FALL 2021 Mother earth news FAIR
NOV. 3 to NOV. 19, 2021

Please join us in November for a series of webinars featuring some the country’s experts on composting, natural health, and mushroom cultivation! Each webinar will feature a special 90-minute webinar from an instructor to get you on your next step in your DIY journey.

There are also unique product bundles associated with each webinar that will take your experience from the screen to your own homes!

The Maker Series of webinars will take place on Zoom.



Nov. 3 ✰ Saving and Sharing Seeds ✰ Bevin Cohen
Nov. 5 ✰ Beautiful Flowers ✰ with Janice Cox
Nov. 10 ✰ Create Your Own Shelf Stable Food Mixes ✰ with Renee Pottle
Nov. 12 ✰ Get the Dirt on Backyard Composting ✰ with Michelle Balz
Nov. 17 ✰ Easy Anti-Inflammatory Snacks ✰ with Shawna Coronado
Nov. 19 ✰ Mushrooms You Can Grow at Home ✰ with Tradd Cotter


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Nov. 3 ✰ Saving and Sharing Seeds
✰ With Bevin Cohen

Join us for an informative presentation from author Bevin Cohen that highlights the importance of saving and sharing our garden seeds and how to successfully do it at home. During this presentation, you’ll learn why planting, saving, and sharing seeds is essential to the cultivation of sustainable neighborhoods and healthy communities. Cohen will also share practical tips and advice on incorporating the traditional art of seed saving into your garden with demonstrations on how to harvest and process seeds, such as tomatoes, beans, lettuce and kale.

To further explore the world of seed saving, you can choose the book & course bundle and receive a copy of Bevin Cohen’s book, Saving Our Seedsas well as access to our online Seed Saving Course and Seed Stories series, in addition to webinar access.

About the host: Bevin Cohen is an author, herbalist, seed saver and owner of Small House Farm in Michigan. He offers workshops and lectures nationwide on the benefits of living closer to the land through seeds, herbs and locally-grown food. He is the founder of the Michigan Seed Library Network and serves on the advisory council of the Community Seed Network. Bevin is the author of four books including The Artisan Herbalist and Saving Our Seeds. To learn more about his work visit www.smallhousefarm.com.


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Nov. 5 ✰ Beautiful Flowers
✰ With Janice Cox

Join Janice Cox for this webinar and learn how to use flowers for natural beauty, cooking, and creating floral crafts. Be inspired to grow and use flowers, and explore even further into topics like seed saving, identifying and growing edible flowers, or using natural plant dyes. Learn the basics from types and parts of the flower to how to shop for plants and establish good soil. Flower-centric topics such as beauty tips, culinary uses, unique craft ideas, and more will be discussed.

If you’re keen to get started on working with flowers, you can choose the bundle or kit options when registering for this webinar. With the book bundle, you receive not only a ticket to enter the webinar but also two books by Janice Cox, Beautiful Flowers and Beautiful Lavender. With the kit bundle option, you receive webinar access, both books, and our Pollinator Garden Seed Kit. Don’t miss out on this deal! 

About the host: Janice Cox is an author and leading DIY natural beauty and skin-care expert. She’s also a freelance magazine writer and beauty editor for Herb Quarterly. She also wrote the “Natural Beauty at Home” column for Mother Earth Living. Cox is a member of the United States Lavender Growers Association, and the Herb Society of America.


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Nov. 10 ✰ Create Your Own Shelf Stable Food Mixes
✰ With Renee Pottle

Attractive mixes made from dried and dehydrated foods are time-saving, convenient, and delicious. They are superb last-minute meal solutions and impressive gifts. Join Renee Pottle as she shows how to choose and dehydrate the best ingredients from your garden or the grocery store. She also demonstrates how to layer and decorate some favorites from her new book, Mixes in a Jar. When you register, you’ll have the option to pick just the webinar or the webinar bundled with the book. During the webinar, Renee will be demonstrating mixes for tomato vegetable soup, sunny lemon pasta salad, sun dried tomato mac and cheese, swiss muesli, hopi blue cornbread, and fruit compote.

To immerse yourself in the possibilities for thes mixes, you can choose the book bundle when purchasing access to this webinar and receive a copy of Renee Pottle’s Mixes in a Jar, a collection of 106 mix recipes for the best convenience foods.

