The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival is excited to once again be hosting the Sustainability Fair this July and to put a spotlight on the many faces that represent the coalition of environmental, social, and economic movements in our area. Each year the fair continues to grow with returning organizations and individuals alongside new businesses and advocacy groups. With the media regularly highlighting global problems, it’s vital to come together and share the strength of our local efforts to address challenges and create positive change. “The Ithaca area is known across New York as a hub of innovation and progressive leadership in creating a vibrant economy based on ecological stewardship and social justice” says Gay Nicholson, President of Sustainable Tompkins. “We hope festival attendees will get familiar with the sustainability mix we’ve been brewing here and take some ‘starter yeast’ back to their communities to share the vision of what we can accomplish together.”
The goal of this year’s Sustainability Fair is to have a fun, vibrant, and interactive gathering where festival goers can connect with local sustainability-minded organizations. In addition to many hands on activities there are several short workshops and discussions to join in on!
We are excited to welcome over 20 organizations! Workshop offerings include a roundtable discussion on gender equality and sustainability facilitated by Maria Klemperer-Johnson of Hammerstone School; a demonstration on growing shitake mushrooms at home led by Isabelle Sibley from South Hill Forest Products; a Home Brewing workshop led by Jakob Graham; and a dialogue about the power of connecting classroom learning to the community and natural environment facilitated by New Roots Charter School. A few of the participating organizations include Ithaca Made selling locally made goods; The Bramble Collective selling 100% organic and locally grown bulk herbs, spices, and medicine making supplies; Primitive Pursuits, Floating Classroom, Sustainable Tompkins and Renovus Solar with their solar charging station!
Last but not least we are very grateful to Hammerstone school for bringing in a Tiny Home they built for the community to learn about and to Ernest Blake for bringing his passion for renewable energy and his Tesla X to the Fair! Stop by the Sustainability tent located on the track near the entrance to the in-field during fair hours to be part of the experience. The Fair runs for just 12 hours over three days.
For a full list of all sustainability fair participants as well as fair hours and workshop schedule read on.
Friday 3-6 PM
Saturday 12-6 PM
Sunday 12-3 PM
Workshop Schedule: Held at the Sustainability Tent
How to get paid for being a part of the solution with Main St. Market
Food; a spiritual connection with the Rainbow Healing Center of America
Happy Hour Tasting and Talk featuring War Horse, Ithaca and Wagner breweries and the Fingerlakes Cider House
The power of connecting classroom learning to the community and natural environment with New Roots
Lettuce Build Food Justice in Central NY with the Groundswell Center
Roundtable discussion on gender equality and sustainability with Hammerstone School
Putting personality to your beer, Beer Brewing Workshop and conversation with War Horse Brewer Tony
Happy Hour Tasting and Talk featuring War Horse, Ithaca and Wagner breweries and the Finger Lakes Cider House
Home brewing workshop with Jakob Graham
Interactive demonstration on growing Shiitake mushrooms at home with South Hill Forest Products
Why is plastic pollution a serious threat and how can we solve it? A conversation by Twioos the Turtle of the The Plastic Free Challenge”
Sustainable Tompkins, Local First Ithaca, Way2Go, Peace Weavers, Finger Lakes Reuse Center, Floating Classroom, Get Your GreenBack Tompkins, South Hill Forest Products, Groundswell Center, Primitive Pursuits, The Bramble Collective, Hammerstone School, Main St. Market Ithaca, GoSolar Tompkins,Thunder Mountain Foods, Renovus Solar, Finger Lakes Meat Project, Plastic Tide, Ithaca Made, Gas Free Seneca, The Cayuga Nature Center, Energy Smart Community, The Rainbow Healing Center of America, The Community Science Institute and New Roots Charter School!
So come on down to the festival and stop by the fair!