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Earth Day At Balboa Park Was A Massive Display!

Apr 27, 2017 09:24PM ● By Linda Heath

Earth Day At Balboa Park Was A Massive Display Focused On All Things About Our Mother Earth.  What a fabulous day with so many booths with fantastic and creative ways to make use of old items and make them into new things.

My duty for the day was representing Harvest CROPS a SoCal gleaning company who goes to residential houses, farms and orchards to pick fruit and produce which is donated to local Food Pantries.  My co-gleaner (Karen Clay) and I signed up many new Volunteers and registered a bunch of new trees for picking.

We were sandwiched between "Feeding America San Diego" and "I Love A Clean San Diego", both Groups we work along side on a daily basis.  We were located in the "Repair, Reuse and Recycle" area.

The booths were spread out throughout Balboa Park and it was difficult to see them all!  There were areas helping visitors with gardening and native plant usage, succulents and seeds, tree care and growing; reusing bottles and caps, old wood, vintage items and electronics.

There were informational booths about Climate Change, Global Warming, Save the Bees, Clean Water, No Waste, Research Studies and the Estuary; re-use clothing and other wearables, free plants and how to make a seedling plant pot from newspaper.  Wow just so much it's impossible to name them all. 

There were performances on 4 stages, Sun Stage, Moon Stage, Sky Stage and the Magic Stage. There were many children's activities, food courts and restrooms available to accommodate everyone and a great parade too.  The first parade was of a battalion of EDCO recycling and refuse containers delivering all over the Park, I can honestly say I've never seen so any garbage and recycling cans in the same place.  All in all it was a wonderful day of fun, food, and fabulous everything with a lot of knowledge to be gained and overall camaraderie.

A must do activity for the next year and hope you got to go this year.  If not, I'm sure there are lots of photos abounding of the event.  Here's to our Mother Earth and how we can best continue our stewardship of her and the best ways we can accomplish them.
Linda Heath, Senior Reporter


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