If you live in Northern Virginia or the DC area and aren’t doing anything on March 10th, you have GOT to attend the Grow Your Health Wellness Festival happenin’ in Fairfax. Let me just say: if you were ever curious about how to source your food locally, learn the basics of how to start a garden to grow food in your back yard, or if you’ve ever wondered whether it’s better to “go organic” or “go local” … this event is for you! This just in: Nissan is a sponsor at the event and will be offering a chance to test drive the new all-electric Nissan Leaf … so if you’re into eco-friendly cars, this event is for you too!
I know long posts are not exactly a delight to read through, so let me make this super simple for you … I have listed 5 (hopefully compelling) reasons for you to check out the festival. And if that’s not enough to convince you, I have asked the gracious organizers to give away not one or two, but FIVE free tickets to the festival. Follow the steps in the Rafflecopter at the end to enter yo’self!
5 Reasons Why You Need to Check Out the Grow Your Health Wellness Festival
1. Gettin’ Healthy: You are getting sick and tired of being sick and tired all the time, and are curious if your dietary choices have anything to do with these feelings. You want to find a fix for this, but don’t know where to start. Come listen to wellness coaches and other health experts share ways you can immediately (and practically) start adjusting your diet to make you feel more energetic.
2. Organic – fad or fab?: You’ve heard “organic food is better for you” from the healthy hippies (hey, I consider myself one of those, so clearly this is meant as a compliment), but you’ve also heard from the cynics that “organic is a ploy to make you cough up more money for not that much more benefit.” Which is right? Is it wise to invest in organic food? Get answers to your most pressing questions regarding the organic craze by watching the film “In Organic We Trust”, which will be shown at the event. This will be followed up with a panel of experts who will discuss the issues in the film including (but not limited to): organizing school and community gardens, better school lunches, and how to buy local. Seriously awesome.
3. Saving money and still getting the good stuff: Maybe you already buy some organic food. But it is too expensive to keep going to “Whole Paycheck” (the nickname does have a basis!) You want to keep up your lifestyle but don’t want to break the bank. Learn how you can save money on your grocery bill, without compromising on your standards for high-quality fresh foods.
4. Greening your thumbs: Starting a community or backyard garden is a far-fetched dream for many of us … but the only reason it’s far-fetched is because we have no clue where to start. Come learn from seasoned gardeners and organic food growers how to start growing some of your very own organic veggies – no previous experience required! Gardening class topics include Starting Your First Garden, Managing Bugs and Pests without Chemicals, Feeding the Soil, Herb & Container Gardening, Gardening with Kids, and Advanced Gardening Methods (Biodynamic Permaculture and Foodscaping) … these classes alone are worth the trip to the festival!
5. Taste-testing local foods: Farm-fresh food sounds appealing, but you’ve never actually tried food straight from a local farm, made from scratch and using amazing ingredients. You’d like to try that, except you’re a novice cook and don’t even know where to find the good stuff. Fields of Athenry Farm-to-Table Kitchen will be there and serving a delicious lunch, made with food straight from their sustainable Virginia farm (A local foodie drives an hour and half to get food from this farm – can’t imagine it tasting anything less than amazing!). Check out the mouth-watering menu here, which includes both vegetarian/raw and omnivore options. Try it to see if it lives up to (or exceeds) your expectations!
The Event: Here are the Deets
What: Grow Your Health Wellness Festival
When: March 10, 2013, noon – 5pm
Where: Woodson High School Auditorium (Entrance 18) - 9525 Main St. Fairfax, VA
How: Tix are $10 for Adults in advance (and $15 at the door), and $5 for Children under 18 (either way). To purchase tickets in advance, go to www.growyourhealth.eventbrite.com. FYI, proceeds will cover expenses of the event and any profit will be donated to the Weston A. Price Foundation, which is a non-profit nutrition education organization (a great resource, by the way!).
Giveaway: I’m giving away 5 tickets to the festival for My Life in a Pyramid readers. Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win. I will announce the winners on March 8th – a week from tomorrow. The giveaway is open to residents of the DC area / Northern VA only, unless you will be visiting the area on March 10th … then of course you’re welcome to enter!