Thanks everyone for a wonderful Simply Living Fair!  Check back in 2012 for details on next year’s fair.  For now, enjoy these wonderful photos from BloomingtonOnline.net!

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We are excited to host the Simply Living Fair during Going Local Week, on Saturday, September 10th from 12:00 to 5:30 in Third Street Park in Bloomington, Indiana.  Enjoy a rousing concert from 12:00 to 1:00 with the Bloomington Peace Choir, Soul Circle, and the International Dance Ensemble of IU.  Food Works for Middle Way House will have tasty lunches and snacks available all afternoon and over twenty organizations will be on hand with information on everything from solar panels to green cleaning to organic gardening.  There will be nine green living workshops (including three for kids and families) ranging in topic from seed saving to green investing to worm composting to trashion.  All events on Saturday are FREE.  The fair is organized by the Center for Sustainable Living in partnership with Bloomingfoods and with sponsorship from Bloomington Peace Partners, Gengee LLC, Monroe County Government, Branches Magazine, L.B. Stant, Worm’s Way, Green Sweep Cleaning Company, Cartridge World, Worldwide Automotive, Ben Brabson, and MPI Solar.

The Center for Sustainable Living will also be hosting a green living tour on Sunday, September 11th.  Tickets are $15 (available at Bloomingfoods or by e-mailing us at csloffice “at” gmail.com) which include round-trip transportation from Bloomingfoods East.  (Our originally scheduled morning Permaculture Tour has unfortunately been cancelled.)    From 1:30 to 3:30, discover how the Bessler and Kirk/Urrutia families have lowered their carbon footprint by reducing their electrical use and incorporating different kinds of solar technology to their homes (solar electricity, solar furnace, and solar hot water).  The Besslers won the 2010 Energy Showdown by lowering their electrical bills by 46% between 2009 and 2010!

Want more green living opportunities?

  • Check out the other events during Going Local Week (September 3-11) celebrating local business, local food, and local culture.
  • Look for upcoming information about Food for Thought Week (September 12-17)
  • Learn how permaculture design principles can help you live more simply and sustainably by signing up for the upcoming fall permaculture certification course held on weekends in September and October
  • Participate in a “Food for Thought” discussion group with Earth Care (details to be announced in the September Earth Care e-newsletter)
  • Join the Center for Sustainable Living to stay up-to-date on workshops & events promoting green, simple, and sustainable living!

Join us for an inspiring weekend of workshops, music, demonstrations, and exhibits promoting green living!  We now have 26 great organizations signed up as exhibitors, 9 engaging hands-on workshops (including 3 for kids), 3 excellent musical performance groups, and 2 families hosting green living tours of their homesteads.  There will also be fresh healthy food, wonderful company, and (we’re hoping) beautiful weather for enjoying Bloomington’s largest downtown park.

Workshop topics this year include backyard chickens, green finances, worm composting, trashion fashion, permaculture basics, and more.  There will also be plenty of time for networking and relaxing.  Have a solar cooker?  Bring it to set up at the park!  We’ll also have solar panels to demonstrate and a variety of green goodies in our benefit raffle including a rain barrel and a worm bin.

All Saturday events are free (music, workshops, demonstrations, exhibits) with food & green products available for purchase.  On Sunday, tickets for our green living tours are $15 each with proceeds benefiting the Center for Sustainable Living.  This is a great way to see how two local families are living green.  Keith Johnson & Peter Bane have a fabulous homestead using permaculture principles to grow a bounty of food while also minimizing their carbon footprint.  Pam & Woodie Bessler are paving the way for solar power by showing how they reduced their energy usage nearly 50% without sacrificing their standard of living and then found out it was a reasonable investment to meet their electrical needs with photovoltaic panels.

Click on the tabs above for more details.  Hope to see you at the fair!

We are pleased to announce that the Bloomington Peace Choir will be performing an opening concert for the Simply Living Fair from 12:00 to 1:00 on Saturday, September 10th in Third Street Park.  Bring the family and have a picnic in the park with food from Food Works for Middle Way House and inspiring live music.  The Bloomington Peace Choir is a multicultural, multi-generational group that celebrates the power of people singing in harmony to bring peace to our world.  Along with a few special guests, they will be sing us into the opening of the fair, featuring 9 workshops and dozens of green vendors teaching us how to live simply, sustainably, and in harmony with the planet.

Sharing information in Third Street ParkWould your business or organization be interested in supporting the Simply Living Fair?  We are looking to raise $1,500 from sponsors and exhibitors to make this a FREE event for the community on September 10th.

  • Sustaining Sponsors ($300) receive a free booth rental, a large ad in the program guide, a large ad on our website, a listing on our posters, and a mention at both our opening and closing concerts.
  • Supporting Sponsors ($150) receive a free booth rental, a medium ad in the program guide, and a listing on our posters.
  • Sprouting Sponsors ($80) receive a free booth rental and a small ad in the program guide.

