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DIY Solar

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We all would like to be off the grid, but the costs are prohibitive ... or are they? Dan and Don Adams have been building their own solar panels for years. They go step by step through building your own system, the decisions they made, and how they trimmed thousands off the price. This year, they are talking about making their own batteries. Speaker Bio Dan Adams is the founder of Earthineer, a peer-to-peer social marketplace for food and farm. Don Adams is an electrical engineer, and is responsible for much of the more technical DIY content on Earthineer.

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DIY Aquaponics

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DIY Aquaponics

Aquaponics combines aquaculture (for raising fish) and hydroponics (for growing plants). Join Earthineer's Dan and Don Adams in their latest DIY project. This presentation covers the basics, and you learn how you can build your own starter system. Speaker Bio Dan Adams is the founder of Earthineer, where homesteaders connect, learn and trade. He is a programmer by profession, and an earthineer by passion. Don Adams is an electrical engineer, and is responsible for much of the more technical DIY content on Earthineer.

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Create an Apothecary Garden

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Create an Apothecary Garden

A medicinal plant garden provides affordable, sustainable and indispensable herbs to remedy a variety of conditions, from prevention to times of emergencies. Growing herbs to meet your needs does not have to be difficult or take up a large garden space. Learn about various plants to grow, how to get started, design tips, choosing plants or seeds, and how to decide what to plant based on common issues you and your family need to remedy, such as easing tummy upset, aiding sleep, calming nerves, relieving pain, reducing bruises and sprains, easing cold, flu and fevers, calming nerves, easing bites and stings, disinfecting wounds, soothing burns, and more. 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 makes learning and using your own herbal remedies accessible to everyone. Her website, www.PrairieMagicHerbals.com, 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 the coordinator of the Herbalists Without Borders (HWB) Community Herbal Apothecary Project and as coordinator of the Kansas chapter of HWB.

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Herbs for Pain Relief

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Herbs for Pain Relief

Pain can be stressful, distracting, and in some cases, debilitating. There are many types and causes of pain (e.g., joint, muscle, nerve, tendon) as there are a variety of herbs to reduce pain, stiffness, soreness, fluid and inflammation, and improve function and performance. Join herbalist Joanne Bauman, who draws on both her personal and professional experiences with chronic pain and pain management. Learn numerous plants to ease pain and internal/topical applications, including tinctures, oils, liniments, poultices and bath soaks. 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 makes learning and using your own herbal remedies accessible to everyone. Her website, www.PrairieMagicHerbals.com, 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 coordinator of the Kansas Chapter of HWB.

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Herbal Vinegars, Elixirs and Oxymels

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Herbal Vinegars, Elixirs and Oxymels

Herb vinegars, elixirs and oxymels are simple to make, offer a wonderful combination of sweet and sour, and coax out the medicinal constituents of herbs in a much different way. Explore how to make these preparations, as well as uses and benefits with various herbs and recipes. These honey- and vinegar-based remedies offer antimicrobial, antiviral and immune-boosting properties, ease respiratory conditions, relieve cold and flu, address fungal issues, support digestive tract health and can be used topically for skin and first-aid issues. 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 makes learning and using your own herbal remedies accessible to everyone. Her website, www.PrairieMagicHerbals.com, 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 for the Herbalists Without Borders (HWB) Community Herbal Apothecary Project and coordinator of the Kansas HWB chapter.

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Herbs for Insomnia, Relaxation and Dreams

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Herbs for Insomnia, Relaxation and Dreams

Having trouble sleeping? Need to relax and unwind? Enhance meditation or dreaming? This class is for you! Many herbs offer natural, nonaddictive support to release stress and tension at the end of the day to relieve insomnia, promote sound sleep, and re-establish your natural sleep cycle. This workshop also explores various nonpsychoactive herbs, barks and spices to enhance dreaming and meditation. This discussion includes tinctures, teas, dream balms, dream pillows, incense, bath soaks, room sprays, and more. 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 makes learning and using your own herbal remedies accessible to everyone. Her website, www.PrairieMagicHerbals.com, conveys her thoughts about plants and herbalism. She has a master’s degree in clinical psychology with health/rehab emphasis. Bauman serves as coordinator of the Herbalists Without Borders (HWB) Community Herbal Apothecary Project and as coordinator of HWB's Kansas chapter.

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Living Off Grid, Really?!

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Living Off Grid, Really?!

With more than 18 years of off-grid living, Aur Beck provides a humorous presentation of the nontechnical and realistic ways of living completely off-grid and empowers you to get energized with renewable energy. Learn real, fun, interesting and low-cost ways to start living the off-grid mentality now. Start simply; start now! Speaker Bio Aur Beck is an energy efficiency advocate and is double NABCEP-certified with his company, Advanced Energy Solutions (www.AESsolar.com). He is a founder and is on the board of the Illinois Renewable Energy Association (www.IllinoisRenew.org). He has a weekly radio talk show, "Your Community Spirit" (YourCommunitySpirit.org), but he would like to be known mostly for Oil Addicts Anonymous International (a real 12-step program).

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Talking Turkey

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Talking Turkey

Heritage turkeys have made a remarkable comeback onto the American table and offer a great niche opportunity for farmers. Learn the basics of breed selection, sourcing poults, and husbandry for turkeys being raised for the holiday market. Speaker Bio Marjie Bender has a Master of Education in agricultural science from the University of California-Davis. She has been involved in sustainable agriculture since 1991, and has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She coordinated the first Livestock Conservancy poultry census and led their conservation efforts to recover heritage turkeys and Colonial Spanish horses in America.

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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, the right heritage breed equine is 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 a delightful reality. Speaker Bio Marjie Bender has a Master of Education in Agricultural Science from the University of California-Davis. She has been involved in sustainable agriculture since 1991, and she has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She coordinated the first Livestock Conservancy poultry census and led their conservation efforts to recover heritage turkeys and Colonial Spanish horses in America.

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The Basics of Heritage Hog Production

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The Basics of Heritage Hog Production

Heritage pigs are hot with today's consumers and a welcome addition to small-scale sustainable farms. Discover the wide array of breeds to choose from and how they compare with each other for personality, adaptability, dress out and more. Learn the basics of husbandry, reproduction, processing and marketing that will make your endeavor a success. Speaker Bio Jeannette Beranger is a program manager for The Livestock Conservancy. She came to the conservancy with more than 20 years of experience working as an animal professional in veterinary and zoological institutions and has been with the conservancy for more than a decade. 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.

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I Want Chickens but Where Do I Start?

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I Want Chickens but Where Do I Start?

With the amazing array of heritage chicken breeds available today, it can be complicated deciding which is most appropriate for your land, climate and needs. Learn which questions to ask before committing to a breed, and explore the diversity of chickens to choose from. Speaker Bio Jeannette Beranger is a program manager for The Livestock Conservancy. She came to the conservancy with more than 20 years of experience working as an animal professional in veterinary and zoological institutions. She has been with the conservancy for a decade and 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.

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Aquaponic Gardening: Growing fish and vegetables together

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Aquaponic Gardening: Growing fish and vegetables together

Aquaponics is a revolutionary combination of the best of aquaculture and hydroponics—and an amazingly fun and easy way to raise fish together with organic vegetables, greens, herbs and fruits. Aquaponic systems are much more productive and use up to 90 percent less water than conventional gardens. Other advantages include no weeds, fewer pests, and no watering, fertilizing, bending, digging or heavy lifting! Starting with an overview of this emerging global movement, author Sylvia Bernstein discusses: • System options and alternatives, designing systems and selecting components • The living elements: fish, plants, bacteria and worms • Putting it all together: starting and maintaining a healthy system Anyone interested in taking the next step toward self-sufficiency will be fascinated by this entertaining, practical, accessible gardening method. Speaker Bio Sylvia Bernstein is the president and founder of The Aquaponic Source, the leading United States-based company focused entirely on the home aquaponic gardener, and the author of Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Fish and Vegetables Together. She also runs the Aquaponic Gardening Community, the world’s largest online community site dedicated to aquaponics, and is a co-founder and former vice chairman of the Aquaponics Association. She teaches and speaks extensively about aquaponics and its exciting potential. In her recent past life, Bernstein was the vice president of marketing and product development for AeroGrow International, the makers of the AeroGarden. She was one of the company’s original founders and was instrumental in developing the plant growth technology. Bernstein has a degree in agricultural economics from the University of California, Davis and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband, Alan.

