Seven Springs


Workshops/Speakers: Puyallup, Washington

May 31-June 1, 2014

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Free-Range Clothing
Alina Bartell - Natural Clothing Company
The textile industry takes a heavy toll on our planet and even on your own health. There's a lot to be concerned about: from cotton agriculture being considered the world's "dirtiest" crop due to its heavy use of insecticides to manufacturing requiring huge amounts of energy (as well as using and releasing chemicals into environment). Your favorite T-shirt might have used up a 1/3 pound or more of serious toxins.

Natural Crafts
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Associate Editor Amanda Sorell will help young attendees craft their own mini botanical journal using art supplies, apple stamps, and scavenged natural elements (such as leaves and flowers). Kids can bring their own natural finds from around the fairgrounds to incorporate, but aren't required to do so. Come by for a fun, crafty time!

Financing Our Foodshed - Building More Resilient Communities
Carol Peppe Hewitt - Financing Our Foodshed
Growing local food takes more than passion and hard work. It usually also takes money. And conventional lenders either can’t or just won’t help. In this workshop, Carol Peppe Hewitt, co-founder and leader of Slow Money NC (North Carolina) shares how she has catalyzed more than 100 local, peer-to-peer loans in towns across North Carolina. These affordable loans, now totaling more than 1.1 million dollars, helped start up, operate and/or expand more than 50 small farmers and local food entrepreneurs. The lenders are ordinary people in our communities who understand the importance of a resilient local food economy. Come be inspired, and learn how you can bring community financing home to your town, and how to get money flowing from generous lenders like you to the people and projects that deserve support (like you) in your community.

Creating Sustainable Neighborhoods
Dan Chiras - The Evergreen Institute
To build a sustainable society, we need efforts to reinvent urban and suburban neighborhoods so they become much more self-sufficient. Come see how you can help transform your neighborhood into a model of sustainability that practices conservation and recycling, utilizes renewable energy, composts its waste, grows its own fruits and vegetables, and feels more like a tightly knit community.

Small Stories, Big Changes: Agents of change on the frontlines of sustainability
Lyle Estill - Piedmont Biofuels
This is a salon-style discussion with the audience. No speeches, no slides, just straight conversation, and questions and answers with a group of authors. Each author has contributed a chapter to Small Stories, Big Changes: Agents of Change on the Frontlines of Sustainability. Past workshops have included Bryan Welch, and Albert Bates, and are moderated by Lyle Estill.

Lessons Learned from the Sustainability School of Hard Knocks
Lyle Estill - Piedmont Biofuels
For many, the journey toward a lower carbon footprint begins with the built environment. It can also move to food, fuel, clothing, finance, local economy and activism. Come hear about Piedmont Biofuels' journey, which began with backyard biodiesel, and has run the gamut through sustainable agriculture, hydroponics, aquaponics, vermiculture, biochar, local currency and more.

Artisans Supporting Agrarians: A pottery demonstration
Steve Walsh - Cottage Crafted is creative community handcrafts created by traditional artisans supporting agrarians ... offered in the context of a self-sustaining small village typical of the past, home to woodworking, pottery, blacksmithing, textile crafts and more. Steve Walsh will discuss how crafters complement farmers in community, and his workshop will include an in-depth pottery demonstration from an experienced handcrafter.

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