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The Homestead Medic

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The Homestead Medic

Learn how to deal with medical issues that might affect your family in a remote homestead environment. Dr. Joseph Alton talks about the issues you’re most likely to face, the skills you need, and the factors that go into becoming an effective caregiver when medical help is not readily at hand. Speaker Bio Joe Alton, MD is the best-selling author of The Survival Medicine Handbook (which covers homestead, disaster, and epidemic preparedness), and other books. His website, www.DoomAndBloom.net, includes more than 800 articles, podcasts, and videos on how to deal with medical issues in austere settings. He has been a popular keynote speaker at preparedness events throughout the country. His mission: to put a medically prepared person in every family.

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Heritage Hogwash

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Heritage Hogwash

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

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Heritage Hogwash

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Heritage Hogwash

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

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Easy Peasy Edibles

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Easy Peasy Edibles

Have you wanted to grow your own food but found it is too much work and takes too much of your time? Join award-winning landscape designer Jessi Bloom as she talks about a permaculture design concept that employs design strategies from nature. It allows you to grow easy peasy edibles that are low-maintenance, resilient and sustainable. Plant once and enjoy the harvest from your edible landscape for years. Bloom will cover basic food forest design and go over some of her favorite low-maintenance edibles. Speaker Bio Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. She owns N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, based near Seattle, which is known as an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies and industry organizations, and makes headlines in national media. She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, which is full of functional gardens and rescue animals.

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ReWild the Child!

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ReWild the Child!

Are you ready to be a part of the wild tribe of little earth warriors? Learn and play with the power and magic of plants. Decorate and dream up all that we can be. You can even make an herbal dream pillow to take home and put to use! Speaker Bio Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer and speaker. She owns N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, based near Seattle, which is an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies and industry organizations, and it makes headlines in national media. She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, full of functional gardens and rescue animals.

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Weeds and Water: Wisdom for resiliency

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Weeds and Water: Wisdom for resiliency

Jessi Bloom lifts folks' ecological literacy and makes life living on the land easier. She covers two of the most important elements in land management and shares useful permaculture tools and solutions to increase your resiliency. Gain a better understanding of how to effectively manage water on your land, and also learn easy peasy organic solutions to weed management. Speaker Bio Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. She owns N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, based near Seattle, which is known as an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies and industry organizations, and makes headlines in national media. She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, which is full of functional gardens and rescue animals.

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The Color of Food: Storytelling and photography from farmers of color

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The Color of Food: Storytelling and photography from farmers of color

Through photography and storytelling, Natasha Bowens, author of the book The Color of Food: Stories of race, resilience and farming, digs deeper into the stories of farmers and food activists of color revolutionizing the food system and preserving cultural foodways across the country. Their stories highlight important issues of food justice and food sovereignty, such as land ownership, health, community building, and race and gender obstacles. This presentation aims to amplify the role of communities of color in agriculture while challenging the status quo of agrarian identity and teaching us that the good food movement is about more than buying local and protecting our soil. It is about preserving culture and community, digging deep into the places we’ve overlooked and honoring those who have come before us. Blending storytelling, photography, and oral history, Bowens’ workshop explores how true food sovereignty means a place at the table for everyone. Speaker Bio Natasha Bowens is an author, grower, and community activist who focuses on building empowerment and community through food and storytelling. Her book The Color of Food: Stories of race, resilience, and farming is a book the Foreword Review calls “a trailblazing look at the past and present of North American farming” through the eyes of farmers of color. Bowens spent the past five years gathering stories and portraits of farmers and food activists from black, Latina, Asian and native communities across the country ... stories that invite us to dig deep into race, culture, and community. Bowens started The Color of Food in 2010 after exploring race and agriculture on her blog Brown.Girl.Farming. and in a column for Grist magazine. Her work has now garnered national attention from sources such as The Atlantic, MOTHER EARTH NEWS, VICE, YES! Magazine and NPR. She has shared her work across the country from Purdue, Tuskegee, and Harvard to the National Organic Farming Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She currently resides in Frederick, Maryland, with her husband and brand-new daughter. She runs community gardens and gardening and cooking programs in Frederick’s public housing communities.

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Quick Mozzarella and Beautiful Burrata: So easy!

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Quick Mozzarella and Beautiful Burrata: So easy!

