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Mother Earth News Fair

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Seven Springs, Pa.

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

Howard Garrett Dirt Doctor

How to Save 50 Percent on Irrigation and Have Greater Production with the Organic Program

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Howard Garrett explains how a simple, natural organic program for gardening and landscaping on residential and commercial projects works better in every way … including from an economic standpoint. He shows how his management program can result in a 40 to 50 percent cost savings in water use, and he will also answer specific questions from the audience about pests, plants and procedures.

Speaker Bio

Howard Garrett is recognized as one of the leaders in the research, education, and promotion of natural organic products and practices. Garrett was born in Pittsburg, Texas, graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1965, received a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in 1969 and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1970 to 1977. He has extensive experience in natural organic gardening, landscape contracting, greenhouse growing, golf course planning and maintenance, and organic product development. Garrett provides state-of-the-art advice on natural organic gardening, landscaping, pet health, composting, pest control, and how to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

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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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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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Tradd Cotter Mushroom Mountain

Medicinal Mushrooms: Cultivation, extractions and product development

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For thousands of years, mushrooms have been cultivated or gathered and used to treat the root cause of disease, only now to be verified in scientific trials for evaluating the amazing properties fungi possess. There are many different ways to grow mushrooms at home or on the homestead, which are easy and high yielding, for many species of medicinal mushrooms. Tradd Cotter covers basic cultivation, live extraction, and the exciting new developments in product development.

Speaker Bio

Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist and organic gardener who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than 22 years. He is the author of Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, published by Chelsea Green in 2014. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain (which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, and daughter Heidi) to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries, and he currently maintains more than 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides.

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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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VIP and Wristband Passes

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! Want to enjoy the FAIR in style? Check out our VIP options for individuals and families. Each VIP package lets you enjoy the exclusive amenities at each FAIR! 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

Seven Springs is located approximately one hour’s drive southeast of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh International Airport is the nearest metropolitan airport.

From Exit 91, Donegal:

  • Turn left off the exit ramp (Routes 711 and 31)
  • After approximately 2 miles, turn right on Route 711
  • Follow 711 for about 2 miles. Turn left at the Star Market in Champion
  • Follow the signs to Seven Springs (approximately 8 miles) on the right

From Exit 110, Somerset:

  • From the exit ramp, turn right at the second light
  • Turn right on Route 31 West at the third traffic light
  • After approximately 7 miles, turn left at Pioneer Park
  • After approximately 4 miles, turn right at the first stop sign
  • Seven Springs will be 5 miles ahead on the left
Get Directions Using Google Maps

PLACES TO STAY

Seven Springs Mountain Resort
777 Waterwheel Drive
Seven Springs, PA 15622
(800) 452-2223 or (814) 352-7777 if outside the U.S. and Canada
You can also reserve a condo for the weekend!

Hidden Valley Resort
1 Craighead Drive
Hidden Valley, PA, 15502

Days Inn Donegal
3620 Route 31
Donegal, PA 15628

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Donegal
3695 Route 31
Donegal, PA 15628

Log Cabin Lodge & Suites
288 PA-711
Jones Mills, PA 15646


CAMPING

Laurel Highlands Cabins & Campgrounds

Lost Mountain Campgrounds