The intersection of 9 mile Rd. and Woodward Avenue will be humming with the energy of the future on July 15-17, as downtown Ferndale welcomes the 2nd annual Live Green Fair. The event is organized into five separate sections. The Green Home Show features everything you need for your home- energy, conservation, and more.
The Free Veggie Taste Fair features bites of twenty vegetarian and vegan options, as well as items for purchase. The Green Art section focuses on art made in an environmentally aware manner and incorporates images that encourage healthy green living. New this summer is the Holistic Enlightenment pavilion, exploring living in harmony with earth, including alternative treatments and ways to find balance. All this plus enlightening speakers, live music, and a children’s play area are also part of the fun to be found at the Ferndale Live Green Fair! Friday July 15: 4:00 pm-9:00 pm, Saturday July 16: Noon-9:00 pm, Sunday July 17: Noon-5:00 pm www.LiveGreenFair.com for details and speaker schedules. Presentations and entertainment will be hosted by Rustbelt Market, 22801 Woodward Ave, and Affirmations, 290 W Nine Mile Rd. Admission is free.
Michigan is said to be on the leading edge of the US green economy and people here are actively pursuing knowledge about green options for all aspects of their lives. The Ferndale Live Green Fair offers a centrally located opportunity to learn about a wide variety of products and services that contribute to green living. Even small changes can make a big difference to the earth when many families embrace them! Some featured exhibitors and topics include:
- A-1 Organic Lawns assists homeowners, landscape contractors, organic farmers/gardeners, and municipalities achieve beautiful results with their turf grass, gardens, houseplants, and landscapes without the use of synthetic-chemical-based fertilizers. Their goal is to offer education and products that help provide environmentally conscious individuals and the companies who serve these individuals with alternatives to synthetic “weed & feed” fertilizer products. Alternative, organic lawn fertilizers are environmentally friendly to turf, gardens, watersheds, wildlife, pets, and people.
- Award winning chef George Vutetakis, former chef and proprietor of Royal Oak’s Inn Season Cafe and author of Vegetarian Traditions: Favorite Recipes From My Years at the Legendary Inn Season Cafe, as he explores the yoga of food while demonstrating recipes and sharing culinary secrets behind his delicious, healthy and vegan cuisine. www.thevegetarianguy.com.
- Green Toe Gardens is a community based Michigan Bee Apiary founded by Rich Wieske and Joan Mandell. Today they have over 60 hives in the city of Detroit and northern suburbs, producing honey, pollen, propolis and queens. They will discuss the vital importance of bees to the world and how to nurture environments that sustain them.
- www.GreeningDetroit.com is a new resource for Metro Detroit residents, business leaders and communities looking for ideas on sustainability, green products and services. Developers launched the site as a resource to help protect and prepare the environment for the next generation, a “green” generation. GreeningDetroit.com is a unique resource to help further these efforts in Metro Detroit’s communities by providing an online directory of organizations that provide green products and services.
- There are now numerous options to introduce renewable energy into your home or business. Many homeowners don’t realize that nearly 60 % of average household utility costs can come just from home heating! Fresh new Michigan-made technologies are now much more affordable then you think. These systems can save you 30 to 50 percent of home or business heating costs in winter. They can also heat your hot water in the summer. Today’s emerging products are more efficient and the federal 30% tax credits available make renewable energy truly affordable www.SolarWorksllc.com
- A Fine Thyme offers an assortment of services including canning and preserving classes, personal chef meals and individualized grocery shopping–as well as catering. Classically trained chef partners Jen Shubow and Diana Brown launched A Fine Thyme earlier this year to pursue their dual passions for preserving fresh organic foods and sharing their knowledge and skills with others. Shubow is a graduate of the Western Institute (A Cordon Bleu School) and a former chef at the Ritz Carlton Hotels of Dearborn and alsoLaguna Niguel, CA. Brown is an organic gardener and a lifelong cooking enthusiast with a background in commercial & mobile food service. www.AFineThyme.com
- Dream Farmers Joshua Barclay and Merrie Barclay have been living a sustainable and carbon neutral life on their farm in Whitmore Lake and sharing their wisdom with others through various community projects for over a decade. Joshua teaches Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at the high school and university levels and Merrie is a writer and healer specializing in individualized classes and therapeutic walking meditation. She holds a masters degree in occupational therapy and is a certified massage therapist. Their new film “Green Your Home” will also debut during the Live Green Fair, and be screened daily at AJ’s Music Cafe at 240 W. Nine Mile Rd The Barclay’s partner Michael Flynn is an inventor, science teacher and designer of exhibits. He has taught high school environmental science, worked as a project engineer for Ford’s Natural Gas powered car, and been instrumental in the installation and maintenance of the renewable energy systems at the Dream Farm. Their collaborative student project at West Bloomfield High School, the West Bloomfield Initiative for Renewable Energy is a project powered by Students, Staff and the Sun to generate carbon-free electricity and educate all about renewable energy and efficiency. Construction began on November 23, 2010, and began generating clean electricity on February 3, 2011. www.dreamfarm.org
Source: Live Green Fair