Green Earth Fair
The 2015 Green Earth Fair was held this past May 3rd. It was a big success, with a big crowd enjoying the music, food, speakers, exhibitors, tours, and kids' activities. We are leaving this posting in place for a while for your information.
"Healthy People, Healthy Planet" is the theme for this educational and fun event. Speakers, exhibits, music, food, kids' activities, tours, demonstrations…a celebration of Spring, Earth Day, organic food, combined with learning more about how you can live green!
This is our 12th annual Green Earth Fair, and it has a terrific line-up!
Listen to experts speaking about vegetable cooking techniques, permaculture, beekeeping, raw food, organic gardening, and solving water issues in your yard.
Spend some time listening to live music—sit on the grass or chairs in front of the Main Stage, listening to solo artists and bands; acoustic and electric. Some new, some favorites from past years! More details below.
In the Kids' Garden, children may plant seeds, explore the soil for critters, make bird feeders, and learn about healthy foods. Near the Main Stage, children can make their own musical instruments from recycled materials, then participate in the Children's Parade at 3:00 pm.
The parade will be led by Mona the Monarch (the inimitable Carolyn Finzer, decked out as a butterfly), assisted by members of the Madison Jr. High School (Naperville) band. The children’s parade will be quite a sight to see and hear as it winds around the campground, accompanied by beaming parents!
- Vegetable Cooking Techniques - Jeremy DeRango
- Permaculture Talk & Tour - Michelle Hickey & Jodi Trendler
- Beekeeping at the Farm and Beyond - Jeff Leider
- Why Raw? - Katie Kunkel
- Create a Vibrant, Organic Veggie Garden - Kim Marsin
- Solving Water Issues in Your Yard–Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens & Native Plants to the Rescue! - Jim Kleinwachter
Tours at 3:45 pm
- Green Earth Organic Farming at McDonald Farm - Steve Tiwald
- Eco-Friendly Features at the McDonald Farm - Jim Kleinwachter
Make the rounds in the exhibit area, checking out the vendors and advocacy groups. You will find a wide array—renewable energy systems, organic farmers, organic lawn care, composted manure to fertilize your garden, natural landscaping services, and much more.
Vegetable Seedlings and Native Landscape Plants for Sale
Organic vegetable seedlings from the Green Earth Institute, including tomato, sweet pepper, hot pepper, eggplant, basil, kale, and Swiss Chard seedlings to take home for your garden, patio, or window sill. Also wheatgrass for your pet or for juicing!
Native woodland, wetland, and prairie plants, shrubs, and trees from Natural Communities Native Plants, for your yard. Take an advance look at Nick Fuller’s selection at
. And you can even pre-order by April 25, and pick up your plants at the Fair.
A variety of trees and shrubs native to our area will be available from Possibility Place Nursery. Check out this opportunity in advance at
Rain barrels will be sold by The Conservation Foundation.
2015 Green Earth Fair Program
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