Sunday, June 12, 2011

Know Your Food. Grow Your Food.

Brie & "Pip"
Know your food. Grow your food. This is the tag line that Wakeman Town Farm lives and breathes.

Among many other educational initiatives, they organized ECOFEST this past weekend, hosted by Westport's Green Village Initiative, with over 50 vendors who promote green living, as well as Club Green of Staples High School, all driven under the leadership of Mike Aitkenhead, Wakeman Town Farm's program director.

Brie and I were honored to be invited by Mike to join the festivities, as well as lead the "chicken portion" of a Chicken and Bee Keeping workshop at Wakeman the previous Saturday.

Brie and local bee keeper, Pete Van Hagen
Simply Chicks represents one aspect of sustainable living. By growing our own food, we reduce our carbon footprint on the planet. We enjoy the benefit of fresh, organic veggies and eggs, straight from our backyard to the kitchen. And have fun while doing it. Oh yeah.

Plus... we let those mass supermarkets (who ship their food here from far away places like Chile and Mexico) know we don't need them as much. Thanks anyway.

Wakeman Town Farm Gardens

Here are a few pictures of the workshop from last weekend:

We loved every minute of ECOFEST as well as the Chicken Keeping workshop at Wakeman.

It's exciting to be a part of the local food movement, and to enjoy posts like this one from Dan Woog's 06880, who always puts a fresh spin on things, as well as a sense of humor.

Gotta love those bloggers! Here's Woog's take on ECOFEST:

Several newspapers were on site to promote the annual event, such as Westport Now. Click on any of the hyperlinks above to enjoy articles and websites about ECOFEST and Wakeman Town Farm.