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Herbs and Natural Healing From a Permaculture Viewpoint

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Herbs and Natural Healing From a Permaculture Viewpoint

Discover plant wisdom for food and healing, both physically and emotionally. Learn how nutrient density in soil can give rise to a nutrient dense body so we can heal ourselves. Organic Gardening Stage | Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Kathy Adams is a Master Herbalist, licensed massage therapist, Internationally Certified Reflexologist, Certified Permaculture Designer and teacher. She is the president of Reflexology and Herbs for over 35 years. She and her husband teach and operate a permaculture food Forest Adams Osage Ridge Arinia Community Farm. She is also on the production team of Antioch Urban Growers a beautiful beginning food forest and all organic green houses located at I-35 and Antioch in north Kansas City.

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How Much Grass Will a Pig Eat?

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How Much Grass Will a Pig Eat?

John Arbuckle provides a nuts-and-bolts account of five years spent pushing the envelope of grass-fed pork. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio John Arbuckle is a ninth-generation farmer and Founding Farmer of Roam Sticks, which are non-GMO, pasture-raised pork snack sticks. He raises pigs in rural Missouri. He is pushing the envelope of reducing cereal grain consumption in pork production and substituting forages and fodder crops.

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The Family Pig: From the field to the freezer

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The Family Pig: From the field to the freezer

Pigs on your homestead are more accessible than you might think! This talk is geared to show how easy it can be to raise a couple pigs at home. This child-friendly workshop finishes with a tutorial about how to portion up the fruit of your labors at the butcher shop. Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio John Arbuckle is a ninth-generation farmer and founding farmer of Roam Sticks: non-GMO, pasture-raised pork snack sticks. He raises pigs in rural Missouri. Arbuckle pushes the envelope, reducing cereal grain consumption in pork production and substituting forages and fodder crops.

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Herbals for Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat

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Herbals for Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat

Herbals and botanicals, along with food and nutrition, help you effectively support eye, ear, nose, and throat health. Herbalist Joanne Bauman, of Prairie Magic Herbals, teaches ways you can counter common ailments affecting the eyes (eye strain, cloudy vision, conjunctivitis or pink eye), ears (ear aches, infection, tinnitus or ringing in ears), nose (sinusitis, allergies) and throat (sore throat, hoarseness, strep, laryngitis, tonsillitis). Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Joanne Bauman, a Kansas herbalist, shares the gift of the green nations (healing food and medicine plants) in the Wise Woman Tradition of healing. Bauman (of Prairie Magic Herbals) teaches herb classes, grows and wildcrafts medicine plants, creates herbal preparations, and does consultations. Her love of the plants and easygoing teaching style make learning and using your own herbal remedies accessible to everyone. The Prairie Magic Herbals website conveys her thoughts about plants and herbalism. She first learned about plants from her pharmacist father, has a master’s degree in clinical psychology, and applied her personal experiences to counsel others in a physical rehabilitation hospital. Bauman serves as coordinator of the Herbalists Without Borders (HWB) Community Herbal Apothecary Project and as coordinator of the Kansas Chapter of HWB.

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Herbal First Aid

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Herbal First Aid

If you are intrigued by herbal first aid but don't know where to begin, this is your class. Learn how to use herbal remedies and prepare your first-aid kit. Plants readily available right in the backyard can be identified and utilized as well. Learn how to repel insects and stop the itch and sting of bites. Discover ways to draw out splinters and treat boils, minor cuts, scrapes, and wounds. Stanch minor bleeding. Naturally sanitize and disinfect. Ease the pain and discoloration from bruises and sprains. Soothe sunburn, minor burns, rashes, and poison ivy. Calm an upset tummy or diarrhea. Relieve ear aches. Use antifungal herbs to alleviate athlete’s foot and more. This workshop includes recipes for you to easily and confidently create and use your own herbal first aid. Mother Earth Living Stage | Sunday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Joanne Bauman, a Kansas herbalist, shares the gift of the green nations (healing food and medicine plants) in the Wise Woman Tradition of healing. Bauman (of Prairie Magic Herbals) teaches herb classes, grows and wildcrafts medicine plants, creates herbal preparations, and does consultations. Her love of the plants and easygoing teaching style make learning and using your own herbal remedies accessible to everyone. The Prairie Magic Herbals website conveys her thoughts about plants and herbalism. She first learned about plants from her pharmacist father, has a master’s degree in clinical psychology, and applied her personal experiences to counsel others in a physical rehabilitation hospital. Bauman serves as coordinator of the Herbalists Without Borders (HWB) Community Herbal Apothecary Project and as coordinator of the Kansas Chapter of HWB.

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How to Price Your Product

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How to Price Your Product

Margin, markup, and profit are the dark side of direct marketing. Rosanna Bauman from Cedar Valley Farms uses her experience as a number hater and beginning farmer to share (in plain English) the essentials of pricing product and evaluating profit. Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition Stage | Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Rosanna Bauman farms with her family on Bauman's Cedar Valley Farms, where they raise grass-fed meat and poultry in addition to an on-farm feed mill and GMO-free grain and hay crops. She manages Bauman Butcher Block, and ANCO, an on-farm USDA poultry plant. Additionally, Bauman dedicates time to beginner farmers and education, and writes a weekly farm and food column.

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An Introduction to Heritage Breed Goats

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An Introduction to Heritage Breed Goats

Goats have many practical uses around the homestead, and their cheerful personalities put a smile on everyone's face. Hear how you can participate in saving biodiversity by adding heritage breeds to your farm. Alison Martin discusses different breeds and the basics of getting started with goats. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: At booth #4400 Speaker Bio Jeannette Beranger is a program manager for the Livestock Conservancy and has more than 30 years of experience working as an animal professional. She uses the knowledge to plan and implement breed conservation programs. At home, she maintains a heritage breeds farm with a focus on rare breed chickens and horses. In 2015, she was named one of Country Woman Magazine's "45 Amazing Country Women" for her work in conserving endangered breeds.

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Extraordinary Equines

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Extraordinary Equines

Whether you are looking for an equine for the plow, driving, endurance, therapy, or for the trail, there’s the right heritage breed equine out there for you! Learn about the variety of choices and how finding the appropriate breed for your skill and needs can make the dream of ownership and delightful reality. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Booksigning: At booth #4400 Speaker Bio Jeannette Beranger is a program manager for The Livestock Conservancy and counts more than 30 years of experience working as an animal professional. She uses the knowledge to plan and implement breed conservation programs. At home she maintains a heritage breeds farm with a focus on rare breed chickens and horses. In 2015 she was named one of Country Woman Magazine's "45 Amazing Country Women" for her work in conserving endangered breeds.

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Heritage Hogwash

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Heritage Hogwash

The flavor of heritage hogs is a hot topic for chefs and consumers interested in the culinary delights these pigs offer. In this talk you would learn about the basics of keeping these animals, about the breeds themselves, and how to tell them apart from the numerous "imposters" that can be a costly lesson to new pig owners. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: At booth #4400 Speaker Bio Jeannette Beranger is a program manager for The Livestock Conservancy and counts more than 30 years of experience working as an animal professional. She uses the knowledge to plan and implement breed conservation programs. At home she maintains a heritage breeds farm with a focus on rare breed chickens and horses. In 2015 she was named one of Country Woman Magazine's "45 Amazing Country Women" for her work in conserving endangered breeds.

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From Skins to Leather: Home tanning

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From Skins to Leather: Home tanning

Dennis Biswell shares his experience tanning skins at home, on a budget, with a small investment in equipment and supplies. He shows his method of hair-on tanning, which can be used for all kinds of animal skins, such as deer, beaver, raccoon, coyote, and bobcat, as well as domestic animals, including goats and sheep. He also discusses his method of hair-off tanning, which turns those skins into leather. He shows the primitive methods of turning deer skin into buckskin, known as brain-tanning. Sustainability Stage | Sunday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio An avid outdoorsman, Dennis Biswell has hunted and fished all his life. In addition to processing all the game he harvests at home, he tans the skins into leather and buckskin.

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Top 10 Homestead Hacks for Beginners

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Top 10 Homestead Hacks for Beginners

Are you looking to save time, money and your sanity as you embark on your homesteading journey? Expert Jessi Bloom coaches folks who are getting started, and she shares her top 10 tips, tricks and wisdom for anyone looking to make their life easier in the garden, on the farm and inside home! MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. She owns N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, based near Seattle, which is known as an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies and industry organizations, and makes headlines in national media. She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, which is full of functional gardens and rescue animals.

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Perma-What? How You Can Create Your Own Paradise Homestead with Permaculture

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Perma-What? How You Can Create Your Own Paradise Homestead with Permaculture

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! Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. She owns N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, based near Seattle, which is known as being an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies and industry organizations, and has made headlines in national media. She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, full of functional gardens and rescue animals.

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ReWild the Child!

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ReWild the Child!

Are you ready to be a part of the wild tribe of little earth warriors? Learn and play with the power and magic of plants. Decorate and dream up all that we can be. You can even make an herbal dream pillow to take home and put to use! Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer and speaker. She owns N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, based near Seattle, which is an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies and industry organizations, and it makes headlines in national media. She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, full of functional gardens and rescue animals.

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Make Your Own Cheese, Butter, and More for Health, Value, and Enjoyment

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Make Your Own Cheese, Butter, and More for Health, Value, and Enjoyment

Learn how making your own cultured dairy products at home can be not only fun and affordable, but add incredible health benefits to your family's diet. Taste quickly whipped up butter, fresh cheese, and buttermilk, and learn how easily these products can be introduced into your daily routine. Real Food Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Gianaclis Caldwell is the author of four books on cheesemaking and small dairying, including the award-winning Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking. Along with her husband, she milks goats and makes cheese at Pholia Farm Creamery in the south of Oregon.

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The Marvels of Making Yogurt

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The Marvels of Making Yogurt

Yogurt: one of the oldest foods made by man and one of the newest scientific wonders of health. In this session, learn how to easily make yogurt from all types of milk, how to turn it into Greek yogurt, yogurt cheese and flavored yogurt. Also discover the amazing ways that science has proven yogurt can help us with not only our nutritional status, but with how we feel emotionally. Real Food Stage | Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Gianaclis Caldwell is the author of four books on cheesemaking and small dairying, including the award-winning Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking. Along with her husband, she milks goats and makes cheese at Pholia Farm Creamery in the south of Oregon.

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The Scoop on Poop

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The Scoop on Poop

To be truly sustainable, we need to return all nutrients we take from the Earth back to the Earth. That includes the valuable nutrients in human bodily wastes. Learn the basics of composting toilets and how to safely compost humanure. Sustainability Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is the author of more than 30 books and several hundred articles on residential green building, renewable energy and sustainable living. He is director of the Evergreen Institute, where he teaches classes on these and other related subject.

