Going Green for Good Earth Fair: Working Toward Green Sanctuary 2030

Planet earth with the words "One Planet, One Chance" overlaid on top.

First Annual Earth Fair

March 23, 2024

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


415 Young’s Mill Road * Newport News, VA

a collection of houseplants

What is Green Sanctuary 2030? What is Going Green for Good? Come and find out more information. Explore informative booths from local environmental organizations showcasing eco-friendly practices and initiatives. Experts will be on hand to answer questions you may have about gardening, composting, etc. There will be a photo op setup. The Earth Fair is a fantastic opportunity to learn, celebrate, and take action to protect our planet. So come, join the fun, and bring your family and friends, and help make a difference for a greener tomorrow! Enjoy activities, crafts, information, speakers panel, puzzle swap, and stone soup, to list a few of the things that will be happening at the event!

Involvement is needed! Please bring one cup of a soup ingredient (there will be a vegetarian option, as well as a gluten free option); a bowl or mug to eat soup from; thoughts and ideas for a greener sanctuary; questions about Green Sanctuary, as well as Reducing, Recycling, and ReusingGardening, and How We Can Help the Earth; puzzles that are in good condition and not missing pieces; and excitement to last throughout the day.

Four interconnected puzzle pieces of different colors

A bowl of healthy-looking soup

We will be making our own Stone Soup but need your help. We will have a vegetarian base broth, a meat base broth, and a loaded broth base. We ask that you bring no more than 1 cup of something that you would put into a soup! Corn bread, bread, and crackers will be available. You will also need to bring a mug or bowl to put your soup in to eat.

Schedule for the day’s events:

9:00 a.m.: Build Opening – Coffee will be offered
9:30 a.m.: Opening Ceremony and Chalice Lighting
9:45 a.m.: Explanation of Green Sanctuary 2030 and Raffle Information
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Janet Rash, Extension Master Gardener
11:00 a.m. and throughout the day: Plant Swap, Crafts, DIY Laundry Soap, DIY Seasoning Mixes, Plant Walks, Raffle, Information Tables
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Stone Soup Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Charlotte Bordeaux, Master Naturalist, eco-conscious gardening using native plants
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Tami Farinholt, Newport Newa Green Foundation / Sarfan Food Forest
Short Break to Set-up for Panel Discussion
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Panel Discussion – questions and answers / panel participants asked for reflections on what stood out in the day’s event
4:00 p.m.: Closing Words and Comments – Clean-Up

 For more information or to volunteer, please contact earthjustice@uufp.org.

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Green Sanctuary 2030: Mobilizing for Climate Justice provides structure, leadership and support, in broad collaboration, for the UU faith community to engage in an ambitious environmental and climate justice movement that seeks to live fully our principles and achieve our vision of a sustainable and just world for all.