Learn to grow a better food garden at
Mother Earth News Fair
25-plus workshops show how to plan, plant, fertilize and maintain organic gardens

TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 30, 2010) — Do you want to start a garden but don’t know where to begin? Maybe you’re a seasoned gardener who wants to explore using more advanced techniques to get more out of your plot.

At the Mother Earth News Fair, slated for Sept. 25-26 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort near Pittsburgh, gardeners of all levels can choose from more than 25 hands-on demonstrations and seminars on everything from planning a sustainable vegetable garden to composting and choosing the right tools.

Scheduled gardening speakers and topics include:

  • Ann Adams and Liz Brensinger – farm and garden tools designed for women
  • Albert Bates – using biochar
  • Cindy Conner – plan a sustainable vegetable garden; manage cover crops with hand tools
  • Teri Ferrin Balch and Larry D. Robertson – seed-saving basics and plant breeding
  • Cheryl Long – garden beds and how to water them; editors’ Q&A panel
  • Jim Long – making bentwood garden trellises
  • Dennis and Maryann Mawhinney – choosing ergonomic garden tools; tools for the elderly and arthritis sufferers
  • Claire and Rusty Orner – worm composting; growing shiitake mushrooms
  • Barbara Pleasant – starter vegetable gardens; easy composting; editors’ Q&A panel
  • Maggie Robertson – organic gardening for beginners
  • Brian Rosa – vermicomposting and farm composting
  • Elsa Sanchez – using compost
  • Ira Wallace – fall and winter gardening; growing and preserving heirloom tomatoes; growing garlic and perennial onions
  • Robin Wheeler – create your own edible landscaping; intensive small-space container gardening; intensive small-space gardening
  • Oscar H. "Hank" Will – editors’ Q&A panel
  • Dr. William Woys Weaver – mainstreaming heirloom vegetables; editors’ Q&A panel

The Mother Earth News Fair will offer more than 200 sessions on organic gardening, real food, natural health, small-scale livestock, homesteading, renewable energy, green building and remodeling, DIY projects, green transportation, and related topics.

Attendees also can take part in a seed swap; artisan food tastings; local and organic food offerings children’s projects; live music; vendor, livestock and craft demonstrations; and a green shopping pavilion.

Tickets cost $15 for a one-day adult pass or $25 for both days. Children 17 and under are free. To order, go to http://tickets.7springs.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=69 or call (800) 234-3368.

Call (866) 437-1300 for lodging information and reservations at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

The Mother Earth News Fair is sponsored by Toyota, Stonyfield Farm, Central Boiler, Long Creek Herbs, Mother Earth Resources Co-Op and My Amish Goods.

About Mother Earth News
Mother 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, Utne Reader, Capper’s and Grit. Ogden Publications also provides insurance and financial services through its Capper’s Insurance Service division.

About Seven-Star Inc.
Seven-Star Inc. (www.sevenstarevents.com) is the nation’s largest full-service event company focusing exclusively on green events. Since 1999, Seven-Star has provided turnkey green event services for trade and consumer expositions, conferences, concerts and mobile tours, including the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Live Earth concert events and the Green Festivals.

About Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Seven Springs Mountain Resort (www.7springs.com), located in Seven Springs, Pa., is the perfect place for family vacations that create lifelong memories. Each year the family-friendly resort hosts more than 1 million overnight and day guests, who enjoy a vacation that includes the finest skiing, snowboarding and golf that Pennsylvania has to offer, the exhilaration of sporting clays, and the luxurious Trillium Spa.

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Andrew Perkins, event manager: (785) 274-4378, aperkins@ogdenpubs.com 
Brandy Ernzen, brand manager: (785) 274-4304, bernzen@ogdenpubs.com, Twitter: @bernzen

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