Speaker Spotlight:

Will Allen Growing Power

Growing Power and the Good Food Revolution

Will-Allen

The son of a sharecropper, Will Allen had no intention of ever becoming a farmer himself. But after years in professional basketball and as an executive, Allen cashed in his retirement fund for a 2-acre plot a half mile away from Milwaukee’s largest public housing project, an area with only convenience stores and fast-food chains to serve the needs of its residents. In the face of financial challenges and daunting odds, Allen built Growing Power, the country’s pre-eminent urban farm: a food and educational center that now produces enough vegetables and fish year-round to feed thousands of people. Employing young people from the neighboring housing project and community, Growing Power has sought to prove that local food systems can help troubled youths, dismantle racism, create jobs, bring urban and rural communities closer together, and improve public health. The Good Food Revolution is the story of Allen’s personal journey, the lives he has touched, and a grassroots movement that is changing the way our nation eats.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Saturday, 2:30-3:30 PM

Speaker Bio
Will Allen is an urban farmer who is transforming the cultivation, production and delivery of healthy foods to underserved urban populations. In 2008, he received the MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant, only the second farmer to be so honored. In 2011, Allen was named one of the World’s Most Powerful Foodies by Michael Pollan and Forbes Magazine. He is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and was invited to the White House to join first lady Michelle Obama in launching her “Let’s Move” leadership program to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity in America. Allen was inducted in the Atlantic Coast Conference Hall of Legends and received the Theodore Roosevelt Award from the NCAA, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a collegiate athlete. Allen is also the author of an award-winning autobiography, The Good Food Revolution, and has been bestowed with five honorary doctorates.

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Nan K. Chase Storey Publishing

Can Do Easy Canning

Nan-Chase

Discover how safe, easy and economical it is to preserve food and beverages by canning. Nothing makes a family more secure than having a well-stocked pantry, and canning ensures that no one runs short even during paralyzing blizzards, power outages or other disruptions. This proven method helps cut energy use and curb global pollution: Why drive to a grocery store when you already have your favorite foods as close as your cupboard! Canning the surplus cuts waste when you have a large harvest, and provides a way to combine and preserve your best crops in imaginative ways. The workshop covers equipment, sanitation practices and step-by-step techniques.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 PM

Speaker Bio
Nan K. Chase is the co-author, with DeNeice C. Guest, of Drink the Harvest: Making and Preserving Juices, Wines, Meads, Teas and Ciders, and the author of Eat Your Yard! With more than 30 years of home canning experience, Chase has canned everything from applesauce to prickly pear cactus juice, providing her family and friends with delicious, nutritious, and memorable food and beverage. Originally an investigative reporter for a small town newspaper in North Carolina, with several press association awards to her credit, Chase has also written for such publications as The New York Times and Southern Living, and she took home a blue ribbon for her crabapple jelly at the North Carolina Mountain State Fair. She lectures extensively on garden topics, and the rest of the time tends to her garden in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Joel Salatin Polyface Farm

10 Threads That Successful Startup Farms Knit Together

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Some farm startups flounder and others fly. The ones that successfully get off the ground share common characteristics. In this extremely practical presentation, Pitchfork Pulpit farmer Joel Salatin explains these threads. From emotional conceptions about the land to time and motion studies, this far-ranging performance gives everyone a farm road map to success.

Speaker Bio
Joel Salatin is a third-generation, beyond organic farmer and author whose family owns and operates Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The farm produces salad bar beef, pigaerator pork, pastured poultry and forage-based rabbits, and direct markets everything to 5,000 families, 50 restaurants and 10 retail outlets. A prolific author, Salatin’s nine books to date include both how-to and big picture themes. The farm features prominently in Michael Pollan’s New York Times best-seller The Omnivore’s Dilemma and the award-winning documentary Food, Inc.

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Claudia Lucero Urban Cheesecraft

30-Minute Farmers’ Cheese Flavored with Herbs and Edible Flowers

Claudia-Lucero

Best-selling author of One-Hour Cheese, Claudia Lucero demonstrates how easy and fun it can be to make a delicious and simple farmers’ cheese in just 30 minutes. See the entire process from carton of milk to final cheese and then to flavoring and decorating with fresh and dry herbs and edible flowers. 

