New venue for Green Living Festival |

New venue for Green Living Festival

Staff Reports

Alan McKerrihan of AJ's Stoves talks with Gardnerville resident Michael Hartstein about a solar attic fan at the Green Living Festival last year.
Shannon Litz file photo |

The seventh annual Green Living Festival has a new venue.

The sustainable living event is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Nature Conservancy’s River Fork Ranch on Genoa Lane.

“The new venue is a beautiful place that allowed us to plan some outdoor programs we couldn’t do at the old venue, and to reduce our exhibitor fees,” explained board member Vicki Bates.

One track of programs will be held outdoors: a guided hike of the ranch by the Carson Valley Trails Association, hoop house, low tunnel building demonstrations, a LEED building and constructed wetlands tour, and a Monarch butterfly search.

Another track will be held indoors in the Whit Hall Interpretive Center: making clean, safe household products, incorporating a fishery (aquaculture) into your backyard gardening, biofuels, improving plant growth and quality, conservation easements, and the kick off to a year-long 20 percent energy challenge.

Hands on activities for families will be ongoing at the discovery center, with paper making, bike blender smoothies, sun oven cooking and repurposing of old wool sweaters into mittens.

Entertainment will be provided at various times through the day by juggler and renewable energy ambassador Izzy Tooinsky, as well as music by Mountain Dulcimers. I’d Eat There food truck will be joining the event in time for lunch.

Exhibitors representing local businesses and organizations related to gardening, renewable energy, energy efficient heating and conservation, stoves, water pumps, native seeds, household products and foods, sun rooms and shades, recycling and more will be on hand to answer questions. Wine corks and household electronics (a fee for TVs) will be accepted for recycling. And the popular Great Tomato Tasting, where folks can taste an array of tomato varieties and decide their favorites, is back again this year.

Admission to the event and workshops is free.

The event is hosted by the educational non-profit Sustainable Living & Renewable Energy Roundup and sponsored by NV Energy, Nature Conservancy, Douglas Disposal, Carson Valley Inn and Whole Foods.

For more information, visit, or contact Katherine Winans at or 267-0539.