Area residents can enjoy music, a mini film festival and learn about sustainable living on Monday, Sept. 1, at the second annual "Ohio Green Living Fayre."

Area residents can enjoy music, a mini film festival and learn about sustainable living on Monday, Sept. 1, at the second annual "Ohio Green Living Fayre."

Richard Jensen, of Johnstown's Flying J Farm, will host the event that's open to the public from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Labor Day at 5329 Van Fossen Road.

"We're thinking we'll have about 1,000 to 1,200 people this year," Jensen told The Independent. "It's getting bigger and better. We've expanded the workshop area by 50 percent from last year to have three parallel sessions instead of two."

Those educational workshops are: "Farming Sustainably, Building Community," "Your Sustainable Energy Choices," "The 10 Basics of Square Foot Gardening," "Urban Green Living," "Intro to Herbal Healing," "Wellness vs. Model of Healthcare," "Garbage Warrior," "Story of Stuff/Plastic Bottle Greenhouse," "The Basics of Straw Bale Construction," "Sustainable Water Systems for your Home or Garden," "Green Living with Essential Oils," "Seed Saving 101," "King Corn," "Snowville Creamery: Finally Healthy Milk," and "The Basics of Perma-culture."

The keynote speaker will be Eric Elizondo of Columbus, who will talk about green building.

Jensen said a permanent, solar-powered stage is new to this year's Fayre.

The stage, provided by Dovetail Solar & Wind, will use the rays of the sun to provide all the electricity needed for the event. In addition to providing power for the music stage, it will also feed power to the approximately 50 vendors.

An outhouse made of straw bales has been completed at the Flying J Farm and is ready for use.

A new barn, made of tires and a timber frame construction, is starting to be built for use as a sugar shack by the farm's lake.

Jensen, retired from Ohio State University as a professor of aviation, has promoted healthy lifestyles during the past decade at his 250-acre farm. He had been dedicated to helping people prevent illness through good nutrition by using locally grown, organic foods.

The motto of the Flying J Farm is "Restoring the land, the buildings, and the people." Its mission, Jensen said, is to promote disease prevention through nutrition, community and a simpler lifestyle.

The Flying J has opened a market on the farm in the garden barn, where products grown on the farm can be purchased. Some of those items are seasonal while others are always available like whole wheat flour, wheat berries, spelt flour and berries, grass-fed beef and maple syrup.

Monday's event will include an organic farm tour beginning at 4:30 p.m..

"It includes demonstrations like making lumber out of local wood," Jensen said. "We also have an oil press -- we'll press oil out of seed or algae. We'll also demonstrate the outdoor furnace for heating your home."

A complete children's program will also be featured and will include old-fashioned games, story time, exploring compost and recycled art.

The mini-film festival will showcase global warming, issues surrounding food production, trends for the future and mistakes from the past.

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Cost of admission is $5 per person. Parking is plentiful and free.