Living Green Expo
Yesterday we went to the "Living Green Expo" in St. Paul. It was something my wife convinced my to do as she thought it would be fun. Since it was going to be a lousy weather day and wouldn't get anything done, I figured what the hey. Besides, they were going to have a few workshops that fit into our long range plans, including composting and getting started with raising chickens.
The focus of the expo was "Global Warming" and ran as keynote Al "I Invented Global Warming" Gore's presentation/slide show "An Inconvenient Truth" which I conveniently missed.
The exhibitors ran the range from organic farming, including various products from milk, ice cream and cheese, to more conventional produce farming, as well as the folks running the workshop on raising chickens in the city with several of their birds.
Lots on composting and planting native plants in your landscapes as well as a number of home improvement folks.
There were also a number of organizations, including one on home schooling (which I stopped by and picked up info) and the Minnesota DNR. And yes, the expected anti-Bush zealots pushing bumper stickers and the like as well as the Communist, I mean Green, Party. Okay, is there really a difference between the two?
Both of the workshops we sat in on were interesting and informative. The focus on the getting started with chickens was for an urban setting (as opposed to rural setting) and contained valuable information on overcoming the hurdles that one faces when raising chickens in the city. Shocking, there are laws one has to follow, and you need to get a permit from the city, and approval of the majority of your neighbors. What was impressive is the number of people attending this workshop who are interested in raising chickens. Hopefully some of them will pursue it.
Overall, it was a good time, and educational. Gave me food for thought on raising chickens as well as some badly needed info on composting before I build our compost heap.