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Aromas fair- for and by the community

The Aromas Community holds a fair for the community
Children learn to press apples to make delicious juice.
Children learn to press apples to make delicious juice.
Making a worm bin
Robin Gammons demonstrates a winter garden. Some vegetables such as lettuce are quick growing, while broccoli and cabbage will be ready by spring.
A shelling beans area is a sit-down, talk-with-the-neighbor-time. Just like our grandparents did while sitting on their porch.
Tomatoes: the color of harvest.

Transition Aromas, an organization that promotes self-reliance, held an old-fashioned community building celebration September 10.  

According to Wendy Elder and other committee members, the fair was organized for the citizens of Aromas, and featured locally grown produce and other educational booths that promoted the community’s resilience and self-reliance.


“Our goal is to transition away from dependence on fossil fuels toward lower-energy, lower-carbon, environmentally and economically sustainable ways of doing things,” as stated in the information supplied by Transition Aromas.

The small park, on the corner of Blohm Ave. and Carpenteria Street in Aromas.was full of information on ways to promote stewardship of natural resources.


The tomato tasting booth, gave samples from a bevy of varieties, shapes and colors, and offered a chance to vote on a favorite. Apple pressing gave opportunity for children to learn how to press apples to make juice.

One child dropped apples into the bin, and another child turned the wheel.


Cathy Carlson of Las Lomas Lavender showed her harvest of lavender oil, dried tomatoes, lemon verbena and other herbs.


Other self-sufficiency demonstrations advised gardeners how to make a worm bin, grow a winter garden, or shell beans, among other educational workshops. One popular booth, aside from farming or gardening, featured tortoises and a

variety of reptiles, and snakes, with some of them willing to be held and stroked.


Hobbyists Kevin and Heather Norred take cages full of their animal friends to fairs such as the Aromas Fair to educate folks and offer them up for adoption.


Strengthening neighborly connections, a major goal of Transition Aromas was accomplished in the friendly setting of a small town fair. 


Laureen Diephof (Freelance writer)

Laureen has been in the communication business for many years as a photojournalist, columnist, and blogger.She served as reporter and columnist for South Monterey County Newspapers. She reported for the Soledad Bee and the Gonzales Tribune, and is currently writing feature stories for the Salinas Californian. From 2012-13, She was on a one year journey beginning in the Arctic Circle to the Sahara Desert, and many countries and small islands in between. After that she joined AmeriCorps, and served as the volunteer coordinator for the Arts Council for Monterey County. When the 10 month service was completed, she took the earned stipend and used it in Cambodia, where she stayed on a Buddhist Pagoda with the Monks and Nuns. She has written a book about her one year journey and hopes to get it published soon. Her website is: She lives in Aromas with her cat Pharaoh.

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