2017 Earth Day Festival

GREEN OSSINING’S 7th ANNUAL EARTH DAY FESTIVAL PLANNING IS WELL UNDERWAY for Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Vendor Registration is now Closed.  We’ve reached capacity!

If you are interested in the day’s events as an attendee – follow us on our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information on activities, shuttle bus info, stage schedule, e-waste and textile drop off, and a bunch of other things including vendor profiles!  https://www.facebook.com/events/403996773281483/.   

Some special activities and other important Festival information will be provided below and updated as often as needed.

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UPDATE as of 4/13/2017:

E-WASTE and TEXTILE Recycling Drive at the Festival!  See Flyer for more information!

And the tradition continues…The Green Ossining’s 7th Annual Earth Day Festival is the perfect place to drop off unwanted textiles and e-waste. Please see the flyer below for accepted e-waste and restrictions. And we’ll have a drop off spot so you can drive down the ramp to Engel Park and be directed to the drop-off location for both/either.

E-Waste collection done by Green Ossining.

Textile collection done by Green Tree Textiles.

 

UPDATE as of 4/12/2017:

FOOD FORAGING:  Food Foraging Expert Comes to Ossining for Earth Day!    ***IMPORTANT***ADVANCE* TICKET*PURCHASE BY 4/21

With the Green Ossining’s 7th Annual Earth Day Festival​ theme being food sustainabilty – we thought it would be really cool to show folks how to forage. Food foraging is not just about searching for wild food resources., its also about being outside and cultivating an intimate appreciation of nature, as well as re-connecting with nature.  So, we called in Naturalist, Wildman Steve Brill​, to do the job!

Steve is a sought-after and re-known environmental educator with a lengthy resume of impressive accolades and positions. He regularly performs foraging tours throughout NYC ,Westchester County and Connecticut, and when available, he brings his 10-year old foraging expert daughter, Violet, as a co-lead.

Steve’s Mission: He teaches adults and kids about the many common, overlooked, renewable wild edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms that people often destroy as “weeds.” By studying foraging and participating in nature in this non-destructive manner, we can increase our enjoyment of nature, grow healthier, and reaffirm our commitment to preserving and rebuilding our ecological riches.

WHERE/WHEN/WHAT WE’LL FORAGE
We’ll meet at Crawbuckie Nature Preserve (off of Beach Road /Route 9 in Ossining) ​ where varied habitats provides more than enough common, renewable wild foods to keep everyone busy for an hour. Grassy areas will provide a plethora of delicious, edible lawn “weeds.” We should find chickweed, which tastes like corn, lemony-flavored sheep sorrel and wood sorrel, sweet violets, savory dandelions, field garlic (a superior member of the onion/garlic family), and related day-lilies, which also have a bite. Other spicy greens in the grass or in the woods include poor man’s pepper, hairy bittercress, and garlic mustard, all members of the mustard family.

Overgrown areas could harbor a variety of root vegetables. We’ll almost certainly find the huge leaves of burdock, with an edible root that tastes like artichokes and potatoes. We could also find sweet wild parsnips, garden escapees that taste even better than their commercial forerunners, plus flavorful wild carrots, a.k.a. Queen Anne’s Lace. The feral version of this European vegetable is more flavorful and chewy than the commercial strain, making it especially suitable for carrot cakes, soups, and cookies.

In the woods, we’ll find jewelweed, a major medicinal herb with juice that relieves a variety of skin irritations, from curing insect bites to preventing poison ivy rash. We’ll find black birch, which contains oil of wintergreen, a low-dose aspirin precursor that makes outstanding tea and an exotic flavoring for pudding and homemade ice cream. There will probably be plenty of sassafras, a renewable tree you can use to make tea, root beer, gumbo, and use an exotic sweet seasoning.

If it’s rained beforehand, we could find the season’s first gourmet wild mushrooms. Oyster mushrooms, enokis, and tree ear mushrooms all may appear early in the season.
Learn more about “Wildman,” Violet, and foraging at http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com

WHEN:Saturday, April 21st from 930a-10:30a, before the Earth Day Festival begins at 11am at Engel Park.    Plan to arrive at Crawbuckie by 9a/915a.WHAT YOU’LL NEED
– Bags for vegetables and herbs
– Paper bags for mushrooms
– plastic containers for berries
– Drinking water
– Pen (to sign in)
– Proper footwear (NO SANDALS, as there may be poison ivy, bugs, and thorns)

Recommended:
– Knife
– Digger
– Work gloves
– Notepad
– Whistle (so you don’t get lost)
– Insect repellent
– Sun hat or warm hat
– Extra sweater
– Rain gear/boots if necessary

IMPORTANT INFO
– Absolutely NO SMOKING AT ANY TIME!
– Listen to the weather forecast and dress appropriately. Bring one more layer of clothing than you think you’ll need in cold weather.
– Children of all ages are encouraged to attend and learn to understand and love their planet.

