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2009

2nd Annual

Verde Fest

—By M-CAN—




2009 was the first year that M-CAN organized the Verde Fest and the first year it was held in the Cortez City Park.

In 2009 Verde Fest included:
  • 40 exhibitors
  • 750+ attendees
  • 8 speakers
  • 4 movies
  • 5 demonstrations
  • 25 volunteers
  • 51 people who walked, biked or drove hybrids to the event
  • only 3 cans of trash (everything else was recycled)
  • Events turn energy efficiency ideas on
    Verde Fest, Energy Efficiency Exchange promote savings

    2009 Verde Fest report by Cortez Journal


  • Everyone had Great Fun in the Cortez City Park !

    Many, many sustainable product vendors and sustainable cause advocates drew between 750 and 1000 folks to the second annual Verde Fest on Saturday, August 15th for lots of interesting and fun learning experiences. See a visual review in the many photos below.

    photo by Chris Foran

    From the M-CAN information booth...

    photo by Chris Foran

    to lots of fun and interesting activities for kids...

    photo by Chris Foran

    like this bicycle powered blender...

    photo by Clyde Benally

    at the Turtle Lake Refuge booth.

    photo by Clyde Benally

    There were plenty of things to design...

    photo by Clyde Benally

    and build from recycled materials...
    (at Recreation Station)

    photo by Clyde Benally

    and draw...

    photo by Clyde Benally

    and stencil...

    photo by Clyde Benally

    and more to stencil...

    photo by Clyde Benally

    and more to paint...
    (here, sandpainting)

    photo by Clyde Benally

    and lots more...
    (also Mesa Verde's recyling game, shopping bag decoration and a scavenger hunt)

    photo by Clyde Benally

    to paint...

    photo by Clyde Benally

    including faces...
    (thanks to all the volunteer face-painters)

    photo by Clyde Benally

    and eyes...

    photo by Clyde Benally

    with colorful shadow...

    photo by Clyde Benally

    and neat designs...

    photo by Clyde Benally

    Even arms got painted.

    photo by Clyde Benally

    Sometimes the paintee...

    photo by Clyde Benally

    became the artist.

    photo by Chris Foran

    There was plenty of delicious, healthy, locally grown food as well as...
    (thanks to The Farm, Let It Grow and Turtle Lake Refuge)

    photo by Chris Foran

    alternative energy like hydrogen transportation and solar power.

    photo by Clyde Benally

    There were informative presentations, forums, videos...

    photo by Clyde Benally

    and educational displays.

    photo by Clyde Benally

    There was music ...
    (here Zackary Baker, also "The Assortment")

    photo by Clyde Benally

    and many forms of entertainment...
    oh wait.. this is one of many, many doorprize giveaways...

    photo by Clyde Benally

    which eventually came directly from the M-CAN booth.

    photo by Clyde Benally

    The Verde Fest Free Box emptied quickly.

    photo by Chris Foran

    Land preservation was represented by Montezuma Land Conservancy.

    photo by Chris Foran

    The recycling cause was represented by 4Corners Recycling Initiative.

    photo by Clyde Benally

    There were composting demonstrations (Shawn Collins)...

    photo by Clyde Benally

    and composting product displays (Durango Compost Co).

    photo by Clyde Benally

    The Cortez Cultural Center...

    photo by Clyde Benally

    leads this row of exhibitors.

    photo by Clyde Benally

    Here the Four Corners Recycling Initiative rubs elbows with the Ute Mountain Environmental Program and San Juan Bioenergy.

    photo by Clyde Benally

    Verde Fest covered sustainability from resource efficiency...

    photo by Clyde Benally

    to peace, bicycles...

    photo by Clyde Benally

    and books...

    photo by Clyde Benally

    to gardening tools and plants (Let It Grow).

    With more than 45 booths, Verde Fest had it all!

    2009 Sponsors:

    Dolores St. Bank
    First National Bank, Cortez
    Fraley & Co.
    RCL Trucking
    Skanska
    Southwest Seed
    Vectra Bank
    Artwork by R. Chris Vest
    Ecosphere
    City of Cortez Invaluable Contributions
    Colorado Governor's Energy Office

    Door Prize Contributions:

    Slavens
    Osprey
    City Market




    M-CAN Thanks the following

    2009 Exhibitors


    for a great Verde Fest!

    See you all next year.


    Adam Fries Builder
    Aramark
    Bland Solar
    Body Talk
    Casa 4Corners
    Children´s Kiva
    Colorado Peace Ride
    Colorado Straw Bale Association — COSBA
    Cortez Cultural Center
    Cortez Retail Enhancement Association
    Counter Kulture
    Dolores Soil Conservation
    Durango Compost Co.
    Encantos
    Endless Energy
    First National Bank of Cortez
    Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency —
        4CORE
    Four Corners Recycling Initiative
    Heart Path
    Home Energy Advantage
    Hydrogen4Gas
    JP&G Engineering, Inc.
    Kaimana Business Group (Mountain Sounds)
    King Sun Solar
    Let It Grow
    Life Force International
    Mesa Verde Country
    Mesa Verde Museum Assoc., Inc.
    Montezuma Climate Action Network
    Montezuma Land Conservancy
    San Juan Bioenergy
    San Juan Citizens Alliance
    Simplexity Health
    Singing River Farms
    Solar Today and Tomorrow
    Southwest Seed
    Sunland Renewable Energy Systems
    SW Colo. Organic Growers Club
    SW Memorial Hospital
    Swallow´s Nest Natural Building
    The Farm
    The Salvation Army
    Turtle Lake Refuge
    Ute Mt Ute Environmental Program
    Wolf Geothermal

    Kids Station -

    Mesa Verde NP
    Recreation Station



    • What: Exhibitors, speakers, films and workshops and demonstrations.
    • Where: City Park/Welcome Center
    • When: August 15, 2009
    • Films were shown in the meeting room of the Welcome Center
    • Purpose:
  • Engage and educate the community about the sustainable practices available in the area
  • Celebrate our communities' sustainable efforts
  • A sustainable, regenerative community is one that preserves and restores the integrity of its natural environment, nurtures healthy human and other living systems, and maintains a vital self-reliant economy, generation after generation. A sustainable, regenerative community meets the basic needs of all people, including the needs for food, water, shelter, health, safety, autonomy, connectedness, and meaning.