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Sustainable Living Fair is fun for the entire family

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Kermit the Frog used to say, “It ain’t easy being green.” Today, however, it is easy being green as long as you have the knowledge and the skills. You can learn how to green up your life at this weekend’s 11th Annual Sustainable Living Fair in Fort Collins.

The goal of this popular fair is to enlighten and inform so that people can make educated decisions about how to live their daily lives in a more sustainable way. It was first held in 1999, and continues to grow each year.

This year’s jammed packed two-day event will feature four keynote speakers, 100 workshops, over 250 exhibitors and vendors, hands-on demonstrations, a kid zone, a Zen zone, lots of healthy food, live entertainment and a beer garden. There is even an area for parents to care for their infants in a private environment with a fully stocked changing station.

Speakers include author and political reporter from the Oregonian, Jeff Mapes, who wrote “Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists are Changing American Cities.” Also from Oregon, Heather C. Flores, who authored “Food Not Lawns,” will talk about urban gardening.

Andrew Harvey, poet, novelist, founder of Institute for Sacred Activism, and subject of the 1993 BBC documentary “The Making of a Modern Mystic” will also be a featured speaker.

Lastly, the author of “Farewell, Subaru” will be speaking about the triumphs and tribulations of living an eco-friendly life. Doug Fine’s best selling book has landed him an appearance on the Tonight Show. In addition, he works as a correspondent for NPR.

Foodies and fans of locally sourced fare will have lots of options at the event, both edible and educational. Even the kiddos can get into the act with Beet Street’s Youth Adventures in Food. Children age 5 and up can participate in this interactive workshop. Chef Scott Hapner of Chef’s Happy Gourmet will instruct the children how to prepare healthy, locally sourced, fun lunch box foods. Tickets are $15 and include an interactive cooking class, meal and drinks. To purchase tickets visit Beet Street here.

The Sustainable Living Fair has such a vast array of events that it’s impossible to list them all here. For a full and comprehensive schedule visit

The fair runs Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8, and children under 12 are free. The Sustainable Living Fair is put on by the Rocky Mountain Living Association, a non-profit organization committed to applying their vision and expertise toward a sustainable future for all. 

Written by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

September 16th, 2010 at 8:10 am

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