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Deltec Homes Deltec Homes has been the world leader in panelized high-performance structures ideal for residential or commercial use since 1968. Deltec carries an extensive line of designs from modest to high-end homes, and offers a builder-friendly, eco-friendly system that is wind-resistant, energy efficient and adaptable to any setting. In 2013, Deltec launched a line of net-zero homes called the Renew Collection. In styles ranging from contemporary to modern, and including some of our classic round designs, each home is optimized for net-zero energy use.
Ford   Building on more than a decade of experience with hybrid technologies, Ford Motor Company is creating the future of the electrified vehicle. Consumers can choose from three state-of-the-art electric technologies. Ford's six EVs provide a broad range of power options, to achieve high fuel-economy figures and exceptionally low CO2 emissions simultaneously.
Manna Pro Manna Pro® specializes in small hobby farms and homesteads where people have a close relationship with their animals. We support the initiative to live a more sustainable lifestyle and provide products and educational resources to help people care for and nurture the animals that help provide wholesome, sustainable food. Manna Pro strives to be a recognized leader by bringing innovation, high quality and excellent service to our consumers. Manna Pro. Nurturing Life. 
Mountain Rose Herbs   Supplying herbalists, crafters, foodies, and clinicians with exquisite quality bulk organic herbs, spices, teas, oils, and natural ingredients since 1987. Mountain Rose Herbs is known for an uncompromising commitment to organic agriculture and ethical trade, while pioneering sustainable business practices. We believe passionately that supporting organics, protecting wilderness, reducing environmental impact, and sharing the benefits of organic herbs is imperative to the health of our planet. Certified Organic, FairForLife, Earth Kosher, and Zero Waste.
Purina   Purina Animal Nutrition LLC is a national organization serving producers, animal owners and their families through more than 4,700 local cooperatives, independent dealers and other large retailers throughout the United States. Species served by Purina Animal Nutrition include both large animals – cattle, horses and swine – and small pets, including hamsters, gerbils and rabbits. Headquartered in Gray Summit, Mo., Purina Animal Nutrition is a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Yanmar   Yanmar, started in 1912, has from its very beginnings been dedicated to the small farmer. Our mission has always been to support and make easier the daily life of the rural farmer working in his fields. Today Yanmar is known for several product lines, including diesel engines, but our agricultural equipment is known as being among the best in the world. Yanmar tractors harness immense power with great efficiency making the daily routine of working on the land not only more manageable, but also more enjoyable.

