Our Environment. Our Home. OUR CHALLENGE.

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Due to the ongoing situation with coronavirus and COVID-19, we regret to say that Earth Festival 2020 will not take place as a face-to-face event. But that does not mean it’s off! Instead, Earth Festival will now be an online event taking place over several days, which will include webinars, digital “coffee talks”, demonstrations, and a scavenger hunt. Activities will be focused around Earth Festival’s 2020 theme, Reduce. Please see below for the schedule and how to participate. All programs are free and open to all.

April 17, Slogs Through Bogs: Beauty, Loss, and Preservation. As Earth Festival traditionally kicks off with a bird walk led by Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, DOAS starts our digital Earth Festival begins with a presentation by local botanist (and OCCA board member), Dr. Donna Vogler. This program will feature the amazing life found in our local bogs. This program will take place at 7:30pm. Details and registration information will be available at www.doas.us.

April 18, Reducing Energy Webinar. Representatives from Heat Smart Otsego and Delaware River Solar present a variety of ways to save energy in your home. This program will take place at 2pm via Zoom. Register here

April 19, Coffee Talk: Reducing Solid Waste. OCCA Executive Director, Amy Wyant hosts this chat with local officials and business representatives sharing tips on how to reduce our output of solid waste and how to keep recycling during a pandemic. This Zoom meeting begins at 10:30am. Register here.

April 20, Reducing Food Waste and Grocery Bills. This dinner hour program will include tips on composting, vermicomposting (i.e., using worms to compost food waste), and how to reduce food waste through proper planning and storage, and through creative use of leftovers and odd parts. This Zoom event begins at 7pm. Please register here.

April 21, Get Outside: Reduce Your Stress Scavenger Hunt. Enjoy the outdoors (safely) in this all-day digital scavenger hunt. Details still to come.

April 22, Earth Day: The Bigger Picture. In partnership with the Choose Clean Water Coalition and the Upper Susquehanna Coalition, we’ll cover a variety of topics related to our place in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. In addition, we’ll highlight digital Earth Day events happening all over the globe for you to participate in! Register here for this event, which begins at 10am.

New Earth Festival Sponsorship Opportunities 

Please consider making a donation so that we can continue hosting this wonderful event! Check them out here or contact Amy Wyant at director@occainfo.org or 607-547-4488!

 

2020 Earth Festival Planning Committee

Amy Wyant                                Jeff O’Handley

Eamonn Hinchey                        Monica Coville

Martha Clarvoe                           Ellen Pope     

Flo Loomis         

 

2020 Vendors and Exhibitors

Otsego County Conservation Association ♦ Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society ♦ Heat Smart Otsego ♦ CCE Otsego Master Gardeners ♦ CRISP Watershed Steward Program ♦ Otsego ReUse Center ♦ Granola Girl Beeswax Food Wraps ♦ Delaware River Solar ♦ Hare & Feather Farm ♦ Norwex, Sherry LaRose ♦ Richfield Springs Community Food Coop ♦ Otsego County Planning & Solid Waste Department ♦ Lori Henry

Lunch Provided By

TBD

2020 Donors and Sponsors

Earth Festival would not be possible without the generosity of our community. OCCA and the Earth Festival Planning Committee are grateful to the following individuals, businesses, and organizations for their support.

 ♦ Casella Waste Systems, Inc. ♦ Empire Recycling Corporation ♦ Delaware River Solar ♦ Richfield Springs Community Food Coop ♦ Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society ♦ CCE Otsego Master Gardeners ♦ Martha & Paul Clarvoe ♦  Sherry LaRose, Norwex

 

Photos of Past Earth Festivals

A panoramic view of the festival
Chris Grady with Shady Grady Shiitake leads students at a Master Gardener’s workshop on starting your own shiitake “garden.”
EcoArt
Sue LaBudde and her handcrafted reusable bags.
OCCA Recycling Table
Styrofoam recyclers hard at work with the Daisy troop 60299 at the ready.