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Colorado Bioneers runs Friday through Sunday on the CU campus. For more information and a full schedule, visit

This weekend will be a feast for the mind, the heart, the senses and the stomach.

Local food will abound, and so will information about local food, where it comes from, what it does for us and where it goes.

Music, art, science, economics and freethinkers will all intersect for the eighth annual Colorado Bioneers, right here at the University of Colorado. In a place where so many residents live sustainability, this is an event that can really take it up another notch.

But don’t think you have to be a gourmet eco-enthusiast to dine at the Bioneers table. There are dishes of everything, and for everyone — from age 4 to prehistoric, beginner to pro, worm to economy.

For an appetizer, check out the local foodsheds, energy reduction or social media discussions on Friday. Or try something light and illuminating, like the “Going Green Living Bling” lecture on Friday afternoon with Neambe LeadonVita, full entrees such as “Redefining the Environment” with John Francis, “Changing the Frame” with Mallika Dutt, and “Dreaming New Mexico” with Peter Warshall will accompany a performance by 15 year-old activist Loorz, the founder of Kids Versus Global Warming.

Saturday, “Lunch Lessons” with celebrity chef Ann Cooper from Boulder Valley School District might whet your appetite. Gary Hirshberg’s “Restoring Natural Order as if People and the Planet Really Mattered” will fill you up with good intent.

For some atmosphere, come out for the performance of Glen Phillips, formerly of Toad The Wet Sprocket, and the Arts Performance on Saturday afternoon, or explore the mystique of “Navigating an Ancient Future” with Elizabeth K. Lindsey. more about how to sip (and not gulp) with Jon Waterman’s presentation on his book “Running Dry: A Journey From Source to Sea Down the Colorado,” and the Save the Colorado campaign.

For the ultimate nightcap, the Conscious Alliance Benefit with Zivanai Masango and Pachedu and Jus Goodie will polish off Saturday night with a full serving.

Carry the spirit into Sunday, and “Dance Like You Matter in an Intra-Related World” with John A. Powell. Attend a session about xeriscaping, business forces, food justice or ecology, to name a few.

Jane Goodall’s satellite broadcast will stir in some camaraderie and humanity, fresh from the national conference. Even imported, the national plenaries being broadcast throughout the event will fortify everyone who partakes.

As for me, I’ll be feasting all weekend. This is harvest season, and it doesn’t get any better than Colorado Bioneers in Boulder. As I’ve duly noted, this community is so progressive, it just raises the bar on being progressive.

Let’s celebrate that. With more than 30 local speakers, workshops, field trips around town, lectures, presentations, and other activities, no one’s going hungry.

See you there!

Katherine Doan is the communications coordinator for the CU Environmental Center.

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