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What the Cluck?! Free-Range Chicken Gardens

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What the Cluck?! Free-Range Chicken Gardens

Come learn the basics of how to integrate chickens into your garden, starting with chicken-raising myth busters and moving on to designing habitat for them (and you) to benefit from. Jessi Bloom, ecological landscape designer and best-selling author of Free-Range Chicken Gardens, also shares tips on how to select great chicken garden plants! Speaker Bio Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological designer, Certified Professional Horticulturist and ISA-Certified Arborist who strongly emphasizes ecological systems, sustainability and self-sufficiency in her work. She is passionate about animals, permaculture and making functional gardens beautiful!

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

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Good and Cheap: Eat well on $4 a day

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Good and Cheap: Eat well on $4 a day

How well can a person eat on $4 a day? The answer is surprisingly well: Broiled Tilapia with Lime, Spicy Pulled Pork, Green Chile and Cheddar Quesadillas, Vegetable Jambalaya, Beet and Chickpea Salad ... even desserts like Coconut Chocolate Cookies and Peach Coffee Cake. This workshop reveals enlightening tips drawn from Leanne Brown's award-winning cookbook Good and Cheap. In addition to sharing nutritious recipes that maximize every ingredient and use economical cooking methods, Brown gives tips on shopping; on creating pantry basics; on mastering certain staples (pizza dough, flour tortillas) and saucy extras that make everything taste better (like spice oil and tzatziki); how to give leftovers a delicious makeover; and how to make fundamentally smart, healthful food choices. Speaker Bio Leanne Brown, a Canadian-born food studies scholar and avid home cook, believes everybody should eat great food every day. For her master’s project as a food studies student at New York University, Brown examined whether it was possible to eat healthy on a food-stamp budget. The cookbook that resulted from this project, Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day, has clearly resonated with people from all walks of life and has made a real impact in the lives of low-income individuals and food stamp recipients. It has been featured in Time and on NPR. The free PDF version has been downloaded more than 500,000 times and, with the help of a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, the print version has made it into the hands of people on a tight budget and to organizations with limited resources. Brown continues to share her delicious recipes on her blog and hopes to play a role in “banishing the mindset that preparing daily meals is a huge chore or takes tremendous skill.”

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Simple Ways to Green Your Home

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Simple Ways to Green Your Home

There are easy things everyone can do at home to change their local ecosystem, food habits, communities, health and overall well-being for the better. The changes are inexpensive, practical and healthy for everyone. In this workshop, Nicole Caldwell goes over easy-to-install, sustainable systems anyone can do at home. These include turning a fish tank into an aquaponics array, principles of several basic composting methods, rainwater catchment, composting toilets and more. Speaker Bio Nicole Caldwell is CEO and co-founder of Better Farm, a 65-acre sustainability campus, organic farm and artists' colony that serves as a blueprint for environmentally conscious living. Better Farm attracts those who are interested in doing "better": growing from each experience, serving their communities, and creating something that benefits the world around them. Caldwell also works as a professional writer and editor; her work has been featured in Martha Stewart, Reader's Digest, MOTHER EARTH NEWS and many other places. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, came out in July.

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Getting Over Our Supermarket Addiction

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Getting Over Our Supermarket Addiction

The busy-ness of daily life, the abundance of one-stop shopping plazas and a lack of education about how to grow our own and buy local has led to a nationwide supermarket addiction. This attachment leads to environmental destruction, an overabundance of processed foods making us sick, and an utter neglect of our local ecosystems and economies. But our overuse of these mega-food plazas is a habit, not a need. In this workshop, Nicole Caldwell shares information that will educate you about growing your own in any setting; shopping smart; the difference between ingredients and products; local meat options (no matter your ZIP code); finding local growers; and basic food-prep skills that will save you tons of money, support the local economy, reduce your carbon footprint, and make you healthier. Speaker Bio Nicole Caldwell is CEO and co-founder of Better Farm, a 65-acre sustainability campus, organic farm and artists' colony that serves as a blueprint for environmentally conscious living. Better Farm attracts those who are interested in doing "better": growing from each experience, serving their communities, and creating something that benefits the world around them. Caldwell also works as a professional writer and editor; her work has been featured in Martha Stewart, Reader's Digest, MOTHER EARTH NEWS and many other places. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, came out in July.

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Off-Grid Aquaponics

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Off-Grid Aquaponics

If built correctly, aquaponics greenhouses can be powered entirely by solar and wind energy. In this workshop, Dan Chiras explores ways to create off-grid aquaponics systems that power fans, pumps and lights using solar and wind energy, and that provide heat through active and passive solar technologies (including the new super-efficient, year-round Chinese greenhouse). 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. 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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Renewable Energy for Homes and Businesses, Part 1

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Renewable Energy for Homes and Businesses, Part 1

In this two-part workshop, taught by America’s leading expert on renewable energy, learn all about the many clean, reliable and affordable forms of renewable energy that can be used to power your home or business, including energy efficiency, solar electricity, solar thermal, passive solar, small wind, microhydropower and heat pumps. Explore economics of each option and financial incentives and how these renewable energy technologies compete against conventional, polluting forms we currently rely on. 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 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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Renewable Energy for Homes and Businesses, Part 2

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Renewable Energy for Homes and Businesses, Part 2

In this two-part workshop, taught by America’s leading expert on renewable energy, learn all about the many clean, reliable and affordable forms of renewable energy that can be used to power your home or business, including energy efficiency, solar electricity, solar thermal, passive solar, small wind, microhydropower and heat pumps. Explore economics of each option and financial incentives, and how these renewable energy technologies compete against conventional, polluting forms we currently rely on. 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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Is Solar Electricity Right for You?

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Is Solar Electricity Right for You?

Solar electricity is more affordable than ever, but does it make economic sense for you? What do you need to know to install a solar electric system on your home? If you can’t afford to buy a system, can you lease one or tap into community solar projects to meet your electrical needs sustainably? 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 that includes 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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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. 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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Passive Solar Heating

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Passive Solar Heating

Passive solar expert Dan Chiras teaches how to design a highly affordable home that is heated and cooled naturally by solar energy. Learn the principles of passive solar design, common mistakes people make and ways to avoid them, and how to heat and cool your home for free for life! 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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Cayenne and First-Aid Herbs

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Cayenne and First-Aid Herbs

What is in your spice rack that can save lives and heal in a pinch? Learn what common herbs and foods help heal common illnesses and emergencies that come up in everyday family situations. Speaker Bio Having been raised in the simple ways of natural health, David Christopher's interests grew beyond his university study. In 1974 he took his place by his father's side at The School of Natural Healing. His book An Herbal Legacy of Courage is a loving tribute to his father.

