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Mother Earth News Fair

Bringing the Magazine to Life!

Asheville, N.C.


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

Speaker Spotlight

Dan Chiras The Evergreen Institute

Achieving Complete Self-Sufficiency


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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Eliot Coleman Four Season Farm

Extending the Season at Both Ends


Discover the latest ideas on greenhouses, high tunnels, low tunnels and root cellars.

Speaker Bio

Eliot Coleman became involved in organic farming in 1965 after reading Scott and Helen Nearing’s Living the Good Life. He now has 50 years of experience in field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of livestock, and range poultry. He has contributed chapters to three scientific books on organic agriculture and has written extensively on the subject since 1975.

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Cody aka Wranglerstar Wranglerstar

Are Old Hand Tools Still Relevant for the Modern Homestead?


Power tools are a wonderful convenience, but they are expensive and disposable. Old hand tools can last for generations, can often be found for a fraction of the cost, and are as relevant and useful today as they were 100 years ago. Sadly, these old tools are no longer manufactured. Learn what to look for when purchasing old tools and how to care for and restore them.

Speaker Bio

Cody and his family decided to turn their backs on a comfortable city life and become modern day homesteaders. Their adventure takes place in the rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest, where they document their lifestyle on their YouTube channel Wranglerstar. With more than 300,000 loyal subscribers and 90 million video views, they are leaders in the modern homesteading movement.

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Rosemary Gladstar Sage Mountain Herbs

Herbs for Family Health


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


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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Small Farm, Real Income


Yes, you can generate real income with a small holding or even a lot in the city. Don’t let big agriculture get you down, there are plenty of production models that suit your small and/or unconventional practices that will serve your greater community and put some cash in your pocket. Whether you are interested in producing $50,000 worth of premium vegetables on an acre, or marketing beautiful heirloom ear corn for decoration, with a bit of creative thinking and plenty of hard work, you can build a satisfying business growing products that your friends and neighbors want to purchase from you! All you need is a bit of knowledge, a growing and marketing plan, and plenty of energy to see the project through. You can do it!

Speaker Bio

As a farmer, scientist, author and editorial director, Hank Will is known for seeking creative solutions to problems as varied as moving genes between species to working the land without huge investment. He’s published hundreds of articles and seven books on a range of topics, including low-tech homesteading solutions and antique farm machinery.

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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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Important Traffic Notification for the North Carolina Mother Earth News Fair

Due to traffic issues that have arisen during past events at the WNC Ag Center as well as current construction projects at the I-26 exit to Airport Road (Exit 40 – Arden) we strongly suggest the following route when driving to the Fair:

Westbound and Eastbound traffic on I-26: Take Exit 44 in Fletcher and turn north onto U.S. Route 25 (Hendersonville Road). In approximately half a mile turn left onto Butler Bridge Road. Drive east for 2.5 miles to N.C. Hwy 280 (Airport Road) and turn right. Drive north for 2 miles to Gate #6 of the WNC Ag Center.

For permit parking only:

Westbound and Eastbound traffic on I-26: Take Exit 44 in Fletcher and turn north onto U.S. Route 25 (Hendersonville Road). In approximately 2.5 miles turn left onto Fanning Bridge Road. Drive east for 2 miles to Gate #1 of the WNC Ag Center. (Permit parking is now sold out.)

Get Directions Using Google Maps


WNC Ag Center, on-site RV Parking
1301 Fanning Bridge Rd.
Fletcher, N.C.
Phone: 1-828-687-1414 ex: 200
(Note: Only advance-reserved RV spaces. Primitive camping is not allowed, including sleeping in your vehicle.)

The Village of Wildflowers (A tiny house community)
24 Empire Ln.
Flat Rock, N.C.
Phone: 1-828-707-0969

Mountain Inn & Suites Airport
447 Naples Rd.
Hendersonville, N.C.
Phone: 1-828-684-0040

Fairfield Inn Asheville Airport
31 Airport Park Rd.
Fletcher, N.C.
Phone: 1-828-684-1144

Comfort Inn Asheville
15 Rockwood Rd.
Fletcher, N.C.
Phone: 1-828-687-9199

Hampton Inn & Suites
18 Rockwood Rd.
Fletcher, N.C.
Phone: 1-800-997-5149

Rutledge Lake Camping and RV Parking
170 Rutledge Rd.
Fletcher, N.C.

Phone: 1-828-654-7873
Email: info@campingnorthcarolina.com

WNC Ag Center, on-site RV Parking
1301 Fanning Bridge Rd.
Fletcher, N.C.
Phone: 1-828-687-1414 ex: 200