NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Grace Farms in New Canaan will celebrate Earth Day with a free event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 23 to celebrate the natural world with programs focused on issues tied to the five Grace Farms initiatives.
Grace Farms Foundation will open the day with a morning panel discussion, “Sustainable Capitalism: A 21st Century Response to Climate Change and Modern Slavery,” moderated by Krishna Patel, Grace Farms Foundation’s director of justice initiatives. Afternoon programs include outdoor falconry demonstrations with hawks, falcons and owls, as well as tours of Grace Farms’ geothermal well system.
Additional highlights include a tour of the landscape, which will include native wildlife presented in partnership with the New Canaan Nature Center, a reading of Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden Pond,” and the documentary film “Chasing Ice.” Grace Farms Foundation also will open its community garden.
Live music will be performed throughout the day, and the Grace Farms River building will be open for lunch, coffee or tea. At the pavilion, artist Kysa Johnson will create a temporary, site-specific installation inspired by the landscape at Grace Farms. In the art studio, children can engage in artistic activity inspired by Johnson’s creation. A conversation with the artist will follow in the afternoon, led by Kenyon Adams, the foundation’s director of arts initiatives. Johnson’s finished work, “Landscape Continuum,” will remain on view throughout May.
Emmy-nominated naturalist and National Geographic Channel filmmaker Mark Fowler, who serves as nature and wildlife ambassador for Grace Farms, will announce the development and installation of the Grace Farms Kestrel Nest Box Recovery Program.
“My goal is to create programs and initiatives that give us all a chance to get outside, have adventures and explore the wilderness, wildlife and nature that exists right here in our own backyards,” Fowler said. Upon entry, Grace Farms staff will collect working used cell phones for the Domestic Violence Crisis Center.
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Grace Farms is at 365 Lukes Wood Road, New Canaan.