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Green Day at the Proctor Farmers Market brings nature into the city

Making rain gardens like this one in Puyallup to filter and reduce stormwater runoff will be one of the demonstrations at the Proctor Farmers Market Green Day on Saturday.
Making rain gardens like this one in Puyallup to filter and reduce stormwater runoff will be one of the demonstrations at the Proctor Farmers Market Green Day on Saturday. Courtesy

Want to help the Earth, but live in the city? Then go this Saturday to the Proctor Farmers Market, where the market’s fifth annual Green Day will focus on reinventing our cities to be greener. Throughout the day, local experts will show and tell about ways to help nature thrive in an urban environment, from composting to beekeeping to permeable paving, with contests and giveaways thrown in.

From the press release: “Although we tend to think in terms of ... the city displacing or disrupting nature, our (speakers) will be showing us all the ways that our homes, yards, streets and buildings can actually carry on the work of the natural world.”

Speakers include Shauna Hansen from the city of Tacoma’s Center for Urban Waters, who’ll talk about permeable paving, rain gardens and other ways to allow rain to soak into your property rather than letting it run off and pick up pollutants on its way to Puget Sound. Troy Armstrong, from Armstrong Roofing, will explain how green roofs also reduce stormwater runoff, and Dan Borba will demonstrate rain barrels.

Then there’s the food cycle. Jetta Antonakos from the city of Tacoma’s solid waste department will talk about food composting and how it mimics natural forest cycles by returning nutrients to our gardens instead of locking them up in landfill. Scott Gruber, owner of Calendula Nursery and a market vendor, will create an edible garden on one of the market’s parking strips, Roger Workman will display houses for mason bees — our local native pollinators — while vendor Carrie Little of Little Eorthe Farm will give a workshop on how to plant food for bees. There will be bee houses and larvae giveaways, and Sustainable Roots will offer a food planting activity for kids.

IF YOU GO

What: Green Day at the Proctor Farmers Market: “Reinventing our City Green.”

When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 12.

Where: North Proctor and North 27th Streets, Tacoma.

Cost: Free.

Information: proctorfarmersmarket.com.

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