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Mother Earth News Fair

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Asheville, N.C.


With more than 150 Workshops, there is no shortage informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend.

Speaker Spotlight

Dan Chiras The Evergreen Institute

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.

Speaker Bio

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.

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Joel Salatin Polyface Farm

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.

Speaker Bio

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.

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Howard Garrett Dirt Doctor

Natural Organic Pest Control

The most effective pest control just happens to be organic. Howard Garrett discusses how to protect and work with beneficial insects, as well as what natural, organic pest control products to use in certain situations.

Speaker Bio

Howard Garrett is recognized as one of the leaders in the research, education, and promotion of natural organic products and practices. Garrett was born in Pittsburg, Texas, graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1965, received a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in 1969 and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1970 to 1977. He has extensive experience in natural organic gardening, landscape contracting, greenhouse growing, golf course planning and maintenance, and organic product development. Garrett provides state-of-the-art advice on natural organic gardening, landscaping, pet health, composting, pest control, and how to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Books by This Speaker: The Organic Manual

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Tradd Cotter Mushroom Mountain

Medicinal Mushrooms: Cultivation, extractions and product development

For thousands of years, mushrooms have been cultivated or gathered and used to treat the root cause of disease, only now to be verified in scientific trials for evaluating the amazing properties fungi possess. There are many different ways to grow mushrooms at home or on the homestead, which are easy and high yielding, for many species of medicinal mushrooms. Tradd Cotter covers basic cultivation, live extraction, and the exciting new developments in product development.

Speaker Bio

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.

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Steven Raichlen Workman Publishing

Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades: Bastes, butters, and glazes, too

Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades is Steven Raichlen’s encyclopedia of the flavor boosters, dry and wet, that give grilled food its character, personality, depth, and soul. Chili-fired rubs, lemony marinades, buttery bastes, and flavorful sauces, mops, slathers, sambals, and chutneys: In more than 200 recipes from around the globe, Raichlen shows how to add the expert touch to every dish in your repertoire. The book also includes a number of recipes for finished dishes, such as Korea Town Brisket, Jamaican Jerk Spareribs, and Kung Pao Smoked Chicken. The best-selling original edition sold over half a million copies and, due to its popularity, Workman has fully revised and updated it with a beautiful new look, full-color photographs throughout, information on all of the latest advances in barbecuing and grilling techniques, and a number of new recipes.

Speaker Bio

Steven Raichlen is America’s foremost grilling authority. His last book, Project Smoke, was a New York Times best-seller, and previous live-fire cookbooks have won James Beard and IACP awards. Articles by Raichlen have appeared regularly in The New York Times, Food & Wine, and Bon Appétit, and for the past dozen years he’s taught sold-out Barbecue University classes, currently at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He and his wife divide their time between Miami, Florida, and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

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Sit in on dozens of practical workshops from the leading authorities on Modern Homesteading, Animal Husbandry, Organic Gardening, Green Building, Natural Health, Renewable Energy, Real Food and more!

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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.

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The Power of Poultry

Power-of-Poultry_700x500The Power of Poultry is a one-and-a-half day event right before the Asheville FAIR that will allow attendees to dive in with instructors and chicken experts for a jam-packed program with workshop topics that include choosing species, basic husbandry skills, managing laying and breeding flocks, infrastructure and predator proofing, and bird health and behavior. Check out the Power of Poultry Schedule.

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Check out more than 150 workshops on everything from sustainable vegetable production to building with earthen plasters and so much more!

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Western North Carolina Agricultural Center
1301 Fanning Bridge Rd.
Fletcher, N.C. 28732

Important Traffic Notification for the North Carolina Mother Earth News Fair

Due to traffic issues that have arisen during past events at the WNC Ag Center as well as current construction projects at the I-26 exit to Airport Road (Exit 40 – Arden) we strongly suggest the following route when driving to the Fair:

Westbound and Eastbound traffic on I-26: Take Exit 44 in Fletcher and turn north onto U.S. Route 25 (Hendersonville Road). In approximately half a mile turn left onto Butler Bridge Road. Drive east for 2.5 miles to N.C. Hwy 280 (Airport Road) and turn right. Drive north for 2 miles to Gate #6 of the WNC Ag Center.

For permit parking only:

Westbound and Eastbound traffic on I-26: Take Exit 44 in Fletcher and turn north onto U.S. Route 25 (Hendersonville Road). In approximately 2.5 miles turn left onto Fanning Bridge Road. Drive east for 2 miles to Gate #1 of the WNC Ag Center.

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WNC Ag Center, on-site RV Parking
1301 Fanning Bridge Rd.
Fletcher, N.C.
Phone: 1-828-687-1414 ex: 200
(Note: Only advance-reserved RV spaces. Primitive camping is not allowed, including sleeping in your vehicle.)

The Village of Wildflowers (A tiny house community)
24 Empire Ln.
Flat Rock, N.C.
Phone: 828-707-0969

Mountain Inn & Suites Airport
447 Naples Rd.
Hendersonville, N.C.
Phone: 828-684-0040

Fairfield Inn Asheville Airport
31 Airport Park Rd.
Fletcher, N.C.
Phone: 828-684-1144

Comfort Inn Asheville
15 Rockwood Rd.
Fletcher, N.C.
Phone: 828-687-9199

Hampton Inn & Suites
18 Rockwood Rd.
Fletcher, N.C.
Phone: 1-800-997-5149

Rutledge Lake Camping and RV Parking
170 Rutledge Rd.
Fletcher, N.C.

Phone: 828-654-7873

Pisgah View Ranch
70 Pisgah View Ranch Rd.
Candler, N.C. 28715
Phone: 828-667-9100