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Woodworking

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Woodworking

Learn about traditional woodworking techniques from a master chair maker who uses only hand tools and raw wood to make chairs that are reminiscent of the 1860s-1890s. View a display of handmade chairs and tools, as well as items for sale.

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Basketry and Broom Making

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Basketry and Broom Making

Learn about the traditional methods used in making several styles of baskets and brooms from natural materials. Watch as a basket is woven from a vine or a beautiful and useful broom is assembled and tied by hand. Many items will be available for sale.

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Spinning and Dyeing

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Spinning and Dyeing

Watch the steps involved in making a finished handmade garment. Learn how to transform animal fiber into colorful yarn used to make original hand-knit items. On site: natural dyeing, carding wool and spinning yarn on a spinning wheel.

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Cooking with Fire on an Outdoor Brick Oven

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Cooking with Fire on an Outdoor Brick Oven

Discover the simplicity of a cooking with fire on an outdoor wood-fired oven. Samples of breads and crackers fresh from the oven will be provided, along with an assortment of chutney's and salsas made at the Folk School.

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Weaving

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Weaving

Discover the traditional craft of weaving on a floor loom. Learn how threads are woven into colorful textiles that can be used for making garments and useful household items such as curtains, tablecloths and rugs.

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Basketry

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Basketry

Watch as functional and fanciful baskets take shape using natural materials and various weaving methods. Learn about the different styles of baskets made right here in Southern Appalachia and the materials used to make them.

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Blacksmithing

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Blacksmithing

Learn about ancient techniques that are still in use today to transform raw steel and recycled metals into beautiful and useful items. Using a small forge and anvil, the Folk School's resident artist blacksmith will demonstrate the methods used in the making of items such as fireplace tools, hooks, lamps, pot racks and other items for the home, hearth and farm. There will be a wide variety of hand forged items for viewing, handling and sale.

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Building Timber Frame homes with SIPS

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Building Timber Frame homes with SIPS

Do it yourself small home building with SIP panels and timber frame construction.

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I Am A Morgan Horse

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I Am A Morgan Horse

A short story will be read to the children explaining the Morgan Horse. Sticky notes will be given and a marker to decorate with. Then a real Morgan Horse joins the group and children will be able to post their note on the Morgan. Be creative kids!

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The Versatile Morgan Horse

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The Versatile Morgan Horse

Showcasing various uses of The Traditional Morgan Horse. Log pulling, driving and dishing for farm work, riding, roping and dragging weights.

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Proper Milking Methods with the Ultimate EZ and Udderly EZ Milkers

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Proper Milking Methods with the Ultimate EZ and Udderly EZ Milkers

Stop by for a DVD showing and live demonstrations when available.

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Fish Culture Cage

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Fish Culture Cage

Stop by the booth and receive information on how to culture more than 250 pounds of fish with cage culture in your pond. Enter for a chance to win a fish culture cage kit that will be shipped directly to you.

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Getting to Know the Endangered Shire Horse!

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Getting to Know the Endangered Shire Horse!

Dayla Kohler tells the history of the Shire from England to America. She also discusses current breeding concerns and the versatility of the Shire today! Meet the Shires of Kohler Farms and get your questions answered!

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House Cow Skills

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House Cow Skills

Meet Lark, a 5-year-old Milking Devon cow. Watch milking, yoking and care of the household cow. Talk with owners and breeders about beef, milk, cheese, calving, care, pasture and housing.

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Pure Spanish Goats Need YOU!

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Pure Spanish Goats Need YOU!

The most productive goats per hundredweight, Spanish are being "used up" in crossbreeding programs and not being adequately replaced. Come see goats, ask questions, and reserve top-quality animals (for later delivery/pick-up) at the demo!

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Goat Hoof Trimming Demo

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Goat Hoof Trimming Demo

Sunrise Farm will demonstrate how to trim goat hooves. Regular trimming of your goat's hooves is required to keep them in sound condition for a long, healthy and productive life. Information on milking goats as well as general goat care will also be available.

