Mother Earth News Fair, This Weekend

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at organic gardening? Create your own wood stove? Concoct herbal medicines? Or perhaps your longings lie in getting up close and cuddly with fuzzy farm animals. 

Whatever your preferences for green learning and nature-based interaction, you’re sure to put your time and mind to use this weekend, at the Mother Earth News Fair, returning to the Linn County Expo Center in Albany this Saturday and Sunday.

What To Expect
The Mother Earth News Fair is truly a place where you can let your inner child run free—or your actual children under 17 who get free entry—while maintaining the intentions of a responsible adult, caring for the Earth through sustainable living practices.

Hands-on learning experiences will be offered at the Expo Center, across 11 stages, including—and bear with me, this is a long list, for the purpose of pure, unadulterated pleasure and excitement—live hive inspection, herbal tea tasting, mushroom gardening, aromatherapy, Ayurveda, lip balm, kimchi, salad dressing, sourdough making, pizza ovens, flavored vinegar, fun with goats, building rocket-mass heaters and mud structures, and more. These are just some among the 200 workshops and 150 exhibitors and sponsors expected to attend the event.

Keynote speakers will include local and non-local faces, such as crowd favorite Jessi Bloom of N.W. Bloom Ecological Landscapes, and Bob Moore of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Food. Oregon State University Extension Services will provide workshops on infused vinegars and oils, seafood preservation, berry preservation, and milk culturalization. Other local presences will include Shonnards Florist and Landscape and Vivacity Spirits. Some Eugene-based businesses represented at the fair will be Coconut Bliss, Mountain Rose Herbs, and GloryBee.

The Magazine That Started It All
Mother Earth News Magazine brings their content to life with each fair installment, spanning 6 states. Oregon is the only west coast installment in 2017—other state locations include Kansas, Texas, Vermont, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. The magazine has been connecting people and businesses small and large for over 46 years, with a focus and dedication to the vital sustainable practices of waste production, family farming, clean eating, herbal medicine, and affordable housing.

With over 4.3 million Facebook followers and a 3 million print reach, The Advocate is happy to announce its partnership with Mother Earth News for the Albany fair this weekend. 

The Advocate was sold immediately, seeing shared values with Mother Earth News Magazine: commitments to Advocacy, in championing and supporting positive influences on the community; the Environment, in leaving the smallest footprint possible; Interactivity, in participation with meaningful and progressive public events; and Learning and Integrity, in helping to improve the community.

Now, Go On And Get
To the fair that is. You’ll likely be glad you went. Polls disclosed by Mother Earth News representatives show a 98 percent interest in products by attendees, 94 percent of which were influenced to take action, environmental or otherwise, as a result of attendance. 

To make the best of the event, attendees are recommended to plan ahead and shop a la carte on the event calendar page (linked below). Be sure to save time for the fair’s traveling bookstore, stocked to the brim with enviro-friendly finds. And while you’re at it, stock up on brochures and other useful handouts and samples. After all, it’s a once-in-a-year experience.

The fair takes place at the Linn County Expo Center, in Albany, Oregon, Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Presale tickets can be ordered online at, starting at $15 for a single day pass. Each online ticket purchase includes a 25 percent discount to the Fair Bookstore. Be sure print or save your electronic confirmation for proof of purchase at the gate. At-gate tickets will be $30 each. Children 17 and under get free entry.

For those uninterested in this degree of human and farm animal interaction, at least give the magazine a read online at There is much to learn from Mother Earth and her largest, longest-running news source.

To view The Advocate’s full list of values, visit 

By Stevie Beisswanger