Cooking in a (Fair Trade & Green Power!) Sun Oven

posted Aug 12, 2010, 1:51 PM by Chelle Lindahl
Press Release  &  Calendar Item  


Saturday, August 21 from Noon to 1:30 PM.   Rain date Sat., 8/28 Noon.
Limited to 10 participants.  Donation Appreciated.  Potsdam, NY.
RSVP by Friday 8/20 to or 315-347-4223 - after Thursday, by phone please.


POTSDAM -- The Sustainable Living Project (SLP) of Seedcorn has been touring North Country events this summer with their Pledge Program called One Sustainable Thing, encouraging the citizenry to choose from lists of dozens of sustainable practices that they could adopt, joining a hoped-for 1,000 Pledges this year.  One topic surprised the organizers when it was chosen by several participants -- to use a solar cooker for cooking their meals.  It seems there is an organic uptick of interest in the topic in these times of high energy costs.

Then one of the Project organizers attended an informal workshop on this very topic, hosted by Caron Collins, an assistant professor at The Crane School of Music and owner of a business promoting Fair Trade and ecological products, including the versatile Sun Oven.  A formal workshop was born, to be held at noon, nearby to the  Potsdam Farmer's Market on Saturday, August 21, 2010.

Dr. Collins will demonstrate the many uses and benefits of the Sun Oven -- utilizing no electricity, firewood, gas or fossil fuels to cook a hearty meal or even bake some cookies.  Learn how to cook, boil, and bake all your favorite dishes using only the heat from the sun.  The compact, lightweight Sun Oven saves time, energy, and money and lessens environmental impacts while not heating up your home to cook in summer.  The Sun Oven will cook soups, casseroles, meats and stews even on sunny winter days.   See more at or through the SLP website under Year-Round Events.

All are invited to attend this most informative, hands-on workshop to be held in Potsdam in conjunction with the Farmer's Market, at the rear of the municipal parking lot across from the Roxy Theater.   RSVP's are encouraged, though there may be room for walk-ins to meet the group at the Market at Noon that day.  A presentation will take place nearby and demonstrations of the Sun Oven will take place all morning at the Market (opens 10 AM). 

Reservations after Thursday, August 19 must be by phone, not online, to verify there is space availability.  This workshop is presented free of charge, though a donation of any size to benefit the upcoming Local Living Festival is requested.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.  To RSVP contact the SLP at 315-347-4223, or

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RSVP by Friday 8/20 to or 315-347-4223 - after Thursday, by phone please.