Mother Earth News Fair- Coming February 2016

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The Mother Earth News Fair is coming to Central Texas, so mark your calendars, guys! I’ll be attending the Belton dates February 20 & 21! The fair will hold over 150 workshops, with many informative demonstrations and lectures & dozens of regional and national vendors that feature sustainable lifestyle products and services, including: books, tools, seeds, tractors, organic foods, clothes, solar gadgets and more!

Being an avid reader of  Mother Earth News magazine,and aspiring herbalist and aromatherapist, you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be there to catch Rosemary Gladstar’s presentations as well as many other well known keynote speakers! Also note that there are plenty of fun events for the kids to enjoy as well!

Here is a breakdown of the fair events:

Saturday

Stage Name 10:00-11:00 a.m. 11:30-12:30 p.m. 1:00-2:00 p.m. 2:30-3:30 p.m. 4:00-5:00 p.m. 5:30-6:30 p.m.
MOTHER EARTH NEWSStage
Can the Sweet Corn
Hank Will
30-Minute Farmers’ Cheese Flavored with Herbs and Edible Flowers
Claudia Lucero
Herbs for Family Health
Rosemary Gladstar
Natural Organic Living and Growing
Howard Garrett
Top 10 Homestead Hacks for Beginners
Jessi Bloom
Extending the Season at Both Ends
Eliot Coleman
The Livestock Conservancy Stage
Heritage Hogwash
Jeannette Beranger
Heritage Texas Longhorns: A sustainable choice for beauty and profit
Debbie Davis
Backyard Chickens 101, for Families
Melissa Caughey
Poultry Nutrition for New Flock Owners
Dr. Patrick Biggs
Top Five Herbs to Maintain and Restore Livestock (and Human!) Health
Elizabeth Rich
How to Build a Better Chicken
Jeannette Beranger
Modern Homesteading Stage
Gardening with Chickens
Melissa Caughey
All About Canning
Andrea Chesman
From Seed to Garment
Cindy Conner
What Does It Take to Get Started in Beekeeping?
Shane Gebauer
Home Poultry Processing: The art and science of micro-scale meat bird processing … using tools you already have
Patricia Foreman
You Survived Winter, Now What?
Kim Flottum
MOTHER EARTH LIVINGStage
Mushroom Cultivation in Southeastern Climates
Tradd Cotter
Garlic and Natures Antibiotics
David Christopher
Kombucha and the Human Microbiome
Hannah Crum
Home Health Care for Your Thyroid
Dawn Combs
Herbs for Longevity and Well-Being: Adaptogenic and tonic herbs
Rosemary Gladstar
Tips for Therapeutic Gardening with Less Pain
Shawna Coronado
Organic Gardening Stage
Guinea-keeping for Organic Pest Control
Cindy Gibson
New Frontiers in Organic Gardening
Barbara Pleasant
Mycoremediation and Recycling and Composting of Home and Farm Waste Using Mushrooms
Tradd Cotter
Growing Great Garlic and Perennial Onions
Ira Wallace
Indoor Forest Gardening
Jerome Osentowski
Carbon-Smart Farming for Soil Regeneration
David Yarrow
The Ploughshare Institute Stage
Bread Making
Melissa Yantis
A Sustainable Life
Butch Tindell
Food Sustainability: Genetically modified versus heirloom seeds
Randy and Terri Brim
An Introduction to Sustainable Poultry
Joe Claborn
Sustainable Gardening
Jacob Klingensmith
Soap Making
Robin Wilson
Real Food Stage
Preserving Your Harvest Through Fermentation: From A to Z
Kirsten K. Shockey
Whole Hog Butchery
Meredith Leigh
Dairy Fermentation
David Asher
Rendering and Cooking with Animal Fats
Andrea Chesman
Natural Cheesemaking
David Asher
Introduction to Charcuterie
Meredith Leigh
Renewable Energy Stage
Safe and Sound Rainwater Harvesting: What to do about bird poop on your roof
Scott Shaffer
Free Cooling for Life
Dan Chiras
Build Your Own Electric Car
Ben Nelson
Have Charcoal … Will Mow
Alex Taylor
Creative Housing from Dirt and Junk
Chris McClellan
Is Solar Electricity Right for You?
Dan Chiras
Seed Stage
The Soil System: A geological perspective
John Slack
Growing and Preserving Unusual Fruits
John Holzwart
The Scoop on Poop
Dan Chiras
Finding the Perfect Beeyard
Kim Flottum
Cover Crops, Soil Health and Sustainable Agriculture
Pat Riese
Planning for Cover Crops in Your Garden Rotation
Cindy Conner
Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage
Keeping the Chicken Wheel Turning: Creating self-sustaining systems
Jenni Blackmore
Tractor Maintenance and Attachment Options
Ben Housch
Aquaponics 101 and Future Trends
Meg Stout
Tools for the Homestead: A forged knife
Caleb Nolen
Building your Brand: Selling yourself and your products
Ryan Walker
Pond Management Dynamics
Kenneth Rust
Kids’ Treehouse Stage
Smoothies and Seed Starting
Emily Lesiak
Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud
Chris McClellan
Kids Can Pickle Too!
Kirsten K. Shockey
DIY Chicken Bookmarks
Melissa Caughey
Cheese Bites from the Garden
Claudia Lucero
The DIY Dad’s Backyard Projects
Ben Nelson

 

