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1st Annual Mendocino County Style Earth Day Festival

Starting on Saturday, April 14 through Sunday April 22, you can experience and see how Mendocino County lives. But did you know that the first Earth Day was on April 22, 1970, organized by Gaylord Nelson who was a United States Senator from Wisconsin. Senator Nelson, an environmental activist, took a leading role in organizing the celebration, hoping to demonstrate popular political support for an environmental agenda.

Senator Nelson conceived the idea after a trip he took to Santa Barbara right after the horrific oil spill off the coast in 1969. Outraged by the devastation, Senator Nelson proposed a national teach-in on the environment to be observed by every university campus in the United States. The April 22, 1970 Earth Day marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement. Approximately 20 million Americans participated. Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level. They had neither the time nor resources to organize 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated. The remarkable thing about Earth Day is that it organized itself. Now more than 500 million people and several national governments in 175 countries celebrate Earth Day.

Earth Day 1970 in Philadelphia gave birth to Earth Week, April 16-22. The Earth Week committee of Philadelphia concluded that devoting only one day to the environment would not provide enough time to paint a comprehensive picture of the environmental issues confronting the earth and marked Earth Day as “the largest secular holiday in the world”, celebrated by more than a half a billion people every year.

Here is the current scheduled list of activities for the 1st Annual Earth Day Mendocino style with more events being scheduled leading up to the week of the festival.

  • April 2 – 30, Earth Day Show at the Depot

Please join the members of the Ukiah Valley Artists Co-op at their month-long show celebrating Earth Day with works of art created specially for this event.

Artist reception on April 6, 2012 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Cost: Free, 8:30 – 5:00 pm.
  • April 14, Vegetable Gardening at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Tom Tillotson and several volunteers will conduct a two-hour discussion and demonstration at the Vegetable Garden from 10:00 a.m. to noon on April 14th. Tom just retired as the head gardener of the Gardens after 26 years of service. The Vegetable Garden has been a long-standing project of Tom’s with this group of volunteers. They will happily share what works and how they manage this spectacular garden plot. This garden is in the historical section of the Gardens between an historic farmhouse and a pioneer cemetery and demonstrates techniques that were used to supply early families of the Mendocino Coast area.

Cost: Free with price of admission to the gardens. 10:00 – Noon
  • April 14 – 22, Husch Vineyards – Earth Day!

As Fish-Friendly farmers, Husch Vineyards will be celebrating Earth Day with a complimentary tasting of our sustainably farmed wines. We are open daily throughout the Where the Earth IS First Festival. Husch Vineyards is a small, family owned and operated winery and is the oldest winery in the Anderson Valley. Winery open from 10:00 – 4:00 pm.

  • April 14, Barra of Mendocino Earth Day Family Festival

Join us for a tour of our certified organic vineyard and enjoy complimentary food and wine pairings. Learn about organic winemaking and meet local farmers and vendors displaying their earth-friendly goods. Experience art, music, and locally sourced foods. Bring your kids in for face painting, hands-on interaction with animals from the farm, and other activities that will delight their imagination.

Ride your bike to the event and receive a 20% discount on all wine and merchandise. Bring in your wine corks and receive a 10% discount. An event for the whole family!

Cost: Ride your bike to the event and receive a 20% discount on all wine and merchandise. Bring in your wine corks and receive a 10% discount. This event is from 11 – 4 pm.
  • April 14, Ukiah Farmers’ Market

How better to celebrate the Earth than to taste its local fruits while simultaneously reducing the carbon generated to make your lunch. Created in 1977 by local farmers, the Ukiah market is the first Certified Farmers’ Market in Mendocino County. Come and celebrate the bounty of the county with local produce, meats, seafood, eggs, cheeses, honey, flowers, crafts, olive oil, and much more. Shop while enjoying the friendly atmosphere and listen to the talented musicians who entertain each week.

Cost: Free, 9:30 – Noon
  • April 14, Kayak Mendocino Sea Cave Nature Tor Benefit Paddles

Take our guided kayak trip through the protected Sea Caves of the Little River Headlands, and all proceeds will benefit Surfers For Cetaceans a non-profit protecting and educating about Whale and Dolphin conservation. No experience necessary, all ages welcome and all gear provided. Leave a minimum impact while seeing a unique perspective of the majestic Mendocino Coast. Please call us for reservations and more info.

