Celebrating With Mother

| 10/31/2012 10:42:56 AM

I had the best of intentions to write this update several weeks ago. We had just returned from the Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, PA and I was so excited to write all about it! Then life happened, as it usually does. For the last several weeks it seems we have just tried to keep up with all that has been going on. Add our entire family of five getting sick together and my laptop hard drive going out to our normal hectic lifestyle and … WHEW! So here I am, a month late but still excited to share our experience! It would take a book to describe our entire weekend, so here are a few of our favorite highlights! 

Andrew and I have wanted to go to the Mother Fair for several years. There has always been one reason or another why we couldn’t go. This year, the Seven Springs, PA fair fell on the same weekend as a very special event. Andrew and I both turned 30 the 3rd week of September! What better way to celebrate than with a trip to the Mother Earth News Fair?  

Now don’t go thinking this was all just fun and games. We had another agenda. The last few weeks before the Fair, we reviewed all of the seminars and read the details about each segment including the speakers. As much as we were looking forward to having fun, we needed to learn as well! Andrew and I are planning to add bees to the farm next year. Beyond that, we want to construct a hydroponics green house complete with stocked fish tank. We are also raising a pair of young milk cows, with plans to make our own milk, butter, and cheese in the future. Many of the speakers attending this year’s Fair were speaking on these topics. Not to mention my farm hero, Joel Salatin was giving several seminars! I would have made the entire trip just to hear him once.  

So September 20th rolled around. The day of my 30th birthday! We spent nearly 14 hours in the truck driving up to PA. On the way through Abingdon, VA we just couldn’t resist a stop at the Heartwood Gallery. My Mom had told me about this place on her last visit through the area, and I am so glad I got the chance to view it myself! 

   Heartwood Gallery  

The Heartwood is a beautiful gallery full of many different types of art. Woodworking, quilts, paintings, weaving, and even musical instruments, it’s all there. Here are a few of my favorites.  

Suzanne Cox
11/8/2012 4:02:15 AM

Dave we had such a wonderful time! We were so busy each day we didn't stop from the time we got there until we got back in the truck, other than our hempzels and hemp brownies, hot chocolate, and water we didn't even break for food. I do hope they offer a few more locations in the future, right now they are so spread out it isn't practical for many in between to attend. I thought I saw they were considering Kansas City as an option? You sound so much like me, I look forward to the earlier evenings in the cold of winter when I can curl up with a book. Don't look forward to busting the ice out of the buckets, but hey, it's a trade off!

11/3/2012 5:53:18 PM

Suzanne, I'm glad you got to celebrate the beginning of your third decade of life with your husband at Mother Earth News Fair. I too would like to visit a Fair but the distance from Nebraska to reach either one is just too much. I'm hoping they will indeed consider having one in the midwest. I would suspect that I'm not alone in being interested in the skills needed for homestead living. Thanks for a beginning book list. I spend many hours during the winter months reading gardening books. I'm ready for winter months to arrive. It's been a long hot dry summer and a busy fall garden preparation time. :0) Have a great book reading day.

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