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Planet Garden Champagne Toasts for Griffin Recycle Hub Team

Posted in Greensun Mission Statement, Sustainable Column by planetgarden on November 18, 2009

Fortunately, for Thomaston Upson, we are included in the Griffin Grant-Winning Recycle Hub’s operational region. On Monday, November 16th the Grand Opening was held and the hub is now running with Pratt Recycling’s equipment in place and functional. This is a private-public partnership for curbside recycling efforts that Griffin Mayor, Dick Morrow, proclaimed as a win for everyone involved including our communities and the planet.
Kevin Barkley, Thomaston resident, and Phill Francis, Director of the project, and the entire Griffin team made the courageous decision to mandate recycling in Griffin, the first such program in the state. From that decision forward, they have won and been applauded time and again for the City of Griffin, now considered a leader in the State of Georgia recycling efforts. The State and National recycling awards are too numerous to count for Kevin and Phill with the new recycling hub facility being paid for by a coveted State Grant to the City of Griffin because of it’s strong commitment to recycling.
The Recycle Hub Grand Opening event was one of the most meaningful days in my lifetime for me and my son. Seeing this vision become reality will be counted among our many blessings this Thanksgiving. We are true believers in doing what is best for the higher good and we have seen first hand how curbside recycling efforts benefit us all.
The steadfast daily work of these dedicated men is also beneficial for our hometown. Now that the hub is open for business, the over 100 people who signed a petition to bring curbside recycling to Thomaston, are just a step away from that prudent and wise choice coming about. Dependable Waste Services is certainly the local company we believe most qualified to bring recycling to Thomaston in the coming year, as they have done for Barnesville and other neighboring communities already participating with the Griffin Recycle Hub Program.
Last March at the groundbreaking of the hub, it was stated by officials that curbside recycling is a must for progressive communities that aim to attract new business. These men have worked devotedly to build an effective and efficient streamlined system to insure Thomaston and surrounding communities have the very best state-of-the-art program in the recycling industry.
Republican Sonny Perdue brought Thomaston the opportunity to participate in the Griffin Recycle Hub program and I am personally very impressed with the State of Georgia’s winning direction forward in the green industry of recycling.
We are so fortunate to have this opportunity in our hometown for curbside recycling in 2010. It is an honor to be working in an industry that moves forward to insure our planet and local communities are a better place to live, work and play–not only for our families now–but for future generations also. A toast to healthy happiness for RecycleMan and the Griffin Recycle Hub team!

Mayor Dick Morrow presented his handmade bluebird house as recycling award.

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Planet Garden Advocates Caring for Children as Top Priority

Posted in Sustainable Column by planetgarden on October 28, 2009

Top Priority by Patti Robinson
“If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much,” was Jackie Kennedy’s philosophy to encourage putting children first in the lives of parents. I totally validate caring for our children as top priority because what could be more important than the life of a child?
For Middle Georgia Moms of any age who would like to check out a group that offers real support for you in your efforts at being a mother, MOMS Club is a great choice.
MOMS Club of Griffin Thomaston Area is open to mothers in Spalding, Lamar, Upson and Pike counties and offers a set of nationwide principles that puts mothers with children as a top priority. The first open house in our area was held on Tuesday, Oct. 27th at Bluebird Market and was a great boost for our local moms. They enjoyed lemongrass hand massages with a delightful aroma and hot apple cider.
The next MOMS Club Open House event, if you missed the Thomaston Open House, will be at Life Springs Methodist Church in Meansville. You can find details about time and place online at
It has been a pleasure to meet and get to know the enthusiastic Phyllis Bryan, MOMS Club of Griffin Thomaston Area Founder and President, while working on the MOMS Club Open House Bluebird Market event. I’m so impressed at her willingness to serve our community and tireless energetic support of our local mothers. It is also encouraging for me to see young mothers who are involved in our community efforts to encourage curbside recycling. MOMS Club came out as volunteers to The Rock Ranch and spent the day painting tomatoes and cucumbers of Bob and Larry of Veggie Tales on children’s faces. They also gave out red and green Bob and Larry balloons and the line was long for all of this fun and energy given to children learning about “Growing Up Green.”
We are so fortunate to have this group for our moms who are striving to cope in a hurried world of fast food and lifestyles. MOMS Club Open House gave us a quiet moment to reflect while we were treated with a lemongrass hand therapy. It is so nice to sit down and just have a cup of cider in a cozy room with mothers who are all there to support each other in an abundant and flourishing manner.
Prevention states that those who live to be 100 have several things in common and one of the most important is a strong network of friends. MOMS Club is the place to make friends for our local mothers. My advice is find out more and be a part. Of all the busy things in our lives, being a mother and being supported in those efforts is just about one of the most valuable.  Your efforts as a mom are life-changing each day for you and your family, and it’s beneficial to have a support team. Supporting Moms is the top priority for MOMS Club.
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MOMS Club of Griffin Thomaston Area was founded by Phyllis Bryan,  serving pumpkin pie at MOMS Club Bluebird Market Open House

