This coming Sunday is Earth Day, and we here at Orr’s Farm Market are excited to celebrate! Being farmers and stewards of the land, we believe it’s important to protect the planet that we have been given.

Every year on April 22, millions of men, women, and children gather across the globe to collect garbage, plant trees, and complete other environmental projects. Some of the best projects are those that are community based and community organized. Not only does the effort bring people together, but it also allows us to cultivate and preserve the world in which we live.

Here are a few simple ways you can celebrate Earth Day this year!

Start a Garden

Local agriculture is highly important to us—obviously. One of the simplest ways you can contribute to that effort is by planting your own backyard garden. You don’t have to have soil in your veins or two green thumbs; all you need is a little knowhow and small patch of ground. You can even begin your garden with a DIY windowsill box!

Plant a Tree

There are many communities in the area that will be planting trees this Sunday. If you’d rather gather a group yourself to embark (tree pun) on this planting adventure, be sure you check with local government before heading out. This will be a wonderful opportunity to get your neighbors, relatives, and kids involved in the planting. You dig the hole, your neighbor holds the tree, and your kids fill the hole back up with dirt. Everyone is involved, and all make the world a little greener!

Reduce, Recycle, Reuse

Have some old egg cartons laying around? How about some plastic bottles, aluminum cans, or cardboard? Instead of simply throwing these items out with the next trash run, make the conscience effort to take these items to the nearest recycling center. Or, you can even put these items to creative use and let the kids turn the recyclables into a fun craft or project! There is no reason to let the items go to waste. Make them useful again!

Advocate for Renewable Energy

Earth Day projects don’t have to be obvious—you can think outside the box. One way to do that is to research and advocate for renewable energy sources. Did you know there are solar energy companies here in the Eastern Panhandle? Solar energy is possibly the most viable and sustainable renewable energy source for the future. You can do a quick Google search and find the companies servicing our area and look into having solar panels installed for your home. With some easy adjustments and a small investment, you can become an energy-efficient superhero! Not all heroes wear capes.

Host a Screening of Disney’s Earth

While not the most obvious celebration of Earth Day, this documentary highlights the migration of different animal families as they make their way across our planet. Not only will this film give you a better understanding of our animal brethren, but you’ll also see a fuller beauty of what our planet has to offer. If you can walk away from this movie without crying or a desire to preserve nature, you may need to check your pulse.

Visit Orr’s Farm Market

Now that we are back to being open seven days a week, Sunday will be the perfect opportunity to stop by the market to pick up some of our fresh, local produce and products! Spring is now here, which means we have many delicious items for you to choose from. Earth Day is a great time to buy local, buy fresh, and celebrate nature with Orr’s!

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