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Achieving Complete Self-Sufficiency

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Achieving Complete Self-Sufficiency

Many people are working toward a life of total self-sufficiency, but the road can be difficult and confusing. There are so many options and there is so much bad information that it boggles the mind. Additionally, there are many aspects of self-sufficiency (such as self-health care, personal fitness, and transportation) that people overlook. Dan Chiras, one of the nation’s leading experts on self-sufficiency, outlines the key steps you must take to completely meet your family’s needs for energy, water, food, health care, income, and transportation to thrive during major economic or ecological catastrophe or simply to forge a totally sustainable lifestyle. Sustainability Stage | Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east central Missouri, where he teaches workshops on a wide range of topics on self-sufficiency and sustainability. Chiras is also author of 32 books and several hundred articles on a wide range of topics, including residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational and full of useful information.

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Chinese Greenhouses: The intelligent choice for year-round production

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Chinese Greenhouses: The intelligent choice for year-round production

Most greenhouses in the United States are an energy nightmare. We couldn’t have created a worse design. Greenhouses that most of us install are the least-sustainable way to grow food year-round, costing us a fortune in energy. In this workshop, discover a revolutionary new design for year-round greenhouse growing and aquaponics, the Chinese Greenhouse. Learn how to design and build a Chinese greenhouse to grow a wide variety of vegetables without outside energy. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Sunday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east-central Missouri, where he teaches self-sufficiency and sustainability workshops on a wide range of topics. Chiras is also author of 32 books and several hundred articles on subjects including residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational and full of useful information.

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Chinese Greenhouses: The intelligent choice for year-round production

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Chinese Greenhouses: The intelligent choice for year-round production

Most greenhouses in the United States are an energy nightmare. We couldn’t have created a worse design. Greenhouses that most of us install are the least-sustainable way to grow food year-round, costing us a fortune in energy. In this workshop, discover a revolutionary new design for year-round greenhouse growing and aquaponics, the Chinese Greenhouse. Learn how to design and build a Chinese greenhouse to grow a wide variety of vegetables without outside energy. Sustainability Stage | Saturday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east-central Missouri, where he teaches self-sufficiency and sustainability workshops on a wide range of topics. Chiras is also author of 32 books and several hundred articles on subjects including residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational and full of useful information.

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Extending the Season at Both Ends

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Extending the Season at Both Ends

Discover the latest ideas on greenhouses, high tunnels, low tunnels and root cellars. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Eliot Coleman became involved in organic farming in 1965 after reading Scott and Helen Nearing’s Living the Good Life. He now has 50 years of experience in field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of livestock, and range poultry. He has contributed chapters to three scientific books on organic agriculture and has written extensively on the subject since 1975.

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Simple Small-Scale Tools

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Simple Small-Scale Tools

Simple tools, simple concepts: Learn how to maintain, sow and cultivate the home garden and small vegetable farm with efficient and effective hand tools that can be purchased or made in your own shop by using your imagination. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Eliot Coleman became involved in organic farming in 1965 after reading Scott and Helen Nearing’s Living the Good Life. He now has 50 years of experience in field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of livestock and range poultry. He has contributed chapters to three scientific books on organic agriculture and has written extensively on the subject since 1975.

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The Road to Health Is Through Your Stomach

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The Road to Health Is Through Your Stomach

Healthy digestion is important to everyone who has a stomach. Every day we hear about food sensitivities, new diets, and fad health foods. Learn how a focus on gut health with simple steps at home can guarantee daily vitality and even help you tackle some of today’s most feared diseases. Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Dawn Combs is an ethnobotanist with more than 20 years of experience in her field. She is the owner of the herbal health farm Mockingbird Meadows, is a contributor for Mother Earth Living, and the author of Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Health Care and Conceiving Healthy Babies: An Herbal Guide to Support Preconception, Pregnancy and Lactation.

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Whole Plant Medicine in Your Backyard

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Whole Plant Medicine in Your Backyard

Do you know which home remedies you can make with just simple kitchen equipment and access to the outdoors? Dawn Combs, author of Heal Local, believes that your medicine should be local, easy to make, and empowering. Combs demonstrates a few simple medicine-making basics that do not require heavy machinery and then introduces you to some common weeds that provide easily available ingredients right outside your back door. Mother Earth Living Stage | Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Dawn Combs is an ethnobotanist and homestead herbalist with more than 20 years of experience. Combs is an educator and an online and in-print contributor to Mother Earth Living, MOTHER EARTH NEWS, and Hobby Farms magazines, as well as www.DIYnatural.com. She travels the country speaking about botanical wellness and health sufficiency, and she is co-owner of the herbal health farm Mockingbird Meadows and director of its educational programs available at www.HealLocal.com. Combs lives in central Ohio with her husband, Carson, and her children, Aidan and Jacy. Her family farm was recognized by MOTHER EARTH NEWS in 2013 as a Homesteader of the Year, and she is the author of Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Healthcare and Conceiving Healthy Babies.

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How to Grow 35 to 40 Organic Plants Within a 2-Square-Foot Garden

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How to Grow 35 to 40 Organic Plants Within a 2-Square-Foot Garden

Shawna Coronado talks about the easy way to grow vertically and demonstrates how to grow 35 to 40 organic plants within an area that is smaller than 2 square feet using several different planting systems to do so. Coronado also shows full-color photos featuring her extensive front lawn vegetable organic garden and discusses her creative, sustainable ideas for organic soil maintenance, water collection, and sustainable and artful reuse of around-the-house items as vertical wall systems. She also provides suggestions for where to deliver your overabundance of vegetables: Coronado donates more than 100 pounds of food every season to the local food pantry. This workshop is sponsored by Jung Seed. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 5:00-5:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Shawna Coronado is an author, columnist, blogger, photographer, media host and brand ambassador in the realms of green lifestyle living, organic gardening, and low-cost cuisine who campaigns for social good. She is also an on-camera spokesperson and social media personality with more than 375,000 followers on her various social media venues and she maintains a YouTube channel with more than a million views. In 2015 she co-hosted the radio show, “The Good Green Home Show” and appeared bi-weekly at her home garden as the FOX News Chicago “Gardening with Good Day” organic gardening expert. Coronado’s garden and eco-adventures have been featured in many media venues, including PBS television. Along with her green lifestyle initiatives, Coronado is concerned about promoting and teaching healthy living. She was diagnosed with severe Spinal Osteoarthritis, a diagnosis that has led her to change her lifestyle, lose weight, and consume a mostly anti-inflammatory diet. She educates audiences about beneficial diet, food and health practices through her organic living media. She dreams that this will enable more people who suffer from similar conditions to be active. Her successful organic living photographs and stories have been shown both online and off in many international home and garden magazines and multiple books. You can learn more about Coronado at www.ShawnaCoronado.com.

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Arthritis in the Garden – How to Lower Chronic Pain Without Drugs

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Arthritis in the Garden – How to Lower Chronic Pain Without Drugs

Shawna Coronado shows her extensive gardens and talks about the dramatic personal story of how she has used garden therapy, an anti-inflammatory diet, and exercise to overcome the daily debilitating pain associated with Spinal Osteoarthritis. Her efforts have resulted in weight loss, improved mood, pain reduction, increased mobility, and a beautiful garden. Shawna shows stunning scenes from her garden to illustrate how easy it is to make a few simple lifestyle changes for your own health so that you too can create remarkable personal results. She will discuss garden, exercise tips, and food choices that might just help you reduce pain, lose weight, and feel great while you are living a greener lifestyle. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 5:00-5:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Shawna Coronado is an author, columnist, blogger, photographer, media host and brand ambassador who campaigns for social good in the realms of green living, organic gardening, and low-cost cuisine. She is also an on-camera spokesperson and social media personality with more than 375,000 followers on her various social media venues, and she maintains a YouTube channel with more than a million views. In 2015 she co-hosted the radio show “The Good Green Home Show” and appeared bi-weekly at her home garden as the FOX News Chicago “Gardening with Good Day” organic gardening expert. Coronado’s garden and eco-adventures have been featured in many media venues, including PBS television. Along with her green lifestyle initiatives, Coronado is concerned about promoting and teaching healthy living. She was diagnosed with severe spinal osteoarthritis, a diagnosis that has led her to change her lifestyle, lose weight, and consume a mostly anti-inflammatory diet. She educates audiences about beneficial diet, food and health practices through her organic living media. She dreams that this will enable more people who suffer from similar conditions to be active. Her successful organic living photographs and stories have been shown both online and off in many international home and garden magazines and multiple books. You can learn more about Coronado at www.ShawnaCoronado.com.

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Kombucha and the Human Microbiome

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Kombucha and the Human Microbiome

Kombucha is living tea! For the last decade, kombucha has been burbling into the collective consciousness. As more and more people are sick of being sick and sick of dealing with a broken medical system, they are seeking out healing foods. The medical community has also been seeking answers and alternate therapies to deal with disease. Through the Human Genome Project and now the Human Microbiome Project, research is just beginning to uncover our complex relationship with bacteria and discovering novel ways to use bacteria therapeutically. Kombucha is at the nexus of pop culture, cutting-edge science and fermented foods, serving as a tasty gateway to nutrient-dense foods as well as empowering people to reclaim their immunity through the cultivation of this ancient tonic. Hannah Crum also covers the basics of brewing kombucha safely at home. Real Food Stage | Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Hannah Crum and Alex LaGory created Kombucha Kamp (www.KombuchaKamp.com) to provide the highest-quality brewing supplies, information and support. Known as the "Kombucha Mamma,” Crum speaks at consumer and corporate events nationwide. LaGory is a writer and producer who, with Crum, mentors homebrewers and serves as a commercial brewing consultant. The couple co-founded Kombucha Brewers International in Los Angeles, where they reside.

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Kombucha Demo Workshop

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Kombucha Demo Workshop

If you can brew a cup of tea, you can brew kombucha! As bacteriosapiens, we are bacteria powered! The more bacteria-rich fermented foods that we incorporate into our diet, the better we feel. In this hands-on demo from the world’s foremost kombucha expert, the Kombucha Mamma, learn how easy it is to enjoy the benefits of brewing kombucha at home for a fraction of the cost, while nourishing your human microbiome. Real Food Stage | Saturday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Hannah Crum and Alex LaGory created Kombucha Kamp (www.KombuchaKamp.com) to provide the highest-quality brewing supplies, information and support. Known as the "Kombucha Mamma,” Crum speaks at consumer and corporate events nationwide. LaGory is a writer and producer who, with Crum, mentors homebrewers and serves as a commercial brewing consultant. The couple co-founded Kombucha Brewers International in Los Angeles, where they reside.