Speaker Bio
Claudia Lucero enjoys getting new cheesemakers started with Urban Cheesecraft and her D.I.Y. Cheese Kits. She has partnered with Williams-Sonoma on custom cheesemaking kits and recently wrote the book One-Hour Cheese, which shows beginners how to make 16 fresh cheeses via step-by-step photos. The book is found where books are sold and the kits can be found on www.UrbanCheesecraft.com.

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Jessi Bloom N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes

Perma-What? How you can create your own paradise homestead with permaculture

Jessi-Bloom

What is permaculture and can it help us to create a more sustainable future? Jessi Bloom shares step-by-step instructions, plus her favorite tips, inspirations and great plants for beautiful and abundant homesteads and lives!

MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 AM

Speaker Bio

Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological designer, Certified Professional Horticulturist and ISA-Certified Arborist who strongly emphasizes ecological systems, sustainability and self-sufficiency in her work. She is passionate about animals, permaculture and making functional gardens beautiful!

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Jean-Martin Fortier Les Jardins de la Grelinette

Making a Living on 1.5 Acres

Jean-Martin-Fortier

Jean-Martin Fortier is the author of The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming and in this workshop, he shares in detail the techniques, tools and technology that make his market garden productive and profitable. It is popularly supposed that the small-scale market garden can no longer be economically viable, because it cannot compete with the economies of scale of the larger growers. But is that so? Les Jardins de la Grelinette is a micro-farm located in eastern Quebec, just north of the American border. Despite growing on 1.5 acres of land, owners Fortier and Maude-Hélène Desroches manage to feed more than 200 families through their thriving community-supported agriculture (CSA) program and seasonal market stands. For more than a decade the market garden has provided their only household income. Their operation generates close to $140,000 in sales with a profit margin of about 45%. The secret of their success resides in the low-tech, high-yield methods of production they have developed by continuously focusing on growing better rather than growing bigger, making their operation more lucrative and viable in the process. In this workshop, Fortier provides an overview of all aspects of vegetable production at Les Jardins de la Grelinette, demonstrating how adopting intensive methods of production can lead to the optimization of a cropping system. He discusses how to set up a micro-farm by designing biologically intensive cropping systems, all with negligible capital outlay; how to farm without a tractor, minimizing fossil fuel inputs through the use of the best hand tools, appropriate machinery and minimum tillage practices; and how to grow mixed vegetables systematically with attention to weed and pest management best approach practices.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Sunday, 2:30-3:30 PM

Speaker Bio
Jean-Martin Fortier is a farmer, writer and educator specializing in organic and bio-intensive cropping practices. He is passionate about demonstrating how small farms can play an important role in rebuilding the food system by growing edibles sustainably for profit on a small community-based scale. Fortier’s acclaimed book, The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming tells the story of how he and his wife started farming on 1.5 acres, yet grossed more than $100,000 per acre, enough to financially sustain their family over a decade. The book has been popular with both urban and rural readers, having sold more than 40,000 copies since its release. It won the 2015 American Horticultural Society book award.

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Joel Salatin Polyface Farm

10 Threads That Successful Startup Farms Knit Together

Joel-Salatin-Speaker-Spotlight

Some farm startups flounder and others fly. The ones that successfully get off the ground share common characteristics. In this extremely practical presentation, Pitchfork Pulpit farmer Joel Salatin explains these threads. From emotional conceptions about the land to time and motion studies, this far-ranging performance gives everyone a farm road map to success.

Speaker Bio
Joel Salatin is a third-generation, beyond organic farmer and author whose family owns and operates Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The farm produces salad bar beef, pigaerator pork, pastured poultry and forage-based rabbits, and direct markets everything to 5,000 families, 50 restaurants and 10 retail outlets. A prolific author, Salatin’s nine books to date include both how-to and big picture themes. The farm features prominently in Michael Pollan’s New York Times best-seller The Omnivore’s Dilemma and the award-winning documentary Food, Inc.

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Lyle Estill Piedmont Biofuels

Backyard Biodiesel: How to brew your own fuel

Lyle-Estill

Lyle Estill (author of Backyard Biodiesel, out in the spring of 2015) demonstrates how to produce biodiesel from used fryer oil and discuss ways of integrating the practice into your resilience efforts at home or on-farm.

