Mercer Green Fest – Fun for the Whole Family!

The annual Mercer Green Fest, formerly called The Living Local Expo, invites all Mercer residents to join us at the fair and have fun going green!  The festival will be at Rider University’s Student Recreation Center located on the main campus in Lawrence Township.  It is Free and Open to the Public and will run from 11 am until 4 pm.  The event will feature live entertainment, local sustainable businesses, sustainable community groups, a farmer’s market, local fresh food at our lunch café, demonstrations, and speakers throughout the day.  There will be fun for the whole family!

More than 70 eco-friendly businesses and organizations will be offering information and incentives to help you go green and save money. Visitors can learn about a wide variety of sustainability issues and exciting community projects such as bike trails, food waste recycling programs, energy efficiency, electric cars, health, exercise & wellness, and science fair projects from area schools.

schimekfamilyfitnesscenterThe Rider University Schimek Family Fitness Center will be open and some lucky visitor will get a free year membership! Learn more about the Fitness Center.

The event will feature entertainment for the whole family:

  • missamy2010_4x6Miss Amy, our local GRAMMY Nominated Artist Author/Educator, musician and Fitness Pro, will rock and roll with the kids at this year’s Festival from 11am -12 noon.
  • The Green Planet Band recycle rock n’ roll one song at a time from 12 pm – 1 pm.
  • Eyes of the Wild: Traveling Zoo will take the stage from 1 pm – 2 pm.
  • The Grand Falloons will put on their recycling and a science show  with juggling, magic, comedy, song and dance from 2 pm – 3 pm.
  • Solar Man will arrive and provide interactive fun experimenting with solar energy  between 3 pm – 4 pm.

The local farmers will have a great array of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as flowers, plants, herbs, and artisan food products for sale.

A family friendly lunch celebrating locally grown and seasonal ingredients will be available for purchase all day.

Art is an important part of a sustainable community! Everyone can have fun with our Art all Day area, designing creative art and crafts.

Time is running out, but it is not too late to secure a spot in our Green Fest through March 10 by contacting Teresita Bastides-Heron of Sustainable Lawrence at (609) 882-6367 or heron45sustainablelawrence@gmail.com or Joanne Mullowney of the Ewing Green Team at (609) 883-0862 or ewinggreenteam@gmail.com.

The Mercer Green Fest is organized by the partners of the Mercer Sustainability Coalition: the Ewing Green Team, the Hopewell Valley Green Team, Lawrence Environmental Resources & Sustainability Green Advisory Committee (ERSGAC), Sustainable Lawrence, Sustainable Princeton, the West Windsor Environmental Commission, and the Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability.

 

5th Annual Farm to Table Fun(d)raiser at Terhune Orchards

Join the Ewing Green Team at Terhune Orchards on Thursday, July 21st for hors d’oeuvres followed by a five course dinner prepared from local ingredients and wine pairing all set to live music. In its fifth year, The Farm to Table Fun(d)raiser will benefit the Mercer County Sustainability Coalition, a group of Mercer County Green Teams and Sustainable Organizations including the EGT! Enjoy cocktails outside at 5:00 p.m. and then head to dinner served in the big red barn at 6:30 p.m. Chefs from Eno Terra, Mediterra, Teresa’s Caffe, Terra Momo Bread Company will be preparing a five course meal entirely from fresh and local ingredients. Live music will be provided by the Ocean County Band and Gary Mount of Terhune Orchards will also provide an explanation of his delicious wine-pairing choices.

We would love to see you there! The event costs $100 per person or $150 for a couple! Register here.

The Mercer County Sustainability Coalition is an alliance of the Green Teams and sustainability organizations of Mercer County, New Jersey and the Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability. Formed in 2013 to better coordinate the various green teams and sustainability organizations around Mercer County, the Coalition works to promote a regional and collaborative approach to sustainability initiatives. Environmental issues know no regional boundaries. From our air and water quality, to transportation, to trash and recycling, these issues are common to all of the municipalities within a region. It simply makes sense to promote sustainability regionally and to tackle issues together. By uniting together coalition members can become greater than the sum of their individual parts.

Members of the Coalition have collaborated on the Living Local Expo, the region’s annual “green fair”. The coalition includes: Ewing, Hopewell Valley, Trenton, Robbinsville, West Windsor, Sustainable Lawrence, Sustainable Princeton, the Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability and the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association

Eat Locally and Support Regional Environmental Progress at the Farm to Table Event

Join the Ewing Green Team in supporting a greener Mercer County at the fourth of Terhune Orchards’ annual Farm to Table Fun(d)raisers. This year’s celebration, held at Terhune Orchards on Thursday, July 23, from 5-9 p.m., will benefit the Green Teams and sustainability organizations of Mercer County.

The event will feature fresh ingredients from local farms prepared by the well-known chefs from the Terra Momo Restaurant Group and the Bent Spoon, celebrating the local food movement and promoting awareness about county-wide sustainability efforts, while raising money to fund them under the auspices of the Mercer County Sustainability Coalition.

HAL_0235The Mercer County Sustainability Coalition is an alliance of Green Teams and sustainability organizations in the County. Formed in 2013 from the nascent irregular meetings of the various green teams and organizations around Mercer County, the Coalition works to promote a regional and collaborative approach to sustainability initiatives. Environmental issues know no regional boundaries. From our air and water quality, to transportation, to trash and recycling, these issues are common to all of the municipalities within a region. It simply makes sense to promote sustainability regionally and to tackle issues together. By uniting together coalition members can become greater than the sum of their individual parts.

Guests will enjoy cocktails followed by a five-course meal made from New Jersey sourced ingredients and paired with Terhune Orchards own award-winning wines. Live music will be performed throughout the meal. Diners will be treated to an overview of each course by the chef that prepared it, as well as an explanation of its wine pairing by Gary Mount of Terhune Orchards’ and diners will be sent home with local produce grown right on the farm.

Terhune Orchards is at 330 Cold Soil Road. Cocktails will be served starting at 5 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Dress is country casual and the event will proceed rain or shine.  Tickets are $100 per person or $150 per couple and can be purchased using the Pay Pal link below or on our Farm to Table Event page. (Our thanks to Sustainable Lawrence for its support in providing the Pay Pal option for payment for this event.)

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2015
Time: 5 PM Cocktails | 6:30 PM Dinner
Location
: Terhune Orchards,  330 Cold Soil Road, Lawrence
Cost: $100 Individual | $150 Couple
Buy Your Tickets with Pay Pal! 

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