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Sauerkraut for Strength: Vegetable fermentation for beginners

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Sauerkraut for Strength: Vegetable fermentation for beginners

As we learn more and more about the importance of the microbiome, and its role in our health, fermentation has moved from the fringes to the mainstream. Once thought to be the domain of hippies and homesteaders, sauerkraut is back, in a big way! Come find out what's so great about this simple food, why you should eat it, and how to make it at home. This workshop covers ingredient selection, preparation, fermentation, troubleshooting and serving. Participants walk away with the information and confidence they need to make their own fresh and tasty sauerkraut at home. Speaker Bio As the co-founder of Sweet Farm Sauerkraut, a small fermented foods company in Frederick, Maryland, Rachel Armistead loves to "talk kraut" with whomever will listen! Though making and selling fermented foods is her "day job," she really loves teaching fermentation workshops and empowering people to make their own sauerkraut, pickles and sodas.

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Natural Cheesemaking

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Natural Cheesemaking

Learn to make delicious cheese with milk’s indigenous microbes. Find out how possible it is to grow your own bacteria, fungi and yeasts at home. Be inspired by a more traditional cheesemaking approach, and never buy another package of freeze-dried Penicillium roqueforti spores ever again! Speaker Bio David Asher is an organic farmer and farmstead cheesemaker from British Columbia, Canada. The author of The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, Asher explores traditionally cultured, noncorporate methods of cheesemaking. He travels widely, offering cheese outreach with the Black Sheep School of Cheesemaking.

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Cheesemaking for Little Cheese Eaters

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Cheesemaking for Little Cheese Eaters

Did you know that you can make cheese at home? Come and learn some easy recipes that will impress your parents. Make two fresh cheeses: yogurt cheese and farmers cheese. Speaker Bio David Asher is an organic farmer and farmstead cheesemaker from British Columbia, Canada. The author of The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, Asher explores traditionally cultured, noncorporate methods of cheesemaking. He travels widely, offering cheese outreach with the Black Sheep School of Cheesemaking.

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Dairy Fermentation

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Dairy Fermentation

Learn to work with kefir grains to make delicious fermented dairy products. Witness how kefir can serve as a starter culture for making a broad selection of dairy products including buttermilk, crème fraîche and cultured butter. It’s easier than you think! Speaker Bio David Asher is an organic farmer and farmstead cheesemaker from British Columbia, Canada. The author of The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, Asher explores traditionally cultured, noncorporate methods of cheesemaking. He travels widely, offering cheese outreach with the Black Sheep School of Cheesemaking.

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Understanding and Making Handcrafted Soap

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Understanding and Making Handcrafted Soap

Interested in making your own soap? Making soap is not difficult, but it is exacting. Learn about the history, the different methods, selecting ingredients, the chemistry behind the process. Join Regina Bauscher for education and fun! Speaker Bio Regina Bauscher leverages a chemistry background and work experience with the Handcrafted Soap Cosmetic Guild certification in soap-making. She is a High School for Global Citizenship (HSGC)-approved instructor and enjoys educating consumers. She also possesses professional 200-hour certification in aromatherapy, is a member of the American Society of Quality, and a national blogger with SheKnows.com. Bauscher and her husband, Steve, also own and operate Honey Sweetie Acres, raising champion Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats, whose milk they use in their products.

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Heritage Hogwash

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Heritage Hogwash

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

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Heritage Hogwash

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Heritage Hogwash

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

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How to Build a Better Chicken

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How to Build a Better Chicken

So you've been keeping chickens and want to take the next step by breeding them? Learn the basics of setting up for a breeder flock and how to make good breeding decisions for creating productive birds that meet breed standards. Over time, you can make great improvements to your flock and ultimately do right by your chosen breed. Speaker Bio Jeannette Beranger is a program manager for The Livestock Conservancy and counts more than 30 years experience of working as an animal professional. She uses the knowledge to plan and implement breed conservation programs. At home, she maintains a heritage breeds farm with a focus on rare breed chickens and horses. In 2015, she was named one of Country Woman Magazine's "45 Amazing Country Women" for her work in conserving endangered breeds.

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Raising Chickens Organically

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Raising Chickens Organically

Backyard chickens are today’s hottest pet. Why? Because they come with benefits: organic eggs. Who wouldn’t want fresh, organic eggs right from their own backyard? With some research, the right tools and guidance, you too can get started raising chickens this spring. Learn how, so that you can provide your family with fresh, organic eggs this fall. Speaker Bio Patrick Biggs holds a bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His Ph.D. work focused on evaluating alternatives to antibiotics in poultry rations, with a goal of helping flock raisers provide fresh, wholesome nutrition to their birds.

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Permaculture for the Rest of Us

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Permaculture for the Rest of Us

Jenni Blackmore shares her passion for permaculture by introducing the basic principles in simple terms and describing her own journey toward self-sufficiency on a windswept island off the coast of Nova Scotia. She explains how permaculture can be introduced as a retrofit that integrates with, rather than imposes on, the natural world; how it improves less-than-optimum conditions and creates self-sustaining cycles designed to nurture a closer relationship with our food, our community and the world around us. Speaker Bio Originally a city kid from Manchester in the United Kingdom, Jenni Blackmore is an artist, writer, micro-farmer and certified permaculture designer who now lives her dream on a small island east of the Canadian city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her latest book, Permaculture for the Rest of Us: Abundant Living on Less Than an Acre (New Society Publishers) describes her journey toward a more sustainable lifestyle. For more information please visit her blog, Quackadoodle.wordpress.com.

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Creating Fertile Places in Barren Spaces

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Creating Fertile Places in Barren Spaces

This workshop explores several alternatives to the traditional vegetable plot, such as hugelkulture, raised beds, straw bale and lasagna beds, along with some combinations of these methods. Author Jenni Blackmore (Permaculture for the Rest of Us) shares the methods she has used to build fertile soil and develop highly productive vegetable plots during her years of micro farming on meager terrain. Speaker Bio Originally a city kid from Manchester, England, Jenni Blackmore is an artist, writer, micro-farmer and certified permaculture designer who now lives her dream on a small island east of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her latest book, Permaculture for the Rest of Us: Abundant Living on Less Than an Acre (New Society Publishers) describes her journey toward a more sustainable lifestyle. For more information please visit her blog, http://Quackadoodle.wordpress.com.

