The Mission Statement of MAREA is to educate the public and ourselves about renewable energy and sustainable living in our community.
Organized April 2005 by Samuel and Annemarie Yoder, Virginia Grim and Archie Follweiler, MAREA was a response to our dependency on fossil fuels and foreign energy. We as citizens can do more than protest, we wanted to take positive action by promoting individuals, businesses, and groups that care about the direction of the U.S.A., Mother earth and the human soul.
Samuel and Annemarie Yoder had been to the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair, [www.themrea.org] and had been to Maine’s Common Ground Country Fair. [www.mofga.org]
The idea was to combine farming and home-grown energy in Berks and Lehigh Counties.
The focus was to organize an educational healthy event with demonstrations, lectures, and vendors, while offering slow food and a casual family entertainment as a county festival.
Virginia Grim organized the area schools to add a unique component of an education day for mid and high school students.
Archie volunteered full time duty to coordinate a location and sponsorship of the festival.
We met at our homes as the Board of Directors.
David Bascelli came aboard immediately as the web designer for the organization and the festival.
Bill Hennessy, Dan Brown, Anne Stocker, Bob Flatley, Brian Moyer, who met at the Silver Maple Clinic as volunteers to offer direction and contacts all joined in and became a crucial part of the organization.
Volunteers such as Pam Meyer-Middleton, Janice Eshleman, Holly Cadwallader, Larry Sechler and many others assumed major responsibilities for the event.
Dan Poresky, The Sierra Club, PASA, East Penn Manufacturing, and Kutztown University came aboard to offer sponsorship. The first festival was held 5 months later, September 2005.
Build it and they will come