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The Seed Celebration & Sustainable Community Fair February 16th, 2013

The 8th Annual Seed Celebration &
Sustainable Community Fair

February 16, 2013 9am-4pm
Keene State College Putnam Science Center
Free Admission

                                               Artwork by Meg Kidd 2009  

The Sustainability Project’s 8th Annual Seed Celebration and Sustainable Community Fair takes place on February 16th, 2013, from 9 am – 4pm at the Keene State College Putnam Science Center. Sponsors of the event include Keene State College Campus Ecology Club, the W.S.Badger Company, Green Energy Options, Northeast Farm Access LLC, The Mountain, Gem Graphics, and Good Fortune.

This family-focused community event offers an opportunity for you to get a jump on the 2013 growing season, stock up on seeds, and learn about local food, environmental, and sustainable community initiatives. The Solar Sisters will kick off the event with songs of farm and garden. There will be workshops, presentations, demonstrations and children’s activities throughout the day. Local non-profits will be on hand, eager to share their stories and to invite you to be part of their success. Vendor tables will enable you to ‘buy local.’ The Master Gardeners will be on hand to help you plan your garden and answer your gardening questions. Once you’ve designed your garden, you can then purchase or order your FEDCO seeds on the spot. If you are a seed saver with a surplus, there is an opportunity to swap and share. Enjoy soups, Orchard Hill Bread and beverages at our café and help us wrap up the day with a concert by The VanBurens, a Boston-based progressive funk, rock, dance band. Over the years, farmers, gardeners and activists working for sustainable communities have come to know this event as a great opportunity for networking.

 
Event Schedule 
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All Day Activities
            Youth Activities led by Lenoir McDougal and Robyn Hannett Room 275
(Special Story and Craft times at 1:00, 1:30, and 2:00pm)
            Café Room 125
            Venders 181 (and hallway)

            TEDxManhattan: Changing the Way We Eat–Join the Monadnock Food Co-op throughout the day to watch a live webstream of speakers with various backgrounds in food and farming as they share sustainable food system ideas worth spreading!  Speakers include Gary Hirshberg, Anne Cooper, Anna Lappé and many others. Room 101

9:00 Musical Greetings -Valerie Piedmont and Jeanne Sable, The Solar Sisters
10:00-10:45am
  • Planting Your First Vegetable Garden. Room 175
  • Parenting: The Challenge of Preventative Resources.–Room 282
10:00-11:45 am   
  • Seed Saving. Room 127
  • Permaculture: Regenerating Together. Room 154
  • Small Scale Bio-Char Room 161
  • Beekeeping and Pollinators in the Garden. Room 163
  • Peace-Building in Our Daily Lives: Communication Tools for Sustainable Relationships. Room 129
11:00-11:45am  
  • Solar Power Basics. Room 102
  • Get Your Head On Straight! (The Art of Rehafting) Room 282
  • Growing Mushrooms. Room 175
LUNCH
  
1:00-1:45pm
  • Natural Landscaping for Wildlife.” Room 175
1:00-2:45pm
  • Latest Woes About GMO’s. Room 282
  • A TimeBank in Keene? Unleashing the “Real Wealth” of Our Community. Room 163
  • Harvesting Rain and Grey Water for Conservation, Energy Savings and Fundraising. Room 161
  • Going Out Green: Exploring Sustainable and Meaningful End-of-Life Options Room. 154
  • Mindfulness and Sustainability. Room 129
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Caring for your Animal Friends. Room 127
  • Visualization, “The Art and Practice of Imagining.”  Room 102

3:00-4:00pm The VanBurens in Concert
All Natural Happy Music! http://www.vanburenmusic.com/ 
Announcement of Raffle Winners

4:00pm Clean-up Begins!

 

Advertise in our Event Program

      We anticipate more than 400 people will attend the event; participating in workshops, planning their gardens, and visiting educational and vender tables. We will be handing out programs for the event and have reserved space for businesses to show their support of The Sustainability Project.  Business card sized ads are available for $36. Copy ready ads or business cards should be e-mailed to Lenoir McDougal by February 8th.

Reserve a Table 
      Local businesses and organizations are invited to set up a table to share information and to sell local products. This year, the suggested donation for table reservations is $50.   We say suggested donation, because we don’t want to discourage anyone’s participation for lack of finances. You make up an important part of the amazing network we want to share with the wider community.

 Volunteer!

       Volunteers make The Sustainability Project possible. Please consider experiencing the Seed Celebration and Sustainable Community Fair by making it happen! Volunteer positions include setting up, serving or taking money at the cafe, greeting people at the door, staffing the welcoming table, selling raffle tickets, staffing the seed store, helping at the garden planning table and clean up. Shifts during the event are 2 hours long. To sign up as a volunteer, please email volunteer coordinator Velvet Young or call 603-209-7272.

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