Have you seen the price of burrata, those little pillows of cheese stuffed with cheese? Learn how to make your own super easily and in only about an hour! Starting with grocery store milk, whip up a batch of fresh mozzarella and then transform it into beautiful burrata with just a few ingredients. 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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Simple, Quick, Delicious Cheeses Anyone Can Make: Paneer and ricotta

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Simple, Quick, Delicious Cheeses Anyone Can Make: Paneer and ricotta

Some of the easiest cheeses to make are also the most versatile and delicious! Learn how you can make these classics with only one stop at the grocery store! In an hour, Gianaclis Caldwell makes ricotta and paneer, and then lets folks sample them at the end. 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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Achieving Complete Self-Sufficiency

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Achieving Complete Self-Sufficiency

Many people are working toward a life of total self-sufficiency, but the road can be difficult and confusing. There are so many options and there is so much bad information that it boggles the mind. Additionally, there are many aspects of self-sufficiency (such as self-health care, personal fitness, and transportation) that people overlook. Dan Chiras, one of the nation’s leading experts on self-sufficiency, outlines the key steps you must take to completely meet your family’s needs for energy, water, food, health care, income, and transportation to thrive during major economic or ecological catastrophe or simply to forge a totally sustainable lifestyle. Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east central Missouri, where he teaches workshops on a wide range of topics on self-sufficiency and sustainability. Chiras is also author of 32 books and several hundred articles on a wide range of topics, including residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational and full of useful information.

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Chinese Greenhouses: The intelligent choice for year-round production

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Chinese Greenhouses: The intelligent choice for year-round production

Most greenhouses in the United States are an energy nightmare. We couldn’t have created a worse design. Greenhouses that most of us install are the least-sustainable way to grow food year-round, costing us a fortune in energy. In this workshop, discover a revolutionary new design for year-round greenhouse growing and aquaponics, the Chinese Greenhouse. Learn how to design and build a Chinese greenhouse to grow a wide variety of vegetables without outside energy. Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east-central Missouri, where he teaches self-sufficiency and sustainability workshops on a wide range of topics. Chiras is also author of 32 books and several hundred articles on subjects including residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational and full of useful information.

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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? Modern Homesteading Stage | Saturday, 5:30-6:30 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. 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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The New Home Herbalist: Where do I begin?

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The New Home Herbalist: Where do I begin?

Inspiration and information are the easy part when beginning to use plants for health. The hard part is making it all fit your life where you are right now. What you need is a simple, practical, and personal plan that approaches natural health small step by small step. Dawn Combs helps folks write their own plan and sends them away with an understanding of how to put it all together. She covers topics that include: choosing herbs for your family, how much/how often, simple ways to grow your own, where to source, common kitchen tools and skills that apply, talking to your doctor, finding a holistic practitioner, and much more! 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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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. 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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Fungi in the Classroom

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Fungi in the Classroom

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

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Medicinal Mushrooms: Cultivation, extractions and product development

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Medicinal Mushrooms: Cultivation, extractions and product development

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

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Mushroom Cultivation for Everyone

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Mushroom Cultivation for Everyone

If you think growing mushrooms is too complicated, here’s your chance to see how easy and rewarding it can be. This workshop instantly gets you growing, and you leave understanding the best ways to cultivate delicious mushrooms at home or on your farm. You learn about inexpensive startup options for beginners and many commercial ideas to expand on. This class energizes your efforts and maximizes your production, covering all indoor and outdoor methods and the top edible and medicinal species that anyone can grow at home or on the homestead! Speaker Bio Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist and organic gardener who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than 22 years. He is the author of Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, published by Chelsea Green in 2014. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain (which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, and daughter Heidi) to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries, and he currently maintains more than 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides.

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

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

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

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

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

You can have an attractive, upscale quality-built tiny home that is artistically beautiful, highly marketable, and long-term profitable. Smaller homes can be more livable, cozy, enjoyable, easier to clean and lower maintenance than big houses. But tiny and smaller homes are not for everyone. Learn why and what it takes to live in a small space to make room for a larger life. Explore the many uses of tiny homes and find out why more people are opting for less square footage in exchange for more time, freedom, and money. Speaker Bio Patricia Foreman is a sustainable agriculture author, local foods activist, and popular speaker. She (and her co-presenter, chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free) has presented workshops and book signings at major national festivals and conferences across the United States. She is the author or co-author of five books, including City Chicks and Chicken Tractor. To help “Chick Start America,” she developed the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification course (www.ChickensAndYOU.com). Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in animal science and pharmacy. She has a master's of public affairs from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

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Chick in Egg: The miracle of incubation

