Going to the Mother Earth News Fair!
Ed Begley Jr. and others.
Happy Seed Choices!
Building a cob oven.
Seed Vendor's Booth
Last year I went to my first Mother Earth News Fair. I am always striving to live in a way that is sustainable and doesn’t trash the planet; however, it is a learning process, or I should say a relearning process. Even though I have spent a lifetime gardening organically, I learned several new ways to tweak my lifestyle, and get me closer to my sustainability goals. I was also able to support businesses that provide products that don’t poison or pollute our world, and help customers live more sustainably.
These days with GMO-laced foods, pesticides, inhumane treatment of animals for food, it is becoming more important to find alternatives to big agribusinesses who are farming for profit and not for the well-being of our bodies or the environment. Mother Earth News Fair has everything under one roof to help us find information, teach us new ways, and introduce products that help our bodies stay healthy, such as nutritional food alternatives to growing our own, or connecting with those who farm holistically.
Both days of the fair has an exciting line-up of keynote speakers and topics such as Barbara Damrosch’s Feasting from Your Four Season Garden, to Ed Begley’s Live Simply So That Others Can Simply Live. You could spend the whole weekend listening to talks that cover organic gardening, raising chickens, and bee keeping. I even noticed a talk called “Make a Max 100-mpg Sports Car!” I wonder, does the car have enough room to haul plants and sacks of potting soil?
With the wide variety of workshops and demonstrations available, there is something for every member of the family! You can learn how to hand-milk a dairy goat or make a wood-fired oven out of dirt. You can play 19th century games, create a beautiful craft, or get muddy while building with the ultimate DIY building material—mud. One demonstration I am very interested in is the stock dog herding demonstration. Having an Australian shepherd myself, I love watching these highly intelligent herding dogs do what they are bred for. I’m still trying to teach my dog how to herd plants from their pots into the ground. He already knows how to dig.
The Organic Gardening Stage is my personal favorite. Northwest writer Lorene Edwards Forkner—editor of Pacific Horticulture magazine and book author—will be talking about gardeners who are creating innovative landscapes that provide beautiful places for wildlife and humans to cohabitate in harmony. On the Seed Stage, Dan Bussey—who started the Seed Savers Exchange—will teach you how to graft and grow your own apples. If you don’t know how to compost, there’s a workshop that shows you how to rot your own kitchen and garden wastes. How rotten can you get?
Last, and certainly not least, the exhibitors will show you many new and excitng products to help in your quest for living sustainably! I am certainly looking forward to another great Mother Earth News Fair experience!
Mother Earth News Fair Information—a complete list of workshops, speakers, schedules, maps of the Fair, and directions to the Fairgrounds.
Weekend Pass $35.00
One-day Pass $25.00
Saturday, June 1: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. / S
Sunday, June 2: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
110 Ninth Ave. SW
Puyallup, WA 98371