Rye Energy Committee plants its own footprint
Sprouting of vegetable gardens to be captured by area artists
The Rye Energy Committee continues to be, well, energetic.
Having recently completed an inside-and-out energy audit of Town Hall, the committee is now turning its attention to two related undertakings.
The first involves organizing a Rye Farmers' Market, featuring local-area produce, starting in late June and likely to be held on Wednesday afternoons from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the town-owned parking lot between the Rye Congregational Church and Town Hall.
The second, called "Home Grown", entails encouraging residents to plant summer vegetables while inviting artists to paint, draw or photograph the backyard gardens.
The Energy Committee is coming off a year that drew national publicity for its encouragement of hanging clothes outdoors to dry, complemented by an art program, The push for fresh vegetables is seen "as a way to save on our carbon footprint" and to ensure the availability of "fresh, healthy food," according to a committee statement. This backyard program also will have an art dimension "to continue our commitment to the area artists and because we believe that art transforms behavior." To register residents should contact Mimi White at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 964-6586. Interested area artists should contact Magi Leland at email@example.com. By the last week of April, 24 households had registered to participate.
As part of the "Home Grown" effort Mary Coombs has galvanized Rye Junior High students, who have prepared a garden on school grounds and planted seeds with the help of grant money — and their parents. (Click here
for Portsmouth Herald story.)
A showing of the works of art is planned for the fall at the Rye Public Library.
As reported in last month's Rye Crisp column
, Jaci Grote (379-2007) and Mel Low (964-8066) are organizing the Farmer's Market. It'll be a place to purchase fresh "vegetables, fruits, meats, poultry, eggs, baked goods and specialties." And Sea View Farm of Rye will have a booth to sell bison meat.
Not surprisingly, the Town Hall audit found some heating and cooling imbalances in the building, some drafty spots, especially along the stone foundation, and a need for repairs to stem what member Steve White described as "substantial heat loss" in a meeting with Selectmen on April 16. White was accompanied by David Doskosil, who suggested steps the town could take, and Lucy Neiman, who shared national statistics regarding similar governmental buildings that showed Rye's Town Hall spending $2.17 per square foot in energy costs vs. $1.58 for an Energy Star Building but also showed Rye ranking just below the national average in an energy and performance comparison by Energy Star. That wasn't bad news considering the age of Town Hall, dedicated in 1873 after about 30 years as a religious meetinghouse (See Earl Rinker's Rye Reflections story
in March, 2006.)
The Energy Committee has two ways you can keep up with its activities. Check out the the Rye Energy Committee website
or sign up to receive the monthly email newsletter by emailing Tracy Ritzo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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