Daily Republic article: Ag & Art Earth Day celebration debuts Saturday with workshops, electric bikes, SUV

April 19 2023

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VACAVILLE — Subaru will display its first fully electric SUV, the Solterra, on Saturday at the inaugural Ag & Art Earth Day Celebration in Andrews Park.

“During the month of April, Fairfield Subaru celebrates the Loves Earth Campaign, in which we work each day for a cleaner, healthier, and happier planet Earth. We welcome everyone to visit us at our booth to see our first fully electric 2023 Subaru Solterra. We can’t wait to see you there,” said Gabriela Vidales, Fairfield Subaru, in a press release.

The event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s an opportunity to celebrate Earth Day with talks from local farmers and eco-conscious organizations, booths featuring local art, an art tent for kids and adults, artisan and craft booths, live music from local musicians, food trucks, and eco-conscious businesses.

Electric bikes will also be on display from MotoXiotica will also be showcased. Members of the community who own an electric vehicle – car or bike – are invited to enter the EV Show happening during the event. Applications and more info is available on the event website.

Solano County’s “Woman of the Year,” Alexis Koefoed, will be one of the speakers in the Ag Tent, giving a short talk about “Regenerative Agriculture.”

Other talks from local farmers include “Raising Alpacas,” “The Benefits of a CSA,” “Raising KuneKune Pigs to Help with Fire Prevention” and “The Benefits of a Food Co-op.”

There will be opportunities to win a gift basket with a raffle to raise money for the Pleasants Valley Agriculture Association (http://vacavillefarmers.com) – a nonprofit organization of Vacaville farmers, focused on education and support for agriculture in Solano County.

Cultivate Community Food Co-Op, located in Benicia, will be at the event to talk about what a food co-op is and why it is beneficial for the health of the planet.

“It is important for Cultivate Community Food Co-op to be represented at Ag & Art’s Inaugural Earth Day Celebration because we want people to know why food co-ops are so important for the wellness of our planet,” said Paula Schense, Cultivate Community Food Co-Op, in the press release.

“Food co-ops buy from local food producers and farmers decreasing our carbon footprint, we promote and sell organic which is best for our soil, groundwater, and waterways, we sell in bulk eliminating packaging waste, we have more efficient policies for composting and recycling programs and we inform the public on food, health and the environment through educational programs. Come to our booth to say hello and to learn more about how you can get involved.”

Joyful Art Studio will have an Arts & Craft tent to offer art projects to adults and children.

Community organizations in attendance include Sustainable Solano, Solano Land Trust, BayRen, Solano EDC, Solano County Public Health, and Solano Transportation Authority.

Admission is free. Well-behaved dogs on a leash are welcome. Parking is available at the neighboring George E. Duke Center or on surrounding streets.

Susiun City is planning an art walk and poster contest. For information, visit www.suisun.com/Events-directory/Earth-Day-Art-Walk

For a list of more Earth Day events, visit https://www.cleanupsolano.org/home/earth-day-cleanup/where-to-volunteer-edc.

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