Not Your Grandmother’s Green

Today at Four Mile Historic Park, you can learn how your great-great-grandmother's lifestyle was eco-friendly long before green living and sustainability were buzzwords. Turns out our ancestors’ simple, thrifty habits like reusing and repurposing things until they fell apart made them paragons of environmental virtue. "They weren't trying to be green," explains MacKenzie Pacifico, the park's marketing coordinator. "They weren't worried about saving the earth; it was just stuff that they did."

And it's stuff you can do, too, without much effort. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., historic-interpretation volunteers will show you how our pioneer forebears did it, at Conservation and Composting Through the Years. And it won't all be old-school: Nearly a dozen partner companies will be there to show the latest innovations and products you can use to go green. Demonstrations on mulching, gardening and organic food prep are just a few of the things on the agenda. From old-time wisdom resurrected and repurposed to the cutting edge of green technology, it's a day full of learning and fun for everyone who's concerned with living healthy and minimizing their footprint on the planet.

Four Mile Historic Park is located at 715 South Forest Street. For more information, visit www.fourmilepark.org or call 720-865-0800.
Sun., April 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 2010

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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