Renewable Energy & Local Living Talks

NEW and Exciting 2016 presentations! All of the talks are held in the Renewable Energy/Local Living tent in the Portal to the Future area at the north end of the site. For talk details visit North Quabbin Energy.

While you’re in the Portal area, check out one of the shorter mini-demonstrations held every half hour too!


12:00 – Beekeeping – Sharing your property with Pollinators

Angela Roell, Yardbirds Farm

1:00 – Tiny Houses – Fair and 190 Square (Feet!)

Sarah Hastings,

2:00 – Renewables Are Ready

Pat Hynes, Traprock Center for Peace & Justice

 3:00 – Solar PV: No up front cost and you own it!

Claire Chang, The Solar Store & Bob Michaud, Orange Energy Committee



 12:00 – For the Love of Heirloom Cucurbits

Daniel Botkin, Laughing Dog Farm

1:00 – A Solar “Energy Island” Home from the 1790s – Case Study

Hughes Pack, Current resident and STEM Solar Lab project Curriculum Director

2:00 – Regenerative Agriculture in the Quabbin Region & Greater Northeast

Tyson Neukirch, The Farm School

3:00 – The Nolumbeka Project – Preserving New England’s Tribal Heritage

Joe Graveline, the Nolumbeka Project


As always, a giant THANK YOU goes to the presenters who volunteer to share their time, expertise, and enthusiasm to make these topics come alive for the festival audience.  If you have suggestions for future topics please fill out the form below.