Los Fresnos News

Earth Day 2022

By Emilio Flores
Los Fresnos News

Earth Day was a great success! Judy Lubben, CC Master Gardener says she loved having young volunteers help out. LFCISD students from the DECA club volunteered at the event to help introduce more native plants to the community! Mrs. Lubben says “To think there are high school kids involved in volunteering and helping… That’s just really great!”

Something that Mrs. Lubben stressed was the importance of planting native vegetation. Desi Martinez, Los Fresnos Community Development Liaison, says that Mrs. Lubben had all the ideas, and they just simply are helping support however they can. Mr. Martinez says, the volunteers bring the energy and they just try to back that, saying “I just help out… Our team, the city, public works…and the chamber”

It takes all the community to come together and do their part, but the Volunteers and People like Judy Lubben, Priscilla Rosas, Janet Schofield along with other lead volunteers are the true driving force for these events. All three are master gardeners and have a great passion in sharing and educating others of the importance of growing your own garden.

Aside from planting, they also organized booths for the Cameron County Master Gardeners, Los Fresnos Community Health & Wellness outreach, Fragile Planet, and others who attended the event. For the kids, they had face painting and a table for kids to make their own paint. They used natural color from a leaf, rolled it up, and painted a picture with the sap! It was a very unique and educational way of getting the kids involved, which Mrs. Lubben mentions is so important!

“I really think you need to teach your children young about nature and being outdoors!”

Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society booth. Photo taken from Gabriela Fernandez

They are both educating parents who are interested in gardening, about the different methods, and tips to help, while still reaching the younger generation and keeping them heavily involved.

Mrs. Lubben also mentions that they had generous donations. 107 Nursery in San Juan donated “a generous amount of plants” as well as Walmart, and Cameron County Master Gardeners. CCMG also donated additional seeds. Los Fresnos CDC donated plants from Heep’s Nursery along with all the snacks.
Mrs. Judy Lubben says she looks forward to having a bigger event next year, she says “I really feel it is important to educate the public about nature and preserving it.” She stresses the importance of keeping the environment both clean and healthy.

Cameron County Master Gardeners booth. Photo taken from Gabriela Fernandez