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November 27, 2012 > Time to harvest and get green

Time to harvest and get green

By Mahima Goel

As fall takes hold, residents look forward to a venerable tradition in Mission San Jose, the annual olive harvest. What makes this year even more special is the "Green Fair" of sustainable energy production and usage being held by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose in conjunction with this year's harvest.

Founded back in 1876, three sisters by the names of Maria Pia Backes, Maria Amanda Bednartz, and Maria Salesia Fichtner traveled across the country in hopes of establishing a school for German immigrants. They found refuge in a parish in San Francisco, but after the 1906 earthquake, moved their establishment to the Mission San Jose. Overcoming everything from the Western frontier to the risk of loosing their lives for a chance at starting something new, the Dominican Sisters have kept their motto of "Have Courage" alive to this very day.

This same motto is what they hope to bring the people of Fremont as they delve deep into the environmental hazards that are facing our country today and how to fix them. The Green Fair, similar to one held at the Fremont Hub in 2011, will host various "green" local businesses and non-profit organizations along with educational groups who will spread awareness about composting, recycling, and restoring our natural resources. From the City of Fremont's Environmental Specialty Department to Moreau Catholic High School and Kennedy High School's environmental clubs to Kaiser Permanente's Hospital and PG&E's California Energy Upgrade Service, the "Olive Harvest and Green Fair" will be held as a family event-with the use of no electricity! Food will be served from compostable materials only and there will be no plastic or Styrofoam equipment available.

Signing up as a volunteer for the Dominican Sisters Motherhouse Garden, collecting the year's homegrown olives straight from the garden with no electricity usage, and spending time with family while helping a good cause and the environment around you. All this and more can be done at the "Olive Harvest and Green Fair" on Saturday, December 1 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Olive Harvest and Green Fair
Saturday, Dec 1
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Dominican Sisters Convent
43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont
(behind the Old Mission)
(510) 325-3107
www.msjdominicans.org

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