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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! 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. Modern Homesteading Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. 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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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. Modern Homesteading Stage | Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. 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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Cheesemaking for Little Cheese Eaters

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Cheesemaking for Little Cheese Eaters

Did you know that you can make cheese at home? 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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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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A Bit of Basketry for All

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A Bit of Basketry for All

Sample the traditional craft of basketry, and enjoy a hands-on experience making a simple reindeer ornament to take home. Pattie Bagley, the John C. Campbell Folk School’s resident artist in basketry, teaches basic weaving techniques applicable to many projects. She also suggests alternative basketry materials, each with their own texture and color. While teens can easily complete this intricate project, younger children should work with an older youth or adult. Folk School Demonstrations | Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Pattie Bagley’s basket weaving passion was ignited in 1993, and she quickly developed a desire to share this fascinating craft with others. She operated Aunt Pattie’s Basketry Shop for several years, selling her work and holding weekly classes, before closing the shop to focus exclusively on teaching. Bagley has enjoyed teaching at the John C. Campbell Folk School since 2003, and serves as the resident artist for basketry, brooms, and chair seats.

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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! Mother Earth Living Stage | Sunday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Regina Bauscher leverages a chemistry background and work experience with the Handcrafted Soap Cosmetic Guild certification in soap-making. She is a Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild (HSGC)-registered soap-making 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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Living Off-Grid, Really?!

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Living Off-Grid, Really?!

With more than 18 years of off-grid living, Aur Beck provides a humorous presentation of the nontechnical and realistic ways of living completely off-grid and empowers you to get energized with renewable energy. Learn real, fun, interesting and low-cost ways to start living the off-grid mentality now. Start simply; start now! Renewable Energy Stage | Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Aur Beck is an energy efficiency advocate and is double NABCEP-certified with his company, Advanced Energy Solutions (www.AESsolar.com). He is a founder and is on the board of the Illinois Renewable Energy Association (www.IllinoisRenew.org). He has a weekly radio talk show, "Your Community Spirit" (YourCommunitySpirit.org), but he would like to be known mostly for Oil Addicts Anonymous International (a real 12-step program).

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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. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:30-4:00 p.m. 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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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. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:30-4:00 p.m. 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. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. 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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From Skins to Leather: Home tanning

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From Skins to Leather: Home tanning

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

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Growing Medicinal Herbs

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Growing Medicinal Herbs

Learn how to cultivate a deeper relationship with garden medicinals. Juliet Blankespoor covers 10 easy-to-grow herbs, including details on propagation, planting, harvesting, and health benefits. Even if your space is limited, you can still grow an herb garden! Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Sunday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Juliet Blankespoor is the director and primary instructor at the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, where she teaches the traditional art of bioregional community herbalism. In addition, she cultivates a diverse herb garden and apothecary. Blankespoor also shares her plant obsession through her herbal articles and botanical photography in her blog Castanea and quarterly columns in Plant Healer Magazine and Journal of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. She is developing several distance-learning herbal programs.

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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. Ingles Real Food Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. 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. Ingles Real Food Stage | Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. 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. Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. 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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Traditional Cheesemaking

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Traditional Cheesemaking

Join expert Gianaclis Caldwell as she explains the art of making natural cheese. Ingles Real Food Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:30-4:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Gianaclis Caldwell is the author of four books on cheesemaking and small dairying, including the award-winning Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking. Along with her husband, she milks goats and makes cheese at Pholia Farm Creamery in the south of Oregon.

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

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

Learn how making your own cultured dairy products at home can be not only fun and affordable, but add incredible health benefits to your family's diet. Taste quickly whipped up butter, fresh cheese, and buttermilk, and learn how easily these products can be introduced into your daily routine. Ingles Real Food Stage | Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:30-4:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Gianaclis Caldwell is the author of four books on cheesemaking and small dairying, including the award-winning Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking. Along with her husband, she milks goats and makes cheese at Pholia Farm Creamery in the south of Oregon.

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The Marvels of Making Yogurt

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The Marvels of Making Yogurt

Yogurt: one of the oldest foods made by man and one of the newest scientific wonders of health. In this session, learn how to easily make yogurt from all types of milk, how to turn it into Greek yogurt, yogurt cheese and flavored yogurt. Also discover the amazing ways that science has proven yogurt can help us with not only our nutritional status, but with how we feel emotionally. Grit Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:30-4:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Gianaclis Caldwell is the author of four books on cheesemaking and small dairying, including the award-winning Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking. Along with her husband, she milks goats and makes cheese at Pholia Farm Creamery in the south of Oregon.

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Backyard Chickens 101, for Families

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Backyard Chickens 101, for Families

Melissa Caughey covers everything you need to get your family started keeping a flock of your own: breed selection, housing, care and predator proofing. She also provides an overview of a variety of chicken-themed activities designed to get you engaged with your flock (including learning how to speak "chicken"). Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Melissa Caughey is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper and gardener who writes the award-winning blog Tilly's Nest. Caughey lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with her family. She regularly writes for HGTV Gardens, Community Chickens, Grit magazine, and contributes to Country Living magazine. Better Homes and Gardens named her blog as one of the magazine's Top 10 Gardening Blogs, and Country Living magazine gave it a Blue Ribbon Blogger Award.

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DIY Chicken Bookmarks

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DIY Chicken Bookmarks

Create your very own chicken bookmark to tuck into your favorite book. Complete with their own feathers and googly eyes, these egg-citing creations are perfect for imaginations of all ages! Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Melissa Caughey is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper and gardener who writes the award-winning blog Tilly's Nest. Caughey lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with her family. She regularly writes for HGTV Gardens, Community Chickens, Grit magazine, and contributes to Country Living magazine. Her blog was named one of Better Homes and Gardens magazine's Top 10 Gardening Blogs and was the recipient of Country Living magazine's Blue Ribbon Blogger Award.

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Gardening with Chickens

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Gardening with Chickens

Learn how to garden with and for your backyard flock. Melissa Caughey covers topics that include benefits, garden planning and design, and she also discusses chicken-safe plantings (including vegetables, fruits and perennials). Caughey talks about utilizing chickens in the garden, basic composting, garden care during the growing season, preventing damage from the flock, and how to enjoy the harvest with your family and chickens. Organic Gardening Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Melissa Caughey is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper and gardener who writes the award-winning blog Tilly's Nest. Caughey lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with her family. She regularly writes for HGTV Gardens, Community Chickens, Grit magazine, and contributes to Country Living magazine. Her blog was named one of Better Homes and Gardens magazine's Top 10 Gardening Blogs and was the recipient of Country Living magazine's Blue Ribbon Blogger Award.

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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. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Sunday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:30-4:00 p.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. Renewable Energy Stage | Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:30-4:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east-central Missouri, where he teaches self-sufficiency and sustainability workshops on a wide range of topics. Chiras is also author of 32 books and several hundred articles on subjects including residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational and full of useful information.

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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? Renewable Energy Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:30-4:00 p.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 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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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. Renewable Energy Stage | Saturday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:30-4:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is the author of more than 30 books and several hundred articles on residential green building, renewable energy and sustainable living. He is director of the Evergreen Institute, where he teaches classes on these and other related subject.

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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. Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. 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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Four Season Market Gardening: How to earn $100,000 (and more!) on 1 acre, without a tractor

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Four Season Market Gardening: How to earn $100,000 (and more!) on 1 acre, without a tractor

Matt Coffay is the owner of Second Spring Market Garden in Asheville, North Carolina. He runs his four-season community-supported agriculture (CSA) program using techniques popularized by Eliot Coleman and Jean-Martin Fortier. Learn how Coffay was able to grow and sell more than $100,000 of diversified vegetables his very first year on just 1 acre of land (using a walk-behind BCS tractor and hand tools) and how he's continued to build on those sales numbers each year. Coffay discusses site selection, soil preparation, crop planning for four-season growing, low-cost structures for winter growing and season extension, marketing your produce, how to manage farm labor profitably, and more. Also learn about access to funding for young and/or beginning farmers, along with how to start your own market garden on a shoestring budget. Renewable Energy Stage | Sunday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Matt Coffay is the owner of Second Spring Market Garden, a diversified four-season vegetable farm in Asheville, North Carolina. Second Spring grosses more than $100,000 per year in sales from just 1 acre of vegetables, selling their produce via a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program, farmers market, and to restaurant customers. They run their CSA for 52 weeks out of the year, offering their customers fresh produce even in the depths of winter.

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Extending the Season at Both Ends

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Extending the Season at Both Ends

Discover the latest ideas on greenhouses, high tunnels, low tunnels and root cellars. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:30-4:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Eliot Coleman became involved in organic farming in 1965 after reading Scott and Helen Nearing’s Living the Good Life. He now has 50 years of experience in field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of livestock, and range poultry. He has contributed chapters to three scientific books on organic agriculture and has written extensively on the subject since 1975.

