With topics ranging from diversifying cropping systems to organic fruit production, EcoFest gave those who attended multiple resources. Several classes throughout Saturday’s schedule provided material to utilize natural resources while finding ways to live in harmony with native flora and fauna.
“I think the focus is wonderful,” said Sherrie Koehler, a fourth grade teacher at White Mountain Elementary School. Koehler attended Saturday’s classes to gain information to present to her class. Koehler was one of more than 15 who attended Dr. Tess Grasswitz’s class on Integrated Pest Management. The class centered around pest control through placement of natural elements and plants throughout affected areas.
Also present were materials from Current Energy Systems which provides consulting, products and services to reduce energy use and produce natural forms of harnessing energy. By using passive solar enhancements and by utilizing infrared thermal imaging while in the planning stages of new building projects, Current Energy Systems says significant savings can occur.
Personal fitness was also represented at EcoFest. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends eating five or more fruits and vegetables a day, restricting video/TV time to two hours a day, and adding at least one hour of physical activity a day to encourage better health for children. Earthly Herbals provided product samples which utilize natural ingredients to promote health while decreasing dependence on chemical sources.