Greetings from the Farm,
Our second annual Earth Day event is tomorrow, and we’re practically green in the face with preparations! Join us from 5pm-7pm, Friday April 21st at the Willowsford Boathouse to celebrate Earth Day! Featuring a live band, kids activities and plenty of green space to enjoy. Say hello to a member of the Conservancy and Farm teams, we’re happy to kick back and get the conversation rolling about our green practices! If you ordered a Farm Picnic box, please see Farmer Anna by the grill station to pick up your order from 5pm-6pm.
History Lesson: Did you know…Earth Day is widely recognized as the largest secular observance in the world, marked by more than a billion people every year as a day of action to change human behavior and create global, national and local policy changes? Senator Gaylord Nelson, Senator Pete McCloskey and activist Denis Hayes organized a national teach-in for April 22nd, on college campuses nation-wide to educate about air and water pollution. Recognizing its potential to inspire all Americans, Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land and the effort soon broadened to include a wide range of organizations, faith groups, and others. They changed the name to Earth Day, which immediately sparked national media attention, and caught on across the country. Earth Day inspired 20 million Americans — at the time, 10% of the total population of the United States — to take to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate against the impacts of 150 years of industrial development which had left a growing legacy of serious human health impacts. By the end of 1970, the first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of other first of their kind environmental laws, including the National Environmental Education Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Clean Air Act. Two years later Congress passed the Clean Water Act. A year after that, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act and soon after the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. These laws have protected millions of men, women and children from disease and death and have protected hundreds of species from extinction. Earth Day went global in 1990, with over 200 million participants in 141 countries. Today, we still celebrate Earth Day to spread awareness about environmental issues, green practices, and respecting our planet. If you’d like to learn more about the history of Earth Day, please visit the official website: earthday.org
Egg FOMO?: We may have sold out of Egg Shares for the 2023 Summer season, but we will still be offering limited a la carte sales during the CSA. In addition, we will have eggs for sale at the Farm Stand in the Grange. A la carte and Farm Stand eggs will be available on a first-come first-serve basis, so please be aware that we may sell out from time to time. If you don’t want to miss out next year, we recommend signing up for the Summer CSA program early to lock in your shares for 2024.
Connect With Us : Join us for one of our upcoming programs or volunteer alongside us. Visit the Conservancy Events, Instagram or Facebook pages for details.
Eat well, be well,
– The Willowsford Farm Team