Mother Earth News Fair was a two day event. Sunday was as exciting as the first day. I went around to the different booths, and saw many speakers, and even like a total hippie dippie groupie got a book signed!
The first speaker I saw was Cody from Wranglerstar. He is a youtube sensation who talks about modern homesteading. His talk that day was on the importance of vintage tools. He discussed his top five categories of vintage tools he looks for (crosscut saws, axes/hatchets, chisels/slicks, bits/brace and draw knife/planes. I basically brought all this knowledge back to Tim, as I honestly thought the talk was going to be on vintage (gardening) tools.
The second speaker I saw was Eliot Coleman! Yep I was pretty excited!Mr. Coleman talked about how to be able to do a winter harvest. This involves a bit of infrastructure with moveable green houses, but it also takes knowledge of what can take the cold-certain varieties of vegetables (ex. red oak leaf lettuce, nepali carrots, etc.), when to plant them to get them to maturity before the extreme cold, what needs double coverage, etc. It was amazing to see the different types of green houses he has had, and used, it is crazy to see the mass production that comes in the middle of winter for them, and it is amazing to see how creative he is.
He showed us a new tool he came up with (it is basically a hoe but it won’t damage plants because it is not sharp).
After his talk, I ran up to get my The New Organic Grower book signed like a total fan girl…and guess what…He was cool enough to do it for me!
Then I had a couple dud talks, just to be honest. The first was on growing 35-40 plants in 2 sq ft but it was mainly talking about growing veggies on walls, which I have no interest in. The second dud talk was healthy soil, plants and people. That talk was about obviously keeping fertility because the fertility in soil will produce better nutrients in the plants, which feeds our bodies better.
My last talk was so fun! It was put on by Gianaclis Caldwell and it was on making butter! Do you know how EASY it is to make butter?!?! All you have to do is take room temperature heavy cream (store bought, locally sourced, from pasteurized milk, from raw milk, etc., it really doesn’t matter), put it in a canning jar, put on the lid and rock it back and forth until it becomes a chunk in a little bit of liquid. Pour the butter into a chilled bowl, drain off the liquid and squeeze liquid out of the rest of the butter, until the butter is at the constancy you want. Last add some salt (if you want) and WALAH! BUTTER!!! ALSO! The liquid you poured off is buttermilk! Pancakes anyone?
I went around to the different booths and found a couple that I really need to tell you about! The first is The Soap Nut Lady. She was giving out sample bags that included a dishwasher pod, a laundry pod and soap nuts. I have only tried the actual soap nuts by adding them to water and then washing my tub, which was a disaster zone.
The other product was a fermented food for animals product that I am waiting to try this winter and I will let you know more about it then!
Hope you enjoyed this little write up of the fair, and I hope that one day you will choose to go the fair whether you are a small time homestead or a big ol’ farm! Lastly, if you haven’t seen my Facebook page there are three videos that were posted yesterday that are a bit fun (braiding garlic, checking out pollinators, and harvesting lettuce seed) so go over and check them out!