Earth Day celebration offers fun, education

Earth Day celebration offers fun, education Two environmental experts will discuss energy use and horticultural techniques amid a day-long backdrop that will include softball, kite-flying, storytelling, music, a workshop, poetry and an open microphone during Earth Day 2001.

From the Ground Up Nursery, located one-half mile off Highway 50 on Coyote Street, is hosting its second annual Earth Day celebration, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 22.

"It's a perfect way to remember what Earth Day is about and have fun in the process," said From the Ground Up owner Julie Strathman. "We've planned a variety of activities for the whole family."

Rosebud tribal member Jack Davey, who teaches physics and alternative energy sources at Sinta Gleska University, will discuss energy use in the new millennium as it relates to the sun, wind and other renewable energy resources.

Organic gardener and horticultural teacher Tom Thomas will talk about local food systems and take a look at where our food comes from and the environmental impact of how we eat. Besides teaching at several colleges, Thomas owned a greenhouse and truck market farm for seven years and also managed the organic market gardens at Boys Town for three years.

Composting expert Grace Freeman will present a workshop on worm composting, and the popular Goosemobile will be on site with range-fed beef, buffalo and poultry products including goose down pillows and organic jams and jellies for sale.

Enormous Brontosaurus, an organic farm near Mitchell, will be selling herbs and other organic products and sandwiches, and Peace Coffee will be available from Vermillion's Coffee Shop Gallery.

Croquet and horseshoes will be available, and there will be a drawing for door prizes midway through the day.

Along with the open microphone, celebration participants also can take part in dances for universal peace and listen to folk music by Kickland, Johnson and Martin, spiritual music by the Gospel Buckaroos and bluegrass by The Bluegrass Band.

For further information, contact Strathman at 605-624-9549. In case of rain, the event will be held April 29. It is sponsored by From the Ground Up, Sierra Club, Living River Group and the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society.

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