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Mother Earth News Fair

Chelsea Green will be at the Mother Earth News Fair in Washington this weekend. We’ll have a table so please come by. We’ll have some special promotions going on that you won’t want to miss! Also make sure to checkout our authors that will be speaking and giving workshops:

Joel SalatinBallet in the Pasture; Dan Chiras The Monkey Trap: Can the human race survive the human race?; Mat SteinBeyond the Defensible: Fire and Earthquake resistant green building and remodeling; Kiko DenzerEarth ovens for bread, art, comfort

MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine has been helping folks live self-reliant, sustainable, meaningful lives for more than 40 years. With an audience of more than 3 million readers worldwide, it is the largest and longest-running environmental lifestyle magazine on the planet.

This year’s first Fair will be held June 4-5, 2011, at the Puyallup Fairgrounds outside of Seattle. The venue also hosts the Washington State Fair, and attendees can expect a similar experience focused on sustainable and rural living.Bring the whole family to the Fair for a fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event that features dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops from the leading authorities on renewable energy, small-scale agriculture, gardening, green building, green transportation and natural health. You can also taste samples of organic beverages in our Beer and Wine Garden, participate in a silent auction, check out the latest in alternative energy vehicles, watch logging and restorative forestry draft horse demonstrations, make home-baked bread in home-made ovens, swap seeds with local gardeners, reminisce with antique tractors, experience small-space living and watch artists bring farm animals to life on the canvas. Plus, save on great deals from dozens of regional and national vendors featuring sustainable lifestyle products and services, including books, tools, seeds, crafts, organic foods, clothes, solar gadgets and more! The Mother Earth News Fair will bring these exciting opportunities to Marin County, Calif., and Seven Springs, Pa., in September.

A Simple Way to Grow Fresh Greens Indoors This Winter

Just because the temperatures have started to drop doesn’t mean you have to live without fresh greens until next Spring. With author and gardener Peter Burke’s innovative method of growing soil sprouts indoors, you can grow nutrient-dense greens all year long at a fraction of the cost of buying at market. Burke’s new book, Year-Round Indoor Salad […] Read More..

A Day in the Life of a Homesteader

As Homesteading Month comes to a close, we take a look at what it means to live the homesteading life every day. Read through the question and answer below and be sure to check out any of the previous articles you might have missed:Why Acquiring Land Presents a Challenge for New Homesteaders Homesteading Q&A: Solutions […] Read More..

Go Lean: How To Eliminate Waste and Increase Efficiency on the Farm

Using the words “factory” and “farm” in the same sentence may seem sacrilegious, but today’s young farmers like author Ben Hartman are discovering that the same sound business practices apply whether you produce cars or carrots.In his new book The Lean Farm, Hartman demonstrates how applying lean principles—originally developed by the Japanese automotive industry—to farming practices […] Read More..

Why Acquiring Land Presents a Challenge for New Homesteaders

More and more often, young people are turning away from cities and urban life in order to live off the land and even start farms of their own. But while many have the desire to grow food for themselves and/or others, acquiring land, and the financial burden that comes with it, presents a difficult challenge […] Read More..

How to Distinguish Permaculture from Natural Farming

Just what are the differences between permaculture and natural farming? How are they connected, and where do they diverge in philosophy and principle?Those questions are answered in the following excerpt that is adapted from the newly released One-Straw Revolutionary, a book that delves into the philosophy and work of Japanese farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka […] Read More..