Sustainable living event with local roots comes to Asheville

Mother Earth News Fair covers gamut of homesteading, gardening and green living

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 14, 2014) — Want to grow and prepare your own food, raise backyard chickens, or use green materials for your next remodel?

Then mark your calendar for the Mother Earth News Fair.

Mother Earth News, the largest and longest-running publication about self-sufficient lifestyles, will hold its Mother Earth News Fair April 12-13 at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Fletcher. The Fair runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

“Mother Earth News began in Hendersonville, so, in a sense, it is like a homecoming for the brand,” says Andrew Perkins, the Fair’s director.

Visitors can attend more than 200 hands-on workshops that cover organic gardening, food preparation and preservation, renewable energy, homesteading, small-scale livestock, green building and remodeling, natural health, green transportation, and related topics. Local and national experts on sustainable and rural lifestyles will lead the sessions.

In addition, the Fair will host a poultry show, children’s activities, vendor and livestock demonstrations, hundreds of exhibitors, and local and organic food options.

Tickets cost $15 for one-day passes and $20 for the weekend until Feb. 11, when tickets will increase to $20 and $25, respectively. Prices at the gate will be $25 and $30, respectively. Children 17 and under get in free. The event will offer a limited number of VIP tickets. VIPs receive guaranteed seating at workshops, catered meals and other perks.

To purchase tickets, inquire about exhibiting or check programming, visit or call toll-free 800-234-3368.

The Asheville Mother Earth News Fair is sponsored by Botanical Interests, Blue Ridge Naturally, Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, Coconut Bliss, Deltec Homes, Ford Community Green Grant, Ford Motor Co., John C. Campbell Folk School, Kapstone Farm, Nature’s Flavors, Purina, Selina Naturally and Theo Chocolate.
Mother Earth News also holds events in Lawrence, Kan., Puyallup, Wash., and Seven Springs,Pa.

About Mother Earth News

Mother Earth News (, the Original Guide to Living Wisely, covers organic gardening, cooking and food preservation, natural health, do-it-yourself projects, renewable energy, and all aspects of rural and urban homesteading.

About Ogden Publications Inc.

Ogden Publications Inc. ( is the leading information resource serving the sustainable lifestyle, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities. Key brands include Mother Earth News, Mother Earth Living, Utne Reader, Capper’s and Grit. Ogden Publications also produces environmentally friendly housewares through Natural Home Products LLC, and provides insurance and financial services through its Capper’s Insurance Service division.

About Jake Frankel
Jake Frankel is an award-winning journalist who enjoys covering a wide range of topics, from politics and government to business, education and entertainment.

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