Not able to sponsor this year but would still like to participate?  Booth rental for exhibitors and vendors is $25 for businesses and $15 for non-profits (plus and additional $5 if you would like us to supply a table).  We will have two 20×40 tents this year with overflow in the Allison-Jukebox Center.  Hands-on activities and demonstrations are strongly encouraged.  This is also a great chance to sell green products or sign up community members to learn more about your organization.

Interested?  Please register through our Sponsors/Vendors page by August 1st.  Thank you for your support!

Mark your calendars – we are planning to hold the 2011 Simply Living Fair on Saturday, September 10th in Third Street Park.  Our planning committee has just begun brainstorming ideas for the fair but the format will be similar to last year with workshops, green vendors, green living tours, and activities for all ages.  We will be shortening the event to run from 1:00 to 5:30 and will follow up with dinner and music in the park.  In fact, we are going to try to have music all afternoon to increase the festival ambiance.

Interested in joining the planning committee?  Know a band or performer who might want to share their musical talent at the fair?  Have suggestions for what we should include this year?  Send Maggie, our coordinator, a quick note or leave a comment below.

Thank you very much to our sponsors and vendors who helped make the 2010 Simply Living Fair successful! There are many great green businesses and organizations in south central Indiana that are eager to support simple and sustainable living.  We are grateful for their contributions to the fair and to the community at large.  We will be seeking sponsors for the 2011 Simply Living Fair starting in May – please contact us at csloffice “at” gmail.com for more sponsorship information.

2010 sponsors:

Sustaining Sponsors ($300+ in sponsorship)

Indiana Living Green (http://indianalivinggreen.com/)

Indiana Living Green is full of information you can use to find a green lifestyle that you live with – one that is both earth friendly and doable for you and your family. Published six times a year, the magazine profiles those living the green lifestyle and provide tips and resources for sustainable living.  The Indiana Living Green website gives you the latest news and links to help you be green along with pertinent, well-written articles from the magazine.

Branches Magazine (http://www.branches.com/)

Branches is a free publication providing a forum for topics including personal growth, the environment, health and well-being, social concerns and spirituality.  We are at the forefront of a tremendous growth in interest in topics of personal, cultural and planetary transformation.  Our magazine includes a mix of informative narratives, interviews, topical dialogues, how-to articles and thoughtful essays on subjects such as peace, spirituality, integrative medicine, nutrition and meditation.

Supporting Sponsors ($150+ in sponsorship)

Mann Plumbing (www.mannplumbinginc.com)

Mann Plumbing & Solar Energy Systems provides state-of-the-art solar panels, eco-friendly plumbing, and radiant floor heating to give you the Earth-friendly home you deserve. We serve the Bloomington area and beyond with plumbers you can trust.

L. B. Stant (www.lbstant.com)

Bill Stant is an Investment Advisor Representative of Financial West Group (FWG), member FINRA/SIPC. He specializes in Socially Responsible Investing with the assistance of the Progressive Asset Management Network. His background includes doctoral studies and teaching in political science. Bill was the Green Party’s candidate for Indiana Secretary of State in 2006.

Worm’s Way (www.wormsway.com)

Worms Way is the garden enthusiast’s destination. We’re committed to furthering earth-friendly gardening indoors and outdoors by offering the finest selection of innovative year-round gardening products. Visit us in Indiana, Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Monroe County Government (http://www.co.monroe.in.us/tsd/)

The Monroe County Government is working hard to make our region a better place and is proud to be a sponsor of the Simply Living Fair.

Bloomingfoods (http://www.bloomingfoods.coop/)

Bloomingfoods is celebrating 34 years as a community owned business. A group of people got together in 1976 and created a business that would have a local focus and bring them all the great food they could not find anywhere else.  Thirty years later we remain dedicated to good food and good health, excellent customer service, local and regional producers, and giving back to the community we are all a part of.

Cartridge World (http://www.cartridgeworld.com/usa/usa604)

Cartridge World is your locally owned and operated source for refilled inkjet cartridges and remanufactured laser toner cartridges. All of our products – brand name, compatible, refilled/remanufactured – come with a 100% guarantee. We offer free delivery to local businesses using our electric car.

Sprouting Sponsors ($80+ in sponsorship)

World Wide Automotive (www.worldwideauto.net and www.wordwideautomotive.blogspot.com)

The mission of World Wide Automotive Service (WWAS) is “Care for the Car, the Customer & the Environment.” WWAS has received environmental awards and recognitions for our work providing the highest quality automotive service while doing so in the most environmentally sound manner.  Our new facility (2009) has allowed us to take our commitments even further with a whole host of green elements that not only conserve energy, but make the building a more staff and customer friendly environment.


