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Hidden Happiness Bee Farm demonstrates their buzzworthy beekeeping innovations, from their original wind lock along with new completely maintenance-free telescopic hive tops for 10-frame and 8-frame boxes, as well as the Happy Honey Bottler. See the ease and fun of beekeeping and bottling your honey.

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Vicki Solomon explains the techniques of haltering, grooming, training, yokes, equipment, and driving of rare breed calves-in-training as oxen.

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Observe guinea fowl keets still in their eggs and learn about their development.

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Meet extremely rare Irish Kerry Cattle and learn gentle techniques for managing and training the original grass-fed tiny dairy cow. Discover the differences between heritage cattle, hear about the responsibility of stewarding an endangered resource, and consider a cow-centered farm.

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Rare Kerries and Dexters show low-stress haltering, leading, and training based on bovine psychology. Lark the Milking Devon gets milked at 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

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Why a llama? How can they fit into your farm? How do you care for and live with a llama? Elke and Ted Spirakis from Wellspring Farm answer all these questions and more.

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Elke Amenda-Spirakis discusses bringing heritage sheep onto the family farm, wool sheep, and preparing for sheep ownership and their care.

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Follow a step-by-step demonstration on how to build a 13-foot Geodesic Dome Chicken Tractor using PVC pipe and heavy-duty zip-ties. The dome can be used for a greenhouse, garden trellis, goat pen, or storage shelter.

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Galiceño horses are descendants of the first horses brought to the New World by Spanish explorers and settlers from 1494 to the mid-1500s. This workshop discusses the history of horses in the Americas and the unique characteristics of Spanish/Iberian horses.

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Tom Kerr provides details about the steps necessary to make a tiny home capable of going off-grind. His demonstration centers on green energy; appliances; and fresh-water, greywater, and blackwater holding and storage.

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Learn this super cheap and simple technique to turn junk straw and tossed-off pallets into sturdy insulated buildings. With Natural Builder Darles Eaton and friends.

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Help natural builder Darles Eaton use this super cheap and simple technique to turn junk straw and tossed-off pallets into sturdy buildings.

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Join local earthen artist and natural builder Kelly Adair of Natural by Design and learn how to make and apply gorgeous colored earth plasters and sculpted elements to your walls.

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At this demonstration, learn log loading, log dogging and basic cutting techniques.

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Learn how local builders use the earth under your feet to build beautiful, durable structures. Touch, try out and get answers about examples of many different materials and techniques.

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Come see how straw, an agricultural waste product, gets turned into a low cost, beautiful, eco-friendly, highly insulated wall that keeps your house comfy winter and summer. With Natural Builder Darles Eaton and friends.

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Ever heard of buildings being made from mud, but thought you had to have special dirt? Bring a quart jar of your own subsoil (the earth below the plants, sticks, and worms) and Uncle Mud can show you how to test it and use it for building your own house.

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Learn how the dirt under your backyard can be turned into beautiful buildings, benches, pizza ovens, and much more ... the possibilities are limited only by one's imagination! Be prepared to get muddy.

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Uncle Mud & Friends will demonstrate and discuss various methods for keeping your mud walls from turning back into, um, mud.

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Help turn a pile of mud into a wood-fired pizza oven! See how easy it is to do this in your own backyard. Be prepared to get muddy.

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Hey, kids! The FAIR can be a lot of fun, but sometimes Mom and Dad get tired learning at the many workshops and demonstrations. That's when it's time for them to sit and watch you build tiny houses and stuff out of sticks, mud, straw, and rocks. If they are really good, you can let them play, too.

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Watch the art of blacksmithing and shop a variety of handmade iron, tin and wooden items. Ask about classes and custom orders.

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Watch as Pattie Bagley creates useful and beautiful baskets using natural materials and various weaving methods (including those used in southern Appalachia). She plans a special hands-on demo for all ages Saturday 4-5 p.m.

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You can make basic hardware items and tools for your homestead using scrap metal and raw steel. See the basic blacksmithing methods used to create simple door hardware, wall hooks, and curtain rods.

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Learn about the mortise and tenon joinery that's used while constructing a simple backyard chicken coop out of timber. This exhibitor is giving cutting and construction demos throughout the weekend, with the final assembly Sunday afternoon at 2:30.

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A drum carder is the next step up from hand-carding for fiber preparation at home or in a small studio. Hand cards produce a preferred product but are very labor intensive. Learn about the drum or "bench" carder as a production preparation tool, as well as a tool to enhance creativity. Prepare yarns for spinning with subtle or bold color ways or create batts for your felt-making or quilting projects.

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Discover how threads are woven into colorful and environmentally-friendly fabrics and textiles that can be used for making your own clothing, tablecloths, curtains, and rugs. Explore several types of looms and find out how to get started with materials, equipment, and resources.

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Learn about the near-extinct craft of making one of the most useful and necessary items for your home and hearth—a broom. Using traditional methods, natural wood handles, and broomcorn, Mark Hendry demonstrates the skills needed to make your own brooms.

