Earth Day on Floyd Time

Yes, the official Earth Day was Wednesday, April 22. We’re just being very intentional and making the day accessible to working parents and their children, farmers and out-of-town visitors.  Below are the details. See you there!

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Floyd Virginia Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at the Floyd EcoVillage on Franklin Pike. This is a FREE, FUN educational event. Guest speaker from Mother Earth News to describe tips on growing ginseng. Eco activities for children.

Free local tree seedlings. Local ecological businesses explain products and services. From Nature walks, forestry, medicinal herbs, organic gardening tips and kite flying to the latest in solar panel technology.

Homemade food and drinks made with local ingredients will be available all day.  There will be lots of local organizations and businesses showcasing eco-oriented products, conversation  and information.

For Kids  – free Caterpillar bouncy, Garden hat making, seed planting, FAMILY NATURE WALK AT 12:00
Free toy swap – bring some clean toys  to exchange.

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FABULOUS Speaker Schedule

– 10:30 – Barbara Pleasant from Mother Earth News— Managing Monarchs and Milkweed
– 11:00 Jeanine Davis from Mother Earth News    – Growing Ginseng, Goldenseal and other medicinal Herbs
– 12:00 Family nature walk with Fred First, local botanist, naturalist and author
– 12:30 Jason Rutledge — Managing your Woodlot
– 1:30 David Grimsley from Appalachian Medicinal Herb Growers Consortium — on Chinese Herbs
– 2:30 Floyd Eco news — The latest projects & how you can participate
â—‹ — EcoVillage, Solarize Floyd, Sustain Floyd, Preserve Floyd & Blue Ridge Land Conservancy
â—‹ 3:30 Guided EcoVillage tour

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Have a good nature walk. Let us know your favorite experiences for the day, both the human and the non-human interactions.