WSC’s Sustainability Earth Day Fair
Westfield State College hosted its annual Sustainability Earth Day Fair Wednesday in an effort to celebrate the eco-friendly holiday while also educating the campus.
The fair took place on the Tekoa Patio off of the Father Dean Dining Commons, and featured displays about sustainable farms, conserving energy, and eating and growing naturally.
Blossoming Acres, a farm located in Southwick, Mass., displayed tie-dye, soap and baked goods- all of which were homemade.
Amanda Humphrey, the creator of the products, was manning the table and said that Blossoming Acres started as a farm and expanded. Blossoming Acres owner Lenita Bober is now selling baked goods, soaps and lotions out of a remodeled barn.
Humphrey said that any product not produced by Blossoming Acres is homemade or homegrown locally. Blossoming Acres farm is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on College Highway road in Southwick, Mass.
Another table boasting homemade goods was Barnum & Buckley Farm. The farm is owned by Vicky Barnum, who brought her two baby goats to the fair to keep her company. Lilly and Pumpkin are female Boer Goats, or, meat goats. The family-run farm offers maple syrup (homemade of course), free-range eggs, goat meat and fresh turkeys. Barnum & Buckley Farm is located in southwestern Massachusetts and can be found at www.barnumandbuckleyfarm.com.
Rosemary and Donald Gowdy participated in the fair, representing Valley View Acres, a business they run out of their house on Valley View Drive. The Gowdys, a married couple, were selling all things honey, with free samples to boot. Their table was lined with honey jars, honey mustard and honey chapstick, which owner Rosemary said also works as a
cold sore remedy.
Other displays included Pernell Gerver’s organic lawn and garden products, Western Massachusetts Master Gardeners, Educate Malawi, Inc., and Waste Management of MA South Hadley. Information about home energy conservation and a display of pure soy candles by the Whip City Candle Company were also available at the fair.