The Mother Earth News Fair makes its Southeastern debut at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Asheville on April 12 & 13, 2014, with workshops, demonstrations and vendors covering the gamut of sustainable living. The fair began in 2010 as a way to bring Mother Earth News magazine, the country’s largest and longest-running publication on sustainable living, to life. Go to more than 200 hands-on workshops and demonstrations from experts on preparing and preserving food, organic gardening, homesteading, renewable energy, green building and remodeling, small-scale livestock, green transportation, natural health, and related topics. See 300 artisans and vendors with goods ranging from locally made crafts and foods to solar energy systems and outdoor power equipment. Also enjoy livestock and craft demonstrations, artisan food tastings and local and organic food offerings.
Select keynote speakers include Sylvia Bernstein, aquaponics expert; Sherri Brooks Vinton, food preservation expert; Jere Gettle, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds founder; Sandor Katz, fermented foods ‘revivalist’; Joel Salatin, organic farmer, author and owner of Polyface Farms; and Stephanie Tourles, herbalist and licensed holistic aesthetician.
The fair hosts several off-stage demonstrations including:
- logging with horses and constructing a tiny home (Booth 6505, stall F-40, south arena)
- herding with dogs (show arena; ongoing)
- blacksmithing, broom making, weaving, spinning and dyeing, and chair making (Booth 6024, ongoing)
- carding and spinning wool (Stalls F-6 and F-7; ongoing)
- creating fun, healthy meals even picky eaters will love (Booth 1800; ongoing)
- companion planting from seed (Booths 1200 and 1300; Noon to 1 p.m.; ongoing for informal advice)
- making mead (Booths 1400 and 1500; ongoing)
- goat milking (Stall F-12; 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. daily)
- growing and using herbs, and saving herb seeds (Booths 7010-7015; ongoing)
- building solar panels and LED grow lights (Booths 1400 and 1500; ongoing)
- throwing and hand-building pottery (Booth 5138; ongoing)
- traditional broom making (Booths 5033 and 5034; ongoing)
- making healthy, herbal no-bake cookies (Booth 2712; ongoing)
Saturday, April 12: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 13: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road Fletcher, NC 28732
Weekend pass – Pre-ordered: $25 / At the gate: $30
Single-day pass – Pre-ordered: $20 / At the gate: $25
Children 17 and under get in FREE
Tickets are available: Online, by calling 800-234-3368, and at the gate. Read more about the WNC Agricultural Center.