August 18, 2021

the Pennsylvania and Texas MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRs


Unfortunately, with the re-emerging safety concerns regarding COVID-19 and the highly contagious Delta variant, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our in-person events until 2022. This includes the Mother Earth News Fairs currently scheduled for September in Pennsylvania and October in Texas. We feel that given the circumstances and unknown impact to the events because of shared concerns among the many sponsors, speakers, exhibitors, and attendees, this is the best decision. 


Unless notified otherwise, we will issue a full refund directly to the card used to make the initial purchase. Please allow through Sept. 1, 2021, for the refund to process. 

In the meantime, we will be shifting our attention to future events as well as continuing opportunities for learning through our growing MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR ONLINE platform.





May 4, 2020


Given the local, national, and worldwide efforts to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, we have postponed the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR at POLYFACE FARM to July 16-17, 2021. Given the circumstances of continued calls for social distancing, we feel that this is the best decision. Even if restrictions on gatherings ease by July, we want to host an event where everyone can feel comfortable and enjoy this full farm experience.

A word from Joel Salatin:

“As inevitable and correct as we believe this postponement to be, nobody could be more disappointed about it than we are here at Polyface. We have been cleaning up, preparing staging ramps for hay wagon shuttles, cleaning hoop house auditoriums and all sorts of things to host our wonderful MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR tribe. We looked at pushing it back farther in the season, but that is problematic on many fronts:  trickier weather, stewards leave, school workarounds, and other issues. We picked the original date because it worked for us so the right thing is to do the same time, same place, in 2021.

The outpouring of support for this FAIR, from speakers to widely varied workshop experts to business sponsors and of course you, our tribe, has been gratifying beyond description. When we all gather next summer, it is going to be the biggest, baddest, bestest shindig you have ever enjoyed. Right now, we are slammed on the farm trying to keep up with the surging demand for local, dependable, more nutritious food. As we dust ourselves off and deal with all the coronavirus disruption, we are laser focused and giddy about next year’s prospects and seeing all of you then. Thank you for your unwavering support and encouragement:  Tribe MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the best!”

What happens next if you’ve already bought tickets?
You have a couple of options.

OPTION 1: Roll your tickets forward.

We hope you will still join us for the FAIR in 2021! If you want your tickets to automatically rollover to Polyface 2021, no action is required on your part. One of the exciting features about this event will be the access to various “Points of Interest” that are active on the farm and are essential to its successful operation. While nothing compares to seeing these in person, we are working with Joel Salatin and the Polyface team on creating a virtual tour of these areas (view the complete list with descriptions here) on our new online learning platform. We anticipate making this online tour available this July in lieu of having the physical event.

If you would like to keep your 2020 pass, access to this virtual tour is complimentary. You can help us by choosing your top five Points of Interest, and even submit questions to get expert advice from Joel and his team in the virtual tour. To help us customize the virtual Polyface Farm tour, please complete this form.

OPTION 2: Request a refund.

To request a refund, please complete this form to this form and provide your first and last name along with your billing ZIP code in the field provided. We will be working to refund passes over the next several weeks.

OUR NEW Online Learning Community EXPERIENCE

Practicing social distancing here at MOTHER EARTH NEWS has afforded us the opportunity to work from our homes, farms, garages, and, for those still in the office, spread out with plenty of space. Like always, we are still working on projects; listening to you; identifying the best methods, tools, and resources to help us live life better with more self-reliance; and then sharing that solid information with you.

That is why there has never been a better time for the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR ONLINE! Preregistration is now open for this virtual summer experience that will release on June 20. This program features some of the very best FAIR workshops presented on video, as well as pre-scheduled live interactions with our nationally-renowned experts. The best way to stay up to date on these developments is to subscribe to our free email newsletter: MOTHER EARTH NEWS LIVE.


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