It was another great year for the EnviroFest at Wellfield Botanic Garden. Despite a light drizzle, many turned out to learn and share their love for the environment.
There were too many businesses and clubs at Envirofest for me tell you about here, but I will share a few of my favorites for those of you who could who missed the event.
Iron Ram Forge
Mike Yazel is a carpenter and blacksmith from Mentone, Ind., who uses traditional methods to make his products. Yazel demonstrated wood turning on his homemade lathe. He even let me and some other observers try our hands at it, but I don’t think I will be crafting beautiful wooden bowls anytime soon.
You can see more examples of Yazel’s work on his blog, ironramforge.com.
Reel Green Lawn Care and Landscaping
Nick Simons is making lawns green in more ways than one. Keeping an emerald green, manicured lawn can be bad for the environment because of chemicals and gas powered equipment, but Simons uses only environmentally friendly practices. He relies on his own human energy to transport his equipment by bike and uses only manual tools, like his reel lawn mower.
Eco Owl Press
Based in South Bend, Eco Owl Press is a new printing company dedicated to lessening the environmental impact of advertising. The company uses recycled and recyclable materials in all of its products from business cards to banners.