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Friday, July 17: 9:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 18: 9:00 – 5:00 p.m.

the ultimate event for homesteaders!

The MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR team could not be more thrilled to collaborate with the Salatin family on this one-of-a-kind adventure! The FAIR at Polyface Farm will take place July 17-18, 2020. (That’s a Friday/Saturday, by the way.)

The FAIR at Polyface Farm will featurea a mix of traditional “staged” workshop areas combined with “Points of Interest” around the farm. Attendees can expect NEW workshops from both first time and returning speaker-authors as well as unique interactions with active farm operations helmed by Polyface’s legion of interns and apprentices. This is your chance to experience live chicken processing, learn about the carbon shed, view egg mobiles, and discover Polyface Farm exclusives like Rakens (rabbit/chicken hutches) and the “Millennium Feathernet”—Plus so much more!

about polyface Farm

In 1961, William and Lucille Salatin moved their young family to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, purchasing the most worn-out, eroded, abused farm in the area near Staunton. Using nature as a pattern, they and their children began the healing and innovation that now supports three generations.

Disregarding conventional wisdom, the Salatins planted trees, built huge compost piles, dug ponds, moved cows daily with portable electric fencing, and invented portable sheltering systems to produce all their animals on perennial prairie polycultures.

Today the farm arguably represents America’s premier non-industrial food production oasis. Believing that the Creator’s design is still the best pattern for the biological world, the Salatin family invites like-minded folks to join in the farm’s mission: to develop emotionally, economically, environmentally enhancing agricultural enterprises and facilitate their duplication throughout the world.

Meet some of our past 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!

Temple Grandin
Animal Husbandry

Dennis Biswell
Modern Homesteading

Leah Webb
Real Food

Uncle Mud
Natural Building

Gianaclis Caldwell
Real Food

Ira Wallace
Organic Gardening

Joel Salatin
Sustainable Agriculture

Crystal Stevens
Organic Gardening

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!

 

A few of our past workshops

Basic Homestead Knot Tying
with Matt Stephens

Bind it tight, bundle it up, and keep it secure. Matt Stephens shows what knots to use and where to use them.

How to Grow and Use Lavender for Health and Beauty
with Janice Cox

Learn how to start a new plant from cuttings, air-dry flowers for year-round use, and create your own DIY body care products that can be used for hair care, skin care, and in the bath. Janice Cox shares tips, recipes, and herbal craft ideas.

Brewing Beer for the Modern Homesteader
with Jereme Zimmerman

Jereme Zimmerman discusses the simplicity of brewing beer using a basic beer-brewing kit that can be purchased from any homebrew shop, or even with equipment and ingredients you may very well already have in your kitchen.

From No-Knead to Sourdough
with Victoria Redhed Miller

Making your own bread is easier than you might think, once you find your comfort zone and try it!

Planning Your First Homestead
with Kimberlee Bastien

Planning your first homestead can be overwhelming. How do you get started? Where do you find land? What skills should you learn? How can you afford to homestead?

Seed Starting Troubleshooting
with Lisa Ziegler

Bring your seed starting questions and troubles for Lisa Ziegler to answer!

Take Your Skills to the Next Level

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 sourdough starter, learn expert off-grid power techniques, explore DIY fermentation processes for homemade kombucha and miso, and more!

 

hands-on schedule
available march 15, 2020

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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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Find Your Way

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

View the Texas FAIR Map

 

fair passes on sale THE WEEK OF Nov. 18, 2019!

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DIRECTIONS

Bell County Expo Center
301 W Loop 121
Belton, Texas 76513

From Austin:

Get on I-35 N/US-290 E from E 5th St/Pine St and N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd. Follow I-35 N to Interstate 35 Frontage Rd/S Interstate Hwy 35 in Belton. Take the S Interstate Hwy 35 exit from I-35 N. Continue on Interstate 35 Frontage Rd/S Interstate Hwy 35 to your destination.

From Waco:

Get on I-35 S from N 18th St. Follow I-35 S to Interstate 35 Frontage Rd/S Main St in Belton. Take exit 292 from I-35 S. Continue on Interstate 35 Frontage Rd/S Main St to your destination.

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A note About CAMPING

Camping will not be permitted in any form (primitive or RV) at Polyface Farm during the Mother Earth News Fair. No vehicles may remain overnight on the property. If you are interested in camping while attending this event there are several campgrounds located within one hour from Polyface Farm. 

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!

texas fair book signing schedule

 

Saturday

11:00-11:30 a.m.     Tradd Cotter, Victoria Redhed Miller

12:30-1:00 p.m.       Janice Cox, Hannah Crum, Deek Diedricksen, Frank Hyman, Lisa Ziegler

3:00-3:30 p.m.         Howard Garrett, Kirsten Shockey

4:30-5:00 p.m.         Kimberlee Bastien, Shawna Coronado, Callene & Eric Rapp, Ira Wallace, Jeffrey Yago, Jereme Zimmerman

6:00-6:30 p.m.         Gianaclis Caldwell, Howard Garrett, Joel Salatin

Sunday

11:00-11:30 a.m.     Gary Collins, Joanne Olszewski, Dale Strickler

12:30-1:00 p.m.       Rob Avis, Darrell Frey, Marie Rayma, Jereme Zimmerman

3:00-3:30 p.m.         Nicole Telkes

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