• 2019 FAIR EXTENDED: SURVIVING 7 SPRINGS; SEVEN SPRINGS, PA

    Surviving 7 Springs with Dennis Biswell and Matt Stephens

    Friday, Sept. 13 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

    Note: Extended workshops can only be accessed by FAIR passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance pass to the Pennsylvania FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Think you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness with limited supplies and resources?! Or perhaps you have been thinking it might be a good idea to get training on at least some basic survival skills? Whatever the case, you do not want to miss this unique, informative, and fully immersive half-day survival workshop featuring popular MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR speakers Dennis Biswell and Matt Stephens.

    Participation in this exclusive Seven Springs extended workshop is strictly limited to ensure maximum small group interaction. Biswell and Stephens have a combined 50 years in wilderness survival and training, and they will demonstrate some fundamental skills and supplies required for basic wilderness survival with an emphasis on four main goals:

    • building a fire
    • building a dry shelter 
    • finding food (fishing without poles) 
    • water purification

    Participants will get instruction and advice before challenging themselves to use what they have just learned. Transportation will be provided from the main lodge at the resort to a secluded location on the mountain. Attendees will receive the supplies to get their survival pack started!

    Limited to 60 participants. All extended workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 9614
  • 2019 FAIR EXTENDED: THE POWER OF POUNTRY; SEVEN SPRINGS, PA

    The Power of Poultry with The Livestock Conservancy

    Saturday, Sept. 14 2:00-5:00 p.m.

    Note: A separate pass is required for this workshop. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance pass to the Pennsylvania FAIR. Passes will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event. Please save your order confirmation.

    Interested in raising your own poultry flock for meat, eggs, or both? Have you recently started a flock but feel you still have a lot to learn about bird health and nutrition? Perhaps you keep laying chickens now but want to get into meat birds? Are you interested in learning how to raise poultry to market for supplemental income? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, you won’t want to miss The Power of Poultry presented by MannaPro.

    In this interactive session, you will learn the common sense basics of setting up for a breeder flock and how to make good breeding decisions for creating birds that meet breed standard while producing better meat and eggs in the process. Over time, you can make great improvements to your flock, which will translate to healthier, more productive, and ultimately more valuable birds.

    This session will include hands-on instruction for handling live chickens for the purpose of breeding birds and their evaluation as well as hands on egg selection from a variety of quality and ages.

    This session is designed to be very personal and interactive, so space is strictly limited. Reservations are available first-come, first-served. Do not miss this one-of-a-kind experience!

    Limited to 40 participants. This workshop is nonrefundable and nontransferable

    Item: 9613
  • 2019 FAIR EXTENDED: WOOL: FROM FARM TO FIBER FOLK; ALBANY, OR

    Wool: From farm to fiber folk with Deborah Niemann and Deborah Robson

    Friday, Aug. 2 9:00 – 4:30 p.m.

    Note: Extended workshops can only be accessed by FAIR passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance pass to the Oregon FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Whether you’re a shepherd or a fiber worker, wool—in all its diverse forms—can enrich your life. This full-day session focuses on connecting, and creating better communication between, the people who produce wool and those who use it, in all its multiple varieties.

    9:00 a.m. Selecting Fleeces: Spinner, non-spinning fiber artisan, or shepherd, you’ll improve your encounters with wool by understanding how fleeces grow and how to select a good one.

    10:15 a.m. Evaluating Fleeces: Let’s get real! For this hands-on session, you—whether you’re growers or buyers—can bring us fleeces for evaluation. Are you a shepherd who wants to put a better product out there? Are you a fiber person who’s bought (or been given) a fleece that you can’t figure out how to use? Bring it on.

    12:00 p.m. Lunch

    1:00 p.m. Upping Your Income: Value-Added Wool Products: Whether you are a shepherd or a fiber artist, you can increase the value of wool with each step of processing. You'll discover how the price of wool increases from a raw fleece to washed fleece to roving to yarn and then to finished garments and other products.

    2:15 p.m. Connecting Fiber: Where Suppliers Can Sell Products and Artisans Can Find Them: Most people immediately think of Etsy when it comes to handmade or homegrown products, but there are so many marketplaces available, from individual websites or farm stores to farmers markets and retail stores. Whether you’re selling or buying, we’ll help you find channels to locate what you need.

    3:30 p.m. Warm Conversations: Using Social Media in the Fiber World: No, you can't just ask your neighbor's teenager to handle your Facebook page. Learn the pros and cons of the various social media outlets, as well as how to use them to increase sales, find supplies, or even just engage in informative dialogue.

    Limited to 60 participants. All extended workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 9671
  • 2019 FAIR EXTENDED: WOOL: FROM FARM TO FIBER FOLK; SEVEN SPRINGS, PA

    Wool: From farm to fiber folk with Deborah Niemann and Deborah Robson

    Sunday, Sept. 15 9:00 – 4:30 p.m.

