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Workshops/Speakers: Puyallup, Washington

May 31-June 1, 2014

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Free-Range Clothing
Alina Bartell - Natural Clothing Company
The textile industry takes a heavy toll on our planet and even on your own health. There's a lot to be concerned about: from cotton agriculture being considered the world's "dirtiest" crop due to its heavy use of insecticides to manufacturing requiring huge amounts of energy (as well as using and releasing chemicals into environment). Your favorite T-shirt might have used up a 1/3 pound or more of serious toxins.

Natural Crafts
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Associate Editor Amanda Sorell will help young attendees craft their own mini botanical journal using art supplies, apple stamps, and scavenged natural elements (such as leaves and flowers). Kids can bring their own natural finds from around the fairgrounds to incorporate, but aren't required to do so. Come by for a fun, crafty time!

The DIY Dad's Backyard Projects
Ben Nelson -
Learn how anyone can create amazing family fun through useful DIY projects made from salvaged materials. Featuring: The Rocket Grill, Scrap Iron Patio Table, 5-Gallon Bucket Swing, Solar Death Ray, Solar Swing Set, Electric Ice Sled, and more!

Traditional Native Welcome and Blessing
Connie McCloud - Puyallup Tribal Canoe Family
The Puyallup Canoe Family opens the Mother Earth News Fair with two traditional coastal songs and dances to welcome the participants and bless the event. Lisa Powers, Bibiana Ancheta and Darkfeather Ancheta will sing a special Annishinawbe Honor Song for Water to start the event off in a mindful state of gratitude.

Creating Sustainable Neighborhoods
Dan Chiras - The Evergreen Institute
To build a sustainable society, we need efforts to reinvent urban and suburban neighborhoods so they become much more self-sufficient. Come see how you can help transform your neighborhood into a model of sustainability that practices conservation and recycling, utilizes renewable energy, composts its waste, grows its own fruits and vegetables, and feels more like a tightly knit community.

Artisans Supporting Agrarians: A pottery demonstration
K. Josiah Wheeler - The Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Culture
Josiah Wheeler discusses how craftsmen complement farmers and support and are integral to sustainable, agrarian community. His workshop includes an in-depth pottery demonstration by Jenni Fritzlan, a master potter with the Ploughshare.

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