QUESTIONS?
Contact wildman@wildmanstevebrill.com or contact “Wildman” at (914) 835-2153

FEE
Adults: $12
Children Under 12: $8

Participation is limited. Please register by filling out the form below.Any issues with the form, please contact:info@greenossining.org

Register here: https://greenossining.wufoo.com/forms/q12mva2k129mgxp/

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  • We Ask All Vendors to Respect This Goal and Abide By These Simple Guidelines

    Please help make the Earth Day Festival successful by abiding by these simple rules:
    Bags: Single-use plastic bags are not allowed. Please stock up on brown paper bags or boxes for folks to use if needed.
    Plastic Bottles: The use of and/or sale of single-use plastic bottles with beverages (water or other) is not allowed at the Festival.Prohibited Items
    The following items will NOT be allowed at ANYTIME during the Festival. If we find these items being sold from any vendor booth, the vendor will be asked to leave immediately.
    – Silly String
    – Toy or water guns
    – Firecrackers, poppers, or any other harmful fireworks
    – Any illegal itemsIn addition to items listed above, the Earth Day Festival Committee reserves the right to:
    – Prevent a vendor from selling or distributing any item dangerous or inappropriate
    – Deny registration to any vendor not in alignment with our goals and objectives.Pet Restrictions
    Vendors are NOT allowed to bring pets.Additional Guidelines for Food Vendors
    Zero Waste: All food vendors must comply with our zero-waste efforts. This means all cutlery/plates/straws/bowls/cups must be compostable or recylable. (If you need a supplier for these items, check out Eco Products.) We request that you encourage and remind each visitor to dispose of all waste at our Zero Waste Station.
    Single-Serve Packaged Snacks: The sale of single-serve, packaged snacks (chips, cookies, etc.) is prohibited unless all packaging is compostable.
    Garbage Pails: Your booth must have three small garbage pails for only your use that the public should not be able to see or use. Please have one each for compostable items (food scraps minus meat/dairy products, plus compostable cutlery/plates/cups etc.); recyclables; and garbage. We will make rounds and empty your individual garbage pails for you.

    FOOD VENDORS PLEASE NOTE
    : You must have a food permit available in your booth. Please contact the Westchester Board of Health if you need a temporary permit for our event

 

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This is our 7th Annual Earth Day Festival, and our theme this year is FOOD SUSTAINABILITY!

Last year, we had nearly 4,000 visitors and 80 vendors.  This year, we’re planning to have many more hands-on activities and educational opportunities for everyone, as well as some great live music and entertainment to make it the biggest and best Green Ossining Earth Day Festival yet!

 

Rules and Regulations

ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND PRACTICES ARE ENCOURAGED: creating and selling merchandise, using recycled and/or sustainable materials or products, engaging in zero-waste practices, and generating greener and healthier lives.

Help Make This Year’s Earth Day Event ZERO-WASTE!
We ask all vendors to respect this goal & abide by these simple guidelines:

  • Bags– no single-use plastic bags – please stock up on brown paper bags/boxes for folks to use if/as needed
  • Plastic Bottles– the use of and/or sale of single-use plastic bottles with beverages (water, or other beverages) is not allowable at the Festival
  • Food Service Ware – (cups, plates, utensils) needs to be compostable or recyclable. If you need a supplier for these items, check out http://www.ecoproductsstore.com/
  • Zero Waste Station– if you are a food vendor we request that you encourage/remind each visitor to dispose of all waste at the Zero Waste Station.  

PETS: Vendors are NOT allowed to bring pets.

FOOD VENDORS: 

  • You must comply with our zero-waste efforts.  This means that
  • All cutlery/plates/straws/bowls/cups must be compostable or recyclable.
  • Your booth must have three small garbage pails for only your use that the public should not be able to see or use: one each for: compostable items  food scraps minus meat/dairy products plus compostable cutlery/plates/cups etc.), recyclables, and garbageWe will make rounds and empty your individual garbage pails for you.
  • Have your Food Permit available in your booth. Please contact the Westchester Board of Health for a Temporary Permit at westchestergov.com/health

SALES TAX: Please bring your New York State Sales Tax permit and have it available during the event.

ELECTRICITY: Electricity is available on a very limited basis. Please indicate in the form on the next page if you need electricity. There is a small fee for hook-up.

TENTS: We do not supply tents but highly encourage their use. We request that you arrange to bring sandbags or other anchoring equipment to secure your tent due to the proximity of the Park to the Hudson River and the potential for windy conditions.

VENDOR APPLICATION:

  • Application entitles Vendor to a 10’x10′ space at the event.
  • The Town will rent tables on a first-come, first-served basis. Indicate on the form on the next page whether you would like to rent a table. Vendors will supply all other needed equipment.
  • You will receive a confirmation letter from Green Ossining prior to the Festival. You will also receive instructions on where to unload and park your car.

SETUP:

  • Booth setup may begin as early as 9:00am on Saturday, April 22, and must be completed by at 10:30am.
  • It is your responsibility to securely anchor your booth (e.g., sandbags). We request that you arrange to bring sandbags or other anchoring equipment to secure your tent due to the proximity of the Park to the Hudson River and the potential for windy conditions.

HOURS:

  • The Event opens to the public at 11:00am on Saturday, April 22 and closes at 4:00pm.
  • Vendors MUST REMAIN operational until 4:00pm.

RESTRICTED ITEMS:

The following items will NOT be allowed at ANYTIME during the Event. If we find these items being sold from any vendor booth, that vendor will be asked to leave immediately.

  • Silly String.
  • Toy or Water Guns.
  • No live animals without consent from the Earth Day Festival Committee, and must be done prior to the day of the Festival..
  • Firecrackers, poppers, or any other harmful fireworks.
  • Any illegal items.

In addition to items listed above, the Earth Day Festival Committee reserves the right to:

  • prevent a vendor from selling or distributing any item dangerous or inappropriate
  • deny registration to any vendor not in alignment with our Goals & Objectives

Please go to https://www.facebook.com/greenossining/ and send a PM, or email us at info@greenossining.org if you’d like to become a volunteer.

 

Looking forward to seeing you there!