Patrons interested in healthy food, “green” living, and sustainability filled the Webster Groves Recreation Center last Sunday, Oct. 20, for the 2013 Natural Living Expo, presented by The Healthy Planet magazine. This fall’s 26th expo featured more than 60 booths, according to The Healthy Planet, as well as eco-friendly tote bags available to the first 100 guests, and a variety of other prizes, passes, and a raffle drawing for a family weekend in the Ozarks.
At $8.00 to enter, The Healthy Planet magazine offered a 2-for-1 admission coupon in their October issue. Children under 16 entered for free.
Visitors enjoyed free chair massages, pranic healing demonstrations, food and juice samples, and other treats. They had the opportunity to learn about composting, solar and wind energy, tree conservation, local environmental concerns, and opportunities for activism. Most notably, materials were distributed concerning the West Lake Landfill / Bridgeton Landfill Fire through the Missouri Coalition for the Environment. In addition, there were booths with information about yoga classes, massage, nutrition, spirituality, organic beauty products, and animal rescue and services. Local grocers and farms sold produce, and some offered home delivery service and Community Supported Agriculture programs. Restaurants featuring organic and locally grown foods manned booths at the fair as well, distributing information, coupons, and, in some cases, recipes.
The next Natural Living Expo is set to take place in the spring, likely around March or April 2014.