Green Tip – Earth Day 2012

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GREEN TIP: April 22nd, Earth Day, is fast approaching. This year find new ways to celebrate Earth Day and include your new green habits all year long.

The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, brought together millions of people from all walks of life who were concerned about the environment and they wanted our government to pay attention. The idea was the inspiration of a Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson.

“Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human beings and all other living creatures.”  ~Gaylord Nelson

For more on the origins of Earth Day, read “Earth Day: How It All Began.”

Some ways you could celebrate Earth Day this year:

  • Plant a tree in your yard. Make it a fun family activity for Earth Day. Not only will it look beautiful in your yard but planting trees help to lower greenhouse gas emissions and they provide a habitat for a variety of other plants and animals. Or plant two trees… National Arbor Day is April 27th.
  • Start composting. For more information, read Green Tip – Composting 101. Locally, the City of Fargo has a wonderful compost bin you can purchase at a reasonable cost. For more information call 701-241-1449.
  • Start recycling. Find out what you can recycle though your local recycling program. Here’s an excellent article about recycling and how to get started: Project Recycling by Amanda Peterson. To quote Amanda, “It’s all about being aware of what you consume and finding ways to minimize the waste left behind”.
  • Plant flowers at a local non-profit organization, school or church, remember to contact the organization before you start planting. Most are thrilled when someone offers to beautify their grounds.
  • Go on a nature hike. Nature hikes are a great way to appreciate the details of our beautiful earth. Pick a park or nearby trail or visit a new place every year on Earth Day.
  • Clean up litter around your neighborhood, at a local park or school. Litter detracts from the beauty of nature and can be dangerous to people and animals.
  • Cook a special Earth Day meal using whole, organic and non-processed foods. Invite friends and family over to share a healthy, home-cooked meal.
  • Attend an Earth Day event. Earth Day events are held across the nation, and are full of fun activities for both you and the kids. Pick a place close to you, events can be seen at

Local events in the Fargo Moorhead area:

Mindful Living Gathering on Thursday, April 19th from 6pm to 730pm. In honor of Earth Week, Carrie Brusven, a business and home eco-consultant in Fargo, and Laura Caroon, Frozen Music Studios Photography and Midwest Junk, will host a workshop design to teach you more about environmental health and toxins. The workshop will be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Moorhead.

Prairie Roots Food Co-op is fast becoming a reality. The Board of Directors and Volunteers of Prairie Roots Food Cooperative are hosting a Founding Membership Drive on Friday, April 20th, 7:00 PM at the Bluestem Center for the Arts, 801 50th Ave SW, Moorhead, MN. There are only a few (FREE) tickets left so hurry over to and reserve one for yourself. This is your chance to learn more about the co-op, meet their Board of Directors and become a Founding Member of Prairie Roots Food Cooperative! They also have a Facebook page: Prairie Roots will also be at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead on Saturday April 21 from 12 – 4. Stop by if you want to hear more or become a member.

F/M Food Not Lawns has their first official meeting on April 22, 2012 from 3pm to 5pm at the Red Raven Espresso Parlor in Fargo. Do not miss this opportunity to meet action oriented gardeners in our community, share ideas and knowledge and discuss possible future projects.

Here’s a wonderful video about the Food Not Lawns movement:

For more information, visit F/M Food Not Lawns at

Remember you don’t have to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd, you can celebrate Earth Day each and every day of the year.

My Green Side’s web pick of the week:

Food Not Lawns

Food Not Lawns was founded in Eugene, Oregon in 1999 and today is a global community of gardeners working together to grow and share food, seeds and knowledge. Visit their site to discover how to participate.


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