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Home Health Care for Your Thyroid

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Home Health Care for Your Thyroid

At one time, we only discussed the thyroid in eighth-grade health class in reference to the victory over goiter in our modern society. Now we hear about this important gland in the news almost daily. Join Dawn Combs as she discusses how to approach thyroid health from a holistic perspective. Why do some thyroids overact and others struggle to function at all? How do we know when we are having thyroid issues and are their warning signs that can help us make changes before we have trouble? Learn to use simple food, lifestyle changes and healing herbs at home for optimal health. 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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How to Heal Local

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How to Heal Local

The localization movement has successfully infiltrated our food culture. But why do we spend so much energy worrying about where our carrot comes from, only to head home and reach for a headache remedy that was made in a nameless factory far away? Shouldn't we have access to a solution that was grown or made in our own community? Local medicine economies are possible but require the support of empowered consumers, established growers looking for niche markets, educators, product makers, health care practitioners, retailers and much more. In this workshop, hear about the importance of sourcing your medicine locally and how to build a community to make that possible. Dawn Combs introduces several easy-to-grow plants and do-it-yourself home health care techniques that can help you keep health local, inexpensive, fresh and effective. 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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Virtual Medicine Walk

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Virtual Medicine Walk

In the world of healing plants, there are popular herbs that almost everyone has heard of...and then there are those that have been forgotten. These are plants that were well-known by our ancestors but were overlooked as we began to depend more on Western medicine. Take a virtual walk through the windbreaks, abandoned railways and fence-lines where these medicinals still thrive. Listen to their stories while learning how we may begin to use their medicine yet today. 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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Seed Libraries and Other Seed Share Initiatives

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Seed Libraries and Other Seed Share Initiatives

Seed saving and sharing programs might involve public libraries, but not necessarily. Learn about promoting seed sharing initiatives in your community through seed libraries, seed swaps and seed gardens. Cindy Conner's book Seed Libraries and Other Means of Keeping Seeds in the Hands of the People is new in 2015. Speaker Bio Cindy Conner researches how to sustainably grow a complete diet in a small space at her home near Ashland, Virginia, and has produced the videos Develop a Sustainable Vegetable Garden Plan and Cover Crops and Compost Crops IN Your Garden. A former market gardener, Conner was instrumental in establishing the sustainable agriculture program at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Goochland, Virginia, and taught there from 1999 to 2010. Her book Grow a Sustainable Diet: Planning and Growing to Feed Ourselves and the Earth was published in 2014. Seed Libraries and Other Means of Keeping Seeds in the Hands of the People is new in 2015. Follow Conner’s blog at www.HomeplaceEarth.wordpress.com.

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Managing Cover Crops with Hand Tools

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Managing Cover Crops with Hand Tools

Learn what cover crops are, how and when they grow, and which ones might work the best for you. You don’t need a tiller, and Cindy Conner shows you how to manage them with only hand tools. Cover crops included are cereal rye, wheat, oats, hairy vetch, winter peas, crimson clover, red clover, alfalfa, oilseed radish, cowpeas and buckwheat. Speaker Bio Cindy Conner researches how to sustainably grow a complete diet in a small space at her home near Ashland, Virginia, and has produced the videos Develop a Sustainable Vegetable Garden Plan and Cover Crops and Compost Crops IN Your Garden. Conner, a former market gardener, was instrumental in establishing the sustainable agriculture program at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Goochland, Virginia, and taught there from 1999 to 2010. Her book Grow a Sustainable Diet: Planning and Growing to Feed Ourselves and the Earth was published in 2014. Seed Libraries and Other Means of Keeping Seeds in the Hands of the People is available in early 2015. Follow her blog at www.HomeplaceEarth.wordpress.com.

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Grow a Sustainable Diet

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Grow a Sustainable Diet

Cindy Conner combines her experience with GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-farming with what she’s learned through study and practice in organic gardening, soil building and nutrition since her first garden in 1974. Learn how she has put it all together in a way that works for her and get valuable tips for growing your own sustainable diet. With every bite you take, you vote for how you want the earth used to grow your food. Discover which crops provide the most food in the least space and what to grow to also feed back the earth. Conner’s book Grow a Sustainable Diet was published in 2014. Speaker Bio Cindy Conner researches how to sustainably grow a complete diet in a small space at her home near Ashland, Virginia, and has produced the videos Develop a Sustainable Vegetable Garden Plan and Cover Crops and Compost Crops IN Your Garden. Conner, a former market gardener, was instrumental in establishing the sustainable agriculture program at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Goochland, Virginia, and taught there from 1999 to 2010. Her book Grow a Sustainable Diet: Planning and Growing to Feed Ourselves and the Earth was published in 2014. Seed Libraries and Other Means of Keeping Seeds in the Hands of the People is available in early 2015. Follow her blog at www.HomeplaceEarth.wordpress.com.

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How to Grow 35 to 40 Organic Plants Within a 2-Square-Foot Garden (With NO WEEDING!)

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How to Grow 35 to 40 Organic Plants Within a 2-Square-Foot Garden (With NO WEEDING!)

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. 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, sustainable and artful reuse of around-the-house items as vertical wall systems. She also gives suggestions for where to deliver your overabundance of vegetables. (She donates more than 100 pounds of food every season to the local food pantry.) Speaker Bio Shawna Coronado is an author, columnist, blogger, photographer and spokesperson who campaigns for social good. She is also an on-camera spokesperson and social media personality with more than 292,000 followers on her various social media venues, and more than 200 videos on YouTube with more than a million views. Her garden has been featured in many venues, including PBS television. Her 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 her at www.ShawnaCoronado.com.

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Fall and Winter Hoophouses

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Fall and Winter Hoophouses

Learn how to grow varied and plentiful greens for cooking and salads: turnips, radishes and scallions. Discover how to get continuous harvests and maximize use of valuable space. Hear tips to minimize unhealthy levels of nitrates in cold weather. Also, consider growing bare-root transplants for planting outdoors in spring, and listen to advice on transplanting indoors from outdoors in the fall. Speaker Bio Pam Dawling is the author of Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres (New Society Publishers, 2013). She is also a contributing editor with Growing for Market magazine. An avid vegetable grower for almost 40 years, she has lived at Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia for more than 20 years, growing vegetables and berries for 100 people on 3.5 acres, and providing training for members in sustainable vegetable production.

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Spring and Summer Hoophouses

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Spring and Summer Hoophouses

In colder zones, growers use the summer hoophouse for all those hot weather crops that struggle outdoors! But if you can already grow melons, limas and okra outside, you may be left wondering how to make good use of that valuable covered space when it’s hot. As well as heat-loving crops, this presentation discusses cooling the hoophouse, using the opportunity to tackle soilborne diseases or improve the soil, and other uses (such as seed drying and storage). Speaker Bio Pam Dawling is the author of Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres (New Society Publishers, 2013). She is also a contributing editor with Growing for Market magazine. An avid vegetable grower for almost 40 years, she has lived at Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia for more than 20 years, growing vegetables and berries for 100 people on 3.5 acres, and providing training for members in sustainable vegetable production.

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Water Bath Canning of Seasonal Fruit Jam

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Water Bath Canning of Seasonal Fruit Jam

Water bath canning is a wonderful way to preserve high-acid foods and make them shelf stable. This workshop covers all aspects of water bath canning, including technique, equipment selection and troubleshooting. See seasonal fruit preserved by making jam and canning it. Discuss old-fashioned recipes, as well as low- and no-sugar recipes. Enjoy a bite of sweet summer jam any time of year. It tastes even better when homemade! Speaker Bio Karla DeLong is a food preservation expert and a whole foods Natural Chef. She loves sharing traditional food knowledge and inspiring people to be involved in their food on a personal level. Nothing pleases her more than opening jars of summer jam in the cold winter months. She is also the president of the Santa Cruz Beekeeper's Guild and maintains more than 20 beehives on her 10-acre homestead.

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Growing Elderberry for Health and Profit

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Growing Elderberry for Health and Profit

Learn how to grow and propagate elderberries for the garden and farm. Speaker Bio Terry Durham has been farming organically since 1978, and he started commercial elderberries in 2005. He has helped hundreds of gardeners and farmers start growing through his nursery and educational events.

