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N. Hempstead has some eco-friendly fun

Garett Holden, 36, and Kelly Holden, 32, came

Garett Holden, 36, and Kelly Holden, 32, came from Brooklyn to Palmer Vineyards for a calm Fourth of July weekend outing. (July 2, 2011) Credit: Frank Posillico

More than 2,000 people passed through Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson Saturday to learn a little bit about the soil their town is built on.

It was the Town of North Hempstead’s sixth annual EcoFest, a two-day event where residents, their children and eco-friendly vendors come out to enjoy the fresh air and learn how to keep it that way. One of the vendors showed how he makes plastic bottles into clothing and blankets, while another group worked to pull arsenic-riddled wood from garden boxes at the facility and replace it with cedar.

“The arsenic is leaching into the soil,” said John D’Annunzio, an Old Westbury teen who is replacing the boxes to earn his Eagle Scout badge. “We’ve done numerous different projects here, so this was just one other thing we wanted to help the community out with.”

The event is free and open to the public. It continues Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

“We come out every year to see the different ways you can recycle, you know it gives them [his children] something to do,” said John Ribando, 43, of New Hyde Park. “Seventy-five bottles of water to a nice blanket, that’s amazing. You teach them to recycle and look what it can do.”

Above: The sixth annual EcoFest at Clark Botanical Gardens in Albertson featured everything from horticulture to entertainment for children.

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