First Mother Earth News Fair of the Year This Weekend at Puyallup

by: EJ on 05/29/2013
Posted in: Author Events

New Society staff and authors are all set to hit the road to Washington this weekend for the 2013 Mother Earth News Fair at the Puyallup Fairgrounds, Washington. The Mother Earth News Fairs are fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle events that feature dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations of sustainable living. 

This year's New Society line up includes: 

Dan Chiras
Dan is a highly respected educator and the internationally acclaimed author of 30 books on residential renewable energy and green building including The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy and Power from the Sun. Dan has studied and worked in renewable energy and energy efficiency fields for over three decades and is the president of Sustainable Systems Design and is the director and lead instructor at The Evergreen Institute's Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building, where he teaches workshops on energy efficiency, solar electricity, solar hot water, small wind energy, green building, natural plasters, and natural building. Dan will present on solar electricity and other sustainable energy sources.

Cecile Andrews
Cecile a community educator focusing on voluntary simplicity, "take back your time," the "Sharing Economy," and Pursuit of Happiness Conversation Circles. She is the author of Living Room Revolution, Slow is Beautiful, and co-author of Less is More. She has a doctorate in education from Stanford University. Cecile is very active in the Transition Movement in the US. She and her husband are founders of Seattle's Phinney Ecovillage, a neighborhood-based sustainable community. Her workshop will focus on the heart of happiness and social change - joining with others in good talk and laughter. Each person can make a difference, and it can all start in your own living room.

Lyle Estill
Lyle is the president and co-founder of Piedmont Biofuels, a community scale biodiesel project in Pittsboro, North Carolina. He has been on the vanguard of social change for the past decade, which has placed him at the heart of the sustainability movement. Lyle is a prolific speaker and writer, and the author of  Small Stories, Big Changes, Industrial Evolution and Biodiesel Power.  Come hear his tales of community resilience and of how his small Southern town has worked to feed, fuel and finance itself.

Linda Gilkenson
Linda is a passionate organic gardener with over 40 years of gardening experience. She is the author of Backyard Bounty  and a regular instructor in the Master Gardener programs in BC and has led hundreds of workshops on pest management and organic gardening. As the Executive Director of the Salt Spring Island Conservancy, Linda is deeply committed to preserving natural ecosystems through conservation and public education. In her workshop you will learn about several newly arrived pests, diseases and other problems that used to be rare are becoming more widely established in the Pacific Northwest. Learn how to identify spotted wing Drosophila, pea leaf weevil, garlic rust, club root of cabbage, pear scab and other problems – and what to do about them. The talk will provide the latest information on how to prevent and manage these problems using organic methods.

Deborah Neimann
Deborah is a homesteader, writer and self-sufficiency expert who presents extensively on skills for living a more self-reliant life. She has raised livestock for over 10 years and is the administrator of a popular online forum and social network focused on Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats. She is the author of Homegrown and Handmade, and Ecothrifty. Deborah and her family produce all of their own meat, eggs and dairy products, while an organic garden and orchard provide fruit and vegetables. Her workshop will help you make greener, healthier choices while saving money. You'll be surprised to discover all the artificial chemicals hiding in your home, food and personal care products, but you can easily replace them with natural alternatives that cost far less!

Christy Hemenway
Christy is is the owner and founder of Gold Star Honeybees and author of The Thinking Beekeeper, a complete resource for all things related to beekeeping in top bar hives. Before her conversion to bee-vangelism, she mastered such varied careers as computer systems engineering and professional alpaca herd-sitting. A chance encounter with a conventional beekeeper launched her on the road to natural, chemical-free beekeeping. A passionate advocate for bees and the pivotal role they play in our food supply, Christy is a highly sought-after speaker, helping audiences to understand the integral connection between bees, food, human health and the future of the planet. Top bar hives work to support the natural systems at work inside a beehive. The building of natural beeswax honeycomb is the most important of these systems, integral to the health of these very important bugs! Clean, natural comb helps the bees be healthy without adding toxic pesticides and antibiotics to their environment. Learn how to support bees naturally in top bar hives. 

Darrell Frey
Darrell is the owner and manager of Three Sisters Farm, a 5 acre permaculture farm, solar greenhouse and market garden located in Western Pennsylvania and author of Bioshelter Market Garden. Darrell writes extensively on permaculture design and ecological land use planning and has been a sustainable community development consultant and permaculture teacher for 25 years. Discover the details of the design and management of an ecologically managed solar greenhouse in his workshop. Darrel draws on 25 years of experience growing crops for market year-round in an integrated agricultural ecosystem. 

Scott Davis
Scott is an award-winning renewable energy project developer with decades of experience operating, installing, designing, selling and teaching about microhydro technology. He is a founder and president of Friends of Renewable Energy BC, and the author of two books on microhydro, Microhydro  and Serious Microhydro. Learn what you need to know about small water-powered alternators from decades of real-life experiences and more than 70 case studies. Vital to anyone with a possible microhydro site in mind, this workshop also conveys important energy insights of interest to activists, policymakers, and anyone with a stake in how we get and use energy.

Sylvia Bernstein
Sylvia is the president and founder of The Aquaponic Source. An internationally recognized expert on aquaponic gardening, Sylvia speaks, writes and blogs extensively about this revolutionary technique. She is the author of Aquaponic Gardening.  Aquaponics is an exciting combination of the best of aquaculture and hydroponics – and an amazingly fun and easy way to raise fish together with organic vegetables. Aquaponic systems use up to 90 percent less water than conventional gardens and require no weeding, watering, fertilizing or bending!