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Backyard Biodiesel: How to brew your own fuel

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Backyard Biodiesel: How to brew your own fuel

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

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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, 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, eggciting workshop. Speaker Bio Pat Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in pharmacy and agriculture (animal science, genetics and nutrition). She earned a Masters of Public Affairs (MPA) from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She is the author of the paradigm-shifting book City Chicks, and a 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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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. Topics include 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. 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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Chicken POOP Power!

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Chicken POOP Power!

Chicken manure is an underrated byproduct of our feathered friends. This workshop explores science and wonder behind the creation, composition, usefulness, management and value of chicken poop. Don’t turn your nose up at the possibilities of micromanaging your flock’s poop to enhance your yard and garden (while feeding soil dwellers in the soil food web). This workshop is co-presented by chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free. Speaker Bio Patricia Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in pharmacy and agriculture (animal science, genetics and nutrition). She earned a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) degree from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She is the author of the paradigm-shifting book City Chicks. 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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Aromatherapy for Wellness

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Aromatherapy for Wellness

This fun, hands-on class focuses on making aromatherapy simple and easy to use. Experience and discuss 17 essential oils. Hear not only what the oils do, but how to use them to achieve desired outcomes. Learn 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. Come and learn about this wonderful natural healing modality. Speaker Bio Billy Galloway has been experiencing the benefits of aromatherapy since 2006. He is a certified aromatherapist accredited by the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy and is the eastern director of operations for Natural Options Aromatherapy. Before joining Natural Options, Galloway was the general manager of Gray Kennels and Security. Galloway, his wife, Jenny, and two children reside in Kingsport, Tennessee.

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Agro-Ecosystem Strategy and Building Ecologically Supported Plant Guilds

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Agro-Ecosystem Strategy and Building Ecologically Supported Plant Guilds

Designing better plant guilds and redundant nutrient cycling systems creates a virtually unlimited resource for food production. On some landscapes, growing plants is not a difficult task. Soils are moderately healthy and water is available by sky or well. On the other hand, soils are more likely to be a challenge to plant propagation and even the richest soil can be depleted over time ... resulting in nutrient deficiencies that stress plants and lower harvests. Join this session to study, strategize and practice building mutually supportive plant guilds that provide ecological requirements. Take a look at some extreme landscapes and solutions to build soil resources. Each participant's plant selection process will be guided by their site conditions. Bring your laptop or tablet, and a sharp pencil. Speaker Bio Daniel Halsey is a certified permaculture and professional agro-ecosystems designer. He holds a bachelor's degree in temperate climate polyculture design and a master's in horticulture from the University of Minnesota. Halsey is hired nationally and internationally to design private homesteads, intentional communities and broad-acre transition. He teaches in Haiti, Lebanon, Costa Rica, Canada, across the United States, Scotland, England and Australia. Halsey is also managing director of PRI/USA.

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Choosing Herbal Remedies for Sustainability

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Choosing Herbal Remedies for Sustainability

The vast majority of herbs are imported (some estimates put the number at more than 95%). Join John Holzwart of Moonwise Herbs and learn how to choose herbal remedies closer to home and have a long-lasting effect on your health and the health of the planet. Speaker Bio John Holzwart is a gardener, wild forager, beekeeper and artist. He has a design certificate in permaculture, has studied cordwood masonry, traditional broom-making and has worked on an organic community-supported vegetable farm. He is proprietor of Brooms by Little John and Moonwise Herbs.

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Growing and Preserving Unusual Fruit

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Growing and Preserving Unusual Fruit

Everyone enjoys the sensual pleasure of tasting a new and exotic tropical fruit, but few people realize that they can taste these delicious fruits in their own backyard. Join John Holzwart of Moonwise Herbs as he shares tips for growing and preserving unusual fruit. The fruit discussed and/or sampled may include edible dogwoods, aronia, elderberries, sea buckthorn, autumn olives, pawpaws, figs and many more. Speaker Bio John Holzwart is a gardener, wild forager, beekeeper and artist. He has a design certificate in permaculture, has studied cordwood masonry, traditional broom-making and has worked on an organic community-supported vegetable farm. He is proprietor of Brooms by Little John and Moonwise Herbs.

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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. 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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Bandana Bash

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Bandana Bash

Have fun while folding and twisting a simple bandanna into a whole bunch of unusual uses, such as a shirt, hobo lunch bag and gift wrap. Speaker Bio Heidi Hunt recently retired from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editorial staff. Before her editorial work in Kansas, she spent years as a nature center docent, Girl Scout leader and trainer, and dirt road explorer. She has lived in seven states and several cities, including Phoenix, and on an 80-acre homestead in northeast Washington state.

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Becoming Native to the Place

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Becoming Native to the Place

Come here Wes Jackson talk about where nature is the standard for agricultural and human engagement with the land. Speaker Bio Wes Jackson left a tenured professorship at California State University-Sacramento in 1976 to found The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. He has written several papers and books, including Becoming Native to This Place and Consulting the Genius of the Place: An Ecological Approach to a New Agriculture. Jackson has been the recipient of several awards and recognitions, including a MacArthur Fellowship (1992), the Right Livelihood Award (2000) and the University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' Distinguished Alumni Award (2011).

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Essential Oils for Health and Well-Being: Taking control of your health using Mother Earth's bounty

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Essential Oils for Health and Well-Being: Taking control of your health using Mother Earth's bounty

Connie Jacoby introduces audiences to the history, usage and positive benefits of essential oils for everyday life. Learn the benefits of essential oils, essential oil blends and carriers, including what to blend and what not to, positive and negative side effects, and how to set up your basic oil cabinet. Speaker Bio A nurse for 20 years in hospitals, Connie Jacoby knew there had to be a natural way to affect people's lives positively. She has been researching and working with health care professionals to find benefits, provide information and help everyday people take control of their own health.

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Straw Bale Gardens: Breaking new ground!

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Straw Bale Gardens: Breaking new ground!

Grow a garden without pulling weeds, without the heavy lifting and without getting down on your hands and knees (as traditional gardening requires). If you think the only place to grow healthy vegetable crops is in black dirt, come be inspired by the science and biology Joel Karsten offers in his presentation. Discover how to grow a bountiful garden using no herbicides, insecticides or pesticides. Learn to plant a wide variety of vegetables, root crops, vine crops and even beautiful flowers directly into your “conditioned” straw bales, much earlier in the season than you’re used to. Find out how any backyard, concrete patio, rooftop or driveway can become a productive garden. Hear the details of this revolutionary and easy gardening method that allows folks to create beautiful and productive gardens without lifting a shovel and without using soil. Speaker Bio Joel Karsten developed the straw-bale gardening method more than 10 years ago. As interest grew, he became one of the most in-demand garden lecturers in the country. A pioneer and an entrepreneur, he has been featured in The New York Times, on national television and radio, and in dozens of other major media outlets. He has a degree in horticulture from the University of Minnesota and currently resides in Roseville, Minnesota.

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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. 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. 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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Creating a Seed Sowing Calendar for Your Garden

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Creating a Seed Sowing Calendar for Your Garden

A successful garden begins with knowing the right time to start seeds, both indoors and outside. This session will help you create a seed sowing calendar tailored to your garden based on frost dates, germination times, microclimates and more. Speaker Bio Janis Kieft is a longtime gardener and horticulturist with degrees in horticultural science and agricultural education from the University of Minnesota. She teaches classes on a variety of gardening topics and has written articles for the National Garden Bureau and various publications. Kieft is currently a seed buyer for Botanical Interests, a family-owned packet seed company based in Broomfield, Colorado, that specializes in high-quality flower, herb and vegetable seeds for home gardeners.

