2010 Simply Living Fair

The Center for Sustainable Living, in partnership with the Bloomington Permaculture Guild, will host the 2010 Simply Living Fair on September 25-26 in Third Street Park.
“We’re excited to bring back the original Simply Living Fair format –a full day of workshops and hands-on demonstrations on Saturday that include everything from home weatherization to backyard chickens to rain gardens,” said coordinator Maggie Sullivan.  “We have a great line up of local experts as well as a whole track of workshops in our Family Tent aimed towards children.  The day will conclude with a talk by Aaron Newton, the author of ‘A Nation of Farmers’ and an important food activist in North Carolina.”

In addition to Saturday’s activities, this year the fair will continue on Sunday with four great bus tours of local green projects, including several permaculture sites. Permaculture is an ethical system of design focused on reintegrating the human world with the natural world to keep both worlds healthy. One tour will feature the homestead of nationally acclaimed permaculture instructors Keith Johnson and Peter Bane who have created a beautiful home and garden that demonstrate how to produce enough food, water, and energy for their personal needs while enhancing the natural environment. Another will feature permaculture design used in a neighborhood setting to strengthen the sense of community connections.

One of the goals of the organizers is to keep the fair affordable and several events will be offered free of charge. Many of the events, including keynote talks by Eric Brende and Aaron Newton, are free. Day passes for the Saturday workshops are only $15 and the bus tours on Sunday are $15 each. Visit www.simplylivingfair.org to learn more.


Event Schedule

Thursday (09/23) – Eric Brende Presents “Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology” at 7:30pm in the Monroe County Public Library Auditorum, FREE.

Friday (09/24) – Local Food Dinner and Welcome 6:00 at the First United Methodist Church, $10
Saturday (09/25) – Workshops, hands-on demonstrations, and family-friendly activities 9:00 to 5:00 in Third Street Park, $15 day pass (free demonstrations)
Aaron Newton Presents “A Nation of Farmers” at 7:30 in the Bloomington Playwrights Project Theater, FREE

Sunday (09/26) – Bus Tours of local sustainable projects, $15/tour leaving from Third Street Park at 10:00 and 1:00.