Charlotte Kymer: My Experience at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

| 10/13/2010 12:46:22 PM

Alpaca tent at MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRThis FAIR was a great first effort for MOTHER EARTH NEWS. The turn out was more than amazing ... it was overwhelming. There is obviously a lot of interest in all things MOTHER EARTH, and a lot of improvements can be made to the FAIR knowing this. Some ideas are to make it a week-long FAIR offering the classes more than once or twice and using larger classrooms. Even having people sign up for the classes ahead of time would greatly diminish the overcrowding, long lines and waits that occurred. Also, there should be an understanding that most of the seminars are just an intro or glimpse of what the topic is and then a Q&A session afterwards.

Obviously, in 45 minutes you cannot learn everything about any given area. So if you have already read about it and do not have a specific question, then you might want to move on to a seminar that is new to you. On that note, another suggestion is to have hour and a half classes with a half hour break to get from class to class and to look at booths.

 Water Pump Tent at MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRThe FAIR was a ton of fun once you got over the initial shock of the crowds. There was plenty of livestock to be viewed as seen in my pictures. An animal that I have never considered raising, the alpaca, was present and actually very interesting. The fiber harvested from them is softer and warmer than that of a sheep. It is also an environmental choice for livestock because of their short tongues (which do not pull up plant roots while grazing) and their padded feet (not hooves that may tear up the grazing area). Also in my images, you will see a few of the displayed ways of pumping water without the use of non-renewable resources, such as gravity-fed and river-flow pumps. There was even a windmill present.


Laural Hill talk at MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR 

Laural Hill seemed to be a common place for not only those of us attending the FAIR but even some of the exhibitors to stay. Here is an image of mushrooms at our camp site. After that is the edible weeds seminar we went to, which was full at 9 a.m. for the 9:15 talk. As you can see in the image, all the seats are full, and there are more people standing in the rear of the room.

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