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A Gardener's Glossary

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A Gardener's Glossary

Open pollinated. Heirloom. Native. Organic. Do you wonder what these words mean or get confused by all the terms and jargon used to describe seeds and plants? This session enriches your gardening vocabulary, providing a better understanding of commonly used gardening terms (and what they mean for your garden). Speaker Bio Janis Kieft is a longtime gardener and horticulturist with degrees in horticultural science and agricultural education from the University of Minnesota. She teaches classes on a variety of gardening topics and has written articles for the National Garden Bureau and various publications. Kieft is currently a seed buyer for Botanical Interests, a family-owned packet seed company based in Broomfield, Colorado, that specializes in high-quality flower, herb and vegetable seeds for home gardeners.

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Launch a Food Business from Your Home Kitchen

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Launch a Food Business from Your Home Kitchen

Learn how you can start a simple food business from home with little to no investment while doing the things you love: baking, canning, pickling and more! Jump-start your freedom to earn by taking advantage of state laws that allow specific, “nonhazardous” foods to be made in your kitchen and sold to the public. Speaker Bio Lisa Kivirist is a national speaker, writer and innkeeper of Inn Serendipity Bed and Breakfast. Together with her husband, John Ivanko, Kivirist is co-author of Homemade for Sale, Farmstead Chef, ECOpreneuring and Rural Renaissance. Kivirist is a distinguished Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow, and a national advocate and leader for women in sustainable agriculture. She initiated and directs the Rural Women’s Project of the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), an award-winning initiative providing resources and networking for women farmers and food-based ecopreneurs.

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Farmstead Chef: Organic eating on a dime

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Farmstead Chef: Organic eating on a dime

What’s the key ingredient to eating healthy, saving money and stewarding the planet? A return to our nation’s farmstead roots of independence, self-sufficiency and frugality. Learn simple, creative tips for rethinking household food budgets, from preserving the homegrown harvest to stocking the kitchen pantry. Speaker Bio Lisa Kivirist is a national speaker, writer and innkeeper of Inn Serendipity Bed and Breakfast. Together with her husband, John Ivanko, Kivirist is co-author of Homemade for Sale, Farmstead Chef, ECOpreneuring and Rural Renaissance. Kivirist is a distinguished Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow, and a national advocate and leader for women in sustainable agriculture. She initiated and directs the Rural Women’s Project of the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), an award-winning initiative providing resources and networking for women farmers and food-based ecopreneurs.

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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. 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 not only heat but cook, bake, and produce electricity and hot water from a wood-fired stove.

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Butchering and Deboning a Whole Chicken

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Butchering and Deboning a Whole Chicken

Discover why educated use of the whole bird is the most cost-effective and ethical way to eat poultry. Meredith Leigh discusses use of the whole bird. Learn to break down a chicken and watch a demonstration of deboning for further creative use of the carcass. Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a die-hard advocate for good food. She has spent her working life as an activist, farmer, cook, butcher, writer and teacher, all in service of real, sustainable food. She is currently writing a book about meat, to be published in late 2015 by New Society Publishers.

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Whole Hog Butchery

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Whole Hog Butchery

Learn to break down a whole hog and make the best use of it. Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a die-hard advocate for good food. She has spent her working life as an activist, farmer, cook, butcher, writer and teacher, all in service of real, sustainable food. She is currently writing a book about meat, to be published in late 2015 by New Society Publishers.

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

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

The Best-selling author of One-Hour Cheese, Claudia Lucero demonstrates how easy and fun it can be to make a delicious and simple farmers’ cheese in just 30 minutes. See the entire process from carton of milk to final cheese and then to flavoring and decorating with fresh and dry herbs and edible flowers. Speaker Bio Claudia Lucero enjoys getting new cheesemakers started with Urban Cheesecraft and her D.I.Y. Cheese Kits. She has partnered with Williams-Sonoma on custom cheesemaking kits and recently wrote the book One-Hour Cheese, which shows beginners how to make 16 fresh cheeses via step-by-step photos. The book is found where books are sold and the kits can be found on www.UrbanCheesecraft.com.

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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. Speaker Bio Alison Martin is the program director at The Livestock Conservancy, a membership organization for conserving heritage livestock and poultry. With more than 20 years of experience in agriculture, she provides technical support and education to heritage breed farmers and ranchers.

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Easy Cold Frames for Gardeners with All Thumbs

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Easy Cold Frames for Gardeners with All Thumbs

Want to build a cold frame (or two) but think your DIY skills aren't up to snuff? Looking for cold frames that you can throw together just before the first killing frost? Rebecca Martin covers many ideas for quick and easy cold frames used successfully by gardeners in hardiness zones all over the country. Can you build these cold frames with 10 thumbs? Yes, you can! Speaker Bio Rebecca Martin is a senior associate editor at MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine, where her beats include DIY and Green Transportation. She's an avid cyclist and gardener, and has never met a vegetable she didn't like.

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How to Make Butter

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How to Make Butter

You can make your own butter, using equipment that you already have on hand! Learn the differences between sweet cream and cultured butters, and how to use the byproducts to make bread, waffles, pancakes and more. Speaker Bio Robin Mather is a senior associate editor at MOTHER EARTH NEWS, and the author of The Feast Nearby, a collection of essays and recipes from a year of eating locally on $40 a week.

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The Many Reasons to Choose Grass-Fed Meats

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The Many Reasons to Choose Grass-Fed Meats

Learn why products from grass-fed and pastured animals are the best choice ... for the environment, for animal health and for your own health. Hear about scientific research that reveals how such products are far superior to those from factory farms. Speaker Bio Robin Mather is a senior associate editor at MOTHER EARTH NEWS, and the author of The Feast Nearby, a collection of essays and recipes from a year of eating locally on $40 a week.

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The Many Benefits of Grass-Fed Meat

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The Many Benefits of Grass-Fed Meat

Learn why products from grass-fed and pastured animals are the best choice ... for the environment, for animal health and for your own health. Hear about scientific research that reveals how such products are far superior to those from factory farms. Speaker Bio Robin Mather is a senior associate editor at MOTHER EARTH NEWS, and the author of The Feast Nearby, a collection of essays and recipes from a year of eating locally on $40 a week.

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Home Business Gardening

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Home Business Gardening

Know the future of our food? Create a home garden business scaled to your family's skills and abilities to determine your income. Learn why and how to winter garden. Sell to markets not considered. Speaker Bio Never Ending Harvest is a family-owned sustainable farm on 20 acres in western Iowa. They grow vegetables in the fall, winter and spring, with a vision of sharing more than 20 years of knowledge and experience with both home and market gardeners.

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Fall and Winter Home Garden

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Fall and Winter Home Garden

Learn basic steps for growing vegetables in the fall and extreme cold temperatures. Hear about winter garden layouts, garden shelters, soil preparations, seed types and cold weather foods. See how surprisingly simple winter gardening is. Speaker Bio Never Ending Harvest is a family-owned sustainable farm on 20 acres in western Iowa. They have been growing vegetables in the fall, winter and spring with a vision of sharing their more than 20 years of experience with the home gardener, creating a Never Ending Harvest in everyone's community.

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Creative Housing from Dirt and Junk

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Creative Housing from Dirt and Junk

This presentation expands on the "Mortgage-Free Natural Cottages" workshop from previous FAIRS. Many people find mainstream housing choices frustrating because of their expense, or their industrial sameness, or because they are made of toxic materials. Creative people the world over escape the rent and mortgage trap by building or rebuilding or repurposing spaces using "found" materials from the natural environment or from the dumpster. The results are as unique and beautiful as the people who make them. Join us to discuss successful examples of tiny houses and cottages made from clay and straw, even converted sheds and industrial spaces. See what makes them work and how DIY can work for you. 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

Come 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. There will be water to wash off with, but be prepared to get dirty and have fun. 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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You're Kidding Me: The kid-run farm and homestead

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You're Kidding Me: The kid-run farm and homestead

At every MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR where John Moody speaks, people ask, "How do you get your kids to run your farm?" From caring for cows and chickens, to collecting and safely splitting wood, the range of tasks children can do is pretty amazing, if parents do their part to help their family and farm succeed. This talk is a mix of story, humor, tips and experiences from one family with lots of small children, a busy father, and a large farm and homestead, and how it all (sort of) works together. Speaker Bio The Moody family farms and homesteads on 35 acres in Kentucky. John Moody discovered more than a decade ago that his diet was killing him with duodenal ulcers, seasonal allergies and other health problems, so the family began to transition to real, local foods and local food distribution. Moody started to work to protect the ability to raise, grow and have access to these foods as a board member for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. Eventually, he relocated his family to 35 acres of land to put his learning into practice. Moody now serves as interim executive director for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and as a speaker at many local, regional and national events on food, farming and nutrition. He has two books forthcoming to help growers and gardeners, one on soil and the other on small-scale farm infrastructure.