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Agrilicious is at the heart of the food movement, providing an exciting way to participate in the local food experience, while expanding the family-to-farmer connection. A resource for all things local food (and gardening!) – individuals, families, farmers, restaurants, grocery and meal delivery services, distributers, educators and experts all come together through Agrilicious to share ideas, connect and make a difference! In June, don’t miss their online show “In Search of Food” featuring Joel Salatin!
Botanical Interests   Botanical Interests is a family-owned business founded in 1995. It offers more than 600 dependable varieties of certified untreated, non-GMO flowers, vegetables and herbs including many certified organic, heirloom, and responsibly produced hybrid seeds. Their goal is to inspire and educate so you can create beautiful and successful gardens. Their packets contain a wealth of information, inside and out. Seeds are available for purchase at independent garden centers, gourmet grocers and health food stores throughout the United States.
Brushy Mountain   Brushy Mountain Bee Farm was established in 1977. Since the beginning, we have served thousands of beekeepers across the country with the best beekeeping equipment in the industry. As a part of the beekeeping community, we are committed to manufacturing top-quality equipment, providing the best service and support, and are devoted to helping beekeepers succeed. This is the year to become a beekeeper, and Brushy Mountain Bee Farm is the source that will help you get started!
Earthineer   Earthineer is a social site for sustainable living: gardening, preserving and canning, seasonal cooking, beer and wine making, beekeeping, crafts, keeping livestock, homesteading, and everything in between. Whether you're an accomplished gardener, an orchardist, a small-scale farm, a homebrewer, or a beginner looking for advice, Earthineer is meant to connect you with people who share your interests. Features include: wall posts and news feed, messaging, photos, blogs, pinning, search and trading.
Envirolet   Envirolet® by Sancor waterless and low water composting toilets are an environmental & economical sanitation solution for your cottage, cabin, home, pool cabana, farm, yurt, basement, work shop & more. The modern Envirolet® FlushSmart series is the most advanced line of composting toilets available. Ideal for slab-level installations because it can flush up, down & around corners up to 70ft away using only 0.2L/flush. Converts waste to compost on site using Automatic Six-Way Aeration™ process. No plumbing or septic. Easy-to-install.
Gaia Herbs: Gaia Herbs is a certified organic grower and nationally branded manufacturer of Herbal Supplements based in western North Carolina. The company offers herb ingredient source information and test data validation through its groundbreaking, industry-first traceability platform called MeetYourHerbs®. Gaia Herbs’ line of all-natural herbal products is carried by independent health food retailers and co-ops, national and regional natural products retail chains, and healthcare professionals across the United States.
Ingles Markets   Ingles Markets - Stop by to meet local farmers and vendors that supply Ingles and sample their products: Moon Rabbit Gluten Free Baked Goods, MILKCO (Laura Lynn milk), Hickory Nut Gap Meats, Sunny Creek Sprout Farm, Biltmore Smoked Salmon(Seven Seas International), Sunburst Trout Farm, Roots Hummus, Shelton Family Farms Hydroponic Lettuce and Bee City USA.
John C   John C. Campbell Folk School still makes real bread, music, yarn, poetry, and friends. Since 1925 we have helped to preserve the traditions, tools, and techniques of Southern Appalachia, and have shared them with the world. We offer classes in over 50 subject areas including craft, music, cooking, gardening, and writing. Our non-competitive environment makes for a unique experience. Come enjoy making crafts and good friends on 300 natural, scenic acres in western North Carolina.
King Arthur Flour   King Arthur Flour is one of America’s best-selling flours, known by avid bakers for its consistent baking performance and lack of chemical additives. King Arthur Flour’s Baker’s Catalogue offers over 1,000 baking tools, ingredients, recipes, and mixes, found online and at The Baker’s Store in Norwich, Vt. The oldest flour company in America is also a baking resource offering on-site and traveling baking education programs. Employee-owned since 1996.
The Metal Ware Corporation is celebrating its 95th Anniversary as a privately held company in 2015. The same family has owned Metal Ware since the beginning. Their signature brands are Nesco, American Harvest and Open Country. Their heritage is inventing the electric roaster oven, but today the largest segment of their business is home food dehydration. They are the market share leaders in North America with the largest line up of dehydrators and accessories. Stop by their booth for some new ideas on how to use your dehydrator!
Agri-Fab Split Second Log Splitter Split Second Log Splitter is a product line manufactured by Agri-Fab® Incorporated, a Sullivan Illinois Company. Agri-Fab® is the leading manufacturer of lawn and garden tractor attachments in the US. Designed by our employees, who heat their homes with wood, the Split Second Log Splitter takes the time and back pain out of splitting. It is their focus to build quality and durability into the products we manufacture, each made with the very best components to ensure lasting performance.

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AgChoice Farm Credit   Interested in country living? AgChoice Farm Credit is all ears. AgChoice Farm Credit has money to lend for country homes, lots and land, construction, part-time farms, recreational properties, and woodland. They can also ensure you are prepared to use your property exactly as you intended by providing loans and leases for agricultural equipment and buildings. They are the rural lending experts and have the knowledge, experience and resources to help make your dreams a reality.
Blue Ridge Naturally   Blue Ridge Naturally™ highlights the superiority of botanical raw materials and quality natural products from the Blue Ridge Mountains region of North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Naturally™ seal lets customers know that ingredients have been reviewed, are traceable, safely made/grown, and tested, if necessary. Blue Ridge Naturally™ supports local companies crafting high-quality natural products and develops the Western North Carolina natural products industry. Blue Ridge Naturally™ is a program of the North Carolina Natural Products Association.
Bob's Red Mill   Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods, a distinctive Portland, Ore.-based stone grinding miller of whole grains, was founded in 1978 with the mission of moving people back to the basics with healthy whole grains, high-fiber and complex carbohydrates. The employee-owned company offers a diverse line of more than 400 all natural, organic and gluten-free flours, cereals, meals and mixes for pancakes, breads and soups that are available throughout the United States and the world.
Capital City Nissan  is specialized in selling fuel efficient, ultra-low emissions vehicles since 2004. They started selling LEA, a full electric vehicle in 2011. They were the first to offer a free public charging station in Topeka for all electric vehicles. Currently they have two of them installed at their location. Capital City Nissan service department has two EV master technicians on staff and keep fully stocked parts department to service their vehicles.
Central Boiler   Established in 1984, Central Boiler is North America’s largest manufacturer of quality outdoor furnaces. Central Boiler was the fi rst to develop and sell an outdoor wood furnace that met the EPA Hydronic Heater Program standards. Central Boiler technology allows homeowners to heat their homes safely and cost-eff ectively with wood that is carbon neutral. A Central Boiler outdoor wood furnace may reduce your carbon footprint by up to 50% compared to heating with fossil fuels.
Colorado Yurt Company   Affordable, durable and low-maintenance structures. Easy to set up. Easy to take down. Made in Colorado and shipped all over the world. Colorado Yurts, Earthworks Tipis and Cimarron Tents. Get out in one! Visit or give us a call toll free (800) 288-3190 for more information.

