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Mother Earth News Fair

Fun-filled, Hands-on Sustainable Lifestyle Events

Topeka, Kan.


With more than 150 workshops, there is no shortage of informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend.

Speaker Spotlight

Claudia Lucero Urban Cheesecraft

30-Minute Farmers’ Cheese Flavored with Herbs and Edible Flowers


Best-selling author of One-Hour Cheese, Claudia Lucero demonstrates how easy and fun it can be to make a delicious and simple farmers’ cheese in just 30 minutes. See the entire process from carton of milk to final cheese and then to flavoring and decorating with fresh and dry herbs and edible flowers. 

Speaker Bio
Claudia Lucero enjoys getting new cheesemakers started with Urban Cheesecraft and her D.I.Y. Cheese Kits. She has partnered with Williams-Sonoma on custom cheesemaking kits and recently wrote the book One-Hour Cheese, which shows beginners how to make 16 fresh cheeses via step-by-step photos. The book is found where books are sold and the kits can be found on www.UrbanCheesecraft.com.

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Joel Salatin Polyface Farm

10 Threads That Successful Startup Farms Knit Together


Some farm startups flounder and others fly. The ones that successfully get off the ground share common characteristics. In this extremely practical presentation, Pitchfork Pulpit farmer Joel Salatin explains these threads. From emotional conceptions about the land to time and motion studies, this far-ranging performance gives everyone a farm road map to success.

Speaker Bio
Joel Salatin is a third-generation, beyond organic farmer and author whose family owns and operates Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The farm produces salad bar beef, pigaerator pork, pastured poultry and forage-based rabbits, and direct markets everything to 5,000 families, 50 restaurants and 10 retail outlets. A prolific author, Salatin’s nine books to date include both how-to and big picture themes. The farm features prominently in Michael Pollan’s New York Times best-seller The Omnivore’s Dilemma and the award-winning documentary Food, Inc.

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Jessi Bloom N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes

Perma-What? How you can create your own paradise homestead with permaculture


What is permaculture and can it help us to create a more sustainable future? Jessi Bloom shares step-by-step instructions, plus her favorite tips, inspirations and great plants for beautiful and abundant homesteads and lives!

MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 AM

Speaker Bio

Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological designer, Certified Professional Horticulturist and ISA-Certified Arborist who strongly emphasizes ecological systems, sustainability and self-sufficiency in her work. She is passionate about animals, permaculture and making functional gardens beautiful!

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Lyle Estill Piedmont Biofuels

Backyard Biodiesel: How to brew your own fuel


Lyle Estill (author of Backyard Biodiesel, out in the spring of 2015) demonstrates how to produce biodiesel from used fryer oil and discuss ways of integrating the practice into your resilience efforts at home or on-farm.

Speaker Bio
Lyle Estill is the president and co-founder of Piedmont Biofuels, a community-scale biodiesel project in Pittsboro, North Carolina. He has been on the vanguard of social change for the past decade, which has placed him at the heart of the sustainability movement. Estill is a prolific speaker and writer, and the author of Small Stories, Big Changes, Industrial Evolution, Small Is Possible and Biodiesel Power. He has won numerous awards for his commitment to resilience, community development, outreach and leadership. Bob Armantrout helped to manage four commercial biodiesel plants in Hawaii, Colorado and Texas before moving to Pittsboro, North Carolina, in 2007 to join Piedmont Biofuels. He worked as an instructor at Central Carolina Community College, where he designed and delivered an innovative two-year biofuels degree program. When he is not immersed in the fascinating world of alternative fuels, Armantrout gardens organically to maintain his sanity, and explores the world of mycelium through mushroom and tempeh production.

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Sit in on dozens of practical workshops from the leading authorities on Modern Homesteading, Animal Husbandry, Organic Gardening, Green Building, Natural Health, Renewable Energy, Real Food and more!

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Get great deals from dozens of regional and national vendors that feature sustainable lifestyle products and services, including: books, tools, seeds, tractors, organic foods, clothes, solar gadgets and more.

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Off-Stage Demonstrations

Many of our exhibitors have their own demonstrations and short workshops at their booths. With topics ranging from hands-on seed saving to building mud houses to heritage breed livestock, there is a lot to see!

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The schedule will be available within two weeks of each event. You can keep updated on workshops and exhibitors by signing up for the FAIR newsletter.


The Preferred Seating wristband guarantees seating at every workshop in the first two rows. Many FAIR workshops fill up beyond seating capacity, so this is your opportunity get right up close!

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Venue Map

Get the layout of the venue, and find your favorite stage and exhibitors before you go to the FAIR.

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From Kansas City:
Travel I-70 West, exit at East Topeka, continue to exit 363 (Adams St). Turn left at stop sign, take a right onto 21st St follow to Topeka Blvd. Turn right onto Topeka Blvd then you should see Expocentre on the left hand side of the street.

Get directions using Google Maps here.


Capitol Plaza Hotel
Reservations can be made online at www.capitolplazahoteltopeka.com. Click on “Reservations” and you will be redirected to reservations page.  Select “Group Code” and enter code EARTH15 for the discounted rate. Once the code is entered, you will be able to select the dates and book your reservation. OR, call the hotel directly at (800) 579-7937 (please mention you are part of Mother Earth News Fair or group code MENF).

Keene Road Country Estate & Conference Center
Keene-Eskridge Rd and Dry Creek Rd, Maple Hill, Kansas 66507

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