Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day 2010

I am celebrating Earth Day by planting the world's food and fuel, corn and soybeans.

I see my neighbors planting gardens, that is good.

The soil is working so nicely and they are calling for rain this weekend. The weather and signs look good for growing. Winter is over and it is time to grow again!

The fertilizer dealers have been working full speed ahead and I heard most are still 20,000 acres behind because we all want service at the same time in this unusual spring!

We are around three inches shy of normal rainfall around here for March and April but there is plenty of soil moisture to plant.

I met a young lady who is handicapped this morning. She told me she had a stroke at age 34. I told her I would pray for her. My sister's friend Ann is fighting cancer, Paul and Erin are struggling, Shelley is struggling, Richard is fighting cancer, so many to pray for. So many blessings to be thankful for, too. That is life on Earth Day 2010.

Today, April 22, 2010 is the fortieth anniversary of Earth Day. Before 1970 factories could release black clouds of toxins into the air or dump toxic waste into rivers and streams, and it was perfectly legal. In 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a ways to "force this issue onto the national agenda." President Nixon and Congress established the Environmental Protection Agency in response to an increasing public demand for cleaner water, air and land; this agency would be known to tackle environmental issues facing the United States and world today.

For teachers Earth Day 2010 can be a great opportunity to help your class learn what they can do everyday to better the environment. Here are some Earth Day activities and lesson plans from the website:

To see what Earth Day 2010 events are going on in your community check out's Action Center.

Today is all about providing meaningful opportunities for celebration, education and action. To have people remake a commitment to acting for the good of the environment.

Here are some Earth Day activity ideas:

Clean up your neighborhood, yard, trails--whatever area is around you that needs a little TLC, restore your area by picking up garbage, planting seeds.

Write a Petition/Letter to your local politician, let them know that Earth Day and living in a clean and healthy environment is really important to you and the community.

Scavenger Hunt, this will give people an opportunity to be active and learn along the way. For prizes give seeds, cloth grocery bags, etc.

Ride your bike or walk to work. (Sorry, I will drive my E-85 powered pickup and biodiesel tractor)

If you have any other ideas or ways that you celebrate Earth Day 2010 please share in the comment section below!

Every Day is Earth Day for me. Happy Earth Day!

Ed Winkle


  1. In honor of earth day I worked on the insecticide boxes on my corn planter. I was going to recycle some tires using a catalyst and heat but it was too nice a day and I thought there might be issues with those who don't understand recycling like I do.

  2. I don't know if my memory is going but I don't recall hearing much if anything about earth day until this year. Anyway, the local co-op parts guy gave me a bag made of re-cycled paper to hold the parts I bought so I guess thats my little contribution.

  3. Ha, I knew you two would chime in.