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Keeping the Chicken Wheel Turning: Creating self-sustaining systems

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Keeping the Chicken Wheel Turning: Creating self-sustaining systems

A permaculture icon of multitasking, self-sustaining systems, the "Chicken Wheel" is used to start a discussion on sustainability. This extends to include seed saving, perennial vegetables and maximized used of available resources. Speaker Bio Originally a city kid from Manchester, England, Jenni Blackmore is an artist, writer, micro-farmer and certified permaculture designer who now lives her dream on a small island east of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her latest book, Permaculture for the Rest of Us: Abundant Living on Less Than an Acre (New Society Publishers) describes her journey toward a more sustainable lifestyle. For more information please visit her blog, http://Quackadoodle.wordpress.com.

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Preserving the Harvest: Pickling, jams, tomatoes and dehydrating

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Preserving the Harvest: Pickling, jams, tomatoes and dehydrating

Marian Bolum teaches how to use a boiling water bath canner to make jams, pickles and tomatoes. She also shares dehydrating techniques. As she presents a step-by-step pickling demonstration, Bolum discusses equipment, safety, recipes, storage and how to choose the best produce. While the pickles are processing, she covers making jams with natural sweeteners, what you need to put up tomatoes, and the best methods for dehydrating veggies and fruits. Speaker Bio Marian Bolum, a certified Master Food Preserver, started Farm to Jars in 2012 out of her love for teaching the importance of preserving food. By offering preserving and cooking classes, she empowers folks to take control of what they are eating. When she’s not teaching classes, she can be found in her log cabin in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, creating healthy, simple recipes (in her off-grid test kitchen, using items from her “victory garden” and apiary, as well as from local farms).

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Preserving the Harvest: Pressure canning and freezing

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Preserving the Harvest: Pressure canning and freezing

Preserving food at the peak of its growing season is paramount for flavor and nutrition. But did you know that pressure canning low-acid foods can be done all year? In this step-by-step demonstration, learn how to fill your pantry with quality products using Marian Bolum's seasonal guide to canning. Bolum also includes information on freezing products, discusses equipment, safety, recipes and storage, and she leaves time for answering questions. Discover how to fill your pantry and freezer with locally grown food, which is the foundation of cooking healthier. Speaker Bio Marian Bolum, a certified Master Food Preserver, started Farm to Jars in 2012 out of her love for teaching people the importance of preserving their own food. By offering preserving and cooking classes, she empowers people to start taking control of what they are eating. When not teaching classes, she can be found in her log cabin in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, creating healthy, simple recipes (using items from her “victory garden,” apiary and local farms in her off-grid test kitchen).

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Committed to Sustainability in the Restaurant Industry

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Committed to Sustainability in the Restaurant Industry

The landscape of the restaurant industry is changing. Restaurant owners are starting to think more about their impact on their community, the environment and the people who work for them. In this workshop, hear a discussion on how to start a sustainable restaurant, how to operate it, and how to continue to improve its sustainability. Katie Button also covers what it means to be a sustainable restaurant, from composting to employee benefits. Speaker Bio Katie Button is the executive chef and owner of Cúrate and Nightbell Restaurant & Lounge, in Asheville, North Carolina. She is a James Beard Award finalist and in 2015 she was named one of Food and Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs. Her cookbook, Cúrate: Authentic Spanish Food from an American Kitchen is being published in the fall of 2016 by Flatiron Books.

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Rendering and Cooking with Animal Fats

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Rendering and Cooking with Animal Fats

Meat animals and poultry provide a free source of healthy, economical cooking fats. Learn how to render all kinds of fat to make it ready for cooking and baking, how to store it, and how to use it. Samples of cookies made with tallow and cookies made with lard will be shared. Speaker Bio Andrea Chesman has written more than 20 cookbooks, including Storey’s The Pickled Pantry, Recipes from the Root Cellar, Serving Up the Harvest, and Mom’s Best Crowd-Pleasers. She has also written a number of books on grilling, including the James Beard Award nominee The Vegetarian Grill. She has contributed to many publications, including the New York Times, Cooking Light, Vegetarian Times, Fine Cooking, and many regional and local newspapers. She teaches and does cooking demonstrations and classes at fairs, festivals, book events, and garden shows across the United States. She lives in Ripton, Vermont.

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All About Canning

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All About Canning

Knowing how to safely use a boiling water bath canner, steam canner and pressure canner ensures that you have the skills to preserve any food you raise, even without electricity. Learn how to use this equipment safely and sample some canned foods made by each method. Speaker Bio Andrea Chesman has written more than 20 cookbooks, including Storey’s The Pickled Pantry, Recipes from the Root Cellar, Serving Up the Harvest and Mom’s Best Crowd-Pleasers. She has also written a number of books on grilling, including the James Beard Award nominee The Vegetarian Grill. She has contributed to many publications, including the New York Times, Cooking Light, Vegetarian Times, Fine Cooking, and many regional and local newspapers. She teaches and does cooking demonstrations and classes at fairs, festivals, book events, and garden shows across the United States. She lives in Ripton, Vermont.

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Kimchi: Making it and cooking with it

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Kimchi: Making it and cooking with it

The Korean pickled vegetable known as kimchi is one of the most popular fermented pickles in America, as well as Korea. Learn what it takes to make authentic-tasting kimchi and how to cook with it when it begins to get too sour to enjoy straight out of the jar. Samples will be shared. Speaker Bio Andrea Chesman has written more than 20 cookbooks, including Storey’s The Pickled Pantry, Recipes from the Root Cellar, Serving Up the Harvest and Mom’s Best Crowd-Pleasers. She has also written a number of books on grilling, including the James Beard Award nominee The Vegetarian Grill. She has contributed to many publications including the New York Times, Cooking Light, Vegetarian Times, Fine Cooking and many regional and local newspapers. She teaches and does cooking demonstrations and classes at fairs, festivals, book events, and garden shows across the United States. She lives in Ripton, Vermont.

