Every year at this time there seems to be a collective sigh of relief as we start to get our Island back. The sense of reuniting with the community, the unbelievable weather and general good mood all around - makes Fall the perfect time to have a festival just for Locals. Join us October 4th and 5th to celebrate neighbor-to-neighbor connections, the sharing of skills and knowledge, and the bounty of the Vineyard fall harvest.
We look forward to seeing you!
Living Local Harvest Festival Events
Opening Night: Friday, Friday October 4th, 6-10pm @ The Grange Hall
The event will kick off with Storyteller Susan Klein moderating a talk with “Fascinating Islanders” David Tilton, Rosalie Powell, Anna Edey, and Gussie Ben David, 6pm at the Grange Hall. Dessert and coffee will be served.
The Harvest Festival: Saturday, October 5th,10am-3pm @ The Ag Hall
Saturday, October 5th join us for the annual Harvest Festival from 10am-3pm and the Community Potluck from 6-10pm at the Agricultural Hall.
All events are FREE for all ages.
Buy local, be local: support the bounty of over 50 booths featuring local farmers, artisans and community organizations; strengthen communities by purchasing locally crafted and grown goods. Relax and celebrate life with great live music from Dana Edelman, Eric Johnson and their talented off-spring, kids-of-all ages activities including: pumpkin carving, farm & garden crafts, campfire education, face painting and field games, oxen rides from The Farm Institute, Sassafras Earth Education; Energy Carnival, cool things with power from MVRHS and Cape Light Compact and Visit animals at work - composting pigs and chickens and Island alpacas.
Gain inspiration every hour from 10am-3pm with presentations and interactive demos that include:
SCHEDULE OF SPECIAL EVENTS
10:00-11:00AM – Ag Hall Stage
Healthy Snacks for Kids: Hey parents! The why and how-to’s of giving your kids healthy snack, presented by by Vineyard Nutrition’s Josh and Prudence Levy
10:30-11:30AM – Treeside Tent
TRASH! Where does our island waste go? What can we do as individuals and companies to curb the amount of trash we create? What about Island wide composting! How can Islanders and farmers work together to create use for our live waste? Scott Carroll of Bruno’s and “waste activist” Tomar Waldman weigh in, moderated by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission.
11:30-12:30PM - Ag Hall Stage
Local Wild Food Challenge demo and talk with founder Billy Manson. Come see how resourceful you can be from the land and sign up for the October 14th event!
12:30-1:30PM – Grub Area
Hops! The Offshore Ale Company talks about the brewing process and their new seasonal Hopps Farm Road Pale Ale, a limited small-batch seasonal offering made with locally grown West Tisbury hops. Includes free tastings! Must be 21+ and valid photo I.D. for tasting.
12:30-1:00PM - Ag Hall Stage
Slow Food and Mass in Motion present Local Eggs and Backyard Chickens!Come learn about “The story of the egg (labeling)” and “What “local” means” via two short films created by the MV Slow Food Chapter.
1:00-2:00PM Ag Hall Stage
Cape Light Compact team gives some tips and tools that can help you save energy, natural resources and money on your home heating and electric bills.
In 1997, the six towns of Martha’s Vineyard and Dukes County, working with the fifteen Cape Cod towns and Barnstable County, formed the Cape Light Compact. Since 2001, the Compact has provided energy efficiency programs to residents and businesses and delivers award winning energy education programs, competitive electricity supply and effective consumer advocacy.
1:00-1:30PM Treeside Tent
John Abrams from South Mountain Company talks about Benefit Corporations (aka B Corps), a new legal form for business that encourages greater community responsibility.
2:00-3:00PM Ag Hall Stage
A Talk with Anna Edey, the founder of Solviva, talking about her new book, “Green Light at the End of the Tunnel”, and her journey of ‘Living Local’ in ways that reduce nitrogen and carbon footprints to near-zero, and also greatly reduce cost of living, and improve quality of life.
Fill your belly with glorious, farm fresh and savory cuisine by Morning Glory Farm, Beetlebung Farm, Chilmark Coffee, Chilmark Baker, Sarah Hibler Foods, The Kitchen Porch, Chef Deon’s Kitchen and free tastings from many Island purveyors such as “Wild Edibles” with Felix Neck, Not Your Sugar Mamas, MV Sea Salt, Martha’s Vineyard Organics. Zero waste: we hope to be trash free with everything else recycled or transformed into fertile compost. Celebrate and Be Inspired!
Community Potluck, October 5th, 6-10pm
Lets celebrate the fall together. Bring a dish for six and BYO place settings and beverages. Then get your folk on contra dancing with The Flying Elbows.Living Local Harvest Festival is presented by Cape Light Compact
Agricultural Society, Island Grown Initiative, Vineyard Conservation Society and Vineyard Energy Project
with support of,
Cape Air, Cronig’s Market, Mass In Motion, Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank, Slow Food, South Mountain Company, The Farm Institute, The Martha’s Vineyard Times
And thanks to All Of You.