Saturday, November 10, 2018

Mother Earth News Fair - Topeka, Kansas

Mother Earth News Fair!  Day one - Before daylight after completing morning farm chores, I set out on the four hour drive from the Honey Milk Farms to Topeka, Kansas armed with lots of cold brewed coffee! 

Temple Grandin and Howard Garrett autographing books

Arrived at the Expocentre just in time to listen to the first of many great informative 
talks - Temple Grandin's "Improving Stockmanship."  Learn more about this amazing 
lady and her work with animal behavior, humane handling and research at

Leo Sharashkin

Next on the list, I attended several other amazing and informative talks that included 
Howard Garrett's "Natural Organic Pest Control,"  Dale Strickler on "Keeping 
Livestock Fed and Watered in a Drought," and Leo Sharashkin on "Natural Beekeeping 
that works."  There were so many to choose from only wish I could have heard them all!

In between talks I watched an amazing demonstration of working Border Collies 
by Mary Powell.

And then there were the exhibits and vendors .....

So many booths to see and visit.  

And then there was the bookstore.....

With great deals on books on just about everything.  Many of the author/speakers were on 
hand to autograph their books.  

Day two - I attended a hands on workshop "Mushroom Cultivation for Everyone" with 
Tradd Cotter who owns and operates Mushroom Mountain .  I learned so much about 
mushrooms and I can't wait to grow my own!  After the workshop, I again had to choose
between so many great presentations.  With only time for two, I attended "Choosing the
Right Worm Bin and Species for Vermicomposting" with Joanne Olszweski 
and "High-Performance, Off-Grid Chinese Greenhouses" with Dan Chiras.

A sampling of some of the wonderful stuff I brought back with me.....

Thank you Mother Earth News for an incredible experience!  I definitely plan on attending 
more in the future!