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Free Cooling for Life

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Free Cooling for Life

Although many people don't realize it, we can cool our homes naturally in many climate zones. Smart design combined with energy-efficient landscaping and intelligent decisions about energy use can easily cut your cooling bill by half. Come learn how to stay cool in the summer without costly air conditioners and sky-high utility bills. 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. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east central Missouri, where he teaches workshops on a wide range of topics on self-sufficiency and sustainability. Chiras is also author of 32 books and several hundred articles on a wide range of topics, including residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational and full of useful information.

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Chinese Greenhouses: The intelligent choice for year-round production

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Chinese Greenhouses: The intelligent choice for year-round production

Most greenhouses in the United States are an energy nightmare. We couldn’t have created a worse design. Greenhouses that most of us install are the least-sustainable way to grow food year-round, costing us a fortune in energy. In this workshop, discover a revolutionary new design for year-round greenhouse growing and aquaponics, the Chinese Greenhouse. Learn how to design and build a Chinese greenhouse to grow a wide variety of vegetables without outside energy. 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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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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The Scoop on Poop

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The Scoop on Poop

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

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Garlic and Natures Antibiotics

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Garlic and Natures Antibiotics

There are common items in your kitchen that have great natural antibiotics. They are overlooked if you are unaware of the amazing healing properties they contain. David Christopher discusses the differences between the antibiotic properties in herbals and commercial antibiotics. The health benefits are numerous in using common items, such as garlic, onions and honey, as well as not-so-common herbs, such as usnea, echinacea and goldenseal. 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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Herbs for Mental Health

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Herbs for Mental Health

Strong mental health stems from healthy brain function. This informative lecture explores natural ways to nourish and increase mental function of the brain using what nature has provided. David Christopher discusses recent studies concerning mental health, the benefits herbs have as an alternative and the controversy surrounding St. John's Wort. 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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Sustainable Beekeeping: Rearing queens in your own backyard

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Sustainable Beekeeping: Rearing queens in your own backyard

Backyard beekeeping has become an increasingly popular hobby among garden enthusiasts and modern homesteaders alike. Robert Cool explains how the backyard beekeeper can produce healthy mated queens from their own apiary on a budget. Learn how beekeeping can be a sustainable homestead endeavor. Speaker Bio Robert Cool is a first-generation beekeeper entering his seventh season of beekeeping. He and his wife currently keep 60 hives and are continuing to expand their apiary and honey production. He is passionate about his organic methods of beekeeping and generating a healthy local survivor stock. Cool enjoys speaking to local schools and people in his community about the importance of honey bees. He and his family were named among MOTHER EARTH NEWS' 2015 Homesteaders of the Year.

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Tips for Therapeutic Gardening with Less Pain

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Tips for Therapeutic Gardening with Less Pain

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

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Medicinal Mushrooms: Cultivation, extractions and product development

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Medicinal Mushrooms: Cultivation, extractions and product development

For thousands of years, mushrooms have been cultivated or gathered and used to treat the root cause of disease, only now to be verified in scientific trials for evaluating the amazing properties fungi possess. There are many different ways to grow mushrooms at home or on the homestead, which are easy and high yielding, for many species of medicinal mushrooms. Tradd Cotter covers basic cultivation, live extraction, and the exciting new developments in product development. Speaker Bio Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist and organic gardener who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than 22 years. He is the author of Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, published by Chelsea Green in 2014. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain (which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, and daughter Heidi) to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries, and he currently maintains more than 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides.

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Mushroom Cultivation in Southeastern Climates

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Mushroom Cultivation in Southeastern Climates

Hot, summer weather deters many mushroom growers from attempting fruiting during summer months or in more tropical, southern climates, but there are a few great edibles that can be grown in intense heat under primitive and low-tech conditions that make them profitable candidates, using locally available growing substrates. This workshop covers cultivation strategies for shiitake, oyster, king stropharia, paddy straw (Volvariella volvacea) , giant milky (Calocybe indica), almond portabella (Agaricus blazei/brasiliensis/subrufesscens) and more using native plant byproducts such as hyacinth, banana fronds, sugar cane, kudzu and livestock waste as high-yielding alternatives to conventional log production methods. Speaker Bio Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist and organic gardener who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than 22 years. He is the author of Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, published by Chelsea Green in 2014. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain (which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, and daughter Heidi) to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries, and he currently maintains more than 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides.

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Fungi in the Classroom

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Fungi in the Classroom

Ever wonder what kind of projects you and your children can start at home or in school with mushrooms? This program is part show and part hands-on, with many cool experiments that are practical for demonstrating recycling and composting home and school waste byproducts using mushroom spawn. Participants make and take home a small mushroom fruiting kit they make from shredded paper or cardboard, as well as a living culture! Speaker Bio Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist and organic gardener who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than 22 years. He is the author of Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, published by Chelsea Green in 2014. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain (which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, and daughter Heidi) to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries, and he currently maintains more than 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides.

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Mycoremediation and Recycling and Composting of Home and Farm Waste Using Mushrooms

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Mycoremediation and Recycling and Composting of Home and Farm Waste Using Mushrooms

Are you wondering how you can help reduce pollution and lessen your impact on landfills? Tradd Cotter teaches how to grow edible mushrooms on trash you thought you couldn’t compost! Turn cardboard, cereal boxes and more into fresh mushrooms, and then add your leftover “fungus farm” to your garden to attract worms and enrich the soil. Create a circular system that’s a winner! Many species of edible and medicinal mushrooms sweat powerful enzymes into the environment as they grow, capable of molecular disassembly of complex molecules such as hydrocarbons, aromatic chlorinated compounds, and pesticides. Mushrooms native to your area of the United States are also well-adapted to filter, stun and destroy pathogenic bacteria that accompany failing septic systems, manure-holding ponds, and even pet waste runoff. Hear about easy, turnkey projects from beginner to advanced that anyone can do. Speaker Bio Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist and organic gardener who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than 22 years. He is the author of Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, published by Chelsea Green in 2014. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain (which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, and daughter Heidi) to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries, and he currently maintains more than 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides.

