Saturday, April 20, 2013

Knoxville EarthFest 2013 in review

Here are a few photos from the Knox Earth Fest this year. It was a good event. The cool air and sunshine made for ideal festival conditions. I could be wrong but there seemed to be more vendors and demonstrations than ever. That's a good thing for Knoxville and for the environment.

Earth Fest hits the ball out of the park by combining environmental education with providing solutions.


It's great to be able to come to one place to find information that you need to help you greener. This eliminates multiple trips out in a vehicle. The information visitors gain can make a difference in how they relate to the environment.

The theme for Earth Fest this year was Rooted in Sustainability and the festival really hit the mark. I came away with some great handmade soap and tons of information on how to live a more environmentally-friendly life.

It's not as complicated as it sounds. I came away from Earth Fest with the knowledge that small changes make a big impact. 



Berea College pottery
It was also good to see college students showing off skills that are 'Rooted in Sustainability'.

The photos show students from Berea College demonstrating pottery and broom making. Loom weaving was also demonstrated.





Berea College craft demonstration
In another part of Earth Fest, UT Extension answered my many questions about home canning. I also learned about the value of a community gardening in urban Knoxville.

The kids section at Earth Fest was busy and the food business was brisk. Bags were brought to Earth Fest in Knoxville to be recycled. Unfortunately, Keep Knoxville Beautiful was out of totes by the time we were directed to them. They still accepted our pile of plastic grocery bags for recycling purposes.

Guess what other area was popular? If you said the clean fuel vehicle showcase, then you would be right.