I hope all of you who made it out to Red Deer College this past weekend were as inspired by the EcoLiving Fair as I was (and that those of you who follow my Twitter were able to feel the inspiration vicariously). Despite the added level of stress when you are involved on the organizing side of a major public event, I met some amazing people, learned a lot of fascinating skills and facts to support people and nature, and am newly invigorated to attack my research and upcoming projects. Now my major challenge is just finding time to visit all the amazing farms I have learned about, and apply my new knowledge.
If you missed the Fair, or just want to relive the experience check out the photos and captions below:
The EcoLiving showroom on our first day
The smells of the veg and herbs from Country Thyme Farm greeted guests entering the showroom
We had so many great vendors and educators at this event
Every age can appreciate wholesome foods
Me with the Lexicon of Food art show
Solar Energy Workshop
Urban Lumber Demo
Beautiful weather for an awesome demo
Top Peg Timber Frame and Trimmed-Line Tree Services demonstrated how we can reuse urban trees the have to be taken down.
Slicing up boards and building a truss. There is no such thing as waste!
Perils of urban lumber. We found a nail while miling boards.
Seed Saving Workshop with Country Thyme Farm
Everyone loves a hands-on workshop
Art, Education, Food, and Community. What’s not to love?
Eco-Leadership composters being delivered to RDC
Joracan manager explaining the composters to RDC staff
Assembled composter on the showroom floor
Lumber workshop happened several times during the weekend
Can you tellI enjoyed the power tools?
Beautifully set up natural bee-products
So much local food to enjoy
Green Pantry virtual local farmers market
Worm castinngs and vermi-wisdom from Earthly Matters
AWESOME TOOLS from Deep Roots Design
Me and the Boss, Rene Michalak with worm hotels and heirloom seeds