NEW CANAAN, -- Earth Day at New Canaan's Grace Farms -- Saturday, April 23 -- will be a celebration of the natural world with insightful programs focused on issues tied to the five Grace Farms initiatives, as well as enjoyment of the 80-acre landscape and its diverse habitats.
The all-day event is free and open to the public.
Grace Farms Foundation will begin the day with a morning panel discussion, "Sustainable Capitalism: a 21st Century Response to Climate Change and Modern Slavery," moderated by Krishna Patel, the Foundation's director of Justice Initiatives.
Afternoon programs include outdoor falconry demonstrations with hawks, falcons and owls, and tours of Grace Farms' geothermal well system. Additional highlights include a tour of the landscape, which will include native wildlife presented in partnership with New Canaan Nature Center, a reading of Henry David Thoreau's "Walden Pond," and the documentary film "Chasing Ice."
The Foundation will also open its Community Garden, overseen by staff and volunteers, to bring people together and exemplify its sustainability efforts. 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 through May.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The farm is located at 365 Lukes Wood Rd. For more information about Grace Farms' sustainability measures, or to register for Earth Day, visit its website.