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The Road to Health Is Through Your Stomach

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The Road to Health Is Through Your Stomach

Healthy digestion is important to everyone who has a stomach. Every day we hear about food sensitivities, new diets, and fad health foods. Learn how a focus on gut health with simple steps at home can guarantee daily vitality and even help you tackle some of today’s most feared diseases. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Dawn Combs is an ethnobotanist with more than 20 years of experience in her field. She is the owner of the herbal health farm Mockingbird Meadows, is a contributor for Mother Earth Living, and the author of Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Health Care and Conceiving Healthy Babies: An Herbal Guide to Support Preconception, Pregnancy and Lactation.

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Whole Plant Medicine in Your Backyard

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Whole Plant Medicine in Your Backyard

Do you know which home remedies you can make with just simple kitchen equipment and access to the outdoors? Dawn Combs, author of Heal Local, believes that your medicine should be local, easy to make, and empowering. Combs demonstrates a few simple medicine-making basics that do not require heavy machinery and then introduces you to some common weeds that provide easily available ingredients right outside your back door. Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Dawn Combs is an ethnobotanist and homestead herbalist with more than 20 years of experience. Combs is an educator and an online and in-print contributor to Mother Earth Living, MOTHER EARTH NEWS, and Hobby Farms magazines, as well as www.DIYnatural.com. She travels the country speaking about botanical wellness and health sufficiency, and she is co-owner of the herbal health farm Mockingbird Meadows and director of its educational programs available at www.HealLocal.com. Combs lives in central Ohio with her husband, Carson, and her children, Aidan and Jacy. Her family farm was recognized by MOTHER EARTH NEWS in 2013 as a Homesteader of the Year, and she is the author of Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Healthcare and Conceiving Healthy Babies.

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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. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. 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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How to Grow 35 to 40 Organic Plants Within a 2-Square-Foot Garden

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

Shawna Coronado talks about the easy way to grow vertically and demonstrates how to grow 35 to 40 organic plants within an area that is smaller than 2 square feet using several different planting systems to do so. Coronado also shows full-color photos featuring her extensive front lawn vegetable organic garden and discusses her creative, sustainable ideas for organic soil maintenance, water collection, and sustainable and artful reuse of around-the-house items as vertical wall systems. She also provides suggestions for where to deliver your overabundance of vegetables: Coronado donates more than 100 pounds of food every season to the local food pantry. This workshop is sponsored by Jung Seed. Organic Gardening Stage | Saturday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Shawna Coronado is an author, columnist, blogger, photographer, media host and brand ambassador in the realms of green lifestyle living, organic gardening, and low-cost cuisine who campaigns for social good. She is also an on-camera spokesperson and social media personality with more than 375,000 followers on her various social media venues and she maintains a YouTube channel with more than a million views. In 2015 she co-hosted the radio show, “The Good Green Home Show” and appeared bi-weekly at her home garden as the FOX News Chicago “Gardening with Good Day” organic gardening expert. Coronado’s garden and eco-adventures have been featured in many media venues, including PBS television. Along with her green lifestyle initiatives, Coronado is concerned about promoting and teaching healthy living. She was diagnosed with severe Spinal Osteoarthritis, a diagnosis that has led her to change her lifestyle, lose weight, and consume a mostly anti-inflammatory diet. She educates audiences about beneficial diet, food and health practices through her organic living media. She dreams that this will enable more people who suffer from similar conditions to be active. Her successful organic living photographs and stories have been shown both online and off in many international home and garden magazines and multiple books. You can learn more about Coronado at www.ShawnaCoronado.com.

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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! Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 5:00-5:30 p.m. 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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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. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 5:00-5:30 p.m. 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. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 5:00-5:30 p.m. 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. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Sunday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 5:00-5:30 p.m. 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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Kombucha and the Human Microbiome

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Kombucha and the Human Microbiome

Kombucha is living tea! For the last decade, kombucha has been burbling into the collective consciousness. As more and more people are sick of being sick and sick of dealing with a broken medical system, they are seeking out healing foods. The medical community has also been seeking answers and alternate therapies to deal with disease. Through the Human Genome Project and now the Human Microbiome Project, research is just beginning to uncover our complex relationship with bacteria and discovering novel ways to use bacteria therapeutically. Kombucha is at the nexus of pop culture, cutting-edge science and fermented foods, serving as a tasty gateway to nutrient-dense foods as well as empowering people to reclaim their immunity through the cultivation of this ancient tonic. Hannah Crum also covers the basics of brewing kombucha safely at home. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Hannah Crum and Alex LaGory created Kombucha Kamp (www.KombuchaKamp.com) to provide the highest-quality brewing supplies, information and support. Known as the "Kombucha Mamma,” Crum speaks at consumer and corporate events nationwide. LaGory is a writer and producer who, with Crum, mentors homebrewers and serves as a commercial brewing consultant. The couple co-founded Kombucha Brewers International in Los Angeles, where they reside.

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Kombucha Demo Workshop

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Kombucha Demo Workshop

If you can brew a cup of tea, you can brew kombucha! As bacteriosapiens, we are bacteria powered! The more bacteria-rich fermented foods that we incorporate into our diet, the better we feel. In this hands-on demo from the world’s foremost kombucha expert, the Kombucha Mamma, learn how easy it is to enjoy the benefits of brewing kombucha at home for a fraction of the cost, while nourishing your human microbiome. Ingles Real Food Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Hannah Crum and Alex LaGory created Kombucha Kamp (www.KombuchaKamp.com) to provide the highest-quality brewing supplies, information and support. Known as the "Kombucha Mamma,” Crum speaks at consumer and corporate events nationwide. LaGory is a writer and producer who, with Crum, mentors homebrewers and serves as a commercial brewing consultant. The couple co-founded Kombucha Brewers International in Los Angeles, where they reside.

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A Simply Built Brick Oven for Your Backyard

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A Simply Built Brick Oven for Your Backyard

With just a few materials, some sturdy sawhorses, and a pile of clay bricks you can quickly assemble a movable brick oven for baking wood-fired pizzas and more in your own backyard. Nanette Davidson, the John C. Campbell Folk School’s resident artist in cooking, fires up a pre-built oven and offers samples of tasty items as they come out. Anything from biscuits to baguettes, pies, meats, and roasted vegetables can be baked in this oven. Folk School Demonstrations | Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio After many years of cooking, gardening, restaurant work, and teaching, Nanette Davidson launched the John C. Campbell Folk School’s Cooking Curriculum in 1999. Today, she serves as the resident artist in cooking, overseeing the school’s many popular cooking classes and teaching several sessions each year. Davidson actively participates in the Slow Food Movement, showing others that savoring the process can be as delicious as enjoying the tasty result.

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A Simply Built Brick Oven for Your Backyard

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A Simply Built Brick Oven for Your Backyard

With just a few materials, some sturdy sawhorses, and a pile of clay bricks you can quickly assemble a movable brick oven for baking wood-fired pizzas and more in your own backyard. Nanette Davidson, the John C. Campbell Folk School’s resident artist in cooking, fires up a pre-built oven and offers samples of tasty items as they come out. Anything from biscuits to baguettes, pies, meats, and roasted vegetables can be baked in this oven. Folk School Demonstrations | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio After many years of cooking, gardening, restaurant work, and teaching, Nanette Davidson launched the John C. Campbell Folk School’s Cooking Curriculum in 1999. Today, she serves as the resident artist in cooking, overseeing the school’s many popular cooking classes and teaching several sessions each year. Davidson actively participates in the Slow Food Movement, showing others that savoring the process can be as delicious as enjoying the tasty result.

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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. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 p.m. 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. Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 p.m. 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. Organic Gardening Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 p.m. 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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Crop Planning for Sustainable Vegetable Production

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Crop Planning for Sustainable Vegetable Production

Follow a step-by-step approach to closing the planning circle, so that you can produce crops when you want them and in the right quantities. Planning this way allows you to sell your crops where and when you need to and support yourself with a rewarding livelihood while replenishing the soil. Never repeat the same mistake two years running! Grit Stage | Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 5:00-5:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Pam Dawling is the author of Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres. She is also a contributing editor with Growing for Market magazine. An avid vegetable grower for almost 40 years, she has lived at Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia for more than 20 years, growing vegetables and berries for 100 people on 3.5 acres, and providing training for members in sustainable vegetable production.

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Fall Vegetable Production

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Fall Vegetable Production

Prepare now to optimize your fall vegetable production by planning a suitable combination of warm weather crops, cool weather crops and cold-hardy crops. Hear seasonal tips on dealing with hot weather followed by dealing with cold weather, scheduling late summer and fall plantings, thoughts about season extension, and an introduction to winter hoophouse growing. Seed Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 5:00-5:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Pam Dawling is the author of Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres. She is also a contributing editor with Growing for Market magazine. An avid vegetable grower for almost 40 years, she has lived at Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia for more than 20 years, growing vegetables and berries for 100 people on 3.5 acres, and providing training for members in sustainable vegetable production.