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Growing Ginseng and Other Woodland Medicinals for Fun or Profit

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Growing Ginseng and Other Woodland Medicinals for Fun or Profit

Interest in ginseng is rising and people are willing to pay high prices for it but finding wild ginseng is difficult. Learn three methods for growing your own ginseng and other popular woodland medicinals, including goldenseal, black cohosh and bloodroot. Discover how cultivation can help conservation of these precious native plants and hear tips for how to market what you grow. Speaker Bio Jeanine Davis is a North Carolina State University horticulture professor who lives, works and farms in Western North Carolina. She helps farmers and gardeners transition into organic agriculture and new crops such as hops, truffles, herbs and stevia. She is the lead author of the newly revised book Growing and Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal and Other Woodland Medicinals.

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Producing Hops for Local Craft Breweries

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Producing Hops for Local Craft Breweries

The explosion of craft breweries in the eastern United States has resulted in a demand for locally grown hops, but breweries require high-quality hops in a form they can use. Learn how to grow hops for this industry and what it takes to do it profitably. Speaker Bio Jeanine Davis is a North Carolina State University horticulture professor who lives, works and farms in Western North Carolina. She helps farmers and gardeners transition into organic agriculture and new crops such as hops, truffles, herbs and stevia. She is the lead author of the newly revised book Growing and Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal and Other Woodland Medicinals.

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Hammered Botanical Prints

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Hammered Botanical Prints

Learn how to make instant botanical prints with a piece of paper and a hammer! This is a simple way for children of all ages to make colorful, original prints to use for gifts and note cards, and it also works on fabric. This is a drop-in style workshop, so stop by and join in the fun. Speaker Bio Jeanine Davis is a North Carolina State University horticulture professor who lives, works and farms in Western North Carolina. She helps farmers and gardeners transition into organic agriculture and new crops such as hops, truffles, herbs and stevia. She is the lead author of the newly revised book Growing and Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal and Other Woodland Medicinals.

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Join the Soda Revolution! Make Your Own Fermented Ginger Beer

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Join the Soda Revolution! Make Your Own Fermented Ginger Beer

Who doesn't love soda? All those tingly bubbles, that refreshing sweetness ... But modern soda is full of high-fructose corn syrup, chemicals and other nasty stuff. Learn how to make naturally fermented ginger beer at home, using simple ingredients. This workshop covers making and keeping a ginger bug culture, brewing and fermenting, flavoring and variation, bottling and carbonating. Speaker Bio Rachel Armistead and Luke Flessner are soda lovers, and co-founders of Sweet Farm Sauerkraut, a small fermented foods company in Frederick, Maryland. From their line of fermented foods and beverages, to their workshops and classes, they love introducing people to the wonderful world of fermentation.

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Finding the Perfect Beeyard

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Finding the Perfect Beeyard

No matter where you live, there are fundamentals that every good beeyard has. Speaker Bio Kim Flottum is the editor of Bee Culture magazine and the author of numerous beginning, intermediate and advanced beekeeping books. He brings 30 years of beekeeping and teaching experience to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS.

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You Survived Winter, Now What?

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You Survived Winter, Now What?

Your bees are alive and well and thriving after an erratic, too warm, too cold winter. What on earth do you do now? Speaker Bio Kim Flottum is the editor of Bee Culture magazine and the author of numerous beginning, intermediate and advanced beekeeping books. He brings 30 years of beekeeping and teaching experience to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS.

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Chick in Egg: The miracle of incubation

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Chick in Egg: The miracle of incubation

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

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

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

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

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Aromatherapy for Wellness

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Aromatherapy for Wellness

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

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What Does It Take to Get Started in Beekeeping?

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What Does It Take to Get Started in Beekeeping?

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

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Keeping Honey Bees Alive

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Keeping Honey Bees Alive

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

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Herbal Lotions, Scrubs and Skin Care from the Garden

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Herbal Lotions, Scrubs and Skin Care from the Garden

Grow healing and aromatic herbs to create hand-blended spa products. Hear easy tips and ideas to make fresh potions for spa treatments: peppermint foot scrub, sensual sugar scrubs, powders, fragrant mists and more. Learn the nurturing attributes of herbs, and how to grow and use them. Speaker Bio Author Sue Goetz is an award-winning garden designer, writer and speaker. She is founder-owner of Creative Gardener, where she offers classes, garden coaching, and gardens by design. Goetz has a special passion for herbs, and she teaches about all their enchanting qualities and how to use them. She shares her passion through workshops and her book, The Herb Lover’s Spa Book.

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The Herb Lover's Garden

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The Herb Lover's Garden

Go herbal! Find out the best mint to make an herbal spa scrub. How about fennel for attracting butterflies or parsley as a flower border? Landscaping, fragrance, healing and edible flowers, seasoning and cut flower abundance: Come discover something new and useful about the herbs in your garden. Speaker Bio Author Sue Goetz is an award-winning garden designer, writer and speaker. She is founder-owner of Creative Gardener, where she offers classes, garden coaching, and gardens by design. Goetz has a special passion for herbs, and she teaches about all their enchanting qualities and how to use them. She shares her passion through workshops and her book, The Herb Lover’s Spa Book.

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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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Eating Wild: Identifying the wild edible plants in your own backyard

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Eating Wild: Identifying the wild edible plants in your own backyard

Want to learn how to identify and utilize the wild edible plants growing in your own backyard and nearby wild spaces? Join Heather Houskeeper, author of A Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Mountains to Sea Trail as she highlights our local useful plants, offering easy methods for identification, harvest, and incorporating them into deliciously healthful meals both at home and on the trail. Now this is what you call eating local! Plants will be showcased by photos taken in the field and there will be plenty of time for question and answer. Speaker Bio Heather Houskeeper is an herbalist, long-distance hiker and writer. After thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail and graduating from the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, she set her sights on the Mountains to Sea Trail. Here, she trekked 1,000 miles across North Carolina, studying the edible and medicinal plants along the way. This experience culminated in her newly published book, A Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Mountains to Sea Trail. When not rambling in the woods, she enjoys writing, cooking, and teaching people about local plants in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.

