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Mother Earth News Fair draws eco-experts to Seven Springs 
Nationally and regionally known keynote speakers bring unique perspectives to 2nd annual sustainability event  

TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 2, 2011) — After welcoming a capacity crowd of 10,000 to the first Mother Earth News Fair in Pennsylvania last year and thousands more at the Fair in Washington this spring, the magazine will look to do the same Sept. 24-25 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, Pa.

Dozens of hands-on workshops will cover organic gardening, real food, renewable energy, small-scale livestock, green building and remodeling, DIY projects, natural health, green transportation, and related topics. Mother Earth News staff will lead the sessions, along with green lifestyle and rural living experts.

Nationally known keynote speakers will offer attendees a broader perspective on today’s environmental issues.

Organic farmer Joel Salatin will offer plain-spoken rebuttals to industrial agriculture’s claims. Salatin runs Polyface Farm, which was featured in the book The Omnivore’s Dilemma and the documentary Food, Inc., and he has written several books.  

Joan Dye Gussow will share how a flood-induced crisis and a crop of sweet potatoes taught her a new set of lessons about her soil. Often called the matriarch of the local food movement, Gussow is an author and the Mary Swartz Rose Professor Emerita of Nutrition and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François will show attendees how to bake delicious homemade bread using recipes from their best-selling book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. 

Actor, activist and author Ed Begley Jr. will describe how he has “greened” his life and show how others can do the same. This keynote is presented by Envirolet.

Frances Moore Lappé will challenge attendees to let go of paralyzing thought traps that blind the human race to environmental solutions. Lappé is the author of Diet for a Small Planet and 17 other books.  

Dan Chiras, Ph.D., will discuss how reactions to global climate change and energy shortages will determine our success as a species. Chiras is a visiting professor of environmental science at Colorado College, author of 30 books and director of The Evergreen Institute.

Bryan Welch will draw on themes from his book Beautiful and Abundant, which focuses on how to create a collective, positive vision for a sustainable future. Welch is a farmer, author and the publisher of Ogden Publications, the largest media company serving the sustainability community. 

Jerry DeWitt will show how a new culture of sustainability is reshaping urban and rural landscapes. DeWitt served as director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University and is a National Center for Appropriate Technology board member.

Veteran homesteader Philip Ackerman-Leist will share practical skills with a lighthearted spin for beginning homesteaders.

Jenna Woginrich, an author, farmer and blogger, will show attendees that even people with 9-to-5 jobs can live more self-sufficient lives.

In addition to workshops, the Fair will host a seed swap, children’s activities, a green shopping pavilion, vendor and livestock demonstrations, musical acts, and local and organic food options. The Fair is sponsored by Ball Jar, Bon Ami, Central Boiler, Envirolet, Organic Valley and Seventh Generation.

For information about event sponsorships, contact Allison Stapleton at astapleton@ogdenpubs.com. For exhibit space, contact Mellissa Crouch at mcrouch@ogdenpubs.com.

About Mother Earth NewsMother Earth News (www.MotherEarthNews.com) is the Original Guide to Living Wisely. Topics include organic gardening, do-it-yourself projects, cutting energy costs, using renewable energy, green home building and rural living.

About Ogden Publications Inc. 
Ogden Publications Inc. (www.OgdenPubs.com) is the leading information resource serving the sustainable living, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities. Key brands include Mother Earth News, Natural Home & Garden, Utne Reader, Capper’s and Grit. Ogden Publications also produces environmentally friendly housewares through Natural Home Products LLC, and provides insurance and financial services through its Capper’s Insurance Service division.

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