John Ivanko
John is an innkeeper of the award-winning Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast. Together with his wife, Lisa, John is a national speaker, marketing consultant and co-author of Farmstead Chef, the award-winning ECOpreneuring as well as Rural Renaissance. He is also the co-author and photographer for six award-winning multicultural children's books for the Global Fund for Children. As a freelance writer and photographer, John contributes to Urban Farm, Mother Earth News, Natural Home and E Magazine, among many others. For more information about Inn Serendipity, visit John's workshop will help you break free of fossil fuels. End the mortgage. Be your own boss. Grow most of your own food and prepare it in your farmstead kitchen. Craft your version of "the good life" that's based on self-reliance and interconnected systems that address food, energy, nature and finances. Explore our journey, so you can, too.

Leila Darwish
Leila is a community organizer, urban gardener and permaculturalist with a BSc in Environmental Conservation Sciences and the author of Earth Repair. Most of her grassroots organizing has centered on environmental justice issues in communities struggling with either the threat of or the enduring legacy of toxic contamination of their land and drinking water. Her focus on grassroots bioremediation stems from a deep commitment to justice and the passionate desire to empower people by providing them with simple, practical, transformative, and accessible tools for regenerative earth repair.
How can we work with the power of living systems to transform toxic and damaged landscapes into thriving, nourishing and fertile places once more? Welcome to the wild world of earth repair and grassroots bioremediation. This workshop will explore ways to work with the many microorganisms, mushrooms and plants that are the planet's finest and oldest disaster responders, alchemists and healers.

Lisa Kivirist
Lisa is is an innkeeper of the nationally recognized Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast, completely powered by the wind and the sun. With her husband, John, Lisa co-authored the award-winning book ECOpreneuring as well as Rural Renaissance. Lisa is a distinguished Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow and leading national advocate for women in sustainable agriculture. She directs the Rural Women’s Project for the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). For more information about Inn Serendipity, visit  learn What's the key ingredient to eating healthy, saving money and stewarding the planet. A return to our nation’s farmstead roots of independence, self-sufficiency and frugality. Learn simple, creative tips for rethinking household food budgets, from preserving the homegrown harvest to stocking the kitchen pantry.

Jessica Kellner
Mother Earth Living editor-in-chief and Housing Reclaimed author Jessica Kellner will show you how to think creatively about building materials for a home or secondary structure. Using examples from across the nation, Kellner will help you envision how out-of-the-box construction materials can create a unique and beautiful space. Information on how to source reclaimed building materials will also be included.

Albert Bates
Albert Bates, author of The Biochar Solution, has been Director of the Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology since 1984 and the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Tennessee since 1994, where he has taught sustainable design, natural building, permaculture and restoration ecology to students from more than 50 nations.  He will demonstrate how to make electricity while cooking or heating using woody wastes, cardboard or even pistachio shells.

Miles Olsen
Miles has spent the past decade deeply immersed in learning and practicing earth skills; living intimately with the land on the forested edge of a sprawling city. While foraging, hunting, gardening, and gathering for his livelihood, his life has been shaped profoundly by a desire to nurture healthy relationships with humans and the non-human world. Miles' experiences have put him at the forefront of the rewilding movement, radical self-reliance, and the impact of civilization on the natural world. Ever wondered what it would be like to head to the hills and try to live off the fat of the land, outside the normal routine of modern life? Miles Olson, author of Unlearn, Rewild, shares his experiences, reflections and musings in rewilding, based on a decade of living intimately with the land and building a "feral homestead" on Vancouver Island.

Anthony Boutard
Anthony is a widely recognized local, sustainable food advocate in the Pacific Northwest well-known for his efforts in reviving long-lost food crops and bringing little-known varieties to market. He and his wife Carol own Ayers Creek Farm, a 144-acre organic market farm in Gaston, Oregon specializing in berries, beans, grains and greens. Trained as a forester and naturalist, he brings to farming a forester's patience and a naturalist's appreciation for the other organisms that thrive on the land. Born and raised in New England where fresh corn on the cob is essential to summer life, Anthony has, on occasion, felt the deep emptiness of living in a place where he couldn't grow corn.  Anthony is the author of Beautiful Corn. Corn is a wholesome grain that is easy to grow, harvest and process using simple tools, making it well-suited for small farms and backyards. It carries more genetic diversity than any other grain, and interest in relocalizing the grain is growing nationwide. Anthony Boutard will share his experience in returning traditional varieties of corn to commerce and the table.

Carol Peppe Hewitt
Carol is a business owner, social entrepreneur and life-long activist and author of Financing our Foodshed. She is cofounder of Slow Money NC which works to finance North Carolina's sustainable food and farming economy by connecting individuals committed to building local food systems with entrepreneurs who have compelling needs for capital. Growing up in rural Northwest Connecticut, Carol watched as working farms disappeared one by one. She now works to change that trend, guiding patient capital to sustainable farmers and food businesses in North Carolina. Carol Peppe Hewitt will share a sampling of the caring and compelling, real-life stories about Slow Money entrepreneurs – the people who grow, process, distribute and sell local food – and the folks in their communities who become their lenders. Her session will both inspire and instruct anyone interested in putting community capital to work strengthening and building resilience in their local foodshed. 

For a complete list of speakers, please see the Mother Earth News program.

See you at the Fair!


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