Hello, I am Jeremy Smith, a citizen of Farmington and local community member.
Recently, it has been encouraging to learn about the efforts of agencies providing citizens means to explore sustainable practices such using renewable energy sources, working together to purchase goods, better winterize their homes, and find affordable farmland to grow food or marketable produce.
I believe that an event for the purpose of bringing together local entities and individuals helping to shape the long term future of our area will help inform citizens and attendees by the following guiding principles:
- exploring sustainability in areas such as energy conservation and the development of alternative energy sources.
- Residential and commercial applications of renewable energy technology for our local community.
- showcasing a gamut of small businesses with an emphasis on green.
- working to reduce human impact and waste and look for new ways to preserve our precious land and natural resources.
- encouraging friends to buy foods from local producers.
The October 24 event will allow local people first-hand exposure and information about some of the great work being done in this area. Those involved in creating the fair hope to provide visitors with positive ideas about how to enhance their communities by telling of their experiences and sharing in discussions. The discussions will range from topics concerning education about environmental issues and it is my hope that the fair will also include hands-on activities that citizens may participate in to help everyone learn more about our unique area.
Announcing the first-ever, Farmington Conservation Fair 2009: Sustainable Practices for Farms, Businesses & Community. We are planning to have the Farmington Community Center available on October 24, 2009 12-4 PM for vendors and presenters to share their successes and ventures with the general public.
The idea for this project came from the work of Bill McKibben and is not for the purposes of furthering a political agenda. However, we do represent the movement that is occuring throughout the country to conserve resources, boost local economies and provide support to citizens wanting to be involved in similar activities aimed at protecting the planet.
We hope to create an event to tie-in with events planned by UMF’s Students for a Sustainable Campus Coalition on October 24. Helping to organize local entities and organizations to add to the scope of what SCC is planning for the day, as well as highlighting the great work being done in our local communities to enhance economic viability and conservation of natural resources is what we are planning to accomplish. In a sense, to bring the community together for the greater good.
This event ties in directly with 350.org‘s goals to educate citizens about the myriad of options that are available to communities looking to become more sustainable in their energy practices.
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