Puyallup Fair Highlights: Top tools, tons of talks and a toast to poultry

| 6/5/2013 4:42:00 PM

The 2013 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Puyallup, Wash., last weekend was again a source of great energy and exceptional education, thanks to 15,000 attendees, more than 125 presenters and some 300 sponsors and exhibitors. Major sponsors this year included Bob’s Red Mill, Botanical Interests, Brinsea, CeCe Caldwell’s Paints, Earthineer, Envirolet, Ford, King Arthur Flour, Klean Kanteen, Mary’s Gone Crackers, Mountain Rose Herbs, Nature’s Flavors, Purina, Rub with Love, Shambala Permaculture Farm and Nursery, and Theo Chocolate.

Here's a summary of some of the highlights from Puyallup 2013. (And for those of you who are not able to travel to the FAIRS, watch for our new DVD later this year, featuring a selection of presentations from previous FAIRS.)


Among them:

  • A new heavy-duty cider press from Bob Powell, developer of the wonderful Vashon broadfork (www.meadowcreature.com)
  • Super-lightweight aluminum three-legged ladders made in Japan by Hasegawa
  • An outstanding affordable ($180) cedar cold frame with stainless steel hardware and corrugated polycarbonate glazing (www.cedarcoldframes.com)
  • BCS two-wheeled tractors, including a walk-behind sickle-bar mower attachment for small-scale hay making
  • The super-efficient Sun Frost refrigerators

Several solar power installers were on hand.

6/11/2013 11:35:03 AM

This just confirmed my decision to make the 9 hour drive to Lawrence this year. I keep weighing gas and money against knowledge and a good roadtrip. Roadtrip has definitely won out.

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