Valley River Inn Celebrates Earth Day

Each year, on April 22nd we celebrate Earth Day, which is considered the anniversary of the modern environmental movement in 1970.  Earth Day first came to prominence after Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, witnessed the widespread damage from the massive 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.  At the time, in the middle of what came to be known as the hippie/flower child era, the political climate was increasingly focused on the Vietnam War, with protests taking place weekly at campuses across the nation.  Inspired by the anti-war movement, Senator Nelson realized that if he could combine that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, environmental protection would become a central component of the national political agenda

Since that day, environmental protection has remained a central focus of the national political agenda and the call for sustainable corporate practices has been heightened.  Here at Valley River Inn we, along with the rest of the Destination Hotels & Resorts portfolio, are proud to contribute with sustainable initiatives such as Destination Earth, our in-house “Green Team”, and our Chef’s Garden featuring a variety of vegetables and herbs grown on-property.

This year, in special recognition of Earth Day, the team at Valley River Inn took time out of their busy day to clean the Chef’s Garden and have a seeding party. The next time you visit SweetWaters on the River, make sure to ask about our Chef’s Garden and stop by to see our progress.

Here are a few photos from this year’s event

Before we started....

Our Executive Chef Michael Theime, Sous Chef Alfredo Van Notrwick and Green Team Leader Robert Lane....


Hard at work to get the planter boxes ready for seeding... 

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