UMass Amherst’s Earth Day Festival 2012 Offers Campus Clean-Up, Pedal-Powered Music, Kites and Permaculture Gardening

April 17, 2012

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DATE: Sunday and Monday, April 22-23

TIME: Various

WHAT: Kite Festival, Sustainability Fair, Campus/Town Clean-Up, Gardening

WHERE: UMass Amherst campus

Students, faculty and staff will celebrate Earth Day this year with a variety of indoor and outdoor activities including kite flying, a Student FarmAid concert, campus clean-up, gardening day, movie screenings and lectures from Thursday, April 19 through Monday, April 23.

Highlights include:

• Campus and Amherst’s Kendrick Park Clean-Up Day, Sunday April 22, 10 a.m., meet at Student Union.

• Sustainability Fair, Sunday, April 22, 2012, 1-7 p.m., Library Lawn. More than 35 student groups participating. The event kicks off with a battle of the student bands followed by a Student FarmAid Concert to benefit the student-run organic farm and farmers’ market. Confirmed artists include "Melodeego," who power their instruments with pedal-powered generators.

• International Kite Festival, Monday, April 23, at 1 p.m., Campus Pond. Sponsored by the International Programs Office to celebrate the special role kites play in many cultures.

• Berkshire Permaculture Garden Work Day and Class of 2012 Tree Planting, Monday, April 23, at 1:30 p.m. at the new Berkshire Permaculture Garden. Students and volunteers work at the campus’ second permaculture garden to begin transforming an ecologically damaged site into a productive edible landscape. A tree commemorating the Class of 2012 will also be planted outside the Berkshire Dining Commons.