Seven Springs, Pa.
With more than 150 workshops, there is no shortage of informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend.
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.
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.Order Your Passes Today! ×
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.
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.Order Your Passes Today! ×
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.
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 ManualOrder Your Passes Today! ×
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.
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.Order Your Passes Today! ×
Plant to Preserve
Wouldn’t it be great to eat from your garden every day of the year? Learn proven strategies for stocking your own homegrown pantry, from the ground up. Start by choosing easy-to-grow crops that store themselves, and then learn simple ways to preserve vegetables and fruits so they are welcome in the winter kitchen. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Contributing Editor Barbara Pleasant, award-winning author of Homegrown Pantry, shares dozens of tips and ideas to help you eat from your garden year-round.
Barbara Pleasant has practiced organic vegetable gardening for 30 years in gardens large and small. The author of numerous books (including Homegrown Pantry, Starter Vegetable Gardens, and The Complete Compost Gardening Guide) Pleasant earned a Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association for writing the popular Gardening Know-How column in MOTHER EARTH NEWS. Pleasant lives in Floyd, Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers, and where she keeps a small flock of chickens. Books by this Speaker: Garden Stone, The complete Houseplant Survival Manual, The Complete Compost Gardening Guide, Starter Vegetable GardensOrder Your Passes Today! ×
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.Check Out All Pennsylvania Exhibitors
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 Pennsylvania Off-Stage Demos
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Seven Springs Mountain Resort
777 Waterwheel Dr.
Seven Springs, Pa. 15622
Seven Springs is located approximately one hour’s drive southeast of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh International Airport is the nearest metropolitan airport.
From Exit 91, Donegal:
- Turn left off the exit ramp (Routes 711 and 31)
- After approximately 2 miles, turn right on Route 711
- Follow 711 for about 2 miles. Turn left at the Star Market in Champion
- Follow the signs to Seven Springs (approximately 8 miles) on the right
From Exit 110, Somerset:
- From the exit ramp, turn right at the second light
- Turn right on Route 31 West at the third traffic light
- After approximately 7 miles, turn left at Pioneer Park
- After approximately 4 miles, turn right at the first stop sign
- Seven Springs will be 5 miles ahead on the left
PLACES TO STAY
Hidden Valley Resort
1 Craighead Drive
Hidden Valley, PA, 15502
Days Inn Donegal
3620 Route 31
Donegal, PA 15628
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Donegal
3695 Route 31
Donegal, PA 15628
Log Cabin Lodge & Suites
Jones Mills, PA 15646
Pioneer Park Campgrounds
273 Trent Road
Somerset, PA 15501
Lost Mountain Campgrounds
195 Lost Mountain Lane
Rockwood, PA 15557