Next week, I, along with my 1-year-old Julian; husband and Mother Earth News Fair Programming Director, James; and about 30 other members of our staff here at Ogden Publications will be heading east to our fourth annual Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. If you’ve never heard of the Mother Earth News Fair, you’re missing out. As I mentioned, my husband, James Duft, is the programming director, and with such a close view of this event, I can tell you how much care, conscientiousness and planning goes into it every year.
Each year, more than 10,000 enthusiastic people descend on Seven Springs Mountain Resort, a gorgeous spot in the mountains of Pennsylvania, about an hour and a half from the Pittsburgh airport. More than 150 speakers and presenters (myself included) present on a range of topics focused on self-sufficiency and sustainability. You can see the full program guide here. This year some of the highlights for me include the always entertaining and informative Joel Salatin presenting “Don’t Be Scared, Be Strange”; a legend in the herb world, Rosemary Gladstar, presenting on Herbs for Family Health; the excellent author Lisa Kivirist presenting on “Organic Eating on a Dime”; and, because cheese is just one of the greatest foods, a workshop on making cultured raw milk mozzarella—yum!
Mother Earth Living has its own stage with its own lineup of presenters, covering such topics as herbal remedies, DIY home necessities and more. Plus there is tons of fun for the whole family outside the presenters—dozens of animals are on display including alpacas, llamas, pigs, chickens and sheepdogs. There is delicious food, ongoing presentations of old-fashioned skills such as weaving, plus a marketplace of more than 200 vendors. Plus, everyone stays together at the resort, so breakfast might find you comingling with actor Ed Begley Jr. and our publisher, Bryan Welch. If you love living simply and living well, I would highly encourage you to join us at one of the upcoming Fairs. We are adding a Midwest location this year in Lawrence, Kansas, (where many of us live) on October 12 and 13. West Coast residents can visit the Puyallup, Washington, Fair every June, and anyone in the Southern regions can look forward to our first-ever Asheville, North Carolina, event this coming April of 2014.
Here is an overview of last year's Pennsylvania Fair
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