Firsthand Fest at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center

Attendees will hear from speakers who have witnessed environmental problems and/or solutions firsthand. Teresa and Scott Akey of CreAkey Acres Farm in Noble County will share their experiences of transitioning from a busy city life in Fort Wayne to owning a quiet, 20-acre farm in Noble County, Dave Ostergren will share his experiences working with members of the Ho-Chunk Nation, and students in Goshen College’s Sustainability Living Semester will end the evening by describing their experiences canoeing in the Elkhart River watershed. Brick oven pizza and desserts will complement the storytelling and an open mic period will enable visitors to share as well.

“I think it’s important to hear from people who have firsthand experience with the environmental damage our planet has suffered. And it’s even more important to hear from those with practical experience making things better,” explains Merry Lea’s communications manager, Jennifer Schrock. “I envision it being an engaging, uplifting evening even if some of the stories we hear are sad ones.”