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Hosting on the Homestead

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Hosting on the Homestead

Your land offers multiple opportunities for use, not just for yourself and your family, but for others as well. Ashley English discusses a range of hosting uses for your land: from classes to photo shoots, from weddings to less traditional uses like land sharing, and beyond. Modern Homesteading Stage | Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Ashley English is the author of seven books, including four books in her Homemade Living Series (Canning & Preserving, Keeping Chickens, Keeping Bees, and Home Dairy); A Year of Pies: A Seasonal Tour of Home-Baked Pies; Handmade Gatherings: Recipes and Crafts for Seasonal Celebrations and Potluck Parties; and Quench: Handcrafted Beverages to Satisfy Every Taste and Occasion. She also does a good deal of freelance writing, both digital and print, and has been featured in a number of major publications. English writes about her adventures in homesteading and beyond at www.SmallMeasure.com.

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Common Sense Natural Beekeeping

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Common Sense Natural Beekeeping

Although honey bees are not as domesticated as your dog or chickens, they aren’t completely wild, either. Putting them in a box they didn’t choose, and in an environment they didn’t first scout places some responsibility for their well-being on the beekeeper who made those choices for them. We don’t, and shouldn’t supply everything they need, but we should lend a hand on occasion when things go wrong. Here’s what, and how. Grit Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. 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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General Hive Inspection: A live demonstration

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General Hive Inspection: A live demonstration

Watch as Shane Gebauer and Kim Flottum inspect an active colony of honey bees start to finish: everything from lighting the smoke to inspecting the inside of the hive. They discuss what looks good and what doesn't once they start the inspection, and what the next steps might be to ensure a healthy hive. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Saturday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio 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! Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Pat Foreman and her co-presenter, chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free, have presented workshops promoting the chicken movement across America. She is the developer of the Master Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification online and live courses. Foreman is the author of City Chicks: Employing Chickens as Garden Helpers, Compost Creators, Bio-recyclers and Local Food Suppliers, and Chicken Tractor: The Permaculture Guide to Happy Hens and Healthy Soil. She has degrees in animal science, pharmacy and a master's of public administration.

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

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

Learn how to humanely, safely, sanitarily and skillfully process your birds. What to do with those roosters and older hens? Get healthy, high-quality meat, and bone broth from your backyard flock. This workshop covers topics including the power of knowing your meat source, how it was raised, fed and processed; the sacred significance of taking a life ... so that you can live; the science and chemistry behind skilled meat processing; processing equipment that you have ... or could easily borrow; hand-plucking made fun; super simple evisceration and an educational anatomy lesson; nutritional differences of meat from heritage vs. commercial breeds; and cold shorting and effective freezer packaging for long-term storage. Processing your own chickens for family food is a lost art in our culture. It’s time to bring back this old tradition and combine it with new techniques, so that poultry processing becomes common knowledge in homes and communities. Grit Stage | Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Patricia Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in animal science and pharmacy. She earned a Masters of Public Affairs (MPA) from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She is the author of City Chicks: Employing Chickens as Garden Helpers, Compost Creators, Bio-recyclers and Local Food Suppliers. She is co-author of Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry and Backyard Market Gardening. Foreman is the developer of the Chickens and You Training Series (www.ChickensAndYOU.com), leading to the Master Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification.

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Making a Living on 1.5 Acres

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Making a Living on 1.5 Acres

Jean-Martin Fortier is the author of The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming and in this workshop, he shares in detail the techniques, tools, and technology that make his market garden productive and profitable. It is popularly supposed that the small-scale market garden can no longer be economically viable, because it cannot compete with the economies of scale of the larger growers. But is that so? Les Jardins de la Grelinette is a micro-farm located in eastern Quebec, just north of the American border. Despite growing on 1.5 acres of land, owners Fortier and Maude-Hélène Desroches manage to feed more than 200 families through their thriving community-supported agriculture (CSA) program and seasonal market stands. For more than a decade the market garden has provided their only household income. Their operation generates close to $140,000 in sales with a profit margin of about 45%. The secret of their success resides in the low-tech, high-yield methods of production they have developed by continuously focusing on growing better rather than growing bigger, making their operation more lucrative and viable in the process. In this workshop, Fortier provides an overview of all aspects of vegetable production at Les Jardins de la Grelinette, demonstrating how adopting intensive methods of production can lead to the optimization of a cropping system. He discusses how to set up a micro-farm by designing biologically intensive cropping systems, all with negligible capital outlay; how to farm without a tractor, minimizing fossil fuel inputs through the use of the best hand tools, appropriate machinery and minimum tillage practices; and how to grow mixed vegetables systematically with attention to weed and pest management best approach practices. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Jean-Martin Fortier is a farmer, writer and educator specializing in organic and bio-intensive cropping practices. He is passionate about demonstrating how small farms can play an important role in rebuilding the food system by growing edibles sustainably for profit on a small community-based scale. Fortier’s acclaimed book, The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming tells the story of how he and his wife started farming on 1.5 acres, yet grossed more than $100,000 per acre, enough to financially sustain their family over a decade. The book has been popular with both urban and rural readers, having sold more than 40,000 copies since its release. It won the 2015 American Horticultural Society book award.

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Maple Tapping and Raisin Cane

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Maple Tapping and Raisin Cane

Alan and Susan Fox "sweeten" the pot by bringing you not just one but two ways to get a sugar rush! First, they share how to start a backyard sorghum project and demonstrate a simple way to juice the canes. Next, they tell how to tap maple trees and make your own sumac spiles (taps). Enjoy a sample of maple sap. Organic Gardening Stage | Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 5:00-5:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Alan and Susan Fox's farm is truly sustainable. After Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer and Alan lost his job, all they had to fall back on was the farm. They had to make it work for themselves. They are a small-scale, diversified, working and teaching farm. They use natural methods, and no antibiotics or hormones for the animals. At their on-farm, state-inspected kitchen, they process Bloody Butcher cornmeal, hops jelly and traditional jellies, and prepare baked goods. They grow in-season produce and berries, and now are a Farmstead Aged Cheese Micro-Dairy. They also make and sell goat milk soap and crafts. They are recipients of the 2015 WNC Ag Options grant for Yancey County and are offering a "workshop stay" with some of their workshops. Susan also does some freelance writing and has written a self-published book of some of their workshops (The Mushroom Hut @ Fox Farms ... Workshops from the Farm).

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Small-Scale Alcohol Fuel

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Small-Scale Alcohol Fuel

This workshop presents an introductory overview of small-scale alcohol fuel production and its place in a peak oil future. Homemade alcohol, produced from crop culls and food-processing waste, is a sustainable, environmentally sensitive fuel with many performance benefits. Learn about potential feedstocks, fermentation, equipment needs, alcohol co-products, and engine conversions, and find out if it’s economically feasible to make alcohol fuel on your own or within a group cooperative. Renewable Energy Stage | Sunday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:30-4:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Richard Freudenberger is the former research director of MOTHER EARTH NEWS and co-developer of the publication’s original 624-acre Eco-Village. His areas of expertise include biofuels, green building, and renewable energy. Freudenberger is the former publisher of BackHome magazine, founded 1990. He has worked as a sustainability consultant in an architectural design-build firm, and is an adjunct at a local college, where he teaches applied energy management and sustainability. He is currently the energy manager for Living Web Farms in Mills River, North Carolina. Freudenberger is the author of Alcohol Fuel: Making and Using Ethanol as a Renewable Fuel.

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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. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Billy Galloway has been experiencing the benefits of aromatherapy since 2006. He is a certified aromatherapist accredited by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and is the eastern director of operations for Natural Options Aromatherapy. Galloway, his wife, Jenny, and two children reside in Kingsport, Tennessee.

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Hardware for the Homestead: Hinges, hooks, and curtain rods

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Hardware for the Homestead: Hinges, hooks, and curtain rods

You can make basic hardware items for your homestead using fire, anvil, hammer, and a handful of other blacksmithing tools. Paul Garrett, the John C. Campbell Folk School’s resident artist blacksmith, demonstrates basic blacksmithing skills used to make simple door hardware, wall hooks, and organic curtain rods. Folk School Demonstrations | Sunday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Paul Garrett is a full-time artist-blacksmith who has been working with metal since 1978. As owner/operator of the Ironwood Forge in Brasstown, North Carolina, he produces architectural, functional, and artistic metalwork. As the John C. Campbell Folk School's resident artist in blacksmithing, Garrett focuses on teaching good basic smithing techniques and habits early, ensuring rewarding experiences for his students. He has competed internationally in the Czech Republic and in Italy, receiving an honorable mention in the World Forging Championships.

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Recycling Scrap Metal into Useful Tools for Your Homestead

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Recycling Scrap Metal into Useful Tools for Your Homestead

Just like our homesteading ancestors, we can repurpose scrap steel items to make new ones. Learn how to repurpose scrap auto parts and broken tools into useful items for the homestead. Watch Paul Garrett, the John C. Campbell Folk School’s resident artist blacksmith, hammer old auto parts into simple chisels and punches. See how an old file can be forged into a variety of other tools, such as a flint striker or wood chisel. Folk School Demonstrations | Saturday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Paul Garrett is a full-time artist-blacksmith who has been working with metal since 1978. As owner/operator of the Ironwood Forge in Brasstown, North Carolina, he produces architectural, functional, and artistic metalwork. As the John C. Campbell Folk School's resident artist in blacksmithing, Garrett focuses on teaching good basic smithing techniques and habits early, ensuring rewarding experiences for his students. Garrett has competed internationally in the Czech Republic and in Italy, receiving an honorable mention in the World Forging Championships.