Cromwell Solar: For more than 30 years Cromwell Solar has offered custom engineered and professionally installed solar energy systems. Today, by partnering with another local, family-owned business (Mid-America Bank) they have developed and are now offering a completely unique no-money-down solar leasing option, the first ever in a state without big incentives. Cromwell Solar is engineer-/installer-owned and operated and always works to create the relationships that will ensure the success for next generation of family ownership.
Earth Tools Inc  is dedicated to providing agricultural-quality tools and equipment to small-scale farmers and homesteaders in North America. One of the few companies specializing in walk-behind tractors, Earth Tools was founded in 1993 by Joel Dufour as an outgrowth of his father’s business, which began selling walk-behind tractors in 1977. Also offered is a selection of the highest-quality hand gardening tools available. Earth Tools is 75% solar-powered, and uses sustainable practices throughout the company.
EnerHealth Botanicals formulates, manufactures, and distributes a full line of Certified organic, non-GMO, vegan health food supplements, herbal tinctures, and storable food. Our goal is to promote health, wellness, and consciousness to assist people in becoming more self-reliant.
EZ Animal   EZ Animal Products is the brainchild of inventor Buck Wheeler, who has created a variety of products to help backyard farmers and commercial operations alike. EZ Animal produces the Ultimate EZ and Udderly EZ milkers, as well as The Stableizer and Buck-A-Long horse training materials. Wheeler maintains close communications with customers to help them use the products to their fullest extent. EZ Animal is family-owned and all their products are made in America.
Farm Credit   The Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina are borrower-owned lending cooperatives. The mission of Farm Credit is to be a reliable source of credit for American agriculture and rural America by making loans to qualified borrowers at competitive rates and providing insurance and related financial services.

