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Mother Earth News Fair

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Belton, Texas


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

Speaker Spotlight

Howard Garrett Dirt Doctor

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.

Speaker Bio

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 Manual

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Jill Nussinow The Veggie Queen

Sustainable Eating with a Pressure Cooker for Personal and Planetary Health

Jill Nussinow shows how quickly and easily you can cook food with the modern pressure cooker. You save time, money, and energy (both yours and the planet’s). Only solar cooking saves more energy than pressure cooking. Learn what you can cook and get some tasty samples, too.

Speaker Bio

Jill Nussinow (the “Veggie Queen”) is a registered dietitian and culinary educator who has been teaching plant-based, whole foods cooking for almost 30 years at Santa Rosa Junior College and elsewhere throughout the United States and beyond. She is the author of four cookbooks: Vegan Under PressureThe New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less Than 30 MinutesNutrition CHAMPS: The Veggie Queen’s Guide to Eating and Cooking for Optimum Health, Happiness, Energy and Vitality and The Veggie Queen: Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment. She also stars in the DVDs Pressure Cooking, a Fresh Look: Delicious Dishes in Minutes and Creative Low-fat Vegan Cuisine. Nussinow is a fellow of The Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy. She frequents local farmers markets, mushroom hunting and teaching fermentation classes. She has taught thousands of people how to successfully pressure cook over the past 20 years. Her goal is to see everyone leading a healthy, happy life through better eating and cooking. She loves to share the passion and joy of eating plants that will help save the planet. Her website is www.TheVeggieQueen.comBooks by this Speaker: The New Fast Food

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Matt Stephens Matt Stephens

Systematic Sustainability: One step at a time to a better life

Proven, time-tested systems yield dependable results. Matt Stephens shows how it is easier to follow a 1, 2, 3-step process to achieve sustainability then it is to make it up as you go. By using a system, people can have clear expectations both in time and production. Learn how evaluation allows for achievable goals, calculated growth, and measurable gains, because people are more successful with a process.

Speaker Bio

Matt Stephens was first introduced to feral hogs in 1996. Since then he has been working with land owners to manage feral hog populations in Bell, Coryell and Lubbock counties. Born and raised in Temple, he provides local knowledge for central Texas and beyond. Stephens has worked in the past as a teacher from elementary to the commercial college levels. This experience has given him the ability to communicate at all levels with a fun, hands-on style.

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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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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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Holiday Inn Temple-Belton
5247 S. General Bruce Dr.
Temple, TX, 76502
Phone: (254) 778-5511

Fairfield Inn & Suites Temple Belton
1402 SW H.K. Dodgen Loop
Temple, TX 76504
Phone: 254-771-3030 or 1-888-236-2427

Hilton Garden Inn Temple
1749 Scott Boulevard
Temple, Texas
Phone: 254-773-0200

Cicada Springs RV Park
3002 Shady Dr.
Killeen, Texas
Phone: 1-254-699-2924

Holiday Inn Express
1991 North Stagecoach Rd.
Salado, Texas
Phone: 1-254-947-4004

La Quinta Inns & Suites
229 West Loop 121
Belton, Texas
Phone: 1-254-939-2772

Residence Inn
4301 South General Bruce Dr.
Temple, Texas
Phone: 1-254-773-8400

Super 8
5505 South General Bruce Dr.
Temple, Texas
Phone: 1-254-778-0962

Holiday Inn Express and Suites
2609 S 39th Street
Temple, TX 76504
Phone: 1-254-773-5500

Bell County Fair Grounds – Limited RV Parking
301 West Loop 121
Belton, Texas
Phone: 1-254-933-5353

Belton RV Park – RV Spaces and Lodges
2905 South IH-35
Belton, Texas
Phone: 1-254-939-1961

River Forest Inn
1414 E. 6th Ave
Belton, Texas
Phone: 1-254-939-5711 or 1-877-501-0782

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