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Saturday, April 27: 9:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 28: 9:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Meet our speakers

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!

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!

Honey That’s Different: Unique hive products and their uses
with Leo Sharashkin

Discover 30 ways in which artisan honey is different from commercial varieties, how to choose, and why organic honeys are not necessarily the best.

Beyond the Basics: Growing common and uncommon greens for exciting salads
with Ira Wallace

Let Wallace introduce you to some extraordinary greens and give you a few tips on timing and technique for stretching your salad season and livening up your braising pan, as well as adding excitement to your salad bowl in every season.

A Tiny Home to Call Your Own
with Patricia Foreman

Explore the many uses of tiny homes and find out why more people are opting for less square footage in exchange for more time, freedom and money.

The Five Mistakes Homesteaders Make (and How to Avoid Them!)
with John Moody

Laugh a lot, maybe cry a little, but walk away properly warned about how to avoid some all-too-common mistakes!

Chickens Q&A
with The Livestock Conservancy

From Australorps to Yokohamas, incubation to processing, and coops to free range, get your questions answered by the experts.

No-Fear Canning
with Andrea Chesman

Learn how to use a boiling water bath canner and atmospheric steam canner for fruits and high-acid foods like pickles. Learn how to use a pressure canner for vegetables and meat.

Take Your Skills to the Next Level WITH HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS

Our new hands-on and extended workshops are quickly becoming 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 natural beauty products, learn to brew your own mead, explore DIY fermentation processes for homemade miso, get down and dirty growing mushrooms, and more!

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Finally There’s a Better Way to Find Homesteading Products

The Mother Earth News Fair 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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Reach new customers interested in a sustainable lifestyle — apply to exhibit.


Find Your Way

Get the layout of the venue, and find your favorite stage and exhibitors before you go to the FAIR.

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April 27-28, 2019

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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

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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 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 40 and turn south onto Airport Rd. In approximately 2 miles turn left at Gate #6 of the WNC Ag Center. Get your parking permit here.*


*Parking permits are not required to attend the FAIR. These preferred spots are closer to the FAIR than general parking.


Places to Stay

Mother Earth News Fair has partnered with Stay22 to provide you with all available accommodations (hotels, Airbnbs, hostels, etc.) at the lowest price online. This pricing is equal or better than what you’ll find on any discount travel or hotel website. Book directly from the map below!

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

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

Phone: 828-654-7873

north carolina fair book signing schedule


11:00-11:30 a.m.    Rob Avis, Dan Chiras, Dawn Combs, Janice Cox, Pam Dawling, Jill Nussinow

12:30-1:00 p.m.       Frank Hyman, Meredith Leigh, John Moody, Kirsten Shockey, Crystal Stevens, Lisa Ziegler

1:30-2:00 p.m.        Christy Hemenway, Ira Wallace

3:00-3:30 p.m.        Albert Bates, Patricia Foreman, Elizabeth Karmel, Andrew Mefferd, Marie Rayma

4:30-5:00 p.m.        Shawna Coronado, Jeanine Davis, Shawn & Beth Dougherty, Howard Garrett, Tim Krahn, Rhonda Sherman, Jeffrey Yago

6:00-6:30 p.m.        Kimberlee Bastien, Jessi Bloom, Ira Wallace, Leah Webb


11:00-11:30 a.m.    Albert Bates, Jessi Bloom, Meredith Leigh, Deborah Niemann, Leah Webb, Lisa Ziegler

12:30-1:00 p.m.      Andrea Chesman, Leah Penniman

3:00-3:30 p.m.        Howard Garrett, Maria Noel Groves, Claudia Lucero, John Moody, Kirsten Shockey, Dale Strickler

4:30-5:00 p.m.      Shawna Coronado, Tradd Cotter


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