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Earth Day 2019

There are many ways you can take part.

The Focus for 2019

This year, the focus for Earth Day as set out by is “Protect Our Species.” With a list including the bees, coral reefs, insects, trees, birds, fish, and other wildlife flora and fauna, there are plenty of individual causes you can get behind.

Plant Something

Planting something is the best way to help the Earth while helping our environment. Many people choose to plant a tree or join a group that plants trees, especially since Earth Day falls so close to the date of the original Arbor Day. But trees aren’t the only thing you can plant.

For example, to help the bees, plant a bee garden. Choose to plant single bloom flowers and have plants that flower year-round. Include hyacinth and wild lilac in the Spring, hostas and bee balm in the Summer, and zinnias and asters in the Fall. The plants with single blooms provide more nectar than those with double blooms.

If you use a lot of herbs, plant an herb garden. There’s nothing like cooking with fresh herbs. A great appetizer is sliced fresh mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, and basil from the garden. Drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with freshly cracked pepper and salt. YUM!

Read Your Pesticide Ingredients

If at all possible, only use pesticides that are made with all natural ingredients. Especially stay away from pesticides using neonicotinoids. It is believed that insecticides made with this ingredient are contributing to the decline in bee activity.

Clean It Up

Check with your local government to see if there is a cleanup event. Parks and waterways are a typical focus for these events. Helping to keep your area clean not only keeps the aesthetics up and the value of the area higher, but it also helps keep local wildlife healthy.

Reuse It

If you don’t already, try using a reusable water bottle or a reusable coffee cup. Keeping those plastic bottles and styrofoam cups out of the landfills will definitely help the environment.

Drink Organic

Check out the Organic coffees available on the Parker’s Cup website. Made without the use of harmful pesticides or fertilizers, our Organic coffees are a delicious way to do some good.


Life has taken me in a direction I would have never picked for myself. I was born in a land that they described today as a war zone and raised by the strongest baby boomers of their generation. Graduated from a school of hard knocks a year early and fell into the arms of a transformed man. Found God then turned my back and crawled back when I realized I couldn’t do it by myself. Married a man who pulled out my gifts and helped me strengthen my talents and we introduced our version of ole blue eyes. We started selling coffee but this time without the siren on our backs and created our own brand of coffee that we occasionally sale at our community events. My life story is a secret but if you follow closely you just may see me.