Did you know that the first Earth Day was celebrated, April 22nd, 1970?  Today, some 46 years later, almost 1 billion people participate in Earth Day events and activities around the globe.

Coordinated by event planner extraordinaire, Brenda Jorett, Sustainable Cherry Hill, in partnership with the Township of Cherry Hill, will be hosting the 8th Annual Earth Festival next weekend.  With several dedicated individuals and help from the local schools, we will be hosting over 100 displays from vendors, school groups, sponsors and many other associations. This year’s theme is “Love Your Earth.”  Entertainment, food and even a visit from the famous team mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, will bring in thousands of people to the Croft Farm area.  The 8th Annual Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival also features a bike valet to encourage people to ride their bicycles to the event.  The festival has grown over the last several years from 20 tables in a school yard, to over 100 tables and displays this spring at the beautiful 3 acre facility of Croft Farm.  And with Brenda Jorett at the helm, I’m sure it will continue to grow and be a wonderful learning experience for all ages.

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She says it’s hard sometimes to keep up with what needs to be done to keep it a sustainable event, so we will depend on the environmentally conscious citizens of Cherry Hill to bring their own water bottles, carpool or bike to the event, and to keep trash to a minimum.  Speaking of trash, if you come, be sure to bring your hard-to-recycle materials for the recycling drop off.  Unfortunately, no tvs or computer monitors are accepted at this time, but feel free to bring rechargeable batteries, plastic bags, non-power hand tools, gently used shoes and used books to keep them out of the landfills.  There will be a plant swap, free compost, delicious food for sale, entertainment and much more throughout the day.  The Family Fun Bike Ride is another way to participate – if you’d like to register, please visit the website and enjoy a leisurely ride through the beautiful surrounding neighborhoods.

Free bike parking

Free bike parking

My personal hope is that the festival will be educational and inspiring; drawing adults and kids alike towards a common goal to help preserve our beautiful planet for future generations.  If you’re not in the area, I encourage you to attend your own local Earth Day festival and support the vendors and volunteers that work hard hosting celebrations like this.  Many towns and municipalities have events going on all month long, so consult your local newspaper’s schedule of events or check out the Earth Day events locator here on Earthday.org to find one close to you.  And if you’re nearby, please come visit me, Brenda and many other volunteers at south Jersey’s largest Eco Event, the 8th Annual Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival this April 29th.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017
Croft Farm, Cherry Hill
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – rain or shine