Noyo Food Forest knows how to put on a good party. Especially when it comes to celebrating the land. For an organization wholeheartedly dedicated to growing gardens and community, I suppose there is no bigger hurrah than Earth Day. This year they are throwing the biggest and baddest party, yet. I asked the organization’s director, Susan Lightfoot about her hopes for this year’s Festival. This is what she shared:
The festival began as a gathering to dig the beds at The Learning Garden at Fort Bragg High School in April 2007. That year, about 50 people came to help out. The following year we decided to make it more of a festival, and 750 people showed up! Last year was absolutely fabulous, and 1,500 people came and partied for the planet. This event is really catching on! We want to develop it into a cornerstone community event, like the Whale Festival and the Salmon BBQ; something that people from all over Northern California want to come to every year.
Our intention for the festival is to inspire the community and catalyze ordinary people to do good works. We want to create a community celebration where all kinds of people of all ages and backgrounds come together on common ground and have a great time. The event builds bridges. It is the most diverse event on the coast, in my opinion. There is something for everybody! Of course I’m biased, but that has been our goal, to create an event where people look around and see their community in a new light, together, having fun, hippies and loggers and tweens and punks and dreadlocks and grannies!!!
Be there, or miss out! The day is PACKED, and there’s surely something for everyone in this exciting array of events, entertainment and activities… And you’re guaranteed to find some darn good eats (but you might have pedal hard to blend that smoothie!)
Enjoy Live Music by:
* The AfroFunk Experience, The Pollinators, The Dirt Floor Band, Philip Meshekey and Bluebird Wombyn, MC Translation and DJ Facilitator 1
* Youth and Cultural Performances by
* Montessori del Mar Children’s Ensemble
* Obsidian Fairy Tribe
* The Salad Spinners
* Polaris Dance Troupe
* Fort Bragg High School Choir
Activities, Entertainment, and Delicious Local Food…
- Recycled Fashion Show by the Troupe de Trash
- Corners of the Mouth Culinary Showcase with local chef demos featuring local, seasonal preparations and workshops including sprouting and making raw sauerkraut.
- Live Interactive Art with FLOCKworks’ Children’s Banner Project
- Youth Art Show
- Spring Plant Sale featuring organic vegetable, herb and flower starts
- Compost workshop with Sakina Bush
- Master Gardeners info cart
- Kids Activities throughout the day with BOOM Drums, the Mendocino Coast Children’s Discovery Museum, Music Together, Chris Skyhawk, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mendocino County and the Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund.
- The Humane Society, Feline Philanthropy and the National Reptile Foundation will have critters who need loving homes.
- Locally-Grown Food
- Mendough’s Wood Fired Pizzas
- Pedal Powered Smoothies
Participating organizations include Mendocino Coast Clinics, MCTV, The Gardens Project, Jughandle Nature Center, the Salmon Restoration Association, Mendocino Land Trust, The City of Fort Bragg, Early Head Start, Noyo Headlands Unified Design Group, Samara Restoration and Walk and Bike Mendocino.
We have almost 30 local green business sponsors with major funding from PG&E, Corners of the Mouth and the Promotions Committee of the City of Fort Bragg.
Late night after party at the Caspar Inn with the AfroFunk Experience, DJ Facilitator 1 and the Troupe de Trash.
An alcohol and drug free event! No dogs please!!