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Mother Earth News Fair brings unique perspectives from national and regional sustainability experts


SEVEN SPRINGS, Pa. (Aug. 26, 2013) — Interested in producing your own food and shelter as a means to slash those ever-rising bills? Find out how at the 4th annual Mother Earth News Fair.


The event takes place Sept. 20-22 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, 777 Waterwheel Drive. Gates open at noon Friday, Sept. 20 and close at 7 p.m. The Fair will run 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.


More than 240 hands-on workshops will cover organic gardening, cooking and food preservation, renewable energy, small-scale livestock, green building, DIY projects, natural health, green transportation, and related topics. Sustainable and rural lifestyle experts from across the country will lead the sessions.


Nationally known keynote speakers will offer attendees a broader perspective, including:

  • Actor, activist and author Ed Begley Jr. will share how he has “greened” his life and show how others can do the same. Begley’s presentation is sponsored by Envirolet.
  • Organic farmer and author Joel Salatin will offer advice for those interested in turning their part-time hobby farm into a full-time business but who are concerned about the logistics involved. Salatin’s Polyface Farm was featured in the documentary Food Inc.
  • Barbara Pleasant, Mother Earth News contributing gardening editor, will present strategies to grow, eat, store and preserve homegrown vegetables and fruits year-round.
  • Joe King from Butler County’s Freedom Farms and co-star of GACtv’s “Farm Kings,” will share how family farms can prosper in today’s economic environment.
  • Food preservation expert Sherri Brooks Vinton will show different methods to preserve food, from canning to fermenting and infusing.
  • Dan Chiras, director of The Evergreen Institute, will share how decreasing costs have made solar and other renewable energy technologies cost-competitive – and how this will affect the country’s economy.

In addition to workshops, the Fair will host a medicinal herb display, children’s activities, vendor and livestock demonstrations, a green shopping pavilion, an alternative-fuel vehicle show, and local and organic food options.


Adult tickets cost $25 for the weekend or $18 for a one-day pass in advance, or $35 and $25, respectively, at the gate. Children 17 and under get in free. To purchase advance tickets, go to or call toll-free 800-234-3368.

Mother Earth News Fair sponsors include BAO Food and Drink,  Botanical Interests, Brinsea, CeCe Caldwell’s Paints, Central Boiler, Coconut Bliss, Earthineer, Envirolet, Meyer Hatchery, Mother Mabel’s, Nature’s Flavors, Purina, Theo Chocolate and Villa de Alpacas.

About Mother Earth News
Mother Earth News (, the Original Guide to Living Wisely, covers organic gardening, cooking and food preservation, natural health, do-it-yourself projects, renewable energy, and all aspects of rural and urban homesteading.  

About Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Seven Springs Mountain Resort, 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 one million overnight and day guests. Located within 200 miles of the major metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland and Washington, D.C., Seven Springs is easily accessible from either exit 91 or 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. 


For more information on Seven Springs and the year-round lodging, dining and activity options the resort offers visit or call (800) 452-2223.


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