by Kent Taylor
When purchasing fresh, organic and locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats, honey and bread at the Saturday City of Falls Church Farmers Market, be sure to stop by the Falls Church Environment (FCE) booth.
The FCE was formed to provide environmental outreach and education, filling a void created when the City of Falls Church defunded its environmental outreach program. The goal of FCE is to instill a sense of community ergo a level of ownership by promoting local initiatives. The FCE is a collaboration between members of the Arlington Regional Master Naturalists and other local environmental organizations, such as the City of Falls Church Habitat Restoration Team, Fairfax Master Naturalists, Fairfax Master Gardeners, Green Springs Master Gardeners and Fairfax County Tree Stewards.
The FCE booth is currently operated on Saturdays from 8 AM to Noon, October through November. At the booth, educational materials are provided to assist residents in recognizing the impact that their life styles have on the environment, and what they can do to mitigate the impact.
Along with the FCE booth at the City of Falls Church Farmers Market, the Falls Church City Environment Web provides information online to facilitate environmental outreach.
ARMN President Caroline Haynes: Many thanks to ARMN member Kent Taylor, who has taken a leading role in coordinating these efforts!