April 22nd is the 50th Celebration of Earth Day. We always think of this as a good time to reflect on the ways that we try to be stewards of the earth in our day-to-day practices. This Earth Day, we are thinking even more globally as so many of us live an increasing local life in the present moment. These are unprecedented times and while we look at the ways we care for the planet in our daily business life, it is hard not to consider the bigger picture.

Around the globe we are paused. We continue to hear about a mountain range or skyline that has come back into view as emissions are reduced as a result of our global sheltering in place. This COVID-19 virus is not something we would ever choose and we certainly do not welcome nor celebrate it. The lives being lost and the trauma endured are real and devastating. Yet, there are some moments of calm in the pause for us as individuals and for the entire planet as well. As we start to think about what life is going to look like as we ease back into whatever our new normal is, the thought of how we can take anything learned from this pause into the future sits with many of us. 

Though this week has been a chilly one here in northern Michigan, we know that getting your hands in the earth is on a lot of your minds. Bear Creek Organic Farm’s Annual Plant Sale will happen in May with social distancing in the forefront. They, and many of our other local farmers, hardware, and feed stores have what you need to get your soil ready in the meantime. We thought you might like this article, All About Soil, to give you some ideas. After all, Earth Day starts at home

Waste is another thing that comes to mind when we reflect on Earth Day. Waste is one that we think about everyday in all we do. We are so lucky to be located in Emmet county, home of Emmet County Recycling, Composting and Waste Disposal. They make living the motto Earth Day, Every Day easy peasy! In 2018, Grain Train Petoskey recycled over 1,000 cubic yards of cardboard. We also diverted over 24,000 pounds of food waste that was converted into compost at Emmet County Recycling, and another 50,000 pounds went to local farmers to feed their livestock. We donated 6 tons of blemished produce to local food pantries. We know that current recycling numbers are similar as we continue to work towards reducing waste each year. We like to reflect on this around Earth Day, but make sure we are living it every day! Check out this article on how you can create less food waste at home

We’d love to hear how your celebrate Earth Day, every day! Stop by our Facebook page and tell us all about it! Make sure that you tune into the Virtual 50th Celebration of Earth Day that our community has been hard at work planning. We wish you and your family all the best and look forward to seeing you at the stores! 

April 22, 2020 by Mindy Taylor
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