April 22 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Earth Night is an evening celebration of sustainability and living in harmony with the planet. Gather together with friends and neighbors as we present down-to-earth music, art, and workshops that honor Mother Earth and our natural surroundings. The fun starts at 4pm, and we’ll be on site until 8, finishing the evening with a campfire and stories from the Earth.
These times are subject to change.
“With Nature” pop-up exhibition (4-8pm): These artists find inspiration in the wild lands of Upstate New York. Some pieces are created from natural sources, while others have a deeper message, probing shifting weather patterns, and uncovering the roots of climate change.
Music by Earth’s Children (5-8pm): Refined tones plucked from raw land. Earth’s Children is an improvisational rock collective with members on the east and west coasts. Each performance is a unique combination of players and styles. Earth’s Children have been recording and cataloguing their music independently since 2013.
Aquatic Life (4-7pm): Come explore the mysterious organisms living in a pond near you! Educator George Steele has brought various aquatic samples for young biologists to study.
The Secret Lives of Herbs with Cornell Cooperative Extension (5pm tour; soil testing 4pm-7pm): Mabee’s herb garden sprang back to life in the last few years, thanks to the help of Cornell Master Gardeners, who welcomed the idea of sprucing up the long-neglected area. Over the course of a year, they cleared the area of weeds, exposing a lovely stone border and path through the garden. There, they found inspiration for their herb garden design, and planted herbs and flowers common to the 1700s. Master Gardener Kathy Adams will be on site to discuss herbs in the garden, including betony, borage, calendula, chamomile, dill, mountain mint, penstemon, sage, sweet woodruff, tansy and wild quinine, answer gardening questions, and do free soil testing.
Composting with Cornell Cooperative Extension (5:30pm ): Have you ever wondered why compost is so cool? Join us on a journey of discovery as we take on the life cycle of nutrients. We’ll learn about the movement of nutrients from soil, to plants, to compost, and back into soil. You’ll also learn how you can start your own compost!”
Flower Garden Pollinator Workshop with Master Gardener Chris Kirksey (6pm): Get your hands dirty and help us mulch the newly revamped flower garden! We have saved some old plants and added new varieties to encourage pollinator visits and education, while beautifying our favorite spot on the farm.
Farm Management (6:30pm): Make your way to the site of our giant compost pile which we turn with our tractor! Meet Farmer John, who will introduce the farm animals, talk about compost, and then tour the fields and orchards, pointing out his sustainability tips.
Kids Crafts (4-7pm): Explore our educational raised bed garden and help us get it ready for this season. Search around for signs of spring, and meet the new additions to our goat and sheep family while saying hello to old friends like our chickens and cats. Help us harvest rocks from the field, and then get creative with painting a rock craft to take home!
Crafts for Everyone (4-7pm): BYO glass, tin, or plastic container to create art out of! You’ll get the chance to include your artwork in the pop-up exhibition.
Sunset on the Nature Trail (7pm): The waning sunlight is our favorite time of day at Mabee Farm, offering a time for slow, mindful movement and reflectionTake a short guided tour around the farm with an educator to meet the various tree specimens that grow in this climate, and learn how the foliage changes during the year. What do we harvest from the different trees through the seasons?
Campfire (7:45pm): Savor the pinks and purples of Mabee’s twilight while enjoying a beverage around the campfire. Our educator will spin stories of the Earth, and participants are encouraged to bring their own tall tales.