To date, the FAIR has 6 events throughout the United States, with an average of 15,000 attendees, some travelling hundreds of miles to attend. Fairgoers can attend more than 150 hands-on workshops across 10 stages that cover organic gardening, food preparation and preservation, natural health, renewable energy, homesteading, small-scale livestock, green building, green transportation, and related topics. Local and national experts on sustainable and rural lifestyles lead the sessions. In addition to our workshops, the FAIR has over 300 exhibitors per event offering sustainably-minded products and services, not the least among them is Yanmar.
A Yanmar tractor is more than a piece of equipment; rather it is the physical embodiment of the philosophy of sustainable living. The MOTHER EARTH NEWS audience needs tools that are fuel-efficient and reliable, not only for the sake of sustainability, but also for the sake of affordability. A farm or homestead cannot sustain itself if the equipment it uses consumes massive quantities of costly and environment-harming fuel.
Yanmar tractors are the perfect fit for agri-lifers who have smaller plots and don’t need the gargantuan tractors of industrial farms to get their day-to-day work done.
The Yanmar-MOTHER EARTH NEWS partnership doesn’t end with exhibition. The Yanmar-sponsored VIP reception is an event within an event. The invitation-only reception provides a chance for VIPs and local agricultural organizations to meet one another and network with Yanmar directly. The reception is a culmination of the sustainable living philosophy; food and beverages are sourced from small, local farms as a tangible and tasty manifestation of the potential of independent agriculture.
At recent FAIRS, the Yanmar reception has become even more focused on empowering local organizations by giving them an opportunity to connect with agricultural influencers and FAIR speakers. This past year at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, during the Pennsylvania reception, Yanmar hosted the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA). Kim Miller of Kananga Farms discussed how far sustainable farming has come in recent decades and how far it has yet to go toward reforming the modern system of industrial agriculture. Miller was followed by renowned farmer Joel Salatin, who explained that running a farm with integrity takes more than soil and seed; there’s also the human element. Friends, family and their support are an integral part of the sustainability puzzle, and MOTHER EARTH NEWS is honored to have Yanmar as part of their immediate sustainability family.