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Essential Oils for Health and Well-Being

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Essential Oils for Health and Well-Being

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

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Functional Designs for Homesteads

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Functional Designs for Homesteads

Explore highly functional bio-integrated permaculture patterns for your homestead. Shawn Jadrnicek, author of The Bio-Integrated Farm, shows examples of practical advanced designs based on a functional analysis. Highlights include edible water gardens, flood irrigation basins for plants and mushroom logs, pastured chicken systems, and rainwater harvesting systems for flushing toilets and irrigating gardens. Speaker Bio Shawn Jadrnicek is the author of The Bio-Integrated Farm: A Revolutionary Permaculture-Based System Using Greenhouses, Ponds, Compost Piles, Aquaponics, Chickens and More. He has nourished his interest in sustainability through work as an organic farmer, nursery grower, extension agent, arborist and landscaper, and now as the manager of Clemson University’s Student Organic Farm.

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Functional Designs for Small Farms

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Functional Designs for Small Farms

Save energy and resources using highly functional bio-integrated permaculture patterns on your farm. Shawn Jadrnicek, author of The Bio-Integrated Farm, presents new insights into permaculture, moving beyond the philosophical foundation to practical advanced designs based on a functional analysis. He provides examples of new techniques for greenhouse construction, nursery ponds for freshwater prawns, heat and carbon dioxide extraction from compost piles, and rotational grazing systems for chickens. Speaker Bio Shawn Jadrnicek is the author of The Bio-Integrated Farm: A Revolutionary Permaculture-Based System Using Greenhouses, Ponds, Compost Piles, Aquaponics, Chickens and More. He has nourished his interest in sustainability through work as an organic farmer, nursery grower, extension agent, arborist and landscaper, and now as the manager of Clemson University’s Student Organic Farm.

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The Allergy-Toxin Connection

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The Allergy-Toxin Connection

Do you suffer from allergic reactions or sensitivities to pollen, dairy, gluten, electromagnetic fields, perfumes or certain chemicals? Do your allergic symptoms seem to come out of nowhere sometimes? Cumulative toxins may be part of the root cause. Frank King teaches (and demonstrates with attendees) free DIY techniques to empower you and your family to discover these hidden triggers, wherever they may lurk. Speaker Bio Frank King is a naturopath, chiropractor and founder of King Bio in Asheville, North Carolina, which produces safe and effective natural medicines for people and pets. Since his first multidisciplinary, integrative practice in 1979, King has helped people overcome chronic, recurring and so-called “incurable” ailments by following the simple principles of The Healing Revolution. He’s also a fourth-generation American farmer, raising wild plants, herbs and animals to help people live healthier lives. King, his wife and children enjoy living a natural lifestyle on their farm.

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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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Craft Distilling: Making liquor legally at home

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Craft Distilling: Making liquor legally at home

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

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Poultry Unplugged: Free-ranging poultry just about anywhere

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Poultry Unplugged: Free-ranging poultry just about anywhere

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

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From the Wood-Fired Oven: New and traditional techniques for cooking and baking with fire

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From the Wood-Fired Oven: New and traditional techniques for cooking and baking with fire

A wood-fired oven can make your farm or home more resilient and give you the opportunity to prepare delicious cuisine. To illustrate the diverse functionality of a wood-fired oven, Richard Miscovich presents a slideshow that explores wood-fired cuisine beyond the "gateway" products of bread and pizza. Create inferno whiplash live fire cooking environments or gentle thermo-cradle infusion spas. Cook ember-roasted onions, blazed tomatoes and steak on the hearth. Bring to your table beef jerky, rendered fats and sprouted wheat power bars. Learn about hot ovens, cool ovens and everything in between. Miscovich also addresses energy-efficient oven designs that can be applied to the construction or use of any type of wood-fired oven. Speaker Bio Richard Miscovich teaches artisan bread baking to culinary students at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, and to home and professional bakers at classes and conferences around the country. He served on the board of directors of the Bread Bakers Guild of America from 2006 to 2011. In 2014, he received the Johnson & Wales Distinguished Scholarship Award and was also inducted into the International Les Amis d'Escoffier Society. He is the author of From the Wood-Fired Oven and instructs the online Craftsy course "Handmade Sourdough: From Starter to Baked Loaf."

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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 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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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 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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Pawpaw: In search of America's forgotten fruit

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Pawpaw: In search of America's forgotten fruit

What is a pawpaw, and why have most people never heard of it before? Andrew Moore offers a brief history of the pawpaw, the largest edible fruit native to the United States, and offers some explanations as to why it has been overlooked in modern times. He also provides an overview of the growers and producers working to raise the fruit's profile. Speaker Bio Andrew Moore is a writer and community gardener based in Pittsburgh. Pawpaw: In Search of America's Forgotten Fruit is his first book.

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10 Tips to Start on the Gardening Path to Happiness

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10 Tips to Start on the Gardening Path to Happiness

No matter your age or experience, gardening has a learning curve and can be confusing. Award-winning blogger and author Dee Nash shares her 10 best tips to get started on the gardening path to happiness. Learn about planning a vegetable or ornamental garden (or one that combines both!), secrets to combining plants for the best results, vertical gardening, companion planting, and more! Speaker Bio Dee Nash is the author of The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff. She lives in the rolling Oklahoma hills with her husband, children, two dogs and several cats on 7.5 acres between the Great American Prairie and the deciduous forest. She was born and raised in the state, and she is a writer, speaker and garden coach. She gardens approximately an acre of land and grows vegetables, roses, daylilies, native plants and other perennials. She is a columnist for Oklahoma Living magazine, and she’s also written for Organic Gardening, Fine Gardening and Flower magazine. Nash has a bachelor’s degree in journalism–professional writing from the University of Oklahoma, with an emphasis in botany. Her blog, www.RedDirtRamblings.com, has won several awards, including a Gold Award for Electronic Writing from the Garden Writers Association. Better Homes and Gardens named it one of their "Top 10 Gardening Blogs" in 2014. Southern Living magazine named Nash a "Blogger to Follow" in 2015.