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Why Do Smart, Caring People Ignore the Plight of Endangered Animals? And What Can We Easily Do About It?

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Why Do Smart, Caring People Ignore the Plight of Endangered Animals? And What Can We Easily Do About It?

It all makes perfect sense: We lead busy, hectic, stressful lives, we have enough problems to focus on, we don’t place endangered animals high on our priority list, and we feel like one person can’t make a difference. Come discover what we can easily do to protect endangered animals, without cutting into our daily lives.

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Conservation Celebrations

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Conservation Celebrations

Come celebrate the amazing organizations stepping up to protect the environment and its animals. Spotlighting projects around the world to save endangered animals and protect their natural habitat, this show unveils the impact of each project and celebrates their outcomes. Meet the animals, hear their stories, connect with organizations working to save them from extinction, and receive simple action steps so you can join in.

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Building with Mud and Straw

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Building with Mud and Straw

Come get muddy and learn how the earth underfoot, as well as waste products such as straw and broken pallets, can be turned into wood-fired pizza ovens, woodstoves and simple DIY housing.

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Everyday Blacksmithing

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Everyday Blacksmithing

James M. "Jeep" Sabo demonstrates basic techniques used in everyday blacksmithing, from the backyard to the farm.

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Yurt Demonstration

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Yurt Demonstration

Come join this demonstration on how to build, set up and take down a yurt.

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Yurt Setup and Takedown

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Yurt Setup and Takedown

Come by to learn how to build, assemble, set up, and take down a yurt.

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Kids' Activity Yurt

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Kids' Activity Yurt

Drop by a yurt set up for imagination and play, with music, arts, crafts, dress up, and more!

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Mix Your Own Natural Paints

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Mix Your Own Natural Paints

Natural By-Design demonstrates how to take raw natural materials and combine them to make paints. Ingredients include clay, milk, flour, eggs, beer and mineral pigments. These paints can be used for art or to paint the interior walls of your home!

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Compact Tractor Attachments

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Compact Tractor Attachments

Join a discussion on improving the versatility and longevity of your compact tractors.

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Hand-Carving Spoons

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Hand-Carving Spoons

Learn about hand-carving spoons with traditional hand tools.

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Split Second Log Splitter Demo

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Split Second Log Splitter Demo

Split Second Log Splitter Demo

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Fiber Artistry

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Fiber Artistry

Birgitta Nostring spins various fibers on a Saxony spinning wheel, as time allows.

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How to Get Your Laundry Clean and Not Coated with Chemicals

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How to Get Your Laundry Clean and Not Coated with Chemicals

This five-minute presentation reviews the problem with today's chemically loaded laundry products, and offers a variety of effective alternatives.

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Watch Your Back!

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Watch Your Back!

Sore backs are all too common in gardening, homesteading and farming. Retired nurse Green Heron Tools co-owner Ann Adams offers 10 minutes of quick tips for saving your back, so you can stay healthy and keep on gardening!

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Spinning Cotton on the Charkha

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Spinning Cotton on the Charkha

The Gandhi cotton spinning wheel was invented specifically for cotton and makes spinning cotton very easy. The book style, still made in the Gandhi ashram in India, will be demonstrated on demand.

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Portable Sawmill Basics

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Portable Sawmill Basics

Turn logs to lumber in your own backyard.

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Scythe Use and Sharpening Demonstration

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Scythe Use and Sharpening Demonstration

Learn the basics of scythe use and sharpening from scythe expert Botan Anderson. Anderson shows basic and advanced scything techniques, how to sharpen a scythe, and provides information about how to choose the scythe that's best for you.

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How to Make Burlap Wreaths

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How to Make Burlap Wreaths

Angela Jones gives a full demonstration on how to make burlap wreaths, including many decorating ideas.

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Yarn Spinning Demonstration

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Yarn Spinning Demonstration

Join Southern Charm Alpacas for a yarn spinning demo.

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Hand-Spinning Wool

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Hand-Spinning Wool

See how cleaned wool is spun into yarn using a spinning wheel.

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Now That You Have Wool, What Do You Do With It?

