April 24, 2009
Earth Day Events Set Records for Volunteerism
On Saturday, April 18th, Columbus Bar members soaked up the sun at Four Seasons City Farm and participated in our city's Earth Day festivities.
Four Seasons City Farm (located at the intersection of Mound and Carpenter streets) is a non-profit organization dedicated to revolutionary food production and community-building projects in and around the near eastside of Columbus, Ohio. Started in the early growing season of 2004, the City Farm has expanded to include fourteen different plots in the city, including a one-acre community garden complex.
Led by Rob Meyer, chair of the Green Initiative Committee, Columbus Bar lawyers and their families joined the neighborhood residents in their annual spring planting and garden clean up. Capital Law School students and a large group representing the law firm of Luper Neidenthal and Logan were among those who enjoyed a picture perfect spring day in the unique city garden.
The citywide Earth Day event in Columbus, Ohio set both local and national records for volunteerism this year. On April 18th, at 70 area worksites, 2,605 volunteers spent 9,132 hours planting trees, cleaning up litter, removing non-native species, establishing vegetable gardens, and otherwise beautifying their communities. At the celebration on April 19th, another 300 volunteers added over 900 hours setting up and tearing down, manning recycling and compost bins, and performing other essential roles. These totals put Columbus at the top of the list, in terms of volunteer participation for Earth Day in the U.S.