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:

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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