from the employee owners at Gardener's Supply Co.

Earth Day Acts

At Gardener’s Supply, we believe gardening nourishes the body, elevates the spirit, builds community and makes the world a better place. And there’s no better day to put those words – our mission – into practice than Earth Day, April 22.

Members of the Marketing team weed the Children’s Butterfly Garden at the Ethan Allen Homestead as a volunteer project in 2010.

At Gardener’s Supply, we believe gardening nourishes the body, elevates the spirit, builds community and makes the world a better place. And there’s no better day to put those words – our mission – into practice than Earth Day, April 22.

According to the Earth Day Network, more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

How will you participate? Maybe you’ll join a crew that’s cleaning up a highway or building raised beds with a youth group. Or maybe you’ll pledge to eat more local food. Perhaps you’ll ride your bike to work one day a week.

Maybe you’ll plant a garden.

I asked around to find out what folks are doing to mark the day. As expected, people have plans! Here’s a sampling:

Act Now

Once you’ve made your plans, share it on the Earth Day Network — the people who promote Earth Day. They’ve created a program called A Billion Acts of Green, where you can join thousands of earth dwellers who want to improve life on the planet.

Kit Howe, Human Resources: I happen to know I will be raking up the leftover leaves and branches and any trash blown into my yard over the fall and winter. I will be mapping out beds and spreading compost and mulch in preparation for planting perennials, shrubs and grass around a newly added addition to our house, which is more than 200 years old.

Darcy Coates, Customer Service: I plan to start riding my bike to work.

Heather Ballou, Customer Service: I am busy, busy, busy participating in making this little ol’ planet a better place, one garden at a time. I am on the garden committee at my daughter’s elementary school and have purchased all the seeds. My dad donated pickets so we can fence in the school’s portion of the garden and our group of volunteers will be constructing this later in the spring.

Liz’s original Earth Day button

Liz Lawrence, Merchandising: I love Earth Day and have observed it for many years in many different ways. I still have my original Earth Day button from April 22, 1970. For me, it is about consciousness and talking with people who are unaware that it is Earth Day. I suggest that they take one minute and think about how lucky they are to live on such a precious planet — especially if they live in Vermont.

Keith McLaughlin, Purchasing: The Richmond Boy Scout Troop does a clean-up on Earth Day along Route 116 and I always join in. We have been doing it for more than 10 years. The boys get to see how much and what kinds of trash gets thrown or blown out of cars — mostly empty cigarette packs, beer cans, lottery tickets and beverage cups —
and help clean up their town.

Lucie Holcomb, Customer Service: I think I’ll take a bag and my garden gloves to work, take a noon-time walk and pick up litter along the sidewalk as I go.

Suzanne DeJohn, Creative: I plan to work in my garden, preparing a section of it to Plant a Row for the Hungry. I hope to grow lots of extra flowers, too, to include in my produce donations to the local food shelf — to help nourish bodies and elevate spirits. I also hope to donate some flower bouquets to the Meals on Wheels program, so they can add them to the weekly food deliveries.

Sally Cusack, Merchandising: I am taking the day off to work at my daughter’s elementary school garden and clean up Main Street in my town.

What are your plans? Tell us! Inspire others!

David Grist
Gardener’s Supply

9 Comments

  1. JennyLouWho
    April 19, 2011    

    I will be planting my family’s very first garden, with my trusty sidekick, my 6 year old son! We’ll be learning together how to grow our own food.

  2. gardener Joan
    April 19, 2011    

    I will be speaking to children at an Earth Day celebration in Annandale, VA. I will talk to the kids about plants and parts we eat as well as photosynthesis.

  3. April 20, 2011    

    I’ll be participating in Earth Day Festivities in Burlington VT at The Peace & Justice Center and Main Street Landing, at the intersection of Lake & College on the Waterfront…near Echo Center. We’ve got all kinds of fun stuff planned from 10am until the evening. If its raining, we can be indoors.

    Hope you can stop by!

  4. April 21, 2011    

    Unfortunately I’m shoveling yesterday’s 10 INCH Spring snowfall…so very far behind my gardening schedule this year :-( Near Green Bay, WI

  5. gardener JoAnne
    April 21, 2011    

    Last year I started my very first garden with two 3×6 raised beds.
    This year I’ll prepare the garden for planting and add two more 3 x 6 raised beds, plus I bought a pop-up greenhouse to start my warm weather
    crops. I love going out to the garden and picking my own fresh herbs and veggies for dinner! No pesticides — Happy Earth Day!!
    JoAnne

  6. peg
    April 21, 2011    

    I’m celebrating “Gotcha Day” with my 6 year old son. Six years ago, I went to Guatemala to adopt him. We celebrate the day we became a family. We’re making our family’s traditional Easter bread, dyeing Easter eggs and hopefully I’ll be able to rototill our garden and plant lettuce. It’s always a special day for us.

  7. Jill
    April 21, 2011    

    Will be spending some time out in the garden tending to my veggies and flowers. There is always something fun to do.

  8. April 22, 2011    

    I’ll be starting a new compost pile, and putting last year’s compost into the garden, as well as tending my veggies that are in the garden, and those still under lights in the house.

  9. June 22, 2011    

    I really like this blog; it is very informative and the pictures are terrific!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Warm Regards,
    Lisa

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