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Kid's Kombucha Tasting & SCOBY Bacteria "Petting Zoo"

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Kid's Kombucha Tasting & SCOBY Bacteria "Petting Zoo"

The Kombucha Kamp SCOBY Petting Zoo is a hands-on experience for everyone. Our bacterial buddies help us stay healthy and strong. Get up close and personal with some of the "good bugs" that keep our bodies in balance by creating delicious fermented drinks. The Kombucha Mamma, Hannah Crum, shares secrets of the SCOBY to thrill the little ones and introduce them to the wonder of fermentation. Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Hannah Crum and Alex LaGory created Kombucha Kamp to provide the highest-quality brewing supplies, information, and support. Known as the "Kombucha Mamma,” Crum speaks at consumer and corporate events nationwide. LaGory is a writer and producer who, with Crum, mentors homebrewers and serves as a commercial brewing consultant. The couple co-founded Kombucha Brewers International in Los Angeles, where they reside.

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Direct Marketing Your Meat: Making it work beyond the big city

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Direct Marketing Your Meat: Making it work beyond the big city

Kurt and Andi Dale live in rural Southwest Kansas, an hour from any town of size, and yet they’ve found ways to direct market their meats across the state. Come visit with Kurt in this workshop, and see what he and Andi are doing to make it work. Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition Stage | Saturday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Kurt Dale is a fourth-generation farmer/rancher, and trying something a little unconventional is in his genes. He lives with his wife, Andi, and 3 daughters in rural Comanche County where there are more cattle than people. Kurt has a Bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and a Masters degree from the School of Hard Knocks. He and Andi have been direct-marketing their grass finished beef, pastured pork, and free range chickens for over 10 years.

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Allowing the Market to Affect the Evolution of Your Farm Enterprise

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Allowing the Market to Affect the Evolution of Your Farm Enterprise

You’ve poured your heart, creative talent, and money into your niche farm operation, when either Mother Nature or the marketplace decides to throw you a curveball. It will happen, because neither nature nor the marketplace is static. Learning to ‘read’ the bigger picture will ensure that even a single species enterprise can capitalize on these curveballs and keep you in the game financially and emotionally. Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition Stage | Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Judy Decker is the primary operator of Renaissance Farms LTD, in Emporia, Kansas. She graduated from Kansas State University in 1982 with a B.S in Wildlife Biology. During her years at KSU, she worked with researchers on the Konza Prairie Research Natural Area (KPRNA), and that experience fostered a deep love of grassland ecosystems. In 1998, along with her husband Bill, Renaissance Farms LTD was formed around a model of forage-based beef, poultry, and egg production. Today the operation sells only top quality Grassfed Galloway Beef and Galloway breeding stock. The operation runs on 120 owned acres, and an additional 135 leased acres in Lyon County, Kansas.

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The Value of Farm Dogs: Choosing the right working partner

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The Value of Farm Dogs: Choosing the right working partner

Dogs were farmers and ranchers' essential working partners, and they remain so today, providing important protection for poultry, stock, and farm. They also contribute their herding abilities, rat and predator control, and their devoted companionship. Most of these breeds are old, some are well-known, while others are unfamiliar. Dohner helps prospective owners choose the right type of dog and breed for both the job and family, with a no-nonsense approach focused on real working abilities, instinctual behaviors, and specific traits. Making a good choice gives the owner the best chance for success in a working role and as a family companion. Dohner also discusses the value of livestock guardian dogs and terriers in organic and sustainable farming. Sustainability Stage | Sunday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Janet Vorwald Dohner is the author of Farm Dogs and Livestock Guardians. She has 35 years of experience on her small family farm and has relied on livestock guard dogs and corgis with her sheep, goats, and poultry. She writes for magazines, including MOTHER EARTH NEWS, and she gives presentations on livestock guardians and predator control at various conferences. Dohner is a board member of the Kangal Dog Club of America and a member of several learning communities for working dogs.

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The Successful Use of Livestock Guardians

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The Successful Use of Livestock Guardians

Livestock guardians are an ancient and successful method of livestock protection that we have rediscovered in North America. Janet Vorwald Dohner covers the use of livestock guardian llamas, donkeys, and dogs, explaining their historical use, how each works to provide protection, their advantages and disadvantages, myths and misconceptions, how to locate and select a good guardian, and how to provide a supportive environment and training. She emphasizes the most popular choice today, livestock guardian dogs, covering the role of dogs in predator- and wildlife-friendly marketing, as well as potential conflicts between the public and working dogs. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Janet Vorwald Dohner is the author of Farm Dogs and Livestock Guardians. She has 35 years of experience on her small family farm and has relied on livestock guard dogs and corgis with her sheep, goats, and poultry. She writes for magazines, including MOTHER EARTH NEWS, and she gives presentations on livestock guardians and predator control at various conferences. Dohner is a board member of the Kangal Dog Club of America and a member of several learning communities for working dogs.

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Saving Resources and Money by Living Intentionally

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Saving Resources and Money by Living Intentionally

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage members Aaron Murphy and Dan Durica share the lessons they have learned that contribute to their radically low impact on the Earth. Learn how to use 90 percent fewer key resources than the average United States household while improving quality of life and personal connections. From neighborhood vehicle cooperatives, group decision-making strategies, cooperative eating and food preservation, to natural building and much more, the topics covered in this workshop allow participants to walk away feeling empowered to improve life for themselves and the Earth while reducing their carbon footprint. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Dan Durica has been living sustainably at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage for nearly 10 years. He's built his own straw bale house, tends an organic vineyard and hoop house, shares four cars with 45 other people, lives entirely off solar and wind power, and has a YouTube channel, Hardcore Sustainable, where he demonstrates his sustainable lifestyle. Dancing Rabbit is one of the most successful ecovillages in the country, and is arguably the most radical. It's home to almost 50 people, and more than 35 natural buildings, making it one of the biggest collections of sustainably built houses in the country. The ecovillage is entirely powered by its own renewable energy-based microgrid. Its members have given up their personal vehicles and instead share three cars and a truck in a vehicle co-op. Fossil fuel use is largely prohibited, so Dancing Rabbit exemplifies the inevitable future, and demonstrates that people can lead happy lives using only renewable sustainable technology.

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Home Poultry Processing: The art and science of micro-scale meat bird processing ... using tools you already have

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Home Poultry Processing: The art and science of micro-scale meat bird processing ... using tools you already have

Learn how to humanely, safely, sanitarily and skillfully process your birds. What to do with those roosters and older hens? Get healthy, high-quality meat, and bone broth from your backyard flock. This workshop covers topics including the power of knowing your meat source, how it was raised, fed and processed; the sacred significance of taking a life ... so that you can live; the science and chemistry behind skilled meat processing; processing equipment that you have ... or could easily borrow; hand-plucking made fun; super simple evisceration and an educational anatomy lesson; nutritional differences of meat from heritage vs. commercial breeds; and cold shorting and effective freezer packaging for long-term storage. Processing your own chickens for family food is a lost art in our culture. It’s time to bring back this old tradition and combine it with new techniques, so that poultry processing becomes common knowledge in homes and communities. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Patricia Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in animal science and pharmacy. She earned a Masters of Public Affairs (MPA) from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She is the author of City Chicks: Employing Chickens as Garden Helpers, Compost Creators, Bio-recyclers and Local Food Suppliers. She is co-author of Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry and Backyard Market Gardening. Foreman is the developer of the Chickens and You Training Series (www.ChickensAndYOU.com), leading to the Master Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification.

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Eggs-traordinary Eggs: The science, tricks, and secrets of eggs

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Eggs-traordinary Eggs: The science, tricks, and secrets of eggs

Eggs are among the most nutritious, easily digestible and absorbed foods available on the planet. Eggs are so adaptable that they can be used for a variety of dishes. They create elegant soufflés, hold meatloaf together, keep oil and vinegar from separating in mayonnaise, and form crystals in candies. They spin magically into meringues and thicken smooth custards. Eggs build cake batters by providing the structural framework, and produce finely grained ice creams, enrich soups, and glaze pie crusts. What other food can do all this? It’s said you can tell a great chef from a cook by the way they treat and use eggs. Learn the chemistry behind the magic of eggs in this egg-splicit, eggs-citing workshop. Real Food Stage | Sunday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Patricia Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in animal science and pharmacy. She earned a Masters of Public Affairs (MPA) degree from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She is the author of City Chicks: Employing Chickens as Garden Helpers, Compost Creators, Bio-recyclers and Local Food Suppliers. She is co-author of Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry and Backyard Market Gardening. Foreman is the developer of the Chickens and You Training Series (www.ChickensAndYou.com), leading to the Master Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification.

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A Tiny Home to Call Your Own: Living well in just-right houses

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A Tiny Home to Call Your Own: Living well in just-right houses

You can have an attractive, upscale quality-built tiny home that is artistically beautiful, highly marketable and long-term profitable. Smaller homes can be more livable, cozy, enjoyable, easier to clean and lower maintenance than big houses. But tiny and smaller homes are not for everyone. Learn why and what it takes to live in a small space to make room for a larger life. Explore the many uses of tiny homes and find out why more people are opting for less square footage in exchange for more time, freedom and money. Sustainability Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Patricia Foreman was a Class A licensed contractor in Virginia for more than 15 years. She co-owned the Tiny House Company, one of the first construction companies dedicated to building tiny and smaller homes. She is the author of A Tiny Home to Call Your Own: Living Well in Just Right Houses. She is better known for her work in the chicken movement and as the author of City Chicks and Chicken Tractor. Tiny homes and chickens might not seem to have much in common, but to Foreman, they both have everything to do with sustainability.

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Chick in Egg: The miracle of incubation

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Chick in Egg: The miracle of incubation

The journey from egg to chick is an awe-inspiring, educational, life-affirming event. This workshop journeys through the entire process of getting fertile eggs (without a rooster), selecting the most likely eggs to hatch and managing the incubation process. Egg to chick in only 21 days! Understand the cycle of eggs to chicks to hens to more eggs. Become a Chickeneer Eggspert! Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Pat Foreman and her co-presenter, chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free, have presented workshops promoting the chicken movement across America. She is the developer of the Master Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification online and live courses. Foreman is the author of City Chicks: Employing Chickens as Garden Helpers, Compost Creators, Bio-recyclers and Local Food Suppliers, and Chicken Tractor: The Permaculture Guide to Happy Hens and Healthy Soil. She has degrees in animal science, pharmacy and a master's of public administration.

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Making a Living on 1.5 Acres

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Making a Living on 1.5 Acres

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 | Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 6:30-7:00 p.m. 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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Practical Pond Management

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Practical Pond Management

Managing your pond’s dynamic environment can be challenging. This presentation touches on the major components of managing ponds on your property, including aquatic plants, erosion, algae, fish stocking, and raising healthy fish. Sustainability Stage | Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Matt Frey has been a technician at Kasco Marine for 10 years. Kasco is the largest United States manufacturer of aeration products for lake and pond management. Nicknamed the “Fish Slayer” by those who know him well, and nicknamed the “problem solver” by customers, Frey earned his bachelor's at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. If fish can be caught, he will do it. The Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota and Canada are his favorite places to get back to nature.

