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Crestone Energy Fair - Summer 2020

Hello Energy Fair Friends!

We hope you all are happy, healthy and finding inspiration to work on your home improvement and gardening projects to support your resiliency and sustainability in the community.  

It has been an interesting journey this spring and we are all getting the messages to slow down, be flexible and take care of one another.  We opened an office in town in January but had to close due to the current world health and economic situation.  We are grateful to Artisanal Boards Buildings and Crestone Creative Trade for their sponsorship of our office from January-April.  We were able to host many planning meetings and we had an amazing team of volunteers show up for our Spring Vision Retreat to plan this year's event. 

In addition, we helped Shumei International and the Town Greenhouse Initiative by hosting two soil moving work days to help  with their natural agriculture demonstration site, set up the Community Firewood Program (see article below for details), created a hand washing station for Care & Share and have been assisting them with food distribution, and have been preparing meals for the Food Bank.  Finally, we are networking with Crestone Emergency Response Team (CERT) to ensure the overall health of our community and our next adventure has us delivering much needed supplies to the Navajo Nation for their relief efforts.  We are very grateful for all of the time and energy of the dedicated volunteers who are making these projects happen.

Thank you to Saguache County Commissioners for a $2500 Sales Tax Grant and to The Colorado Trust for a $500 event sponsorship.  We are always in need of support to continue our work  and play in the community.  Please consider making a donation to our Go Fund Me! 
Energy Fair volunteers gather for Visioning Retreat on Leap Day!
Charlie Sickles & Winston Summerville building handwashing station for community events and Maori Baca moving dirt for the gardens!
Energy Fair Message from our Producer
August 14-16 TBD
Nick Nevares, Energy Fair Producer, sports stylish Home Tour
wrist bands from Chris Hovland! 
Over the course of the last few months, as the world has changed significantly to accomodate the current pandemic, we have received numerous questions as to what our plans are for the August event. As of right now, we are moving forward as if this will occur. We are actively looking to book our speakers, with topic emphasis on permaculture, sustainability, and alternative energy generation. We had already decided to reduce the number of speakers to 16 total, over the course of the two days, to bring more focused, specific discussions to the program. The town of Crestone is fully behind us, and has been in constant communication wtih the state to determine how to proceed. In the event that we are unable to produce the live event, we will film each of the presentations, and have them all available by the event date for private viewing. Additionally, we will begin reaching out to vendors, both retail and food. We will not be asking for payment at this time, but will instead wait till the event day to collect these fees. Again, in the event that this does not happen, we will post links to each vendor with an online presence. We very much hope that we can bring you this year’s event in person, but if we are unable to gather, our collective voice and energy will still be present online. We wish you all a safe and healthy summer, and look forward to future updates as we fill our speaker slots. We encourage you to visit our website,, to become a presenter, vendor, or volunteer! Nick Nevares, our producer, will continue to manage the program details, in whatever iteration it takes. 
Thank you to all of our 2019 Presenters!
Photos by Lori Nagel, Sunflower Studios -
(Top to bottom- left to right):  Gail Blair, Christine Canaly, Lee Temple, Andrew Caeron Bailey and Dave Kirchner were just a few of our presenters in 2019.
2020 Keynote Speaker
David "Diamond Mauriello"
David, otherwise known as Diamond, grew up in Southampton just outside of Philadelphia. He attended Temple University where he received his B.S. in geology and stayed on to teach and get his masters degree. Diamond's recent work on social and environmental justice initiatives, including urban vacant lot farming, GMO awareness, and other green endeavors find even greater expression in the Oppenheimer Ranch Project, his prolific YouTube Channel. He has an extensive background in landscape, residential, and commercial construction, and is also a master dry-set mason, skills which fit nicely with the tasks at hand. An awoken voice for sustainability, Diamond is a proponent of the core tenants of the Crestone Energy Fair, and we are happy and eager to hear his message for us at this years event.
Check out his extensive YouTube channel at The Oppenheimer Ranch Project here:  
Community Firewood Program - NHN Partnership!
Donovan Spitzman and Lisa Bodey demonstrating social distancing in the
wood cord bins built by volunteers.

The Energy Fair is excited to announce the creation of a NEW Community Firewood Program in partnership with Neighbors Helping Neighbors.  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 
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.  Many thanks to Mary Lowers who has housed this program in town and to all of the volunteers who cut and split wood this past season, especially Jonathan Roux and Beau Lopez.

We are grateful to NHN and the Saguache County Commissioners for supporting this new venture through a Sales Tax Grant and to Mountain Valley Lumber for partnering with us.  Lisa is consolidating her personal firewood business into this program and is grateful to everyone who has supported her over the years.  You will continue to receive the same high quality service and this opportunity will allow us to create an even stronger system of supporting our community. 
To place orders for the 2020-2021 season, please fill out a Firewood Order form on our website:
or contact :
Lisa Bodey, CEF Director
NEW! YouTube Video Series
The Crestone Energy Fair is excited to welcome Pete VanHorn to our core team.  Pete will be filming a series of videos this summer, one focusing on Alternative Building/Construction Methods and the other will be Gardening/Permaculture.  We will showcase local builders, farmers and gardeners on site with interviews about their projects and plans for creating a more sustainable, regenerative community. 

Permaculture Gardens
Our first interview was filmed at Atalanta Gardens with Joanna Dokson and we encourage you to subscribe to our YouTube channel and check out the video here:

Earthship Building
The second video features Goldie Mariola and Matt Evers, Energy Fair Coordinators, as they highlight aspects of building their earthship featuring solar, black/grey water systems, passive heating/cooling and their beautiful recycled glass bottle walls for their off-grid home.  Subscribe to our YouTube channel and watch the video here: 
Pete VanHorn takes a break from pounding tires on a friend's earthship to strum his guitar.

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:


2020 Energy Fair Sponsors
Mission Statement
The Crestone Energy Fair is an annual event highlighting innovative and visionary energy, building, and human relation’s technologies while networking the skill sets and resources of local, regional and global communities who practice regenerative and whole systems design.
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Crestone Energy Fair
PO Box 83
Crestone. CO 81131

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