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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

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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Meredith Leigh New Society Publishers

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.

Speaker Bio

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 Handbook

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Alan Muskat New Society Publishers

Wild Food: “Find dining” for free

Ready to go wild? Join the founder of No Taste Like Home, the country’s only “forage-to-table” tour company, as he uncovers the Garden of Eden all around us. We’ll meet ten wild edibles you can find in your own woods or backyard.

Wild food is the ultimate local, natural food. Ideal for people and the planet, it is more healthful, sustainable and flavorful than its garden-variety descendants. And you can’t beat the prices.

Discover how easy it is to “take in the landscape.” Simply go “out to eat” and take your pick!

Speaker Bio

Alan Muskat, philosoforager, stand-up mycomedian, and epicure of the obscure, has been taking people “out to eat” for more than 20 years. He founded No Taste Like Home, one of the first forage-to-table tour companies in the country (and one of the first wild foods public education programs on the continent).

Author of Wild Mushrooms: A Taste of Enchantment, Muskat has taught self-catering to a number of executives and other notables and has popped up in a variety of major media. He’s even been invited to appear on America’s Got Talent. Ardently urging the masses to sample rather than trample the toadstools, Muskat asks, “What do you have to lose? Whatever doesn’t kill you only makes you famous.”

Muskat really knows how to pick ’em. For close to two decades, he sold hundreds of pounds of wild foods a year to more than 75 restaurants and hotels, including The Biltmore Estate, Lantern, and The Grove Park Inn. On the 13th anniversary of 9/11, he spoke at the U.S. Botanic Garden on home/land security. He serves on the North Carolina Wild Mushroom Safety Advisory Committee. The creator of GMO OMG is filming his next documentary about his work.

In 2007, Muskat co-founded The REAL Center, a school for relationship skills and natural living. Wild foods, Muskat says, are a way of feeling at home in the world, knowing that we are continually provided for and never alone. Finally, his mother would like you to know that he graduated from Princeton.

With humor, warmheartedness, and panache, Woodsy Alan awakens nature’s wayward children to the beauty and bounty of their bioregion. Ask anyone who knows The Mushroom Man: when it comes to bringing out the fun in fungi, he’s the champignon.

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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!

New in 2018!

Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills. PLUS you take what you make! Learn how to make kimchi, face cream, mayonnaise, bath bombs and more! Hands-on workshops are taught by your favorite FAIR speakers like Rosemary Gladstar, Tradd Cotter, and Meredith Leigh! Space is limited, get your passes today.
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Aquaponics 101 – Friday, April 27, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

What does it take to build a sustainable Aquaponics system? Learn the science, management, and operation of this age-old farming method that can be used anywhere! With this self-contained mini-ecosystem, you can provide fresh fish and produce year round for you and your family. How to choose the best fish species, avoiding common mistakes, proper system construction, and more will be covered during this day-long intensive workshop with Lucky Clays Fresh.
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Homestead Planning with The Ploughshare Institute – Saturday, April 28, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This workshop will empower you to begin the design and planning process, providing you with a clear road map that will help you reach your destination of a successful homestead. Ploughshare instructor Butch Tindell will also “cut through the weeds” of the almost innumerable options and information, books and internet data to help you find the best and most helpful resources. Finally, to inspire and encourage, Butch will illustrate examples of vibrant, thriving homesteads.
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Hemp Intensive – Saturday, April 28, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is excited to bring together regional hemp experts Blake Butler, Frances Tacy, and Brad Todd for an intensive workshop for those looking to start a hemp business! This session will include in-depth information on the legality, growing, and processing of hemp plants. Get all of the tips and tricks you need to start your hemp business on the right foot!
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The Power of Poultry – Sunday, April 29, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Now that you have a coop and are comfortable with raising chickens maybe you are thinking of making the leap to become a breeder or maybe you just want to learn what it takes to go there? In this interactive session, you will learn the common sense basics of setting up for a breeder flock and how to make good breeding decisions for creating birds that meet breed standard while producing better meat and eggs in the process. Over time, you can make great improvements to your flock, which will translate to healthier, more productive, and ultimately more valuable birds.
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In-Booth Demonstrations

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!

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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