A weekend before last, we attended the Mother Earth News fair in Asheville, NC. We had a great time. We played with mud and learned so much from the vendors and the workshops.
I wanted to share with you the list of resources I made when we came back. If you have a farm or a homestead (or considering having one), you will find lots of information, products, and maybe some fresh ideas within those links. I divided the list to categories so it is easier to navigate. Not all but some of those companies are local and serving NC only but you can still learn a lot from them. Most of the links will be useful and helpful no matter where you are.
Farm And Homestead Supplies:
- Premier 1 Supplies – Sheep and goat supplies, clipping and shearing products, ear tags and animal identification, waterers, feeders, wire panels, guard dog tools and a whole lot of fencing.
- BCS – Two wheel tractor and attachments. If you have a small farm or a big garden, you need the power and help of a tractor but don’t want to own an actual tractor you need to consider this machine. It is easy to operate and for under $5000 you can get the tractor plus all of the attachments.
- Brushy Mountains Bee Farm: Bee keeping supplies, candle supplies, soap supplies.
- Top-Bar bee Hive: A way to keep bees that I did not know about before. This hive is very easy to build by yourself and said to promote bees’ health.
- Dependable Equine Alternatives: All natural horse supplements.
- EZ Animal Products: Innovative dairy and equine products.
Schools and Organizations:
- John C. Campbell Folk School: The Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing. This looks like an extremely cool place!
- Organic Growers School: Advanced organic and sustainable living education. This is also a good place to find farm help, they have a great apprentice link.
- ISHA – Institute of Inner-Sciences – A unique destination for yoga, meditation, and health (in TN).
- Erthineer: A large online community of homesteaders. Where you can connect, trade, share and learn.
- Blue Ridge Food Ventures: Shared-use kitchen and natural products manufacturing facility that offers support in product development. .
- Dripping Spring OLLAS: Unglazed clay pot buried in the ground, up to the neck, and filled with water to provide irrigation to surrounding plants.
- Common Wealth Seed Growers: Farmer direct seeds adapted to the Mid-Atlantic.
- Useful Plants Nursery: Fruit, nut, berry, and medicinal plants for the Southern Appalachian and Piedmont bio-regions.
- Smugtown Mushrooms: Mushrooms supplies for home, garden and farm.
Natural Building and Home:
- Ashevillage Institute: Natural building workshops including cob, adobe, slipstraw, wattle and daub, earthen plasters, paints and releif,living roofs, mud ovens, and more.
- Wishbone Tiny Home: Tiny wooden, wheeled homes ranging from 150sqf to 500sqf.
- Solar Kit Direct: affordable alternative energy products.
- The Natural Cottage Project: Natural building projects from foundation to roof. Those guys travel all over and even if they don’t offer workshops close to where you live, they might know of someone whose building naturally in your area so you can go visit or help.
- Mountain Works: A log farm powered by draft horses. Their web site is a bit unclear but their flyer shows that they sale a 440sqf log cabin starting at $24 per sq. ft.
- Sun-Mar: Composting toilet.
- Sun Oven: A cool way to bake, boil or steam using the power of the sun. Great emergency oven.
- Great books to read: Builders of The Pacific Coast, Home Works: handbuilt Shelter.
- Hand Pumps
***Be aware! You might fall in love and never be able to recover. You might lose valuable hours of sleep (like me) and won’t be able to find rest until you have one of those.Or four…***
- Rainbow Morgan Horse Association: To promote interest in colorful Morgan horses. Those beauties can be driven or ridden.
- Percheron Horse Association of America: All interest I had in tractors blow to hell once I laid eyes on those horses. I HAVE to have two of those. I just can’t see any other way. They can work your field or take you and your three kids for a ride. Or both. Can you tell I am in love?
That is it. I hope this list will help someone. If you are in the Asheville, NC area next year I really recommend this fair. We learned a lot and had a great time.
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