Mother Earth Week No. 2

The second Mother Earth Week in August 1979 was an even bigger success than the first one a month earlier.


| November/December 1979



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A class on wild food foraging was a big draw.


MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF

When this magazine's first seminar series wound to a close on July 14, MOTHER EARTH NEWS' staffers weren't about to rest on the laurels they'd earned during what–in spite of a record amount of rainfall– had been a very successful program. Nope, everyone involved with the seminars put the "month off" to good use in order to guarantee that the next Mother Earth Week would be better yet!

Sure enough, by the time the August 13-18 seminars rolled around, the "stage" was set for an even more successful series of "shows" than the July program had offered! And this time the always fickle mountains weather cooperated too!

Better Than Ever!

During the six days of Mother Earth Week Number Two, our readers occupied some 1,300 classroom seats learning and sharing their own knowledge about topics that ranged from alternative energy sources (such as wind, solar, hydro, and alcohol) and practical housing (including log and earth-sheltered home construction) to wholistic health, organic gardening, foraging wild foods, and more!

But  although the classroom work was the focal point of the wee, and while the courses were chock-full of information and "see it, touch it, do it" opportunities, our visitors found a number of additional programs and services available to help make their already busy days and nights even more worthwhile.

Mother’s Child Care Center

Since our seminar planners aimed to provide an educational and interesting time for everyone who visited our Eco-Village, our child care center not only offered carefully supervised play and mini-classes in mountain handicrafts to the youngsters of seminar attendees, but lined up a whole passel of entertainment for the tots as well! And what with a traditional Appalachian tale-teller, a children's musician, a puppet show, our used-tire playground, and the high-enough-to-be-fun but low-enough-to-be-safe tree house, MOTHER EARTH NEWS' grandchildren who came visiting had a fine time, indeed!

"Extras" for the Big Folks Too

Of course, our seminar "students" ended up with an occasional unoccupied moment or two themselves. And it's a good thing they did, because MOTHER EARTH NEWS had an assortment of free-for-the-attending daytime and evening activities all planned and ready to make valuable use of such "spare time."





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