Seven Springs, Pa.
With more than 150 workshops, there is no shortage of informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend.
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.
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.Order Your Passes Today! ×
Top 10 Homestead Hacks for Beginners
Are you looking to save time, money and your sanity as you embark on your homesteading journey? Expert Jessi Bloom coaches folks who are getting started, and she shares her top 10 tips, tricks and wisdom for anyone looking to make their life easier in the garden, on the farm and inside home!
Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. She owns N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, based near Seattle, which is known as an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies and industry organizations, and makes headlines in national media. She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, which is full of functional gardens and rescue animals.Order Your Passes Today! ×
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.
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.Order Your Passes Today! ×
Extending the Season at Both Ends
Discover the latest ideas on greenhouses, high tunnels, low tunnels and root cellars.
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.Order Your Passes Today! ×
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!
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.Order Your Passes Today! ×
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.Check Out All Pennsylvania Exhibitors
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!Check Out All Pennsylvania Off-Stage Demos
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!Get your passes today!
Get the layout of the venue, and find your favorite stage and exhibitors before you go to the FAIR.Check Out the Pennsylvania Venue Map
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
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
Days Inn Donegal
3620 Route 31
Donegal, PA 15628
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Donegal
3695 Route 31
Donegal, PA 15628
Log Cabin Lodge & Suites
Jones Mills, PA 15646