Win Tickets to Our Newest Green-Living Festival

Win Tickets to Our Newest Green-Living Festival
Sustainable-living event with local ties coming to Asheville

Asheville’s first-ever Mother Earth News Fair is just around the corner, but it’s been a long time in the making. Hosted by Mother Earth News, the largest and longest-running publication about self-sufficient lifestyles, the event is expected to welcome more than 10,000 attendees from across the country to take part in crash courses for living on less, homesteading, gardening and green living.

The magazine calls itself the “Original Guide to Living Wisely” and actually began in nearby Hendersonville, N.C., where it was based from 1970 through the mid-80s. While there, it had a 600-plus-acre research farm that hosted tours and intensive workshops. The publication is now located in Topeka, Kan., but has had its eye on Asheville and returning home again for this event.

At the festival, nationally known keynote speakers (from fermentation expert Sandor Katz to author, herbalist and licensed holistic aesthetician Stephanie Tourles) are slated to share their perspectives. Meanwhile, sustainability experts will offer more than 200 inspiring hands-on workshops, designed to let you take a bit of Asheville home with you:

  • “You Can Grow Your Own Hops” – Growing hops isn’t just for the Pacific Northwest anymore – it’s a thriving business on the East Coast now, too! Learn how to grow hops on both a small and large scale.
  • “Garden-Fresh Drinks” – Take what’s in your garden and transform it into seasonal libations for any occasion.
  • “Soap Making in 30 Minutes” – Learn a safe and simple recipe to try your own batch at home.
  • “DIY Aquaponics” – Aquaponics combines aquaculture, for raising fish, and hydroponics, for growing plants. This presentation will cover the basics, and you'll learn how you can build your own starter system
  • “Get Started with Family Flocks” – Think the learning curve for keeping chickens is too steep? Think again. This workshop demystifies the art of successfully raising baby chicks into productive adult chickens.

Visitors should also look for children’s activities, an alternative-fuel-vehicle display, country skills, vendor and livestock demonstrations and local and organic food options.

The Mother Earth News Fair takes place April 12-13 at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center. Adult tickets cost $25 for the weekend or $20 for a one-day pass in advance, or $30 and $25, respectively, at the gate. Children under 17 get in free. For additional details and tickets, check out the event website.

Want to go? We have a pair of tickets up for grabs. To enter, leave a comment below telling us what you're most looking forward to learning at the festival. A winner will be selected at random on April 10, so come back here that day to see if you won, and check your email for information on how to claim your tickets. Good luck!

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