West Bend, Wis.
With more than 150 workshops, there is no shortage of informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend.
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! ×
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! ×
A Tiny Home to Call Your Own: Living well in just-right houses
You can have an attractive, upscale quality-built tiny home that is artistically beautiful, highly marketable and long-term profitable. Smaller homes can be more livable, cozy, enjoyable, easier to clean and lower maintenance than big houses. But tiny and smaller homes are not for everyone. Learn why and what it takes to live in a small space to make room for a larger life. Explore the many uses of tiny homes and find out why more people are opting for less square footage in exchange for more time, freedom and money.
Patricia Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in animal science and pharmacy. She earned a Masters of Public Affairs (MPA) from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
She is the author of City Chicks: Employing Chickens as Garden Helpers, Compost Creators, Bio-recyclers and Local Food Suppliers. She is co-author of Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry and Backyard Market Gardening.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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin Off-Stage Demos
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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 Wisconsin Venue Map
Take I-43 N out of Milwaukee to Exit 73A for WI-145 N. Continue on WI-145 N approximately 10 miles to US-45 N.
Merge on to US-45 N/US-41 and continue on US-45 N approximately 16 miles to Pleasant Valley Rd.
Take Exit 65 to Pleasant Valley Rd. Turn right onto Pleasant Valley Rd. Take your first left into Washington County Fair Park.Get Directions Using Google Maps
PLACES TO STAY
Washington County Fair Park
on site Tent and RV Camping
3000 Hwy PV
West Bend, Wisconsin 53095
Wellsprings Organic Farm B&B
4382 Hickory Road
West Bend, Wisconsin 53090
Wellspring is a retreat and conference B&B an international hostel located about 20 minutes from the fairgrounds.
Hampton Inn & Suites West Bend
1975 South 18th Ave.
West Bend, Wisconsin
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson
2000 Gateway Court
West Bend, Wisconsin 53095