If you’re thinking of solarizing your home, starting to compost, building with straw bales or other eco-friendly materials, collecting and reusing rainwater, or just learning about new green technologies you can easily make a part of your life, this weekend’s SolarFest in Tinmouth, Vermont may be very well worth the trip.
If past gatherings are any indication, this will be an informative, enjoyable festival, with lots of hands-on workshops, vendors offering a wide range of solutions for both do-it-yourselfers and have-it-dones (many at surprisingly low price points)—and some pretty good music, too. It’s a New England back-to-the-lander’s dream.
Tjhis years workshops are once again divided into these five tracks: Renewable Energy, Green Building, Sustainable Agriculture, Thriving Locally, and (for kids and teens) The Solar Generation.
Within these categories, choose from such options as The Ecological House New England and How to Design a Zero-Carbon, Net-Zero-Energy Home (both in the Green Building track), separate seminars on raising chickens, goats, worms, and mushrooms (Sustainable Agriculture), increasing local food production and repairing your own bike (Thriving Locally).
The festival is an easy drive from Western Massachusetts, Albany, and much of Vermont and New Hampshire—and not too outrageously far away from New York City and Boston. Camping on-site.
For the second year in a row, I’ll be presenting. My session, “Green And Profitable: Harnessing the Marketing Advantages of Going Green,” will be in the Thriving Locally tent, sunday at 12:30, with a book signing immediately following at Northshire Books’s booth. Please stop by and say hello.