Cost: $50 per person; 12 and under $40
Directions: Our guided sea cave tours through the caves of Mendocino. Tours leave Van Damme State Park at 9:00 am, 11:30am, 2pm and sunset, with reservations daily. 9:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • April 16, Naturalist Tour at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Mario Abreu, naturalist at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, will lead a two hour tour of the wildflowers and coastal bluffs of the Gardens from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Monday, April 16th. He will identify wildflowers in bloom and efforts underway to restore the coastal bluffs and the riparian zone of Shaefer Creek. Mario will discuss the role of native trees as windbreaks and the impact of invasive species on native habitat. The group will gather on the Plaza and proceed from there to the Coast.

Cost: Free with price of admission to the gardens. 10:00 – Noon
  • April 16 – 22, All Aboard the Skunk Train!

Leave no footprints… climb on the back of the Skunk for a ride in its natural habitat and celebrate Earth Day the Skunk Way! Kids ride free with a paying adult.

Departs Fort Bragg Depot, 4-hour roundtrip. Departing at 10:00 am.

  • April 18, Earth Day Open House at Mendocino College Culinary Arts Program

The Culinary Arts Management students, under the direction of instructor Nicholas Petti (Mendo Bistro, Fort Bragg), hold an open house to demonstrate cooking with local, sustainable foods. Open to the public as well as students and faculty.

Cost: TBA, Noon – 2:00
  • April 18, Restoration of Native Plant Communities – Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.

Class participants will observe plant propagation volunteers harvesting seed from wild plants and preparing them for plantings used in restoration efforts throughout the North Coast area. The discussion will include collecting seeds from the wild, processing them, planting and growing on starts. This is a complex but rewarding exercise making a substantial difference along the Coast.

Cost: Free with price of admission to the gardens. 10:00 – 11:30 am.
  • April 19, Willits Farmers’ Market

Every week, the Willits Farmers’ Market is a community gathering featuring produce, a wide selection of local and organic meats, cheeses, honey, and locally produced crafts, body products, jewelry, and clothing. Pick up food for a picnic or to take home. To celebrate Earth Day, the Willits Farmers’ Market will feature a seed exchange and locally grown vegetable and flower starts to get your garden going!

Cost: Free, 3:00 – 5:30pm
  • April 21, Noyo Food Forest 6th Annual Earth Day Festival

Don’t miss the Noyo Food Forest’s Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 21 at The Learning Garden at Fort Bragg High School. This cornerstone North Coast community event offers live music and entertainment, a Culinary Showcase featuring local chefs, a spring plant sale, hands-on workshops and inspiring speakers, kids’ activities, local food, pedal powered smoothies, and more! This free, all ages, drug and alcohol free event supports the Organic garden and Farm to School program at Fort Bragg High School.

Cost: Free event,  Noon to 6 pm.
  • April 21, Solar Living Institute & Parducci Wine Cellars, “Earth to Table, Sun to Home”

Join us for this free, one-day event at the home of solar power in Hopland, Solar Living Institute, where we will honor Mother Earth and the sun with:

  • Local food/wine pairings – farmers and vintners team up to showcase the best in local produce and organic wines.
  • Vendors: honey, local food, soaps, wines, and more
  • Kids’ activities
  • Solar technology displays and informational booths
  • Workshops
  • Music
  • Evening dance if the weather is good

Keep checking back… wineries signed up as of today are:

  • Barra of Mendocino
  • Chiarito Vineyard
  • Jaxon Keys Winery
  • McFadden Farms
  • Weibel
  • Parducci Wine Cellars
  • Terra Savia
  • Testa
  • McNab Ridge
  • Graziano Family of Wines
  • Frey Wines

Food news is coming soon!

