The National Conference Center is one of the largest meeting and training facilities in the county. Over the years, the property has obtained many green industry certifications and awards, including Green Seal GS-33 Silver and Virginia Green Certified and is a past winner of the Loudoun County Green Business Challenge. As we create this legacy of taking care of our Earth, we have reached out into the local community to teach children about organic foods, encourage healthy eating habits and sustainability.
To celebrate Earth Day, April 22, The National continues its green initiatives reaching out to the local community. During our recent Easter celebration, a mock bunny garden with a wheel barrow, garden tools allowing our ‘little’ guests to dig a whole, plant seeds and create plant markers. We are now taking that ‘plant and grow’ theme and creating more opportunities to encourage the community and children to take care of the Earth.
Now that the seeds are ready to be transplanted, we invite the children back for a planting party on Earth Day. Families and children can come back on Saturday, April 23, between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to tend to the organic garden — water, pull weeds, harvest early peas, lettuce and spinach. The plant markers that were made during the Easter celebration are used to show the plants’ designation. Go to the front desk and ask for Rachael Rutherford, our garden host for the day, and she will escort your to the garden.
During Mother’s Day and other events, Executive Chef Ferrier will be using items from our garden, supplementing with local farmers produce and meeting with them regularly. Often Chef adjusts menus based on what he can get from his local purveyors.
To celebrate Earth Day week, The National will hold the 2nd Breakfast of Champions event in the Courtyard on Wednesday, April 20 at 8:15 a.m. for the local community with menu items from our local farmers and purveyors. Paul Safran, our Director of Catering, along with Chef Ferrier, will be discussing our sustainability program. Each attendee will receive a tree sapling to plant in their yard.
We continue our commitment to Earth Day celebrations with Jazz it Up, June 25, where we will host a children’s cook off fundraiser using foods from the National’s garden. At any activity at the National, the garden is available for children to enjoy and learn about new plants and techniques.
For more information about our Green Program, email Charline Gordon or call her directly at 703-724-5137.