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Chick in Egg: The miracle of incubation

The journey from egg to chick is an awe-inspiring, educational, life-affirming event. This workshop journeys through the entire process of getting fertile eggs (without a rooster), selecting the most likely eggs to hatch and managing the incubation process. Egg to chick in only 21 days! Understand the cycle of eggs to chicks to hens to more eggs. Become a Chickeneer Eggspert! Speaker Bio Patricia Foreman is a sustainable agriculture author, local foods activist, and popular speaker. She (and her co-presenter, chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free) has presented workshops and book signings at major national festivals and conferences across the United States. She is the author or co-author of five books, including City Chicks and Chicken Tractor. To help “Chick Start America,” she developed the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification course (www.ChickensAndYOU.com). Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in animal science and pharmacy. She has a master's of public affairs from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

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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. Speaker Bio Patricia Foreman is a sustainable agriculture author, local foods activist, and popular speaker. She (and her co-presenter, chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free) has presented workshops and book signings at major national festivals and conferences across the United States. She is the author or co-author of five books, including City Chicks and Chicken Tractor. To help “Chick Start America,” she developed the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification course (www.ChickensAndYOU.com). Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in animal science and pharmacy. She has a master's of public affairs from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

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Herbal Lotions, Scrubs and Skin Care from the Garden

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Herbal Lotions, Scrubs and Skin Care from the Garden

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

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The Herb Lover's Garden

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The Herb Lover's Garden

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

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Growing Fungi for Farm Diversity and Resilience

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Growing Fungi for Farm Diversity and Resilience

As our planet rapidly changes, we must find solutions to retain and build resilience in our agroecosystems. Explore our alliance with fungi, which provides farmers opportunities to support and grow biodiversity, enhance ecosystem services, and provide food and medicine for our communities and the planet. At this workshop, expect a discussion of advanced techniques for mushroom growing and how to use mycelium as a solution to growing a regenerative agriculture. Speaker Bio Mark Jones is the owner and mycologist at Sharondale Mushroom Farm in Cismont, Virginia. The farm provides high-quality mushrooms, spawn, tools, and materials for mushroom cultivation. Jones offers cultivation workshops for hobby growers and small farmers.

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50 Years of Natural Building

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50 Years of Natural Building

Lloyd Kahn has been photographing and covering natural building since the early '60s. He leads audiences on a journey as he reflects on some of the most intriguing natural structures of his 50-year adventure. Speaker Bio Lloyd Kahn is the former shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog, editor-in-chief of Shelter Publications, and author of seven books on natural building, including Shelter, Tiny Homes, and most recently, Small Homes: The Right Size. Kahn has been photographing and covering natural building since the early '60s. Championing the self-build approach, Kahn’s books have inspired and empowered first-time housebuilders around the world.

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Dairy-Free Cheese: Easy, delicious, and custom-made for your diet

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Dairy-Free Cheese: Easy, delicious, and custom-made for your diet

Do you choose not to eat dairy but miss cheese? Or do you know someone who does not digest it well? Claudia Lucero, author of One-Hour Cheeseand creator of Urban Cheesecraft kits, has developed deliciously dairy-free cheese — made with nuts, seeds, veggies and even beans! 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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Enjoying Cheese Bites from the Garden with Kids: Fresh cheese flavored with honey, herbs, and edible flowers

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Enjoying Cheese Bites from the Garden with Kids: Fresh cheese flavored with honey, herbs, and edible flowers

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. 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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One-Hour Cheese: Extraordinary cheeses made with ordinary ingredients

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One-Hour Cheese: Extraordinary cheeses made with ordinary ingredients

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! 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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DIY Small House

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DIY Small House

Learn about affordable owner-built small homes. Topics covered in this workshop include: finding the right location, quality-of-life issues, creating floor plans for compact spaces, interior climate, budget, construction sequence, building materials, foundation and structure choices, weather-proofing and pest problems. Chris Marshall wrote the holistic DIY guidebook Hut-Topia: How to Create Sustainable Small Homes and Homesteads, and he teaches these techniques through community education programs. Bring your questions to this informative workshop and become inspired! Speaker Bio Christopher James Marshall lives off-grid in his owner-built small home in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. He worked through many real-life challenges to live debt-free by creating an affordable home with alternative energy and being part of the self-sufficient living community. He is the author of the DIY book, Hut-Topia: How to Create Sustainable Small Homes and Homesteads, and teaches these techniques through community education programs.

