For the second year in a row, Sweet Briar College, in cooperation with Mind Body Studio in Lynchburg, will co-sponsor “GreenSpring: Healthy Living Expo.” The green living extravaganza will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at the Lynchburg City Armory on Church Street. Admission is a $1 donation.
This year’s event was organized by Ann Dowdy ’09 and Melissa Viar ’09, Sweet Briar students who are doing a special study on marketing for non-profit organizations. Other’s representing the College include the College’s Environmental Club, which will sponsor a booth with children’s activities, and Micaela Weiss ’09, who will be promoting her new stevia-based sweetener, Free and Sweet.
Dozens of vendors and organizations, listed below, will offer information, products and services.
Mind Body Studio’s Mike Cundiff envisioned GreenSpring more than five years ago, but the seeds for the event were planted long before that. In the 1960s, he read Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” a book that, as he puts it, “is now playing itself out on a global scale.”
“[I] was taken aback by how it depicted a world in the not-so-distant future devoid of abundant life due to the ever-rising levels of pollution generated by man’s drive to excel in his capitalistic ventures,” Cundiff said prior to the inaugural event.
“As you might imagine from the title, the book doesn’t paint a very positive picture regarding the impact that humans, in general, have on the environment.”
When he started to envision a health and wellness fair for the greater Lynchburg area, Cundiff began to realize that a “multi-dimensional approach” was necessary to encourage a healthy and Earth-friendly lifestyle.
“We have to become engaged on not only an environmental level, but on a social and economic level as well,” he said.
“With the limitations of our current political system, we stand a greater chance of creating positive change by how we spend our money and [by] making educated decisions regarding lifestyle than by waiting for government to do the right thing.”
For more information on GreenSpring, contact Cundiff at 528-1100 or visit Mind Body’s Web site.
The following vendors and organizations also will offer information, products and services:
Anderson’s Country Market
Best Start Parenting Center
Carriage House Inn
Commission on Race & Racism
East West Acupuncture
Fresh Air Natural Foods
Frog Bottom Farm
Greater Lynchburg Environmental Network
Greater Lynchburg Transit Authority
Health Nut Nutrition
Horse & Buggy Produce
Lynchburg Community Action Group
Lynchburg Parks & Recreation’s Nature Zone
Lynchburg Real Foods
Michael Corbin Bio-Diesel
Mind Body Studio
Mountain Run Farm
Night Sky Farm
Our Father’s Farm
Peace Education Group
Robert E. Lee Soil & Water Conservation Group
Rosetta Coffee Company
Salad Master-Wellness Association LLC
The Realty Group
Three Wheeler Vehicle
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