Our primary intention is that this Expo serve to link people who have the technical expertise and know-how in the field of renewable energy with folks who have the commitment to and interest in achieving energy independence. Second, the event aims to provide a venue for homesteaders, companies, organizations, associations and individuals to showcase and share their ideas, products and experiences living and working sustainably. Third, we seek to expand the understanding of participants as to being off-grid, not only in the production of energy, but also living self-sufficiently in areas of health and wellness, food production and consumption as well as cultural expression and community building.
The 2019 Get Off the Grid Fest featured a strong music and dance component and an assembled cast of stellar musicians, performers, presenters and speakers on three stages and in several tent venues. The schedule of artists who appeared include internationally acclaimed Rising Appalachia, Elise Witt and Donna Hopkins; nationally renowned Terry Garthwaite, Jeff Mosier and Strung Like a Horse; regionally popular Natti Lovejoys, Sol Driven Train and Jess Goggans as well as a host of popular Asheville-based groups and performers such as Jeff Sipe, Taylor Martin and Bayou Diesel.
The next festival will be held in Chattanooga Summer 2021. The three-day event is expected to attract between three and four thousand people who will engage with a variety of solar power producers and installers, biodynamic farmers and organic growers, food activists, healing arts and holistic health practitioners, earth scientists and educators from area schools as well as members of local community based organizations focused on economic and ecological sustainability. Festival-goers will interact with vendors in an open-air market and exchange ideas and information with a host of experts and instructors in a wide range of fields from hydro-electrics to hydroponics, solar power plants to herbs and medicinal plants, vermiculture to viticulture, beekeeping to goat tending, performing arts to healing arts.