MOMS Club of Griffin Thomaston Area was founded by Phyllis Bryan, right, shown here serving pumpkin pie at MOMS Club Bluebird Market Open House


Planet Garden Steady as Rain

Posted in Sustainable Column by planetgarden on June 19, 2009

Steady as Rain by Patti Robinson

The little Bluebird Market in Thomaston is becoming such a beautiful success thanks to Eco-friendly fans visiting the market on Saturdays as steady as rain. 

Each week you will find Sunlit Living classes, guests, events and door prizes.  This week is the Father’s Day Cookout and Grill-Off and we invite you to bring your family and friends out for a fun day of old-fashioned summertime grilling to celebrate Fathers we love and adore.

Last week was so much fun because Kevin Barkley, busy recycling guru, made a surprise visit to the Bluebird Market with his lame non-recycler friend, Tommy Krenshaw.  We had our picture taken with flat Tommy and it was uploaded to the Flickr page of along with other fun pictures of recycling fans across the State of Georgia.  It is such a fun and interactive campaign with many more recycling activities coming soon.

This week I have been working on a surprise for our vendors.  Because we want income as steady as rain for our local growers and artisans and bakers, Bluebird Market is developing a product line that will be offered online.  It is very exciting and we are already registered with the Local Harvest Store (products coming soon) and Georgia Made Georgia Grown.  We have the materials in hand to become a Certified Georgia Farmers Market this fall and that will be another boost for our efforts.

A sneak peak at one company I have sent a proposal to is Gratitude Goodies.  We hope to be able to connect with this fine line of “meaningful ways to say thank you” as a sustainable giving alternative.  Products that are in the local spotlight include handmade artisan soaps, Blazing Kitchens brownies and chutneys,  Bluebird Market private label coffees and teas, Custom Threads monogrammed items and many more lovely Georgia Made items you will find locally at the Bluebird Market.  Enrich your life on Saturday mornings as steady as rain at the Bluebird Market.

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Planet Garden 2nd Annual Earth Day Thomaston

Posted in Earth Day by planetgarden on April 25, 2009
Be Bright Go Green Earthday Thomaston

Be Bright Go Green Earthday Thomaston

Planet Garden will Plant a Tree for Arbor Day April 24th

Posted in Earth Day by planetgarden on April 17, 2009
Tree Gator slow release watering bags are used in Thomaston, GA

Tree Gator slow release watering bags are used in Thomaston, GA

Click here for 6 easy steps on how best to plant a tree.

Tree Banker is working in a major way for rainforest conservation.

Thank you Thomaston for recently planting trees on Goodrich Avenue! The use of Tree Gator as slow release watering bags is ideal to better sustain young trees growing in our middle Georgia climate.

Click here to learn fun ways to celebrate Arbor Day in your classroom, home or community.

