuce that grew over the winter and thrives in this cool, sunny weather. We are delighted at the Farm to be tending to over 40,000 seedlings (and greens) for healthy growth and consumption. Holly Hill Farm has been in this trend, working with the soil for 20 years and seeking consistency. Reliable, responsible practices are important.
Spraying synthetic fertilizers and posting a yellow tag flag of warning and caution are not kind or helpful. The Scituate Town Common took the brunt of the storms this winter and lost many trees. Why can’t we put more effort and money into planting new trees, rather than throwing down harmful herbicides that make the Town Green unsafe and our water source dangerous?
If residents put down grass seed and compost, there is also the opportunity for a healthier lawn. And why has the town again decided to spray at the high school playing fields? It is not right or fair to the students and spectators, and dogs too who play, run and walk these fields. The students (and residents) have enough to worry about with needing to still protest and march for change, as the general public’s minds fade from thoughts of mass shootings and the prevalence of guns in our society. These unnatural fertilizers are contributing to cancer (our bodies do not need the side affects from Round-Up) and polluting our precious environment.
A plastic bag is not necessary to bring me the news of the world, both depressing at times and hopeful. I like the consistency of spring and the seasons, just not many of the habits and patterns that are harmful and hurtful. Can’t we work on trying to avoid death and extending taxes? Let’s deal with the pro-active strategies for long life, knowledge and some sweet spinach.