Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day

Every morning when my kids eat breakfast, we watch an amazing show outside our window. Squirrels fly from tree limbs, flowers sway in the breeze, and birds dart back and forth, working harder than a employee on an assembly line. It's more interesting than anything I've seen on TV and I don't have to fight Comcast to watch it. 
Earth and all it encompasses is free. Hopefully, we celebrate it every day, whether by watching the show out our window or appreciating our surroundings on a walk to work, but today we observe it as a holiday.
A few days ago the Sustainable Agriculture Club in conjunction with the Center for Sustainability (both at PSU) started the celebration a bit early by opening an Organic Community Garden for its inaugural season. The folks who run the community garden, located by Beaver Stadium off of Porter Road, tell Homegrown that they filled it just one week after releasing the application. (Could it be the Michelle Obama effect?) For a $30 membership fee, the 98 members--a mix of students, PSU faculty and staff members, and community members--get a 10X15 ft plot, as well as tools and discounts on organic gardening workshops. 
On Earth Day or any day, the garden is a reminder that the tastiest, healthiest food comes straight from Centre County soil. 

1 comment:

  1. I never tire of the wonderful resources we have here in Central PA, where Earth Day could be, indeed, every day. My thoughts for the day:

    “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” (John Muir)