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Now That You Have Wool, What Do You Do With It?

Starting with a raw fleece, go through the steps of skirting, washing and carding to prepare wool for spinning and felting.

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The Craft of Buckskin Sewing

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The Craft of Buckskin Sewing

Learn the craft of stitching buckskin and experience ancient leather-working in action with hide-tanner Natalie Bogwalker.

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Knife Sharpening

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Knife Sharpening

Sharpen up your knife skills with Wild Abundance while learning the traditional art of creating and maintaining a top-notch blade.

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The Hidden Story of Ingredients

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The Hidden Story of Ingredients

Do skin care labels confuse you? With good reason! Come learn some hidden truths about ingredients that are lurking in your cabinets and how to make healthy choices to bloom your skin beautiful for the whole family.

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Herbal Constituents: Experience Them!

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Herbal Constituents: Experience Them!

Jane Hawley Stevens brings some herbs from her certified organic farm as examples of how herbs offer their healing qualities and how they can be used. Learn firsthand demulcent, astringent, bitter, carminative and aromatic.

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Proper Partings for Scalp Treatments and DIY Methods for Ease of Application

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Proper Partings for Scalp Treatments and DIY Methods for Ease of Application

Jeannie Wrightson demonstrates the proper partings for scalp treatments and DIY methods for ease of application of hair and scalp preparations.

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Natural Pain Relief and Pain Management

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Natural Pain Relief and Pain Management

Gary and Julie Christian demonstrate how their product works to naturally relieve pain for hours without concern over kidney or liver damage, no side effects, and no concern over interference with prescription medications. It's natural pain relief at its best.

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Optimizing Health with Colloidal Solutions

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Optimizing Health with Colloidal Solutions

Stop by to learn how Colloidal Silver, Colloidal Gold and Colloidal Copper can significantly improve the health of humans, animals and plants. Find out the different ways these precious minerals support physical and mental well-being and hear how they are made. Free samples!

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Eating Well with Aquaponics

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Eating Well with Aquaponics

Come learn the basics of aquaponics and how to build your own system that produces an abundance of fresh, delicious vegetables and protein year-round. It is the most sustainable and productive way to grow healthy food that is far beyond organic. Get all your questions answered.

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Easy Salve-Making

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Easy Salve-Making

Learn how to infuse your own oils with flowers or roots from the common herbs in your garden and then see these oils transformed into travel-size salves and lip balms!

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Herbs for Pain

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Herbs for Pain

Take a walk-through of how three different herbs work to help pain relief in the body so you can best use them for your pain.

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First-Aid Herbs

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First-Aid Herbs

Join a discussion of different herbs you can find in your environment that can be used for healing small injuries.

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The Benefits of Essential Oils for Everyday Health and Wellness

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The Benefits of Essential Oils for Everyday Health and Wellness

This demonstration exhibits the practicality of essential oils in health and wellness: physically, emotionally and spiritually. Learn about the basics of the family essential oil cabinet, as well as and dos and don'ts of layering and blending, and differences in carriers.

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Why It Hurts to Sit ... and What to Do About It

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Why It Hurts to Sit ... and What to Do About It

Creating a muscle memory to maintain proper posture and a toned core when driving or sitting at the computer is easy, and you don't have to do anything different. Laura Guccione has taught yoga for 23 years and shows how easy it is to create better breath, digestion, attitude and energy, plus eliminate back pain and sciatica ... just from sitting. This is especially beneficial for anyone with osteoporosis, asthma or scoliosis, for wheelchair users, truck drivers and office workers ... or anyone who sits!

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Bio Response Testing (BRT) as Your DIY Truth Detector

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Bio Response Testing (BRT) as Your DIY Truth Detector

Learn how to do the Bio Response Testing (BRT) technique, how to determine which foods are healing or toxic to you, and how to use BRT for healthy emotional and stress release.

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The Ileocecal Valve (ICV) Technique

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The Ileocecal Valve (ICV) Technique

What is the ileocecal valve? What are the symptoms of imbalance? Learn how to correct the problem ... free!

