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Crestone Energy Fair 2021

Save the Date! 
August 28 & 29
Happy Spring!  
The Crestone Energy Fair hopes you have had a beautiful winter and are ready to plant the seeds for our upcoming year.  There are many amazing community events coming up in April & May focusing on gardening, permaculture, food security and celebrating our spectacular community!  Our crew is excited to be lending a hand to many of these events and hope you will check them out below.  

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Website Designers
Rita Peak
We have been so blessed and are extremely grateful for the contributions that Rita Peak has made to our team as our Web Designer and overall technical consultant.  She is currently transitioning this role to Jared Alan Ortega who we warmly welcome to our crew. 

Rita shares her experience with us…”I remember walking into a tent where Lisa Bodey had a booth at the Garden Festival in 2019, and she was looking for volunteers to help her with the upcoming Crestone Energy Fair. She had a mind map with all of the volunteer tasks they needed help with to pull off the Fair that fall. I looked at the list and saw Website Needed and became enthusiastic - Hey I can do that!  I'd only been living in Crestone for a little over a year at the time, and was looking for ways to get involved in sustainable community living skills so this was perfect!  That summer I created the website and have been working with the Energy Fair folks ever since. We've supported two fairs with the website, and recently launched a website to extend the vision of educating people on sustainable alternative living skills year round.   For this coming fall, I signed up for a Master's Degree program at Adams State. I was worried about supporting the upcoming fair, and starting school. When Jared showed up to take over the website work, I was happy to pass that on to him. I'm excited to see the new directions he will take the online presence of the Energy Fair.  I will still support this amazing group of people in whatever way I can going forward as I pursue my educational goals. I am excited about what the future holds for the Crestone Energy Fair!”  
We are excited that Rita will continue to serve in an advisory role to our organization. 
Jared Alan Ortega
Jared Alan Ortega owns and operates Cosmic Cloud Studios which is a full-scale media production service, in the high desert of Crestone, CO. Cosmic Cloud Studios specializes in web design, live event broadcasting, concert production, documentary series, narrative films, TV shows, commercials, podcasts, web series, corporate presentations and videos, tradeshows, and Livestream broadcasting. The Studio is located on the 40 acre Crestone Energy Fairgrounds and is 100% solar powered.  Here is Jared’s account of how his path came to join ours…”For over the past 10 years I've been fascinated by Earthship Architecture, and sustainable living practices. After graduating from New Mexico State University with a degree in Creative Media and Emergency Medicine, I made it my life's mission to further the education and practices of healthy living and environmental sustainability. In 2015 I moved to Colorado with my college sweetheart, who suffers from a rare congenital heart defect, so she could receive the healthcare services her heart needs. In between hospital visits we would take small camping trips to learn more about Colorado, which is when we discovered the San Luis Valley. My Spouse and I fell in love with the Crestone Community as soon as we discovered it's existence. After much deliberation we decided this is where we want to spend the rest of our lives and further our goals of environmental sustainability and build our own Earthship forever home. We bought land back in 2018 and have been working to develop it ever since.
To make this dream a reality we worked and saved in Denver for several years until the Pandemic hit. With my wife immunocompromised it was time we moved to a less populated area and finally put everything we've learned into practice. This is when we serendipitously met everyone with the Crestone Energy Exchange while working at the wood processing pile. I couldn't be more grateful or thrilled for this chance encounter with Lisa Bodey because we soon realized we both share the same goals for sustainability and she just so happened to need a multimedia guru to help spread the word about the Crestone Energy Exchange. I leaped at the chance to collaborate with Lisa for what I see as the most important use of my media production company, Cosmic Cloud Studios.  Working with Lisa and Marita on the website is the most natural progression of all our combined strengths and I look forward to our prosperous future working here in the world's most beautiful high desert landscape of Crestone.”
Crestone Energy Exchange
The following events and information are part of our new endeavor called Crestone Energy Exchange.  We are striving to create more efficient and effective use of our local resources while building collaborations with other community groups.  Check out the current projects and upcoming events that we are involved in and supporting

For more information:
Lisa Bodey, 719-480-5925

Chainsaw Education &
Wood Splitting Contest
Thank you to everyone who has supported the Community Firewood Program.  After our hydraulic splitter went down for the season, Donovan Spitzman came up with the amazing idea to host a Wood Chopping Contest. Ivan Lakish hosted a chainsaw education & safety workshop and we all gathered around the bonfire and shared a potluck meal!  Six teams competed to help us split firewood by hand for our sales, work-trade and Neighbors Helping Neighbors program. Thank you to Jeff Winsett for hauling in your hydraulic splitter for the day.  Proceeds are being donated to to deliver firewood to Crestone End of Life Project.  

