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Mother Earth News Fair

Bringing the Magazine to Life!

Topeka, Kan.

Workshops

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

Speaker Spotlight

Dan Chiras The Evergreen Institute

Achieving Complete Self-Sufficiency

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Many people are working toward a life of total self-sufficiency, but the road can be difficult and confusing. There are so many options and there is so much bad information that it boggles the mind. Additionally, there are many aspects of self-sufficiency (such as self-health care, personal fitness and transportation) that people overlook. Dan Chiras, one of the nation’s leading experts on self-sufficiency, outlines the key steps you must take to completely meet your family’s needs for energy, water, food, health care, income and transportation to thrive during major economic or ecological catastrophe or simply to forge a totally sustainable lifestyle.

Speaker Bio

Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east central Missouri, where he teaches workshops on a wide range of topics on self-sufficiency and sustainability. Chiras is also author of 32 books and several hundred articles on a wide range of topics, including residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational and full of useful information.

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Rosemary Gladstar Sage Mountain Herbs

Herbs for Family Health

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Everyone in the family from infant to elder can benefit from the health-giving properties of herbs. In this practical and informative workshop, Rosemary Gladstar discusses creating an herbal apothecary for your home; 12 popular herbs and their uses; popular remedies for health and well-being; safety issues concerning herbs; and books and references to guide you in your herbal studies. Gladstar also looks at kitchen medicine, local backyard remedies, and how to prepare herbs, as well as the importance of ecological herbalism.

Speaker Bio

Rosemary Gladstar has been studying and teaching about herbs for more than 40 years. She is an educator, activist and entrepreneur, serving as director of the Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, the International Herb Symposium, and the Women’s Herbal Conference. Gladstar is the founding president of United Plant Savers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of native American herbs. She was the original formulator for Traditional Medicinal Herbal teas and currently leads herbal educational adventures around the world. She is the author of many books, including Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health and Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, as well as Herbal Healing for Women. She lives in East Barre, Vermont.

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Joel Salatin Polyface Farm

Salad Bar Beef

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Herbivores not only built the world’s deepest and best soil, they provided the foundation for nutrition in most areas. Building soil and eating well are symbiotic activities, but many today view the herbivore as an enemy … a direct result of misusing animals. In this workshop, Joel Salatin introduces the concepts and high-tech infrastructure that allows modern farmers to duplicate the symbiotic choreography of ancient herds. This system also increases yields and offers the most tasty, nutritious food.

Speaker Bio

Joel Salatin’s family owns and operates Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, producing salad bar beef, pastured poultry, pigaerator pork and forage-based rabbits. The farm services 6,000 families and 50 restaurants. Featured prominently in countless media, documentaries and books, the farm offers many educational opportunities for people wanting to learn these pasture-based systems. He has written 10 books about food and farming, both how-to guides and broad cultural works.

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Lisa Steele Fresh Eggs Daily

Herbs for Hens

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Learn how to incorporate ordinary herbs into all aspects of chicken keeping, including feed, coop, nesting boxes and more for optimal flock health.

Speaker Bio

A fifth-generation chicken keeper, Lisa Steele returned to her rural roots after doing a short stint on Wall Street after college. Now, back in the country living on a farm in Maine with her husband and their flock of chickens and ducks, she encourages others to raise their own flocks naturally without using antibiotics or chemicals. An aspiring herbalist and avid gardener, she incorporates herbs, weeds, and edible flowers into the daily care of her flock and shares this advice on her blog Fresh Eggs Daily which has been named one of the Top Ten Gardening blogs by Better Homes and Gardens magazine. In addition to writing best-selling books, she is also a writer for Backyard Poultry, Chickens and Hobby Farms magazines and regularly appears on national television and radio programs advocating natural chicken keeping.

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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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Exhibitors

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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Wristband Passes and Packages

The MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR now has four great ways to enjoy our events! With each wristband pass, attendees will gain access to the nation’s primer sustainable lifestyle event, packed with over 300 vendors and 150 hands-on workshops at each location! Order single day or weekend wristbands early and save with our pre-order special! Order your tickets today and see MOTHER EARTH NEWS come to life!

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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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DIRECTIONS

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.

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PLACES TO STAY

Capitol Plaza Hotel
Reservations can be made online on Capitol Plaza Hotel’s website.

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

Deer Creek Valley RV Park
3140 SE 21st St., Topeka, Kansas, 66607

Visit Topeka hotels directory.