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Empowering the Human Spirit to Heal

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Empowering the Human Spirit to Heal

Hear about the TIP (Tap into Potential) Technique, and how to clear subconscious blocks to healing. Also, discover how to relieve stress quickly.

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The Sphincter of Oddi Technique

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The Sphincter of Oddi Technique

What is the sphincter of Oddi? What are the symptoms of having an imbalance? Learn how to correct the problem ... free!

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Multi-Author Book Launch

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Multi-Author Book Launch

Join New Society Publishers at a book launch celebration for five authors! Come for an afternoon chat and mingle with authors: Lyle Estill and Bob Armantrout, Backyard Biodiesel Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko, Homemade for Sale Laura Lengnick, Resilient Agriculture

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Organic Gardening

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Organic Gardening

Come by the Little Me Tea booth and plant an organic seedling to begin your own organic garden.

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Permaculture Steps for Your Home Environment

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Permaculture Steps for Your Home Environment

See how to map zones around your property for permaculture success on any size, shape or topography!

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Fodder Specialists

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Fodder Specialists

Come see a demonstration on fodder and hydroponics.

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Seed Starting

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Seed Starting

Learn the steps to follow for successful indoor seed starting using the English method of soil blocking.

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Wild Food Plants and Mushrooms: The Asheville Top Ten

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Wild Food Plants and Mushrooms: The Asheville Top Ten

Wild edibles "show and smell" with the only "forage-to-table" tour company in the country.

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Propagating Woodland Botanicals

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Propagating Woodland Botanicals

Learn how to propagate several popular native woodland botanicals in this interactive demonstration. Several people in each session will get to take home what's demonstrated with.

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Let's Grow Ramps!

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Let's Grow Ramps!

It is ramp season! This wonderful Appalachian delicacy is threatened by overharvesting. Come see what ramps look and smell like and learn how you can grow your own ramps patch.

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Making Seed Balls

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Making Seed Balls

Take part in guerrilla gardening (or a fun, easy project to share with adults and kids). Learn, make and take some seed balls home.

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Collecting Seeds for Growing Native Pollinator Species

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Collecting Seeds for Growing Native Pollinator Species

Everyone needs to grow plants for the bees. Learn how to collect your own seeds and grow them for yourself.

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Easy Steps to Food Preservation with Dehydrators

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Easy Steps to Food Preservation with Dehydrators

Ruby Renard demonstrates several Metal Ware Corporation food dehydrators, focusing primarily on fruits and vegetables. Hear lots of tips about unusual foods you can dehydrate but consumers may not know about. Renard also shows how to dry herbs, leathers, spices and powders.

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Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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Sun-Dried Tomatoes

New ideas for drying produce. Easy steps in making tasty sun-dried tomatoes done by using their Nesco/Am. Harvest dehydrators.

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How to Stock the Frugal Pantry

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How to Stock the Frugal Pantry

Learn how to stock your home pantry! Lisa Kivirist, author of Farmstead Chef and Homemade for Sale, covers bulk buying, pantry organization and making your own hot cocoa, vanilla extract and more.

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Free Coffee Samples

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Free Coffee Samples

Come by for a free sample of Abbey Roast coffee (six different varieties!).

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Brewing Kombucha: The Magic of Fermentation

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Brewing Kombucha: The Magic of Fermentation

Come witness the process of kombucha brewing from start to finish, beginning with a short history of kombucha, a quick breakdown of the science of fermentation and finally, a tasting of the final product! The whole demo takes about a half hour.

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Latest Innovations for Shiitake Bedlog Inoculation

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Latest Innovations for Shiitake Bedlog Inoculation

New tools have been developed to greatly increase the inoculation efficiency of shiitake and other natural log-based mushrooms. See the use of these tools demonstrated in inoculating shiitake bed logs.

