If you wish the toxins and chemicals found in every day products would just ‘leaf’ you alone, the Growing Up Green Festival in Shelby Township is the place for you.

“We want to help bring health and wellness to the metro Detroit area,” said event coordinator Nichole Thayer. “Our mission is to educate, empower and equip families to lead a more healthy lifestyle.”

The event took place at the Packard Proving Grounds in Shelby Township, Saturday, July 26. It was the first year of the event, but according to Thayer, there are plans on making it annual.

The Growing up Green Festival focused on the idea of green living.

“Green living is just trying to live your best every day,” said Sylvia Ruma, a vendor at the event. “Healthier life every day and staying away from the toxins and chemicals that we find in our food and every day personal care products.”

Activities at the Growing up Green Festival included making crafts with recycled materials, learning about essential oils and identifying trees. There were attractions for both kids and adults, however, the main focus of the event was on the kids, because the future lies in their hands.

“They are the ones who are going to take the next step,” Thayer said. “They will do the things we taught them to do.”

“It’s empowering to kids and the parents themselves, to live a more healthy lifestyle,” said Courtney Forgues, an event sponsor.

From planting white saplings to trying out organic soaps, there was something for everyone to enjoy.


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