Let’s Grow Akron’s Young Urban Farmer’s Market

 By Genevieve Bohnak, The University of Akron Intern10298690_497512367051008_8748209306024421188_n


Let’s Grow Akron will be hosting their Young Urban Farmer’s Markets for two days in August.  The first event will be held on Friday August 15, 2014. The market will be located on Miller Avenue United Church of Christ at 1095 Edison Avenue.


The second farmer’s market event will be the following day on Saturday, August 16, 2014. The market will be located on Vernon Odom10527328_497508433718068_399085015879490930_n Boulevard and Fern Street, across from the Odom Branch Library at 600 Vernon Odom Boulevard. Both markets will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 


Young Urban Farmer’s Markets is part of A Neighborhood Partnership Program. It has also been made possible by the support of Leadership Akron Class 3D Philanthropy Project.  Seeds and plants donated from Summit County OSU Extension.

For more information call Let’s Grow Akron at (330) 745 -9700.


City of Akron Recycling Collection Division Shares Helpful Videos

by Cindy Pantea

Does recycling seem confusing to you? Well, the City of Akron Recycling Collection Division wants to help. They have recently redesigned their web page at: http://www.akronohio.gov/cms/public_works/recycling/index.html to include two videos that explain more about recycling. We encourage you to bookmark that website link for future reference.

The first video the city department added to their web page explains how the recycling process works at the Material Recycling Facility or MRF. In other words, it is what actually happens to your recyclables after these items leave your curb. The YouTube video, accessible from this link, is courtesy of Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The most recent addition to the Recycling Collection Division’s page is a second creative video, done through a partnership with ReWorks, that explains how NOT to recycle. It tells you how Akron’s curbside process has been made easier, why pizza boxes and yard waste should not be placed in your blue recycle bin, and most importantly, YES…everything you properly place in your recycle bin absolutely does get recycled. You can watch this fun and informative video below, and thank you for recycling in an effort to save the environment and help keep Akron beautiful!

Recycle Volunteers Needed at Akron Marathon

 By Genevieve Bohnak, The University of Akron Intern

1383720_10153351253385604_1703861822_nKeep Akron Beautiful is partnering with the Akron Marathon to assist with recycling for the second year! Last year, Keep Akron Beautiful in conjunction with the marathon secured recycling bins for the race. KAB staff worked with the volunteers to make sure participants and spectators are putting the right items into the recycling bins!

The Akron Marathon will be held on Saturday September 27, 2014 and is still in need of recycling volunteers for both the marathon and the Health and Fitness Expo. The expo will take place on Friday September 26, 2014 from 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM at the John S. Knight Center on 77 E Mill Street Akron, OH 44308. During the shift, the Recycle Steward will be responsible for monitoring and guiding placement of trash and recycle items into appropriate receptacles. 

Here are the time slots that still need volunteers: 

Friday, September 26, 2014:

10:00 AM – 02:30 PM          5 spots

02:00 PM – 06:00 PM          2 spots

05:00 PM – 09:30 PM          7 spots 


Saturday, September 27, 2014:
05:00 AM – 07:45 AM          177 S Broadway                 15 spots

06:00 AM – 10:00 AM          Canal Park Stadium           23 spots

09:00 AM – 01:30 PM          Canal Park Stadium           5 spots 

To sign up go to http://www.akronmarathon.org/volunteers/






Dreamscape Makeover Provided Finishing Touches to West Akron Home

By: Genevieve Bohnak, The University of Akron Intern 

The Dreamscape Raffle makeover process for the property of Steven Williams and David 1Jesse of West Akron is happening right now through August 8th. Craig Graf and Lisa Graf, of Graf Growers Garden Center and Landscaping are the lead landscape designers for this year’s project. The makeover process began last week when Advanced Arboriculture began removing trees from the backyard. Graf Growers and Nick’s Landscaping of Ohio, LLC began their work over the weekend breaking down the site to prepare the yard for the week’s landscape makeover. Excavation equipment was rented from Copley Tool Rental.

Monday- day one, Gates Landscaping Co. started the prep work for the installation of the hardscaping for the patio and fire pit with pavers and sand/gravel donated by Belgard® Sales and W.L. Tucker Supply respectively. The hardscaping installation continues through Wednesday with both R.B. Stout, Inc. and Graf Growers laying the patio extension. R.G. Thomas Landscape and Design, Inc. have begun installing maintenance -free 5fence and pergola.

Keep Akron Beautiful’s Flowerscape Crew, working side by side with a crew from Paul’s Greenhouse, will spend Friday morning planting. All of the plants and one new shade tree are being provided by Dayton Nurseries, Pam’s Perennial Plant Farm, and Suncrest Gardens. Two planted urns are being donated by Donzells Flower and Garden Center. Topsoil and compost are will be supplied by KB BioEnergy, Inc. and blown into the beds on Friday by TerraScape Ltd. Tim’s Custom Electric will install light fixtures under caps, donated by Cascade Lighting, Inc., to provide the finishing touches on a dramatic backyard living room design.

Thanks to Circle K, Earth Fare-Fairlawn and Main Street Gourmet for providing beverages, ice, cookie dough, energy bars and drinks for the Vendor Partner crew members during this summer week of labor. It took a team effort of green professionals and we will all be proud of the final result!

A special thanks to Hitchcock Fleming & Associates, Inc., Star Printing Co. Inc. & YES Press Printing Co., and our marketing and communications media Vendor Partner companies. All proceeds from the sales of the 1,500 Dreamscape tickets will be used to fund the Keep Akron Beautiful Flowerscape public beautification program.2