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Mother Earth News Fair

Bringing the Magazine to Life!

Albany, Ore.


Speaker Spotlight

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

Jessi Bloom N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes

Weeds and Water: Wisdom for resiliency

Jessi Bloom lifts folks’ ecological literacy and makes life living on the land easier. She covers two of the most important elements in land management and shares useful permaculture tools and solutions to increase your resiliency. Gain a better understanding of how to effectively manage water on your land, and also learn easy peasy organic solutions to weed management.

Speaker Bio

Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. She owns N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, based near Seattle, which is known as an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction, and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies and industry organizations, and makes headlines in national media. She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, which is full of functional gardens and rescue animals. Books by This Speaker: Free-Range Chicken Gardens, Practical Permaculture

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Kirsten K. and Christopher Shockey Storey Publishing

Fiery Ferments

Fermentation is a hot topic, from health to flavor. Americans are looking to bold flavors and spicy foods are heating up our meals, from kimchi to Sriracha. What do both of these flavors have in common? Lactic acid fermentation! This session teaches folks to create their own spicy condiments; it focuses on fermenting peppers both hot and sweet. Attendees taste unique fermentation as well as have the opportunity to watch and participate in the process of creating these unimagined healthy hot flavors.

Real Food | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Speaker Bio

Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey got their start in fermenting foods with their farmstead food company, where they created more than 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Their current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops at their farm. Kirsten blogs at They live on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon.

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Richo Cech Strictly Medicinal, LLC

Zero Medicine Miles: Herbal trees and plants on the diverse landscape

Microsite planting on the herbal homestead produces medicines for family and community. Farm-direct sourcing of standard medicinal herbs like comfrey, goldenseal, hawthorn and tulsi is a reasonable goal. Medicinal leaves, barks, roots and fruits can be harvested and used in home health care. All of nature rejoices when we garden. This powerpoint pulls together many of the species Richo has found most helpful and long-lived on the herbal landscape.

Speaker Bio

Richo Cech started his professional work as an archaeologist and ethnobotanist in East Africa. Upon their return to the United States in 1978, he and his wife Mayche began cultivating and saving the seed of medicinal plants. Over the years, their gardens have become the basis for Strictly Medicinal Seeds, growers of organic, open pollinated and GMO-free seed and plants of medicinal herbs, culinary herbs, succulents, trees and garden vegetables. The Cech family produces a popular, bi-yearly, hand-illustrated seed catalog that provides access to this collection of common, quirky, eclectic, and bizarre seeds and plants. Richo has botanized in China and Africa, resulting in the introduction of unusual and helpful medicinal herb species to gardeners throughout the world.

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Discover more interactive programming than ever before! You will have an opportunity to preserve and make food from scratch, test garden tools, weave fiber, make tinctures, press cider, 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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Off-Stage 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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Wristband Passes

The MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR now has four great ways to enjoy our events! With each wristband pass, attendees will gain access to the nation’s premier sustainable lifestyle event, packed with over 300 vendors and 150 hands-on workshops at each location! Order single day or weekend wristbands early and save with our pre-order special! Order your tickets today and see MOTHER EARTH NEWS come to life!

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Linn County Expo Center
3700 Knox Butte Rd. E
Albany, Ore. 97322

From Eugene:
Take I-5 N. to Albany, getting off at exit 234. Turn right onto Knox Butte Road E. Take another right onto Expo Parkway NE. Continue to the Expo parking lot.

From Portland:
Take I-5 S to Airport Road SE in Albany. From I-5 S, take exit 234A. Merge onto Airport Road SE. Turn right onto Pacific Boulevard SE. Keep right to continue on Knox Butte Road E. Turn right onto Expo Parkway NE. Continue to the Expo parking lot.

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Holiday Inn Express
105 Opal Court NE
Albany, OR 97322
Phone: 541-928-8820

Comfort Suites
100 Opal Court NE
Albany, OR 97322
Phone: 541-928-2053

Best Western Plus Prairie Inn
1100 Price Rd. SE
Albany, OR 97322
Phone: 541-928-5050

Phoenix Inn Suites
3410 Spicer Dr. SE
Albany, OR 97322
Phone: 541-926-5696

Linn County Expo – on site RV Parking
3700 Knox Butte Rd. East
Albany, OR 97322
Phone: 541-926-4314

33775 Oakville Rd. South
Albany, OR 97321
Phone: 800-562-8526