Thank you to everyone who joined us for this year’s Earth Fest! We had a fantastic turn out and we want to thank all of our visitors and community participants for making this family-friendly event such a success.
Earth Fest is our free annual event that showcases New York’s commitment to sustainability and greening our communities. This year’s event included rice planting with Randall’s Island Urban Farm and sweet pea planting with PS3 Charrette Elementary School. Guests were also invited to visit some animals—Sprout By Design showcased an aquaponic system with crabs, fish, and frogs; Billion Oysters Project brought an oyster demonstration; and local beekeepers from BeeVillage brought a demonstration hive. We also had lots of arts and crafts, with rubber band painting from Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day (and samples!), natural dye painting with Battery Urban Farm’s apprentices, nature-themed crafts from The New School, and a wool-spinning how-to from the Queens County Farm Museum.
It wasn’t all crafting though–Millennium HS brought their very popular “What’s Your Water Footprint” game and sent participants running around the farm! Musicians Brian Dolphin, Gotham City Pickers, and the 5 Mile String Band had everyone singing along and tapping their feet, if not all out dancing through the park. To top it all off, visitors also enjoyed delicious cookies, lemonade, sandwiches, and more from local eateries, Ciao for Now and Gogo Grill.
Even with the rainy forecast, Earth Fest was a huge, sunny success and we hope that all those who participated continue to learn about sustainability and become empowered to help make a greener New York City.
Thanks for joining us and we can’t wait to see you in October for Harvest Fest!