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PRACTICE: Celebrating Earth Day With Intention - Ardent Market

PRACTICE: Celebrating Earth Day With Intention

At Ardent Market, every day is Earth Day. We are committed to sustainable practices that prioritize the health of our planet, from sourcing our goods to packaging orders, and even spending free time in the garden or at local markets. I believe that our bodies are part of the earth and that exploring nature and life means engaging with the planet. So, I'd like to share a few ways that I enjoy celebrating.

Earth Day is observed annually on April 22nd, and it's a time to reflect on the state of our planet and what we can do to make a positive impact. Engaging in mindful activities that help us connect with nature and appreciate the beauty of our planet is a great way to celebrate Earth Day. To get you started, I'm offering a few activities that you can do mindfully on Earth Day.

Grounding in Nature

Going for a mindful walk in nature is a great way to celebrate Earth Day. Walking mindfully means being fully present and paying attention to your surroundings. As you walk, focus on your breath and the sensations in your body. Take in the beauty of nature around you – the trees, the flowers, and the birds singing. By taking the time to appreciate the natural world, we can develop a deeper connection with the earth and a greater appreciation for its beauty.

After your walk, find a quiet outdoor space where you feel connected to nature. Begin by grounding yourself and connecting with the earth. You can do this by standing barefoot on the ground, placing your hands on the earth, or simply taking a few deep breaths and visualizing roots growing from your feet into the earth. Take some time to reflect on your connection to the earth and how you can make a positive impact. Consider making a commitment to reduce your environmental footprint, volunteering for a local environmental organization, or simply spending more time in nature. By grounding ourselves, we can deepen our connection to the planet and show gratitude for its gifts.


Cultivate a Native Plant Garden

Starting a native plant garden is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and support biodiversity. Native plants are adapted to the local climate and soil, and they provide important habitats for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. By planting native species, you can create a beautiful and sustainable garden that supports the local ecosystem.

Before you begin planting, do some research to determine which native plants are best suited for your climate and soil. You may want to consult with a local nursery or gardening expert to get advice on which species to choose. If possible, support an independently-owned business.

When planting your garden, aim for diversity. Choose a variety of plants with different colors, textures, and blooming times to create a dynamic and visually interesting garden. Be sure to include plants that provide food and habitat for pollinators, such as milkweed (research which varieties are best for your climate), coneflower, and goldenrod.

As you tend to your garden, be mindful of your water use. Choose plants that are adapted to your local rainfall patterns, and consider using rain barrels or other water-saving techniques to minimize your water usage. In California, for example, we recommend the cycle-and-soak method for responsible water use and exploring the "water-wise" planting selection at your local nursery.

By planting a native plant garden, you can create a beautiful and sustainable space that supports the local ecosystem, provides nourishment for pollinators, and celebrates the beauty of the natural world.


Caring for Our Earthly Bodies

Caring for our bodies is an important part of caring for the earth. By taking care of ourselves, we can reduce our impact on the environment and work towards a healthier planet. Here are a few ways to care for your body while also caring for the earth:

  • Choose natural personal care products that are free from harmful chemicals and have minimal packaging.
  • Use reusable water bottles and coffee cups to reduce waste.
  • Diversify your fruit and vegetable intake and purchase from local farms, keeping track of what is in season. Additionally, reduce your meat intake to decrease your carbon footprint.
  • Engage in physical activity outdoors, such as hiking or biking, to connect with nature and reduce your carbon emissions from transportation.

By prioritizing our health and well-being, we can make choices that are better for both ourselves and the planet.


Engage With Intentional Shopping

Shopping intentionally is another way to celebrate Earth Day. By being conscious of our purchasing decisions, we can make choices that support sustainable and ethical practices. Consider shopping locally, buying vintage, and supporting small businesses—which often have a smaller carbon footprint and are more invested in their local communities. Look for products that are made from eco-friendly materials and are produced in a way that minimizes harm to the environment. By making mindful choices when we shop, we can support a healthier planet and a more sustainable future.



Earth Day serves as an important reminder for us to take care of our planet and make choices that are sustainable and environmentally friendly. By engaging in mindful activities that help us connect with nature and appreciate the beauty of the earth, we can make a positive impact and work towards a healthier planet. There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day and make a difference, whether it's going for a mindful walk in nature, tending a garden, practicing self-care, or making intentional purchases—Let's strive to make every day Earth Day.



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