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Carbon Crazy: Hugelkultur, biochar, ramial chipped wood and more!

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Carbon Crazy: Hugelkultur, biochar, ramial chipped wood and more!

There are a growing variety of techniques and tactics available to growers small and large to build soil, stop erosion, stabilize water supplies in the soil and more. This session explores the major tree carbon-based systems, their benefits and drawbacks, and their similarities and differences, with special attention pai d to appropriate applications of each. Speaker Bio The Moody family farms and homesteads on 35 acres in Kentucky. John Moody discovered more than a decade ago that his diet was killing him with duodenal ulcers, seasonal allergies and other health problems, so the family began to transition to real, local foods and local food distribution. He started to work to protect the ability to raise, grow and have access to these foods as a board member for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. Eventually, he relocated his family to 35 acres of land to put his learning into practice. Moody now serves as interim executive director for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and as a speaker at many local, regional and national events on food, farming and nutrition. He has two books forthcoming to help growers and gardeners, one on soil and the other on small-scale farm infrastructure.

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6 Inches of Soil in 6 Months with 600,000 Bugs, Part 1

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6 Inches of Soil in 6 Months with 600,000 Bugs, Part 1

Great soil ... Everyone wants it, but not everyone has it. So, how can you build great soil while also capturing waste streams to reincorporate into the natural earth cycles (and generate free food for your flocks and other animals)? Some Small Farm started four years ago with less than 1% organic matter soil, on land that had been overgrazed year after year into little more than solid clay. The farm now produces bountifully from the application of soil-building principles to the land. Speaker Bio The Moody family farms and homesteads on 35 acres in Kentucky. John Moody discovered more than a decade ago that his diet was literally killing him with duodenal ulcers, seasonal allergies, and other health problems, so the family began to transition to real, local foods and local food distribution. He started to work to protect the ability to raise, grow and have access to these foods as a board member for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. Eventually, he relocated his family to 35 acres of land to put his learning into practice. He now serves as interim executive director for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and as a speaker at many local, regional and national events on food, farming and nutrition. He has two books forthcoming to help growers and gardeners, one on soil and one on small-scale farm infrastructure.

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6 Inches of Soil in 6 Months with 600,000 Bugs, Part 2

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6 Inches of Soil in 6 Months with 600,000 Bugs, Part 2

See soil building, bed making, and chicken scratching in action! This session complements the content of the "6 Inches of Soil in 6 Months with 600,000 Bugs, Part 1" talk, showing participants how to make beds, build soil and compost in place, as well as incorporate animals into the operation to achieve superior results with speed. Speaker Bio The Moody family farms and homesteads on 35 acres in Kentucky. John Moody discovered more than a decade ago that his diet was literally killing him with duodenal ulcers, seasonal allergies, and other health problems, so the family began to transition to real, local foods and local food distribution. He started to work to protect the ability to raise, grow and have access to these foods as a board member for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. Eventually, he relocated his family to 35 acres of land to put his learning into practice. Moody now serves as interim executive director for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and as a speaker at many local, regional and national events on food, farming and nutrition. He has two books forthcoming to help growers and gardeners, one on soil and the other on small-scale farm infrastructure.

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Forest Cultivation and Marketing of Specialty Mushrooms

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Forest Cultivation and Marketing of Specialty Mushrooms

Forest-cultivated mushrooms are one of a number of nontimber forest crops that are well-suited for the temperate agroforestry system known as forest farming. This workshop covers the inoculation and cultivation of four species of mushrooms suitable for personal or commercial-scale production, including shiitake, oyster, lion's mane, and wine cap stropharia. Production methods, substrate and spawn selection, scheduling, management, harvest and marketing are all covered. Speaker Bio Kenneth Mudge is a retired associate professor of horticulture at Cornell University specializing in forest farming, including forest cultivation of specialty mushrooms, American ginseng and ornamentals. He taught courses in plant propagation and in forest farming. Mudge is the co-author, with Steve Gabriel, of Farming the Woods.

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Farming the Woods

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Farming the Woods

Forest farming is an agroforestry practice that involves cultivation of nontimber forest products beneath the canopy of an established forest. Nontimber forest products include mushrooms, tree fruit and nut trees, medicinal herbs, tree sap, ramps and ornamentals. This workshop uses case studies to illustrate some of these crop categories. The presentation also addresses applications of the permaculture principles of multifunctionality, multilayering, and redundancy in the design and management of forest farms. Speaker Bio Kenneth Mudge is a retired associate professor of horticulture at Cornell University. He has conducted research, extension and teaching on forest farming of nontimber forest crops, including specialty mushrooms and American ginseng. He taught courses in plant propagation, agroforestry, nursery management, and forest farming. Mudge is the co-author, with Steve Gabriel, of Farming the Woods.

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Solar Cooking Class

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Solar Cooking Class

Learn how to harness the sun's power to cook, dehydrate and purify water, and be better prepared for emergencies. See how practical and easy it is to use the sun to bake, boil and steam foods. Hear about the many economic, health and environmental benefits of cooking with the sun. The benefits of solar cooking include cost, taste and nutritional benefits. You can hard-boil eggs without water, and you'll never burn dinner again! Also, hear about solar cooking around the world. Speaker Bio Paul M. Munsen is the president of Sun Ovens International, located in Elburn, Illinois, and a leading manufacturer of high-quality solar cooking devices. Munsen has been involved in solar cooking projects and taught solar cooking on five continents and has been involved with projects supported by Rotary International, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Energy, Overseas Private Investment Corp. (OPIC), the U.N. High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR), the South African Ministry of Minerals and Energy, the British High Commission and the World Bank. Munsen has addressed the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development at the U.N. Headquarters in New York. He is the past president of the Illinois Society for International Development, as well as a member of Solar Cookers International and the Illinois Solar Energy Association.

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No Pressure Cooking: Using a pressure cooker for personal and planetary health

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No Pressure Cooking: Using a pressure cooker for personal and planetary health

Learn the greenest way to cook (short of solar cooking). The modern pressure cooker makes 30-minute meals with no problem at all, using fresh, whole ingredients. Learn how to cook safely, quickly and best of all, tastefully. You can cut the cooking time for beans, grains and other foods by 50 to 70 percent, while retaining more nutrition. Speaker Bio Jill Nussinow, aka The Veggie Queen, is a cooking teacher, registered dietitian and author of three cookbooks: The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less than 30 Minutes; Nutrition CHAMPS; and The Veggie Queen: Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment. She stars in the DVD Pressure Cooking, A Fresh Look: Delicious Dishes in Minutes. Her fourth book, Vegan Under Pressure, is due out at the end of 2015. Nussinow has been teaching people about eating and cooking fresh food for more than 25 years.

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Edible Landscaping with Heirlooms

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Edible Landscaping with Heirlooms

Heirloom fruits and vegetables add color, texture and taste to a garden. Learn how to incorporate edibles into your front yard, replace your lawn with food and create a beautiful, bountiful landscape. Speaker Bio Grant Olson facilitates the nation's largest seed swap through Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa.

