by Keith Bancroft
On Sunday mornings I generally follow the same routine. I head over to the Marin Farmers Market at the Civic Center and slowly weave my way through the rows of booths so I can load up with peaches (the O’Henry are in!) and strawberries from my favorite vendors. And I’ll often make room for a piece of fresh salmon, a tasty roasted chicken or a delicious baked good (from what I call “temptation row”), which I tuck into the top of my enviro-friendly reusable shopping bag (thanks MarinRecycle.org!).
But once in a while I like to mix things up, especially when there’s a good reason. And there’s a very good reason on Sunday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. That’s when you’ll find the second annual EcoFair Marin at the Marin County Fairgrounds (Lagoon Park), just across the street from the Farmers Market.
This year’s EcoFair is the second annual community celebration to inspire a healthy and sustainable Marin. It brings together businesses, nonprofits and the community to celebrate and advance sustainability efforts and to honor Marin County’s rich heritage of innovative environmental stewardship.
There will be a wide variety of exhibitors as well as music, inspiring speakers and eco-activities throughout the day at the Local Music Vibe Main Stage, Organic Valley DIY Stage and UrbanSitter Kids’ Zone. MMWD will be in the iLive section, booth #8, near the main stage. We’ll have information on Bay Friendly Gardening practices and the Garden Walk program in collaboration with Marin Master Gardeners.
EcoFair Marin will feature Van Jones as the keynote speaker (3:00 – 4:00 p.m.) on the main stage. Author of the recently published Rebuild the Dream, Jones is a “globally recognized, award-winning pioneer in human rights and the clean energy economy.”
And word on the street is that early birds get the…pancake breakfast! Those arriving between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. can enjoy a delicious Lion’s Club pancake breakfast.
General admission is $5 for adults; admission for children (under 17) is free. For more information visit the EcoFair Marin website.