Foraged dinners, urban farm workdays, community-garden bike tours, farm-to-table cooking classes, beekeeping workshops: with the wealth of hands-on, eco-conscious events happening all around us, every day can feel like Earth Day in the Bay Area. Naturally, that means the planet-conscious among us have to step it up to make this April 22, the 32nd annual Earth Day, special.
So, what can you do to make the ways you cook, shop, and eat more environmentally conscious, more community-connected and planet-aware?
Eat More Plants At the big Earth Day dance party/expo in Civic Center on April 22, check out the line-up of vegan, raw, and vegetarian chefs demonstrating everything from "Rawlforf Salad with Avo Mayo" (a vegan, un-fat-cat version of Waldorf Salad, presumably) to "Goddess Mash & Coconut Kefir Elixir." The Sustainable Chef Showcase goes on from 11am to 5:45pm. In Berkeley, there's a vegan expo and fair on the UC Berkeley campus at Wurster Hall, $15 admission for adults, $10 for students.
Sustainable Lafayette will be hosting an afternoon of Earth Day fun and awareness from 11am-3pm. The excellent Fist of Flour pizza truck will be feeding the multitudes from its handmade wood-fired oven, and there will be community-garden tours, a "Self-Propelled Parade" for bikes, wagons, skateboards, and whatever else you can move without an engine, and films and presentations about water conservation, rain harvesting and grey water use. And yes, it's the far East Bay, but everything downtown is an easy walk from BART, so taking public transit (and avoiding the town's extra- zealous parking-ticket enforcers) is a good idea.