Spring has sprung with temperatures rising and the snow disappearing this week. Warmer temperatures are bringing more people outdoors to enjoy social distance walks and to simply soak in the sun.
The turn in the weather is a welcome way to usher in Earth Day. April 22, is known as Earth Day around the globe, a day to focus on and analyze environmental practices and impact as well as appreciate surrounding nature.
The City of Wetaskiwin and Wetaskiwin County have plenty of opportunities for residents to help show their appreciation for nature and reduce their environmental footprint.
With more people working from home or isolating on their properties, this turn in weather has also brought out a new hobby for many: gardening.
Not only can gardening play a positive role in mental health, which is crucial during the pandemic, but it is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and help with green initiatives.
Earlier this April, Alberta’s Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Devin Dreeshen, sent out notice that declaring greenhouses and farmers markets essential services. Dreeshen said, “supporting the ongoing viability of the greenhouse industry also helps to uphold the integrity of our food supply chain.”
This has local greenhouses such as Grandview Valley Greenhouse open and adapting to the need for stricter health and distancing practices during COVID-19.
Though Grandview Valley Greenhouse has reduced how many customers can be in the greenhouse at one time, they are offering safe alternatives to ensure people can get their plant and gardening equipment needs met.
They have an option for pre-ordering and curbside pickup, time slots on Tuesday and Thursday mornings reserved for seniors or individuals with immune deficiencies, as well as an opportunity to book a viewing time to be in the greenhouse.
Other green initiatives to look at to help reduce your carbon footprint and show appreciation for Earth Day is the City of Wetaskiwin’s recycling program. At this moment the City has a spring sale while supplies last for compost bins, kitchen bins, and rain barrels.
Composting is a great way to reduce waste and help minimize landfills contribution to climate change. In addition by saving your rain you can water your freshly planted garden in an earth and water friendly way.