Good vibes at Sustainable South

Betsy PickleSouth Knox

After being rained out on their original date, the organizers of Sustainable South scored with a beautiful day and engaged visitors last weekend.

A free community event fit for children and adults at Sam Duff Memorial Park, Sustainable South spotlighted vendors and information to help live a more planet-friendly life. It also had fun activities for children, live music by the family band Chibi Kodama and the Knox Co. Jug Stompers, and food trucks.

Hosted by Andrew Wilson, a professional arborist and candidate for the City Council First District seat, the gathering had opportunities for political discussion, but nothing heavy-handed. Wilson says Sustainable South is an entity beyond his campaign, and he hopes to see it grow and thrive in SoKno.

The six-hour event had a steady stream of visitors – and no rain.

Tracy Tisdale and daughter Alexandra listen to tips from Master Gardener Brian Townsend.


The Knox Co. Jug Stompers, who played at Vestival on Mother’s Day weekend, liven up Sustainable South.


Whitni Miller, who makes vegan soaps, bath bombs, bubble bath bars, hemp lotion, body scrubs and more through her Bubbly Hippie label, shows off her products.

SoKno icon Bobbye Edwards, artist-in-residence at Tea & Treasures, offers art and collectibles from the Vestal-based shop.

Andrew Wilson talks to supporter Brandon Hughes.

Buford Gray, one of the nicest dogs in SoKno, checks out the sights and smells.





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