Abundant Harvest Farms provides education and products for organic gardeners. Currently our organic plant and garden food Vegetable Mix and Vegetable Mix Vegan are sold at all Bloomingfoods locations and FARMbloomington. We also offer organic gardening workshops at Harmony School. Our one hour workshop is $19.95 per person and covers the essentials for creating healthy fertile soil in your organic garden. Saturdays 10-11am Tuesdays 6-7pm. Our workshops will continue weekly throughout the year. Register at abundantharvestfarms@yahoo.com

Boxcar Books and Community Center, Inc. is a volunteer powered, non-profit organization that exists to provide new and used books, zines, magazines, and comics on topics of social justice, independent media, and fiction for the community; send literature of all types free of charge to prisoners in the midwest; and to provide a meeting space for community and literary groups. Website: www.boxcarbooks.com

Christine McKenna, Certified Reiki Master/Teacher, offers inspiring and transformational Reiki workshops where you can get to know the amazing impact of YOUR healing hands and learn the art of energy work!  At the next Reiki I (October 23) and Reiki II (October 24) workshops, you will receive certification, manuals, experiential training, and empowerment to start practicing Reiki right away on both yourself and others (www.heartspirals.com).  Christine also offers private hands-on Reiki sessions for anyone seeking relaxation, energetic clearing, balance, emotional release, pain reduction, spiritual and personal growth, transformation, and/or healing from the root cause of any ailment. Website: www.heartspirals.com

The Bloomington Community Orchard is a publicly-owned, volunteer-maintained orchard which will contribute to local food security, inspire joyful community engagement, and educate citizens while making sustainability delicious.  The orchard is currently under development on city land adjacent to Willie Streeter Community Garden near the YMCA.   Website: www.bloomingtoncommunityorchard.org

Earth Care Bloomington brings faith communities together to help curb global climate change by educating, acting and speaking up. We currently include twenty faith communities and welcome new members. We invite all faith communities to be part of an ever-widening circle of care for creation by joining this sacred responsibility. Website: www.earthcareindiana.org

Full Moon Milk Soaps is a collaboration between two farm mamas in southern Indiana. Our rich, all natural soaps are full of fresh milk from our farms and herbs and botanicals from our gardens, for a soap truly local to our area. Website: www.etsy.com/shop/fullmoonmilk

Indiana CAFO Watch is a grass roots group of concerned citizens from the farms, towns, and cities  with a goal to prevent pollution and protect our valuable resources.  We encourage the promotion of agriculture but with an emphasis on the protection of the resources available to all Hoosiers.  Contact Barbara Sha Cox at barbarasha1@msn or P. O. Box 1572, Richmond, IN  47375, or 765-962-2184.

Local Growers Guild is a cooperative of farmers, retailers and community members dedicated to strengthening the local food economy in Southern Indiana through education, direct support and market connections.  Our mission is to create a local foods system that provides quality food to our community, preserves the viability of family farms, improves the quality of life for growers, and promotes practices that preserve and protect the Earth. www.localgrowers.org

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard is a local Bloomington food pantry that offers garden and nutrition education. MHC provides healthful, wholesome foods to folks in need and strives to provide our services in ways that build community while enhancing the dignity, respect, and self care of all involved.  Website: www.mhcfoodpantry.org

Pure Hearts & Clean Hands Soap Co. strives to handmake all of your bath and body product needs.  We handmake soaps, lotions, shampoos, teeth cleaner, laundry soap, deodorants, mineral cosmetics, lip butters, salt glows, clay masques, bug repellent, and more…Website: www.phchnaturalsoap.com

Scarlett Winters, N.D., is an ANCB certified traditional naturopath. She has been working in the field of natural health for over a decade. She seeks to educate her clients on ways to experience vitality and health on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. This is accomplished through assessment, education, and natural therapies. Your practitioner will do her best to listen to you, take time to answer your questions, and empower you to make informed decisions about your health. A free 30 minute chat is offered to new clients to decide if naturopathy is right for you.  Website: www.healthypeaplellc.com

Young Living Essential Oils, with four farms in Idaho, Utah, France, and Equador, honors its stewardship to champion nature’s living energy to promote a life of wellness, purpose, and abundance.  Our oils are not synthetic; they are pure, unadulterated, and distilled from plants grown on our four farms. Products include skin care, home health care, nutrition, and literature. Experience the emotional, physical, and spiritual awakenings of these versatile oils.  Website: www.youngliving.org/empowerment

Evolver Bloomington is the local “spore” of the international Evolver Social Movement.  We are a social group/network which collaborates consciousness and cultivates community for the purpose of creating a culture of heightened awareness, equity, and ecological stewardship.

Special Thanks

First United Methodist Church – for providing wonderful facilities for events all weekend long!

City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation – for the use of Third Street Park, our favorite gathering place!

Rhino’s Youth Center – for the loan of tables and chairs for our vendors!

Food Works for Middle Way – for cooking a delicious meal on Friday night featuring local ingredients!

Musgrave Orchard – for donating wonderful fresh-pressed apple cider for our dinner!

White Rabbit – for printing our program guide!

Thank You Planning Committee

Marie Fleming

Lucille Bertuccio

Marcia Pluta-Figueiredo

Betsy Caulfield

Samantha King McDonald

Rhonda Baird

Maggie Sullivan

Carmen Blubaugh

Elli Plunkett

Michael Simmons

Ria Collee

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