CCRM plans Spring Cleaning Workshop

Earth Day is around the corner, and what better way to celebrate it than making “eco-friendly” cleaning supplies? As part of the Earth Week series coordinated by Dr. Sherri Mason of SUNY Fredonia, the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry in Dunkirk will be hosting a workshop on Sunday at the Friendly Kitchen. The workshop is titled “Clean and Green: Spring Cleaning 101” and will be led by Carmen Quinones, an experienced cook and clever crafter from Fredonia who has presented many of the past Cooking and Nutrition workshops held at the Friendly Kitchen.

Participants will be able to sample some delectable (and sustainable) treats prepared by Quinones as she teaches them how to create their own environmentally-friendly cleaning products. Quinones will show attendees the benefits of cleaning with their own homemade products versus the negative impacts of common cleaning supplies. These workshops encourage healthy lifestyles by handing out ingredients and materials used within the workshop to participants, and demonstrating affordable and easy ways to incorporate these into everyday life. Participants will also receive recipes and an informational packet.

The workshop will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Friendly Kitchen. All are welcome, and there is no cost to attend. To participate, contact Hannah Farley, gleaning project coordinator, at 366-1787 or If reserving by phone, call no later than Friday. If leaving a message after 4 p.m. on that day, the message will not be received until the following Monday when the offices open for business. The workshops are made possible by a grant through the New York State Department of Health Division of Nutrition.

The Friendly Kitchen and the Cooking and Nutrition Workshops are programs of the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry, located at 131 Central Ave. in Dunkirk. The Chautauqua County Rural Ministry is a United Way Community Partner and receives funding through New York State Department of Health Hunger Prevention and Nutritional Assistance Program through the Division of Nutrition.

For more information on the Earth Week Series at SUNY Fredonia and a list of the events, visit