Frontier Farm Credit: Your dreams are worth pursuing. When you're ready, They'll Be There. Frontier Farm Credit, ACA, is a borrower-owned cooperative financial institution and member of the nearly 100 year-old Farm Credit System serving the eastern 41 counties of Kansas with offices in Manhattan, Marysville, Hiawatha, Emporia, Baldwin, and Parsons. The Association offers agricultural loans, rural home and building loans, leases, crop insurance, appraisal services, tax planning and preparation, recordkeeping, and payroll services. Side-By-Side. Season-By-Season.
Johnny's Selected Seeds   Johnny's Selected Seeds offers products that include vegetable seeds; medicinal and culinary herb seeds; flower seeds; cover crops, farm seed and pasture mixes; fruit plants and seeds; and high-quality, problem-solving tools and supplies. They ship throughout the United States as well as internationally. They carry sizes ranging from small to large, to suit the needs of home gardeners and small growers as well as retailers and wholesalers.
  Kapstone Farm is a family-owned, free ranging homestead in Rock Hill, South Carolina. From animal husbandry to gardening to agritourism, we offer a diversity of farm experiences and products to our local community. At the Fair this year, we will be featuring the Tower Garden - a state-of-the-art vertical aeroponic growing system from The Juice Plus+ Company. Tried and proven, it is designed to grow an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers at home – on your rooftop, terrace, porch or patio.
King Bio   King Bio is a homeopathic pharmaceutical company located in Asheville, N.C., that has been developing and distributing safe, natural medicines for 25 years. King Bio's founder and president, Dr. Frank King, has dedicated his life to creating effective, natural therapies that empower the whole person. His newest book, The Healing Revolution: Eight Essentials to Awaken Abundant Life, Naturally, offers a multidimensional lifestyle approach, empowering everyone to make life-giving choices and discover their amazing life potential.
Coconut Bliss   Everything we do at Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss comes from the heart. Our creamy, delicious coconut milk ice cream is prepared from the finest organic ingredients and every flavor is crafted with care. One taste of this dairy-free treat and you’ll know why we had to put Bliss in the name.
Hilary's Eat Well   Hilary’s Eat Well, a natural foods company distributed nationwide by Drink Eat Well, produces certified gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, corn-free, yeast-free, egg-free, nut-free, and non-GMO verified veggie burgers and bites. Based out of Lawrence, Kansas, the company uses only real-food ingredients like organic millet, organic vegetables, organic coconut oil and Redmond’s Real Salt. Its common allergen-free products include the World’s Best Veggie Burger, Adzuki Bean Burger, Hemp & Greens Burger, and Original Veggie Bites.
Klean Kanteen   Here at Klean Kanteen, we are committed to creating a more sustainable world by making reusable products more accessible for a wider range of uses. As the creators of the original stainless steel water bottle, we have always believed that everyone is capable of making a difference in the fight against single use! From festivals and fundraisers to clean ups and camp outs, our products are durable enough to go with you on every adventure.
Mockingbird Meadows   Mockingbird Meadows is a honey and herb farm using biodynamic principles to blur the line between food and medicine. With healing intent for our land, our bees and our customer, we craft chemical-free herbal health aides, bodycare and nationally recognized herbal infused honeys. We believe you should eat your medicine, not take it! Our delicious, easy-to-take raw honey spreads make that possible for everything from immunity to sleep issues to daily detox.
Pacific Yurts: The Pacific Yurt is a round recreational living structure that is easy to install, strong and comfortable year round. Custom options include French doors, insulation and much more. As the original designer and leading manufacturer, Pacific Yurts is committed to the highest standards for materials, craftsmanship and customer service and has maintained a steadfast commitment to sustainable business practices. Yurts provide a practical solution for many individual needs; from backyard studios to comfortable vacation getaways.
Premier   At, Premier 1 we have been providing electric fence, electric netting, sheep, goat and poultry supplies plus expert advice for almost 35 years! Speak with one of our consultants at the booth and pick up our informational Poultry, Equipment and Fencing magalogs.
Selina Naturally   How is Selina Naturally® Celtic Sea Salt® different than other sea salts? Precious micro elements are locked within the salt crystals as they are being formed in the ocean matrix, adding to the salt’s effectiveness as biological regulators of our body’s functions. Consistent personal inspection is done by owner Selina DeLangre. The company builds personal relationship with all suppliers, and produces a product that is hand-harvested, hand-packaged and kosher-certified. They always have up-to-date lab analysis, testing for heavy metals, radiation and mineral profile.
Shambala   Shambala Permaculture Farm and Nursery offers organically grown, chemical-free, sea mineral fortified produce, edible plants and trees, perennial vegetables, natives and herbs. Display gardens, farm animal tours, lawn art, specialty jams and more. Classes and workshops include an annual two-week permaculture design course in August, for holistic land use design and applications. We host special events and weddings for sustainable value. Let us help you implement permanent food in your yard. Consultations and installations available.
Sundance Power   Voted Western North Carolina’s No. 1 alternative energy company, Sundance Power Systems has been empowering people with solar since 1995. A recognized leader in the clean energy industry, the Sundance team brings experience and integrity to residential and commercial projects. Services include solar electric (off-grid, battery backup, and grid-tied systems) solar hot water, radiant floor heat, micro-hydro and wind energy.
Theo Chocolate   Since 2006, Theo Chocolate has been committed to responsibly sourcing and manufacturing the highest quality chocolate in the world. As the first and only bean to bar maker of organic, fair trade, fair for life, and non-GMO certified chocolate in North America, Theo is creating delicious products while working to improve livelihoods and protect the environment in farm and factory communities alike. Visit our website to find Theo Chocolate at a retailer near you.
Washington Tractor   Washington Tractor was established in November 2010, when three family-owned and family-operated John Deere dealers became one. As a result of their continued growth they have become the largest power equipment dealer in the state. This has enabled them to provide an enhanced product selection that includes John Deere, Honda and Stihl, as well as leverage their employee expertise and offer competitive pricing.

