This Tuesday, April 22, is Earth Day, but many activities are happening Saturday, including special events in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.
Backyard Abundance has its fourth annual plant sale scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in Iowa City and EcoFest will take place the same day in the NewBo City Market and surrounding area in Cedar Rapids, with environmental films, live music, tours and more.
Here is more from Backyard Abundance and see the EcoFest flier below and the EcoFest website for more information:
IOWA CITY – The fourth annual Backyard Abundance plant sale is scheduled for Saturday, April 26 from 11 am to 1 pm at the Iowa City Recreation Center, 220 South Gilbert Street in Iowa City. It will be a wonderful time to chat with knowledgeable gardeners and welcome in the spring growing season. Proceeds help fund free educational yard tours and environmental presentations in Johnson County.
The fundraiser features healthy plants grown locally and organically. Visitors can buy tomatoes, peppers, kale, cabbage, broccoli and many other vegetables and herbs. Fruit trees and berry bushes will also be for sale: pear, peach, pawpaw, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, aronia berries, and gooseberries. All trees and shrubs were carefully selected to maximize yield, resist diseases, and thrive in Iowa weather.
Several local vendors will attend, selling compost, compost tea, mushroom kits, fresh mushrooms, nature-based gifts, and native prairie seed. Snacks made from locally grown, organic ingredients will be available.
“Green thumbs and educational displays will be on-hand to help people choose plants and learn skills for growing healthy food”, says Fred Meyer, director of Backyard Abundance.
The event is in partnership with Iowa City Parks and Recreation.
For more information visit www.BackyardAbundance.org or call 319-325-6810.