Music festival aims to raise eco-awareness - Metro US

Music festival aims to raise eco-awareness

Directors of the first Watershed Music Festival are hoping to unite fist-pumping and head-bobbing with green sustainability.

Jonathan Biro, director of Saturday’s festival, is asking people to come enjoy some local talent and get their hands dirty at this first annual event, presented by the Pollination Project.

“We’re going to get people planting … harvesting and learning how you can bring farm-fresh produce closer to home,” said Biro, who’s going into his third year at the University of King’s College in Halifax.

But what’s even more unique about the festival is the venue — the Pollination Project’s Watershed Farm in Bakers Settlement, he said.

Founded by his father, Peter Biro, and film producer Camelia Frieberg, the settlement is a working, experimental organic farm meant to promote cross-pollination between the arts, ecology, health and society.

Some of the artists on the docket include the East Coast Music Award-winning Hupman Brothers, Haligonians Windom Earle and Three Sheet, and South Shore favourite Darren Arsenault.

Hoping to spread his message to a wide audience, Biro is promoting Watershed as a family-friendly, community-building event that includes a broad range of musical talent, agricultural workshops, local food vendors, craftspeople and tours of the farm.

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