Last year, with the theme of “Don’t Waste Our Future: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, you overwhelmed us at GreenFest with your generosity and brought your old bikes to donate to Bikes for the World; cell phones and eye glasses for the needy; binoculars for kids’ nature exploration; clothes, toys, games, furniture and more for Goodwill Industries; work gloves and energy to help us plant trees; and even your long hair for a Cut-A-Thon for a cause with the Aveda Salon raising money for American Rivers. In exchange we offered you a day of free fun to learn about vegetable and container gardening, beekeeping, recycling, bike safety, your carbon footprint, reptiles, birds, moving solar panels, fly fishing, and we gave out free rain barrels and compost bins to boot. Where else can you get all of that in one day?
This year our GreenFest theme is “Saving the Environment One Yard at a Time” and we’d like to showcase what you can do in your yard to make a difference. We selected this theme because we constantly see so much negative news regarding the Bay, species, and air quality that we wanted to empower residents and property owners with new ways to approach their yard and make a difference. With this theme, our goal for GreenFest 2012 is to help residents understand what they can do right outside their door to help the Bay, improve regional air quality, provide habitat to native species, and enjoy some time outdoors exploring.
Of course, we welcome all other green vendors, as well, from solar power to children’s books to organic farmers because different things hit home with different people and we need to find ways to get everyone in Howard County to Live Green. We also welcome your ideas of what you’d like to experience at this year’s GreenFest — whether it’s spending more time outside learning great new ways to explore in nature, or finally learning how to properly read that bag of lawn fertilizer, or maybe finding out how much it costs to install a rain garden. Tell us your ideas for this upcoming GreenFest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Help us spread the word and bring in vendors you’d like to see share their knowledge with the community – is there a favorite local food market, artisan recycler, or landscaping company that you would love to have at GreenFest 2012 demonstrating their sustainability work? Stop in and tell the manager you hope to see them at GreenFest and you’d hate for them to miss this once a year chance for cheap community-wide exposure. If you own or work with an organization that promotes our philosophy of Live Green Howard County with sustainability principles and methods, grab an application today.
I’ll see you April 14, 2012!
Vendor applications are now available at: www.hcgreenfest.org
OES Staff and GreenFest Co-Chair