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Sustainable Eating with a Pressure Cooker for Personal and Planetary Health

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Sustainable Eating with a Pressure Cooker for Personal and Planetary Health

Come join Jill Nussinow as she shows you how quickly and easily you can cook food with the modern pressure cooker. You save time, money and energy (both yours and the planet's). Only solar cooking saves more energy than pressure cooking. Learn what you can cook and get some tasty samples, too. Speaker Bio Jill Nussinow (the "Veggie Queen") is a registered dietitian and culinary educator who has been teaching plant-based, whole foods cooking for almost 30 years at Santa Rosa Junior College and elsewhere throughout the United States and beyond. She is the author of four cookbooks: Vegan Under Pressure, The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less Than 30 Minutes, Nutrition CHAMPS: The Veggie Queen’s Guide to Eating and Cooking for Optimum Health, Happiness, Energy and Vitality and The Veggie Queen: Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment. She also stars in the DVDs Pressure Cooking, a Fresh Look: Delicious Dishes in Minutes and Creative Low-fat Vegan Cuisine. Nussinow is a fellow of The Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy. She frequents local farmers markets, mushroom hunting and teaching fermentation classes. She has taught thousands of people how to successfully pressure cook over the past 20 years. Her goal is to see everyone leading a healthy, happy life through better eating and cooking. She loves to share the passion and joy of eating plants that will help save the planet. Her website is www.TheVeggieQueen.com.

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Indoor Forest Gardening

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Indoor Forest Gardening

Humans work hard to hold back succession: mowing, weeding, plowing and spraying. If the successional process were the wind, we would be constantly motoring against it. Why not put up a sail and glide along with the land’s natural tendency to become forest? Edible forest gardening is about expanding the horizons of our food gardening across the full range of the successional sequence, from field to forest, and everything in between. A forest garden is an edible ecosystem, a consciously designed community of mutually beneficial plants and animals intended for human food production. By bringing your forest garden into the greenhouse, you are provided with food, fuel, fiber, fodder, fertilizer, flowers, fungi and pharmaceuticals, all year round! Jerome Osentowski features case studies from both his 30-year-old permaculture demonstration site as well as larger commercial projects he has worked on through his greenhouse design company, in order to show you how and why you should build your own indoor forest garden. Speaker Bio The director and founder of the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute in Basalt, Colorado, and a permaculture designer for 30 years, Jerome Osentowski has built five greenhouses for himself and scores of others for private clients and public schools in the Rockies and beyond. He makes his living from an intensively cultivated acre of indoor and outdoor forest garden and plant nursery, which he uses as a backdrop for intensive permaculture and greenhouse design courses. Among his accomplishments is hosting one of the longest-running permaculture design courses in the world, now at 29 years running. Osentowski has also been instrumental in identifying, conserving and propagating heritage fruit trees that have survived and borne crops for more than a century in the harsh environment of the Roaring Fork Valley. Osentowski’s explorations of sustainable systems and his travels for development projects have taken him to Baja, Nicaragua, Patagonia, Finland, Australia and the Caribbean.

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Outdoor Forest Gardening

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Outdoor Forest Gardening

Imagine designing and creating a virtual Garden of Eden: a natural, self-sustaining forest ecosystem of interdependent plants and animals ... an environment specifically designed to support human and non-human life. Jerome Osentowski calls on examples from his 30-year-old, high-altitude forest garden at Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute (CRMPI), which houses 150 varieties of edible trees and shrubs on one densely grown acre of sloping land above Basalt, Colorado. Osentowski takes participants on a virtual tour of the property, and he delves into topics such as: designing a forest garden, implementing the infrastructure (rock wall construction, trellising and earthworks to help utilize sloping areas), developing the forest from vines to overstory, maintaining soil with vermiculture, integrating plant and animal guilds, providing water, harvesting food, and processing your harvest. Speaker Bio The director and founder of the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, located 7,200 feet above Basalt, Colorado, Jerome Osentowski has built five greenhouses for himself and scores of others for private clients and public schools in the Rockies and beyond. He makes his living from an intensively cultivated one acre of indoor and outdoor forest garden and plant nursery, which he uses as a backdrop for intensive permaculture and greenhouse design courses. Osentowski has been instrumental in identifying, conserving and propagating heritage fruit trees that have thrived for more than a century in the harsh environment of the Roaring Fork Valley. Osentowski’s new book, The Forest Garden Greenhouse, is a primer on how to design, build and manage your own passive/active solar greenhouse at any scale.

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Sweet Preserves and Water Bath Canning 101

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Sweet Preserves and Water Bath Canning 101

Make your own jams and other sweet preserves using simple, seasonal ingredients in this introductory course. Kate Payne covers the science and safety behind water bath canning and sealing jars for shelf-storage, so you can confidently preserve your bounty for seasons to come. Speaker Bio Kate Payne is an author and freelance writer, and a frequent consultant for design, décor, cooking, and crafting publications and sites. She lives in Austin, Texas, and teaches classes on food preservation and other topics both privately and at culinary centers across the country. Her books The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking (HarperCollins, 2011) and The Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen (HarperCollins, 2014) are available wherever books are sold. Read more about Kate on her blog (www.HipGirlsHome.com) and website (www.KatePayne.net).