Cost: Free, 11:00 – 5:00 pm

  • April 21, Frey Vineyards Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate Earth Day with a Biodynamic farm tour and dinner prepared with seasonal organic ingredients from the Frey Ranch. Farm tours begin at 3:00 pm with a short hike to the barn to visit baby lambs and goats, and tour the bountiful ranch gardens that provide organic veggies, flowers, and herbs. After tea and cookies at the barn, we’ll harvest last-minute produce for the April Showers Salad, part of the dinner menu prepared by Chef Tamara Frey and paired with award-winning Frey organic and Biodynamic wines, served at 6:00 pm inside the winery.

Rain or shine! This event has limited attendance and reservations are requested. 1-800-760-3739.

Cost: Farm Tour and Dinner/$45 per person; $30 for Frey Organic Wine Club members. Farm Tour only/free for Wine Club members and children under 12
  • April 21, Saracina Vineyards’ Earth Day Dog Hike

Join Saracina Vineyards’ hiking squad on Saturday, April 21, 2012, for a morning hike through Saracina Vineyards’ scenic 600-acre estate. This four-mile spring hike will be moderately strenuous on gently rolling terrain. Join us in observing Earth Day’s promotion of active lifestyles and healthy living. The hike will culminate at the Saracina Tasting Bar with a wine country picnic lunch and a wine tasting with owner John Fetzer.

This will be a dog-friendly hike with a portion of the proceeds benefiting The Humane Society of Inland Mendocino County. We will provide a water bar and dog treats for our four-legged hiking companions.

Cost: $25/person or $45/couple
It’s a dog hike — please bring your four-legged friends. Hairy Putter, Mendocino County’s canine ambassador, will be meeting and greeting!10:00 – 1:00 pm
  • April 22, Gualala Arts Presents The Kronos Quartet

For more than 30 years, the Kronos Quartet has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to expanding the range and context of the string quartet. Now they bring their vision to Gualala in a very special concert to honor Earth Day.

For more information, please contact Gualala Arts. 707-884-1138

Cost: Tickets are $45 advance; $50 day of concert. $95 Sponsor ticket includes $50 donation and early entry (6:00 p.m.) for preferred seating.



  • April 22, Caspar Children’s Garden Earth Day Celebration

The Caspar Children’s Garden pre-school is having a 25th birthday celebration (during and after their 4th Sunday breakfast). We will be selling raffle tickets and holding a drawing to win $500 worth of food from Noyo Hills Farm, as well as selling garden vegetable & flower starts grown by the children. There will be other celebratory activities, an honoring of the teachers and the launch of a campaign to raise funds for a new facility that will serve the needs of coastal families for generations to come. Starting at 10:00 am

  • April 22, Earth Day 2012 with The Gardens Project of NCO

Come celebrate Earth Day 2012 with The Gardens Project of NCO! The Gardens Project will be hosting volunteer opportunities at different school and community gardens around Ukiah. We will be building new gardens and enhancing existing gardens. If you want to get your hands in the dirt, help to advance our local food system and create a healthy community, come join us! Various projects will range from creating new garden beds to building compost bins. The projects will begin at 9am and go until 1pm, snacks and water will be provided. To sign up or get more information please contact Cassie at 467-3212 ext. 212.

Contact us for information about our annual “Sharing the Bounty” fundraiser.

The Gardens Project of North Coast Opportunities’ Community Action Agency is the coordinating agency for The Gardens Network and facilitates the development of community-supported gardens throughout Mendocino County. The Gardens Project also supports various projects from After School Nutrition Programs, Farm-to-Cafeteria, Food Stamp Outreach, and Food Policy Council.

The Gardens Project relieves hunger and inadequate nutrition in low-income neighborhoods, senior communities, schools, and youth enterprise projects by providing: education, leadership training for garden members and organizers, nutrition and physical health information, and economic development tools.

Cost: Free, 9:00 – 1:00 pm
  • April 22, College of the Redwoods presents “The Climate Crisis – Science vs. Denial”

Enjoy a talk with Dr. Peter Joseph who will discuss the the Climate Crisis, which looms as the most serious threat to human civilization. Recent data indicate more rapid warming and accelerating greenhouse gas emissions than previously projected. As the political process addresses the issues, disin-formation floods the public space, creating confusion and delay. What must be done to reduce emissions and begin to pull greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere in order to avoid dangerous climate change and to return the Earth to a safe-climate future? How can the public and decision-makers cut through the spin and denial in order to do what is necessary?