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First Steps as a Beekeeper

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First Steps as a Beekeeper

Learn how to start and grow a colony of honey bees and know what to look for to ensure they are healthy and thriving. Grit Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Shane Gebauer has been a beekeeper and worked in the beekeeping industry for more than 12 years. He is the president and 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. Grit Stage | Sunday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Shane Gebauer has been a beekeeper and worked in the beekeeping industry for more than 12 years. Currently, he is the president and partner at Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, which is one of the nation's largest beekeeping supply companies.

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General Hive Inspection: A live demonstration

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General Hive Inspection: A live demonstration

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

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Guinea-Keeping for Organic Pest Control

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Guinea-Keeping for Organic Pest Control

Cindy Gibson, Zoe Howland and Claude Frazier of Guinea Fowl International host a roundtable discussion and presentation of keeping guinea fowl as another tool in the arsenal of natural pest control. Seed Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Cindy Gibson and Zoe Howland are board members of Guinea Fowl International, and have organized more than a dozen educational seminars on guinea-keeping. Claude Frazier is one of the largest personal breeders and sellers of guineas in Texas.

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Herbs for Longevity and Well-Being: Adaptogenic and tonic herbs

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Herbs for Longevity and Well-Being: Adaptogenic and tonic herbs

Experience well-being and celebrate every stage of life. Using herbs and simple, common sense practices, you can restore and maintain vitality, whatever your age. Rosemary Gladstar discusses herbs used around the world that have earned a reputation for improving and maintaining energy, vitality and health. The adaptogenic and tonic herbs are also the foundation of many health protocols for both acute and chronic disorders. Gladstar shares some of her favorite herbs and recipes for longevity and well-being. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 6:30-7:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Rosemary Gladstar has been studying and teaching about herbs for more than 40 years. She is an educator, activist and entrepreneur, serving as director of the Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, the International Herb Symposium, and the Women’s Herbal Conference. Gladstar is the founding president of United Plant Savers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of native American herbs. She was the original formulator for Traditional Medicinal Herbal teas and currently leads herbal educational adventures around the world. She is the author of many books, including Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health and Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, as well as Herbal Healing for Women. She lives in East Barre, Vermont.

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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. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.m. 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: Discover something new and useful about the herbs in your garden. Mother Earth Living Stage | Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.m. 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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Growing and Using Peaceful Herbs

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Growing and Using Peaceful Herbs

Learn how to grow wonderful and beautiful herbs in your garden that promote peace: aiding sleep, boosting mood, quelling anxiety, and encouraging calm energy. Maria Noel Groves discusses some of her favorite peaceful herbs for the backyard garden, including several appropriate for container gardening. She focuses on favorites that include holy basil, gotu kola, roses, lemon balm, blue vervain, skullcap, lavender, California poppy, valerian, and motherwort, and she touches on the many other great herbs that you can grow locally. Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:30-4:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Maria Noel Groves is an herbal practitioner, teacher, columnist for Remedies magazine, columnist and health editor for Herb Quarterly magazine, and the former editor of Natural Health magazine. She runs Wintergreen Botanicals Herbal Clinic & Education Center in New Hampshire, is a registered professional herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild, and is certified by the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine.

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The Nutritives: Your herbal multivitamin

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The Nutritives: Your herbal multivitamin

If popping a multivitamin doesn’t make sense to you, consider nourishing herbal teas. Several of our best herbs are nutritional powerhouses that turn a tasty beverage into good health maintenance. Some of them also make delicious meals. Maria Noel Groves discusses nettles, alfalfa, dandelion and wild greens, calendula, rosehips, hibiscus, and others. Learn which herbs are particularly high in calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C, and carotenoids, and go home with recipes. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:30-4:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Maria Noel Groves is an herbal practitioner, teacher, columnist for Remedies magazine, columnist and health editor for Herb Quarterly magazine, and the former editor of Natural Health magazine. She runs Wintergreen Botanicals Herbal Clinic & Education Center in New Hampshire, is a registered professional herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild, and is certified by the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine.

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Natural Broom-Making

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Natural Broom-Making

For centuries, simple, functional brooms have kept many American homesteads neat as a pin. Today, the near-extinct craft of broom-making is enjoying a revival, with new interest in traditional brooms and their specific uses. Watch a skilled broom-maker ply his craft, plaiting homegrown broomcorn onto locally harvested hardwood handles. Also see basic cobweb brooms and decorative whisk-style brooms, still handcrafted using 1700s-era techniques. Folk School Demonstrations | Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Mark Hendry’s wide-ranging knowledge of natural materials provides an excellent foundation for his work in historic handcrafts, including broom-making and basketry. After a 25-year career as a fine arts and performing arts teacher, Hendry now works as a master instructor, traveling the country to teach children and adults about handcrafted objects’ simple, functional beauty.

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Mountain Roots! Medicinal Plants of Appalachia

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Mountain Roots! Medicinal Plants of Appalachia

Discover the lore, tradition, and science behind Appalachia's most popular and native medicinal roots, from the well-known and economically exalted roots of the culture, such as ginseng and black cohosh, to local secret favorites, such as yellowroot, stoneroot, and many more! Leave with tidbits on Appalachian culture past, present, and future, and its contribution to our herbal materia medica. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Mimi Hernandez comes from a background as a clinical herbalist, educator, and ethnobotanist, and currently serves as the executive director of the American Herbalists Guild. Hernandez draws upon her rich ethnic background and the Granny healers in her life, and she believes that the handing down of plant wisdom is essential. It is her life’s work to advocate for traditional and professional herbal pathways while building cultural bridges of understanding.

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Edible Landscaping: Perennial food crops for your yard

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Edible Landscaping: Perennial food crops for your yard

Why till and plant annuals every year when you can plant once and harvest with ease every year? If you like fruit trees, but don't want the mess or can't keep up with the harvest, why not choose a dwarf tree? If you like strawberries, but the bending over to pick is back-breaking work, how about a raised bed? John Holzwart shares tips and tricks for turning your yard into your private grocery store. Grit Stage | Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Speaker Bio John Holzwart is a naturalist, permaculturist, educator, beekeeper, wild forager and traditional broom maker. He has his design certificate in permaculture and applies these principles to his daily life. Holzwart teaches and demonstrates the many traditional skills he practices at events across North America. You can often find him in the woods looking for broom handles, mushrooms and other wild edibles.

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Growing and Preserving Unusual Fruits

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Growing and Preserving Unusual Fruits

Everyone enjoys the sensual pleasure of tasting a new and exotic tropical fruit, but few people in the Midwest realize that they can taste these delicious fruits in their own backyard. Join John Holzwart as he shares tips for growing and preserving unusual fruit. He discusses and/or provides samples of fruit that may include edible dogwoods, aronia, elderberries, sea buckthorn, autumn olives, pawpaws, figs and many more! Seed Stage | Saturday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio John Holzwart is a naturalist, permaculturist, educator, beekeeper, wild forager and traditional broom maker. He has his design certificate in permaculture and applies these principles to his daily life. Holzwart teaches and demonstrates the many traditional skills he practices at events across North America. You can often find him in the woods looking for broom handles, mushrooms and other wild edibles.

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Tractor Maintenance and Attachment Options

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Tractor Maintenance and Attachment Options

This workshop provides an overview of tractor maintenance and how to choose attachments for different applications. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Ben Housch is the business development manager at Yanmar America Corporation for the Agriculture Equipment division. He counts more than 10 years of experience in the agriculture equipment industry. Housch has a 20-acre farm in Summerville, Georgia, where he and his family raise goats, cows and chickens.

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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. Seed Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. 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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Weaving Your Own Cloth and Rugs

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Weaving Your Own Cloth and Rugs

As you continue to expand your homesteading skills, consider making your own cloth and textiles. With the right kind of loom, and knowledge of weaving techniques, you can craft rugs, blankets, towels, and even clothing. Watch Pam Howard, the John C. Campbell Folk School’s resident artist in weaving, as she showcases several types of looms and weaving processes. Share in a discussion about equipment, materials, and sources. Finally, learn about the diverse educational opportunities available to you. Folk School Demonstrations | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Weaving is quite literally woven into the fabric of Pam Howard’s life. For more than 30 years, she has happily immersed herself in weaving, spinning, and natural dyeing pursuits. She enjoys serving as the John C. Campbell Folk School’s resident artist in weaving, and has presented educational programs throughout the southeastern United States. Howard is also an active Southern Highland Craft Guild member. To broaden her skills, Howard traveled to Denmark to study Scandinavian weaving, culture, and history.

