With more than 150 workshops, there is no shortage of informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend.
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! ×
Medicinal Mushroom Magic
Participants will enjoy the full circle experience of mushroom cultivation, harvesting, preparation, extractions, product development for personal care products and medicinal fungal foods. Tradd uses a combination of visual slides and a live extraction demo that makes the entire process a memorable and efficient learning experience. Learn basic mushroom cultivation principles, how the chemical properties of fungi are affected by their environment, and how you can create potent extracts and innovative medicinal and culinary products for home, family or your business’ product development.
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 is the author of Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, published by Chelsea Green in 2014. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain (which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, and daughter Heidi) 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.Order Your Passes Today! ×
Livestock Behavior and Handling
Keep your animals calm and safe with Temple Grandin’s groundbreaking insights and methods, now tailored specifically for small farms. Understand the behavior, fears, and instincts of cattle, goats, pigs, and sheep, and set up the most humane, healthy, and productive systems and facilities on your farm.
Temple Grandin is the best-selling author of Temple Grandin’s Guide to Working with Farm Animals, Animals in Translation, Animals Make Us Human, and Improving Animal Welfare. She consults on animal welfare to several segments of the fast food industry, and her life was the subject of a 2010 Emmy Award-winning HBO movie. Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University.Order Your Passes Today! ×
Looking for the workshop schedule?
The complete workshop schedule – including times and locations – is made available approximately three weeks out from the event date. While most presenters, workshop titles and descriptions are available now it typically takes more time to coordinate the schedules of so many people travelling in for the event. We appreciate your patience!
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.
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 Kansas Off-Stage Demos
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! 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 Kansas Venue Map
One Expocentre Dr.
Topeka, Kan. 66612
From Kansas City:
Travel I-70 West, exit at East Topeka, continue to exit 363 (Adams St). Turn left at stop sign, take a right onto 21st St follow to Topeka Blvd. Turn right onto Topeka Blvd then you should see Expocentre on the left hand side of the street.
PLACES TO STAY
Capitol Plaza Hotel
1717 SW Topeka Boulevard,
Topeka, KS 66612
Ramada Hotel & Convention Center
420 SE 6th Ave
Topeka, KS 66607
Fairfield Inn Topeka
1530 SW Westport Drive
Topeka, KS 66604
Keene Road Country Estate
Keene-Eskridge Rd and Dry Creek Rd.
Maple Hill, KS 66507
Capital City KOA
1949 SW 49th
Topeka, KS 66609
Use Code “ME” for FAIR discount
Deer Creek Valley RV Park
3140 SE 21st St.,
Topeka, KS 66607