About the host: Renee Pottle is a Family and Consumer Scientist and a serial side-gig entrepreneur. She writes about food preservation, gardening, and food business from her home in Kennewick, Washington. She’s the author of several books, including Creative Jams and Preserves, Profitable Preserves, and The Confident Canner.


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Nov. 12 ✰ Get the Dirt on Backyard Composting
✰ With Michelle Balz

Learn the basics of how to compost in your backyard successfully! What tools do you need, what tools can you live without, and what are your options for compost bins? We will also discuss integrating composting into your garden and some new small-space techniques for composting on your porch or patio. You’ll learn how to make use of all your excess food scraps in this webinar with Michelle Balz! Discover the hows and whys of composting and hear about plans to help you compost in your own backyard. Michelle authored No Waste Composting, a guide to DIY composting with options for small-scale composting for those who live in apartments or don’t have yard space.

To get started on your own composting journey, you can choose either the book bundle or a kit bundle. The book bundle includes access to the webinar and Michelle’s book No Waste Gardening, while the kit bundle includes access to the webinar, Michelle’s book, and a 1-gallon compost keeper.

About the host: Michelle Balz is a long-time backyard composter with a passion for reducing our impact on the planet. Her two books, No Waste Composting and Composting for a New Generation, include invaluable advice on composting successfully with DIY projects for creating your own compost system in your backyard and ways to integrate composting into your garden. No Waste Composting also includes ideas for smaller scale composting on your patio, balcony, or even in your home.


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Nov. 17 ✰ Easy Anti-Inflammatory Snacks
✰ With Shawna Coronado

Author and wellness expert, Shawna Coronado, will be your guide on this one-hour anti-inflammatory snack-making adventure to better health and wellness. Coronado, diagnosed with severe Spinal Osteoarthritis in 2015, will explain what inflammatory foods are, define better foods to eat, and demonstrate how to prepare some super-easy healthy snacks that will help you get started on a positive anti-inflammatory lifestyle.

Shawna has reduced her pain levels by more than 80% by tapping into beneficial diet, food, and health practices which she has stuck with for over three years and going strong. She dreams of inspiring more people who suffer from fibromyalgia, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, and other chronic inflammatory pain conditions, to reduce their pain levels with a smart anti-inflammatory diet and exercise plan. During the webinar, Shawna will be demonstrating apple tostadas with toppings, Auntie Lolo’s raw cauliflower dip, grain-free bread and herb dipping oil, and pumpkin pie pecans

If you want to further explore anti-inflammatory foods, register for the book bundle option for access to the webinar plus Shawna’s books Stacked with Flavor and Stacked with Flavor: Healthy Snacks. 

About the host: Shawna Coronado is an author, columnist, blogger, photographer, media host, and brand ambassador who campaigns for social good in the realms of green living, organic gardening, and low-cost cuisine. She is also an on-camera spokesperson and social media personality with more than 375,000 followers on her various social media venues, and she maintains a YouTube channel with more than a million views. In 2015, she co-hosted the radio show “The Good Green Home Show” and appeared biweekly at her home garden as the FOX News Chicago “Gardening with Good Day” organic gardening expert. Coronado’s garden and eco-adventures have been featured in many media venues, including PBS television. Along with her green lifestyle initiatives, Coronado is concerned about promoting and teaching healthy living. She was diagnosed with severe spinal osteoarthritis, a diagnosis that has led her to change her lifestyle, lose weight, and consume a mostly anti-inflammatory diet. She educates audiences about beneficial diet, food, and health practices through her organic living media. She dreams that this will enable more people who suffer from similar conditions to be active. Her successful organic living photographs and stories have been shown both online and off in many international home and garden magazines and multiple books. 


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Nov. 19 ✰ Mushrooms You Can Grow at Home
✰ With Tradd Cotter

Want to grow mushrooms at home but don’t know where to start? Join Tradd Cotter, mycologist and organic gardener, during this webinar to learn how! For more than 20 years, Tradd has been pondering questions around mushrooms and conducting trials in search of answers. Covering skills such as indoor growing on coffee grounds or pasteurized sawdust to garden growing on logs or wood-chip beds, Tradd has answers to your at-home mushroom growing questions. Learn from his insights such as perpetuating spawn on cardboard without the use of electricity and more! 

To help you get started growing your own mushrooms, you can register for the book bundle option that includes access the webinar plus Tradd’s book, Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation. Don’t miss out on this great deal!

About the host: Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than 22 years. He’s the author of Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, published by Chelsea Green in 2014. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries, and he currently maintains more than 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides.


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