The Trail Conference is currently being featured for a limited time during the 2014 Rain Barrel Auction. This event, hosted by our friends at EarthShare New Jersey (ESNJ), will raise funds to benefit 25 environmental organizations across New Jersey, including the Trail Conference.
The Trail Conference’s rain barrel was painted by two Trail Conference members and volunteers, Madeline Giotta and James Martocci, who drew inspiration from their experiences on the trails. Giotta’s intricate map design features portions of the trail system in Storm King State Park and Martocci’s vision of seasons in the woods displays mountain views of Liberty Township in Central New Jersey and Hemlock Pond in the Delaware Water Gap.
What is a Rain Barrel?
Rain barrels are large drums specially fitted to harvest and dispense rain water for use around the home and in the garden. Installing a rain barrel is an easy, environmentally-friendly way to supplement our finite fresh water reserves. Rather than using clean, drinking water to wash our cars and water our gardens, we can count on rain barrels to supply chlorine-free soft water at no additional cost.
Rain barrels work by collecting the rain that runs off your roof through a gutter downspout. Many people use the water by attaching a hose to the spigot. You can also place the rain barrel on top of cement blocks and pour the water directly into a bucket from the spigot. To prevent mosquitoes from making a home inside your rain barrel, it is recommended that you place a mosquito-proof screen under the lid and inside the overflow hole.
Bid on the Trail Conference Rain Barrel
You can place your bid on the Trail Conference’s fully functional hand-painted rain barrel through the evening of August 17, 2014. Interested parties can bid online at www.ebay.com. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Trail Conference and EarthShare New Jersey.