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The Dirt on Soil Health and Human Health

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The Dirt on Soil Health and Human Health

When it comes to your health, you're standing on the answer. Hear how improving the health of your soil improves the health of you and your community. Organic Gardening Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Gail Fuller has been experimenting with no-till since the mid-1980s, going 100 percent in 1995. The further he gets into his journey, the more regenerating soil health has become his main focus. Franklin Roosevelt said, “The nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself,” and it's a quote Fuller lives by! He thinks the best and fastest way to improve soil health is through biodiversity. He also believes crop diversity, both above and below ground, are key to building healthy soil. That is why all of his cover crops are “mixes,” and he has also been experimenting with growing companion crops and perennial covers. He adds livestock to the equation, and diversity is key. He uses cattle, sheep, pigs, and chickens to graze his covers, utilizing intensive rotational or “mob” grazing. When Fuller started looking into what it would mean for his family farm north of Emporia to be ecologically sustainable, he found himself learning the science behind soil life, photosynthesis, and the carbon, mineral and water cycles. His exploration led him to organize an annual "Field School" that draws speakers and guests from around the world to share the latest knowledge on regenerative agricultural practices.

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Aromatherapy for Wellness

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Aromatherapy for Wellness

This fun, hands-on class focuses on making aromatherapy simple and easy to use. The light but informative talk discusses 17 essential oils. Billy Galloway shares not only what the oils do, but how to use them to achieve desired outcomes. Discover how to use aromatherapy to assist issues including sleeplessness, psoriasis, restless leg syndrome, hot flashes, lack of energy or focus, sinus problems, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and depression. Mother Earth Living Stage | Sunday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Billy Galloway has been experiencing the benefits of aromatherapy since 2006. He is a certified aromatherapist accredited by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and is the eastern director of operations for Natural Options Aromatherapy. Galloway, his wife, Jenny, and two children reside in Kingsport, Tennessee.

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Nature's Pharmaceuticals

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Nature's Pharmaceuticals

Naturally formed, plant based essential oils really are Nature’s Pharmaceuticals. Depending on the plant they can provide pain relief, are anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal, relieve stress, aid sleep, improve arthritis, heal wounds, stop scaring, increase energy, remove cramps, help relieve psoriasis and eczema, help PMS and menopause including hot flashes, and even improve grades. How do they work and how do you use them? Come and find out at this fun, hands on seminar. Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Billy Galloway has been experiencing the benefits of aromatherapy since 2006. He is a certified aromatherapist accredited by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and is the eastern director of operations for Natural Options Aromatherapy. Galloway, his wife, Jenny, and two children reside in Kingsport, Tennessee.

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How to Save 50 Percent on Irrigation and Have Greater Production with the Organic Program

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How to Save 50 Percent on Irrigation and Have Greater Production with the Organic Program

Howard Garrett explains how a simple, natural organic program for gardening and landscaping on residential and commercial projects works better in every way ... including from an economic standpoint. He shows how his management program can result in a 40 to 50 percent cost savings in water use, and he will also answer specific questions from the audience about pests, plants and procedures. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:30-4:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Howard Garrett is recognized as one of the leaders in the research, education, and promotion of natural organic products and practices. Garrett was born in Pittsburg, Texas, graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1965, received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University in 1969 and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1970 to 1977. He has extensive experience in natural organic gardening, landscape contracting, greenhouse growing, golf course planning and maintenance, and organic product development. Garrett provides state-of-the-art advice on natural organic gardening, landscaping, pet health, composting, pest control, and how to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

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Natural Organic Pest Control

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Natural Organic Pest Control

The most effective pest control just happens to be organic. Howard will discuss how to protect and work with beneficial insects as well as what natural- organic pest control products to use in certain situations. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:30-4:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Howard Garrett is recognized as one of the leaders in the research, education, and promotion of natural organic products and practices. Garrett was born in Pittsburg, Texas, graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1965, received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University in 1969 and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1970 to 1977. He has extensive experience in natural organic gardening, landscape contracting, greenhouse growing, golf course planning and maintenance, and organic product development. Garrett provides state-of-the-art advice on natural organic gardening, landscaping, pet health, composting, pest control, and how to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

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General Bee Hive Inspection

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General Bee Hive Inspection

Shane Gebauer discusses how to inspect a colony of honey bees, from start to finish: everything from lighting the smoke to inspecting the inside of the hive. He discuss what looks good and what doesn't, and what the next steps might be to ensure a healthy hive. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Saturday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Shane Gebauer has been a beekeeper and worked in the beekeeping industry for more than 12 years. He is the president and a partner at Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, which is one of the nation's largest beekeeping supply companies.

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What Does It Take to Get Started in Beekeeping?

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What Does It Take to Get Started in Beekeeping?

If you have ever thought about beekeeping as a hobby but don’t know what’s involved or how to get started, then this is for you. The goal is to help you answer the question of whether beekeeping is right for you or not. We will explore things you need to know before you get the bees, like the time commitment, the startup cost, good locations for hives, and generally what it’s like to be a beekeeper. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Shane Gebauer has been a beekeeper and worked in the beekeeping industry for more than 12 years. Currently, he is the president and partner at Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, which is one of the nation's largest beekeeping supply companies.

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Keeping Honey Bees Alive

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Keeping Honey Bees Alive

Maintaining a healthy hive is no easy task. Explore what a healthy hive is and how to achieve it. Controlling disease and pests certainly is important, but perhaps equally as important is a vigorous queen, reducing contaminates in the hive, and good nutrition. Organic Gardening Stage | Sunday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Shane Gebauer has been a beekeeper and worked in the beekeeping industry for more than 12 years. Currently, he is the president and partner at Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, which is one of the nation's largest beekeeping supply companies.

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Organic Farming 101

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Organic Farming 101

Jack is a sixth generation Kansas farmer. His family’s operation has been certified organic since 1989. This summer, as part of his outreach and development work for OCIA International, his family has created a YouTube channel, Geiger Farm. This channel offers informational videos and related materials on organic farming as practiced on a Midwestern-USA mixed production operation. He will discuss some of the core issues in undertaking the transition to an organic operation, as well as offering insights into the day to day operation of an organic enterprise. Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Jack, his wife, and three children farm in Northeast Kansas. He graduated from KSU with a dual major in Agronomy and Natural Resource Management. His operation involves field scale grain production, livestock, and some specialty production. He has served on the Organic Crop Improvement Association International, Inc. (OCIA) Board of Directors since 2011. For the last two years, he has served as the president of the Board. OCIA is an association of producer, processor, and handler members. OCIA functions in the United States as a network of chapter and direct members and as a USDA National Organic Program accredited certification agency that provides certification services to more than 9,000 people in North, Central and South America, and Asia.

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Growing and Using Peaceful Herbs

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Growing and Using Peaceful Herbs

Learn how to grow wonderful and beautiful herbs in your garden that promote peace: aiding sleep, boosting mood, quelling anxiety, and encouraging calm energy. Maria Noel Groves discusses some of her favorite peaceful herbs for the backyard garden, including several appropriate for container gardening. She focuses on favorites that include holy basil, gotu kola, roses, lemon balm, blue vervain, skullcap, lavender, California poppy, valerian, and motherwort, and she touches on the many other great herbs that you can grow locally. Real Food Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:30-4:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Maria Noel Groves is an herbal practitioner, teacher, columnist for Remedies magazine, columnist and health editor for Herb Quarterly magazine, and the former editor of Natural Health magazine. She runs Wintergreen Botanicals Herbal Clinic & Education Center in New Hampshire, is a registered professional herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild, and is certified by the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine.

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The Nutritives: Your herbal multivitamin

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The Nutritives: Your herbal multivitamin

If popping a multivitamin doesn’t make sense to you, consider nourishing herbal teas. Several of our best herbs are nutritional powerhouses that turn a tasty beverage into good health maintenance. Some of them also make delicious meals. Maria Noel Groves discusses nettles, alfalfa, dandelion and wild greens, calendula, rosehips, hibiscus, and others. Learn which herbs are particularly high in calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C, and carotenoids, and go home with recipes. Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:30-4:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Maria Noel Groves is an herbal practitioner, teacher, columnist for Remedies magazine, columnist and health editor for Herb Quarterly magazine, and the former editor of Natural Health magazine. She runs Wintergreen Botanicals Herbal Clinic & Education Center in New Hampshire, is a registered professional herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild, and is certified by the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine.

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Cattail Moonshine and Milkweed Medicine

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Cattail Moonshine and Milkweed Medicine

Did you know Native Americans in the desert Southwest used prickly pear spines as tattoo needles? Tammi Hartung, author of Cattail Moonshine and Milkweed Medicine, shares the many ways people have relied on plants to nourish, shelter, heal, clothe, and even entertain us throughout history, in today's world, and into the future. Cattail moonshine, hickory bark syrup, chewing gum made from spruce pitch, and milkweeds helping to save the planet during an oil spill disaster: These are a few of the innovative uses of plants that Hartung discusses. Mother Earth Living Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Tammi Hartung is the author of Cattail Moonshine and Milkweed Medicine, Homegrown Herbs, and The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener. She has been growing and working with herbs for more than 30 years and is a frequent teacher and lecturer. She and her husband cultivate more than 500 varieties of herbs, heirloom food plants, and perennial seed crops on their organic farm in Colorado.

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Wildlife-Friendly Gardening

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Wildlife-Friendly Gardening

Coexist in a friendly way with wildlife of all kinds in your gardens. Tammi Hartung describes how to support and encourage pollinators, beneficial insects, wild birds, and even toads. She shares a multitude of ways to redirect or discourage problems with more challenging critters, such as deer, squirrels, and bears. Organic Gardening Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Tammi Hartung is the author of Cattail Moonshine and Milkweed Medicine, Homegrown Herbs, and The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener. She has been growing and working with herbs for more than 30 years and is a frequent teacher and lecturer. She and her husband cultivate more than 500 varieties of herbs, heirloom food plants, and perennial seed crops on their organic farm in Colorado.

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Grow Your Own Broom

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Grow Your Own Broom

Historically, many farmers grew broom corn and crafted their own farmstead brooms. Join broom maker John Holzwart as he illustrates this lost art from seed to sweep. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio John Holzwart is a naturalist, permaculturist, educator, beekeeper, wild forager and traditional broom maker. He has his design certificate in permaculture and applies these principles to his daily life. Holzwart teaches and demonstrates the many traditional skills he practices at events across North America. You can often find him in the woods looking for broom handles, mushrooms and other wild edibles.

