Conservancy names award winners
In addition to honoring all the volunteers who perform tasks for the Evergreen Conservancy’s major projects, the group honored at its annual meeting two Indiana County natives for their environmental work.
Karin Eller, Evergreen Conservancy member and owner of the Plant-it Earth greenhouses in Homer City, is the third recipient of the Evergreen Award for environmental stewardship.
Karin and her husband, Larry, have owned Plant-it Earth for more than 20 years and specialize in organically grown heirloom and native plants. All the plants available at Plant-it Earth, located off the beaten path along Rhine Road, are grown on site without the use of herbicides, pesticides or inorganic fertilizers. Their gardens are “pollinator friendly” through the use of a beehive, and the business produces no garbage waste as all organic material, food scraps, leaf mulch and clippings are composted, recycled or reused.
Karin was selected for the Evergreen Award “for all the good things she’s done in the county and all the green technology that she uses,” according to Rogers.
“About five years ago, she donated plants that we planted at Tanoma, and they’re doing great,” Rogers said.
The Evergreen Conservancy also honored Dr. Bob Eppley, who has been an integral part of the Blacklick Creek Watershed Association since he joined in 1994.
A “longtime water quality activist” in the county, according to conservancy board member Bob Lankard, Eppley was unable to attend the annual meeting but was honored with a lifetime achievement award for his many years of service.