Mother Earth News Fair A Winner

The Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup was outstanding. To tell you the truth, I was a bit leery. The Green Festival, which I’ve attended over the last 5 years, has seemed increasingly weak. Sorry to say so, but true, and I feared the same might be true here in Puyallup, Washington. But Cheryl Long, Mother Earth News editor-in-chief and my buddy, talked me into coming, and am I glad she did. If  I’d known how good it woud be, I’d have hung around for the 2nd day, instead of flying to NYC Sunday.

   There were animals: chickens, goats sheep, pygmy pigs, small-scale cattle, alpacas. A great selection of electric vehicles. There were all kinds of things that interested me in contrast to the same-old, same-old Green Festival stuff. Demos of shake-splitting and log-squaring-off, a completely different type of composting toilet, soapstone woodstoves, roofing materials, a beautiful copper still made in Portugal, a complete building dedicated to fiber arts, an array of solar devices, the Emmrod compact fishing rods

   A guy had a tattered copy of an early printing of Shelter and opened to the last page, where there’s a picture of a hobo/buddha Jack and I ran into in the Nevada desert in 1972, and said, “I think about him every day.”

   I had several hundred people at my presentation, and it was a sympatico crowd. They were with me. Plus, Mother Earth announced they were giving me a lifetime achievement award. Ulp! It went well and afterwards I signed books for about an hour. A nice looking couple, surfers, came up and told me they read my blog daily, and said, “We came from Hawaii to hear you talk.” Wow.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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