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Earth Day is a unifying gathering that brings together all walks of life to celebrate our planet, activate change, and work together to build an abundant future. It’s a celebration of community and the environment around us. And for us at The Ecology Center, there is no better place to gather together and give back to the community than the garden!Ready to dig in? Follow this step-by-step to bring Earth Day to life in your own community.
1. Align Earth Day to your Existing Efforts
Earth Day is an opportunity to illuminate existing eco educational initiatives. Invite local schools, gardens, and community members to join together for hands-on workshops, nourishing meals, and gardening.
2. Choose a Garden
Community gardens are at the cornerstone of our modern village. Ask your local gardeners about schools, libraries, and organizations about potential sites.
3. Invite Your Community
Reach out to family, friends, and neighbors through newsletters, postering at local shops, and going door-to-door!
4.Create the Program
Earth Day is about celebration! Below is our proposed Earth Day activities to rejuvenate yourself, your community garden and your community. Grow Food. Eat Together. Make Art.
5.Building Community Around the Garden
Organize on-site workshops where folks from the neighborhood can get their hands dirty weeding, harvesting, and watering. Simple solutions really can create big changes.
With soil, sun, water, and a few reimagined resources, you can reinvigorate your community garden in collaboration with the neighborhood. Every harvest is a meaningful opportunity to savor the season with friends and family.
7.How to Participate if You Don't Have a Garden
Don’t have a garden? Try your hand at creating a mobile container garden or gather together community at a neighborhood park to inspire reconnection to the natural world.
8. Hosting a Potluck
A potluck is an engaging way to share the harvest and nourish community. Gather together friends and family to create arrangements from native flowers, cook seasonally inspired meals, and celebrate local food.
19. Sourcing Local Food
Searching for a farmers’ market near you? Download the Farmstand App to your phone to easily access the closest market in your community.
10. Seasonal recipes to Inspire You
Jennifer Sherman of Chez Panisse shares a few of her favorite recipes below!
11. Creative Projects for Children of All Ages
Family friendly projects for Earth Day include a tie dye station, block printing, and making seed balls. Set up a kid’s corner with pillows, blankets, and a smattering of coloring books and create a music station with instruments that will invite every participant to join in a jam session or share a song.
12. Community-Based Creativity
Reach out to local makers, musicians, muralists, and movers to share their skills. Art is a vital part of healing our relationship to the land so dig into the act of co-creation.
13. Share Your Story
Share your story with us on Instagram by using #weareearthday to tag photos from your thriving Earth Day Festival!
14. Keep in Touch
Earth Day really is every day! To continue to stay engaged and inspired, follow us @theecologycenter or check our our website theecologycenter.org for resources and recipes. You can also sign up online to receive our latest ‘zine “How To Make Earth Day Every Day.”
The Ecology Center is a non-profit eco-education center focused on creative solutions for thriving on planet Earth. You can find our complete Earth Day Toolkit here.
Evan Marks is founder of the The Ecology Center, a non-profit eco-education center focused on creative solutions for thriving on Planet Earth. The Center works to inspire communities around simple solutions that empower individuals everywhere to be part of the solution. Follow The Ecology Center on Instagram and Facebook to learn about what you can do to build a thriving world. Read all of Evan’s MOTHER EARTH NEWS posts here.
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