    Note: Extended workshops can only be accessed by FAIR passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance pass to the Pennsylvania FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Whether you’re a shepherd or a fiber worker, wool—in all its diverse forms—can enrich your life. This full-day session focuses on connecting, and creating better communication between, the people who produce wool and those who use it, in all its multiple varieties.

    9:00 a.m. Selecting Fleeces: Spinner, non-spinning fiber artisan, or shepherd, you’ll improve your encounters with wool by understanding how fleeces grow and how to select a good one.

    10:15 a.m. Evaluating Fleeces: Let’s get real! For this hands-on session, you—whether you’re growers or buyers—can bring us fleeces for evaluation. Are you a shepherd who wants to put a better product out there? Are you a fiber person who’s bought (or been given) a fleece that you can’t figure out how to use? Bring it on.

    12:00 p.m. Lunch

    1:00 p.m. Upping Your Income: Value-Added Wool Products: Whether you are a shepherd or a fiber artist, you can increase the value of wool with each step of processing. You'll discover how the price of wool increases from a raw fleece to washed fleece to roving to yarn and then to finished garments and other products.

    2:15 p.m. Connecting Fiber: Where Suppliers Can Sell Products and Artisans Can Find Them: Most people immediately think of Etsy when it comes to handmade or homegrown products, but there are so many marketplaces available, from individual websites or farm stores to farmers markets and retail stores. Whether you’re selling or buying, we’ll help you find channels to locate what you need.

    3:30 p.m. Warm Conversations: Using Social Media in the Fiber World: No, you can't just ask your neighbor's teenager to handle your Facebook page. Learn the pros and cons of the various social media outlets, as well as how to use them to increase sales, find supplies, or even just engage in informative dialogue.

    Limited to 60 participants. All extended workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 9672
  • 2019 FAIR HANDS-ON: DEMYSTIFYING MISO; ALBANY, OR

    Hands-On: Demystifying Miso with Kirsten Shockey

    Saturday, Aug. 3 2:00-3:00 p.m.

    Note: Hands-On workshops can only be accessed by FAIR passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance pass to the Oregon FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    This “top-shelf” ferment is the basis of so much flavor and some pretty mind-boggling health benefits. In this hands-on workshop, Kirsten Shockey talks about why miso is so incredible, why it develops so much flavor, and how to make it. Leave with a jar of your own miso along with the skills to make more at home.

    Limited to 40 participants. All Hands-on workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 9685
  • 2019 FAIR HANDS-ON: DIY BEER AND MEAD; ALBANY, OR

    DIY Beer and Mead with Jereme Zimmerman

    Saturday Aug. 3, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

    Note: Hands-On workshops can only be accessed by FAIR passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance pass to the Oregon FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Experience the simplicity of capturing and cultivating wild yeast for creating your own naturally fermented meads, ales and sodas. Participants will create a honey-based wild yeast starter to bring home for starting their own home-brewed batch of mead, ale or soda. Techniques and recipes for myriad flavoring and alcohol-level possibilities will be discussed, and participants will be provided with handouts with instructions or recipes for creating their own natural brews at home.

    Limited to 60 participants. All Hands-on workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 9687
  • 2019 FAIR HANDS-ON: FARMHOUSE CHEESE WHEEL; ALBANY, OR

    Hands-On: Farmhouse Cheese Wheel with Claudia Lucero

    Sunday, Aug. 4 2:00-3:00 p.m.

    Note: Hands-On workshops can only be accessed by FAIR passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance pass to the Oregon FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Follow along with Claudia Lucero, author of One-Hour Cheese, and make your own, custom-flavored wheel of farmer's cheese to take home and enjoy. People around the world enjoy many versions of this simple and delicious cheese. It makes a wonderful base for your favorite flavors: spices, herbs, hot peppers ... you choose, you're the cheesemaker now! 

    Limited to 40 participants. All Hands-on workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 9686
  • 2019 FAIR HANDS-ON: GETTING STARTED WITH A DROP SPINDLE; ALBANY, OR

    Getting Started With a Drop Spindle with Deborah Niemann

    Saturday, Aug. 3 10:00-11:00 a.m.

    Note: Hands-On workshops can only be accessed by FAIR passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance pass to the Oregon FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Is learning to spin on your bucket list, but you're not sure about investing a few hundred dollars in a spinning wheel? Attend this one-hour, hands-on workshop and get started spinning with a drop spindle. We'll provide the spindle, wool, and instructions so that you leave the workshop with your very own handspun yarn.

    Limited to 40 participants. All Hands-on workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 9684
  • 2019 FAIR HANDS-ON: HAND-STITCHING LEATHER; ALBANY OR

    Hand-Stitching Leather with Dennis Biswell

    Saturday, Aug. 3 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Note: Hands-On workshops can only be accessed by FAIR passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance pass to the Oregon FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Learn three leather stitches – blanket, saddle, and whip stitch – and the times when each is used. Participants will receive a kit that includes the leather pieces to make a 4-inch-by-6-inch pouch, needles, artificial sinew, and instruction on how to sew the pouch together using the three stitches.