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Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms for the Rest of Us

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Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms for the Rest of Us

Do you like mushrooms, but are not sure what to pick, grow, or propagate? Join John Holzwart for this basic overview that is sure to inspire you to become that special "funguy"... or gal. Organic Gardening Stage | Sunday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio John Holzwart is a naturalist, permaculturist, educator, beekeeper, wild forager, and maker of traditional brooms. He has his design certificate in permaculture and applies these principles to his daily life. Holzwart teaches and demonstrates the many traditional skills he practices at events across North America. You can often find him in the woods looking for broom handles or mushrooms and other wild edibles.

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Tractor Maintenance and Attachment Options

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Tractor Maintenance and Attachment Options

This workshop provides an overview of tractor maintenance and how to choose attachments for different applications. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Ben Housch is the business development manager at Yanmar America Corporation for the Agriculture Equipment division. He counts more than 10 years of experience in the agriculture equipment industry. Housch has a 20-acre farm in Summerville, Georgia, where he and his family raise goats, cows and chickens.

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Essential Oils for Health and Well-Being

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Essential Oils for Health and Well-Being

Connie Jacoby provides information on the usage of essential oils in daily life and history; flashpoints; vital information on safety, blending oils, precautions, ingestion of oils, and overall knowledge of maladies; as well as basic and advanced treatments and benefits derived from usage. Mother Earth Living Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio A 17-year nursing professional who became disenchanted with the medical profession and pharmaceuticals, Connie Jacoby chose to use the elements God had supplied for health and well-being. Essential oils, aromatherapy, herbal supplements/tinctures and touch therapy became her focus. Those areas combined have given her the availability to provide answers for the maladies and health-care issues people face each day, affordably.

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Getting Started with Guinea Hogs

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Getting Started with Guinea Hogs

American Guinea Hogs are recovering from near-extinction. These small, friendly foragers are a homesteader’s dream: hardy, self-sufficient, efficient feed converters—and loaded with high quality meat and lots of lard. Elizabeth Rich will cover the basics of acquisition, shelter, and feeding; as well as what to expect for the harvest. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Born and raised in northern Wisconsin, Kyle began farming in 2014. He has a keen interest in historical farming and homesteading practices, and employs many historical building and farming techniques. He raises American Guinea Hogs on a 40-acre farm in central Wisconsin.

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Best Methods to Preserve Your Herbs

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Best Methods to Preserve Your Herbs

Learn about the various ways to preserve your favorite herbs: drying techniques; herbal vinegars, oils, salts, and sugars; freezable recipes; crafts; and more. Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Jessica Kellner is the editor-in-chief of Mother Earth Living, and she is dedicated to helping readers create naturally healthy homes and lifestyles.

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Kids' DIY Bath Salts

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Kids' DIY Bath Salts

Join Jessica Kellner to make bath salts: sleepytime salts to help little ones fall asleep, soothing salts for when a child is sick, and chocolate bath salts, just for fun! Each child makes colored, scented salts using essential oils and natural food coloring, blending with their hands for a full sensory experience. Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Jessica Kellner is the editor-in-chief of Mother Earth Living, and she is dedicated to helping readers create naturally healthy homes and lifestyles.

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Growing Your Own Food on the Homestead

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Growing Your Own Food on the Homestead

Growing your own food provides an endless number of benefits for you and your family, some of which include self-sustainability, improved health, and teaching the values of hard work to the younger generation. With his vast horticultural and agricultural knowledge, Greg Key provides insight into the tools and practices needed to grow food on the homestead. Key delivers practical and feasible solutions for beginner or advanced gardeners to help them grow good, clean food for their family and friends. Organic Gardening Stage | Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Greg Key has been involved in horticulture and agriculture for more than 30 years. With a special interest in organic and small-scale production, he has been on the forefront of the local food movement. He enjoys studying the processes and educating people about how to make growing healthy, local food more possible. With vegetable gardening being one of his favorite hobbies, he founded Hoss Tools in 2009 with the goal of manufacturing and selling high-quality, American-made garden tools. Today, Hoss Tools provides gardening tools and supplies to people all over the world, with the primary goal of helping people grow their own food.

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The Woodstove/Off-Grid Lifestyle

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The Woodstove/Off-Grid Lifestyle

Learn all about woodstove safety and off-grid equipment powered by woodstoves. Sustainability Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Roger Lehet has more than 30 years of professional experience, beginning at age 18 as a chimney sweep. He owned four woodstove shops before becoming an inventor of a new breed of woodstoves. His newest offerings allow people to heat, cook, bake, and produce electricity and hot water from a wood-fired stove.

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Big Food Talk

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Big Food Talk

Meredith Leigh, author of The Ethical Meat Handbook, leads a compelling class on the future of eating. She makes connections between environment, economy, culture, and science to discuss how we should think about the food we eat, and why it matters. This workshop is full of cutting, chopping, cooking, talking, and answering questions, leaving participants with a new way of thinking about food ... one that touches on day-to-day dietary considerations as well as global perspective. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook, and the author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Whole Animal Butchery

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Whole Animal Butchery

Meredith Leigh, author of The Ethical Meat Handbook, demonstrates whole-animal butchery. Using lamb as an example, she discusses delicious and thrifty use of the entire carcass, and applies principles of butchery, charcuterie, and cooking to other animal species as well. Real Food Stage | Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook, and author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Smoothies and Seed Starting

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Smoothies and Seed Starting

Wouldn't it be fun to turn the most delectable moment of your day into a gardening project? At Smoothies & Gardening 101 with Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss, create tasty smoothies and turn empty pints into planters! Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss is the Evolution of Ice Cream. They source the finest organic ingredients to bring consumers a dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free treat. Just one taste and you will understand what they mean when they say, “This Is Bliss!”

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Scythe Blades: How they're made and how to care for

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Scythe Blades: How they're made and how to care for

Ian miller, author of The Scything Handbook, walks the audience through the process of forging blades, from raw materials to finished blade in this enlightening workshop. Deeply knowing what a blade is helps one to know how to maintain it. Organic Gardening Stage | Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Ian Miller followed a career in music with a degree in agroecology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. During a two year stint on a biodynamic farm in Austria, he learned how to scythe and delved into historic scything texts in German (which culminated in his book The Scything Handbook). He has worked for Seed Savers Exchange in Iowa and translated several books on gardening and natural building.

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Diversifying Your Garden or Farm with the Scythe

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Diversifying Your Garden or Farm with the Scythe

Learning to use and maintain that masterpiece of design and efficiency that is the Austrian scythe can help you achieve a quantum leap in diversity for your garden, homestead, or farm. Grow your own hay and grains for free for mulch, livestock (fodder, bedding), bread, compost, and more. Organic Gardening Stage | Saturday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Ian Miller followed a career in music with a degree in agroecology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. During a two year stint on a biodynamic farm in Austria, he learned how to scythe and delved into historic scything texts in German (which culminated in his book The Scything Handbook). He has worked for Seed Savers Exchange in Iowa and translated several books on gardening and natural building.

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Poultry Unplugged: Free-ranging poultry just about anywhere

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Poultry Unplugged: Free-ranging poultry just about anywhere

Allowing poultry to free-range has many benefits, both for the birds and the environment. This workshop explains these benefits, and offers strategies for success regardless of predator issues and other challenges. It includes a planning worksheet, and audience questions are encouraged! The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 6:30-7:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Victoria Redhed Miller grew up in Seattle and now lives with her husband, David, on their off-grid farm in the Olympic Mountain foothills near Sequim, Washington. She writes and blogs about homesteading and self-reliance, as well as speaking at events around the country. She is the author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks, and the new book Craft Distilling: Making Liquor Legally at Home.

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Sourdough Is Not a Flavor: Naturally-leavened bread, simplified

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Sourdough Is Not a Flavor: Naturally-leavened bread, simplified

Making sourdough-based breads is easier than you might think. Sourdough starter, activated by wild yeast, can be used for making a lot more than just loaf breads and pizza. This overview of the sourdough process will cover benefits of naturally-leavened breads, the basic method of creating and maintaining a low-maintenance sourdough starter, and working with non-gluten grains. The author of the award-winning book Craft Distilling, Victoria Miller is an experienced and passionate sourdough baker. This workshop also includes a brief look at her wood-fired outdoor oven, the perfect tool for baking amazing sourdough breads. Real Food Stage | Sunday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 6:30-7:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Victoria Redhed Miller grew up in Seattle and now lives with her husband, David, on their off-grid farm in the Olympic Mountain foothills near Sequim, Washington. She writes and blogs about homesteading and self-reliance, as well as speaking at events around the country. She is also the author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks.

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Craft Distilling: Making liquor legally at home

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Craft Distilling: Making liquor legally at home

Hobby distilling has become more and more popular in the past few years. However, there is still a lot of confusion about the legalities around the distillation of liquor. The author of the new book Craft Distilling: Making Liquor Legally at Home explains the facts around legal distilling, plus provides an overview of how to make high-quality distilled spirits on a small scale. In addition, she is working with a Washington state legislator to change the laws for hobby distillers. This is an informative, fun workshop for anyone interested in distilling liquor. Real Food Stage | Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 6:30-7:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Victoria Redhed Miller grew up in Seattle and now lives with her husband, David, on their off-grid farm in the Olympic Mountain foothills near Sequim, Washington. She writes and blogs about homesteading and self-reliance, as well as speaking at events around the country. She is also the author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks.

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Saving Resources and Money by Living Intentionally

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Saving Resources and Money by Living Intentionally

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage members Aaron Murphy and Dan Durica share the lessons they have learned that contribute to their radically low impact on the Earth. Learn how to use 90 percent fewer key resources than the average United States household while improving quality of life and personal connections. From neighborhood vehicle cooperatives, group decision-making strategies, cooperative eating and food preservation, to natural building and much more, the topics covered in this workshop allow participants to walk away feeling empowered to improve life for themselves and the Earth while reducing their carbon footprint. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Aaron Murphy builds natural buildings, grows gardens, and preserves food, in addition to being on the board of directors of the Milkweed Mercantile Cooperative at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. He also produces videos for alternative media and conscious clients through Skillly.net. Dancing Rabbit is one of the most successful ecovillages in the country, and is arguably the most radical. It's home to almost 50 people, and more than 35 natural buildings, making it one of the biggest collections of sustainably built houses in the country. The ecovillage is entirely powered by its own renewable energy-based microgrid. Its members have given up their personal vehicles and instead share three cars and a truck in a vehicle co-op. Because fossil fuel use is largely prohibited, Dancing Rabbit exemplifies the inevitable future, and demonstrates that people can lead happy lives using only renewable sustainable technology.

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Going Back to Conventional Agriculture: Where to start

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Going Back to Conventional Agriculture: Where to start

This wide-ranging workshop covers topics such as taking the first step and going back to conventional agricultural practices; leaving behind GMOs and learning how to grow permaculture; the utilization of livestock and cover crops; and a discussion of what is working and what hasn't. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Shane New has spent the last 30 years of his life doing 20 different things to do the one thing he loves: farming. He has brokered hay, owned a commercial trucking company, done custom fabrication, been involved in sod production, and also explored commercial seeding and erosion control. All the while, he has been building a farming operation.

