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Environmental Fair Comes to Brome
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AS the colors change in September we are reminded of our connection to nature.The Environmental Fair is coming to Brome and Knowlton is gearing up for what promises to be an exciting and innovative gathering. The "Foire Environmenale" as it is known by organizers will be held September 30th and October 1st at the Brome Fair Grounds.

The fair will focus attention on "green technologies" and innovative environmental strategies to deal with our rapidly changing planet and natural resources. Over 100 groups will have displays and information booths showcasing their specific expertise in the environmental area. Not only will major Universities be providing information on cutting edge technologies and research but there will be a host of consultants, researchers, naturopaths, plant and wildlife experts giving conferences throught the weekend long event. Mario Paris, President of Knowlton's very own local environmentally firendly businesses, CanadianPond.ca Products Ltd., will be presenting a conference to the audience on Saturday regarding natural floating islands and their ability to help the environment.

The schedule of events and more information is available at ProjetEcosphere.org.

With growing concern over the environment and such local issues as Mount Orford development and the closing of local lakes include Brome Lake due to toxic algaes; the fair is sure to be an exciting forum for discussion as topics of renewable resources, pesticide usage, wetland protection, geothermic and solar energy and the care and development of our forestry are planned.

The lovely illustration by Caroline Joncas is the main publicity poster for the fair.The fair also spotlights new techniques and ideas for living, health as well as lifestyles and seign based on progressive and more environmental philosophies.

Ecological topics will include: Geothermal and masonry stoves heating, solar panels and water heaters, Wind turbines and Water treatment and waste water/rainwater recycling systems.

New green technologies, natural foods, organic and greenhouse gardening as well as natural fertilizer and composting, ponds and gardens and biodiversity will be highlighted.

The fair will be much more than just dry discussions!

There will be music throughout the week-end as well as photography exhibits and even a film festival including some brand new documentaries like Jungle (2206) directed by Pierre-E Lessard and the popular Under The Weather (1997) directed by Tali. As well, there are activities for younger people and a babysitting service for the wee ones. A story-telling corner and craft activities are also planned so the whole family will enjoy the fair. Tickets are $10. More Info ProjetEcosphere.org.

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