Joining Wilton’s GO GREEN Movement

By Jackie Sherman

Started in 2010, the Wilton Go Green Festival was created by a group of citizens eager to engage and educate the community of Wilton, Connecticut in sustainable initiatives. It was an absolutely beautiful Spring day with nearly 1,000 local residents in attendance, and Peaks Over Poverty felt honored to be among the exhibitors trying to make a difference. To the tune of live bluegrass music playing in the background, those in attendance munched on vegan cuisine while perusing the booths of dozens of organizations all striving for the common goal of conservation. You could find anything and everything “sustainable” at the festival, from electric cars and paper shredding trucks, to lessons in raising chickens in your backyard and educational seminars on edible and medicinal plant life in the region. Millstone Farm in Wilton, CT promoted “Helping Good Food Take Root”, and Shaklee representatives endorsed healthier green cleaning products for a more sustainable home environment. Judging by the many festival-goers that stopped by the Peaks booth, this proved to be a very effective forum for Peaks Over Poverty to educate participants about our mission to raise awareness about the need for sustainable agriculture in global mountain communities. We also encouraged people to take an active role either through organizing a climbathon or applying for our internship program. Peaks Over Poverty hopes to continue our participation in local festivals and events such as the Wilton Go Green, and supports all initiatives for sustainable education and growth.

A HUGE THANKS to Jackie Sherman, Christine Perakis, and Chris Woods for representing Peaks at the Wilton Go Green

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