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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 feature 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 2020 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!

Diana Rodgers
Sustainable Agriculture

Keith Arkenberg
Sustainable Agriculture

Kent Rollins
Real Foods

Joel Salatin
Modern Homesteading

Dan Kittredge
Sustainable Agriculture

Sally Fallon Morrell
Natural Health

Darren J. Doherty
Sustainable Agriculture

Dick Cheatham
Nature and Community

Listen to music from Rory Feek on FRIDAY NIGHT!

Rory Feek

Rory Feek will perform at Polyface Farm on Friday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m.

Rory and his 6-year-old daughter, Indiana, live an hour south of Nashville on a historic farm, where she attends a one-room schoolhouse with a dozen other children. A true renaissance man, Rory’s known as one of Nashville’s premier songwriters, entrepreneurs, and out-of-the-box thinkers. He’s a world-class storyteller who crosses all creative mediums from music and film to books and internet.

As a songwriter, Rory’s written multiple No. 1, songs including “Some Beach” by Blake Shelton and “Little More Country Than That” by Easton Corbin, and he’s had dozens of other songs he’s written recorded by Kenny Chesney, Randy Travis, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Waylon Jennings, and many others.

With his late wife, Joey, Rory performed in the Grammy award-winning country-music duo Joey+Rory. Together, they toured the world, sold nearly a million records, and had their own weekly hit television show. Their last album, “Hymns That Are Important to Us,” sold more than a half-million copies in 2016.

Rory also shares his heart and story with the world in real-time through his Facebook page. The love story of he and his wife Joey, her battle and loss to cancer in 2016, and his vignettes of unwavering faith and hope in the face of tragedy inspire millions of readers who follow along with each post.

Rory recently signed on as the chief creative officer for the television cable network RFD-TV. He also writes, shoots, and edits his new television docuseries “This Life I Live.” Since premiering in March, it’s been bringing his life on his Tennessee farm to the network every Sunday night.

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!

Getting a Feel for Goats
with Gianaclis Caldwell

Learn an essential health assessment for all goat owners: how to gauge body condition, and confirm by feeling and looking at the animals..

Camp Skills from Your Homestead to the Backwoods That May Just Save Your Life!
with Matt Stephens

A homesteader’s way of life is all about developing skills, and adapting them to different situations can keep us alive. Take a journey from the farm into the backcountry in this workshop.

GROW UP! Elevate Your Garden Beds and Stop Being a Pain in Your Own Neck
Shawna Coronado

Learn how to grow a large volume of annual flowers, perennial plants, vegetables and herbs, and even succulents, all in a smaller space and while reducing stress on your joints and body.



Our hands-on and extended workshops are 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 hand-spinning techniques, explore DIY fermentation with miso, and more!

Learn More Get your passeshands-on WORKSHOPS AT POLYFACE FARM will be
available may 15, 2020

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.

View the Texas Exhibitor and Sponsor List

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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 Polyface Farm FAIR Map



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.

Get Directions Using Google Maps

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



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


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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