Please join us on Saturday, September 10th for FREE activities in Third Street Park!  Start off your day with a picnic in the park!

  • 12:00 – Enjoy live music on the big stage featuring the Bloomington Peace Choir, Soul Circle, and the International Dance Ensemble of IU!
  • 12:00 to 2:00 – Food Works for Middle Way House will be selling tasty wraps (vegetarian and non-vegetarian options), chips, cookies, tea, muffins, coffee, and lemonade until 2:00.
  • 12:00 to 5:00 – Exhibitor booths will be open all day with hands-on demonstrations, free information to take home, and green items for sale.   The Center for Sustainable Living will also be selling raffle tickets for a rain barrel, a worm bin, and other great green items.
  • 1:00 to 5:00 – Green Living Workshops (see schedule and descriptions below).
  • 5:15 – Closing celebration and raffle winner announcement.

Workshop Schedule and Descriptions

1:00 to 2:00 (your choice of 3 workshops)

  • Permaculture Basics with Rhonda Baird – Learn how to apply permaculture principles to your home and yard to create a thriving homestead that produces and abundance of food and energy while also giving back to the natural world.
  • Recycled Home Projects (Family Workshop)  with the Bloomington High School South Environmental Club – Bring your kids to learn a few new recycling tips and crafts from high school students passionate about saving the planet.
  • Seed Saving with Sherry Wise of Wiley House – Learn about the Wylie House Museum heirloom garden and seed saving project.  See demonstrations on seed saving techniques and storage.   Built in 1835, Wylie House was the home of Andrew Wylie, and his family. Today Wylie House is owned and operated by Indiana University as a house museum recreating the Wylie home prior to 1860.

2:30 to 3:30 (your choice of 3 workshops)

  • The Work That Reconnects with Aaron Pollitt –  Based on the works of Joanna Macy, this workshop will evoke creative, compassionate, transformational, and empowering responses to the ecological crisis of our times. Through practice in opening our hearts to the pain of our world, identifying ourselves with the whole of the web of life, and find the inner strength for The Great Turning to accrue.
  • Trashion for Kids (Family Workshop) with Discardia – Bring the family and learn how to turn t-shirts into other cool clothing. Make jewelry from trash. Discardia will provide recycle/ reuse materials and assistance to budding trashionistas. Come and create stylish designs and gain a new appreciation for your trash.    You might even be inspired to join next year’s Trashion Show!  Discardia is a collective that makes and sells items redesigned from discarded materials. Our goal is to have a store and work space where community members can learn how to reuse discarded materials and be able to sell items they have  made on consignment. Discardia is a project of the Center for Sustainable Living.
  • Backyard Chickens with Anne Foley – You might think that adding poultry to your yard is too much extra work.  Anne will explain how you can turn poultry into the best gardening helpers you ever had.   Anne Foley started vegetable gardening as a young child in rural Wisconsin.  She got her Ph.D. degree in Food Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Anne has raised poultry for about 12 years and is very active in the Monroe County Fair, 4-H, and the breeding and exhibiting of poultry.

4:00 to 5:00 (your choice of 3 workshops)

  • Financing the Green Revolution with Bill Stant – Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) empowers you to contribute to ecological sustainability and social justice through your personal finances. Using SRI you can generate social and environmental returns, as well as financial returns, while saving for retirement. Bill Stant is an Investment Advisor Representative of Financial West Group (FWG), Member FINRA/SIPC. He is a member of the Progressive Asset Management Group. Bill specializes in retirement planning and Socially Responsible Investing (SRI). 
  • Worm Composting/100 Care-Free Pets (Family Workshop) with Lucille Bertuccio –  Does your child want a pet but you don’t have time?  Visit the Simply Living Fair and find out how you can give your child approximately 100 pets that require little care: a small bin in which to live, left-over food waste to eat and which will provide abundant nutrient rich soil for your garden.  Join Lucille Bertuccio, member of the Center for Sustainable Living, and find out how to make and maintain a worm bin; many fascinating facts about red wrigglers (the worms that live in worm bins) and satisfy your child’s craving to provide care for another living creature.  Be the first in your neighborhood to have a worm bin!   Lucille Bertuccio has had the same worm bin for over ten years and has provided worms for many households in Bloomington. She has been involved with the Center for Sustainable Living since its inception in 1992.
  • Task of the Month with Stephanie Kimball of Earth Care – This workshop will focus on the Task of the Month program, which is  a 12-month action program designed to help households reduce their energy use.  Participants focus on completing one task per month, and support each other in getting it done.  Information about each task is provided in the Task of the Month Toolkit, along with promotional materials, sign-up sheets, and other organizational tools. Earth Care is an interfaith organization working to curb climate change.  We offer programs and materials that help congregations and households reduce their energy consumption and move toward renewable sources of electricity.    For more information, see

Sunday, September 11th – Simply Living Tours will be held; tickets are only $15 for each two-hour tour and include transportation to/from Bloomingfoods East.

  • 10:00 Permaculture Tour – CANCELLED
  • 1:30 Solar Tour – learn how two local families are going solar to save money and the planet

Curious to know what happened at the fair last year?  Click here to see the schedule of activities from the 2010 Simply Living Fair and Midwest Permaculture Convergence, including over 30 workshops in addition to keynote speakers Aaron Newton and Eric Brende.