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Creating an Allergy- and Toxin-Free Home

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Creating an Allergy- and Toxin-Free Home

This revealing talk uncovers the six elements of a healthy home and where allergens and toxins lurk that may cause health issues! There are easy solutions for these common culprits. Correct problems and keep your "Rain Barrel" empty for the health of your home and body. Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Pioneering healthy eco-living through the built environment, eco-specialist Shaylee Oleson is a Minnesota GreenStar Pro and committee member, as well as a Building Biologist and avid nature photographer. She has spoken at the Wisconsin Midwest Renewable Energy Association, the Minnesota State Fair, and the Living Green Expo. Her magazine and online articles cover hot topics such as electromagnetic fields, indoor air quality, and choosing healthy green building materials. She loves spending time with her two dogs, Xena and Cooper.

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Designing a Year-Round Solar Greenhouse

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Designing a Year-Round Solar Greenhouse

How can you grow your own bananas, avocados, and fresh veggies year-round, without depending on fossil-fuel energy? Discover the principles of passive solar greenhouse design and the latest technologies to facilitate sustainable, yearlong yields. Traditional greenhouses require large amounts of heating and cooling to grow throughout the year in North American climates, making them an unsustainable choice. Energy-efficient greenhouses are able to maintain much warmer temperatures for abundance through all four seasons, growing with little to no heating or cooling. This presentation builds off the book by Marc Plinke and Lindsey Schiller, The Year-Round Solar Greenhouse, and includes both simple and advanced methods. Organic Gardening Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Marc Plinke started his career as a chemical and process engineer. After turning to green building, he transitioned to building super energy-efficient greenhouses. In 2011, Plinke helped build a net-zero-energy prototype greenhouse for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Soon after, he co-founded Ceres Greenhouse Solutions to help people design and build their own sustainable greenhouses. His aim is to enable people to grow fresh, nutritious food year-round without depending on fossil fuels.

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Hopping for Fun and Profit with Heritage Rabbits

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Hopping for Fun and Profit with Heritage Rabbits

Rabbits can be easy, versatile and quiet animals to raise on your small property. Heritage breeds offer a chance to set yourself apart from other rabbitries and provide value-added product for both home use or sale. Get acquainted with the breeds and the basics of raising rabbits. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Callene Rapp graduated with a degree in animal science. After a short stint at a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) hog farm, she and her husband, Eric, moved to the Wichita area, where she became the senior keeper of the Children’s Farms at the Sedgwick County Zoo. Upon getting hired, she discovered that her education was a little incomplete: There was a whole world of livestock that never once got mentioned in school. Since then, she’s worked hard to make up for that lapse, and enjoys working to educate people about rare breeds of livestock. Today, the Children’s Farms houses one of the largest collections of rare breeds of livestock at any zoo in the country, and features 28 breeds from the Conservation Priority List. When she’s not at the zoo, Callene and Eric own and operate the Rare Hare Barn, a successful heritage rabbit meat enterprise. Their rabbits have been served at some of the finest restaurants coast to coast (and especially in the Kansas City area). She has also published several articles on livestock husbandry in Grit magazine.

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Adding a Cow to Your Family

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Adding a Cow to Your Family

This introductory workshop prepares the homesteader for a useful bovine addition to the family. Topics covered include breed selection, purchasing, infrastructure, feeding, breeding, milking, processing, and more. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Callene Rapp graduated with a degree in animal science. After a short stint at a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) hog farm, she and her husband, Eric, moved to the Wichita area, where she became the senior keeper of the Children’s Farms at the Sedgwick County Zoo. Upon getting hired, she discovered that her education was a little incomplete: A whole world of livestock never once got mentioned in school. Since then, she’s worked hard to make up for that lapse, and enjoys working to educate people about rare breeds of livestock. Today, the Children’s Farms houses one of the largest collection of rare breeds of livestock of any zoo in the country, and features 28 breeds from the Conservation Priority List. When she’s not at the zoo, Callene and Eric own and operate the Rare Hare Barn, a successful heritage rabbit meat enterprise, and their rabbits have been served at some of the finest restaurants coast to coast (but especially in the Kansas City area). She has also published several articles on livestock husbandry in Grit magazine.

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Medicinal Goat Garden

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Medicinal Goat Garden

Interested in providing herbal support for your goats’ health? You can buy them…or you can grow your own! Learn which plants can be used for your goats; which are best suited to our Wisconsin climate; when to plant them, when to harvest them, and how to use them. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Elizabeth Rich has practiced business law for more than 30 years. She serves as an attorney for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, and she is also the organization's vice president. There, she advocates for food freedom and defends the interests of farmers and artisan food producers. She is also a goat farmer and cheesemaker in Wisconsin, where she produces as much of her own food as she can on her 40-acre homestead.

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Beyond Razor Sharp: How to sharpen almost anything!

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Beyond Razor Sharp: How to sharpen almost anything!

Professional knife-maker Patrick Roehrman covers the four common mistakes people make when learning how to sharpen. Hear where to begin, as well as information on caring for and maintaining your knives. Sustainability Stage | Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Patrick Roehrman has been making knives for the past seven years. He makes knives full time on a 9-acre homestead near Sheldon, Missouri. His DVD Beyond Razor Sharp has helped preserve the lost art of sharpening.

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Salad Bar Beef

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Salad Bar Beef

Herbivores not only built the world's deepest and best soil, they provided the foundation for nutrition in most areas. Building soil and eating well are symbiotic activities, but many today view the herbivore as an enemy ... a direct result of misusing animals. In this workshop, Joel Salatin introduces the concepts and high-tech infrastructure that allows modern farmers to duplicate the symbiotic choreography of ancient herds. This system also increases yields and offers the most tasty, nutritious food. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Sunday, 9:30-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Joel Salatin's family owns and operates Polyface Farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, producing salad bar beef, pastured poultry, pigaerator pork and forage-based rabbits. The farm services 6,000 families and 50 restaurants. Featured prominently in countless media, documentaries and books, the farm offers many educational opportunities for people wanting to learn these pasture-based systems. He has written 10 books about food and farming, both how-to guides and broad cultural works.

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Benchmarks of Truth

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Benchmarks of Truth

How do you know you're on the right track? What common elements show up when a model honors truth? In this fast paced typical Salatin performance, the farmer identifies ten characteristics from his own experience that offer a compass of right decision-making. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Sunday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. 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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Direct Marketing: The good, bad, and ugly of making it work

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Direct Marketing: The good, bad, and ugly of making it work

Whether you’re thinking of marketing your livestock or produce directly to the consumer or you're already doing so, this workshop highlights the potential pitfalls and successes you’ll run into. It also touches on community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs, online sales, marketing, liability, and social media use. Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition Stage | Sunday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Cherie Schenker is a fifth-generation livestock farmer in southeastern Kansas. She and her husband purchased the family farm in 2008, and began moving it into a direct marketing operation both online and in person. Since then, Schenker Family Farms has grown to be one of the largest direct marking operations in Kansas.

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Seed Starting Successfully

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Seed Starting Successfully

Botanical Interests inspires and educates gardeners! In every packet, they provide easy-to-understand and accurate instructions for successfully sowing their more than 600 heirloom, non-GMO, and organic varieties. In their more than 20 years of growing, Botanical Interests has learned many germination and care tips and tricks that can make your home garden successful. Attendees leave this presentation with new tools to improve germination! Heirloom Gardener Stage | Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio April Shelhon has been at Botanical Interests for more than a year, and has a decade of professional experience in horticulture and biology, including landscaping, research, organic vegetable farming, and instruction. She’s passionate about gardening with a focus on fruits, vegetables, and self-sufficiency. In addition to gardening, she enjoys cycling, hiking, and snowshoeing in beautiful Colorado.

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Creative Financing for Farmers the Slow Money Way

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Creative Financing for Farmers the Slow Money Way

Maneuvering through the financing world for new farmers can be very challenging. Many times, farmers are not able to access traditional financing. Slow Money bridges the gap between farmers and financing. It is one tool to help farmers find financial support for new or growing farming operations. Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Jacqueline Smith founded Central Grazing Company, producers of humanely raised and sustainably farmed lamb, in the spring of 2015. Jacqueline operates all aspects of Central Grazing Company as well as provides all of the sales and marketing for the company.

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Just Add Water: Tips for adding ducks to your backyard chicken flock

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Just Add Water: Tips for adding ducks to your backyard chicken flock

If you already keep chickens, adding a few ducks to your flock is often as simple as just adding some water! Learn how to integrate ducks into an existing chicken flock by making some simple changes to your existing coop and run, feed mix, and water setup. Lisa Steele also covers favorite duck treats, information on duck eggs, duck health, and some reasons why ducks might actually be a better choice for your backyard. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio A fifth-generation chicken keeper, Lisa Steele returned to her rural roots after doing a short stint on Wall Street after college. Now, back in the country living on a farm in Maine with her husband and their flock of chickens and ducks, she encourages others to raise their own flocks naturally without using antibiotics or chemicals. An aspiring herbalist and avid gardener, she incorporates herbs, weeds, and edible flowers into the daily care of her flock and shares this advice on her blog Fresh Eggs Daily, which has been named one of the Top Ten Gardening blogs by Better Homes and Gardens magazine. In addition to writing best-selling books, she is also a writer for Backyard Poultry, Chickens, and Hobby Farms magazines and regularly appears on national television and radio programs advocating natural chicken keeping.

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Chickens in the Garden: Natural insect and weed control

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Chickens in the Garden: Natural insect and weed control

Avoiding using chemicals on your lawn and garden is not only better for your family and the environment, but a necessity when you have chickens roaming about. Lisa Steele discusses some safe, nontoxic weed and insect control methods that won't hurt your chickens, children, or pets but will keep your yard and gardens from becoming overrun with weeds and bugs. She also covers natural fertilizers and plant food (including all that wonderful chicken manure) as well as other ways to get your chickens helping in the garden. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio A fifth-generation chicken keeper, Lisa Steele returned to her rural roots after doing a short stint on Wall Street after college. Now, back in the country living on a farm in Maine with her husband and their flock of chickens and ducks, she encourages others to raise their own flocks naturally without using antibiotics or chemicals. An aspiring herbalist and avid gardener, she incorporates herbs, weeds, and edible flowers into the daily care of her flock and shares this advice on her blog Fresh Eggs Daily, which has been named one of the Top Ten Gardening blogs by Better Homes and Gardens magazine. In addition to writing best-selling books, she is also a writer for Backyard Poultry, Chickens, and Hobby Farms magazines and regularly appears on national television and radio programs advocating natural chicken keeping.

