Amherst Sustainability Festival

SATURDAY, APRIL 27th
10 AM - 4 PM
TOWN COMMON


Join us for a day of family fun, education and entertainment. The Sustainability Festival is in its tenth year and is bigger and better than ever! There is literally something for everyone with over 100 vendors of renewable energy, energy efficiency product suppliers, advocacy groups as well as sustainable crafts and artisans!

SCHEDULE OF STAGE PERFORMERS:
10 AM – Luke DeRoy
11 AM – Caylin Lee
Noon – Emma June
1 PM – The Frost Heaves and Hales
2 PM – Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate
3 PM – Piti Theatre Company

CENTRAL DEMONSTRATION AREA: 

Demo Area 1

10:00 AM 

Wasted Food into A Bountiful Garden with City Compost

Create a square foot of growing space every week. Turn $5.00 into $20.00 in less than a year by growing fresh lettuce at home. Have clearance for corn? Increase your return on investment to $27.00 instead. Meet Adam Jankauskas, Founder of City Compost, and learn how you can transform your land into an urban oasis.

11:30 AM Bee Pollinator Habitat – John Root

Help pollinator bees by creating natural habitats for them!

1:00 PM Creative Reuse with EcoBuilding Bargains

Have fun making a beautiful chalkboard using colorful recycled paint and repurposed cabinet doors from New England's largest building materials reuse store! 

2:30 PM Cycling as All-Season Transportation – Laughing Dog Bicycle

Parker from Laughing Dog Bicycles in Amherst Center will discuss ways to make bicycles and cycling a sustainable mode of transportation in all seasons. From new E-bikes and Pedal-Assist bicycles to commuter bicycles with trailers - how do you manage and maintain your ride. The discussion will cover best-practices for use and maintenance, including how to weather-proof your body and bike and how to navigate roadways and use buses.

3:30 PM Multicultural History of Henna – Paisley Peacock Body Arts

Learn about the historic significance of henna and its origins.

Demo Area 2

10:45 AM Specialty Mushrooms: Curiosity, Cuisine and Cultivation – Willie Crosby, Fungi Ally

Join Willie Crosby of Fungi Ally in an exploration of the magical world of specialty mushrooms. We will discuss the basics of what specialty mushrooms are and why use them in the kitchen and medicine cabinet. Excited to grow them at home? This workshop will discuss 2 methods of home cultivation, using a grow kit and inoculating shiitake logs.

12:15 PM Bagshare Making- Sue Morrello

Learn how to make a  sturdy reusable bag from pellet bags.

1:45 PM  Tree Planting and Pruning with Amherst Tree Warden Alan Snow

Learn how to properly plant, prune and maintain trees on your property for their long-term care

3:15 PM Chakra Energy Healing for Centering and Relaxation  – Saralee Hofrichter

The human body is a complex vibratory system.  Reiki, crystals & sound are all forms of energy that help raise your vibration, and will be used to help re-align and harmonize your chakras, as you are guided back to a grounded and balanced state - Saralee Hofrichter, Reiki Master, Crystal Healer, Sound Healer

PARTICPATE IN THE BID SPONSORED CHALK WALK!  Chalk available at the Amherst BID booth.

WAYS TO REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE:

Stand up for science and join the UMASS March for Science Western MA 2019 convening at Kendrick Park at 9 AM and leaving for the festival at 10 AM.  Organized by the Amherst Pod of 500 Women Scientists and UMASS Amherst That's Life [Science] blog.

RECYCLING COLLECTIONS:  DROP OFF LOCATION ON SOUTH PLEASANT STREET ADJACENT TO THE COMMON 

 COLLECTIONS INFORMATION (click here)

ALSO - ELECTRIC VEHICLES, HORSES, FACE PAINTING, A JUGGLING STILT WALKER, THE ORBITRON AND MORE!  

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THANK YOU TO OUR FINANCIAL SPONSORS: EVERSOURCE AND BERKSHIRE GAS


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