Weather Didn’t Dampen Saturday’s Celebration of Earth Day in Jemez Springs

Shoppers check out the offerings at the Earth Day Celebration in Jemez Springs Saturday. Photo by Ryszard Wasilewski
 
Youngsters enjoy Earth Day activities. Photo by Ryszard Wasilewski
 
Growers had a large presence, some presenting exotic methods of nurturing plants, like these producers of hydroponically grown vegetables. Here, customers have an opportunity to pick vegetables straight from their soil-less source, with a guarantee of freshness. Photo by Ryszard Wasilewski

Photo Essay by RYSZARD WASILEWSKI

Earth Day celebrations took place on the Plaza in Jemez Springs Saturday, despite the threatening weather.

The plaza was well packed with stalls, many carried information from locally based agencies directed to local residents. These included ecological organizations like the Wild Earth Guardians and Sustainable Solutions, but also the Forest Service, Valles Caldera National Preserve and fire services.

Mostly though, visitors had an opportunity to meet local earth-friendly producers of crafts and food. The event was organized mostly by Sustainable Solutions, who took over that role from the Jemez Community Association this year. 

The temperatures dropped and the wind grew stronger as the day went on, but the stall holders bravely hung on to their brochures, hand-outs and canopies.

Plants produced by more conventional means also were on display at the Earth Day Celebration. Photo by Ryszard Wasilewski
 
There was a focus on the spiritual and religious aspects of the celebration with various religions represented, ranging from churches, monasteries, the Pueblo of Jemez and the local rabbi. Photo by Ryszard Wasilewski
 
Earth Day participants take a rest by the flag pole. Photo by Ryszard Wasilewski
 
Colorful signs celebrate Earth Day in Jemez Springs. Photo by Ryszard Wasilewski
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