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The 7th Annual “Living Local Expo” is this Saturday from 11-4 at the National Guard Armory, located on Eggerts Crossing Road in Lawrence and has been organized by Sustainable Lawrence in partnership with the green teams from Lawrence, Ewing, Hopewell, and the Mercer County Office of Sustainable Development. Open to the public and free to enter.

Visitors will be able to enjoy over 90 eco-friendly vendors including businesses, schools from Lawrence and Ewing, local organizations and groups,as well as presentations from local businesses and organizations.

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To promote buying local and reduce waste from packaging, the expo will feature a farmers market with local fruits, vegetables, meat, cheeses, eggs, jams, and organic kettlecorn, to name a few. Visitors to the expo will have the opportunity to talk with local farmers about the coming season with local farm favorite, Terhune Orchards, as well as Yellow Bee Aviaries, Stony Brook Orchids, and 4th Street Foodworks.

Information will be available on home improvement and NJ Clean energy providers and program incentives such as efficient appliances, energy audits, windows, and AC and heating. While the local Green Teams  will host “Ask your Neighbor” tables so visitors can hear how other local homeowners completed successful energy-efficient home projects.

Sustainable Lawrence shared: “The focus is on providing our residents with information and education that will lead into action. Sustainable Lawrence, along with the Green teams from Ewing, Lawrence and Hopewell, and the Mercer County Office of Business Development and Sustainability have been collaborating to bring these resources to our residents to promote local resources for a healthier, more sustainable life style. Sometimes, we just don’t know how to get started. This is the place where you can ask your neighbor about their experiences with particular services, find out where these services or products are locally and sample some of our great foods and local products. This is the place and time to take the first step towards a better life, and we are here to help you.”

Presentations include:

  • Movie Bag It – About the effects of single use plastic bag waste
  • Master Gardeners demonstration on restoring natural habitats
  • GreenFaith – What can your Congregation do to conserve water?
  • Techiniart – Energy Efficient lighting
  • Mrs. Gs – Chef Mary Beth cooking demonstration and class on freezing fresh veggies.
  • Chef Eric Momo – cooking demonstration and tasting
  • Converting your bike into an electric vehicle

Of course, the event is a “zero waste event.” Recycling Stations will be set up for recyclable and compostable materials such as paper cups, food scraps, and plastic water bottles that are generated by the event. Information about Lawrence Township’s new food and organic waste composting program will also be on display at the Expo.

Fresh food for lunch will be available for purchase while visitors enjoy live rock music from the Ewing band the TEMPOraries (from noon-2pm), the children’s corner, and a community art project.

Clear out your clutter and donate items at the Expo for reuse by others. Donate your old bike to The Trenton Bike Exchange, or donate gently used medical equipment to Your Resource. Dress for Success also will be collecting clothes that are suitable for the workplace.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.

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