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Essential Oils for Health and Well-Being

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Essential Oils for Health and Well-Being

Connie Jacoby provides information on the usage of essential oils in daily life and history; flashpoints; vital information on safety, blending oils, precautions, ingestion of oils, and overall knowledge of maladies; as well as basic and advanced treatments and benefits derived from usage. Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Speaker Bio A 17-year nursing professional who became disenchanted with the medical profession and pharmaceuticals, Connie Jacoby chose to use the elements God had supplied for health and well-being. Essential oils, aromatherapy, herbal supplements/tinctures and touch therapy became her focus. Those areas combined have given her the availability to provide answers for the maladies and health-care issues people face each day, affordably.

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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. Modern Homesteading Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. 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. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. 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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Seed Saving 101

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Seed Saving 101

Learn the basics of how to save seeds in the home garden, including pollination strategies, isolation needs, population size considerations, harvest, seed cleaning, and storage. Seed Stage | Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Tor Janson facilitates the nation's largest seed swap through Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa.

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Building a Timber Frame Chicken Coop

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Building a Timber Frame Chicken Coop

As you plan your backyard chicken coop, or prepare to revamp your existing structure, you’re likely to get inspiration from this timber frame chicken coop project. Watch the assembly of the coop. Learn about the timber frame-style, mortise and tenon wood-pegged joinery used in the making of this simple chicken house (suitable for a backyard or farmstead). Visit throughout the weekend for cutting and construction demonstrations, and swap ideas and ask questions. Folk School Demonstrations | Sunday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Charles Judd is an accomplished timber framer, building more than 150 timber structures during his 25 years in the business. His Timber Framers Guild membership has opened the door to numerous historic reconstruction projects, allowing him to contribute his skills toward a satisfying finished result. Judd enjoys sharing his passion for the craft, teaching timber framing and woodworking in diverse educational venues.

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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. Dr. 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. Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. 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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Soil Sisters: A tool kit for women farmers

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Soil Sisters: A tool kit for women farmers

Are you a woman with a farm business dream? Harvest advice from the field on running a profitable homestead. Lisa Kivirist covers topics including: grants and loans for female farmers, launching farms mid-life, self-care and balance, and farming with children. Learn about launching a diversified farm venture, including farm stay B&Bs, pizza farms and farm-to-table meals, value-added products, and more! Mother Earth Living Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio A national advocate for women in sustainable agriculture, Lisa Kivirist is the author of the new book, Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers and is a Senior Fellow, Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems at the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Minnesota. Kivirist directs the Rural Women’s Project of the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), providing resources for women farmers and food-based ecopreneurs. She and her husband, John Ivanko, are co-authors of Homemade for Sale, Farmstead Chef, ECOpreneuring, and Rural Renaissance. The couple and their son, Liam, run Inn Serendipity Farm and Bed & Breakfast, an award-winning diversified farm operation completely powered by the wind and the sun that's nestled in the rolling green hills of southern Wisconsin.

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Launch a Food Business from Your Home Kitchen

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Launch a Food Business from Your Home Kitchen

Learn how you can start a simple food business from home with little to no investment while doing the things you love! Jump-start your freedom to earn by taking advantage of state laws that allow specific “non hazardous” foods to be made in your kitchen and sold to the public. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 5:00-5:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Lisa Kivirist is a national speaker, writer and innkeeper of Inn Serendipity Bed and Breakfast. Together with her husband, John Ivanko, Kivirist is co-author of Homemade for Sale, Farmstead Chef, ECOpreneuring, and Rural Renaissance. Kivirist is a distinguished Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow, and a national advocate and leader for women in sustainable agriculture. She initiated and directs the Rural Women’s Project of the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), an award-winning initiative providing resources and networking for women farmers and food-based ecopreneurs.

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How to Grow Epic Tomatoes in Southeastern Gardens: Varieties, stories, and useful tips

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How to Grow Epic Tomatoes in Southeastern Gardens: Varieties, stories, and useful tips

Just about all gardens feature tomatoes, and just about all gardeners crave the flavor of their homegrown treasures. Craig LeHoullier, author of Epic Tomatoes, has been collecting, growing, and developing tomatoes for more than 35 years, the last 23 of which he spent in Raleigh, North Carolina. He shares some of his favorite varieties that thrive in this challenging climate, as well as various methods learned over the years to help everyone achieve that greatest of the summer harvest ... memorable, delicious homegrown tomatoes. Modern Homesteading Stage | Sunday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Craig LeHoullier is the tomato adviser for Seed Savers Exchange. In the last 30 years, he has trialed more than 2,000 tomato varieties and has introduced more than 150 varieties to the trade. He lectures widely, from local Master Gardener groups to Monticello, the Seed Savers Exchange, and the Philadelphia Flower Show. His two book are Epic Tomatoes and Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales, and he blogs regularly for MOTHER EARTH NEWS and on his own website, www.CraigLeHoullier.com.

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New Adventures in Tomatoes: Breakthrough varieties and a selection of methods for success wherever the sun shines

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New Adventures in Tomatoes: Breakthrough varieties and a selection of methods for success wherever the sun shines

Craig LeHoullier, author of Epic Tomatoes and Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales, has been leading a unique project that creates wonderful tomatoes bred especially for space-challenged gardeners. LeHoullier shares the highlights and best varieties from the Dwarf Tomato Project, and he features methods of successfully growing tomatoes that don't require a traditional, in-ground garden. By describing what it takes to grow great crops in containers and straw bales, he makes it possible for more people to experience the joy of homegrown, delicious tomatoes. Grit Stage | Saturday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Craig LeHoullier is the tomato adviser for Seed Savers Exchange. In the last 30 years, he has trialed more than 2,000 tomato varieties and has introduced more than 150 varieties to the trade. He lectures widely, from local Master Gardener groups to Monticello, the Seed Savers Exchange, and the Philadelphia Flower Show. His two book are Epic Tomatoes and Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales, and he blogs regularly for MOTHER EARTH NEWS and on his own website, www.CraigLeHoullier.com.

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Ethical Eating for the Modern Omnivore

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Ethical Eating for the Modern Omnivore

Meredith Leigh, author of The Ethical Meat Handbook, leads a compelling class on the future of eating. She makes connections between environment, economy, culture, and science to discuss how we should think about the food we eat, and why it matters. This workshop is full of cutting, chopping, cooking, talking, and answering questions, leaving participants with a new way of thinking about food ... one that touches on day-to-day dietary considerations as well as global perspective. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook, and the author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Whole Animal Butchery

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Whole Animal Butchery

Meredith Leigh, author of The Ethical Meat Handbook, demonstrates whole-animal butchery. Using lamb as an example, she discusses delicious and thrifty use of the entire carcass, and applies principles of butchery, charcuterie, and cooking to other animal species as well. Modern Homesteading Stage | Saturday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook, and author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Smoothies and Seed Starting

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Smoothies and Seed Starting

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

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A Rainbow of Naturally Dyed Yarns Lifted from the Pot

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A Rainbow of Naturally Dyed Yarns Lifted from the Pot

Dyeing your own yarns with natural materials allows you to create exciting new palettes using your favorite colors. Martha Owen, the John C. Campbell Folk School’s resident artist in spinning and dyeing, collects beautifully colored yarns from steaming dye pots. She talks about using available materials, such as lichens, marigolds, madder root, cochineal bugs, walnuts, and Osage orange, to create those rich-looking tones. Learn about variables that determine each color’s hue and intensity. Folk School Demonstrations | Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Brasstown, North Carolina, native Emolyn Liden took naturally to knitting, mastering this intricate art without the use of patterns. When she designs personal knitwear, and creates commissioned pieces for clients, she lets the yarn provide inspiration for her work. Liden also derives enjoyment from spinning and dyeing her own fiber. In her spare time, she is an active clogger and dancer.

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Cheese Bites from the Garden

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Cheese Bites from the Garden

Kids shape, flavor and decorate their own tiny cream cheese bites using honey, flowers and herbs. Claudia Lucero, author of One-Hour Cheese provides her Fromage Facile for the bites and will lead children in trying beautiful flavors from the garden. Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Claudia Lucero enjoys getting new cheesemakers started with Urban Cheesecraft and her DIY Cheese Kits. She has partnered with Williams-Sonoma on custom cheesemaking kits and recently wrote the book One-Hour Cheese, which shows beginners how to make 16 fresh cheeses via step-by-step photos. The book is found where books are sold and the kits can be found on www.UrbanCheesecraft.com.

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Impressive Cheese by Beginners: Raiding the pantry and garden

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Impressive Cheese by Beginners: Raiding the pantry and garden

Do you assume good cheese takes a long time and is challenging to make? Not always! Best-selling author of One-Hour Cheese and creator of Urban Cheesecraft kits, Claudia Lucero demonstrates how easy and fun it can be to make impressive small-batch cheese, from the staples of the kitchen pantry to the seasonal surprises in the garden, all in less than an hour! Ingles Real Food Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Claudia Lucero enjoys getting new cheesemakers started with Urban Cheesecraft and her D.I.Y. Cheese Kits. She has partnered with Williams-Sonoma on custom cheesemaking kits and recently wrote the book One-Hour Cheese, which shows beginners how to make 16 fresh cheeses via step-by-step photos. The book is found where books are sold and the kits can be found on www.UrbanCheesecraft.com.

