Dear Mother: December 2010/January 2011

Reader letters about the first MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR, five-minute bread, killer compost, a homesteading school, and more.

| December 2010/January 2011

  • mother fair attendees
    The inaugural MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR brought out homesteaders of all ages and from several states. It was a wonderful crowd of people passionate about self-reliance!
  • mother fair treehouse club
    Kids at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR enjoyed presentations organized just for them at the Treehouse Club.
  • wood chip mulch
     Reader Pam Larsen wrote to contributing editor Barbara Pleasant to share her story of wood mulch success in her orchard.
  • log cabin canada
    Barney and Mary Ann Keeshing built their own cozy cabin based on Steve Maxwell’s plan published in MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 
  • fish on line
    Gardening isn’t the only way to save on groceries. Hunting and fishing can cut your food bills, too. 
  • Aframe
    Reader Phyllis Chisholm was glad to read an account of the challenges of gardening at high elevation in “What We Learned Going Back to the Land” (August/September 2010), about the McElmurray’s homestead in the mountains of Colorado.
  • chard
    More than a year later, Jeffrey Dickemann is still filling Swiss chard orders!
  • stevia leaf
    Reader Evelyn Anderson discusses some of the pros and cons of stevia. 

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  • log cabin canada
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This September, we hosted the first-ever MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa., and it was a resounding success! We loved meeting so many passionate, inspiring folks at an event devoted to living wisely. There were only a few hiccups; almost all of them were a result of having a larger turnout than we expected — a problem we’re happy to have and to address for future events. Not only did we have a great time during the FAIR, but great feedback poured in from our readers via the website, our Facebook and Twitter pages, and your blogs. We were thrilled to hear that you had as much fun as we did. If you didn’t make it to this year’s FAIR, you can find blog posts and video coverage online at the FAIR blog, where you can also keep up-to-date regarding future events. We have three FAIRS in the works for 2011: Puyallup, Wash., June 4 to 5; San Rafael, Calif., Sept. 3 to 5; and another at Seven Springs, TBD. Thanks again to everyone who came out; we’re looking forward to seeing you again, and making new friends, at future FAIRS!

Telling Everyone About It

Just a note to tell you what a wonderful experience we had at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR this weekend. My wife and I enjoyed it very much and intend to tell everyone who didn’t go how great it was. I hope you plan more FAIRS in other parts of the country so all can enjoy them. I also think when companies that weren’t there see the opportunity they missed, these FAIRS will become bigger and better.

Thank you for a great time of fellowship and education.
Gregory Mohr
Castle, Pennsylvania

Looking for Future FAIR Info

My husband and I had a fantastic time at the FAIR. We learned a lot of new material and had a great chance to network with other attendees and speakers.

We have heard rumors about FAIRS next year. It would be great for you to put up-to-the-minute info on the website, so we can be informed.

Keep up the great work. It was wonderful to see so many headed down the “green” road.
Eileen Gilbert
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Mother Earth News Fair Schedule 2019


Next: February, 16-17 2019
Belton, TX

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