Saturday, June 3, 2023 | 10am-3pm
Living Arts and Science Center
362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Lexington, KY 40508
Join us for a day of workshops to learn from experts in sustainability and green living. You can also enjoy access to eco-friendly vendors and information booths, local food vendors, property tours to learn about the sustainable features of The Living Arts and Science Center, viewings at the Planetarium, and more! Stay tuned for our workshop schedule and complete list of vendors!
Greenfest 2023 sponsored by:
Current Workshops & Vendors!
We are excited to announce our current workshop presenters and vendors for this year’s event! Stay tuned as we add more event/ workshop info, vendors, and sponsors in the coming weeks!
WORKSHOPS & PRESENTERS
“Sequoyah: Inventor of Cherokee Alphabet, & His Kentucky Kin” | Terry Foodie, Speaker/Author
This talk includes importance of land, literacy, racial equality and indigenous resurgence through the life of Sequoyah and his Kentucky kin.
“Getting Started With Chickens” | Travis Robinson, Owner – The Happy Farmer
This class will go through the basics of responsible chicken keeping from coop considerations to equipment necessities with a focus on making chicken keeping easier to ensure a greater chance of success.
“Making Slotted Cardboard Critters” | Meg Boden, Artist/Owner – Ornamental Blessings
In this workshop, we’ll make slotted animals from repurposed materials. A free pattern for the animal you choose will come home with you so you can make more. Children, please bring an adult to help you.
“Clearing the Air: How to Build a Simple, Effective, and Affordable Indoor Air Cleaner!” | Roberta Burnes, Environmental Education Specialist/Kentucky Division for Air Quality
You’ll learn how the Corsi-Rosenthal Box (CR Box) DIY indoor air cleaner air cleaner is making healthier air possible for millions around the world — and right here in Lexington. We will build a single unit in this session, and will hold a drawing for it at the end of the day!
“Sown in the Stars: Planting By The Signs” | Sarah Hall, Associate Professor/Author
This workshop will be an interactive presentation in which participants will hear brief excerpts from the recently released book to include background on how the project came about, hear audio samples from interviews done for the project, and look at illustrations to gain background information. In addition to visual and audio presentation, participants will have an opportunity to interact with various almanacs and calendars to begin the process of deciphering how to use one and to be able to see differences in formats.
“Utilizing Natural Fiber For Sustainability” | Kathy Meyer & Shon Wylie, Owners – Kentucky Wool Works
Kentucky Wool Works will demonstrate how to use locally farm raised wool to create home and pet products. Also, Kentucky Wool Works will demonstrate how to find and repurpose fabric with wool to create new and useful products, keeping fabric waste out of landfills.
“Escape the Meatrix—Eat Plants, Feel Great, and Save the Planet!” | Stuart Waldner, Author
We are much closer to sustainable energy production than sustainable food production yet global food production threatens the stability of the earth system. I will demonstrate the science supporting a shift to a more whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle as an effective way to lower our personal carbon footprint.
“Stop the Plastic Avalanche: Solutions for Your Home and Community” | Judith Humble, Chair – Zero Waste Team
This workshop will provide education and outreach on ways to reduce the volume of single-use plastics in our community and the regions, as well as ways to address other solid waste issues. Judith will also provide examples of sustainable alternative products and information on reasons that make it important to address the plastics crisis.
“Death with a Doula” | Lauren Hunter-Smith, Death Doula/Owner – Bluegrass Death Doula
Lauren Hunter-Smith shares insights and perspectives about the modern death care industry and the end of life choices we can make for a more personal and environmentally conscious good-bye.
VENDORS & INFORMATION BOOTHS
Limited Spaces Available for Workshop Presenters & Vendors!
If you are interested in presenting a workshop or having a vendor/information booth, we only have a few spaces remaining! Fill out one of our convenient online forms to apply for a spot today! If you have registration questions or technical issues, please contact Jenny Duggan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out last year's Greenfest!
Author, Doris Settles
Doris Settles is a nationally recognized speaker, author, and trainer on school safety and digital culture. We need more gardeners in this world, so Doris wrote a children’s book about a little girl who learns to love gardening from her grandmother. Join us at 10:00am as Ms. Settles reads her book Leira Clara’s Flower, plays her ukulele and helps kids plant zinnia seeds to take home.
Learn more about Ms. Settles HERE »
From 10:00am-3:00pm, we will have a children’s activity area for the kids! This is a great area for the future “green helpers” to learn more about sustainability, recycling, and the environment around them through crafts and other activities.
NOTE: Staff or volunteers managing the Kids Zone are not meant for general child care or supervision. Parents must be present with their children at the activities area at all times.
Planetarium & Tours of LASC
Join us during lunch from 11:45am-1:00pm for tours of LASC and to learn about all its sustainable features. And don’t forget to visit the Farish Planetarium for two viewings of Habitat Earth – showtimes coming soon!
LASC offers over 15,000 square feet of programming space that includes a computer lab, science exhibition hall, a professional kitchen for teaching, an art gallery and Lexington’s only planetarium.