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Beginning Beekeeping

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Beginning Beekeeping

At this workshop, Matt Reed teaches folks 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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Pond Management Dynamics

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Pond Management Dynamics

Knowing what is going on inside the dynamics of your pond can help you effectively manage it to meet the needs of your farm. Learn practical solutions to control erosion, algae and vegetation, as well as how to enjoy all the benefits your pond has to offer: fish production, swimming, aquatic plants, fire protection and relaxation! Speaker Bio Ken Rust has been involved with pond and lake management and aeration product design for 20 years. With Louisiana Pond Management, he manages ponds and lakes and people's expectations of them on a daily basis. He enjoys educating people about pond biology and helping them get the most out of their aquatic assets.

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Forest of Dreams

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Forest of Dreams

This workshop introduces audiences to heritage-based culture and its place in the improvement of the natural world in the present time. Jason Rutledge covers topics that include: animal-powered restorative forestry; agriculture; the preservation of rare breeds; and decentralized, sustainable sourcing of human needs from the natural world. Speaker Bio David E. “Jason” Rutledge is a co-founder of the Healing Harvest Forest Foundation and has been a charter member of many sustainable forest interest groups during his 30-year career as a farmer, logger and forester. He has produced several instructional videos about issues surrounding community-based restorative forestry. He has trained more than 200 people in the skills necessary to practice modern horse logging and restorative forestry, while inspiring the environmental ethic of why “man should age” the forest in a gentle way. He is a guest lecturer on forestry issues at several universities and educational institutions across the country. He received the 2010 Logger/Forestry Merit Award from the New River Highlands Resource Conservation Area. He received the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Virginia Master Folk Artist Award in 2011. He is certified as a Consulting Forester and Certified Prescribed Burn Manager by the Virginia Department of Forestry. He has been keeping, raising, training and breeding Suffolk Punch draft horses since 1981. He was recently elected to the board of directors of the American Suffolk Horse Association.

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Salad Bar Beef

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Salad Bar Beef

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

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Handy Cows: Multipurpose cattle for modern farmsteads

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Handy Cows: Multipurpose cattle for modern farmsteads

Versatile, low-input heritage cattle convert cellulose to milk, meat, fertilizer and draft power. This workshop covers what you need to know to have a cow-centered farmstead and life, including basic cow handling and training. Speaker Bio Kendy Sawyer is a steward of critically rare Milking Devon and Kerry Cattle. Her mission is to find the next generation of caretakers for these cows and their descendants, and to share the skills needed to use the cows fully and kindly.

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The Return of the Family Milk Cow, Part 2

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The Return of the Family Milk Cow, Part 2

Learn about housing, pasture needs, feeding and keeping your cud-chewing beauty queen healthy with a naturally based model (and how it differs from the industrial model). Buy hay and feed no grain, some grain, or tank her up? Speaker Bio Faith Schlabach and her husband, Adam, are passionate about helping others learn how to care for their very own family milk cow. She shares from her experiences raising and training family cows, teaching a natural approach that lends itself nicely to the hobby farm model. Yes, though a cow is a bit more complicated than raising a tomato, folks come away from her workshops inspired and filled with know-how!

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The Soil System: A geological perspective

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The Soil System: A geological perspective

Soils can be described as a self-organizing system that adapts and transforms parent mineral material into a developed soil profile that is best suited to the landscape's mineralogical, physical, biological and climatic conditions, maximizing geochemical potential. Mineral transformations occurring at the surface of our planet are essential to the biosphere. In fact, it is biological mineralogical interactions occurring at the surface of our planet that results in the formation of soil, rocks, the geochemistry of the seas and particulate content of the atmosphere. Mineral change at the surface of the earth is called weathering. The term weathering has the negative connotation of mineral destruction. The geological change mitigated by life is not a destructive force but one of transformation. Living systems do not only adapt to the environment but shape it to maximize its mineral potential. The development of the soil profile is a beautiful illustration of biologically mediated mineral adaptation to maximize nutrient cycling. Speaker Bio John Slack is the fourth generation in his family to work in the Canadian mineral industry. He graduated from the Haileybury School of Mines in 1979 as a mining technologist. His first job was working as a prospector in the Yukon wilderness. It was there that he was introduced to soil as a means to locate economic mineral deposits. Over the course of his mineral exploration career covering diverse landscapes in the Yukon, British Columbia and Northern Ontario, Slack has studied and interpreted numerous soil environments from a geological prospective. In the early 1990s, Slack returned to southern Ontario to work with his father both in the mineral industry and on the family farm. It was during this period that he and his father started to make the connection between life and geology. This has culminated in the development of the Spanish River Carbonatite Complex and evaluating soil geology across the province of Ontario, Canada, Michigan and Upper New York State.

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Herbs for Hens

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Herbs for Hens

Learn how to incorporate ordinary herbs into all aspects of chicken keeping, including feed, coop, nesting boxes and more for optimal flock health. Speaker Bio A fifth-generation chicken keeper, Lisa Steele returned to her rural roots after doing a short stint on Wall Street after college. Now, back in the country living on a farm in Maine with her husband and their flock of chickens and ducks, she encourages others to raise their own flocks naturally without using antibiotics or chemicals. An aspiring herbalist and avid gardener, she incorporates herbs, weeds and edible flowers into the daily care of her flock and shares this advice on her blog and Facebook page, Fresh Eggs Daily. In addition to writing best-selling books, she is also a regular contributor to Backyard Poultry, Chickens and Hobby Farm magazines.

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Profitable Urban Farming

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Profitable Urban Farming

Curtis Stone, author of The Urban Farmer takes you on a tour of his farm, Green City Acres. He demonstrates how he commercially farms on multiple small plots of land that he doesn't own. Get a front row seat into the day-to-day operations, intensive production techniques and business management of a profitable urban farm. Speaker Bio Curtis Stone is an urban farmer, author, speaker and consultant. His area of expertise is in quick-growing, high-value annual vegetables for direct consumer market streams. His book, The Urban Farmer, demonstrates organic intensive techniques with a focus on business and systems to streamline labor and production. He offers a new way to think about farming, one where quality of life and profitability coexist.