Peter G. Joseph, M.D. is an emergency physician trained by Vice President Al Gore to help educate the public about the devastating impacts of global warming. He will review the latest scientific data and discuss both the technical and politi-cal aspects of humanity’s greatest challenge. The program will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

  • April 22, Earth Day Celebration Organic Vineyards Tour & Tasting at Yorkville Cellars

Please join us in celebrating 26 years of Certified Organic Farming (CCOF 1986-2011). Take a tour with the proprietors, Edward & Deborah, through our organic vineyards. At noon be a farmer for the day and help release hundreds of ladybugs. They will naturally control unwanted pests. At Yorkville we rely on natural predators,whether they be birds, bats or bugs to take care of unwanted pests. During the month of April we’ll be working to expand the habitats that encorage these predators to stay around.Visit our tasting room to learn about these “beneficial” visitors.

Take our Quiz to win a box of wine filled chocs! Out of our cellar will come some special wines from our inaugural vintage to be matched with tempting appetizers made from local, organic ingredients. Please call for a reservation (707) 894-9177

Cost: $10 per person; our Hi-Roller Wine Club members complimentary. Event is from 11:00 – 2:00 pm.
  • April 22, Earth Day Launch on Big River – Redwood Blue will make splash!

Now celebrating its 40 year anniversary, Catch a Canoe & Bicycles Too has just added an amazing new boat to it’s fleet of 18 handmade redwood outrigger canoes. Sporting three distinct modes of propulsion, this ultra-stable outrigger uses wind power, solar & battery power, as well as human power to cruise along Mendocino’s beautiful Big River Estuary. Designed by Catch a Canoe’s Rick Hemmings, and made locally by Bob Cummings of Secret Harbor Boat Works, this double hull, 33 foot outrigger canoe has been christened Redwood Blue. All on board systems are controlled by an experienced guide who sits in a solo hull alongside the main hull, which allows a clear line of sight. This unique twin hull configuration is both efficient and fast, and is significantly more stable than traditional canoes.

The tribrid propulsion system was created in direct response to the conditions found on 8 mile long Big River Estuary, which is located within Mendocino Headlands State Park. Harnessing the reliable northwesterly winds, the sail is unfurled for an easy downwind, upriver assist. Paddling under sail power is quiet and often effortless as wind gusts propel the boat forward. The sail is then furled for the return trip and the electric outboard is lowered. Manufactured in Germany the electric motor generates 6 horsepower and is equipped with an on board GPS which gives speed, battery charge, distance and wattage information on it’s LCD readout. The 4 flexible solar panels provide charging to the 24 volt battery system. With the electric outboard engaged, paddling is nearly effortless regardless of wind or tidal conditions. Redwood Blue will be available for Big River Adventures, Wildlife Tours, and for private charter. Summer Nighttime Bioluminescence Tours* are also available beginning in June 2012. *sail power not used after dark- no wind!

  • April 21, Ukiah Farmer’s Market & Earth Day Seed Exchange

In addition to the usual Farmers Market goodies, the Transition Ukiah group will be holding an Earth Day seed exchange at the Ukiah farmers market to honor Earth Day. This is your chance to buy and exchange seeds that have not been treated or genetically altered in any way. A great way to start your spring garden! From 9:30 – Noon.

  • April 22, Navarro Vineyards Hendy Woods Benefit

Navarro Vineyards is hosting a BBQ to benefit Hendy Woods from noon to 3PM on Earth Day, Sunday April 22, 2012 at their winery in Anderson Valley. Food, wine and music are being provided by the Anderson Valley Community. Hendy Woods, despite its grove of ancient redwoods and historical significance to Anderson Valley, is on the State Parks closure list. The community has come together to raise funds to keep Hendy Woods open. An auction will feature local food, wine, lodging & art. This event is expected to sell out.

Cost: Tickets are $45 for adults including 2 drinks, and $25 for those under 21. Event time is Noon – 3:00 pm.
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