Enjoy local food available for purchase by Amazing Gracie’s Food Truck and Manapa’s Repostería Artesanal!
Healthy, vegetarian, vegan, keto friendly artisan baked goods, without preservatives or chemicals, natural process and taking advantage of all local resources of fresh fruits in each preparation to provide great quality. Colombian coffee will also be available.
WORKSHOP SCHEDULE & PRESENTERS
Click on a workshop to see the description! Please note that sessions and times are subject to change
VENDORS & BOOTHS
Trees Lexington! is a non-profit that works directly with community members and volunteers through tree plantings on public and private property, educational workshops, and seasonal tree giveaways. Guided by a group of dedicated tree advocates and top-notch arborists, the organization implements community-driven projects to forward our vision for a vibrant tree canopy for all of Lexington, now and in the future.
So Yum Candle Company is a 100% hand-poured, soy wax candle company located in Berea, KY. We use fragrance oils in our candles that are free from carcinogens an phthalates. We pour our fragrant wax into a variety of vessels from the standard jars to wooden bowls as well as molds for wax warmers.
Seedleaf is a community gardening organization that provides horticultural training and supports the practice of gardening and small scale farming in urban space.
Fancy Hippie Handmade makes and sells a variety of body and self care products made from organic sustainable ingredients. They also make jewelry out of recycled and biodegradable materials.
Wild Birds Unlimited is the original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores with more than 300 locations throughout the United States and Canada. WBU specializes in bringing people and nature together.
Filaments & Finery creates handmade jewelry from vintage and secondhand components.
Good Foods Co-op is a cooperatively-owned grocery store and cafe specializing in local, organic and sustainable foods and wellness products
Fayette Alliance is a non-profit of citizens dedicated to achieving equitable, sustainable growth in Lexington-Fayette County through land-use advocacy, education, and research.
Evolve KY is a group of electric vehicle owners and enthusiasts with the desire to move our current boring state of driving forward – and fast. Their focus is on Electric Vehicle and EV Charger Advocacy.
EARTHeim specializes in using native plants, eliminating invasive plants, and NOT using chemicals or gas powered tools. Practicing what they preach about proper care of plants, mulching properly, preserving soil structure and increasing biodiversity in the landscape.
The Suds Barn & Boutique makes homemade products, soap, shampoo bars, recycled candles, and more.
Ironweed Native Plant Nursery provides native plants for birds & pollinators such as wildflowers, grasses, vines, shrubs, trees.
Elements of Self creates recycled/upcycled art creatures, baskets, and dragon crystal holders. Created out of different types of plastic and packing materials. I also use magazines and newspapers for the paper mache and eco friendly polyurethane
80 Acres Farms uses super-efficient vertical farming techniques, growing as much food as eighty acres of traditional farmland, give or take a few pounds. Their new farms can produce much more, but their name guarantees they’ll never lose touch with their roots.
Taproot Nursery, a part of Oakland Farm Trees (a Kentucky native tree nursery in Bourbon County), grows medicinal and culinary plants – ranging from annual, perennial, flowering, pollinator-loving, and more.
FoodChain is a nonprofit who forges links between community and fresh food through education and demonstration of sustainable food systems. We have an indoor aquaponics farm as well as a teaching and processing kitchen and provide tours of our facilities every Saturday from 1-2pm.
Kentucky Conservation Committee a grassroots nonprofit that educates on sustainable/environmental policies.
Pink Energy is a residential home solar company, previously Power Home, whose mission is to help customers reduce their dependence on the utility grid by allowing them to invest in a solar-powered future.
Lucky Clover Farm is in their 14th year growing in Madison County, KY. Heirloom tomato plants & seeds, jams, jellies, artisan baked goods, black walnut harvest, and dried heirloom tomato production is their focus this year.
Terry Foody, RN, MSN, Public Health Nurse and Kentucky Humanities Speaker, was Project Coordinator for a LFUCG Stormwater Quality Grant, and is the Author of The Pie Seller, the Drunk and The Lady: Heroes of the 1833 Cholera Epidemic in Lexington, Kentucky.
Doris Settles is a nationally recognized speaker, author, and trainer on school safety and digital culture. We need more gardeners in this world, so Doris wrote a children’s book, Leira Clara’s Flowers, about a little girl who learns to love gardening from her grandmother and to share that love with her neighbors, even the local curmudgeon. Ms. Settles will be reading her book, playing her ukulele, and helping kids plant zinnia seeds to take home.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ mission is to conserve, protect and enhance Kentucky’s fish and wildlife resources and provide outstanding opportunities for hunting, fishing, trapping, boating, shooting sports, wildlife viewing, and related activities.
Nature Reliance School – Craig Caudill We do all we can to help people get outdoors. If we can’t do that, we take the outdoors to them.
Lucia’s World Emporium is a Fair Trade store and the majority of our items are made from upcycled materials or help with sustainable living such as cloth napkins and felt dryer balls.
Kentucky Heartwood works to protect the environment and spend the majority of their time trying to prevent logging of the Daniel Boone National Forest.