Click here for an online tree identification guide –(scroll down).

Click here for Arbor Day Classroom.

Click here for Kids to visit Carly the Cardinal online.

TREE MUSKETEERS was launched in 1987 by third graders as the nation’s first youth environmental organization–a nonprofit charity where kids are boss!

Who wants to be a treellionaire?

Planet Garden Partners for Earthday Thomaston Victory Garden Party

Posted in Earth Day by planetgarden on April 14, 2009

earthday-poster1You are invited to celebrate Earthday !

 Earthday Thomaston Garden Party

logo2-bestRecycle Man will visit us. We will plant wildflower seeds donated by the Georgia Forestry Commission, sing songs, make Solar S’mores, celebrate eco-friendly living and more.

Thank you to Domino’s and Sav-a-lot for supporting this Earth Day event.

Planet Garden Values Creation Beautification for Earthday

Posted in Earth Day by planetgarden on April 11, 2009

The Creation by James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938) A spiritual sermon for Creation Care:

And God stepped out on space, And He looked around and said, “I’m lonely–I’ll make me a world.” And far as the eye of God could see Darkness covered everything,Blacker than a hundred midnights Down in a cypress swamp.Then God smiled,And the light broke,And the darkness rolled up on one side,And the light stood shining on the other,And God said, “That’s good!”Then God reached out and took the light in His hands, And God rolled the light around in His hands Until He made the sun; And He set that sun a-blazing in the heavens. And the light that was left from making the sun God gathered it up in a shining ball And flung it against the darkness, Spangling the night with the moon and stars.

Then down between The darkness and the light He hurled the world; And God said, “That’s good!” Then God himself stepped down—And the sun was on His right hand, And the moon was on His left; The stars were clustered about His head, And the earth was under His feet. And God walked, and where He trod His footsteps hollowed the valleys out And bulged the mountains up.Then He stopped and looked and saw That the earth was hot and barren.So God stepped over to the edge of the world, And He spat out the seven seas; He batted His eyes, and the lightnings flashed; He clapped His hands, and the thunders rolled;And the waters above the earth came down,The cooling waters came down.

Then the green grass sprouted,And the little red flowers blossomed,The pine tree pointed his finger to the sky, And the oak spread out his arms,The lakes cuddled down in the hollows of the ground,And the rivers ran down to the sea; And God smiled again,And the rainbow appeared,And curled itself around His shoulder.Then God raised His arm and He waved His hand Over the sea and over the land,And He said, “Bring forth! Bring forth!”And quicker than God could drop His hand.Fishes and fowls And beasts and birds Swam the rivers and the seas,Roamed the forests and the woods,And split the air with their wings.

And God said, “That’s good!”Then God walked around, And God looked around On all that He had made. He looked at His sun, And He looked at His moon,And He looked at His little stars;He looked on His world With all its living things,And God said, “I’m lonely still.” Then God sat down On the side of a hill where He could think; By a deep, wide river He sat down;With His head in His hands,God thought and thought,Till He thought, “I’ll make me a man!” Up from the bed of the river, God scooped the clay;And by the bank of the river He kneeled Him down; And there the great God Almighty Who lit the sun and fixed it in the sky,Who flung the stars to the most far corner of the night,Who rounded the earth in the middle of His hand;This Great God,Like a mammy bending over her baby, Kneeled down in the dust Toiling over a lump of clay Till He shaped it in His own image; Then into it He blew the breath of life,And man became a living soul.

Amen. Amen.

Planet Garden Encourages Single Stream Recycling for Middle Georgia

Posted in Environmental Education by planetgarden on April 10, 2009

Click here to see pictures from the State of Georgia Grant Winning Recycle Hub Groundbreaking Ceremony in Griffin, Georgia. 

We want our planet to be a garden, not a landfill.”

