Growing Green Festival 2016

The Growing Green Festival is one of the most exciting and innovative community events in Nova Scotia.

This unique festival is dedicated to “sustainability”. It is a fun and colourful introduction to the idea that all people can live within the Earth’s means, while meeting their basic needs. The festival features exhibitors and vendors, educational activities, a natural playground and lots to do for children and youth. The festival is organized by the Town of Bridgewater, the District of Lunenburg, and community volunteers, organizations and businesses.

The 2016 event featured 2 days of community events and drew hundreds of visitors. The Earth Savers of Tomorrow event – was created to include schools and students. This brought out over 1400 students to the grounds to visit, participate and engage with businesses and organizations who focus on supporting our natural environment. The highlight for many students was the Natural Playground created by Helping Nature Heal. The Crave Local dinner hosted by Wile’s Lake Farm Market was a sold out food and beverage tasting event. The Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation team – toured the LaHave River Watershed and spoke about some of the many projects they are working on to support our clean rivers. Their team also lead the TD Friends of the Environment Tree Planting at the outdoor classroom in Bridgewater. The Sustainability Fair featured an Up!Skilling Expo – showcasing weaving, wool harvest and use, as well as bicycle repairs. Local musicians entertained throughout the day, and a visit from the South Shore Lumberjacks to play ground hockey were all key components of the event.

Sustainability comes in many forms. In 2017 the focus will be on Energize Bridgewater. What can we do to create a sustainable energy sources? How can we support renewable energy? What will the Earth Savers of Tomorrow accomplish in relation to Energy efficiency?

 

The video above shows the Earth Savers of Tomorrow – big event!

 

Learn more about the 2016 Growing Green Festival

 

Introduction

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As we grow at a sustainable rate, the Growing Green Festival planning committee is proud to add several new events to this year's schedule! Not only will we feature our Saturday morning street festival chock full o' vendors and sustainability educations (held in conjunction with the wonderful Bridgewater Farmers' Market and their roster of local and sustainable fare), but we also offer afternoon and evening events throughout the Festival week.  Check back here frequently for updates as our schedule is developed!

Art Show

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Although the Growing Green Festival will not hold our usual art show at the library this year (due to the transition of the library to the new Lifestyle Centre later this year), we are pleased to announce that our festival partner, the Blockhouse School Project, will be holding their second annual CommuniTEA & Open House on Saturday, August 17th from 11 to 4. This event will feature the art exhibit Altered Book Exhibition, "New Life for Old Books". Other features of the CommuniTEA & Open House include free samples of tea, local cheese, condiments and crackers; preservation demonstrations, a plant identification walk, and more! Visit their website to learn more or to purchase tickets for the Tiny Studio Raffle

"Close to Home" Pig Roast

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The Growing Green Sustainability Festival, in partnership with Wile's Lake Farm Market presents:



Close to Home Pig Roast
Saturday, August 17th, 6 PM
Wile's Lake Farm Market, Wileville

 

Featuring local, pastured pork and goat; smoked turkey and microgreens salad; and Lunenburg County blueberry grunt from Chef Matthew Krizan of Mateus Bistro. A vegetarian option consisting of grilled quinoa cake with grilled seasonal vegetables and black olive tapanade with a basil drizzle is also available.

 

Enjoy local music and entertainment in the beautiful greenhouse dining room. Beer and wine available from Petite Riviere Winery. Tickets available for $30 starting July 29 at Wile's Lake Farm Market. Some student/low income/unwaged tickets available for $10--contact the festival office for details.

Free Film Screenings

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The 2013 Growing Green Sustainability Festival will feature two film nights. Both are free and open to the public!

 

On Tuesday, August 13th our sponsor Helping Nature Heal, Inc. will be showing Symphony of the Soil. The screening will take place at 8 PM in Council Chambers, Bridgewater Town Hall, 60 Pleasant Street. 

 

On Thursday, August 15th at 8:30 pm the festival's film committee will present the Reel Green Film Night at King Street Court. This outdoor film viewing will feature The Clean Bin Project plus a number of selected shorts. This event will feature free popcorn and door prizes! Rain location: Council Chambers, Bridgewater Town Hall, 60 Pleasant Street.

 

The film screenings are generously supported by  Nova Scotia Department of the Environment, Fresh Air Films, South Shore Public Libaries, Cinema Politica, South Shore Chapter of the Council of Canadians, Helping Nature Heal, Inc, and Resource Recovery Fund Board, Region 6.


Sustainability Tours

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On Saturday, August 17, join one of our two Sustainability Tours, organized in partnership with the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg. Learn about businesses and organizations in the District of Lunenburg that have already taken the next step toward sustainability.   enjoy brief guided tours to the locations. The tour is being organized in partnership with the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg. Participant donations are gratefully accepted but not expected. To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the festival office at 541-4390.

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Day of call 529-0580 for seat availability or visit the Municipality booth.

 

Morning Loop

 

10:00 a.m. Bus arrives at Hodge Podge Community Garden , corner of Aberdeen Road and Elm St., Bridgewater

 

10:10 a.m. Depart for Michelin, Logan Rd., Bridgewater 

 

10:50 a.m. Depart for LaHave Bakery, 3421 Hwy 331, LaHave 

 

11:45 a.m. Depart for Fort Point Museum/Mi'Kmaq Acadian Festival, Fort Point Rd., LaHave 

 

12:30 p.m. Depart for Petite Rivière Vineyard, 1300 Italy Cross Rd., Crousetown

 

1:35 p.m. Depart for Bridgewater

 

2:00 p.m. Arrive at Hodge Podge Community Garden, Elm St., Bridgewater

 

 

Afternoon Loop

 

2:00 p.m. Bus arrives at Hodge Podge Community Garden , corner of Aberdeen Road and Elm St., Bridgewater

 

2:15 p.m. Depart for Michelin, Logan Rd., Bridgewater

 

3:00 p.m. Depart for Canadian Kachelofen Wood Fired Heating Systems, 905 Langille's Lake Rd., Blockhouse

 

3:45 p.m. Depart for Mirella Rose Farm, 739 Back Cornwall Rd., Cornwall

 

4:30 p.m. Depart for Bridgewater

 

5:00 p.m. Arrive at Hodge Podge Community Garden, Elm St., Bridgewater

 

Notes: You are welcome to follow the bus in your vehicle. This tour involves walking and standing. Sites are not wheelchair accessible. Washroom facilities are limited.