A look at previous years’ Earth Day celebrations in Northfield.

Northfield Earth Day 2019

Northfield Earth Day 2019 was brought to you by:

All Energy Solar * Ameriprise Financial – Rex & Tate Running * Armory Square * By All Means Graphics * Cannon River Watershed Partnership * Carleton Center for Community Engagement * Carleton College Sustainability Office * Citizens Climate Lobby * City of Northfield * Eco Gardens * Family Fare * Fine Fettle * First United Church of Christ * Goodbye Blue Monday * Goodney & Associates, PA * Harvest Seed Acupuncture * Imminent Brewery * Just Food Coop * Keepsake Cidery * Knecht’s Nurseries & Landscaping * League of Women Voters * MN350 * Michael Jordan ReMax Advantage Plus * Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce * Northfield Area Community Solar * Northfield Rotary Club * Novel Energy Solutions * Prema Yoga Studio * Schmidt Homes * St. Olaf College Environmental Studies * Sustane Fertilizer * Ziggy’s

2019 Exhibitors

Age Friendly Northfield
All Energy Solar
All Intertwined Patchworks
Cannon River Watershed Partnership
Cannon Valley Graziers
Carleton Sustainability Office
CARLS for the BWCA
Citizens Climate Lobby
City of Northfield
City of Northfield Climate Action Plan Advisory Board working groups – Land, Water, Food, Energy, Transportation, and Waste
Complete Count Committee
DSI Recycling Trailer
First United Church of Christ Youth Group
Greater Northfield Sustainability Collaborative
Knecht’s Nurseries & Landscaping
MN Interfaith Power & Light
MN350
Mountains and Waters Alliance
Northfield Area Chapter of Health Care for All Minnesota
Northfield Curbside Composting Cooperative
Northfield in Bloom
Northfield Public Library – Booker
Northfield Prairie Partners
Northfield Public Library – Seed Exchange
Novel Energy Solutions
Rice Soil and Water Conservation District

2019 Sessions

“Earth Day Contra Dance”
Friday, April 26th from 7:30pm-10:30pm
Armory Square
$5 per person – all students free.

Come join the Earth Day fun and dance the night way. We are excited to be back on the Armory’s wooden floor with caller: Robin Nelson and our local band for this stomp. Everyone is welcome (although we recommend you be 10 and above). No contra dance experience needed, and instruction will be provided throughout the night. https://www.facebook.com/NorthfieldContraDance/


“Earth Day Gravel Grinder”
Saturday April 27th | Registration from 9am-10am
Ride Begins at 10:15am
Imminent Brewing

For more information about the length of rides, cost and silent auction go to: https://gravelcyclist.com/event/earth-day-gravel-grinder-northfield-minnesota/


‘Wellness Wake Up with Mother Earth’
Saturday April 27 at 9:30am
Armory Square
Free

Meet at Armory Square and enjoy a cup of coffee and an amazing outdoor Yoga session with Kris Laymen from Prema Yoga – rain or shine. Bring your own pad if you have one-If not one will be provided.  No yoga experience necessary.


“Free Food Help Yourself”
Saturday, April 27 at 9:30am
Armory Square
Free

 Join a crew and create a raised bed for” Free food Help Yourself”  This project entails deciding the size of the bed, sawing and screwing the cedar bed together as well as preparing soil and filling the beds with dirt.  Planting of the beds will take place at a different day.  If you are under 14 please be accompanied by an adult.


‘Forest Restoration at the Carleton College Arboretum’
Saturday, April 27th from 9:30am-12pm
Meet down the Arboretum path from Oak and 2nd
Free

Help restore the forests of the Upper Arboretum by planting trees and shrubs. You bring your muscle and tender care for baby trees, we bring all the tools needed and work gloves.  Wear clothes that can get dirty and sturdy shoes. We recommend long pants. Bring your own water bottle. Meet at the bridge over Spring Creek in the Upper Arboretum, just down the path from the intersection of Oak and 2nd Streets. Running late? Come anyway – we will have signs posted to guide you to the work site. See the map below for the meeting location.


Growing Healthy, Low Maintenance, River-Friendly Lawns & Gardens With Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP)
Saturday, April 27th at 10am
Armory Square
Free

Did you know that how you manage your lawn and gardens can have a big impact on water in Northfield? Whether it’s the fertilizers and herbicides you use (or don’t use), or it’s the height of your lawn, making small changes in how we manage our yards can have a big impact on how clean the Cannon River and our drinking water will be. The good news is that many “clean water” land use practices are actually less expensive and less time consuming than the “standard” yard maintenance practices that we use every day. Learn about simple, easy, low-maintenance ways that you can grow healthier, more climate-change resistant lawns and gardens, while at the same time helping your yard absorb and filter the rain that falls there. We’ll explore rain gardens, lawn maintenance, pollinators, and native plantings, plus you’ll walk away with an awesome “Healthy Lawns/Healthy Rivers” handout. Cannon River Watershed Partnership is presenting this “Northfield Year of Water” workshop with funding from the City of Northfield. More info at https://crwp.net/


‘Earth Day Garbage Clean Up’
Saturday, April 27th at 10am
Meet at Armory Square

Free

Everyone is invited to grab a pair of gloves and some trash bags and help pick up garbage. We will have some bags and gloves there as well so just show. Leaving Armory Square at 10:05am.


‘All Energy Solar Tour’
Saturday, April 27th at 10:30am
Free

All Energy Solar is pleased to host an Earth Day Celebration tour of some of the solar installations in Northfield. Part of the tour will include a real-time system monitoring demo and a discussion of rebates and incentives available for those wishing to install a solar array. Come join us for this informational session.


‘One Strategy that Addresses Climate Change’
Saturday, April 27th at 11am with Citizens Climate Lobby
Armory Square
Free

Would you like to hear about a climate strategy that is bi-partisan, efficient, good for people and the economy, and is revenue-neutral?  Citizens’ Climate Lobby of Northfield will explain H.R. 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, that has been introduced in the U.S. Congress.  Come to this workshop to discover how it will help people and the environment.  It will function better than the Clean Power Plan and the Paris Climate Accords.  We can succeed, and this legislation is one significant part of the solution. Learn more at https://citizensclimatelobby.org/chapters/MN_Northfield/

The following Northfield businesses received “Made Local, Grown Local” recognition in 2019:

Brick Oven Bakery
Eco Gardens
Fielder’s Choice
Fine Fettle
Hideaway
Imminent Brewing
Just Food
MGM liquor
Marketplace at 416
Minnesota Soulstice
Northfield Liquor
Northfield Yarn shop
Rare Pair
Ziggi’s