May 9, 2013 | Volume 43, No. 18

Earth Day includes chicken symposium

A chicken symposium, Farmers Market plant sale, and field trip to a local greenhouse are among the events slated for the seventh annual Earth Day Fair to be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the school cafeteria.

Displays and presentations on recycling, gardening, and energy will be held in an open-house format, with break-out sessions scheduled throughout the morning. Displays will address compostable food serviceware and reusable produce bags, home hydro power, agriculture in the Chilkat Valley, seaweed recipes, the Chilkat River clean-up, and an upcoming permaculture class.

Tours of the school garden and explanation of the “Garden Gate to School Plate” program will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. The program will allow local gardeners to sell produce to the school for use in the cafeteria this fall.

“It will be organic and locally grown, so fresher. It means we’re becoming more dependent on our local food and less dependent on shipped food,” said Melissa Aronson, who assists in organizing the Earth Day Fair.

Plant starts will be available for purchase and anyone with extra starts is encouraged to bring them to the event to sell, Aronson said.

The chicken symposium will be held at 10:30 a.m. and will allow people raising chickens or interested in raising chickens to compare notes on techniques. A question and answer session hosted by Matt Battaion on home renewable energy systems will take place simultaneously.

Attendees will be able to vote on Haines Borough Mayor Stephanie Scott’s First Annual Energy Award. Winners will be announced at 11:45 a.m.

Tours to the 7 Echoes Homestead and Rob Goldberg and Donna Catotti’s high-tunnel greenhouse will also be offered, Aronson said.