Sustainability Fair

Spring Sustainability, Peace & Justice Series

 

Shakori Hills has been committed to practicing and promoting Sustainability since its inception. Look around the festival, and you will see composting and recycling bins, solar energy, local foods and gardening, tractors powered by renewable biodiesel, preservation of woodlands and water conservation. The Sustainability Pavilion is the center of this practice, located between the Ticket Booth and the Kids’ Tent. Here we offer a series of demonstrations and discussions where you can learn more and meet leaders in this movement.

All Weekend – Workshops & Expos with Sol Food Mobile Farm. The Sol Food Mobile Farm tour group will lead an interactive discussion on permaculture techniques, four season harvesting and sustainable garden design focused on the ways to reduce our impact on this planet. They will also have educational and promotional materials available and the Sol Food Mobile Farm bus will be onsite for tours. Sol Food Mobile Farm aims to serve communities in their own backyards! By recognizing that every community has a unique set of resources and skills, it hopes to work with groups to foster environmental stewardship in their local area.

Friday, April 18th

6:30pm – Green Drinks with Lyle Estill & Carol Peppe Hewitt

Join us as we celebrate Sustainability! Friday evening at 6:30pm with a Green Drinks event at the Pavilion, located between the Ticket Booth and the Kids’ Tent. Are you working in the field of Sustainability, or interested in it? Join local authors Lyle Estill and Carol Peppe Hewitt, along with a who’s who of North Carolina renewable energy and sustainability folks for a happy hour get together. Bring a local drink to enjoy or share, some snacks will be provided.

Saturday April 19th

9:30am – Spring Walkabout with Pierre Lauffer

Pierre will be leading a nature walk and an informative and philosophical group discussion on the historical natural heritage of the Shakori Hills farm. With more than 20 years experience in environmental management and planning, Pierre is seeking to change the way regions and communities understand resource usage within the communal context. Open dialogue will touch upon the idea that a community’s public welfare directly relates to the amount of open space maintained as a communal asset.

10am – Making & Using Biodiesel Fuel with Lyle Estill, Piedmont Biofuels

Lyle will lead a down and dirty detailed presentation on this clean and renewable alternative fuel. Learn from the experts how to make one’s car, tractor, or home heating an earth-friendly machine; a primer on what biodiesel is, why and how to use it. Piedmont will also be on hand for fuel sales in the parking lot (Fri-Sun 11am-2pm).

11am – Tiny House Design-Build Round Table with Michael Chandler, Chandler Design-Build

Tiny Houses are growing in interest and sophistication due to their stylistic and functional flexibility as well as acoustic privacy and affordability. Michael will share images, plans and construction methods of the many tiny houses he has built in a question & answer session, so bring your ideas & questions and get informed answers.

Michael is a local green builder, teacher and writer. His company has won the DOE Energy Value Housing Award, NAHB Green Home of the Year, NAHB Master Green Builder of the Year, & NAHB Green Builder/Advocate of the Year

12noon – Small House Sustainable Communities with Harvey Harman

Drawing from a life spent focused on building Community, Harvey Harman will lead this interactive discussion focused on the many benefits of Small House Sustainable communities.

Harvey Harman is the Construction Director for Chatham Habitat for Humanity and is currently starting the Living Well Community, an eco-village on the Deep River in Randolph County.

1:00pm – Deep Ecology & Nature Spirituality with Leif Diamant

Nature as Teacher, Healer and Beloved. Nature is our home, it is us. Wildness is our roots. Nature nurtures us in the deepest parts of our being. Beautiful, mysterious, exuberantly abundant, nature is the source of much of what inspires, heals, feeds and comforts us.  Leif (a psychotherapist, ordained inter-spiritual minister, lifetime naturalist and organic CSA farmer) will facilitate. Nature experience, inner exploration and conversation will allow participants to expand their relationship with Nature as a source for peace, wellbeing, creativity, wisdom, compassion, spirituality and love. The intention of this experience is to support a thriving wild planet and thriving humans. Please note: Kim and Leif’s wild walkabout is Friday at Noon.

2pm – Affordable Solar Thermal with Jeff Klemm

This workshop will start with an overview of solar   thermal for home heating, and then delve into how you can apply this technology affordably in your own home. Jeff Klemm has designed and built his own solar thermal panel and will describe how to build one for under $250. A materials list and CAD drawing can be provided to interested parties as a guide to build a panel themselves.

3pm – Composting & Zero Waste with Bob & Camille Armantrout

Bob & Camille are zero waste advocates who have been composting for more than a decade. They will present waste reduction strategies and basic composting techniques using low-tech, inexpensive methods that almost anyone can follow. This interactive discussion is intended to help those new to home composting as well as seasoned composters improve their personal organic waste management practices.

Sunday April 20th

11am -Solar Power & Heat in the Home with David Boynton, Chief Technician- Southern Energy Management

David will lead an interactive discussion about the use of PV and Solar Thermal systems within the home. He will discuss solar energy technology and how to improve home PV systems to achieve the greatest energy savings as well as local, state and national trends in PV systems. Participants will also learn about state and federal tax credits, how they apply to PV emplacements and how to take advantage of them.

12pm – Affordable Solar Thermal with Jeff Klemm

This workshop will start with an overview of solar   thermal for home heating, and then delve into how you can apply this technology affordably in your own home. Jeff Klemm has designed and built his own solar thermal panel and will describe how to build one for under $250. A materials list and CAD drawing can be provided to interested parties as a guide to build a panel themselves.

1pm – Common Ground for Peace & Justice with The Independent Progressive Politics Network

Our 16th Common Ground for Peace & Justice Forum will gather in open community space to share, dialogue and discover how to bring the energy and inspiration of Shakori Hills to our daily lives. Come share your hopes, concerns and solutions.

2pm -Grassroots Festival as a Social Enterprise: Modeled Structures for the Future of Capitalism with Jordan Puryear , GrassRoots Festival Founder

Jordan will lead a discussion on creating socially-conscious business enterprises that contribute to community sustainability. Jordan is co-founder of Shakori Hills, Virginia Key and the Finger Lakes Grassroots Festivals, which he has been involved in organizing and running since 1991. The festivals are self-supporting non-profit corporations whose missions are socially conscious.