Taking Root #28

Mother Earth News Fair This Weekend

By Gini Bramlett

For the Calapooia Food Alliance

With the 2015 Mother Earth News Fair happening in our own backyard, those of us who belong to the Calapooia Food Alliance couldn’t pass up the opportunity to become involved and become a supporting partner.

In addition to volunteering our services to help, the CFA will be hosting a booth introducing people to our organization, sharing what we do, and encouraging those interested in helping the CFA encourage our communities to support our local farmers by eating healthy and locally.

The fair is happening this weekend in Albany at the Linn County Exposition Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road on Saturday and Sunday.

Since the magazine’s founding in 1970 in Topeka, Kansas. Mother Earth News has been a pioneer in the promotion of renewable energy, recycling, family farms, saner agricultural practices, better eating habits, medical self-care, more meaningful education and affordable housing. Every year the company holds fairs like this across the country, but this is first time one has been so accessible to our communities.

Hundreds of exhibitors will be sharing products and information. A few of the local businesses will be Brownsville’s Adaptive Seeds (www.adaptiveseeds.com) whose mission is bringing seed biodiversity, Landview Farm in Halsey offering natural and grain fed meats, poultry and eggs, and Mt. Rose Herb Company out of Eugene. Bob’s Red Mill in Portland will be there offering locally milled grains.

Exhibitors also include many seed companies, natural products and foods, bee keeping, herbaries, nurseries, book publishers on sustainable and organic practices, handcrafted furniture, cold frame and greenhouse kits, natural lighting, and the list goes on.

Also, yours for the taking are hundreds of demos and workshops, including aquaponics, fermenting, cheese making, tractor maintenance, energy storage, raising chickens, grey water irrigation, homestead medicine, the truth about product labeling and so much more.

The Calapooia Food Alliance encourages you to attend; come see us at table #2911 and see what you can learn about living healthy and sustainably as well as supporting your local farms and businesses.

For more information about the Calapooia Food Alliance, visit www.gocfa.org.

For ticket information, directions, and list of exhibitors and workshops, visit www.motherearthnews.com/fair/oregon.

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