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No Coal-to-Diesel Refinery Facts and Updates

2:00 – 2:45,  North Tent

 by Mary Hess

FFF 2018 Tent Talk Mary Hess NOC2DPresident of Southwestern Indiana Citizens for Quality of Life, Mary Hess will share facts about the massive coal-to-diesel refinery proposed for within the city limits of Dale. With Spencer County already ranking 23rd (out of over 3,000 US counties) in toxic emissions (Forbes magazine), and this region already suffering from disproportionate illness rates caused by pollution, the all-volunteer, grassroots organization believes the idea is ill-conceived and is committed to stopping the proposal. Especially with Ferdinand being just six miles directly downwind from the refinery’s fallout and the smell of rotten eggs (sulfur), the community has a lot to lose in public health, economics, and quality of life. Organization members are comprised of citizens from Spencer, Dubois, and other area counties and consist of young parents, medical doctors, a chemical engineer from the oil and gas industry, teachers, business owners, students, and more. Mary and other informed group members will answer questions about the current state of the proposal and provide ways people can get involved.

Tai Chi: The Sevenfold Path to Healthier Living

1:00 - 1:45, Shaded yoga area above market

by Vanessa Hurst

FFF 2018 Tent Talk Vanessa HurstAn all-natural, caffeine-free practice, the Sevenfold Path of Tai Chi reduces tension and increases flexibility in one’s body, mind, and spirit. It brings a person’s body into natural balance by creating feelings of peace, calm, quiet, and alertness. Tai Chi promotes good posture, muscle tone, flexibility, and agility. Regular practice encourages integration of the body and mind, the muscular and skeletal systems, and the right and left brain. Tai Chi is also a positive, non-violent way of releasing excess energy and aggression. It helps to enhance creativity, more easily grasp new concepts, and work more easily with already mastered concepts.

Sifu Vanessa F. Hurst, a Ferdinand native, has taught 5Element Form Tai Chi for 12 years and is a Neural Synchrony™ facilitator, intuitive, and author. Earning a master’s degree in Natural Health, she shares her knowledge and vision and engages the inner wisdom of clients and students, with the end result increased mindfulness. She also has training in medical intuition, Quantum Healing, and Reiki.

Discovering and Understanding the Benefits of Hemp

1:00 – 1:45 pm, North Tent

by Becky Schnur

ACORN 2018 Summer Becky Schnur Hemp OilCBD hemp oil and hemp farming are gaining in popularity across the US. Participants will learn the health and economic benefits of hemp products, the method of choosing the right CBD oil for one’s personal needs, and the value in supporting hemp agricultural industries in Indiana.

A resident of Warrick County, Becky has been a teacher at Boonville High School for 18 years and a CAP (College Achievement Program) instructor at the University of Southern Indiana for 12 years. She teaches environmental science, physical geology, and earth/space science, and she engages her students in environmental projects such as a school recycling program, a schoolyard habitat area, an international pen pal program, and an urban gardening program to promote locally-grown produce. Through international travel fellowships to sites of scientific significance, Becky continues her own education. Living on the family farm for over 30 years, she is currently working to transform the homestead into a wildlife habitat area specifically for pollinators. Becky is also actively supporting reintroduction of the hemp industry to Indiana through free public presentations.

Benefits of Beekeeping and Honey

1:00 - 1:45, South Tent

by Doug Winchell

ACORN 2018 Winter Bees and Butterflies Natalie CombsBeekeeper Doug Winchell, owner and operator of HobBee Hives Honey, will be speaking about the impact honeybees have on nature and our environment. He'll provide information on some of the plants and trees that support honeybees and other pollinators. He might also include some personal "swarm catching" stories. Questions will be welcomed.

Children’s Playground and New Musical Park

All day, east of market area

FFF 2018 Musical Park Photo 31Children will find a variety of fun, state-of-the-art playground options, including a brand new
set of four outdoor musical instruments gifted to the community by the 2017 Leadership
Academy Project. The Folk Fest, with its commitment to children and music, happily
contributed funds to support the project. Special thanks to the Ferdinand Park Department and
Brett Pund for his role in helping to make music a year-round feature in the park. The group had
the ribbon cutting Saturday, June 16, 2018, during the Ferdinand Heimatfest.

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