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Watch the steps involved in transforming animal fiber into a handmade garment. Learn about making environmentally friendly yarn, natural dyeing, carding wool, and spinning yarn on a spinning wheel.

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When you visualize an old-time mountain spinning wheel, chances are you’re conjuring up a walking wheel or great wheel. Fortunately, you can make a similar spinning wheel from items that likely exist on your homestead. See how this intriguing wheel works, and how the direct-drive pulley system enables you to spin colorful threads. Finally, learn how to properly prepare your fibers by hand-carding your wool.

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Josh Hege provides an in-depth demonstration of various models of hand-crank grain mills.

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Elke Amenda-Spirakis of Wellspring Farm gives a basic overview of preparing fibers from wool animals for spinning and felting, including a spinning wheel demo.

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You've seen them at work, and you want to try them out. However, maybe you don't know the first thing about tractors and therefore hesitate getting on one and driving it for yourself. At Yanmar Tractorial (that's tractor-tutorial), Yanmar Assistant Quality Manager Kelly Armstrong and Design Engineer Emily Williams take you through all the basics of driving one of Yanmar's own tractors. Quickly become familiarized with these powerful and efficient machines, and learn how they can help you lead a sustainable and self-sufficient lifestyle. Take advantage of this opportunity to drive these tractors yourself!

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Watch and learn how a broom comes together from seed to sweep, as well as the construction of several styles of brooms.

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Find out how to hand-carve spoons with traditional hand tools.

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This presentation is for both first-time users and semi-professional users. After attending the Yanmar Tractor University, you will have a clear understanding of attaching and detaching 3-point attachments and front-loaders.

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HealthmateForever manufactures and distributes portable, FDA-cleared 510k OTC TENS EMS/PMS units. They offer a variety of TENS unit massagers that can help relieve pain and stimulate circulation to fight fatigue.

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Blue Ridge Naturally expert herbalists and makers show you how to use raw herbs to make salves, infusions, cleaning products, and more. Demonstrations vary each day.

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Whether you are hiking the backcountry or in a survival situation, let the Cabela's team show you the tools needed to make any water source potable.

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Meet a few of the edible and medicinal herbs popping up in your lawn this spring, and discover the joys of "weedivory"! Sara Kinney shares recipes for these backyard morsels.

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Sample Fields of Gold Farm's popular farm-made goat milk soaps to see and feel what goat milk soaps can do for the skin and body. Plus, feel the added benefits in them that enhance health and wellness!

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Jeannie Wrightson explains proper partings and application of scalp preparations, demonstrated with Green Hare Mud Pure Plant Hair Color.

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Find out how the Bio-Response Test can reveal how your own body energy reacts to stimuli in your environment. This tool can be used to assess food and other intolerances.

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Dr. Frank King is signing copies of his book The Healing Revolution: Eight Essentials to Awaken Abundant Life, Naturally!

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Learn what makes mineral sunscreens an effective, safe, and responsible option to protect your skin from the sun. Badger sunscreens are safe for the entire family and are among the top-selling sunscreens in the natural market.

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Working with essential oils, extracts, and carbon dioxides is easy if you know the basics. Learn how to add resinous products, essential oils, and other additives to lotions, crèmes, and balms.

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Learn how structured water can affect your health. Try a sample and see if your respiration rate is lowered. Watch videos of the effects of structured water on your body.

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At the BEEpothecary booth, find out about the research-based health benefits of bee propolis (and other hive resources, too). Jeannie Saum and Laurie Dotson show where it comes from, how the bees make it, and what it can be used for. They share research, photos, and success stories that illustrate how propolis can benefit your health and wellness!

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Gary and Julie Christian demonstrate how their 100% natural pain-relief product works to relieve pain for hours without side effects and without pills. Sample natural pain relief and feel your pain disappear.

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It's simple to make your own tinctures from local ingredients. Learn how you can save time and money while making a superior supplement for your family's health.

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Discover how to use dragon's blood resin to soothe psoriasis and eczema.

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HealthmateForever is the manufacturer and distributor of portable, FDA-cleared 510k OTC TENS EMS/PMS units. They offer a variety of TENS units. They offer massagers that can help relieve pain and stimulate circulation to fight fatigue.

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Try Healthmate International's pain-relief massagers, intended to help people with their tiredness, muscle injury, and even digestive issues.

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Learn the basics on caring for, handling, and maneuvering your vessel. The Cabela's team shows you how to handle an emergency should one arise.

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Many are the ways to cook a great meal at your campsite or in a survival situation. See and taste gourmet food from a cast-iron skillet and prepackaged meals.

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Witness the construction and playing of hand-crafted custom drums and instruments. This off-stage demonstration includes drum preparation and drum head replacement, construction and playing of Native American-style wood flutes, and the construction of other custom-made instruments, didgeridoos, chimes, and whistles.

