COVID Weekly Update: April 10, 2020

April 10th, 2020

This Earth Month feels different than any other. 

But as fellow stewards of the Earth, we hope you’ll take comfort in the knowledge that nature continues its cycles while our world is paused. Everywhere you look, spring is in bloom. Flowers are blossoming, trees are budding, birdsong fills the air, and new life is all around — one member of our team is even tracking the growth of tadpoles in her backyard!

This excerpt from beloved nature poet Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese” feels especially appropriate these days: 

Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.

While we cannot, for the health of each other and our communities, savor this season as we might usually, we’re sharing some ways you can honor Earth Month from home below. Also keep an eye on our social media channels, where we’ll be sharing more special content all month long. 

From all of us at Upstate Forever, take care and be well.

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Also in this week's email update: 

  • Join us on a wildflower "walk"
    Since you may not be able to get out and explore right now, we thought we would bring nature to you in the form of some of our region's unique native plants. Visit our Instagram page to join us on a virtual wildflower walk and let us know what your favorite spring bloom is. Check it out
  • All about native plants
    Now is a great time to start your summer garden or make some improvements to your home's landscaping. Consider utilizing native plants for a cost-effective, low-maintenance yard that flourishes. View our native plant guide
  • How you can support local farms right now
    The South Carolina Department of Agriculture has compiled a handy list of farms and businesses offering delivery, on-farm pickup, CSAs, and other options by county. This list is being updated regularly, so check back frequently for more opportunities to support the local food movement. View the Upstate list

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