By Rob Jennings New Jersey Herald
Posted: Apr. 25, 2016 12:01 am
VERNON — The annual Earthfest celebration at Heaven Hill Farm, aided by perfect spring weather, was drawing a steady crowd Sunday.Inspired by Earth Day, the yearly tribute to environmental protection that was celebrated Friday, the free admission event lasted from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Vernon Mayor Harry Shortway was among those in attendance at the farm.”It’s something positive for the township,” Shortway said of the event.”It’s nature. It’s planning. The environment. It’s community,” he said.Among the environmentally-themed displays was a presentation table by Vernon Valley Farm, located several miles away, on the importance of “soil health” via composting as opposed to fertilizers.”We understand how important it is to have healthy soil. Composting is a great way to do it,” said Christina Arellano, who works at Vernon Valley.”Health and wellness comes from what we eat and the choices we make,” she added.An especially attention-grabbing exhibit was provided by Snakes-n-Scales.Bill Boesenberg, an educator at the group, displayed animals ranging from an alligator to a mata mata turtle — the latter noteworthy for its ability to remain remarkably still, he explained to a rapt audience.