Herb festival encourages holistic living

By: Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com
May 4, 2013 Updated: May 4, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Herbs? weren't the only things at the Pikes Peak Herb Fest Saturday.

Most of the herbs were long-gone by the time the event, at Beth-El Mennonite Church, ended.

An early rush nearly cleaned out the supply of herbs by 2 p.m.

But attendees were entertained by spiritual readings, acupuncture treatments and advice about going vegan. They could buy seeds to grow their own plants, worms for their compost piles and even worm droppings, or 'castings, ' to go along with them.

Many people stopped to talk with landscape interpreter Christine Faith, who represented Right to Thrive. She and her husband are organic urban farmers in Colorado Springs and teach others how to make productive gardens.

Faith 'interprets ' people's landscapes to help them design their own mini-farms and also offers classes, many of which are free.

'There are a lot of people going hungry in this city and it's ridiculous, ' Faith said.

The Compassionate Vegan had a booth at the festival to show people a new way to eat.

'People are overweight and malnourished at the same time, ' said Jacqueline Fonseca, founder and editor of the site thecompassionatevegan.com.

Fonseca said she talks to a lot of vegans or hopefuls who don't know how to get finicky kids or spouses to go vegan, too. The best way is to avoid spilling the beans that a dish is vegan or gluten-free until the plates are already cleaned, she said.

Education is the whole point of the Herb Fest, according to co-owner Hilary Serrao.

Colorado Springs is in a great position to become a greener, healthier city, she said.

'We've got a really large sustainable community here, ' she said.

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