We also want to thank Faith Lotus for all of her amazing cooking this year.  On our volunteer work days she would make amazing homecooked meals and deliver them out to our site to feed everyone lunch throughout the season.  Thank you to The Town of Crestone for donating a downed cottonwood tree, to Tom McCracken at Green Earth Farm for the donation of  7-8 cords of cottonwood to help our community in emergencies.  Andrew & Kim Martinez for bringing over their wood splitter and to Tom & Enid Malacek for all of the wood processing and Mary Lowers, Christina Lakish & Corez Hines for hosting the emergency wood sites!  Much gratitude to John McCaslin for donating a Stihl 250 chainsaw and chaps for our training program. And we LOVE all of you who were our regular volunteer crew:  Lisa Bodey, Dane Henderson, Jason Bachman, Jeff de Mers, Donovan Spitzman, Jodi Tucker, Suzanne Rouge, Gary Tubman, Jonathan Roux,  Michael Agape, Eric Maki, Jared Ortega, Osha Bear & Trish Toney. 
Photos by Lori Nagel, Sunflower Studios
Photos by Lori Nagel of Sunflower Studios
(Top to Bottom, L to R)
Ivan Lakish teaching Chainsaw Education & Safety
Wood Chopping Teams:
Nick Nevares & Osha Bear, Andy Wellman & Elizabeth Riley, Donovan Spitzman & Jason Bachman, Dane Hendersen & Eric Maki, our winning team Matt Evers & Pete Van Horn, Jeff Winsett & Jeff de Mers (2nd place) and Faith Lotus our lovely chef!

Crestone Free Box
Who misses the Crestone Free Box? Crestone Creative Trade, Crestone Energy Exchange and Neighbors Helping Neighbors are collaborating to create a grand reopening of this community treasure.  Please help us by completing this survey so we can determine the interest and availability of individuals and organizations ready to support our efforts.  Once we have compiled the results, we will share them with the community and begin cleaning, organizing and celebrating together!

Photo by Lori Nagel, Sunflower Studios
Upcoming Events
Seed Exchange Volunteers
Would you like to join the Energy Fair Crew of volunteers for the Seed Exchange?
Please send an email to and we will add you to our list for updates on days/times/tasks that will need support. 
Seed Exchange Vendors

Joyful Journey will have a large outdoor tent available for vendors. This will offer us more space to house vendors, speakers and audience members at a safe distance. We will also offer space outside the vendor tent, throughout the lawn, for vendor booths.

  • Bring seeds, local products, and/or information on local organizations dedicated to promoting sustainability in the San Luis Valley
  • Items can be for sale, trade, or to give away
  • Booth size in any location: 6 x 5
  • A 6-foot table and two chairs are included in the booth fee
  • Vendor set-up starts at 8am on Saturday
  • Doors open to the public both days at 9am
  • Entry will be free to the public
  • Please do not bring THC seeds of any kind. CBD products are permitted, if below .03% THC
  • The fee is $50 to be inside the main vendor tent
  • The fee is $15 to be outside of the main vendor tent. You are welcome to bring your own canopy if outside the tent
  • Electricity will be available in the main vendor tent
  • We will be livestreaming the speakers. If you would like a five minute interview on our livestream, the fee is an additional $50

The vendor tent is currently at capacity. If you would like to be a vendor located outside the main vendor tent, please contact Cherie at (719) 256-4328 or

Go Fund Us!  
Please consider making a financial donation to support our efforts to create more regenerative and sustainable solutions for our community through our Go Fund Me account:

Checks can also be mailed to: 
Crestone Energy Fair
PO Box 83, Crestone, CO 81131
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