Meet Us at The Mother Earth News Fair this Weekend!

The following post is by Katie Peige, Herban Lifestyle’s Sustainability Associate.

This weekend, Herban Lifestyle will be exhibiting at the Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania.

This fun-filled family festival is a three-day event held at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort starting at 12:00 pm on Friday and going until 6:00 pm on Sunday. The event is like a state fair, but better, because it’s all about rocking the sustainable lifestyle. So it’s like a Sustainability State Fair (as this Rogers and Hammerstein geek starts to sing, “Our State Fair, is a great State fair, don’t miss it don’t even be late!”)

Back to the fair… When you go, you’ll find a slew of activities to partake in to boost your sustainable expertise. First off, there are the workshops (with very entertaining titles), featuring hands-on experiences on topics ranging from modern homesteading to composting to DIY solar panels. Then there are the animal husbandry workshops with a variety of animal workshops on chicks, and ducks and sheep (oh wait, that’s another R&H musical) and llamas, alpacas, horses, and so on. I am torn between whether I would get a bigger kick out of “Hare-Raising Possibilities with Heritage Rabbits” or “Everybody Duck! The basics of raising ducks.” For those who are not as amused with word play as I am, there are also classes like “Pastured Pork Basics” and “Incubation 101.”

So where does Herban Lifestyle come into this mix? Well, we will be exhibiting in good company with an array of vendors including Affordable Barn Co., The Apothecary’s Daughter, Featherman Equipment, Flying Fibers, Gita Naguri Yoga Farm and Grandma Whimsy’s Cupboard. And I really like the name, Love at First Sit, which happens to be “portable, fair trade, ergonomic back support systems made of organic cotton and hemp.”

Tickets are $35 at the gate for a three-day pass or $20 for one day. By using this coupon, you can get $10 off those prices. Sounds like we are going to have a blast. I hope you can join us this weekend to get your State-Fair-Fix-with-a-twist. Mmmm pass the raw cultured veggies and vegan goodies this way!

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2010 Green Festival DC Oct 23-24

Green Festival™, the nation’s largest sustainability event, returns to the Washington Convention Center October 23-24. As always, the Green Festival theme is a great place to shop green, enjoy informative, insightful speakers, learn about cutting edge eco-innovations, enjoy great live music, organic wine and beer and amazing local vegetarian cuisine. There will be fun educational family activities as well as hands-on workshops.

There is also a new Green Business Conference Pavilion, which will feature speakers on various topics of interest to business owners. I will be speaking on Sunday, October 24 at 1:00. Please stop by if you are at the Festival!

Here are some of the featured activities:

Annie’s Green Kid’s Zone will offer fun and creative hands-on activities organized by the National Children’s Museum. Kids can create wearable water bottle jewelry and creations, participate in a recycling obstacle challenge, bowl a recycled strike, make a jump rope out of plastic bags, build a city, enjoy a fair trade chocolate party, learn about the busy futures of recycled objects and learn how the National Children’s Museum will be a green organization!

Mother Earth News is hosting a Seed Swap sponsored by Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. If you have seeds to trade please organize and label them according to the guidelines posted on our website. Swappers will receive a goodie bag from Mother Earth News and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. There will also be seeds for sale for those who don’t have any to swap.

You will have an opportunity to recycle your family’s old cell phones through T-Mobile’s Mobilize™ program. Donate your unused cell phones for recycling with T-Mobile at the Washington D.C. Green Festival and you will get free admission to the festival. The first 250 people to recycle a phone will also receive a free organic festival T-shirt. All makes and models of devices will be accepted.

For more information about attending Washington D.C. Green Festival, please visit their website.