With more than 150 Workshops, there is no shortage informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend.
Making a Living on 1.5 Acres
Jean-Martin Fortier is the author of The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming and in this workshop, he shares in detail the techniques, tools, and technology that make his market garden productive and profitable. It is popularly supposed that the small-scale market garden can no longer be economically viable, because it cannot compete with the economies of scale of the larger growers. But is that so? Les Jardins de la Grelinette is a micro-farm located in eastern Quebec, just north of the American border. Despite growing on 1.5 acres of land, owners Fortier and Maude-Hélène Desroches manage to feed more than 200 families through their thriving community-supported agriculture (CSA) program and seasonal market stands. For more than a decade the market garden has provided their only household income. Their operation generates close to $140,000 in sales with a profit margin of about 45%. The secret of their success resides in the low-tech, high-yield methods of production they have developed by continuously focusing on growing better rather than growing bigger, making their operation more lucrative and viable in the process. Fortier provides an overview of all aspects of vegetable production at Les Jardins de la Grelinette, demonstrating how adopting intensive methods of production can lead to the optimization of a cropping system. He discusses how to set up a micro-farm by designing biologically intensive cropping systems, all with negligible capital outlay; how to farm without a tractor, minimizing fossil fuel inputs through the use of the best hand tools, appropriate machinery and minimum tillage practices; and how to grow mixed vegetables systematically with attention to weed and pest management best approach practices.
Mother Earth News Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Booksigning: Saturday 6:00-6:30 p.m.
Jean-Martin Fortier is a farmer, writer, and educator specializing in organic and bio-intensive cropping practices. He is passionate about demonstrating how small farms can play an important role in rebuilding the food system by growing edibles sustainably for profit on a small, community-based scale. Fortier’s acclaimed book, The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming, tells the story of how he and his wife started farming on 1.5 acres, yet grossed more than $100,000 per acre, enough to financially sustain their family over a decade. The book has been popular with both urban and rural readers, having sold more than 40,000 copies since its release. It won the 2015 American Horticultural Society book award. Books by This Speaker: The Market GardenerOrder Your Passes Today! ×
Natural Organic Pest Control
The most effective pest control just happens to be organic. Howard Garrett discusses how to protect and work with beneficial insects, as well as what natural, organic pest control products to use in certain situations.
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. Books by This Speaker: The Organic ManualOrder Your Passes Today! ×
Dairy-Free Cheese: Easy, delicious, and custom-made for your diet
Do you choose not to eat dairy but miss cheese? Or do you know someone who does not digest it well? Claudia Lucero, author of One-Hour Cheeseand
creator of Urban Cheesecraft kits, has developed deliciously dairy-free cheese — made with nuts, seeds, veggies and even beans!
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.Order Your Passes Today! ×
Easy Peasy Edibles
Have you wanted to grow your own food but found it is too much work and takes too much of your time? Join award-winning landscape designer Jessi Bloom as she talks about a permaculture design concept that employs design strategies from nature. It allows you to grow easy peasy edibles that are low-maintenance, resilient, and sustainable. Plant once and enjoy the harvest from your edible landscape for years. Bloom covers basic food forest design and goes over some of her favorite low-maintenance edibles.
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. Books by This Speaker: Free-Range Chicken Gardens, Practical PermacultureOrder Your Passes Today! ×
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Champlain Valley Exposition
105 Pearl Street
Essex Junction, Vermont 05452
From points Montpelier/Barre and points south: Take I-89 N to US-2 W in Richmond. Take exit 11 from I-89 N. Follow VT-117 W to Pearl St. in Essex.
From St. Albans and points north: Take I-89 S to US-2 E in Colchester. Take exit 17 from I-89 S. Continue on US-2 E. Take VT-2A S to VT-15 E/Pearl St. in Essex.Get Directions Using Google Maps
PLACES TO STAY
Stay at The University of Vermont
The University of Vermont, in partnership with MOTHER EARTH NEWS is offering a unique, low-cost lodging option exclusive to attendees of the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR!
Stay in UVM’s Resident Halls for as low as $67.79 per night per person.
30-50 University Heights North
The University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405
Holiday Inn Burlington
1068 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT 05403
Courtyard Burlington Harbor
25 Cherry Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Group Booking Code: MEN
Fairfield Inn Burlington Williston
2844 St. George Road
Williston, VT 05495
Sonesta ES Suites
35 Hurricane Lane
Burlington, VT 05495
Champlain Valley Expo Camp Grounds
105 Pearl Street
Essex Junction, VT 05452
North Beach Campground
60 Institute Road
Burlington, VT 05408