North Fork Solar Fair Brings Music, Fun & Learning

This Year’s Theme: Cultivating Community and Homegrown Energy

North Fork Solar Fair and Permaculture Expo in Paonia, Colorado

May 13 from 4:30 until 9:00 PM at Solar Energy International (39845 Mathews Ln).

PAONIA CO – The Second Annual North Fork Solar Fair & Permaculture Expo is bringing an evening of free music, fun for all ages, local food and drink, door prizes, and an opportunity for hands-on learning about local community groups, solar energy, gardening, and permaculture. The Solar Fair is hosted by the Colorado Farm & Food Alliance, The Learning Council, and Solar Energy International.

The event is taking place on Friday, May 13 at the campus of Solar Energy International, one of the world’s premier solar and alternative energy training institutes, from 4:30 until 9:00 PM.

This year the event adds a Permaculture Expo sponsored by The Learning Council, and featuring workshops including Seed Planting for Kids and Introduction to Permaculture with local horticulturist and native landscaping wizard Wind Clearwater, and Basics of Biodynamics with renown expert Patricia Frazier. Demonstration projects will include soil building with Paonia Soils, and exhibits on gardening for kids, for bees and pollinators, and for climate.

Live music will feature the North Fork Exploratory Chorus with Susan Ellinger, the Solar Brothers, and URSA URSA!  Food and drink will be available for purchase and by donation, from Mad Wraps, The Learning Council, Revolution Brewing, and Big B’s Delicious Juices & Ciders. Exhibitors will include solar businesses, organizations, and community groups. A schedule of events and workshops, list of exhibitors, and information on the musical acts – along with other information – is available at

The North Fork Solar Fair is open to the public, donations are encouraged to cover the cost of the event and support our sponsors. Food, drink and similar items are separate, and also benefit the organizations hosting the event. The Colorado Farm & Food Alliance connects people from farm-to-table by engaging Colorado’s local farm and food proprietors and aficionados as leaders in sustainability and environmental action. The Learning Council is a community organization providing educational options, celebrating the Arts and Agriculture. Solar Energy International provides industry-leading technical training and expertise in renewable energy to empower people, communities, and businesses worldwide.


Pete Kolbenschlag, Colorado Farm & Food Alliance            970.261.0678

Gerald Espinosa, Solar Energy International                         970.527.7657 x 213