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Self-sufficiency Saturdays Every Second Sturday from August through December, Lawrence Kansas, Get Hands-On Learning That Can Save You Money & Lessen Your Reliance on the Supply Chain
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Lawrence, Kansas 2023 Mother Earth News Fair
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mother earth news FAIR

IS COMING TO

LAWRENCE, KANSAS

April 29-30, 2023

 

FOR INFO ON WORKSHOPS IN LATE SUMMER AND FALL 2022 AT THE DOUGLAS COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, SEE THE SELF-SUFFICIENCY SATURDAYS PAGE.

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Saturday, April 29, 2023
Sunday, April 30, 2023

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the 2023 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Lawrence, Kansas

Discover new skills or expand your existing ones at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Lawrence, Kansas, April 29-30, 2023 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds!

This is a unique opportunity to interact with some of the most sought-after experts in the world of sustainability. Come ready with your questions and look forward to learning something new – directly from the source!

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Hands-On Workshops with the Experts

Seed Saving 101: How to Save Your Garden Seeds

Learn how to save heirloom seeds from your garden and enjoy a bountiful harvest for years to come! In this fun and informative presentation, author and seed saver Bevin Cohen discusses the difference between open-pollinated, hybrid, and GMO seeds as well as how to harvest, process, and store seeds from dozens of your favorite garden varieties. He also covers the details of pollination, isolation techniques, and the importance of preserving genetic diversity. This workshop includes live demonstrations of seed-saving techniques, and participants leave with a working knowledge of how to incorporate this ancient practice into their gardens at home!

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Fermenting Vegetables for Preservation, Gut Health, and Out-of-This-World Flavor

You can take vegetables harvested at the peak of their season and preserve them for maximum flavor and nutrition, whether you grow your own or get them from a local farmer. Learn to use one of the safest, easiest, most flavorful, and healthiest techniques known to preserve while keeping all the nutrients alive (as well as increasing their benefit). Sound too good to be true? Kirsten Shockey discusses the health advantages of eating fermented foods and demystifies the process by demonstrating both ancient and ultra-modern techniques of preservation (which work for small and large quantities). This workshop explores the possibilities for using vegetables from A(sparagus) to Z(ucchini). Bring your curiosity and questions.

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Kuku Keeping (Swahili for ‘Chicken’) 101

From Rose Galloway, learn the basics of getting started with chicken keeping, from egg selection (egg inspection, candling), to preparing for baby chicks (heat, bedding, water), to keeping adult laying hens, to putting meat on the table. This hands-on workshop will  provide the information needed to start a successful flock. You’ll walk away knowing all the basics: what to feed, types of water and how to water, housing, and basic health.

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How to Raise Heritage Pig Breeds

Join Pork Rhyne, the “Pork Evangelist,” as he shares the nuances of raising heritage pigs. Learn about the value of heritage breeds, which were carefully selected and bred over time. Get to know the traits they developed to make them well-adapted to their local environment and thrive under different farming practices and cultural conditions. Rhyne covers the factors of how to go about selecting your breed. You’ll walk away with an understanding of body, structure, how they differ from commonly raised hogs, and how you should feed and care for unique breeds. Come ready to see Pork Rhyne interact with the Meishan breed thanks to Odd Bird Farm!

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Explore Ways to save money and live efficiently

Mother Earth News has been helping folks live simpler, more meaningful lives since the magazine was launched – nearly 50 years ago. No matter your personal interests you know you can count on Mother’s quality workshops for field-tested, country-honed guidance that will set you free – and put money in your pocket!

 

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TAKE YOUR SKILLS TO THE NEXT LEVEL

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR Hands-On Workshops

Our hands-on and extended workshops are one of our most popular attractions! For an additional fee, you can register to take part in these limited engagements aimed at fostering practical, money-saving skillsets. The best way to learn is by doing, and our nationally renowned experts will show you how. Topics run the gamut. Create your own sourdough starter, learn expert hand-spinning techniques, explore DIY fermentation with miso, and more!

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available May 28-29, 2022

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Finally There’s a Better Way to Find Homesteading Products

The Real Food Experience presented by Mother Earth News provides you a rare opportunity: a living and breathing marketplace where you can interact with exhibitors, authors, and innovators whose passion for what they do is matched only by their authority in the industry. Our exhibitors are ready and willing to demo and discuss a vast array of products that will help you live better. Now you can shop the latest sustainable products, compare prices, witness demos, and take advantage of exclusive deals and incentives – all in one place.

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WHEN AND WHERE

LAWRENCE, KAN. MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

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April 29-30, 2023

Saturday, April 29
Sunday, April 30

 

Douglas County Fairgrounds
2120 Harper St,
Lawrence, KS 66046

Get Directions Using Google Maps

 

From Kansas City:

Travel I-35 S. Follow I-35 S and KS-10 W to E 23rd St in Wakarusa. Exit from KS-10 W. Continue on E 23rd St to your destination in Lawrence.

Places to Stay

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