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omposting, recycling and reusing, water conservation, and gardening are all examples of living more healthily… and more sustainably. Luckily, in northern Colorado the available resources and support are bountiful and easy to access. One way to check out numerous options at once is to attend the Sustainable Living Fair. Learn more online at www.sustainablelivingassocia tion.org/sustainable-living-fair/. Hosted by the Sustainable Living Association, the 14th Annual Sustainable Living Fair will be held September 14 and 15 at Legacy Park in Fort Collins. The fair offers a weekend filled with solution-based, family-oriented events designed to educate each member of your family. Your admission ticket gives you access to acclaimed speakers, 75 workshops, and more than 250 exhibitors that will spark ideas as well as offer support and solutions for implementing them. This year’s speakers include Joel Salatin, Larry Korn, Greg Michaud, and Congressman Jared Polis. Joel Salatin Salatin owns and operates Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Salatin is a full-time, third generation alternative farmer who continues to live the core values of a community-based farm that supports the local community. He speaks Sunday at 2pm. Larry Korn An educator, consultant, editor and author in the fields of permaculture, natural farming, sustainable landscaping and local food production, Korn spent several years working on the Japanese island of Skikoku as a student of Masanobu Fukuoka, farmer, philosopher, and a leader in the worldwide sustainable agriculture movement. He speaks Saturday at noon.

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Congressman Jared Polis Polis is an independent leader who uses his private and public sector experience to find pragmatic solutions to the challenges facing Colorado and the nation. Polis believes that education is the single most meaningful investment America

beginners and advanced an opportunity to learn and grow their knowledge. Review the website (http://sustainableliving association.org/sustainable-living-fair/ workshops/) for details more details including times offered; some require pre-registration and paying a participation fee although most are free. Spend the day or spend the weekend. Taste local cuisine by visiting choice exhibitors and plan to have lunch at the Real Food Market and Beer Garden to feast on fare from a number of locally owned eateries from northern Colorado. Volunteers are welcome and needed and this year’s team still has space for those looking to be involved in the planning and implementation of the event.

can make in its economic future and in its people. He speaks Sunday at noon. The list of exhibitors for this year’s event is lengthy and worth looking forward to. Ranging from climate change to organic gardening and holistic health to straw-bale homes, the variety of vendors and resources is seemingly unlimited. This year’s 75 workshops feature education and training in the areas of green living, yoga, renewable energy, eating and growing locally, natural parenting, and green building. Workshops are generally 50 minutes and are planned to offer both

Review and submit the online registration form at http://sustainableliving association.org/sustainable-living-fair/ volunteer/ if you are interested in serving your community and passion in this community-minded manner. Volunteers are deeply appreciated and wellcompensated with free admission, an official fair T-shirt, and shift beverages. Tickets are $10 for a one-day pass and $15 for both days and can be purchased at the fair’s entrance; kids under 12 are free. The fair is open 10am to 6pm Saturday and 10am to 5pm Sunday.

Greg Michaud Michaud and his wife, Patty, run the Old Feed Store and instruct the Sustainable Living Association’s Backyard Chicken series and Biointensive Gardening Course. Greg is a long-time holistic gardener turned sustainable ecofarmer/health-foodie with training in organic certification inspection. He speaks Saturday at 2pm.


Healthy Living September 2013