Highlighted by the first-ever Inglewood Pop-up Farmer’s Market, over the weekend, the City of Inglewood and the Social Justice Learning Institute hosted “Earth Day Fest 2015: From the Soil to the Sky.”
The 5th annual Earth Day celebration was designed for Inglewood families to come together to have fun with face painting, games and activities in the Home Depot- sponsored family area, learn from local organizations and vendors about Earth stewardship, and enjoy music from this year’s special performing artist Lenny Williams.
“We strive each year to make this event more informative, memorable, and fun so that Inglewood and its community members are encouraged and empowered in their own way to lead in making the Earth a better place,” Derek Steele, Health Equity Programs Director of the SJLI was excited to share.
“It’s a fabulous day here in the beautiful city of Inglewood, we’re getting it on here today,” Willie Agee, long time Inglewood resident, said passionately. “The music is out of sight, and the education is really something. This is for the people.”
The Pop Up Farmer’s Market was a huge success, from a freshly squeezed orange juice vendor, to organic herbal teas, jams, to cobblers and freshly made pupusas, folks were lining up throughout the day to partake of the wonderful selection of goods provided.
Mami Jolly proprietor Amber said, “As a vegetarian, a few years ago, I was putting this paste like fruit spread on my jams and I was like, this is all fillers and preservatives and it’s not good for me. So I decided to make my own jam, its real chunks of fruit, and it’s healthier. I always wanted to do a Farmer’s Market for Earth Day because I’m so into the organic, reduce, reuse, recycle (stuff), so I’m very big into the environment, so I wanted to come out and support.”
Executive Director of the Social Justice Learning Institute Dr. D’Artagnan Scorza said, “Looking around at the health disparities we have in communities like Inglewood’s, with the 405, the 105 and the 110 (which create disparities for people to breath, and eat healthy), we realized that not only was it important to increase awareness of the folk in our community, but to make sure they were educated.”
Healthy soils are the foundation for food, fuel, fiber and even medicine, said the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as it kicked off 2015 the International Year of Soils on the first-ever World Soil Day back in December 2014.