Jun 242012

Homegrown Hideways in Berea, KY

By Dave Cooper

Are you worried about how peak oil and climate change will affect your life?  Do you want to live a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle?  Do you want to spend less time stuck in traffic and more time stuck in the garden?

“Raising Backyard Chickens” is one of 65 workshops offered at the Whippoorwill Festival – Skills for Earth-Friendly Living. Photo by Jessa Turner.

The Whippoorwill Festival is a four day festival in mid-July near Berea, Kentucky (just south of Lexington off Interstate 75) that seeks to promote sustainable living by sharing earth-friendly living skills with one another in a positive, healthy, family-friendly atmosphere.

Running Thursday July 12 through Sunday July 15, Whippoorwill celebrates Kentucky’s Appalachian heritage while helping prepare our minds and bodies for a future world of climate change and a diminished supply of fossil fuels.  The festival is a low-cost event ($20 per person per day) with simultaneous workshops, tent camping, healthy and home-cooked meals, guest speakers, plus old-time and mountain music, dancing, and story-telling in the evenings. Continue reading »

May 252011

New festival comes to Berea in June

By Dave Cooper

Summer is here, and it’s festival time!  In addition to the annual music and arts and crafts fairs across Kentucky, this year will be the first year for the Whippoorwill Festival near Berea, June 16-19.  Co-sponsored by a number of community and environmental groups, the Whippoorwill Festival will teach sustainable living skills through a series of workshops led by experienced and skilled trainers, including some Berea College professors and long-time environmental leaders.  Continue reading »