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Vermiculture 101

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Vermiculture 101

Learn simple backyard vermiculture techniques. Discover how to build your own vermicomposting bin with a trapdoor for harvesting worm castings. Hear about ways to increase crop yields by side-dressing and fertilizing with worm castings, worm tea, and vermicompost. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Crystal Stevens and her husband, Eric, are the farmers and resident artists at La Vista CSA Farm on the bluffs of the Mighty Mississippi in Godfrey, Illinois, where they enjoy the rural life with their two children. Stevens blogs for MOTHER EARTH NEWS, has contributed to Grit and Permaculture Magazine, and is a columnist for FEAST Magazine. She is the author of Grow Create Inspire, an Earth Stewardship Manifesto.

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Grow, Create, Inspire

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Grow, Create, Inspire

The simple act of gardening can be a catalyst for positive change, Earth stewardship, and the art of low-impact living. Discover ways you can be advocates for the Earth in your own communities. Learn strategies for educating your community about an array of eco- topics. Host plant walks, meet-ups, workshops, and more. Learn basic tools for increasing eco-awareness and making changes in your community. Be a catalyst for positive change! Heirloom Gardener Stage | Saturday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Crystal Stevens and her husband, Eric, are the farmers and resident artists at La Vista CSA Farm on the bluffs of the mighty Mississippi in Godfrey, Illinois, where they enjoy the rural life with their two children. Stevens blogs for MOTHER EARTH NEWS, has contributed to Grit and Permaculture Magazine, and is a columnist for FEAST Magazine. She is the author of Grow Create Inspire, an Earth Stewardship Manifesto.

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Family Adventures in Vermiculture

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Family Adventures in Vermiculture

This hands-on, child-friendly workshop delves into the wonderful world of worms. Learn how worms benefit your soil, your garden and the world! Play with worms and learn how to sift your own worm castings. Learn all about how to set up a vermicomposting bin in your own backyard. The first 20 families to participate get to take home a small container of worms, a small bag of worm castings and seeds. Play worm trivia and win a worm prize. Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Crystal Stevens and her husband, Eric, are the farmers and resident artists at La Vista CSA Farm on the bluffs of the Mighty Mississippi in Godfrey, Illinois, where they enjoy the rural life with their two children. Stevens blogs for MOTHER EARTH NEWS, has contributed to Grit and Permaculture Magazine, and is a columnist for FEAST Magazine. She is the author of Grow Create Inspire, an Earth Stewardship Manifesto.

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Aquaponics 101 and Future Trends

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Fun Aquaponics for Kids

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Fun Aquaponics for Kids

Learn how to build an inexpensive Aquaponics system for home or school to learn about how fish and plants work together in nature. Hands-on workshop will include parts list and full instructions Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:30-4:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Meg Stout is an engineer and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Aquaponic Gardening. She is chairman of the Aquaponics Association and has conducted hands-on workshops from Ontario to Puerto Rico and D.C. to California.

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Creating Healthy Soil for Healthy Food and People

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Creating Healthy Soil for Healthy Food and People

Since the beginning of agriculture, our farming methods have unwittingly caused degradation of our soil. Our soil typically now has only a fraction of the organic matter it had when it was still virgin prairie or forest. Perhaps not surprisingly, our food has also lost significant nutrient content each decade. The solution to better soil, better food, and healthier people comes from a little known secret, and that is to dramatically increase the microbial population and diversity in the soil. Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition Stage | Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Dale Strickler is an agronomist for Green Cover Seed, the nation’s leading cover crop specific seed company and a leader in the soil health movement, based out of Bladen, Nebraska. He also has his own cattle operation near Jamestown, Kansas, where he puts his theories about creating better soil into practice. He planted his first cover crop in 1988 and has been experimenting with them ever since, with increasingly impressive results.

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Creating Healthy Soil for Healthy Food and People

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Creating Healthy Soil for Healthy Food and People

Since the beginning of agriculture, our farming methods have unwittingly caused degradation of our soil. Our soil typically now has only a fraction of the organic matter it had when it was still virgin prairie or forest. Perhaps not surprisingly, our food has also lost significant nutrient content each decade. The solution to better soil, better food, and healthier people comes from a little-known secret, and that is to dramatically increase the microbial population and diversity in the soil. Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition Stage | Sunday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Dale Strickler is an agronomist for Green Cover Seed, a leading cover crop-specific seed company and leader in the soil health movement, based out of Bladen, Nebraska. He also has his own cattle operation near Jamestown, Kansas, where he puts his theories about creating better soil into practice. He planted his first cover crop in 1988 and has been experimenting with them ever since, with increasingly impressive results.

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Low-Stress Care for Livestock

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Low-Stress Care for Livestock

Learn to think like a cow, sheep, or goat in this workshop so you can begin to understand why they do what they do. This enables you to take better care of them without force, which minimizes the likelihood of injury for both livestock and humans. Gentle care also invites the livestock to choose to do what you want them to do and, amazingly, they want to please you. So, think about what your actions are training your livestock to do. Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Lucinda Stuenkel became the manager of Sunny Day Farms overnight when both her husband and brother-in-law were killed in an accident. With women and young children operating the farm, traditional methods of caring for livestock were too difficult on both the humans and the livestock. She had to find a way to do everything with less muscle.

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Scaling UP Demand For Local Food

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Scaling UP Demand For Local Food

In this workshop, Scott Thellman discusses the growth and management of his operation, Juniper Hill Farms. He'll cover everything from the pros and cons of pursuing organic certification to managing budgets and ensuring profits. Scott will also provide an enterprise budget demonstration for a crowd using chosen fresh market vegetables. Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition Stage | Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio As a first generation farmer and owner of Juniper Hill Farms, LLC, a diversified farm producing hay, alfalfa, small grains, and organic vegetables located in Douglas County, Kansas, Scott Thellman has a passion for organic and sustainable agricultural production, post-harvest handling, food systems, and the economics of growing. A graduate of Iowa State University’s Agricultural Business program, Scott continues to grow his agricultural operation located in Lawrence, Kansas, and is working to strengthen the region’s food systems to better serve our local and regional communities with fresh and affordable locally grown produce.

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Why Bees? A Look at Beginning Beekeeping

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Why Bees? A Look at Beginning Beekeeping

Learn the what, where, why, and how of getting started in beekeeping in the local area in this workshop led by Becky and Steve Tipton, Master Beekeepers who have been keeping bees for more than 30 years in northeast Kansas. Following best practices will guide you to successful, sustainable beekeeping. Hear helpful hints to make your homestead more bee friendly. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Steve and Becky Tipton began beekeeping as a hobby, and now it's a hobby that's out of control! (It's turned into their sideline business.) Master Beekeepers (having followed a program at the University of Nebraska), they have taught beekeeping across the country, as well as to many local groups, for about 30 years. Successful beekeeping begins with understanding the bee's needs and bee biology.

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Edible Places in Small Spaces

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Edible Places in Small Spaces

Don’t let the lack of garden space keep you from enjoying fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. Discover how to turn a balcony, patio, deck or windowsill into an economical and productive garden. This program provides everything you need to get started from creative container options to the veggie varieties that give the biggest bang for the buck. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:30-4:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Jodi Torpey, author of Blue-Ribbon Vegetable Gardening, is a garden writer, an award-winning gardener, a Craftsy online gardening instructor, and the founder and editor-in-chief of www.WesternGardeners.com. Torpey's writing appears in digital and print media, and she's a popular speaker at gardening conferences and events around the country.

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Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening

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Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening

Would you like to learn the secrets to growing prize-worthy produce? Then step right up! This session teaches the tricks of the trade for growing and showing the biggest, tastiest, and best-looking vegetables for miles around. Discover how to win the top prize by choosing the best vegetable varieties, scheduling planting dates, and growing a healthy garden. Insider tips let you learn to think like a judge. Organic Gardening Stage | Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:30-4:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Jodi Torpey, author of Blue-Ribbon Vegetable Gardening, is a garden writer, an award-winning gardener, a Craftsy online gardening instructor, and the founder and editor-in-chief of www.WesternGardeners.com. Torpey's writing appears in digital and print media, and she's a popular speaker at gardening conferences and events around the country.

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The Continually Evolving No-Mortgage Cottage

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The Continually Evolving No-Mortgage Cottage

Before the Industrial Revolution our ancestors generally lived in small houses they built for themselves from local earth, stone, straw and wood, mainly because the materials were cheap or free and didn't require a great deal of specialized skill. Today's houses might be bigger and more comfortable, but they're also often toxic and expensive. For all sorts of good reasons, basic DIY shelter is making a comeback. With a little guidance, almost anyone can still build their own home with low-cost natural and scrounged materials for under $10,000 and opt out of the industrial building and mortgage rat race. Sustainability Stage | Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Build a Rocket Mass Heater

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Build a Rocket Mass Heater

See how you can turn a pile of old bricks and mud into a super-efficient woodburning heater for your house or cabin. Natural Building Demonstrations | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Build a Rocket Mass Heater

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Build a Rocket Mass Heater

See how you can turn a pile of old bricks and mud into a super-efficient woodburning heater for your house or cabin. Natural Building Demonstrations | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Make Mud Not Foam: Is green building really green?

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Make Mud Not Foam: Is green building really green?

Sit down for a discussion of the hidden environmental footprint of high-tech, high-performance building materials, and some ways that good old mud and straw can save the day and keep your checkbook full. Natural Building Demonstrations | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Making Cob: How to build with mud

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Making Cob: How to build with mud

Learn how the dirt under your backyard can be turned into beautiful buildings, benches, pizza ovens, and much more ... the possibilities are limited only by one's imagination! Be prepared to get muddy. Natural Building Demonstrations | Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Open Mud: Spontaneous hands-on building demos

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Open Mud: Spontaneous hands-on building demos

Build, play, get muddy and visit with Uncle Mud & Family about the basics of cob building. Natural Building Demonstrations | Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Building with Straw Bales

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Building with Straw Bales

Get muddy and see how straw bales can be used for a low-cost, beautiful, eco-friendly, highly insulated construction. Natural Building Demonstrations | Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Earthen Plasters You Can Make at Home

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Earthen Plasters You Can Make at Home

Earthen artists and natural builders of Uncle Mud & Family teach how to make gorgeous colored earth plasters and sculpted elements and apply them to your walls. Natural Building Demonstrations | Sunday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Build Your Own Wood-Fired Pizza Oven From Dirt

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Build Your Own Wood-Fired Pizza Oven From Dirt

Help turn a pile of mud into a wood-fired pizza oven! See how easy it is to do this in your own backyard. Be prepared to get muddy. Natural Building Demonstrations | Saturday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Cheap Sturdy Buildings from Straw, Clay, and Pallets

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Cheap Sturdy Buildings from Straw, Clay, and Pallets

Come see how straw, an agricultural waste product, gets and wood pallets can be turned into a low cost, beautiful, eco-friendly, highly insulated wall that keeps your house comfy winter and summer. Natural Building Demonstrations | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

