“Sustainable in the Suburbs” series at Wellesley Hills library — Grow Your Own

wellesley hills libraryThe suburbs often get a bad rap for being outposts of unsustainability, but there’s good news: it is possible to practice sustainable living, even if you happen to live in the ‘burbs.  The 2018 Hills Hearthside Lecture Series, sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries, will explore four ways that suburban dwellers can transform their household as well as make their community a better place.

Grow Your Own!

Thursday, March 15, 6:30pm at Hills Branch Library, 210 Washington St.
Meet John Spencer, long time Wellesley resident and coordinator of the Wellesley Farmers’ Market. At the Weston Road Community Gardens in Wellesley, John grows everything from artichokes, which he starts in his basement in the winter, to hops for brewing his own beer. Come to learn more about the gardens and how all can start growing locally. John will also touch on the broader efforts in Wellesley to develop a true local and sustainable food web.

Backyard Chicken Coop

Thursday, April 19, 6:30pm at Hills Branch Library, 210 Washington St.
The surging interest in local and organic foods has contributed to the trend of chicken coops in suburban backyards. Hens are mostly friendly and easy to care for, they can be surprisingly beautiful —  and what other pet actually produces breakfast? If you’re ready to learn about bringing some farm yard into your backyard, come hear Kristin Taft share her experience and tips for successfully keeping laying hens.