Crowds of locals and visitors converged on the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center Saturday and Sunday, April 11-12, to take in the sights, sounds and tastes of the 2015 Mother Earth News Fair. A full roster of presenters from the WNC area and across the U.S. offered workshops and discussions on topics relating to renewable energy, organic gardening, homesteading, green building and sustainable living.
The barns of the Ag Center were filled with exhibitors offering demonstrations and displays featuring everything from quail to goats to camels. Hundreds of vendors were also on hand with booths highlighting farm and garden supplies, clothing, value-added food products and more.
This year marked the fair’s second trip to Asheville with future stops scheduled this spring and summer in Albany, Ore.; West Bend, Wis.; Seven Springs, Pa.; and Topeka, Kan.
Photos by Tori Pace
Wood-Mizer portable sawmill demonstration
David Gumpert gives a talk about raw milk
James “Jeep” Sabo demonstrates blacksmithing
Steve Gabriel during his presentation on ‘Farming the Woods’
Steve Gabriel teaches fairgoers how to farm the woods
Hendrikus Schraven & Nirav Peterson demonstrate soil testing techniques
GROWING GREEN: Crowds of people converged on the 2015 Mother Earth News Fair Saturday and Sunday, April 11-12, at the WNC Agricultural Center. Although official numbers were unavailable at press time, fair director Andrew Perkins estimates that 18,000 people attended this year’s event, up from 16,000 in 2014.
Terry Durham discusses elderberry cultivation
Wood-carving demonstration by Riverwood Trading Company
Natalie Bogwalker responds to audience questions during her presentation
Becky Beyer from Buchi Kombucha teaches fair attendees how to brew kombucha at home
Alex Medley serves a customer at the Buchi Kombucha booth
Virginia Daly from Growers Supply with a hydroponic lettuce-growing setup
Exhibitors from Wild Food Adventures discuss wild-harvested foods with a fair attendee
Joseph Klinefelter from River Hills Harvest hands out a sample of elderberry jam
Jeanine Davis gives a ramp-growing demonstration
Bryan Welch, publisher of Mother Earth News, with Tami Schwerin of Abundance, N.C.
Nan Chase demonstrates equipment used in home winemaking
Nan Chase teaches fair attendees how to bottle and label their homemade wine
Angie Lavezzo with Sow True Seed helps a customer with his seed purchase
Laura King, a.k.a. ‘Mac,’ with Ira Wallace, author of Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast at the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange booth
Emily Coleman-Wolf hands out a sample at Soda Papa
Ben White serves a customer at Soda Papa
Joel Salatin engages the crowd during his presentation
Alan Muskat during his presentation on Wild Mushrooms