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Eileen Hallman demonstrates how to dye a specialty cotton yarn and fabric pretreated to accept dyes.

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Gandhi called for the invention of a portable spinning wheel specific to cotton, and these wheels are still made in the Gandhi ashram in India to this day. Eileen Hallman demonstrates how to spin organic cotton on this small, portable spinning wheel.

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Put your hands in the soil while learning about this fast-growing sector of the domestic natural products industry. This hands-on demonstration focuses on propagating some of the more popular Traditional Chinese Herbs from seed. Everyone takes a pot home!

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Get to know some native woodland botanicals with this hands-on propagation demonstration. Learn about the history and modern roles of black cohosh and bloodroot. Enter a raffle for the chance to win fresh plants.

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Chris Smith and Angie Lavezzo show how to make wildflower seed bombs. They give everyone the chance to roll their own and take it away to seed their own landscape and support the pollinators!

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Using models, Pam Dawling shows how to do Florida string-weaving (also called basket weaving), an effective low-cost way of supporting tomatoes, peppers, peas, and other tall crops. She shows a tweak to avoid hauling the ball of twine along the row.

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Lisa Mason Ziegler and Suzanne Mason Frye demonstrate how to start seeds using the English method of soil blocking.

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Most kitchen gardens contain at least one row of onions, usually planted in the spring. Less well-known are the fall-planted onions, including multiplying onions, shallots, and bulbing leeks. Learn how to add these easy alliums to your garden.

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

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Have you heard about kombucha ... but still don't know what to think about this funky, fun, fermented beverage? Maybe you already love it and want to get started brewing it at home. Sarah Schomber and Jeannine Buscher, co-founders of Buchi Kombucha, lead conversations and present live demonstrations on how to brew kombucha at home.

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Greg Carter demonstrates the various methods and tools used in the cultivation of mushrooms on wood, from dowel plugs to the new semiautomatic Okuda Hand Inoculator.

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Witness a fully functioning stone-grinding gristmill turn corn into cornmeal throughout the day.

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Tara Grier demonstrates how this lovely product, the Egg-Collecting Apron, works.

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Watch the process of making maple candy and sample a piece of warm maple goodness!

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Learn all about tea, from where it comes from to how to brew it correctly. Find games, prizes and laughter at the Green Rich Tea booth!

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Try delicious and easy homemade alternatives to bottled sauces full of chemicals and corn syrup. Add a zesty burst of flavor to elevate simple dishes and give them a punch of healthful goodness. Learn to make Chimichurri, Hot and Sweet Pepper Relish, Russian Adjika, Ginger Turmeric Paste, and Olive Oil Mayonnaise. Enjoy these condiments with benefits on vegetables, sandwiches, fish, and meat.

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Chef Charlie puts on a healthy cooking show, cooking vegetables with no water, making a healthy salad, and frying chicken and potatoes with no grease or oil. You get to eat everything he cooks up!

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Learn to make raw butter, cultured butter, basil butter, strawberry butter, and more. How many ways can you create heavenly butters?

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Only about 1 percent of people know how to properly prepare and cook legumes (beans in particular). This is odd, given the importance of beans to our diets. To optimize both digestibility and bioavailability of nutrients, it's critical to understand the biology of these seeds and how to use this to our advantage. This demonstration covers these concepts and counters the generations of misinformation still commonly disseminated.

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Becky Crabtree provides tips on egg use: determining freshness, peeling a boiled egg, and more. Crabtree's book features Stella, a no-nonsense woman who raises chickens on her mountain farm.

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Can you guess which common "weeds" from your yard are delicious and packed full of nutrition? Learn how to identify wild edibles.

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Hear about the different varieties of teas. Play games and win prizes.

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Begin the dawn of a new era in eating with Nutrition Master Foods: Breakfast Tubes, Lunch Tubes, Dinner Tubes, and Food Shots. They are vegan, raw, and gluten-free, with no GMOs, chemicals, food fillers, antibiotics, preservatives, hormones, or added refined sugar.

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Mark Hamm demonstrates the use and benefits of Lifetime Cookware.

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The Cabela's team covers what it takes to keep your electronics charged while trailblazing. Learn everything from powering up from your backpack, correctly applying the solar panel to a generator, and overcoming obstacles in the backcountry.

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See more than 10 hybrid, electric, propane, biodiesel, and CNG vehicles on display, along with Clean Vehicles Coalition literature.

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Older tube-style fluorescent bulbs and their energy-hungry ballasts are antiquated and inefficient. But why buy a whole new fixture when you can simply install new sockets and use LED bulbs to save energy and significantly extend bulb life? No more buzzing, flickering, or burnt-tar aroma. Richard Freudenberger shows you how to make the switch in about 10 minutes, using simple hand tools.

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Learn how you can not only heat, but cook, bake, and produce hot water and electricity with a woodstove.

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See how you can turn a pile of old bricks and mud into a super-efficient woodburning heater for your house or cabin.

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