Here’s an interesting way to observe Earth Day with your family, especially if your kids are preschool-aged or older: have an Earth Dinner. The program is designed by Organic Valley, a farmers’ collective, as a way of incorporating a meal tradition into Earth Day in the manner of other established celebrations.
It’s kind of cool, actually. You can purchase a set of cards (profits go to the Organic Farm Friends Foundation) and use them as talking points to lead dinner conversation toward mindful eating, positive discussion about food and the earth, and personal memories. There are sample cards available for download, as well as recipe ideas to help plan a healthy organic dinner and a list of participatory restaurants for those who’d rather not cook. And specifically for kids, some fun links including Organic Valley’s own kids’ activity page.
I’m not really much for theme dinners that don’t involve tons of garlic, tomatoes, and the Godfather saga, but I think I can get behind an organic lowcountry pilau with ham and bacon and going around the table to see who can name the most songs that reference food or eating, or hearing everyone’s favorite food memory. It certainly beats our standard dinner conversation of poop, princesses, and politics.