Get Your Hands Dirty at the Mother Earth News Fair June 1-2

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Nation’s Largest Self-Reliant Event Returns to Frederick

FREDERICK, Md., April 24, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR returns to Frederick, Maryland! The event features more than 150 workshops and demonstrations covering the gamut of sustainable living topics, as well as hundreds of exhibitors showcasing their sustainably minded products. The Mother Earth News Fair serves as your passport to money-saving hacks, health-boosting remedies, and environmental strategies from leading experts and entrepreneurs around the country.

The FAIR began in 2010 as a way to bring MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine to life. The magazine selected Seven Springs Mountain Resort, a sister company, as the inaugural host of the FAIR based on its environmental stewardship, resource management and environmental protection practices.

On average, nearly 10,000 people attend each FAIR – many traveling hundreds of miles to participate. Hands-on learning has deep roots in MOTHER EARTH NEWS’ 49-year history. Between the mid-1970s and mid-1980s, the magazine hosted thousands of visitors each summer at its 600-acre Eco-Village in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The Eco-Village served as a hands-on research center, with attendees learning about everything from beekeeping to cordwood construction through experimental gardens, houses and energy projects. For more information on the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR, visit


WHAT: The MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR is a family-friendly sustainable living event with a vast sustainable marketplace and more than 150 hands-on workshops, lectures and demonstrations from experts on preparing and preserving food, organic gardening, homesteading, renewable energy, green building and remodeling, small-scale livestock, green transportation, natural health, and many other related topics.

WHEN: Saturday, June 1: 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Sunday, June 2: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

WHERE: The Frederick Fairgrounds
797 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701

WHY: MOTHER EARTH NEWS, the country’s largest and longest-running publication on sustainable living, brings its message of practical, self-sufficient living to life for people across the green-living spectrum.


  • Weekend pass – pre-ordered: $25; at the gate: $30
  • Single day pass – pre-ordered: $15; at the gate: $25
  • Children 17 and under are FREE
  • Student Discount – at the gate: $10

Tickets are available online or by calling 800-234-3368, and at the gate.

Select Keynote Speakers Dennis Biswell; outdoorsman and Mother Earth News information technology director Sue Becker; author, teacher, food scientist Shawna Coronado; author, blogger, media host, columnist, photographer Dan Chiras; food justice activist, educator, author, and farmer Ira Wallace; gardener, owner/worker of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.

Workshops More than 150 workshops and seminars focused on gardening, natural health, real food, green building, small-scale agriculture, alternative energy, natural health and green transportation.

In-Booth Demonstrations Attendees can find it hard to select from the dozens of workshop presentations, but the educational and inspirational opportunities don’t end there. Many of our marketplace vendors provide ongoing training and demonstrations throughout the weekend. From the fiber arts, such as spinning fibers into yarn and weaving, to building a fire using the ancient technique of hand drill friction to creating DIY garden seed balls, there’s a ton of knowledge to absorb just perusing the market!! Hands-On Classes Take a deep dive and bring home a brand-new skill with our hands-on and extended workshops. For an additional fee, you can register to take part in these limited engagements aimed at fostering practical, money-saving skill sets. The best way to learn is by doing, and our nationally renowned experts will show you how.

Children’s Activities The Kids’ Treehouse Club offers free hands-on activities for children to interact with chickens, milk dairy animals, make healthy foods, build with mud, plant garden seeds, and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sustainable Living Marketplace Hundreds of artisans and vendors sell goods ranging from locally made crafts and foods to solar energy systems and outdoor power equipment.

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