Not So Simple Living Fair

by AVA News Service, July 9, 2017

[Jul 28-30]

Would you like to know more about soil fertility and composting, foraging for edible mushrooms, basic construction, natural plant dying, cheese and cider making, or raising small animals? In this modern world, acquiring skills related to self-sufficiency and times past can be very satisfying (although, in reality, that lifestyle was often not so easy or simple).

You can sample a wide range of these topics at the 2017 Not-So-Simple Living Fair, which will be held at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds, located on Highway 128 in Boonville, on July 28, 29, and 30. This annual event is focused on traditional rural living and homesteading skills, and aims to expand appreciation of the potential applications and benefits of these skills in diverse living situations.

The Fair offers hands-on workshops, and demonstrations in the areas of Food(bread-making and basic canning); Wild Food (Native uses of plants, acorn processing, and seaweed collection and preparation); Shelter, Water, and Energy; and Homesteading Skills such as Beekeeping, Farming and Gardening, Fermentation and Dairy Culturing, Food Storage and Preservation, Hunting and Gathering, Blacksmithing, Seedsaving, Composting, Natural Building, Animal Husbandry, Wild Foods and Medicines, … and much more!

The doors open at 3pm on Friday. Join us for homegrown fun on Friday night with the Campfire Cabaret Open Mic. Sign up to creatively express yourself by calling Captain Rainbow 895-3807. Hands On workshops begin on Saturday at 10am. In the evening from 6-8 will be the most exquisite organic, gourmet, potluck in the whole bio-region. If you would like to take part in the potluck, please bring enough salad, side dish, dessert or drinks to serve 6-8 people, and your own place settings. The Not So Simple Living Fair will supply organic, locally raised BBQ pork, lamb and goat and rice and beans. Bringing something grown in your garden or purchased from the Farmers Market is encouraged, but not essential. Please label your dish. Potluck dishes can be left in June Hall during the day. Coolers will be available, but it would be helpful if you can bring your own. There is no place to cook or reheat food.

The music begins at 8 p.m. With DGIIN. Twice voted "Best Band" by the North Bay Bohemian, DGIIN is a six piece high energy dance band playing original songs and international covers. DGIIN's style is a mix of Flamenco, Latin, French Cafe, Reggae, and Funk. Their passionate music and superb musicianship is guaranteed to have everyone on the dancing under the stars in the Redwood Grove.

On Sunday afternoon we present our Key note speaker, Brock Dolman co-directer of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center's Permaculture Program and the WATER Institute ( He is a wildlife biologist, permaculture designer, educator, and watershed restorationist. He has been the keynote presenter at numerous sustainability conferences. Brock has lectured internationally and is widely acknowledged as one of our country’s most experienced permaculture teachers. He has served on the Sonoma County Fish and Wildlife Commission for over a decade. Brock has been featured in the award-winning films; The 11th Hour by Leonardo DiCaprio; The Call of Life by Species Alliance; and Permaculture: A Quiet Revolution by Vanessa Shultz. In October 2012, he gave a TEDx talk: (

The complete schedule and program, can be found at the website:

Tickets are available at Brown Paper tickets and locally from Boont Berry Farm in Boonville, Out of This World in Mendocino, the Ukiah Co-op, Harvest Market in Fort Bragg, and J. D. Redhouse in Willits.

To volunteer contact: 707-621-3822

COST$35/day, $50/weekend YOUTH UNDER 16 FREE

CAMPING: $10 per car per night for fair attendees.

Sorry no dogs

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