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These kids were having a grand time petting a goat at the Ozarks Sustainability Festival in West Plains Sunday. The goat is owned by Leila Greystone of Rainbeau Ranch in Pomona, Mo.

West Plains, Mo. — The fifth annual Ozarks Sustainability Festival was held here Sunday, and people turned out to celebrate the back to the earth movement that is alive and well in the Ozarks.
Speakers and vendors showed festival-goers how to make cheese and how to pump water out of their wells without electricity. Jill Henderson taught a rapt audience how to save their garden seeds and how to propagate the different kinds of plants usually found in most gardens. Robin Gilbert spoke about natural remedies and Bible health. And Jeremy Letterman talked to the crowd about Aquaponics. Letterman raises fish and vegetables in a system he runs at his Springfield, Mo., home. Adele Voss of Meadowbrook Natural Foods in West Plains spoke to the audience about an emergency preparedness kit.
One of the most popular demonstrations was goat milking given by Leila Greystone, whose display also doubled as a goat petting zoo.
Repertory Theater of the Ozarks (RTO) performers were at the festival and sang country, blues and Celtic ballads for festival-goers.
These are some of the scenes from this year’s festival:

Jill Henderson tells the audience about seed saving.

Adele and Joe Voss talk to people at their Meadowbrook Natural Food booth. They operate a health food store in West Plains, Mo.

Darren Holliday of Couch, Mo., is demonstrating how a “Water Boy” works. It pulls water up out of your well without electricity.

Dean Henderson, left, sells books at the festival.

This booth is run by the Ananda Marga Center in Willow Springs, Mo. The center promotes the study of Yoga.

Face painting at the Repertory Theater of the Ozarks (RTO) booth.

RTO’s Mariann Hyslop sings a country favorite, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.”

RTO’s Janie Crews sings “You Lift Me Up.”

RTO’s George R. Seaberry III sings “California Dreaming.”

WATCH for links to videos of Mariann Hyslop, Janie Crews and George R. Seaberry III singing. Coming Soon.

— Hill ‘n Holler Staff Photos

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