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Crestone Energy Fair 2020 Success!

Wow what an interesting challenge it was to produce this year's 31st Annual Crestone Energy Fair, but thanks to this amazing community we were able to host over 325 people throughout the day at our new outdoor venue. We are so grateful to all of our volunteers, sponsors, presenters and vendors.  You all created a magical place of education, networking, sharing and celebration of the ways we strive to live in a regenerative way. We were grately humbled by the elders who opened the day with beautiful prayers and blessings for the event and land.  If you would like to find out more about honoring native lands please visit:
Thank you to everyone who believed in us!

You can still watch the full day's events on our YouTube Channel OR watch individual panel presentations.

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Website - and www.crestoneenergyexchange,org
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(l to r) Donovan Spitzman, Nick Nevares, Lisa Bodey & Eri Maki kick off the 31st Annual Crestone Energy Fair. 
Photo by Lori Nagel of Sunflower Studios.
Permaculture/Gardening Panel: (l to r) Moderator Cheyenne Lacy with Panelists: Kizzen Laki, Matie Belle Lakish, Bryan Pike & Robin Blankenship) Photo by Lori Nagel of Sunshine Studios. 
Highlights from the Day!
Photos by Lori Nagel of Sunflower Studios
(Top to Bottom, L to R)
Opening Ceremony:  Howard Bad Hand SD Youngwolf & Gloria Colin
Keynote Speaker, David "Diamond" Mauriello
Master of Ceremonies ,Dr. Kim Engard
Kitchen Goddesses, Raven, Mary & Faith
Restorative Practices with Orca Ross

Over 30 vendors!
(L to R):  Danielle Groth offers Tarot Readings, Jennifer Eytcheson with her beautiful mandala art, Dustin & Melinda Tidwell display their Painted Medicine artwork,  Nathan Good of Shangrilah Stove and Crestone Fire Department in the background.
.Photos by Lori Nagel of Sunflower Studios

Crestone Energy Exchange

The Crestone Energy Exchange is being formed to coordinate different volunteer opportunities and events that support regenerative community living. You can find out more information at 

Keep reading below to learn about some of our latest projects!
(L to R)  Jason Bachman, Donovan Spitzman & Paul Grice collecting wood for the Community Firewood Program.  Volunteers collecting wood from the South Crestone mitigation area.
Photos by Lisa Bodey
Community Firewood Program
The Crestone Energy Exchange is excited to be getting the NEW Community Firewood Program off the ground!  This is a new partnership with Neighbors Helping Neighbors and the Baca Grande EMS.  The objectives are: 
  • efficient use of our local resources 
  • stimulate sustainable economic development 
  • create new jobs & work-trade opportunities
  • support buying locally
  • increase the supply that is available to families in need of heating support 

If you are in need of firewood, we have several options
to fit your needs:

Purchase Firewood
Families who can afford to buy cords of firewood at full price will be helping to subsidize the program and ensure that we have a continual stock on hand through those cold winter months for NHN to distribute.  Cords are currently priced at $250 for spruce.
To place orders for the 2020-2021 season, please go to our website:

We have a limited # of cords that can be offered with a work-trade situation.  Ability to run chainsaws, hydraulic log-splitters, hauling firewood or hand splitting, loading and stacking of firewood necessary to apply for this opportunity. 

NHN Free Firewood
If you are in need of financial assistance to purchase firewood AND you are not physically able to do manual work, you can apply for the Free Firewood from NHN.  Please contact Mary Lowers at 719-256-4185

Volunteer/Community Service
We also have spaces for people who would like to volunteer to help us collect, process and deliver wood and offer opportunities to fulfill community service agreements through the courts and restorative circle contracts.

We are grateful to NHN and the Saguache County Commissioners for supporting this new venture through a Sales Tax Grant and to Eric Maki for donating the land space to our efforts.

For more information, please contact Lisa Bodey at 719-480-5925 or email

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

What an amazing display of generosity, abundance and trust.  The annual Thanksgiving Dinner was hosted on Saturday, November 21.  Over 400 people stopped by the Little Episcopal Church to pick up a To Go Dinner.  Thank you so much to all of the volunteers who prepared and cooked food, helped with set-up, packaged and delivered meals, and those who created a beautiful and inviting space for our community to gather.  
Neighbors Helping Neighbors and the Crestone Energy Exchange are grateful for all of the donations you all shared from your heart. 

Thank you Nick Nevares for expressing the importance of keeping this tradition alive and taking the initiative to make this event possible in a new format!


Community gathers to prepare and package Thanksgiving meals.  Nina Gonzalez organizes turkey, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free "To Go" meals.
Photos by Lori Nagel of Sunflower Studios
NHN - "Pop-Up" Free Box
Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) will be hosting a

"Pop-Up" Free Box
Wednesdays, December 2 & 8 from 11:30AM-1:30PM
330 W. Galena Avenue

NHN will be offering free holiday decorations, winter clothes and other cold weather items.  Please feel free to stop by & share this information with those in need.
NHN will also accept donations of adult & children's winter clothing & boots as well as warm winter blankets, sleeping bags, children's toys, etc. 
Please donate only lightly used, clean and items that are in  good condition.   Ask yourself if you would give this item to a friend?

Boxed/bagged items with your name & phone # on them can be left on Mary Lower's front porch - 330 W. Galena Ave. or dropped off during the pop-up free box days.
For more information, please call Mary 719-256-4185, FB Message or email 

Many thanks to Curtis Goodnight and Wendy Chandon for their free storage spaces over the years and to Bob & Rainbow Adler for their donation of tables to help serve community events.

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

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors
We are grateful for your support!
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