'earth day - nEW ULM' april 22

Morgan Creek Vineyards is among the three local businesses that wish to bring a community focus to the traditional Earth Day international observance, while also recognizing the life and music of John Denver in advance of his inducted into the 2017 Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.

Morgan Creek Vineyards; Riverside History and Nature Learning Center; and The Pantry & Aquaponics Farm will each sponsor an EARTH DAY - New Ulm activity on Saturday afternoon, April 22 . All events are free and open to the public.

Scott Sparlin

Scott Sparlin


Environmentalist and songwriter Scott Sparlin says it makes sense to link Denver with an environmental holiday. “John Denver believed strongly in an environmental ethic, so to emphasize and celebrate that on Earth Day is really appropriate. It’s amazing how simple songs influence modern culture and, in his own way, John did so on many fronts.”

As a renowned environmentalist and humanitarian, Denver's membership in many organizations included the Cousteau Society, and Friends of the Earth. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan presented Denver with the Presidential World Without Hunger Award. In 1993, he won the Albert Schweitzer Music Award for humanitarian efforts.

Sparlin will lead a 1 p.m. presentation on the role of songs as teach and motivator for inquiry and influence in modern culture at the Riverside History and Learning Center, 101 South Front Street, New Ulm.Throughout his presentation, Sparlin will feature a number of his own songs from his recent CD “Energy, Rivers, and National Security.”

With wit and wisdom Sparlin offers an enjoyable session that informs and inspires others to become more aware of the fragile environment we depend on daily, and how to become involved in caring for the earth.

Learning Center Curator, Ron Bolduan will also be on hand to answer questions about the History and Learning Center activities. The Center is located at 101 S. Front St., New Ulm.

New documentary "SEED" screened at Morgan Creek Vineyards

April 22 marks the completion of a 4 year transition to organic viticulture management by Morgan Creek Vineyards. It also initiates the beginning of a challenging period as Georg and Paula Marti seek Demeter Certification from the North American Biodynamic Association for their farm winery operation.

In preparation for this viticulture journey the Martis have participated in intensive workshops, training, and have attended the associations international conferences, where they recently participated in the premiere film screening of the new documentary SEED: The Untold Story. “EARTH DAY - New Ulm presents an opportunity for us as a family to share this important narrative with our winery visitors,” said Paula Marti.

Throughout Saturday’s Earth Day Celebration, Morgan Creek Vineyards will be hosting an ongoing screening of the documentary.

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. In the last century, 94 percent of our seed varieties have disappeared. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy.

As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.

SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

SEED is Executive Produced by Academy Award Winning Actress Marisa Tomei, Marc Turtletaub (Little Miss Sunshine) and Phil Fairclough (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams).

The film will be screened beginning at 11 a.m. with the last showing at 4 p.m.

A scene from "SEED."

A scene from "SEED."

Some plants in The Pantry's AquaPonics operation.

Some plants in The Pantry's AquaPonics operation.

Aquaponics Farm Tour

The Pantry is New Ulm eatery that focuses its environmental efforts on sustainable food production. Owners Mary and Topher Jacobson have been operating what they describe as a “closed loop system” that offers complete sustainability from an aquatic fish environment to the production of garden fresh vegetables that are used directly in the menu featured at The Pantry.

The Pantry’s AquaPonics Farm is located in New Ulm’s historic Goose Town at 1 South Valley.

According to the University of Minnesota, “Aquaponics provides an ideal solution for locally producing aquatic animals in tanks with nutrient-rich effluent benefiting hydroponically grown plants in controlled environments, such as warehouses and greenhouses. In addition to the more than 40 aquaponics producers in Minnesota (up from 3 in 2010!), numerous aquaponics-related firms have begun to show interest in this emerging field, including hydroponic growers, fish processors, 
distributors/retailors, restaurants, farmers markets, food trucks, municipalities, correctional facilities, and K-12 schools.”

A new undergraduate program in Aquaponics at the University of Minnesota claims to have positioned Minnesota as a leader in this new industry.

Topher will be hosting the EARTH DAY - New Ulm tour of the complete operation for visitors from 3 p.m. at the Aquaponics Farm location, 1 South Valley, New Ulm, MN

For more information http://www.pepperboyfoods.com/aquaponics.html