Speaker Bio
Lyle Estill is the president and co-founder of Piedmont Biofuels, a community-scale biodiesel project in Pittsboro, North Carolina. He has been on the vanguard of social change for the past decade, which has placed him at the heart of the sustainability movement. Estill is a prolific speaker and writer, and the author of Small Stories, Big Changes, Industrial Evolution, Small Is Possible and Biodiesel Power. He has won numerous awards for his commitment to resilience, community development, outreach and leadership. Bob Armantrout helped to manage four commercial biodiesel plants in Hawaii, Colorado and Texas before moving to Pittsboro, North Carolina, in 2007 to join Piedmont Biofuels. He worked as an instructor at Central Carolina Community College, where he designed and delivered an innovative two-year biofuels degree program. When he is not immersed in the fascinating world of alternative fuels, Armantrout gardens organically to maintain his sanity, and explores the world of mycelium through mushroom and tempeh production.

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Nan K. Chase Storey Publishing

Can Do Easy Canning

Nan-Chase

Discover how safe, easy and economical it is to preserve food and beverages by canning. Nothing makes a family more secure than having a well-stocked pantry, and canning ensures that no one runs short even during paralyzing blizzards, power outages or other disruptions. This proven method helps cut energy use and curb global pollution: Why drive to a grocery store when you already have your favorite foods as close as your cupboard! Canning the surplus cuts waste when you have a large harvest, and provides a way to combine and preserve your best crops in imaginative ways. The workshop covers equipment, sanitation practices and step-by-step techniques.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 PM

Speaker Bio
Nan K. Chase is the co-author, with DeNeice C. Guest, of Drink the Harvest: Making and Preserving Juices, Wines, Meads, Teas and Ciders, and the author of Eat Your Yard! With more than 30 years of home canning experience, Chase has canned everything from applesauce to prickly pear cactus juice, providing her family and friends with delicious, nutritious, and memorable food and beverage. Originally an investigative reporter for a small town newspaper in North Carolina, with several press association awards to her credit, Chase has also written for such publications as The New York Times and Southern Living, and she took home a blue ribbon for her crabapple jelly at the North Carolina Mountain State Fair. She lectures extensively on garden topics, and the rest of the time tends to her garden in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Jessi Bloom N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes

Perma-What? How you can create your own paradise homestead with permaculture

Jessi-Bloom

What is permaculture and can it help us to create a more sustainable future? Jessi Bloom shares step-by-step instructions, plus her favorite tips, inspirations and great plants for beautiful and abundant homesteads and lives!

MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 AM

Speaker Bio

Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological designer, Certified Professional Horticulturist and ISA-Certified Arborist who strongly emphasizes ecological systems, sustainability and self-sufficiency in her work. She is passionate about animals, permaculture and making functional gardens beautiful!

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Stephanie Tourles Storey Publishing

Organic Body Care Recipes: Creating aromatherapeutic body and facial oils

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Come hear author, licensed holistic aesthetician and herbalist Stephanie Tourles discuss recipes from her best-selling book, Organic Body Care Recipes. Learn the history of using natural oils on the body; sources of oil; the skin and its need for oil; benefits of plant-derived base oils and essential oils; how to make body and facial oils; and the nutritional benefits of adding quality oil to the diet. Product samples will be available.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 PM

Booksigning: Saturday, 12:30-1:00 PM

Speaker Bio

Stephanie Tourles is a licensed holistic aesthetician, certified aromatherapist, and gardener with training in Western and Ayurvedic herbalism. She is the author of 10 books, including Raw Energy in a Glass, Hands-On Healing Remedies, Organic Body Care Recipes, Raw Energy, Naturally Healthy Skin, 365 Ways to Energize Mind, Body and Soul, and Natural Foot Care. She lives in Orland, Maine.

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Claudia Lucero Urban Cheesecraft

30-Minute Farmers’ Cheese Flavored with Herbs and Edible Flowers

Claudia-Lucero

Best-selling author of One-Hour Cheese, Claudia Lucero demonstrates how easy and fun it can be to make a delicious and simple farmers’ cheese in just 30 minutes. See the entire process from carton of milk to final cheese and then to flavoring and decorating with fresh and dry herbs and edible flowers. 

