From 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. there will be a free fair, featuring 25 diverse workshops, demonstrations and other offers by farmers, craftspeople, scientists, vendors and other creative folks.
From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. you can attend "This Earth, This Garden," a casual evening celebration featuring socializing, appetizers, a family-style buffet of locally sourced foods, and a film screen of "My Father's Garden." For this special evening event there is a suggested donation of $12. To reserve a seat, please call 605-697-5204 (if possible). Seating is limited.
While at the fair earlier in the day you and your family can:
- Learn about solar ovens and the Haiti Solar Oven Project
- Take a family yoga mini-class
- Have your own t-shirt renewed with silkscreened images
- Find out what's new in solar technologies and building applications
- Meet local farmers who grow your food and eat some samples of their produce
- Bring in your bike for help with simple repairs
- Learn ways to re-purpose items
- Take home the new edition of the South Dakota Local Foods Directory
- Wriggle through the worm tunnel
- Paint a tile and take it home
- Take a spin on the bike-powered blender
- Make simple greeting cards from recycled papers
- Participate in a seed exchange by bringing viable seeds to trade
- Find out what happens when rain meets soil with the rainfall simulator
- Buy bedding and other plants from local nurseries
- Find out about making hoop houses
- Learn how to make your own hand soap
- Take home a tree seedling to plant
- Watch "The Story of Stuff" and see the amazing water bottle light
- Learn how to make non-toxic cleaning supplies...AND MORE!
This Earth Day celebration is being planned by Dakota Rural Action and the Brookings Area Habit for Humanity. Its sponsors are the East River Electric Power Cooperative, First Bank & Trust, Johnson Environmental and First National Bank of Volga.