EUREKA, CA – The 2007 Organic Planet Festival will return to Humboldt County on August 26th, offering a fun-filled and informative extravaganza featuring top-flight music, food and beverages, inspiring talks, the World’s Largest Organic Salad, an eco-hip fashion show, a non-toxic kids’ village with petting zoo and dozens of exhibitors!
The daylong event is hosted by Eureka-based Californians for Alternatives to Toxics (CATs) and is northern California’s only organic and toxic-free festival. The event will provide a family- friendly way to share information about living healthier lives, chiefly by raising awareness about how to “get more organic” — in food, jobs, homes and leisure — as society advances in the 21st
Eureka Natural Foods will again be on hand to share the World’s Largest Organic Salad and the Wildberries Marketplace kids’ area and petting zoo will be bigger and better than ever. Ray’s Food Place is bringing naturopathic doctor, Dr. Steven West, N.D., to consult with festival attendees. Other major contributors include North Coast Co-Op, the Sound Shop, and Humboldt Creamery. Sixty organic and natural-product exhibitors will prove information and showcase their products.
The Festival kicks off Organic Harvest Month in September, which highlights the growing popularity of organic foods. U.S. sales of organic foods have grown more than 20 percent annually for the last seven years, with overall sales around $17 billion, according to the
Organic Consumers Association.
When it comes to ‘going organic,’ food is not the only thing to consider, however.
“The Festival is about making non-toxic and natural normal for all people,” said Patty Clary, CATs’ Program Director. “Organic and non-toxic products run the gamut from babies’ diapers to construction materials.”
Along with checking out the wares of natural and organic exhibitors, visitors to the 2007 celebration on the Waterfront in historic Eureka can listen to musicians and speakers with positive, environmentally focused messages.
Blues maestro Tommy Castro will headline the diverse music line-up. Other acts include socially conscious hip-hop by Wisdom, Jamaican reggae by Prezident Brown, and African drumming, bluegrass and zydeco performers.
Featured speakers include Lois Gibbs, who began as an environmental activist when she learned her neighborhood had been built atop a toxic dump known as Love Canal – a site laden with deadly dioxin such has been found in Humboldt Bay. Her work has earned her a Goldman Environmental Award and the Heinz Award. Joining her will be Harvard “Green Campus” coordinator Allison Rogers, who – as a Miss America contestant – introduced environmental concerns to millions, and who will speak on the “Inconvenient Truth” campaign and global
The Third Annual Organic Planet Festival will take place in Halvorsen Park at the bayside end of L Street in Eureka from 11 am to 7 pm on Sunday, August 26.
Festival admission is $7 in advance, $10 at the gate, and kids 12 and under enter free. There will be a free raffle for door prizes. The Organic Planet Festival is a program of Californians for Alternatives to Toxics (CATs) and all funds raised go directly back into supporting the growth and viability of the educational event itself, as well as helping to subsidize the low ticket price. The Organic Planet Festival is now accepting exhibitor and volunteer applications.
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