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Arivaca EcoFest
and Home Tour

Learn how to live sustainably at the Arivaca EcoFest.

January 11, 2017

Upcoming Events

What: Arivaca EcoFest and Home Tour
When: Saturday, January 28th from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Arivaca, AZ
Take I-19 south to Exit 48 (Arivaca Rd. exit), go west on Arivaca Rd. (just past the Cow Palace), 23 beautiful miles to the town.

Gather some friends, get into your car and head south to Arivaca to enjoy a self-guided tour of 11 beautiful home sites. The sites will feature speakers, exhibits, demonstrations, and local offerings such as food, sustainable crafts, products, books, posters, and seed-swaps. New to this year’s EcoFest will be a series of presentations including:

  • Lincoln Perino of Watershed Management Group, discussing groundwater harvesting, rainwater collection and earthworks.
  • Emily Bishton of Green Light Gardening on wildlife-friendly landscape gardening.
  • John Slattery of Desert Tortoise Botanicals, speaking on wild edibles and native healing herbs
  • Dave Siebert, a presentation on the evolution of Borderlands Restoration, from healing ecosystems to social systems.
  • A special someone from Native Seeds/SEARCH sharing on saving regional heirloom seed.

Learn about solar energy, water harvesting, earth restoration, alpacas, crop cultivation, and alternative building techniques from straw-bale to cob. Make sure you alpaca something to take notes with – sounds like there will be a lot to learn!

Below are some of the sites you’ll be able to visit:

  • The Arivaca Community Garden
  • Bart Santello’s Desert Homestead – featuring cob buildings constructed of mud, rock, water and lime plaster.
  • Kyle Young’s Erda Kroft –  a farm he has created committed to an uncompromising approach of regenerative farming. No rototillers, tractors, plows, or traction drawn tillage implements of any kind are ever be used to grow crops on Krofts.  
  • The Noon-Kasulaitis Ranch where earthwork structures have been installed to control erosion and restore the land.

Tickets for EcoFest are $10 and can be purchased online here or at the Arivaca Action Center, day of.

Like their Facebook event page here to stay up to date.

Header image by Elijah LeComte from the article “Inching to Grow” in our November/December 2015 issue.

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