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Fuel-Free Cooking

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Fuel-Free Cooking

Taking only 20 minutes for a meal and reaching up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit (290 degrees Celsius), the GoSun Stove is a one of a kind, practical cooking solution. It's portable, assembling in seconds and weighing less than 7 pounds. It's versatile, allowing you to cook what you want and how you want: bake, boil and fry. And it's clean, with no burning charcoal nor open flame to worry about. When you are done cooking, just fold up your GoSun and go. Learn about GoSun's international efforts to disrupt the cycle of poverty for billions of families that are still cooking over wood and charcoal.

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Taste of Isha, Raw Food Demo: Pranic foods for a healthy body and mind

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Taste of Isha, Raw Food Demo: Pranic foods for a healthy body and mind

At the Isha Institute of Inner Sciences, Isha Yoga's national retreat center located on Tennessee’s spectacular Cumberland Plateau, guests are served a nourishing and hearty vegetarian buffet twice daily. A sumptuous fusion of Indian, Middle Eastern and North American flavors, Isha's recipes reflect the diversity of its volunteers (who come from all over the world). Essential to the cultivation of a meditative state, meals at the center include ample quantities of raw and living foods, especially pranic foods that supply abundant life energy to the system, supporting the liveliness of the body and an alert, peaceful mind. The live demo at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR features yummy, nutrient-dense, raw energy bars that can be made at home in minutes with a few simple ingredients and a food processor.

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Making Fresh Cheese with Liquid Nigari

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Making Fresh Cheese with Liquid Nigari

Nigari is a natural byproduct of the salt-making process. It is a clear liquid that contains the minerals that don't adhere to the salt crystals. Traditionally used to make tofu, it can also be used to make fresh cheeses. Come see how easy, and delicious, it is!

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Learn to Cook on Recycled Farm Equipment

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Learn to Cook on Recycled Farm Equipment

Watch and learn how to cook on a wok that is made solely from recycled tractor parts.

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Cooking with Fresh Herbs

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Cooking with Fresh Herbs

Many fresh herbs are easy to grow. Ira Wallace shows you quick tips and favorite recipes for adding the flavor and fragrance of fresh herbs to everyday meals.

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Cooking with the Sun

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Cooking with the Sun

Learn how to harness the power of the sun to cook, dehydrate, purify water and be better prepared for emergencies. Paul Munsen, of Sun Ovens International, covers everything you need to know about using a Sun Oven to bake, boil and steam foods. He shows how practical and easy it is to cook in a Sun Oven and discusses the many economic, health and environmental benefits of cooking with the sun.

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Zucchini Pasta and Fast, Healthy Meals

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Zucchini Pasta and Fast, Healthy Meals

Turn zucchini into pasta in one minute! No cooking needed. See the spirooli in action with an assortment of vegetables. It's perfect for eating healthier, and for aspiring or current vegetarians, vegans, and raw foodies.

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Sprout Happy!

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Sprout Happy!

Learn the basics for having organic fresh sprouts in your kitchen for pennies a day! It only takes 20 seconds per day ... divided into two 10-second moments. Isn't your health worth it?

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Creating Hot Water and Electricity from Woodstoves

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Creating Hot Water and Electricity from Woodstoves

Fairgoers can see how Unforgettable Fire products can convert heat energy to electric energy and create hot water as the byproduct. This technology can be dovetailed with solar and wind power for a comfortable and cost-effective off-grid experience.

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Backyard Biodiesel

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Backyard Biodiesel

See Lyle Estill make a batch of biodiesel in a mason jar, and hear him discuss the issues of home-scale fuel production.

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Incentives, Benefits and Process of Installing Solar PV on Your Home or Business

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Incentives, Benefits and Process of Installing Solar PV on Your Home or Business

Installing a solar electric system on your home of business is a simple process and savings are tremendous. Soon-to-expire incentives cover more than 65% of the system cost, making the time to go solar now. Learn the benefits and installation process of going solar, as well as details on the current government incentives available.

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How to Build a 40-Watt Pedal Power Generator

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How to Build a 40-Watt Pedal Power Generator

Building a practical 40-watt generator to supply power for charging four cell phones or a laptop is fun and exciting (plus, it builds self-confidence and self-reliance). Learn all about the basic components and the fundamentals of both a hand-crank and recumbent pedal power generator.

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