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  • The Nature Conservancy partnered with the Pike Place Market to host an Earth Day celebration in Seattle on April 22, 2011. Photo © Erika Nortemann.
  • Roughly 1,000 guests attended. The free, family-friendly picnic celebrated the relationship between nature and healthy food. Photo © William Schlichtman.
  • Chris Ballew, lead singer for alternative rock band The Presidents of the United States of America, performed his hit song "Peaches." Photo © Erika Nortemann.
  • The Earth himself made a special appearance. Photo © Erika Nortemann.
  • Pike Place Market fish mongers spoke to the crowd about sustainable fishing, and even threw some fish. Photo © Erika Nortemann.
  • Conservancy staff members attended, including Chris Davis and Maria Kildall. Photo © William Schlichtman.
  • The Earth, and his friend The Flower, made a special request for support. Photo © Erika Nortemann.
  • Washington Conservancy Director Karen Anderson talked to the audience about how their eating habits affect nature. Photo © William Schlichtman.
  • The audience was treated to a cooking demo from area food writer Jess Thomson (left). Derek Kavan (right), of Unexpected Productions, served as emcee. Photo © William Schlichtman.
  • Many Pike Place Market vendors and restaurants prepared special picnic lunches for guests. Photo © William Schlichtman.
  • An Earth Day King and Queen were crowned. Photo © Erika Nortemann.
  • Skagit Valley bluegrass band the Haggis Brothers got the audience dancing. Photo © William Schlichtman.
  • Some guests had four legs. Photo © William Schlichtman.
  • Nature Conservancy employees Lauren Milheli and Jeff Compton gave away picnic baskets full of goodies. Photo © Erika Nortemann.
Picnic for the Planet at Pike Place Market
Earth Day, 2011

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