Media Sponsors

Backwoods Home   Backwoods Home Magazine is a bimonthly magazine written for people who have a desire to pursue personal independence and self-sufficiency. We offer “how-to” articles on owner-built housing, independent energy, gardening, health, self-employment, country living, and other topics related to an independent and self-reliant lifestyle.
Bee Culture   Bee Culture, the “magazine of American beekeeping,” is for beginning, sideline and commercial beekeepers who want the latest information on the science and art of beekeeping.
Blue Ridge Now   Blue Ridge Now - The Times-News is the local source of news for Henderson, Polk and Transylvania Counties: Your news when you want it.
Chelsea Green   Chelsea Green is the leading publisher of books on sustainable living. We are a founding member of the Green Press Initiative and have been printing books on recycled paper since 1985, when our first list of books appeared. We lead the industry both in terms of content - foundational books on renewable energy, green building, organic agriculture, eco-cuisine, and ethical business - and in terms of environmental practice, printing 95 percent of our books on recycled paper.
Conscious Talk   Conscious Talk offers one of this country’s most informative and compelling alternative talk radio programs, empowering individuals to become conscious consumers and positive forces.
Dwell   Dwell Magazine is the West Coast's largest design event. This three-day event brings together the best and brightest products, services, and thought leaders in modern design today while featuring demonstrations, home tours, 350+ exhibitors on the show floor, and showcasing more than 70 presentations on three separate stages.
Greenability   Greenability is a Kansas City magazine designed to help readers discover eco-options for home, work and family in a print and online edition. A national Better Paper Project award winner, Greenability spotlights renewable energy, organic food, recycling and local businesses. Find green jobs on the Greenability Job Network.
Green Living Journal   Green Living Journal, "a practical journal for friends of the environment," delivers quality content for environmentally focused readers who are looking for sustainable products, services and information.
GRIT   Grit is a bi-monthly magazine distributed throughout the United States and Canada that celebrates country lifestyles of all kinds, while emphasizing the importance of community and stewardship. As North America's premier rural lifestyle title, GRIT publishes articles on a broad range of topics that appeal to those already living in the country and those who aspire to get there.
Mother Earth Living   Mother Earth Living is the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment.
Mountain Xpress   Mountain Xpress: Building community and strengthening democracy by serving an active, thoughtful readership at the local level — where the impact of citizen action is greatest.
New Society Publishers   New Society Publishers' mission is to publish books that contribute in fundamental ways to building an ecologically sustainable and just society, and to do so with the least possible impact on the environment, in a manner that models this vision.
St. Lynn's Press   St. Lynn's Press is an independent publisher that specializes in organic gardening and eco-green topics.
Storey   Storey Publishing is at the center of the movement that has been fueled by your awareness of environmental responsibility, appetite for the locally raised and homegrown, appreciation for one-of-a-kind items, and passion for nature. Storey publishes how-to books to arm you with practical skills and inspiration on a range of topics: gardening, animal care, farming, cooking, knitting and other crafts, backyard building, and home improvement.
The Organic and Non-GMO Report   The Organic and Non-GMO Report is the only publication focusing on threats posed by genetically modified foods and the trend toward non-GMO and organic foods.
Timberpress   Timber Press is a Portland, Oregon, publisher of books on gardening, ornamental and edible horticulture, garden design, sustainability, natural history, and the Pacific Northwest. Their expert authors are your expert mentors on everything from deer proofing your garden to living harmoniously with your chickens to creating sustainable native habitats.
Utne Reader   Utne Reader has been the vanguard of the alternative press, celebrating independent news and views from across the political spectrum since 1984. With ideas, trends, and solutions you won't see in the mainstream media for months or even years, those who want to know what's happening next, read Utne Reader first. 
Yes! Magazine   Online and in print, Yes! magazine outlines a path forward with in-depth analysis, tools for citizen engagement and stories about real people working for a better world.

Supporting Partners

Advantage West   AdvantageWest is a nonprofit regional economic development organization serving Western North Carolina, focused on entrepreneurship, the green economy, agribusiness, the film industry and advanced manufacturing.
American Herbalists Guild   American Herbalists honors diversity in herbal medicine, and encourages the development of high education standards that promote professional practitioners who offer high-quality care.
ASAP Connections   ASAP mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.
Evergreen Institute   The Evergreen Institute's Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building offers hands-on workshops in energy efficiency, solar electricity, small wind energy, solar hot water, passive solar, green building, natural building and more.
The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund   The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund is a 501 (c)(4) nonprofit organization made up of farmers and consumers joining together and pooling resources to protect the constitutional right of the nation's family farms to provide processed and unprocessed farm foods directly to consumers.
ALBC   The Livestock Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect more than 170 breeds of livestock and poultry from extinction. Founded in 1977, the Livestock Conservancy is the pioneer organization in the United States working to conserve historic breeds and genetic diversity in livestock.
Organic Growers School   Organic Growers School has been offering organic education in the Southern Appalachians since 1993. Our mission is to inspire, educate, and support people in our region to farm, garden and live organically.
Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture   Founded in 1992, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture continues to bring farmers together to learn from each other, and to build relationships between them and consumers. 
Seed Savers Exchange   Seed Savers Exchange is a nonprofit, member-supported organization that saves and shares the heirloom seeds of our garden heritage, forming a living legacy that can be passed down through generations. 

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