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Guinea Fowl 101

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Guinea Fowl 101

An introduction to keeping guinea fowl, this workshop teaches all about breeding, as well as using guineas for organic pest control. Dana Manchester covers the basics. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Dana Manchester has been keeping guineas since 2004. He is one of the few folks in the United States who works with breeding for all the various colors and patterns, and he is now very close to having a complete understanding of all the plumage mutations. In addition to research, Guinea Fowl International promotes guineas and their many uses.

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Is a Heritage Beef Enterprise Right for You?

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Is a Heritage Beef Enterprise Right for You?

If you're considering raising grass-fed beef for family or for sale, find out whether heritage beef cattle are the right fit for your farm or ranch. In this workshop, learn the definition of heritage, the basics of selecting a breed, why these breeds are so appealing in niche markets, and the planning process for deciding if heritage cattle are right for you and your farm. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Alison Martin is the program director at the Livestock Conservancy, a membership organization for conserving heritage livestock and poultry. With more than 20 years of experience in agriculture, she provides technical support and education to heritage breed farmers and ranchers.

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An Introduction to Heritage Breed Goats

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An Introduction to Heritage Breed Goats

Goats have many practical uses around the homestead, and their cheerful personalities put a smile on everyone's face. Hear how you can participate in saving biodiversity by adding heritage breeds to your farm. Alison Martin discusses different breeds and the basics of getting started with goats. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Alison Martin is the program director at the Livestock Conservancy, a membership organization for conserving heritage livestock and poultry. With more than 20 years of experience in agriculture, she provides technical support and education to heritage breed farmers and ranchers.

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Alpacas for the Small Homestead: Clothes, meat, rugs, leather, fur, and compost

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Alpacas for the Small Homestead: Clothes, meat, rugs, leather, fur, and compost

Alvina Maynard provides an overview of all the products alpacas can provide on small acreage. Learn the advantages of alpaca products and how to utilize every bit of your alpaca fiber and meat harvest. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Alvina Maynard transitioned to ranching from the U.S. Air Force. She owns and operates River Hill Ranch in Richmond, Kentucky, home to 80 alpacas raised for both fiber and meat. Maynard is a pioneer in the U.S. alpaca industry, developing the livestock model for alpacas beyond show and breeding stock. She is an alpaca shearer, fiber sorter and grader, and she is knowledgeable in various textile applications. She is the vice president of the Kentucky Alpaca Association, a member of the Suri Network Board, a Farmer Veteran Coalition Fellow, and Homegrown by Heroes representative. She enjoys her farm with her husband and two children.

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Creative Housing from Dirt and Junk

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Creative Housing from Dirt and Junk

This presentation expands on the "Mortgage-Free Natural Cottages" workshop from previous FAIRS. Many people find mainstream housing choices frustrating because of their expense, or their industrial sameness, or because they are made of toxic materials. Creative people the world over escape the rent and mortgage trap by building or rebuilding or repurposing spaces using "found" materials from the natural environment or from the dumpster. The results are as unique and beautiful as the people who make them. Join us to discuss successful examples of tiny houses and cottages made from clay and straw, even converted sheds and industrial spaces. See what makes them work and how DIY can work for you. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

Play in the mud with Uncle Mud. Use clay, straw, and sticks to build little houses and sculpt beautiful objects from your wild imagination. This is a "Hands In" workshop: hands and feet squishing and mixing and making a big mess. Talk about how we can use these same materials to build benches, ovens, and even houses. You can wash off with water, but be prepared to get dirty and have fun. Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

Play in the mud with Uncle Mud and Friends. Use clay, straw, and sticks to build little houses and sculpt beautiful objects from your wild imagination. This is a "Hands In" workshop: hands and feet squishing and mixing and making a big mess. Talk about how we can use these same materials to build benches, ovens, and even houses. You can use the water at this workshop to wash off with, but be prepared to get dirty and have fun. Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Rocket Mass Heaters

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Rocket Mass Heaters

Rocket mass heaters are the rock(et) stars of the woodstove world for DIY fans because they are clean, efficient, and cheap to build and operate. Find out how this clay-and-scrap-metal heater works, how it continues to evolve as open source technology, and how it helps Chris McClellan heat his house and barn in Cleveland for about $150 a year. Renewable Energy Stage | Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Herbal Medicine Making Basics

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Herbal Medicine Making Basics

Making your own herbal medicine is a valuable and empowering skill. Erin McIntosh will show you how to make tinctures, salves, infused oils, syrups, and more preparations in the folk tradition during this step-by-step demonstration. Samples will be passed around to experience firsthand! Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Erin McIntosh is the marketing director at Mountain Rose Herbs and studied herbalism, botany and ethical wildcrafting at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies in Eugene, Oregon. She spends her days crafting herbal medicine for Pipe Tea Herbals, making botanical illustrations, writing about plants for the Mountain Rose Blog, and exploring the magnificent beauty of the Oregon Cascades throughout the seasons.

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Craft Distilling: Making liquor legally at home

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Craft Distilling: Making liquor legally at home

Hobby distilling has become more and more popular in the past few years. However, there is still a lot of confusion about the legalities around the distillation of liquor. The author of the new book Craft Distilling: Making Liquor Legally at Home explains the facts around legal distilling, plus provides an overview of how to make high-quality distilled spirits on a small scale. In addition, she is working with a Washington state legislator to change the laws for hobby distillers. This is an informative, fun workshop for anyone interested in distilling liquor. Modern Homesteading Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Victoria Redhed Miller grew up in Seattle and now lives with her husband, David, on their off-grid farm in the Olympic Mountain foothills near Sequim, Washington. She writes and blogs about homesteading and self-reliance, as well as speaking at events around the country. She is also the author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks.

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Poultry Unplugged: Free-ranging poultry just about anywhere

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Poultry Unplugged: Free-ranging poultry just about anywhere

Allowing poultry to free-range has many benefits, both for the birds and the environment. This workshop explains these benefits, and offers strategies for success regardless of predator issues and other challenges. It includes a planning worksheet, and audience questions are encouraged! The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Victoria Redhed Miller grew up in Seattle and now lives with her husband, David, on their off-grid farm in the Olympic Mountain foothills near Sequim, Washington. She writes and blogs about homesteading and self-reliance, as well as speaking at events around the country. She is the author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks, and the new book Craft Distilling: Making Liquor Legally at Home.

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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. Renewable Energy Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. 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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My Worms Ate My Dinner! Learning to Make Great Compost with the Help of Little Critters

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My Worms Ate My Dinner! Learning to Make Great Compost with the Help of Little Critters

You can make great compost with the help of little critters. Learn firsthand from 8-year-old pro Caleb Moody and his dad, John, from Some Small Farm. With worm compost, you turn your waste into food for plants and soil … and have fun in the process! Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio The Moody family farms and homesteads on 35 acres in Kentucky.

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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 paid to appropriate applications of each. Renewable Energy Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. 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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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. Organic Gardening Stage | Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. 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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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. Organic Gardening Stage | Sunday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:30-4:00 p.m. 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! Mother Earth Living Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 p.m. 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

Jill Nussinow shows 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. Ingles Real Food Stage | Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 2:00-2:30 p.m. 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. Renewable Energy Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.m. 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. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.m. 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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Get to Know an Angora Rabbit

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Get to Know an Angora Rabbit

That beautiful, fuzzy Angora rabbit is more than just a pretty face ... it's a rabbit with a job! The fur of the Angora rabbit grows constantly, providing you with repeated harvesting opportunities. Their manure pellets are also a real bonus for the garden. Martha Owen, the John C. Campbell Folk School’s resident artist in spinning, introduces folks to a fuzzy Angora rabbit. Learn about its care, and watch Owen harvest and spin thread directly from it. Folk School Demonstrations | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Martha Owen’s love for spinning began in 1978, when she learned this traditional craft at the John C. Campbell Folk School. She also developed an affinity for sheep, and has been shepherding her flocks for more than 35 years. A longtime Folk School instructor, Owen is the resident artist in spinning, knitting, dyeing, and beltmaking. She is also active in the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Although her children call her a “wool nerd,” her sheep think she’s outstanding in her field!

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A Rainbow of Naturally Dyed Yarns Lifted from the Pot

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A Rainbow of Naturally Dyed Yarns Lifted from the Pot

Dyeing your own yarns with natural materials allows you to create exciting new palettes using your favorite colors. Martha Owen, the John C. Campbell Folk School’s resident artist in spinning and dyeing, collects beautifully colored yarns from steaming dye pots. She talks about using available materials, such as lichens, marigolds, madder root, cochineal bugs, walnuts, and Osage orange, to create those rich-looking tones. Finally, learn about variables that determine each color’s hue and intensity. Folk School Demonstrations | Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Martha Owen’s love for spinning began in 1978, when she learned this traditional craft at the John C. Campbell Folk School. She also developed an affinity for sheep, and has been shepherding her flocks for more than 35 years. A longtime Folk School instructor, Owen is the resident artist in spinning, knitting, dyeing, and feltmaking. She is also active in the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Although her children call her a “wool nerd,” her sheep think she’s outstanding in her field!

