Chatting with James Duft, Mother Earth News Fair Planner and Programming Manager


| 2/22/2011 12:47:42 PM


/uploadedImages/Blogs/Mother_Earth_News_Fair/MEN-Fair-Logo.jpgWe sat down with James Duft, the ever-busy MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair Planner and Programming Manager. All the incredible speakers, awesome workshops, hands-on and how-to that gets scheduled for the fairs are brought to you, in part, via the hard work and coordination of our Fair Planner. Between planning farm tours, bread-baking workshops and sheep dog training expositions, we managed to ask James for some inside info about this year's three upcoming MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fairs.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS: How many fairs will be held this year? Where will they be? 

Thanks to the success of the first MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair, which drew about 10,000 people to the Seven Springs Mountain Resort outside Pittsburgh, Penn., we will be hosting three Fairs in 2011. The first is at Puyallup Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Wash., just south of Seattle, on June 4 and 5. The second is in San Rafael, Cal., at the Marin County Fairground on September 3 through 5. The third will be on September 24 and 25 — our second annual Seven Springs event.

MEN: What will be new and exciting at the Fair in Puyallup? Any changes since the first? 

Although we began to work toward it on the first Fair, our experiences with that Fair showed us the value in truly involving the local community that surrounds a Fair's location. Rather than predetermining what programming content we'll feature at this Fair, we are working with local community groups in a wide variety of fields. From regional heritage livestock to local green building practices, we are involving local schools, farmers, sustainability groups, government agencies and community organizations, and letting them tell us what the important local issues are and what people in their region want to learn about.



We're backing up that information via online surveys, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair website and social media, and with target-specific ads in the magazine. We're inviting all the MOTHER EARTH NEWS audience members in the entire area to get involved — by submitting questions via Facebook or volunteering on the day of, and anything in between. We hope to create truly engaging programming that helps improve people's ability to live self-sufficient lifestyles. 

Veronica Vatter
2/23/2011 10:08:25 AM

Sounds great! Please tell me thought, Id Joel Salatin coming to Seven Springs, too? Please tell me yes.




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