Play in the mud with Uncle Mud. Use clay, straw, and sticks to build little houses and sculpt beautiful objects from your wild imagination. This is a "Hands In" workshop: hands and feet squishing and mixing and making a big mess. Talk about how we can use these same materials to build benches, ovens, and even houses. You can wash off with water, but be prepared to get dirty and have fun. Natural Building Demonstrations | Sunday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

Play in the mud with Uncle Mud and Friends. Use clay, straw, and sticks to build little houses and sculpt beautiful objects from your wild imagination. This is a "Hands In" workshop: hands and feet squishing and mixing and making a big mess. Talk about how we can use these same materials to build benches, ovens, and even houses. You can use the water at this workshop to wash off with, but be prepared to get dirty and have fun. Natural Building Demonstrations | Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

Play in the mud with Uncle Mud. Use clay, straw, and sticks to build little houses and sculpt beautiful objects from your wild imagination. This is a "Hands In" workshop: hands and feet squishing and mixing and making a big mess. Talk about how we can use these same materials to build benches, ovens, and even houses. You can wash off with water, but be prepared to get dirty and have fun. Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

Play in the mud with Uncle Mud and Friends. Use clay, straw, and sticks to build little houses and sculpt beautiful objects from your wild imagination. This is a "Hands In" workshop: hands and feet squishing and mixing and making a big mess. Talk about how we can use these same materials to build benches, ovens, and even houses. You can use the water at this workshop to wash off with, but be prepared to get dirty and have fun. Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Growing Great Garlic and Perennial Onions

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Growing Great Garlic and Perennial Onions

Learn about heirloom garlic and perennial onion varieties, from planting to cultivation and harvesting at home. Ira Wallace covers soil preparation, weed control, and disease prevention, as well as curing and storage requirements. Add these culinary essentials to your garden! Real Food Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Ira Wallace is on the board of the Organic Seed Alliance and is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, where she coordinates variety selection and new seed grower contracts. Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply through seed saving and sustainable gardening.

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Extending the Harvest: Creating a four season garden

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Extending the Harvest: Creating a four season garden

Learn how to plan, create and produce garden bounty all year. This workshop will focus on the all season garden, including in-depth succession planting, planting summer crops for a fall garden, and fruit planting for late winter. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Ira Wallace, author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, where she coordinates variety selection and new seed grower contracts. Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply through seed saving and sustainable gardening.

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Attracting Pollinators to Your Vegetable Garden

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Attracting Pollinators to Your Vegetable Garden

Bees and other native pollinators are important for the productivity of your vegetable garden. Learn how to add herbs and flowers, seed saving and other practices that welcome pollinators and other beneficial insects to your vegetable garden for an abundant harvest of cukes, squash, peppers, and more! Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Ira Wallace, author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast, is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, where she coordinates variety selection and new seed grower contracts. Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply through seed saving and sustainable gardening.

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The 7-Hour Business to Fund Your Family Farm

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The 7-Hour Business to Fund Your Family Farm

How does seed saving, homesteading experiments, and sustainability relate to the businesses models of Exxon Mobil, O'Hare International Airport, and Google? The most successful businesses on the planet are profitable mainly due to extreme resource depletion. Are there any other business models where you could earn income while working toward sustainability? Learn about an experimental business that is attracting and rewarding the brightest and best people on the planet to do the work of creating a sustainable relationship between humans and our ecosystem. While still small, this model has been wildly successful and is growing by leaps and bounds. If you are an excellent communicator who is truly living and working toward sustainability, and you are interested in earning $5,000 to $20,000 a year for part-time work, see if this is for you. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Marjory Wildcraft is the founder of The Grow Network, which is the online home of a global network of people who produce their own food and medicine. Wildcraft was featured as an expert in sustainable living by National Geographic, she speaks at MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS, and she is a regular guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is the host of the annual Home Grown Food Summit, but she's best known for her video series "Grow Your Own Groceries," which has more than a half million copies in use by homesteaders, foodies, preppers, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.

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How to Produce Half Your Food in Less Than an Hour Per Day in a Backyard

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How to Produce Half Your Food in Less Than an Hour Per Day in a Backyard

Marjory Wildcraft presents a simple three-part system for producing your own food in a backyard-sized space. Fast-paced and empowering, this presentation gets down to the numbers of calories produced, square footage required, and exactly what to do on a daily basis. The focus is on food production in a scenario in which the grid is down. Real Food Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Marjory Wildcraft is the founder of the [Grow] Network, the online home of a global network of people who produce their own food and medicine, recognizing the wisdom of homegrown food on every table. Wildcraft was featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, and she's a regular guest on Coast to Coast AM. The author of several books, she is perhaps best known for her video series Grow Your Own Groceries: More than a half million copies are in use by homesteaders, foodies, preppers, universities and missionary organizations around the world.

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Small Farm, Real Income

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Small Farm, Real Income

Yes, you can generate real income with a small holding or even a lot in the city. Don’t let big agriculture get you down, there are plenty of production models that suit your small and/or unconventional practices that will serve your greater community and put some cash in your pocket. Whether you are interested in producing $50,000 worth of premium vegetables on an acre, or marketing beautiful heirloom ear corn for decoration, with a bit of creative thinking and plenty of hard work, you can build a satisfying business growing products that your friends and neighbors want to purchase from you! All you need is a bit of knowledge, a growing and marketing plan, and plenty of energy to see the project through. You can do it! MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Hank Will (Oscar H. Will III) is a business leader, academic, and agricultural practitioner devoted to conservation and small-scale, sustainable agriculture. He currently serves as editorial director for all brands and MOTHER EARTH NEWS Editor-in-Chief at Ogden Publications in Topeka, Kansas. Will’s small-scale, high-cash flow farming experience spans more than four decades with projects as varied as native perennial plants and heirloom laying chickens. His current project, Prairie Turnip Farm in rural Osage County, Kansas, is home to a direct market Highland beef, Will’s landrace lamb, and a small broiler business. Will has authored or co-authored seven books and hundreds of articles, and he enjoys maintaining the open-pollinated corn varieties his great-grandfather developed. He enjoys making Finnish-style puukko knives, in his spare time. Contact him at hwill@grit.com.

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The Modern Homestead: What we wished we would have known

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The Modern Homestead: What we wished we would have known

The Wranglerstars left the city 10 years ago to become modern homesteaders. Learn from their successes and failures. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Sunday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:30-4:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Cody Wranglerstar and his family decided to turn their backs on a comfortable city life and become modern-day homesteaders. Their adventure takes place in the rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest, where they document their lifestyle on their YouTube channel, Wranglerstar. With more than 400,000 loyal subscribers and 130 million video views, they are leaders in the modern homesteading movement.

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Modern Homestead Q and A

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Modern Homestead Q and A

The Wranglerstar family answers your questions about modern homesteading. Sustainability Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Mr. and Mrs. Wranglerstar decided to turn their backs on a comfortable city life and become modern-day homesteaders. Their adventure takes place in the rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest, where they document their lifestyle on their YouTube channel Wranglerstar. With more than 400,000 loyal subscribers and 130 million video views, they are leaders in the modern homesteading movement.

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Carbon-Smart Farming for Soil Regeneration

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Carbon-Smart Farming for Soil Regeneration

Carbon-smart farming boosts soil carbon to regenerate soil to grow crops with optimum nutrients, maximum health and minimal stress. This biological agriculture balances minerals and revives soil food webs to improve fertilizer efficiency, grow crops with superior nutrition, curb soil erosion, cut water pollution, and support community economics. This new, fully probiotic farming is climate-smart to sequester carbon, improve community food security and resilience, mitigate global warming, and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Organic Gardening Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Healer, teacher, journalist, dowser and activist David Yarrow founded the Syracuse Center for Self-Healing, On the Rise Bakery, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York, and the New York State Food Policy Alliance. Since 2007, Yarrow has taught how to make and use biochar in Carbon-Smart Farming to reduce climate change and grow nutrient-dense foods.

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Down the Worm Hole: how to make living, fertile soil to grow tasty food?

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Down the Worm Hole: how to make living, fertile soil to grow tasty food?

Dirt is inert, but soil is alive with communities of living things, most of them are too tiny to see. Learn to make fully fertile living soil to grow the best, healthiest food, flowers, herbs and trees. Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Healer, teacher, journalist, dowser and activist David Yarrow founded the Syracuse Center for Self-Healing, On the Rise Bakery, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York, and the New York State Food Policy Alliance. Since 2007, Yarrow has taught how to make and use biochar in Carbon-Smart Farming to reduce climate change and grow nutrient-dense foods.

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Composting on the Green Frontier: Grassroots practices with global impact

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Composting on the Green Frontier: Grassroots practices with global impact

Journey out onto the margin where the diverse art of nature and the evidence of science meet. Mineralization, biochar, and microbes are the tools of a new crop of holistic growers who are pursuing nutrient-dense soils. Insights ignored by conventional agriculture are rising in the words of soil pioneers such as William Albrecht, Carey Reams, and Philip Callahan. These pioneers envisioned more for soil than what we are currently experiencing. They were organic proponents, yet their vision was more than just toxic avoidance. With their insights, composting on the green frontier brings us into nutrient-dense territory where organics joins carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas reduction, and nutrient-dense crops. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Healer, teacher, journalist, dowser and activist David Yarrow founded the Syracuse Center for Self-Healing, On the Rise Bakery, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York, and the New York State Food Policy Alliance. Since 2007, Yarrow has taught how to make and use biochar in Carbon-Smart Farming to reduce climate change and grow nutrient-dense foods.

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So You Want to Be a Market Farmer

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So You Want to Be a Market Farmer

Claire Zimmermann, assistant adjunct professor and campus farm manager at Johnson County Community College, Farm and Food Project Developer at Cultivate Kansas City, and aspiring beginning farmer, has seen and heard a lot of perspectives coming out of the growing local foods movement in our region. Having the opportunity to listen to farmers, students, and consumers alike, Claire plans to share what all of those different frames of reference have taught her in her own pursuit to be a diversified farmer. She will share encouraging advice, what she has identified as trends in a growing movement, and why you should consider becoming a farmer yourself. Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Claire Zimmermann, a Kansas Native, received her B.S. at Truman State University in Agricultural Sciences. After college, she gained experience as the farm manager at Ring-a-Ding Farms in Howard, Colorado, producing loose leaf greens for wholesale markets, and Open Petal Farm, helping students operate a diversified market farm and exposing them to the basic functions of small farm management. She also works for Cultivate Kansas City as a Farm and Food project developer, visiting with new and existing farmers, as well as other local food projects. She provides technical assistance, and helps individuals engage with and understand the Kansas City local food system and movement. Through her engagement with the local community, Claire has found the support needed to begin as a small farmer. Starting small with a 2-acre annual vegetable plot, Claire hopes to slowly expand her operation to include livestock and perennial polycultures.

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