Celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day: The Old Store's Commitment to Environmental Stewardship

As Earth Day and Arbor Day draw near, The Old Store is proud to reflect on our dedication to environmental conservation and the rich natural heritage of our beloved community of Grassy Creek. Together with Hart-T-Tree Farms and Little Saps, our family of businesses remains devoted to environmental well-being and active participation in these special occasions.


Hart-T-Tree Farms
Surrounded by the landscapes of Hart-T-Tree Farms, The Old Store is deeply rooted in a culture of sustainability. Hart-T-Tree Farms plant 2-3 seedlings for every Christmas tree harvested. These young saplings not only replenish the forest but also provide vital habitats for wildlife, contributing to the biodiversity of our region. By supporting natural Christmas tree farming, we actively participate in nurturing the planet's health and preserving its ecosystems. We also preserve farmland that might otherwise be developed.

Little Saps

At The Old Store, we believe in the power of trees to heal and rejuvenate the Earth. That's why we proudly offer Little Saps trees and houseplants, encouraging our community to bring a touch of greenery into their homes. Each tree planted serves as a beacon of hope for our environment, absorbing carbon dioxide, purifying the air, and providing shelter for countless creatures. Through our partnership with Little Saps, we empower individuals to become stewards of the planet and cultivate thriving green spaces while also remembering loved ones or celebrating special events.


Saved by a Salamander

In Grassy Creek, the legend of the salamander holds a special place in our hearts. Legend says that the native Hellbender salamander stopped the New River from being dammed and Grassy Creek from disappearing under water. In truth, it was a joint effort from citizens and lawmakers. In partnership with the New River Conservancy, Saved by a Salamander Day serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of protecting our wildlife and natural habitats, celebrating the incredible history to save the New River and teaching us how to keep it healthy for years to come. Just as the salamander once safeguarded our community from environmental harm, we strive to uphold its legacy by advocating for conservation initiatives.

Grassy Creek's Environmental Legacy
Grassy Creek's history is intertwined with the land, shaped by centuries of reverence for nature. From the towering forests to the meandering rivers, our surroundings have long inspired awe and respect. The Old Store honors our community's deep connection to the environment. By preserving our natural heritage, we ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy the beauty and bounty of Grassy Creek.
A Pledge to Protect
At The Old Store, we take pride in our efforts to give back to the planet, whether through sustainable practices, wildlife conservation initiatives, or community engagement. As we celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day, let us reaffirm our dedication to protecting the environment and fostering a greener, healthier world for all.

Fun Facts about Earth Day and Arbor Day
  • Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970, marking the birth of the modern environmental movement.
  • Arbor Day originated in Nebraska in 1872 when J. Sterling Morton proposed a day dedicated to tree planting.
  • More than 1 billion people in over 190 countries participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
  • Planting just one tree can absorb up to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide annually, helping to combat climate change and improve air quality.
Get Involved
Here are some ways you can participate:
  • Plant a tree in your yard, or community garden to celebrate Arbor Day and contribute to reforestation efforts. Visit Little Saps, to purchase a tree suitable for your area or to send an Arbor Day gift to a loved one.
  • Participate in a community clean-up event to help beautify your neighborhood and protect local ecosystems on Earth Day.
  • Educate yourself and others about environmental issues.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint by walking, biking, carpooling, or using public transportation instead of driving alone.
  • Support sustainable businesses and brands that prioritize eco-friendly practices and contribute to environmental conservation efforts.
  • Volunteer with environmental organizations or conservation groups to take part in tree planting, habitat restoration, or wildlife monitoring projects.
  • Spread awareness about the importance of Earth Day and Arbor Day by sharing informative posts on social media, organizing educational events, or hosting tree-planting ceremonies.

As we commemorate these important observances, let us remember that every action, no matter how small, contributes to the greater good of our planet. Together, we can make a difference and leave behind a legacy of sustainability and stewardship for future generations to inherit.

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