Earth Day at Greenbank Farm

"Photo: Ready to do their part on Earth Day, South Whidbey Youth Center volunteers Aaron Schroader, Robert Armstrong, Nichole Thomas, Lola Williams, Brittany Nielsen, and Mark Lieseke stand proudly beside sign they created for the Earth Day celebration at the Greenbank Farm.Matt Johnson/staff photoThere's a day's worth of activities today, celebrating the Earth and ways to preserve and honor it.On the Southend, begin by trading in bags of roadside trash at Bayview Park and Ride from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and get a free gift in return. At Ace Garden Center in Freeland, learn about protecting the earth's diminishing peat bogs during presentations from 9-4.Events at the Greenbank Farm begin with the Procession of Species this morning at 10:30. Bring, borrow or create a costume, mask or puppet that represents a plant, animal or aspect of nature. Then there's music, storytelling and a poetry slam; drumming lessons and nature walks,; and displays that run the gamut from Bob McConchie's electric car and enviro-friendly gardening to an environmentally-sound car washing demonstration and a dissection of owl pellets. There are talks on soil and a natural history sketch class. The Whidbey Institute will lead meditation and reflection outside the Jim Davis House in the early afternoon, and South Whidbey Tilth is sponsoring a talk at 6 p.m. about Community Supported Agriculture and subscription farming. For all who are hungry, South Whidbey Tilth will sell organic soups, bread and other items, and the 1504 Coffee Bar will serve organic coffee and cider."

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