With more than 150 Workshops, there is no shortage informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend.
The 7-Hour Business to Fund Your Family Farm
How does seed saving, homesteading experiments, and sustainability relate to the businesses models of Exxon Mobil, O’Hare International Airport, and Google? The most successful businesses on the planet are profitable mainly due to extreme resource depletion. Are there any other business models where you could earn income while working toward sustainability? Learn about an experimental business that is attracting and rewarding the brightest and best people on the planet to do the work of creating a sustainable relationship between humans and our ecosystem. While still small, this model has been wildly successful and is growing by leaps and bounds. If you are an excellent communicator who is truly living and working toward sustainability, and you are interested in earning $5,000 to $20,000 a year for part-time work, see if this is for you.
Marjory Wildcraft is the founder of The Grow Network, which is the online home of a global network of people who produce their own food and medicine. Wildcraft was featured as an expert in sustainable living by National Geographic, she speaks at MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS, and she is a regular guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is the host of the annual Home Grown Food Summit, but she’s best known for her video series “Grow Your Own Groceries,” which has more than a half million copies in use by homesteaders, foodies, preppers, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.Order 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! ×
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! ×
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.
In this workshop, 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.”
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.
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Champlain Valley Exposition
105 Pearl Street
Essex Junction, Vermont 05452
From points Montpelier/Barre and points south: Take Interstate 89 north to exit 15. Turn right onto Route 15 East at the bottom of the ramp. Follow that to the Exposition. The Exposition entrance will be approximately three miles on your left.
From St. Albans and points north: Take Interstate 89 south to exit 16. Turn right at the bottom of the ramp onto Main Street towards Winooski/Burlington. Follow Main Street to the rotary and take the third exit out of the rotary onto route 15 east towards Essex. Follow route 15 for approximately three miles. The Exposition entrance will be on your left.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, Vermont, 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