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Off-Grid Living Techniques

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Off-Grid Living Techniques

Learn how to live off-grid with alternative sources for power, water, food, and heating. The topics covered in this workshop Include: resource sizing, solar electric, solar hot water, solar space heating, solar cooking, wind power, hydro power, batteries, inverters, generators, potable water sources and storage, wastewater, crops, livestock, food storage, burning appliances, propane, and wood. Chris Marshall wrote the holistic DIY guidebook Hut-Topia: How to Create Sustainable Small Homes and Homesteads, and teaches these techniques through community education programs. Bring your questions to this informative workshop and become inspired! Speaker Bio Christopher James Marshall is the author of the do-it-yourself small house book Hut-Topia and a modern-day off-grid mountain man. After weathering recessions and layoffs every decade since the ‘70s through the Great Recession, he became semi-retired by making plans to live sustainably and then built his 500-square-foot off-grid home. His lifestyle offers the freedom of self-sufficient independence by means of alternative energy on a homestead with an affordable, owner-built small home.

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Herbal Bitters: An easy way to enjoy the forgotten flavor

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Herbal Bitters: An easy way to enjoy the forgotten flavor

Every culture with an intact food system uses bitter-tasting plants to enhance meals, encourage conviviality, and support good digestion. These preparations rely on a simple recipe structure that allows almost infinite variation. Learn how to use the spectrum of bitter flavors, from classic "pure" bitters like gentian and artichoke to the more "nutty" taste of burdock and walnut. Combine them with a range of flavor profiles, using "hot" or "cool" pungent herbs, citrus notes, floral highlights, and more. Finally, adjust the mouthfeel by balancing astringency and demulcency. The resulting blends will be unique, carry the stories of the plants that they feature, and open up the potential for a range of health-promoting effects. As you learn more about the wild plants that go into making bitters, you will see how making your own, and discovering the roots of herbalism, is one of the keys to optimal wellness (and a powerful ecological act, too). As the internal environment changes in response to bitters, we can see our external environment change as well: from monoculture to diversified, small-scale agriculture; from the herbicides of industrial agriculture to gardens that encourage weedy buffer zones, pollinator diversity, and a healthy harvest of medicinal herbs. Speaker Bio Guido Masé RH (AHG) is a clinician and educator in the Western herbal tradition. He spent his childhood in Italy and has been living in Vermont since 1996. His practice interweaves clinical experience, mythology, and science. He is a chief herbalist at Urban Moonshine, clinician at the Burlington Herb Clinic, faculty member and clinical supervisor at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, teacher in herbal medicine at the University of Vermont, and author of The Wild Medicine Solution and DIY Bitters.

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Rewilding Using Medicinal Plants: How herbs link personal health to the health of the community, soil, and ecology

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Compost, Amendments, and Fertilizers the Natural Way

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Compost, Amendments, and Fertilizers the Natural Way

Just like us, gardens need food to thrive, and the best nutrition feeds both plants and the soil. Compost and organic amendments in the garden are the tried-and-true way to do this, but cover crops and garden residues also offer valuable nourishment. This class explores how to best use compost, amendments, and so-called garden “waste” to meet the nutritional needs of your soil and your plants. Elizabeth Murphy covers tips for building better compost, the pros and cons of organic materials in your own backyard, and natural solutions to maximize garden nourishment. Speaker Bio Elizabeth Murphy is a gardener, soil scientist, and author of Building Soil: A Down-to-Earth Approach. Her passion for growing food led to a master's degree in soil science from the University of California, Davis, where she researched the fundamentals of organic matter and sustainable ways to improve it. She has worked on farms, with urban gardens, in environmental restoration, in agroecological research, and as a faculty instructor for Oregon State University Extension. With 20 years of hands-on practical experience and the latest research in soil health to back her up, she shares the simple truth that to grow more, we need to do less. Based in Tacoma, Washington, her love of soil and gardening takes her on adventures around the world.

