Saturday, April 24, 2010

Every Day is Earth Day! (Anthropologie Children's Gardening Event)

Hi everyone!  Hope you're all having a great weekend and things are well for all of you.  As you probably know, this past Thursday, April 22nd was the 40th annual Earth Day.  A lot of businesses use the opportunity to try and promote their various socially conscientious products, projects, and initiatives.  As Anthro fans may be aware, Anthropologie has always had very environmentally-friendly promotions such as their honey bee awareness product line last year, their contracts with vegan shoe lines such as Beyond Skin, and their gorgeous window trimmings made from repurposed water bottles.

This year, for Earth Day, they invited customers into their stores to participate in gardening-related projects, helping to fundraise for local gardening organizations in support of the locavore movement.  The Fashion Valley Anthropologie here in San Diego hosted a children's gardening event, and I was able to sign up for it when I met Sandra, (thanks, Sandra!) a reader and Anthro employee, in the store a couple weeks back.  I took my both my kids, though only Rowan was old enough to actually participate.  Kate happily munched on a strawberry and then a plastic cup, while Rowan got his gardening on.

Organically and locally grown fruits and veggies offered as snacks to guests.  Some of the items on this table, such as the flower seed bombs (I picked up a bag of these) were designated as fundraiser items for a local community gardening organization.

The Fashion Valley Anthropologie store's event benefitted Suzie's Farm, which is a local organic farm with a CSA (consumer supported agriculture - basically, you buy a subscription to whatever is being grown, and receive a box every week with freshly harvested produce).

Rowan at the worktable for kids.  In front of him is a plastic bottle with the top half cut off, which will become his "planter."  There are also bowls full of stickers and markers with which he can decorate his planter.  You can get a glimpse of the large metal bin of cut plastic bottles ready for little guests right behind Rowan's elbow.

Getting to work...

Another refreshments table with fruit, cookies, and juice for participants as well as informational materials about Suzie's Farm.

Bowls, mugs, and little pots were on hand for purchase and use as a planter if so desired.  Also, little signs answering questions like, "What are worms?" and "What is dirt?"

"Rowan, look this way for a picture, sweetie!"

Lovely Anthropologie employees helping Rowan get his chosen flower into his new planter.

We had a great time, and would like to thank the staff at the Fashion Valley Anthropologie for a wonderful time and a job well done!  

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  1. Wow, what a beautiful event! I would have loved it if my local Anthro had organized a similar event. Perfect idea!


  2. This looks like fun! I think they had a pottery one in the Atlanta store a while ago, but I couldn't just travel 2 hours to bring my boys there... and geez, coincidentally shop! (I wish!) Rowan is adorable! Looks like he had a great time!

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