Eagerly awaiting their yearly feast of pine needles and tree bark, the goats at Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve bleated in excitement as Town of Hempstead Supervisor Don Clavin announced the return of the town’s 4th annual Mulchfest. The Mulchfest program invites residents to bring their Christmas trees to Baldwin Park in exchange for a bag of mulch for gardening, soil enhancer or personal use. What’s more, Supervisor Clavin reminded residents that the leftover trees will be fed to the Nigerian Dwarf goats who live at Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve. The Supervisor encouraged residents to visit Baldwin Park on January 13th and January 14th to participate in this eco-friendly program. Additionally, residents can dispose of their Christmas trees and cardboard boxes to repurpose them into mulch to provide plants and greenery with the proper environment.
“Mulchfest is a grand tradition in the Town of Hempstead, and we built upon its success by incorporating the celebrity goats at Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve,” Supervisor Don Clavin stated. “We see more and more residents utilizing this program to its fullest each year and we’re excited to keep the festivities rolling!
Residents can bring their Christmas trees and cardboard boxes down to Baldwin Park on Saturday, January 13th and Sunday, January 14th from 10 AM to 2 PM. Parks employees will take disposals to process through a woodchipper to provide residents with their own Christmas tree mulch for efficient gardening purposes. Residents will also have the option to forgo a bag of mulch and allow their Christmas Tree to be fed to the goats at Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve.
Residents who cannot be in attendance for the Mulchfest dates can drop off Christmas trees at the homeowner disposal area next to Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve at 1600 Merrick, Rd. in Merrick. It operates on weekdays from 9 AM to 3 PM.
Mulch can be utilized for gardening purposes, soil moisture and a preventative measure towards pesky weeds. The Town of Hempstead Mulchfest will be producing mulch from fresh and properly shredded Christmas Trees to supply residents with organic compost that will provide an ideal environment for gardening. The surplus mulch created will be used towards various Town of Hempstead parks for future planting and landscaping plans. What’s more, pine needles have proven to be good for digestive health in goats and a good source of vitamins.
“The Town of Hempstead proudly stands for greener and environmentally friendly programs,” Clavin said. “Come on down to Baldwin Park this weekend to get rid of your Christmas Tree and receive a free bag of mulch in return. Don’t forget to stop by Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve and share some with the loveable goats!”