Joel Salatin at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup

We were lucky enough to be able to make it to Puyallup, Washington for the Mother Earth News Fair. In addition to all the great displays and interesting trade show booths, Mother Earth News had a lot of great speakers, including Will Allen and Joel Salatin. Joel’s speech is nearly an hour long, but it’s worth listening to!

Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms speaking at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup Washington on June 3, 2012.We were there for two solid days and caught every display in the trade show, along with a few of the keynote speeches. There was a lot going on, with a ton of demonstrations. In fact, there was so much going on that it was impossible for us to catch everything going on. We would have loved to though!

The show was very well attended and I believe they estimated attendance was up 30 per cent from the previous year. I hope that they run it again next year, because we’ll definitely go if they do. Just a suggestion for Mother Earth News to seriously consider holding a show in Canada. And, of course, if they were to do so, Edmonton makes the most sense. I think the show would do very well and I’d be more than happy to get on board to help put on the fair and to promote it. There are a lot of people in Edmonton who would be interested in this type of event, especially if they got speakers like Will Allen and Joel Salatin.

By Alain Saffel

If I were to picture my ideal life, I’d be sitting in some far off land, sipping a coffee in a café, my backpack at my side, camera around my neck, motorcycle at the curb, pondering my next stop or maybe madly typing away on my laptop about my latest adventure. Of course my home base will be a rural location, somewhere in Canada.

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