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'Greener' Fair Set for March 30th

By Michelle Molz
The Courier Post

M'kor Shalom synagogue in Cherry Hill, NJ, hosts a 'going greener' fair, with a keynote by GreenFaith staff person Stacey Kennealy. The event had a series of workshops, green items for sale, and organic/local food.


What you put on your lawn this spring could be hazardous to your health.

That's one of the lessons Marlton resident Jane Nogaki plans to teach South Jersey residents during a local "Going Greener Fair" at the end of this month.

Nogaki, program coordinator for the New Jersey Environmental Federation, has been working for 25 years to reduce the use of pesticides in New Jersey, which leach into
groundwater and contaminate rivers.

"All the cleaners and pesticides used around the home eventually leach into groundwater or run off into drinking water," Nogaki said. "They go into the Delaware River, which is the
source of drinking water for millions of South Jersey residents."

Nogaki, who advocates green cleaning and the use of organic materials to prevent and control lawn weeds, will host a workshop on "Effective Alternatives to Home Toxics" during
the fair.

The event is sponsored by Congregation M'Kor Shalom and GreenFaith, an interfaith coalition to protect the environment based in New Brunswick.

"The reason we care about reducing toxins in our environment is they are related to critical health problems such as cancer, asthma, and immune system disorders," Nogaki said.

Household cleaners such as bleach and ammonia can be replaced with baking soda, vinegar and dye- and perfume-free soaps and detergents, she said.

The fair's workshops will also teach families about energy conservation, recycling, alternative energy, green cleaning and organic food.

"We're doing this because we're committed to greening the environment, " said Anne Simonoff, chairwoman of M'Kor Shalom's Green Council. "It's in the interest of not just our congregants, but of our community. We believe in advocacy, awareness, and action regarding the environment.  The event is open to churches, mosques, and anyone who is interested in greening the environment. We signed a covenant to improve the lives of our congregation and our community, and we hope to live up to that."

One of the easiest changes families can make is to start purchasing fresh food from local farm markets and produce stands.

"They can help the environment by supporting local farms and helping sustain organic agriculture," said keynote speaker Stacey Kennealy of GreenFaith. "They will also reduce the toxins they ingest."

Representatives from MaGrann Associates in Moorestown will conduct a workshop on "Energy Conservation Practices and Appliances for the Home." MaGrann Associates is an
engineering and design firm with expertise in "green building" practices. Mark MaGrann, CEO and founder of the company, will conduct the workshop with associate Sam Klein.

The "Going Greener Fair" is designed to be fun and educational for the entire family. Entertainment will be provided by Dave Street, a singer and entertainer whose show is part of the New Jersey Clean Communities Program. There will also be a children's workshop hosted by environmental educator Maggie Lieb, and an arts and crafts session.

"I'm teaching children to be good stewards of the earth by showing them the impact of the little choices that they make," said Street, a resident of South Plainfield, Middlesex County, who often performs in schools. "My show is really interactive. I have them sing songs with me, act out the skits, and show slides," he said.

Other breakout sessions for adults will focus on solar and renewable energy for the home; hybrid and low-fuel cars; low-maintenance gardening with native plants; recycling tips and
Q & A's; and local and organic food.

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