Speaker Bio
Claudia Lucero enjoys getting new cheesemakers started with Urban Cheesecraft and her D.I.Y. Cheese Kits. She has partnered with Williams-Sonoma on custom cheesemaking kits and recently wrote the book One-Hour Cheese, which shows beginners how to make 16 fresh cheeses via step-by-step photos. The book is found where books are sold and the kits can be found on www.UrbanCheesecraft.com.

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Joel Salatin Polyface Farm

10 Threads That Successful Startup Farms Knit Together

Joel-Salatin-Speaker-Spotlight

Some farm startups flounder and others fly. The ones that successfully get off the ground share common characteristics. In this extremely practical presentation, Pitchfork Pulpit farmer Joel Salatin explains these threads. From emotional conceptions about the land to time and motion studies, this far-ranging performance gives everyone a farm road map to success.

Speaker Bio
Joel Salatin is a third-generation, beyond organic farmer and author whose family owns and operates Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The farm produces salad bar beef, pigaerator pork, pastured poultry and forage-based rabbits, and direct markets everything to 5,000 families, 50 restaurants and 10 retail outlets. A prolific author, Salatin’s nine books to date include both how-to and big picture themes. The farm features prominently in Michael Pollan’s New York Times best-seller The Omnivore’s Dilemma and the award-winning documentary Food, Inc.

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Lyle Estill Piedmont Biofuels

Backyard Biodiesel: How to brew your own fuel

Lyle-Estill

Lyle Estill (author of Backyard Biodiesel, out in the spring of 2015) demonstrates how to produce biodiesel from used fryer oil and discuss ways of integrating the practice into your resilience efforts at home or on-farm.

Speaker Bio
Lyle Estill is the president and co-founder of Piedmont Biofuels, a community-scale biodiesel project in Pittsboro, North Carolina. He has been on the vanguard of social change for the past decade, which has placed him at the heart of the sustainability movement. Estill is a prolific speaker and writer, and the author of Small Stories, Big Changes, Industrial Evolution, Small Is Possible and Biodiesel Power. He has won numerous awards for his commitment to resilience, community development, outreach and leadership. Bob Armantrout helped to manage four commercial biodiesel plants in Hawaii, Colorado and Texas before moving to Pittsboro, North Carolina, in 2007 to join Piedmont Biofuels. He worked as an instructor at Central Carolina Community College, where he designed and delivered an innovative two-year biofuels degree program. When he is not immersed in the fascinating world of alternative fuels, Armantrout gardens organically to maintain his sanity, and explores the world of mycelium through mushroom and tempeh production.

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Jessi Bloom N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes

Perma-What? How you can create your own paradise homestead with permaculture

Jessi-Bloom

What is permaculture and can it help us to create a more sustainable future? Jessi Bloom shares step-by-step instructions, plus her favorite tips, inspirations and great plants for beautiful and abundant homesteads and lives!

MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 AM

Speaker Bio

Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological designer, Certified Professional Horticulturist and ISA-Certified Arborist who strongly emphasizes ecological systems, sustainability and self-sufficiency in her work. She is passionate about animals, permaculture and making functional gardens beautiful!

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Claudia Lucero Urban Cheesecraft

30-Minute Farmers’ Cheese Flavored with Herbs and Edible Flowers

Claudia-Lucero

Best-selling author of One-Hour Cheese, Claudia Lucero demonstrates how easy and fun it can be to make a delicious and simple farmers’ cheese in just 30 minutes. See the entire process from carton of milk to final cheese and then to flavoring and decorating with fresh and dry herbs and edible flowers. 

Speaker Bio
Claudia Lucero enjoys getting new cheesemakers started with Urban Cheesecraft and her D.I.Y. Cheese Kits. She has partnered with Williams-Sonoma on custom cheesemaking kits and recently wrote the book One-Hour Cheese, which shows beginners how to make 16 fresh cheeses via step-by-step photos. The book is found where books are sold and the kits can be found on www.UrbanCheesecraft.com.

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