The organic garden and farm at Airlie, open for tours Saturday.
Airlie, the conference center and resort just north of Warrenton, will celebrate Earth Day — and its connection to the first observation — on Saturday, May 22.
More than 47 years ago, then-Gov. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, Earth Day’s founder, presented a paper at Airlie about sustainable practices to protect Mother Earth.
During the week leading up to Earth Day on April 22, Airlie’s staff will participate in a variety of activities, including a road cleanup, garden cleanup, tours for school children and other environmental events.
Airlie will host a “garden party” from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday. The Rainforest Trust will help organize activities for all ages.
The event is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable items, pet food, clothing and other items which will be donated to Fauquier SPCA, Fauquier Family Shelter and the Fauquier Food Bank.
The morning’s activities will include garden tours, guest speakers, a seed packet giveaway, a show of art made with recycled materials and children’s games.
Airlie has featured sustainable programs since its founding in 1960. Its practices include recycling and composting, linen reuse, energy efficient lighting, organic gardening, bicycling, fuel efficient fleet, car charging stations, certified wildlife habitat, employee green team and LEED certification.