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The Down and Dirty: Soil building secrets for greener gardens

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The Down and Dirty: Soil building secrets for greener gardens

How do you grow more productive, greener, and healthier gardens, with less time and money? The secret is in the soil: healthy, living soil, that is. Unlock the secrets for bringing soils to life and grow naturally productive gardens. Learn how to recognize healthy soil, feed and nourish the soil food web, and build soil fertility using natural strategies and techniques available to every gardener. Get down to the ground level for a soil-eye view that will change the way you grow. Speaker Bio Elizabeth Murphy is a gardener, soil scientist, and author of Building Soil: A Down-to-Earth Approach. Her passion for growing food led to a master's degree in soil science from the University of California, Davis, where she researched the fundamentals of organic matter and sustainable ways to improve it. She has worked on farms, with urban gardens, in environmental restoration, in agroecological research, and as a faculty instructor for Oregon State University Extension. With 20 years of hands-on practical experience and the latest research in soil health to back her up, she shares the simple truth that to grow more, we need to do less. Based in Tacoma, Washington, her love of soil and gardening takes her on adventures around the world.

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Cast-Iron Cooking: Mango curry

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Cast-Iron Cooking: Mango curry

Rachael Narins, author of Cast-Iron Cooking, discusses the best ways to use your cast-iron cookware. She demonstrates a recipe from her book, Mango Curry, and answers questions on cast-iron cookware (including where to find it, how to maintain it, and its versatility and history). Speaker Bio Rachael Narins, author of Cast-Iron Cooking, is a chef, culinary educator, and food writer based in Santa Monica, California. She is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy, a regular contributor to the L.A. Weekly food section, and has written about food preservation for the Los Angeles Times. Her work has also appeared in Organic Gardening Magazine, Bust, Edible Westside, and more. In 2008, Narins founded Chicks with Knives, a culinary event company. During the summer of 2014, she served as the VIP culinary judge on an episode of "Kitchen Kickstarter" on NBC, and she is currently the cast iron expert on feedfeed.

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Cast-Iron Cooking: Party nuts

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Cast-Iron Cooking: Party nuts

Rachael Narins, author of Cast-Iron Cooking, discusses the best ways to use your cast-iron cookware. She demonstrates Party Nuts, a recipe from her book, and answer questions on cast-iron cookware, including where to find it, how to maintain it, and its versatility and history. Speaker Bio Rachael Narins, author of Cast-Iron Cooking, is a chef, culinary educator, and food writer based in Santa Monica, California. She is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy, a regular contributor to the L.A. Weekly food section, and has written about food preservation for the Los Angeles Times. Her work has also appeared in Organic Gardening Magazine, Bust, Edible Westside, and more. In 2008, Narins founded Chicks with Knives, a culinary event company. During the summer of 2014, she served as the VIP culinary judge on an episode of "Kitchen Kickstarter" on NBC, and is currently the cast iron expert on feedfeed.

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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. 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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Building Natural Ponds

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Building Natural Ponds

Learn how to design and construct an algae-free pond that does not require the use of pumps, filters, or chemicals. This workshop discusses design considerations for making ponds look natural. Robert Pavlis then provides special construction secrets that allow plants and microbes to work for you to keep the water crystal clear. This workshop shows you how to mimic nature to maintain water quality and algae growth. Pavlis also discusses large ponds used for irrigation, watering animals, and fish culture. Speaker Bio Robert Pavlis is a well-known speaker and educator with more than 40 years of gardening experience. He is the author of two books, Building Natural Ponds and Garden Myths. He publishes the popular gardening blogs GardenMyths.com and GardenFundamentals.com. As the owner and head gardener of Aspen Grove Gardens, a 6-acre botanical garden, he grows 3,000 varieties of plants.

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Garden Myths

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Garden Myths

Turning conventional wisdom on its head, Robert Pavlis dives deep into traditional garden advice and debunks the myths and misconceptions that abound. He asks critical questions and uses science-based information to understand plants and their environment. Learn the truth about soil improvements, composting, fertilizing, planting trees, and growing vegetables. Speaker Bio Robert Pavlis is a well-known speaker and educator with more than 40 years of gardening experience. He is the author of two books, Building Natural Ponds and Garden Myths. He publishes the popular gardening blogs GardenMyths.com and GardenFundamentals.com. As the owner and head gardener of Aspen Grove Gardens, a 6-acre botanical garden, he grows 3,000 varieties of plants.

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The Shocking Truth About Electric Fence

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The Shocking Truth About Electric Fence

Learn how to successfully use electric fence to contain poultry and protect your flock from predators. Joe Putnam's workshop answers a variety of questions: What is electric fence and how does it work? What happens when grass touches the energized wires in a fence? What about when an animal touches the wires? How do you succeed (or fail) with electric netting? Is it safe to use electric netting in the backyard? How do you reduce risks and liabilities? What are the pros and cons of rotational grazing? How often should you move your fence and flock? What are the issues to consider before buying any energizer? And what are the risks of not energizing a fence? Speaker Bio Joe Putnam works as a marketing copywriter and occasional shepherd for Premier 1 Supplies. He frequently appears in Premier's instructional how-to videos on YouTube. Putnam can be found at farm industry events, where his gentle, hands-on approach makes even the most complex farming topics simple. When not at work, Putnam spends time on his family's 40-acre farmstead in southeast Iowa. There the family raises cattle, sheep, poultry, multiple gardens, corn, hay, and oats.

