Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, Pa., is readying for the Mother Earth News Fair Sept. 25-26, a new event that focuses on sustainable lifestyles.

"It will have an amazing array of speakers," Anna Weltz of Seven Springs said, "and also teach people things they can do and use at home to promote sustainable lifestyles."

The fair focuses on renewable energy, small-scale agriculture, gardening, green construction and green buildings, green transportation, and natural health.

She said the event will include alpacas, a sheepdog herding contest, and beekeeping and making honey at home, and offer a wide variety of natural products including shampoo, makeup, food and beverages.

Speakers include Perry Jones, U.S. country program director for Heifer International; Amanda Little, author and environmental journalist; Richard Schrader, New York legislative director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Bryan Welch, publisher and editorial director of Ogden Publications.

Perry Jones grew up on a "grow-it-to-eat-it" farm in rural Western Arkansas. He works for Heifer Project International, which is nationally and internationally recognized for promoting community development and self-reliance of small-scale farmers around the world.

Perry has worked with Heifer since 1998, in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He is currently serving the organization as Country Director of Heifer's United States Country Program, which is refocusing its work to search out partnerships to build a more socially just, environmentally sustainable and economically viable, locallycontrolled food system. This work is focused on Appalachia, Mississippi River Delta, and the Southwest, but also includes working more broadly in urban agriculture and with new and immigrant farmers and indigenous peoples.

Perry said, "The most important question we need to answer is: ‘How to have a system that is both economically viable for small- and medium-scale farmers producing healthy food on a healthy planet, but also more broadly accessible to consumers in every income bracket?'  We're hoping for nothing less than to revolutionize the food system."

Adult admission is $15 for one day, $25 for both days. Children 17 and under are free.

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