Around the globe, millions of people, businesses and landmarks set aside an hour to host events, switch off their lights, and make noise to #ChangeClimateChange. The Pacific National Exhibition is proud to join in on this endeavor and we encourage each and every one of you to do your part.
On March 25, 2017 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm the PNE will be going DARK! Lights will be turned off, computers will be powered down and any electronic devices not being used will be unplugged!
How can you participate you ask! Here are a few helpful tips on how you can do your part in the fight to #ChangeClimateChange:
- Close blinds and curtains to help retain heat in your home
- Wash clothing in cold water
- Unplug any electrical devises that are not being used
- Change any old incandescent or halogen light bulbs to energy-efficient blubs
- Check the seal on your refrigerator door
- Regularly vacuum the coils under your refrigerator
- Use lids on pots and pans to reduce cooking time
- Clean the lint screen after every load of laundry
- Dust light fixtures regularly
- And remember; it pays to invest in energy efficiency
With these helpful tips on saving energy, you and your family can take the steps to help protect this planet we all share.
From the team at the PNE, we thank you for doing your part to #ChangeClimateChange
Let us know how you’re participating via social or in the comments below! Happy Earth Hour!
Looking for plans this Sunday? You’ve come to the right place! The Hastings Park Farmers Market gets underway this Sunday from 10:00am to 2:00pm in Hastings Park! Come check out Fruit Guy Farms for some great local produce, Old Country Frozen Pierogi for some delicious Pierogis or Six Legs Good Apiaries for East Vancouver produced honey and beeswax!
NEW this week at the Farmers Market: Freshly picked Daffodils from Warmerdam Specialty Daffodils and Tulips from The Promise Land Farm! If you’re looking to put a smile on someone’s face, these are the flowers for you!
For more information on the Hastings Park Farmers Market or to find a Farmers Market near you check out: www.eatlocal.org
For a map of the Hastings Park Farmers Market and a list of all the vendors coming this weekend, please visit: http://maps.managemymarket.com/2256
Don’t forget to follow @VanMarkets on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay informed about all the Vancouver Farmers Markets!
We are very excited to launch a new sustainability initiative here at the PNE in partnership with Safeway. The PNE Chef’s Garden is a fresh and local garden where we are growing over 500lbs of food for use by our PNE Food and Beverage team.
Many people don’t realize that the PNE manages the over 105 acres of Hastings Park on a year round basis. We have staff on site seven days a week, year-round, maintaining the buildings, the grounds, the park space and now also our spray-free fruit, vegetable and herb gardens! Trained horticulturists in our gardening team tend to the over 20 plants including, cucumbers, strawberries, thyme, lettuce, basil, watermelon, kale and potatoes. You can see an exhibit of The PNE Chef’s Gardens during The Fair in Farm Country.
You may be asking at this point, ‘well what happens to all the ripe product?’ It gets eaten… by you! The product grown in the gardens gets incorporated by our Food and Beverage department into the food we serve at catered events onsite like the meals served to the artists who play at the Pacific Coliseum and in the dishes prepared for our private catered events. Hence the name, The PNE Chef’s Garden!
Don’t forget to visit Market Fresh at The Fair for healthy options straight from our gardens. As we grow this initiative, food will also be incorporated into many of our Food and Beverage initiatives onsite during Playland and The Fair. So just think, next time you order a Crazy Dog, Shrimp Boat platter or Unroutine Poutine, that sprinkle of chive, sliver of carrot or even slice of onion and lettuce came straight from our gardens that morning! This is just another small step in our journey on becoming a zero waste and fully sustainable site.
Check our blog frequently for updates from the PNE Chef’s Garden where we’ll be sharing what’s grown and how it’s all being used.