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Compost Your Way to Better Soil

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Compost Your Way to Better Soil

Home composting expert Barbara Pleasant shares dozens of practical composting techniques for turning kitchen and garden waste into an essential soil amendment for any type of garden. Learn novel passive and active composting methods for enriching your soil, including composting innovations shared by MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers. Organic Gardening Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio One of MOTHER EARTH NEWS’ most experienced garden editors, Barbara Pleasant has practiced organic vegetable gardening for 30 years in a wide variety of settings. The author of numerous books, including Starter Vegetable Gardens and The Complete Compost Gardening Guide, Pleasant’s popular "Gardening Know-How" column in MOTHER EARTH NEWS won a Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association in 2013. Pleasant lives in Floyd, Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers, and keeps a small flock of chickens.

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New Frontiers in Organic Gardening

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New Frontiers in Organic Gardening

Choosing the best crops and varieties are basic to growing great fruits and veggies, but you must also plan ahead to manage pests and diseases. In this lively “news-you-can-use” session, MOTHER EARTH NEWS Contributing Editor Barbara Pleasant shares a fresh crop of organic gardening tips and techniques to help you garden better than ever. Grit Stage | Sunday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio One of MOTHER EARTH NEWS’ most experienced garden editors, Barbara Pleasant has practiced organic vegetable gardening for 30 years in a wide variety of settings. Author of numerous books, including Starter Vegetable Gardens and The Complete Compost Gardening Guide, Pleasant’s popular "Gardening Know-How" column in MOTHER EARTH NEWS won a Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association in 2013. Pleasant lives in Floyd, Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers, and keeps a small flock of chickens.

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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. Modern Homesteading Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. 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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Make Raw Milk Cheese and Make it Legally!

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Make Raw Milk Cheese and Make it Legally!

Lawyer, farmer and cheesemaker Elizabeth Rich makes different styles of raw milk cheeses. During the demonstration, she also discusses regulatory trends; legal distinctions between cheese production for private vs. public consumption; strategies for limiting government jurisdiction over cheesemaking activities; and enforcement case studies. Ingles Real Food Stage | Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Elizabeth Rich has practiced business law for more than 30 years. She serves as an attorney for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, and she is also the organization's vice president. There, she advocates for food freedom and defends the interests of farmers and artisan food producers. She is also a goat farmer and cheesemaker in Wisconsin, where she produces as much of her own food as she can on her 40-acre homestead.

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The Butcher, the Baker, the CSA Maker: Legal Developments in laws...

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Top Five Herbs to Maintain and Restore Livestock (and Human!) Health

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Top Five Herbs to Maintain and Restore Livestock (and Human!) Health

How to find them, how to prepare them, how to use them: This presentation is about herbs for the non-herbalist. Learn how to make tinctures, poultices, decoctions and infused oils. It’s a lot easier than it sounds! Modern Homesteading Stage | Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Elizabeth Rich has practiced business law for more than 30 years. She serves as an attorney for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, and she is also the organization's vice president. There, she advocates for food freedom and defends the interests of farmers and artisan food producers. She is also a goat farmer and cheesemaker in Wisconsin, where she produces as much of her own food as she can on her 40-acre homestead.

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Cover Crops, Soil Health and Sustainable Agriculture

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Cover Crops, Soil Health and Sustainable Agriculture

This workshop provides a general discussion about sustainable, environmentally stable farming and gardening, cover crops, soil health, pollinator gardens, and STAR Seed's Mother's Earth product line. It includes a question and answer session about cover crops and soil health. Seed Stage | Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Pat Riese possesses more than eight years of experience in vegetation management, wildlife habitat consulting and conservation programs. Before joining the STAR Seed team as a conservation specialist, he earned a bachelor's in wildlife biology, with an extra emphasis in rangeland sciences, spent one year as a rangeland specialist with Sustainable Environmental Solutions, and seven years as a wildlife biologist with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. His current focus is on STAR's conservation seed program, including native grasses, wildflowers, pollinators and cover crops.

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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. Grit Stage | Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. 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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Benchmarks of Truth

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Benchmarks of Truth

How do you know you're on the right track? What common elements show up when a model honors truth? In this fast paced typical Salatin performance, the farmer identifies ten characteristics from his own experience that offer a compass of right decision-making. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Sunday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 5:00-5:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Joel Salatin is a third-generation, beyond organic farmer and author whose family owns and operates Polyface Farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. The farm produces salad bar beef, pigaerator pork, pastured poultry and forage-based rabbits, and direct markets everything to 5,000 families, 50 restaurants and 10 retail outlets. A prolific author, Salatin's nine books to date include both how-to and big picture themes. The farm features prominently in Michael Pollan's New York Times best-seller The Omnivore's Dilemma and the award-winning documentary Food, Inc.

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Salad Bar Beef

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Salad Bar Beef

Herbivores not only built the world's deepest and best soil, they provided the foundation for nutrition in most areas. Building soil and eating well are symbiotic activities, but many today view the herbivore as an enemy ... a direct result of misusing animals. In this workshop, Joel Salatin introduces the concepts and high-tech infrastructure that allows modern farmers to duplicate the symbiotic choreography of ancient herds. This system also increases yields and offers the most tasty, nutritious food. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 5:00-5:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Joel Salatin's family owns and operates Polyface Farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, producing salad bar beef, pastured poultry, pigaerator pork and forage-based rabbits. The farm services 6,000 families and 50 restaurants. Featured prominently in countless media, documentaries and books, the farm offers many educational opportunities for people wanting to learn these pasture-based systems. He has written 10 books about food and farming, both how-to guides and broad cultural works.

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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. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. 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 1

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The Return of the Family Milk Cow, Part 1

Discover how the family milk cow can make the homestead leap forward in terms of self-sustainability, providing so much for the family's health and well-being. Learn why and how to prepare for and buy a healthy cow that will not be plagued with dairy cow issues such as mastitis, ketosis and milk fever. It starts before birth! Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. 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! The Schlabach’s produce three Milking School DVDs - 5+ hours all about how to care for your very own Cud Chewing Beauty Queens!

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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? Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 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! The Schlabach’s produce three Milking School DVDs - 5+ hours all about how to care for your very own Cud Chewing Beauty Queens!

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Mycelial Mayhem: Adventures in beginning mushroom cultivation and marketing

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Mycelial Mayhem: Adventures in beginning mushroom cultivation and marketing

You might have heard that growing mushrooms can be tough, which is true. However, Kristin Sewak boils it down and shares her and her husband's successes and foibles, to ensure that you confidently know how to begin cultivating mushrooms for your household or for market. She covers the biology and importance of mushrooms, cultivation, sustainable methods, wild collecting, nutrition, using mushrooms in your kitchen, small-farm business, and marketing. Seed Stage | Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio David and Kristin Sewak co-owned Berglorbeer Farma, which specialized in edible mushrooms, heirloom vegetables, native landscape plants, and sustainable landscape design. Together, the Sewaks have co-authored Mycelial Mayhem, a beginners guide for aspiring mushroom growers, and they speak on mushroom growing and other sustainable living topics at regional and national green living events. David has worked in conservation and recreation for nearly two decades. He has gathered wild mushrooms since he was a child and has cultivated 'shrooms for more than 20 years. Kristin Sewak holds a degree in ecology and a master's in organizational leadership, and she has developed a nature-inspired leadership model.

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Sustainable 'Shrooms

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Sustainable 'Shrooms

Too often, mushrooms are left out of discussions about sustainability, permaculture, and all-round good living. Yet, mushrooms are part of the fungi kingdom and offer us a great deal of benefit, from nutrition and soil enhancement to lessons on mutualistic relationships. Learn how to grow and use mushrooms as part of a whole system approach to property and life resilience. Organic Gardening Stage | Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio David and Kristin Sewak co-owned Berglorbeer Farma, which specialized in edible mushrooms, heirloom vegetables, native landscape plants, and sustainable landscape design. Together, the Sewaks have co-authored Mycelial Mayhem, a beginners guide for aspiring mushroom growers, and they speak on mushroom growing and other sustainable living topics at regional and national green living events. David has worked in conservation and recreation for nearly two decades. He has gathered wild mushrooms since he was a child and has cultivated 'shrooms for more than 20 years. Kristin Sewak holds a degree in ecology and a master's in organizational leadership, and she has developed a nature-inspired leadership model.

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Farmstead Fermentation

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Farmstead Fermentation

Turn your vegetable overages and seconds into profit with fermentation; this is zero-waste and local food at its finest. Learn how to ferment vegetables in large batches to turn a perishable product into a value-added product with a long refrigerated shelf life. Kirsten K. Shockey focuses on how to work seasonally with the vegetables you have, when you have them, to make great flavor. Ingles Real Food Stage | Sunday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey got their start in fermenting foods with their farmstead food company, where they created more than 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Their current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops at their farm. Kirsten blogs at www.fermentista.us. They live on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon.