Stage Name 10:00-11:00 a.m. 11:30-12:30 p.m. 1:00-2:00 p.m. 2:30-3:30 p.m. 4:00-5:00 p.m.
MOTHER EARTH NEWSStage
Live Poultry Processing Demo
David Schafer and Joel Salatin
STARTS AT 9:30 a.m.
Are Old Hand Tools Still Relevant for the Modern Homestead?
Cody aka Wranglerstar
How to Grow 35 to 40 Organic Plants Within a 2-Square-Foot Garden
Shawna Coronado
Achieving Complete Self-Sufficiency
Dan Chiras
10 Threads That Successful Startup Farms Knit Together
Joel Salatin
The Livestock Conservancy Stage
The Cattle Call: Learning the ropes
Ryan Walker
Troubleshooting Poultry Health
Jeff Mattocks and Susan Beal
Introduction to Pastured Poultry
Grady Phelan and Mike Badger
Selling Pastured Poultry: Beyond farmers markets
Terrell Spencer
Poultry Unplugged: Free-ranging poultry just about anywhere
Victoria Miller
Modern Homesteading Stage
Medicinal Mushrooms: Cultivation, extractions and product development
Tradd Cotter
Keeping Honey Bees Alive
Shane Gebauer
Craft Distilling: Making liquor legally at home
Victoria Miller
Mastering Vegetable Fermentation for Fun, Flavor and Health
Kirsten K. Shockey
Grassroots Activism 101: Making your voice heard
Judith McGeary
MOTHER EARTH LIVINGStage
Essential Oils for Health and Well-Being
Connie Jacoby
How to Heal Local
Dawn Combs
Chasing the Blues Away: Herbs for depression, anxiety and stress
Rosemary Gladstar
How to Posture Your Reaction
Laura Guccione
Herbs for Mental Health
David Christopher
Organic Gardening Stage
Carbon Gardening: How to mimic nature’s best food ecosystems
Heather Rinaldi
Organic Gardening for Newbies: Avoiding beginner mistakes
Barbara Pleasant
Year-Round Bounty for the Home Garden
Ira Wallace
Creating Fertile Places in Barren Spaces
Jenni Blackmore
Seed Libraries and Other Seed Share Initiatives
Cindy Conner
The Ploughshare Institute Stage
Sourdough Bread Making
Theresa Glueck
Pest Control for the Garden and Farm
Butch Tindell
Soil Restoration and Composting
Jacob Klingensmith
Purifying Water Using Sustainable Methods
Pat Chesney
Poultry Housing, Feeders and Waterers
Matthew Pressly
Real Food Stage
Kimchi: Making it and cooking with it
Andrea Chesman
Butchering and Deboning a Whole Chicken
Meredith Leigh
Kombucha Demo Workshop
Hannah Crum
Sweet Preserves and Water Bath Canning 101
Kate Payne
Dairy-Free Mozzarella and Fondue
Claudia Lucero
Renewable Energy Stage
Chinese Greenhouses: The intelligent choice for year-round production
Dan Chiras
Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle
Ben Nelson
Off-Grid Aquaponics
Dan Chiras
Rocket Mass Heaters
Chris McClellan
Loop the Lake: A DIY electric motorcycle adventure
Ben Nelson
Seed Stage
Edible Landscaping: Perennial food crops for your yard
John Holzwart
Permaculture for the Rest of Us
Jenni Blackmore
Simple Small-Scale Tools
Eliot Coleman
Carbon-Smart Farming for Soil Regeneration
David Yarrow
Outdoor Forest Gardening
Jerome Osentowski
Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage
Local Food and Farming Laws
Judith McGeary
Taking Care of Business: Business law for farmers, homesteaders and artisan food producers
Elizabeth Rich
Cooperative Marketing
Cody Hopkins
Perma-What? How You Can Create Your Own Paradise Homestead with Permaculture
Jessi Bloom
Saving Your Homestead, Managing a Feral Hog Population
Matt Stephens
Kids’ Treehouse Stage
Chick ‘N Egg
Patricia Foreman
ReWild the Child!
Jessi Bloom
Fungi in the Classroom
Tradd Cotter
Cheesemaking for Little Cheese Eaters
David Asher

 

This fair is sponsored by some of my favorite brands such as Gaia herbs, Theo, Bob’s Red Mill,  my all -time favorite aromatherapy and herb supply, Rose Mountain Herbs, as well as many other wonderful companies!

Pre-order and save!

All pre-orders include a FREE bumper sticker and 25% coupon for the FAIR bookstore! Single day passes may be purchased at the gate for $25. Weekend passes may be purchased at the gate for $30.

But, for a limited time the single day passes are $15, and weekend passes are $20, plus shipping! (online)

Good news! Mother Earth News  has supplied us with a pair of tickets to giveaway to one lucky Lotus Be Barefoot reader and in addition to their generous offer, I’ve decided to giveaway a set of three Lotus Be Barefoot aromatherapy mists of your choice! The giveaway starts today, Thursday,  January 14 and ends Friday, February 5! So, how do you enter the giveaway? You actually have the opportunity to have your name entered 7 times!

  • Head over to Lotus Be Barefoot’s Facebook page, and let us know which fair events/demonstrations you are most excited about on the GIVEAWAY post! (2 entries)
  • Tell us which three aromatherapy mists you’d like should you win! ( 2 entries)
  • Share giveaway post on Lotus Be Barefoot  to your Facebook wall (3 entries)

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Winners will be chosen February 5, at 8 pm!

We hope to see you there, friends! Good luck! XOXO

Much love,

Brandi

 

 

 

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