Beekeeping? Homesteading? Foraging? Mother Earth News fair in Erie covers self-sufficiency

Perhaps you've always wanted to try organic gardening but didn't know how to begin. Or maybe you wanted to forage for food but worried about picking the wrong thing.

The Mother Earth News Fair in Erie will offer workshops, hands-on learning and more about these and other topics, organizers said.

“We’re excited to bring the Mother Earth News Fair to Erie and share how to start living a more independent, self-sufficient lifestyle and stop overpaying for basic necessities,” said Josh Wilder, director of events and video for Mother Earth News.

Growing tomatoes and growing things in small spaces will be topics included at the Mother Earth News Fair in July in Erie.

What is Mother Earth News?

Mother Earth News is a magazine and also a newsletter, website, podcasts, events and videos. It provides practical and money-saving information on organic gardening, DIY projects, natural health, homesteading, sustainable living, real food and more, according to a news release.

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When is the fair?

The event will take place July 15 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and July 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bayfront Convention Center, 1 Sassafras Pier.

Who is it for?

Billed as family-friendly by the organizers, the event has activities for adults as well as children and teens, including making bath bombs, naturally scented play dough and mud forts.

How to get started with beekeeping and how to make bath bombs are among the topics to be covered at the Mother Earth News Fair in Erie.

What will it offer?

The schedule over the two days includes a variety of workshops and hands-on learning sessions.

Topics include beekeeping; growing tomatoes, onions, leeks, oyster mushrooms, green beans, lavender, micro-greens and more; meal planning; raising meat birds; scrounging; homesteading; craft cider making; holistic health practitioners; crafting teas, tinctures and oils; agritourism; building a bucket composting toilet; preserving seeds; growing in small spaces; off-grid energy; making maple syrup; small-scale equipment; garden herbs and flowers for health and beauty; weatherization; building a wood-fired pizza oven from dirt; and more.

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On July 15, a foraging walk is scheduled to take place at Presque Isle State Park.

How do I get tickets?

A one-day ticket for July 15 or 16 is $32 plus fees. A two-day weekend ticket is $41 plus fees. Additional fees are required for some workshops. Admission for ages 17 and younger is free, organizers said in a news release. A VIP pass is $212.

To register or for more information, visit or or call 800-234-3368.

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This article originally appeared on Erie Times-News: Mother Earth fair brings gardening, sustainability training to Erie