Hundreds Celebrate Earth Day in the Truckee Meadows

RENO, Nev. Hundreds of people gathered in Idlewild Park Sunday for the annual Earth Day celebration.

The crowds came out in full force, everyone taking advantage of one of the first warm weekends of Spring.

"It's a beautiful day," Matthew Ramer said. "[We thought we'd] bring our dog out, pull him around in the wagon for a bit, see what's going on in the community."

This year's festival took up twice as much space in the park than it did last year. Vendors from across the region displaying ways people can live environmentally aware.

"This whole event is about a new, sustainable lifestyle," Dave Asher, director of the Reno/Sparks Local Business Co-op said.

The theme of this year's festival was climate change, and some say one way people can help is by growing your own food.

"You food travels a long way," Asher said "And gas prices are still on the rise. When you grow your own food, it's twice as healthy, it tastes better, and it's just better all the way around."

River School Farms was at the festival to give tips on how people can grow their own food, even if they don't have a yard.

"We are really trying to promote gardening for people who don't own their own homes so that means growing on your deck, or your patio, Tom Stille, owner of River School Farms said.

If you don't have a yard, Stille recommends using pots and barrels for your garden. He even offered two solutions for those with busy lives.

"One of the issues is you have to water it all the time, but if we have solar water containers, then it waters by itself," he said.

The solar watering system can be found and purchased online, but a simpler, and more cost efficient way is through sub-irrigation.

"We advocate a bottom up watering system," Asher said. "You put a pipe in the barrel, and there's an outlet so you don't put too much water in. So about 4 inches up from the bottom of the container, water can come out. So you fill until the water comes out, and you know it's full."

There was also plenty for the little ones to do at the festival. Many vendors had crafts available, like paper making offered by Keeping Truckee Meadows Beautiful.

"it's just a fun art project you can make with something you put in your recycling bin," Jaime Souza, from KTMB said.

Shredded newspaper soaked in water is all that is needed to make the paper. Souza says it can be used to make Christmas cards or just use as coloring sheets.

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