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Smoothies and Seed Starting

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Smoothies and Seed Starting

Come to Smoothies & Gardening 101 with Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss. Wouldn't it be fun to turn the most delectable moment of your day into a gardening project? Create tasty Coconut Bliss smoothies and then turn empty pints into planters! 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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Organic Gardening for Newbies: Avoiding beginner mistakes

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Organic Gardening for Newbies: Avoiding beginner mistakes

For new gardeners, the first three seasons are especially challenging because there is so much to learn. Which mistakes are you most likely to make, and how can you avoid them? MOTHER EARTH NEWS Contributing Editor Barbara Pleasant, the award-winning author of Starter Vegetable Gardens, explores the top 10 pitfalls for organic gardening newbies, and she shares proven strategies for success. Speaker Bio One of MOTHER EARTH NEWS’ most experienced garden editors, Barbara Pleasant (www.BarbaraPleasant.com) has practiced organic vegetable gardening for 30 years in a wide variety of settings. The author of numerous books (including Starter Vegetable Gardens and The Complete Compost Gardening Guide), Pleasant pens the popular Garden Know-How column in MOTHER EARTH NEWS (which won a Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association in 2013). She lives in Floyd, Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers, and keeps a small flock of chickens.

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New Frontiers in Organic Gardening

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New Frontiers in Organic Gardening

Choosing the best crops and varieties is essential to growing great fruits and veggies, but you must also plan ahead to manage pests and diseases. In this lively “news-you-can-use” session, MOTHER EARTH NEWS Contributing Editor Barbara Pleasant shares a fresh crop of organic gardening tips and techniques to help you garden better than ever. Speaker Bio One of MOTHER EARTH NEWS’ most experienced garden editors, Barbara Pleasant (www.BarbaraPleasant.com) has practiced organic vegetable gardening for 30 years in a wide variety of settings. The author of numerous books (including Starter Vegetable Gardens and The Complete Compost Gardening Guide), Pleasant pens the popular Garden Know-How column in MOTHER EARTH NEWS (which won a Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association in 2013). She lives in Floyd, Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers, and keeps a small flock of chickens.

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Compost Your Way to Better Soil

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Compost Your Way to Better Soil

Home composting expert Barbara Pleasant shares dozens of practical composting techniques for turning kitchen and garden waste into an essential soil amendment for any type of garden. Learn novel passive and active composting methods for enriching your soil, including composting innovations shared by MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers. Speaker Bio One of MOTHER EARTH NEWS’ most experienced garden editors, Barbara Pleasant (www.BarbaraPleasant.com) has practiced organic vegetable gardening for 30 years in a wide variety of settings. The author of numerous books (including Starter Vegetable Gardens and The Complete Compost Gardening Guide), Pleasant pens the popular Garden Know-How column in MOTHER EARTH NEWS (which won a Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association in 2013). She lives in Floyd, Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers, and keeps a small flock of chickens.

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Beginning Beekeeping

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Beginning Beekeeping

Learn to keep bees using natural methods. Speaker Bio A frequent MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR speaker, Matt Reed is the owner of Bee Thinking.

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Dehydration for a Healthy Life

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Dehydration for a Healthy Life

Hear about the history of dehydration up through the present time. Food preservation and the drying process will be defined. Discover how to get the best storage life for dehydrated foods, and pick up some easy dehydration ideas. Speaker Bio Ruby Renard has been a product demonstrator, new product tester and food stylist for the Metal Ware Corporation since 2001. She loves participating in all of the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS. She enjoys shopping at her local farmers markets and seasonal festivals in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, as well as hitting her favorite bike trails along Lake Michigan. She cooks chocolate cheesecakes as birthday gifts, and has made more than 1,000 pounds of jerky, sun-dried tomatoes, kale chips, banana chips and cinnamon apple chips.

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Taking Care of Business: Business law for farmers, homesteaders and artisan food producers

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Taking Care of Business: Business law for farmers, homesteaders and artisan food producers

Learn more about the legal issues faced by direct-to-consumer farm and food businesses. Elizabeth Rich covers choice of entity issues (should you operate as a sole proprietorship, LLC, S Corp, C corp, or other?); employment law issues affecting those hiring interns; zoning and right to farm issues; hosting on-farm events; and innovative business models. Bring your legal questions for the question and answer session. Speaker Bio Elizabeth Rich is a lawyer in private practice in Wisconsin, where she has practiced business law, real estate and zoning law, and administrative law, as well as civil litigation, for 30 years. She is the vice president of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and provides transactional and litigation assistance to its members.

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How to Milk a Goat, Make Raw Milk Cheese and Stay Out of Jail

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How to Milk a Goat, Make Raw Milk Cheese and Stay Out of Jail

Lawyer, farmer and cheesemaker Elizabeth Rich shares strategies for effective and sanitary goat milking by hand to produce milk that is not intended for pasteurization. She makes chèvre, feta and ricotta-style cheeses. During the demonstration, she also discusses regulatory trends; legal distinctions between cheese production for private vs. public consumption; strategies for limiting government jurisdiction over cheesemaking activities; and enforcement case studies. Speaker Bio Elizabeth Rich is a lawyer with the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. She also raises goats and runs a farmstead cheese business on her 40-acre farm in Wisconsin.

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Cheesemaking for the Homesteader: Using plants instead of rennet to make cheese

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Cheesemaking for the Homesteader: Using plants instead of rennet to make cheese

Want to make cheese, but don't have a calf's stomach on hand for rennet? Nature provides us with many other options. Learn which plants can be used to coagulate milk for home cheesemaking, when they can be gathered, how to prepare them most effectively, and which types of cheeses can be made in this way. Speaker Bio Elizabeth Rich is a lawyer with the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. She also raises goats and runs a farmstead cheese business on her 40-acre farm in Wisconsin.

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Children's Goat Milking Demonstration

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Children's Goat Milking Demonstration

Learn all about how to milk a goat. After the udder and teats are cleaned, see proper milking techniques demonstrated. Discover how to strain the milk and store it. Kids (the two-legged kind) can pet the goat, talk to her and try their hand at milking her themselves! Speaker Bio Elizabeth Rich is a lawyer with the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. She also raises goats and runs a farmstead cheese business on her 40-acre farm in Wisconsin.

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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. Speaker Bio Bob Robinson holds degrees in water resources with a fisheries emphasis and in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He is president of the Aeration and Fountain Manufacturers Association and a board of director’s member of the National Aquaculture Association. He is also a Board of Director for the US Aquaculture Suppliers Association. Member of the review committee for the North American Lake Management society creating a Reservoir Management document on aeration for the National Water Research Foundation.

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10 Threads That Successful Startup Farms Knit Together

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10 Threads That Successful Startup Farms Knit Together

Some farm startups flounder and others fly. The ones that successfully get off the ground share common characteristics. In this extremely practical presentation, Pitchfork Pulpit farmer Joel Salatin explains these threads. From emotional conceptions about the land to time and motion studies, this far-ranging performance gives everyone a farm road map to success. Speaker Bio Joel Salatin is a third-generation, beyond organic farmer and author whose family owns and operates Polyface Farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. The farm produces salad bar beef, pigaerator pork, pastured poultry and forage-based rabbits, and direct markets everything to 5,000 families, 50 restaurants and 10 retail outlets. A prolific author, Salatin's nine books to date include both how-to and big picture themes. The farm features prominently in Michael Pollan's New York Times best-seller The Omnivore's Dilemma and the award-winning documentary Food, Inc.

