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Visit with the sheep, pigs, cows and chickens that reside
at the Learning Farm - just in time for Spring babies!


Participate in creating a community mural illustrating and commemorating local farmers and highlighting health and safety issues dealt with by our farmers every day.

Artist Marion Bradish is creating this mural as part of this project, in partnership with
The Occupational Health Clinical Center (OHCC) of the North Country
in Canton, NY  www.upstate.edu/cnyohcc
This tryptych mural will be shared by OHCC, CCE and the LLV
and the sections will come back together at appropriate times in the future!
Check out the blog on this project created by SUNY Community Health Intern Catherine Dietsche, documenting the participation of local school groups in the project as well!

A reprise of the TAUNY exhibit featuring homes built in the Homesteaders style of the 1970's onward will also be featured in the main barn display for your enjoyment.

Performances by the Modern Times Theater of East Hardwick, VT will amuse and enlighten! 

join us for
The Rural Person's Verbal Reclamation Front
Punch n Judy Puppet Show for kids and adults!


Enjoy the meanderings of Leo the Human Xylophone!  Plus a fun lunchtime drumming circle for the butter dance!  (We'll male real butter from cream -- it's fun!)



The Festival also
features a satellite of the
Potsdam Farmers Market
  Several Farms will be on hand with seedlings and fresh Spring foodstuffs for your larder! 

Check out the
Fair (Community Supported Ag) next to the market -- you can buy a share in a local farm's harvest and receive a box of fresh local food in return!

Vendors of good, local food to fill your belly!

The Potsdam Food Co-op and their Carriage House Bakery will serve up their Farmers Market fare of sweet scones and savory knots and pockets!  Yum!  Stop in to the store at 24 Elm St., Potsdam any day of the week for delicious baked goods and deli foods!  The public is always welcome, you do not have to be a member to enjoy the Co-op!

Barb's Leaner Weiners (more information coming soon!)  :-)     

Green Goddess Natural Markets in Lake Placid is a wonderful place to shop -- and they have a road show, did you know?  You will encounter their food stand at many local festivals and events -- they're coming to the Local Living Festival to serve up fresh, local, healthy, delicious food all day! 

All vendors comply with "zero-waste" requirements for an ecologically-sound Festival!
(see "Zero Waste" below for how YOU can participate!)

Ongoing demonstrations of traditional crafts such as spinning wool into yarn, splitting wood, building and baking in an "Earth Oven", canning, using a Sun Oven, wood stove styles, use and safety, build-yer-own deep well hand pump, and many, many more.

Up to 75 exhibits of all stripes, from woolen products handmade in front of you to U.S.-made solar ovens that benefit Fair Trade organizations, from fiber arts to forestry products, renewable energy systems to hand-made personal care, and traditional crafts to how-to books.

Visit local homes on Saturday, May 4 --
some of them completely off the power grid,
set up as "utility inter-tie." 
Check out the Home Tours page as the listings
develop and sign up at the Festival or by email.

One of the Martin Family veggie-mobiles will be on hand!  In 2011 we had a beautiful new, all-electric Tesla car on display, as well as Crazy Jerry's beautiful Aurora recumbent fully-enclosed yellow rocket-mobile!  This year's line up is still to be announced, and depends on weather and who decides to show up -- something to keep us all giddy with anticipation!

Schulze Construction has once again generously donated the use of their trailered solar power array (used to build at remote home sites) to power the main speakers venue, the Solar Tent.  How cool is that.


Bicyclists from the Clarkson University ECO (Environmental Conservation Organization) and St. Lawrence University rode in en masse for the last Festival -- we hope to inspire more such wonderful Spring-like behavior!

Baby-changing area, mothers nursing parlor and child nap area provided with the North Country Midwives attending to family needs.

A different children's activity every hour!
The St. Lawrence County Dairy Princess
and Maple Princess will each make a special visit. 

New to this Festival - hourly Young Adult / Teen activities as well!

A butter dance - making butter from real cream, as well as hula hooping, sack races, and more fun for kids of all ages during the lunch hour.

Celebrating International Compost Week (the following week, in May) representatives of local K-12 schools will share their challenges, successes and perhaps collaborate on some future initiatives.  All are invited to join in on this discussion of what is transpiring at our local schools; how to improve on what is already happening!  Assembly member Addie Russell has been asked to officiate this event.

Community Supported Agriculture is an innovative program where families purchase a "share" in the coming crops of a specific farm in advance in exchange for a weekly box of produce, meat, eggs, and other foodstuffs.  The only CSA Fair north of Syracuse/Albany, come meet the farmers and learn about the benefits and features of many of the CSA's in the area, including the types of "shares" available, drop-off locations, and more.

Group Photo session at the end of the lunch break -- join us!!

  • Please bring your own place setting (including cloth napkin) if you can!  Honor system storage will be provided so you don't need to drag your settings around all day (or your Farmer's Market purchases!)
  • Food vendors will not use single-serve packets and will provide compost-able serving components for those without a place setting.
  • Durable place settings will be available  for a small deposit as well.
    Waste-stream education will be in the forefront, because there is no "away" when you throw it away!
  • To our knowledge the Local Living Festival 2011 was the first-ever certified Zero Waste Event held in New York State.  Certification provided by ZIP Certification in Pittsburgh, PA.  (There are no NY State certifying agencies).

FARM HACK  Perhaps we'll do something special, since we have the founder of the organization as a Featured Speaker! See http://www.youngfarmers.org/practical/farm-hack/
Join the Crop Mob!  Leave your cell number at the admissions gate and we'll send a text at different times during the day inviting you to join a Crop Mob planting pumpkins or whatever else comes up!  Bring your gloves and hand spades!
Seed & Seedling Swap!  Bring your extra viable seeds and/or seedlings you'd like to swap out for others and go home with a whole new crop, literally! Lots of information about saving seeds as well!


Children at play with hula hoops, sack races, a butter dance and more.

  Modern Times Theater puppet shows and live theater (to be confirmed)
Wandering musicians        Horse-drawn wagon rides
  Vendors serving up fresh local foods!

           Group Photo session
Community Art Mural
               and Special Surprise Events!

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