Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve

Image courtesy of Greensprings

Image courtesy of Greensprings

“Save land. Plant yourself!” Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve in Newfield, NY, near Ithaca in the Finger Lakes region has been one of the nation’s leaders in the “green burial” movement. By returning to traditional practices of simple, low-impact burials on their large site, they are protecting land from development, preserving wildlife habitat, saving natural resources, keeping pollutants out of our environment, and returning the burial of our loved ones to the very personal, loving passage it once was. In this episode of Walk in the Park, we take a tour of Greensprings with the founding president Mary Woodsen as she explains what they do to Candace Currie who was visiting from Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA, and who is part of a group that is working to create a green cemetery in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.

This episode of Walk in the Park (#83, recorded 8/6/14 at PEGASYS Studios) is viewable here, online below, and it is being cablecast on Ithaca, NY’s public access TV channels 13 and 97.3, beginning tonight, Thursday, August 7, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. Additional cablecasts will take place on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and finally on Tuesday, August 12, at 8:00 p.m.

Watch it here, now!