Read all about it! Living Local 2016!

The 17th annual

Living Local Harvest Festival

highlights island campaigns to

‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’


Living Local Harvest Festival, the free annual two-day festival, kicks off on Friday, September 30th from 6-8pm at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury with “Back in the Day.” Storyteller Susan Klein will moderate a conversation with island elders and educators who will share their stories about simpler times on the Vineyard. Learn about homesteading, creative uses for waste and living consciously. Sponsored by Cape Cod Five Cents Foundation & WCAI.

The festivities continue on Saturday, October 1st from 10am-4pm with a Community Supper and Dancing to follow from 5-9pm at the Agricultural Hall.

This year’s Living Local explores the theme ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ with the aim to encourage the community to think before we buy and find simple ways to create a more trash-free island. Join us for fun games “Wait, Wait, Don’t Throw it Away” and “Three-Little-Piggies” and a community discussion about “The Life of Trash”, tracking what happens to the waste we create.

The festival’s educational programs sponsored by Dukes County and Cronig’s Markets will feature talks with local educators from the island’s waste management and hauling services, recycling educators hosted by Vineyard Conservation Society, “Compost on the Coast” project manager Sophie Abrams, Island Grown Gleaning and local farmers. Also featured will be a presentation on “Electric Utilities of the Future” with Maggie Downey, Cape Light Compact’s Administrator, “All you need to know about Composting” a 101 with island experts and “Keeping it 
Fresh, Tasty & Safe Food Storage Tips”, demos on how to store your food for longevity hosted by Slow Food MV.

That’s not all! Enjoy the 50+ interactive booths from island organizations, live music, games and crafts for kids-of-all ages, pumpkin carving, farm animals, horse rides, face painting, field games, local reptiles with Felix Neck, Cape Light Compact & the MV Science Kids ‘Energy Carnival’ and more!

Local food from Morning Glory Farm, Mangku, Pie Chicks, Not Your Sugar Mama’s, Orange Peel Bakery and Loco Taco. And, free tastings offered by many Island purveyors!

Turn-in your old dehumidifier and get some cash back with Cape Light Compact from 10am-2pm. You may also turn in your room AC at no charge! Giving back, portions of the $5 parking will benefit the Tisbury School’s PTO wellness program.

The festival closes with a community dance and supper from 5-7pm by the Scottish Bakehouse ‘Food with Roots’, serving up an island pig roast from The Good Farm with lots of veggie sides from local farms (thank you). BYO place setting(s) and beverages, $15 for adults and $5 for kids under 10yrs, 7-9pm put your dancing shoes on to boogie to the tunes by The Pick Pocket Allstar Band.

Living Local was made possible with the support of:

Cape Light Compact ‘Your Local Energy Services Provider

The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society, Anson Mills, Cape Air, Cronig’s Markets, The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Trust, Dukes County, Island Grown Initiative, Island Grown Schools, Island Source, Morning Glory Farm, MV Insurance, MV Commission, Scottish Bakehouse, Slow Food MV, South Mountain Co., The FARM Institute, The Martha’s Vineyard Times, Tisbury Printers, Tilton Rentals, Vineyard Conservation Society, Vineyard Energy Project, WCAI and YOU Martha’s Vineyard!

Tune in here again for a full list of participants!

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