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Live Poultry Processing Demo

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Live Poultry Processing Demo

Learn everything you need to know about humane chicken slaughtering from experts David Schafer of Featherman Equipment and Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms, including handling, bleeding, scalding, plucking and eviscerating. Honor the bird and hone your stewardship skills in this live, hands-on demonstration. 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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Live Poultry Processing Demo

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Live Poultry Processing Demo

Learn everything you need to know about humane chicken slaughtering from experts David Schafer of Featherman Equipment and Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms, including handling, bleeding, scalding, plucking and eviscerating. Honor the bird and hone your stewardship skills in this live, hands-on demonstration. Speaker Bio David Schafer is the founder of the Green Hills Farm Project and author of The Greatest Life book series, has been marketing his pasture-raised meats since 1989. He is also founder of the Featherman Equipment company and lives with Renee DeTar in a self-built, off-grid, straw bale home in Jamesport, Mo.

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Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens Naturally

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Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens Naturally

Learn how to raise your chickens naturally, without the use of medications or antibiotics, by incorporating natural supplements, herbs and weeds into your chicken keeping. The healthier your chickens, the healthier their eggs will be and therefore the better for your family's health. This workshop covers natural feed and water supplements to boost the immune system, how to enhance your chickens' environment with herbs and edible flowers, specific herbs and how they benefit chickens, as well as suggestions on which herbs to grow and how to get started with a basic herb garden. Speaker Bio Lisa Steele is the author of Fresh Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens ... Naturally and the upcoming Duck Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Ducks ... Naturally and she is the creator of the natural chicken keeping blog Fresh Eggs Daily (which was named one of Better Homes and Gardens magazine's Top 10 Gardening Blogs for 2014). A frequent contributor to various homesteading magazines, she has appeared on P. Allen Smith's PBS shows and the chicken reality show Coop Dreams. An aspiring herbalist and avid gardener, Steele lives on a small hobby farm with her husband and an assorted menagerie of horses, dogs, chickens, ducks and a barn cat, all of whom she raises as naturally as possible.

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Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens Naturally

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Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens Naturally

Learn how to raise your chickens naturally, without the use of medications or antibiotics, by incorporating natural supplements, herbs and weeds into your chicken keeping. The healthier your chickens, the healthier their eggs will be and therefore the better for your family's health. This workshop covers natural feed and water supplements to boost the immune system, how to enhance your chickens' environment with herbs and edible flowers, specific herbs and how they benefit chickens, as well as suggestions on which herbs to grow and how to get started with a basic herb garden. Speaker Bio Lisa Steele is the author of Fresh Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens ... Naturally and the upcoming Duck Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Ducks ... Naturally and she is the creator of the natural chicken keeping blog Fresh Eggs Daily (which was named one of Better Homes and Gardens magazine's Top 10 Gardening Blogs for 2014). A frequent contributor to various homesteading magazines, she has appeared on P. Allen Smith's PBS shows and the chicken reality show Coop Dreams. An aspiring herbalist and avid gardener, Steele lives on a small hobby farm with her husband and an assorted menagerie of horses, dogs, chickens, ducks and a barn cat, all of whom she raises as naturally as possible.

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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. 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. 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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Beekeeping Basics

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Beekeeping Basics

Want to be a beekeeper? Learn the best practices for successful bee husbandry in the Midwest. Hear all about the merits of keeping bees, the equipment needed and location considerations. This workshop's overview of the first year in beekeeping takes you quickly through everything from equipment needs to extracting your harvest. The Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers' Association presents research-based techniques utilized by their master beekeepers. Their crew has more than 125 years of beekeeping know-how. Speaker Bio Becky and Steve Tipton own and operate Country Creek Honey in Meriden, Kansas. Joli Winer and Cecil Sweeney own and operate Heartland Honey & Beekeeping Supply in Spring Hill, Kansas. All four have achieved their Midwest Master Beekeeper Certification through the University of Nebraska. All are actively involved in teaching beekeeping, including value-added products from the hive, throughout the Midwest and across the nation.

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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. This workshop covers soil preparation, weed control, disease prevention, harvesting, curing and storage requirements for adding these culinary essentials to your garden. Speaker Bio Ira Wallace, author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast, is a Central Virginia Master Gardener and a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. She serves on the boards of Organic Seed Alliance, Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF) and the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA), the lead plaintiffs in OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto. Wallace was one of nine co-operators with the Southern SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program)-sponsored Saving Our Seeds Project. She co-organizes the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello and speaks throughout the Southeast. She blogs at www.MotherEarthNews.com and www.SouthernExposure.com.

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Extending the Harvest: Fall and winter gardening

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Extending the Harvest: Fall and winter gardening

Learn how to plan and plant for bountiful fall and winter harvests. This workshop includes tips and timing for sowing, harvesting and keeping your veggies alive through zero-degree nights. Enjoy garden-fresh greens and sweet, crisp roots through winter until spring harvests begin. Speaker Bio Ira Wallace, author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast, is a Central Virginia Master Gardener and a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. She serves on the boards of Organic Seed Alliance, Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF) and the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA), the lead plaintiffs in OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto. Wallace was one of nine co-operators with the Southern SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program)-sponsored Saving Our Seeds Project. She co-organizes the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello and speaks throughout the Southeast. She blogs at www.MotherEarthNews.com and www.SouthernExposure.com.

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Sustainable Animal Feed: Insect farming and native black soldier grubs

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Sustainable Animal Feed: Insect farming and native black soldier grubs

Get off the feed grid. Learn how to attract, raise and harvest the beneficial insect known as the black soldier fly on your farm, homestead or backyard garden. Start producing your own chicken and fish feed using existing waste streams, including food scraps, coffee grounds and brewery residue. Speaker Bio Karl Warkomski has worked in the composting and bioconversion sector since 1994. He currently owns and resides on a 68-acre farm in the Piedmont area of North Carolina.

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Use Your Biz to Change the World!

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Use Your Biz to Change the World!

In the tradition of the yeoman farmer, today's independent businessperson forms the backbone of our society and the most powerful potential force for making the world a better place. Bryan Welch ran MOTHER EARTH NEWS and Ogden Publications for 19 years. Today he's CEO of B the Change Media, focusing on business as a force for good in the world. He shares the stories of businesspeople who are using their free enterprises to improve their communities, their country and the world. Speaker Bio Bryan Welch is a rancher and entrepreneur. He is CEO of B the Change Media, a multi-platform media company focused on business as a force for good in the world, which he founded this year in cooperation with B Lab and the B Corporations. He and his wife, Carolyn, raise organic, grass-fed landrace cattle, sheep and goats at Rancho Cappuccino near Lawrence, Kansas. For 19 years he ran Ogden Publications, the owners of MOTHER EARTH NEWS, Mother Earth Living, Utne Reader, GRIT and several other category-leading media brands focused on sustainability, natural health and rural lifestyles.

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Make Mead Like a Viking

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Make Mead Like a Viking

Learn to make your own mead (honey wine) using techniques that have been utilized by ancient cultures since the first discovery of bubbling honey and its magical effects. Jereme Zimmerman focuses on wild-crafting and spontaneous-fermentation techniques, but also discusses other mead-making practices. Be prepared for an engaging discussion on mead, Vikings, and the simplicity of fermenting your own honey-based alcoholic beverages using local, raw, unfiltered honey, and ingredients harvested from the wild and your own garden. Join the wild mead movement! Speaker Bio Jereme Zimmerman grew up on his parents’ northern Kentucky goat farm, Twin Meadows, where he was also homeschooled. After graduating from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, he moved to the Pacific Northwest, where he immersed himself in the world of homebrewing. As the world’s only peace-loving, green-living Appalachian Yeti Viking, Zimmerman writes, blogs and speaks regularly on fermentation, mead-making, homesteading and good eating. He is a regular contributor to various publications and websites, including New Pioneer and Backwoods Home magazines. He writes for Earthineer.com as “RedHeadedYeti.” He currently lives in Berea with his wife, Jenna, and daughters, Sadie and Maisie, where he practices urban homesteading and cavorts with farmers, authors and fellow sustainable living enthusiasts. His first book, Make Mead Like a Viking, will be published by Chelsea Green Publishing in November 2015.

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