We all love the earth here at Pietree! For Earth Day I asked our crew to reflect on what they love about the earth and how they celebrate that love. The responses were vast and varied.
The magic of pulling up our sleeves and digging up some earth is something we know well. Farming and gardening is a daily reflection on how much we depend on our Earth. “It gives and takes with equal measure and nowhere is that more intrinsically felt and seen than in the daily experience of planting and harvesting fruits, vegetables, and flowers!” observes our Field Manager, Mary.
There are many ways to celebrate and appreciate the Earth. Farmstand Manager Alanna shares how she celebrates Earth Day: “My favorite way to celebrate Earth Day is to be outside with my family. But we try to do that everyday! Looking and seeing and touching and smelling all that is around us in Western Maine…adding to our bird lists, identifying a new plant or animal track, taking a quiet walk in the woods, working in the garden, or kayaking out to our secret cranberry picking spot.”
A great way to support the Earth is to reduce, reuse, and recycle. “It takes a lot of energy and water to produce clothing, furniture, and home-goods. By donating and shopping at local thrift stores we are supporting our earth and our local community”, shares Business Assistant Alexandra, “plus there are a ton of great thrift stores in our area!” This Earth Day do some spring cleaning and donate unused goods to local thrift stores. Who knows you may even find that perfect piece you’ve been hunting for! The more we reuse, the more energy we save and the less waste we create.
Here at Pietree we generate electricity with our solar array and wind turbine. The solar array tracks the sun like a sunflower, rotating throughout the day. The windmill kicks in with only 6 mph of wind. Here, at the top of our hill, the wind turbine is turning more often than not!
The snow is finally gone, mostly! Get out of the house and enjoy the fresh air! Now is a great time to get outdoors and spring clean the yard, and maybe even your neighborhood. Orchardist Scott Miller shares his joy of being able to mow the lawn and smell the fresh grass. After the long, hard winter there are lots of debris on the ground. Why not celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up your lawn, planting some flowers, or planning out your garden.
Today is a day to celebrate our Earth! There are dozens of ways to get outside and enjoy our Earth. Take a hike, ride a bike, cleanup your local neighborhood, plan out that garden, finally start recycling – there are so many ways we can care for our earth! Whatever you do, go outside, have fun and appreciate all the Earth does for us.
Remember that every day is Earth Day!