Started by Mary and Skip Badiny of Maranatha Farms, the Ozarks Sustainability Festival was begun as a way to promote simple, sustainable lifestyles and living skills. The first festival was held in the lush gardens of the Badiny’s farm and has been growing ever since, with last fall’s festival drawing in over 1500 people.
The small, but dedicated group of folks at the helm of the Ozarks Sustainability Festival are all volunteers who work the entire year to make this wonderful event a reality for the south-central Ozarks Region.
This year is really shaping up to be the defining year for the festival, with over 70 local and regional vendors at the ready to provide visitors with wonderful green goods and services, handmade local arts and crafts, all-natural products for farm and home, as well as bedding and garden plants, wonderful local food and creative demonstrations of interesting and useful products and skills.
The highlight of the festival is the free presentations and workshops given throughout the day. This year you can learn about beginning bee keeping, making herbal poultices, solar energy, urban homesteading and more. From there you can wander the grounds, check out demonstrations of goat milking, rain barrels, making soy milk, cooking without electricity, raised bed gardening and more! Bring the kids to the live animal pens and check out some really cool critters. And when you’ve worked up your hunger, the local food vendors will please your palette with good wholesome and really tasty food!
If you’ve heard about the Ozarks Sustainability Festival but have not yet attended – come on down to West Plains on Sunday, May 15th from 10am til 6pm and have yourself one heck of a great time! Visit our website for a schedule of presentations and demonstrations, or to check out this year’s vendors, at www.OzarksSustainabilityFestival.org.
Date:Sunday, May 15th, 2011 – Rain or Shine!
Time:10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location:Next Step SDA Church, 3555 North US Hwy 63,West Plains, MO
Directions: 4 miles north of West Plains or 13 miles south of Willow Springs on US Hwy. 63 North, near Richards R-5 School. Look for the big green sign!Website: www.OzarksSustainabilityFestival.org