Planet Garden Wonderful World Earthday Song List

Posted in Earth Day by planetgarden on April 10, 2009

We want our planet to be a garden, not a landfill.  These songs inspire us for Earthday 2009 to celebrate our wonderful world.

1. This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie

2. The Garden Song (Inch by Inch) by Pete Seeger, written by David Mallett, Maine

3. Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles

4. Out in the Country by Three Dog Night

5. Bluebird of Happiness by Jan Pearce

6. Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell

7. The Three R’s (Reuse, Reduce, Recycle) by Jack Johnson

8. Garden Party by Ricky Nelson

9. Step in the Right Direction by The Montanas

 10. What a Wonderful World by Sarah Brightman

What a Wonderful World by Robert Thiele, George Weiss

I see trees of green, red roses too

I see them bloom, for me and you

And I think to myself

What a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue, and clouds of White

The bright blessed day, dark sacred night

And I think to myself

What a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky

Are also on the faces, of people going by

I see friends shaking hands, saying, “How do you do?”

They’re really saying, “I love you”

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow

They’ll learn much more, than I’ll ever know

And I think to myself

What a wonderful world

Yes, I think to myself

What a wonderful world.






Planet Garden Story on This Land is Your Land

Posted in Earth Day by planetgarden on April 7, 2009
This Land is Your Land
 by Woodie Guthrie


This land is your land, this land is my land
From California, to the New York Island
From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me

As I was walking a ribbon of highway
I saw above me an endless skyway
I saw below me a golden valley
This land was made for you and me


I’ve roamed and rambled and I’ve followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
And all around me a voice was sounding
This land was made for you and me


The sun comes shining as I was strolling
The wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
The fog was lifting a voice come chanting
This land was made for you and me


As I was walkin’ – I saw a sign there
And that sign said – no tress passin’
But on the other side …. it didn’t say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me!


In the squares of the city – In the shadow of the steeple
Near the relief office – I see my people
And some are grumblin’ and some are wonderin’
If this land’s still made for you and me.

Chorus (2x)

Planet Garden Likes American Garden History

Posted in Environmental Education by planetgarden on April 7, 2009

Planet Garden is EE Effort of Greensun Recycling

Posted in Environmental Education by planetgarden on April 6, 2009

Visit the Thomaston Times for eco-friendly actions in Middle Georgia.  Planet Garden is ancopy-of-earthday-poster-1 Environmental Education Effort of Greensun Recycling. Follow our community victory garden project.   Click here for Sustainable Living Weekly Column.

“We want our planet to be a garden, not a landfill. 

So we have fun developing and educating about recycling.”

Planet Garden Supports Earthday Greening in Curriculum

Posted in Earth Day by planetgarden on April 6, 2009
April 22, 2009

April 22, 2009

Click here to learn more about Greening in Curriculum.

The Earthday Network offers over 300 standards-based lesson plans available in several subjects and all grade levels.  This includes Environmental Jeapordy, a fun eco-learning game, which Greensun Recycling featured at the Earthday Celebration in Thomaston, GA 2008.

Planet Garden Aims for No Child Left Inside

Posted in Environmental Education by planetgarden on April 6, 2009

A bill was passed in September of 2008 to provide environmental education in the nation’s schools called The No Child Left Inside Act of 2008 (H.R. 3036).

Here is a link to No Child Left Inside Action Packet for parents and teachers. Here is the Zoo Atlanta link to support NCLI.



Teacher Appreciation Week at Georgia State Parks
Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites are honoring teachers who make the effort to Get Outdoors with their students during Teacher Appreciation Week. All teachers who bring their students to a Georgia State Park or Historic site during the week of May 4-8 will receive three free passes to visit any Georgia State Park or Historic Site in 2009.


Greensun on Mission for Planet Garden

Posted in Environmental Education by planetgarden on April 6, 2009

Greensun Mission Statement

“We want our planet to be a garden, not a landfill. So we have fun developing and educating about recycling through the arts.”