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Kids Kraut!

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Kids Kraut!

Kids love to make and eat sauerkraut. Vegetable fermentation is one of the oldest, and perhaps the most healthful, food preparation (and preservation) methods. This rediscovered culinary art is easy and safe, making it a wonderful, accessible way for even the youngest “chefs” to begin participating in the preparation of their family’s nourishment. And that is empowering. This workshop is a hands-on program in which kids can taste some fresh raw sauerkraut and then make their own small batch to take home and ferment. This is a drop-in-style session, so stop by and join us. Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey got their start in fermenting foods with their farmstead food company, where they created over 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Their current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops at their farm. Kirsten blogs at www.fermentista.us. They live on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon.

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Mastering Vegetable Fermentation for Fun, Flavor and Health

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Mastering Vegetable Fermentation for Fun, Flavor and Health

Vegetable fermentation has moved beyond sauerkraut into an entirely new realm of flavor, culinary art and adventure. Kirsten K. Shockey discusses the benefits of making and enjoying fermented vegetables. She demystifies the process by discussing these ancient methods and modern techniques of preservation. She explores herbal pastes, chutneys, and other condiments through demonstration. Ingles Real Food Stage | Saturday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey got their start in fermenting foods with their farmstead food company, where they created over 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Their current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops at their farm. Kirsten blogs at www.fermentista.us. They live on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon.

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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. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:30-4:00 p.m. Speaker Bio A fifth-generation chicken keeper, Lisa Steele returned to her rural roots after doing a short stint on Wall Street after college. Now, back in the country living on a farm in Maine with her husband and their flock of chickens and ducks, she encourages others to raise their own flocks naturally without using antibiotics or chemicals. An aspiring herbalist and avid gardener, she incorporates herbs, weeds and edible flowers into the daily care of her flock and shares this advice on her blog 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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Just Add Water: Tips for adding ducks to your backyard chicken flock

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

If you already keep chickens, adding a few ducks to your flock is often as simple as just adding some water! Learn how to integrate ducks into an existing chicken flock by making some simple changes to your existing coop and run, feed mix, and water setup. Lisa Steele also covers favorite duck treats, information on duck eggs, duck health, and some reasons why ducks might actually be a better choice for your backyard. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:30-4:00 p.m. Speaker Bio A fifth-generation chicken keeper, Lisa Steele returned to her rural roots after doing a short stint on Wall Street after college. Now, back in the country living on a farm in Maine with her husband and their flock of chickens and ducks, she encourages others to raise their own flocks naturally without using antibiotics or chemicals. An aspiring herbalist and avid gardener, she incorporates herbs, weeds, and edible flowers into the daily care of her flock and shares this advice on her blog 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 Farms magazines.

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Vermiculture 101

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Vermiculture 101

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

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Farming in the City

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Farming in the City

In this workshop, Curtis Stone, author of The Urban Farmer takes you on a tour of his farm, Green City Acres, demonstrating production techniques, infrastructure, and economics. Take a close look at an urban farm that can generate $75,000 and more on a third of an acre. Grit Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:30-4:00 p.m. 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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Intensive Production Systems for Urban Farms

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Intensive Production Systems for Urban Farms

Urban farms are often faced with the logistical challenge of operating on small land bases and sometimes multiple plots of land. In this lecture, Curtis Stone, owner and operator of Green City Acres, explores key strategies on how to maximize the output of the land without expanding your land base. He examines techniques such as verticalization, intercropping, crop season optimization, season extension, and high-rotation planting. Seed Stage | Sunday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:30-4:00 p.m. 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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Organic Body Care Recipes - Creating Aromatherapeutic Body & Facial Oils

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Organic Body Care Recipes - Creating Aromatherapeutic Body & Facial Oils

Author, licensed holistic aesthetician and herbalist Stephanie Tourles discusses recipes from her best-selling book Organic Body Care Recipes. Learn the history of using natural oils on the body; sources of oil; the skin and its need for oil; benefits of plant-derived base oils and essential oils; how to make body and facial oils; and the nutritional benefits of adding quality oil to the diet. Samples will be available. Mother Earth Living Stage | Sunday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Stephanie Tourles is a licensed holistic aesthetician, certified aromatherapist, and gardener with training in Western and Ayurvedic herbalism. She is the author of 10 books, including Raw Energy in a Glass, Hands-On Healing Remedies, Organic Body Care Recipes, Raw Energy, Naturally Healthy Skin, 365 Ways to Energize Mind, Body and Soul, and Natural Foot Care. She lives in Orland, Maine.

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Naturally Bug-Free: Creating nontoxic insect repellents for yourself, your pets and your home

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Naturally Bug-Free: Creating nontoxic insect repellents for yourself, your pets and your home

Author, licensed holistic aesthetician, and herbalist Stephanie Tourles discusses formulations from her latest book, Naturally Bug-Free. Learn how to use herbs, essential oils, and other natural ingredients to repel mosquitoes, keep ticks and fleas off your pets, protect your pantry, rid your clothes of moths, and dine outdoors pest-free. Try out product samples. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Saturday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Stephanie Tourles has been practicing and teaching healthy living for more than 25 years. She is a licensed holistic aesthetician with a strong background in Western and Ayurvedic herbalism, has extensive training in the nutritional sciences, and is an avid organic gardener. Tourles is also a certified aromatherapist, a Maine-certified reflexologist, and a professional member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. She is the author of the best-selling books Organic Body Care Recipes and Raw Energy, as well as Love Potions, Naturally Bug-Free, Raw Energy in a Glass, Hands-On Healing Remedies, Naturally Healthy Skin, 365 Ways to Energize Mind, Body & Soul, and Natural Foot Care. She lives in Orland, Maine.

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Extending the Harvest: Creating a Four Season Garden

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Extending the Harvest: Creating a Four Season Garden

Learn how to plan, create and produce garden bounty all year. This workshop will focus on the all season garden, including in-depth succession planting, planting summer crops for a fall garden, and fruit planting for late winter. Seed Stage | Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 5:00-5:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Ira Wallace, author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, where she coordinates variety selection and new seed grower contracts. Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply through seed saving and sustainable gardening.

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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. Seed Stage | Sunday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 5:00-5:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Ira Wallace is on the board of the Organic Seed Alliance and is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, where she coordinates variety selection and new seed grower contracts. Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply through seed saving and sustainable gardening.

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Building and Using a Shaving Horse

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Building and Using a Shaving Horse

If your homestead’s “To Do” list includes making furniture, tool handles, baskets, or shingles from green wood, a shaving horse is an essential tool for you. Simply put, the shaving horse helps secure a piece of wood so you can use both hands to complete your tasks. Delve into the history and types of shaving horses, and learn to build your own multipurpose tool. Learn useful shaving horse techniques that enable you to expand your project capabilities. Folk School Demonstrations | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Lyle Wheeler hails from Millers Creek, North Carolina, and he has been working with wood for most of his life. He specializes in crafting ladderback chairs and furniture from the late 19th century. To share his passion with others, he teaches woodworking classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School. Wheeler also conducts educational demonstrations for the Southern Highland Craft Guild, a group to which he has belonged for many years.

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Small Farm, Real Income

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Small Farm, Real Income

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

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Are Old Hand Tools Still Relevant for the Modern Homestead?

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Are Old Hand Tools Still Relevant for the Modern Homestead?

Power tools are a wonderful convenience, but they are expensive and disposable. Old hand tools can last for generations, can often be found for a fraction of the cost, and are as relevant and useful today as they were 100 years ago. Sadly, these old tools are no longer manufactured. Learn what to look for when purchasing old tools and how to care for and restore them. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage | Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 2:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Cody and his family decided to turn their backs on a comfortable city life and become modern day homesteaders. Their adventure takes place in the rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest, where they document their lifestyle on their YouTube channel Wranglerstar. With more than 300,000 loyal subscribers and 90 million video views, they are leaders in the modern homesteading movement.

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Understanding Geothermal Heating and Cooling

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Understanding Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Learn about geothermal heating and cooling technology, how it works, and what makes it better. Tim Wright discusses various applications for home and farm, how it works with off-grid technologies, and how geothermal compares to traditional systems. Renewable Energy Stage | Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Tim Wright has been with Enertech Global since 2011. He oversees the company’s training, customer service, sales, and marketing departments. He began his career in the geothermal industry in 1988, working to educate homeowners on the technology and to train installers and contractors. Wright serves on the board of directors for California GEO and the Michigan Geothermal Energy Association.

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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. Seed Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. 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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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. Organic Gardening Stage | Sunday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. 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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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. Ingles Real Food Stage | Sunday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:30-4:00 p.m. 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, was 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! Modern Homesteading Stage | Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:30-4:00 p.m. 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, was published by Chelsea Green Publishing in November 2015.

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