With more than 150 Workshops, there is no shortage informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend.
The Permaculture Market Garden
Zach Loeks starts with a crash course in natural science, explains ecosystem services, and covers techniques for mapping and designing your farm to fit within your property’s environmental reality. He discusses how to use holistic planning to balance your business and then delves into the routine improvement of your soil through brown brain investment. The presentation culminates with Loeks laying out his Permabed system for patterning efficient garden diversity and how it serves as a framework for agro-ecosystem design. Covering key concepts from Loeks’ book The Permaculture Market Garden, this workshop invites attendees to immerse themselves in this farm design process and its possibilities for simplifying and improving a farm business or homestead.
Heirloom Gardener | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m.
Zach Loeks is an educator, designer/consultant, and farmer in Ontario, and he has a degree in environmental geography from Concordia University. He teaches soil science at Algonquin College and root cellar design at Yestermorrow Design/Build School. He also runs workshops on and off the farm on topics ranging from organic gardening and garlic production to off-grid living and farm design. His research and farming practices emphasize integrating diversity, conserving soil, and maximizing farm ecosystem services while maintaining high productivity. He is also the author of The Permaculture Market Garden, a vibrant guide to sustainable market gardening and agro-ecological land patterning. Books by This Speaker: The Permaculture Market GardenOrder Your Passes Today! ×
Whole Animal Butchery
Meredith Leigh, author of The Ethical Meat Handbook, demonstrates whole-animal butchery. Using a hog as an example, she discusses delicious and thrifty use of the entire carcass, and applies principles of butchery, charcuterie, and cooking to other animal species, as well.
Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook, and the author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie, and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Books by This Speaker: The Ethical Meat HandbookOrder Your Passes Today! ×
Maria Noel Groves
Feeling foggy lately? Learn about some amazing, safe herbs that enhance brain circulation, reduce the effects of stress, energize, and provide proven memory-enhancing effects. Maria Noel Groves also discusses helpful foods and lifestyle techniques to keep your brain running top-notch whether you’re a student, a busy parent, or are approaching old age and have concerns about mental decline.
Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), registered clinical herbalist, runs Wintergreen Botanicals, an herbal clinic and education center nestled in the pine forests of Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, New Hampshire. She is certified by Michael Moore’s Southwest School of Botanical Medicine, a registered professional herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild, and has also completed Rosemary Gladstar’s advanced training program and Lichenwood Herbals’ flower essence practitioner training. Her business is devoted to education and empowerment via classes, health consultations, and writing. She is the author of Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care. Learn more about Groves and herbs at www.WintergreenBotanicals.com.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!
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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 North Carolina In-Booth Demos
Get the layout of the venue, and find your favorite stage and exhibitors before you go to the FAIR.View the North Carolina FAIR Map
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.Get Directions Using Google Maps
PLACES TO STAY
WNC Ag Center, on-site RV Parking
1301 Fanning Bridge Rd.
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.
Mountain Inn & Suites Airport
447 Naples Rd.
Fairfield Inn Asheville Airport
31 Airport Park Rd.
Comfort Inn Asheville
15 Rockwood Rd.
Hampton Inn & Suites
18 Rockwood Rd.
Rutledge Lake Camping and RV Parking
170 Rutledge Rd.
Pisgah View Ranch
70 Pisgah View Ranch Rd.
Candler, N.C. 28715