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Profitable Farming on Tiny Lots

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Profitable Farming on Tiny Lots

Curtis Stone (the owner and operator of Green City Acres) takes folks on a tour of his urban farming operation in Kelowna, British Columbia. Stone demonstrates how he commercially farms on less than a half acre of land that he doesn't own, in the city. Starting the farm on a shoestring budget of $7,000 in 2010, he turned that investment into $22,000 his first year, and nearly doubled the profits and scale of the business for four years after. In this lecture, he provides audiences with a front row seat on the day-to-day operations of his farm. See how urban farming can have a positive impact in neighborhoods and on the world at large. Speaker Bio Curtis Stone is a farmer, author, speaker and consultant. His area of expertise is in quick-growing, high-value annual vegetables for direct consumer market streams. His book, The Urban Farmer, demonstrates organic intensive techniques with a focus on business and systems to streamline labor and production. He offers a new way to think about farming: one where quality of life and profitability coexist.

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Aquaponics 101 and Future Trends

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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. Covers soil preparation, weed control, disease prevention, harvesting, curing and storage requirements for adding these culinary essentials to your garden. Speaker Bio Ira Wallace is on the board of the Organic Seed Alliance and is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, where she coordinates variety selection and new seed grower contracts. Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply through seed saving and sustainable gardening.

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Year-Round Bounty for the Home Garden

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Year-Round Bounty for the Home Garden

Crisp winter salads, rainbow carrots, fresh kimchee and sweet braised greens are just a few of the fresh-from-the-garden delights awaiting food gardeners in the Southeast in winter. This workshop covers practical information for planning, planting and producing a garden all year where summer heat is more of an issue than winter lows. Learn techniques for using shade in summer, starting fall seedlings in the dog days of summer, as well as planning and planting enough in a fall garden for harvesting until spring. Speaker Bio Ira Wallace, author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, where she coordinates variety selection and new seed grower contracts. Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply through seed saving and sustainable gardening.

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2% Solutions for the Planet

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2% Solutions for the Planet

We live in an era of big problems, and we tend to spend our time thinking of big solutions. Thinking big, however, can have a paralyzing effect on taking action. A host of innovative ideas and methods that put carbon back into the soil have been field-tested and proven to be practical and profitable. They’re mostly low-tech, too, relying on natural resources such as sunlight, green plants, animals, compost, beavers, creeks, and more, and are up and running across the United States, as well as in Canada, Europe and Australia. These methods include holistic grazing, edible backyard forests, biochar, weed-eating livestock, food co-ops, rooftop farms in big cities, bioenergy, animal power, bees, bears, wildlife corridors, rainwater harvesting, native seeds, and a wide variety of other regenerative practices. Courtney White inspires folks to connect the dots between diverse, exciting and pragmatic practices, and to dig deeper into each concept, energized by the news that solutions do exist, and many can be put into action in your own community. Speaker Bio A former archaeologist and Sierra Club activist, Courtney White co-founded the Quivira Coalition, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building bridges between ranchers, conservationists and others around practices that improve economic and ecological resilience in western working landscapes. He is also the author of Revolution on the Range and "The Indelible West," an online collection of black-and-white photographs of the American West with a foreword by Wallace Stegner. In 2014, his book Grass, Soil, Hope was published by Chelsea Green. A collection of essays came out in 2015 from Counterpoint Press. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his family, two dogs and five chickens.

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Carbon-Smart Farming for Soil Regeneration

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Carbon-Smart Farming for Soil Regeneration

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

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Good Berry, Bad Berry

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Good Berry, Bad Berry

Foraging is hot right now, but did you know there are berries in your own backyard that you can eat? Have you walked your local greenway and wondered if the berries you spied were edible? Good Berry, Bad Berry is a homeowners guide to who’s edible, who’s toxic, and how to tell the difference. There are a few recipes with good berries that you probably never knew were edible. Beautyberry jelly, anyone? This 60-minute PowerPoint presentation takes the audience through examples of identifying wild edible plants ... in your own area. Speaker Bio Helen Yoest is an outdoor enthusiast and fruit grower. She gardens from her half-acre wildlife habitat in Raleigh, North Carolina. The author of three books, she has also contributed to many national lifestyle magazines on gardening.

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Grow Cut-flowers for Profit

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Grow Cut-flowers for Profit

Learn the ins and outs of field grown cut-flowers for profit from veteran flower farmer Lisa Mason Ziegler. She discusses tips for getting started, who you can sell to, what to grow and how to sell cut-flowers commercially. Flower farming can become a part of your homestead or your urban home with little investment. Ziegler’s urban 1-1/4 acre cutting gardens produce thousands of stems each week in season. Speaker Bio Lisa Mason Ziegler is a cut-flower farmer, author and nationally recognized speaker on organic cut-flower gardening. She has been farming since 1998; she sells her flowers to florists and through her CSA programs. Ziegler is the founder and owner of The Gardener’s Workshop, a catalog and online shop offering the gardening tools and supplies she uses in her own gardens.

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Easy Seed Starting

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Easy Seed Starting

Learn to start seeds directly in the garden and indoors using the English seed-starting method, soil blocking. For those who want to grow organically, seed starting is essential and easy with a few ground rules to follow. This workshop includes a hands-on demonstration. Speaker Bio Lisa Mason Ziegler is a cut-flower farmer, author and nationally recognized speaker on organic cut-flower gardening. Ziegler has been farming since 1998; her urban 3-acre farm produces thousands of stems of flowers each week in season. She sells her flowers to florists and through her CSA programs. Ziegler is the founder and owner of The Gardener’s Workshop, a catalog and online shop offering the gardening tools and supplies she uses in her own gardens.

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Ferment the Harvest

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Ferment the Harvest

Fermenting vegetables through wild fermentation (the use of wild yeasts and bacteria to initiate fermentation) is a healthy, enlivening practice that will help restore the balance of beneficial microbes in your gut and introduce you to a world of new flavors. Learn how to ferment cabbage, beans, carrots, peppers, and myriad other vegetables as a method for preserving the harvest without the use of any modern conveniences. All you need to create your own ferments are vegetables, salt, spices, water and some basic kitchen materials. 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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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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