Spreading the Word on Herbs

| 10/12/2011 5:25:40 PM

KCAfter spending much of September on the road, I finally am home and settling into my daily life. Right now, that means finishing up our December/January 2012 issue of The Herb Companion and getting ready to ship it off to the printer—always an occasion for “Whew!” 

I wouldn’t trade my time on the road, however—and not only because I got a chance to see my new grandbaby for a few days. While I was in California, I spoke at the wonderful Heirloom Exposition, a project of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company and co-sponsored by the Petaluma Seed Bank, GRIT and MOTHER EARTH NEWS, among others.   

A brief break and then I headed for the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, which, after two years has become one of my favorite events. It looks sort of medieval, doesn't it? But much of the discussion and many demonstrations were quite cutting edge, in the way so much of the "new" conversation about gardening and raising food reaches far into the past to provide a path forward.  

 .Mother Earth News Fair 2011 

The fair was held in the mountains southwest of Pittsburgh, on a beautiful early autumn weekend. More than 12,000 people attended, with 180 booths filling the grounds of the Seven Springs resort. We had more than 200 workshops on 14 stages throughout the grounds, on topics as wide-ranging as how to make brooms to the best way to build healthy soil and just about anything gardening, homesteading or food-related in between.  

Mother Earth News Fair 2011 featured more than 200 workshops  

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