We couldn’t have asked for better weather for The 2015 Sustainable Living Fair. Walking into the Ted Constant Convocation Center 43rd street entrance, the sun beamed upon the guests’ faces as they lit up after seeing the Bicycle Charging Station setup at the main fair entrance. While the rest of the tables and booths were indoors, the bicycle charging station remained parked out front with copious amounts of fresh fruit, ginger root and kale up on display. The station peaked the interest of many attendees. As the inventor; Rob Grandon, explained when the 2 solar powered batteries are fully charged in approximately one sunny day, he uses the station to make fresh drinks, play music on the amplifier and have a fan running for a full tailgate experience.
The Sustainable Living Fair truly transformed the “blue room” of the Ted Constant Center to a green eco-friendly atmosphere full of learning and laughter. This community event unified those with similar careers, hobbies, goals, and missions. The booths varied from organic farmers, VA Master Gardeners, to BPA free Tupperware, local eco-friendly boutiques like Kitsch, farmers markets, food vendors, to chiropractic care. There was some really cool equipment like Bill Smoot’s “Tonic Tower” that grows plants vertically while using less water. There were so many opportunities to learn from these community leaders like, Farmer John Wilson, who spoke about bio char, compost, and soil biology. Dr. Rachel Silver presented her sustainable healthcare workshop, discussing our generations predicted longevity, and how this can make a difference in our lifestyles.
The Future of Farming by Jay Ford explains how industrial agriculture threatens our lives, resources, climate, and brings forth some sustainable solutions for this big problem. Erica Steele addresses concerns with water toxicity and shares more on water sustainability. Jonathan Nye speaks about ThePLOT, an urban food production program creating a network of informed and connected agricultural communities that encourages the consumption of locally produced food. John Deuel also addresses community integration, mobility and litter cleanup while sharing his stories from his journey cycling across America.
We met some great volunteers today at the Pedal Up to Cleanup event organized by Garry Baker, Senior Planner with the City of Montrose, Colorado. This is a wonderful community that Sallie and I enjoyed visiting. We stayed at a very comfortable and accommodating Bed and Breakfast, The Canyon Creek, hosted by owner Kendra Morrow Gallegos. The weather was looking bleak today with wind, temperatures in the 30′s and a threat for rain or snow. (And it did snow . . . for about 10 minutes) But all of that did not hold back the 12 volunteers that came out to cycle along the Montrose Arroyo Creek Trail to pick up 500 pounds of litter and debris. All of the group were great to work with and we could tell they cared deeply about their community. Montrose has a lot going on right now: They opened a new Community Garden yesterday, approved the funds to construct a new Recreation Center, and have exciting plans to expand bicycle paths around the City. Montrose has a friendly, fun downtown, with a good assortment of retail shops, restaurants and residential building.
We tip our hats to Garry Baker, who took on the planning of this event as part of the City’s Earth Week activities and did a fantastic job. It was hard for me to believe it was the first litter cleanup event he had planned. He got the word out and brought out all the right supplies, including those important thank you chocolates from Russell Stover, fruit and warm and cold beverages.
We left Montrose, inspired again and excited to have spent some time with these citizens that are enthusiastic about their community! Special thanks to all the volunteers from Montrose that came out that day, including: Leanna Johnson, Leslie Ardizone, Eric Svensen, Kelli Baker, Amy Loper McBride, Bob Tesch, Russell Evans, Kevin, Tammy Kulpa, Luke Zoom, and John, who helps with the Warrior Project, among other programs to support returning veterans.
Learn More here: http://johndeuel.com/2014/04/28/pedaling-for-a-cleaner-montrose-colorado
Norfolk Bike Month is a community celebration of biking as an economical, environmentally friendly form of recreation that enhances productivity and overall health presented by Subaru and planned by The City of Norfolk’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Open Space in collaboration with Cultural Facilities’ Special Events, SevenVenues, Public Works, The Norfolk Police Department and Bike Norfolk.