    Limited to 40 participants. All Hands-on workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 9683
  • 2019 FAIR HANDS-ON: KNIFE SHARPENING; SEVEN SPRINGS, PA

    Knife Sharpening with Jonathon Levalley

    Saturday, Sept. 14 3:30-4:30 p.m.

    Note: Hands-On workshops can only be accessed by FAIR passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance pass to the Pennsylvania FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learna new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Learn the basics of freehand knife sharpening. Avoid the pitfalls of unnecessary equipment and cut through the myths surrounding establishing and maintaining an edge. Participants will be provided with a dull knife at the beginning of the workshop. Please note: The price of this workshop includes the knife and the sharpening stone, which is quarried exclusively for participants of the class.

    Participants must be 18 or over.

    A ticket is required to participate in select Hands-On workshops. Space is limited. To guarantee your spot we recommend ordering an advance pass. A small number of passes will be available to purchase at the event.

    Limited to 40 participants. All Hands-on workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 9611
  • 2019 FAIR HANDS-ON: LAVENDER BREAKFAST; ALBANY OR

    Lavender Breakfast with Janice Cox

    Sunday, Aug. 4 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

    Note: Hands-On workshops can only be accessed by FAIR passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance pass to the Oregon FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Start your day at the fair with an uplifting “Lavender Breakfast.” Discover Oregon Lavender destinations, meet local farmers, and enjoy a delicious culinary meal. The menu includes lavender baked goods, herbes de provence Quiche, fresh seasonal fruits, greens, sparkling drinks, coffee and herbal teas. You will also make a Lavender Bath Mix and Lip Balm to take home. This event is hosted by Janice Cox, Natural Beauty from the Garden (Ogden), Norwood Lavender Farm, Barn Owl Nursery, and the Oregon Lavender Association.

    Location: The west side of the Building and Energy Stage.
    Menu:

    • Fresh Lavender Scones, with Oregon Marionberry Preserves and Whipped Cream
    • Northwest-inspired Seasonal Fruit Salad
    • Quiche with Herbes de Provence
    • Lavender Brownie Mousse Parfait
    • Lavender Shortbread Cookies
    • Lavender Coffee
    • Lavender Iced Tea
    • Lavender Lemonade
    • Lavender Blueberry Mimosa Sampling

    Limited to 60 participants. All Hands-on workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 9716
  • 2019 FAIR HANDS-ON: SOURDOUGH STARTERS; ALBANY, OR

    Sourdough Starters with Victoria Redhed Miller

    Sunday, Aug. 4 3:30-4:30 p.m.

    Note: Extended workshops can only be accessed by FAIR passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance pass to the Oregon FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Making and maintaining your own sourdough starter is simpler than you might think. Experienced sourdough baker Victoria Redhed Miller, author of From No-knead to Sourdough: A simpler approach to handmade bread, leads this hands-on experience where you will take home your very own sourdough starter. Victoria will also demonstrate basic breadmaking techniques and answer your questions about sourdough breads.

    Limited to 60 participants. All Hands-on workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 9718
  • FERMENTATION FRENZY; SEVEN SPRINGS, PA

    Fermentation Frenzy!

    8:30-6:00 p.m. Sept. 12 and 8:30-1:00 p.m. Sept. 13, 2019
    Seven Springs Mountain Resort
    Seven Springs, Pa.

    Fermentation Frenzy! is produced by Fermentation magazine in conjunction with the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR at Seven Springs, Sept. 13-15. Each individual registration for Fermentation Frenzy! includes a weekend pass to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.

    Come together with your favorite MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR speakers to celebrate the launch of our new sister publication Fermentation.

    This one-and-a-half day event is jam packed with fun and informative hands-on sessions for a journey across the fermentation spectrum.

    From bread to beverages and everything in between, learn how fermenting can add that perfect sour or sweet to your creations. Expand your knowledge with workshops covering the dos and don’ts of fermenting, health benefits, and the science behind your favorite foods. Enjoy a wild and rowdy kimchi cook-off and mouthwatering fermented food tastings. PLUS, get hands-on with these five interactive break-outs:

    - Demystifying Miso with Kirsten and Christopher Shockey
    - Basic Sourdough Boule with Victoria Redhed Miller
    - Dry Aged Salami with Meredith Leigh
    - Cheese Please with Gianaclis Caldwell
    - Brewing a Simple Ale with Jereme Zimmerman

    Space is limited to maximize the experience for all attendees. After the initial session on Kimchi attendees will break out into five groups that will rotate through each session.

    Your registration includes the Kimchi cook-off and all five breakout sessions. All ingredients, cooking supplies, appliances, lunch on Thursday, dinner on Thursday, tastings, classroom instruction, and a weekend pass to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR and a year-long subscription to Fermentation are included. Lodging can be booked directly through Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

    All extended workshops are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 9496

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