Small-Scale Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Extravaganza

Join the Local Living Venture as a guest, a volunteer or both for a mini-Energy Fair.  

Topics include:

  • renewable energy systems for new homes
  • retrofitting of older homes
  • grid-tied renewable energy (including incentives)
  • energy efficiency measures that all homes and businesses can employ to save money, carbon, and our health
  • a special focus on interesting wood heating innovations!

This event is geared to the average family and what might be attainable for their pocketbook, as well as showing how savings can be gained from conventional energy efficiency methods -- even by renters.  For instance, various no-cost and low-cost efficiency measures such as understanding "apparent temperature" and relative humidity; the use of high velocity, low flow shower heads; appliance management; phantom power; and, how to figure out the "Energy Factor" to usefully measure month-to-month usage.


  • Scott Shipley, Northern Lights Solar Energy on Benefits of the Grid-Tied Solar Community
  • Gordon Terlier of Solart Group on Renewables Make Dollars and Sense for Energy-Intensive Agricultural, Commercial & Home Applications
  • "Crazy" Jerry Bartlett on Woodstoves, Rocket Mass Heaters, and the Missing Link
  • Panel Discussion: Wood Heating Innovations, Fire Science, and "Rocket" Stove Technology
  • Mark Mayhew, Project Manager at NYSERDA on NYSERDA's Small Scale Wind Turbine Incentive Program
  • Jim Juczak on Micro-Hydro: Macro Benefit
  • Gerald Loch of NYSERDA on Residential Energy Efficiency & How to Measure Progress

An "Energy Kit", valued at $15.00, will be given to all attendees of the NYSERDA presentation on residential energy efficiency. Emphasis will be placed in many of the workshops on rebates and incentives available to home and business owners.  We hope to also include workshops on geothermal in this event.

There is a suggested minimum donation of $10 advance, $12 at the door ($5 student) to attend all of the workshops as well as access to the vendors.  Seating is limited to 50 or less per presentation, and advance purchase of tickets is suggested.  You may use PayPal (see note and link below.)  Tickets may be purchased at the door, depending on space availability.

The event will be held at the Learning Farm at 2043 Rt. 68, Canton, NY, 13617, with many thanks to the folks at St. Lawrence County Cooperative Extension.

On-site or advance volunteer opportunities are available, and are rewarded with free entry and good will.

You can use your credit card through PayPal -- click the link on our Donations Page at (you may have to scroll slightly to reach the PayPal button link.)  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
IMPORTANT:  When you are prompted to review and confirm your payment (to Seedcorn, Inc.), please click on the "add special instructions to seller" link.  In the drop-down box, please note the

  •     name(s) for each paid reservation (in case you arrive separately)
  •     your contact phone
  •     your contact email address (for our confirmation notice)

We will email confirmation to you and this information will be "at the door" to provide entry for you and your guests.  Tickets may be purchased at the door, depending on space availability.