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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. 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. 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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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. 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. 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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Preserving Your Harvest Through Fermentation: From A to Z

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Preserving Your Harvest Through Fermentation: From A to Z

For your harvest of garden veggies why not use one of the safest, easiest, most flavorful and healthiest techniques known to preserve and keep all the nutrients alive (and even increase health benefits)? Learn how to ferment your vegetables when they are in season for flavor all year. This demonstration includes a special question-and-answer session: Stump the Fermentista! Along with other questions, attendees can list some of the veggies in their gardens and hear Kirsten K. Shockey come up with recipe ideas on the spot. 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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Chickens in the Garden: Natural insect and weed control

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Chickens in the Garden: Natural insect and weed control

Avoiding using chemicals on your lawn and garden is not only better for your family and the environment, but a necessity when you have chickens roaming about. Lisa Steele discusses some safe, nontoxic weed and insect control methods that won't hurt your chickens, children, or pets but will keep your yard and gardens from becoming overrun with weeds and bugs. She also covers natural fertilizers and plant food (including all that wonderful chicken manure) as well as other ways to get your chickens helping in the garden. 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 Fresh Eggs Daily, which has been named one of the Top Ten Gardening blogs by Better Homes and Gardens magazine. In addition to writing best-selling books, she is also a writer for Backyard Poultry, Chickens, and Hobby Farms magazines and regularly appears on national television and radio programs advocating natural chicken keeping.

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Herbs for Hens

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Herbs for Hens

Learn how to incorporate ordinary herbs into all aspects of chicken keeping, including feed, coop, nesting boxes and more for optimal flock health. Speaker Bio A fifth-generation chicken keeper, Lisa Steele returned to her rural roots after doing a short stint on Wall Street after college. Now, back in the country living on a farm in Maine with her husband and their flock of chickens and ducks, she encourages others to raise their own flocks naturally without using antibiotics or chemicals. An aspiring herbalist and avid gardener, she incorporates herbs, weeds, and edible flowers into the daily care of her flock and shares this advice on her blog Fresh Eggs Daily, which has been named one of the Top Ten Gardening blogs by Better Homes and Gardens magazine. In addition to writing best-selling books, she is also a writer for Backyard Poultry, Chickens, and Hobby Farms magazines and regularly appears on national television and radio programs advocating natural chicken keeping.

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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. 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 Fresh Eggs Daily, which has been named one of the Top Ten Gardening blogs by Better Homes and Gardens magazine. In addition to writing best-selling books, she is also a writer for Backyard Poultry, Chickens, and Hobby Farms magazines and regularly appears on national television and radio programs advocating natural chicken keeping.

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Family Adventures in Vermiculture

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Family Adventures in Vermiculture

This hands-on, child-friendly workshop delves into the wonderful world of worms. Learn how worms benefit your soil, your garden and the world! Play with worms and learn how to sift your own worm castings. Learn all about how to set up a vermicomposting bin in your own backyard. The first 20 families to participate get to take home a small container of worms, a small bag of worm castings and seeds. Play worm trivia and win a worm prize. Speaker Bio Crystal Stevens and her husband, Eric, are the farmers and resident artists at La Vista CSA Farm on the bluffs of the Mighty Mississippi in Godfrey, Illinois, where they enjoy the rural life with their two children. Stevens blogs for MOTHER EARTH NEWS, has contributed to Grit and Permaculture Magazine, and is a columnist for FEAST Magazine. She is the author of Grow Create Inspire, an Earth Stewardship Manifesto.

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Grow Create Inspire: Be a change maker in your community

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Grow Create Inspire: Be a change maker in your community

Learn strategies for educating your community about an array of eco-topics. Host plant walks, meet-ups, workshops, and more. Learn basic tools for increasing eco-awareness and making changes in your community. Grow for the greater good. The simple act of gardening can be a catalyst for positive change, Earth stewardship, and the art of low-impact living. Discover ways you can be an advocate for the Earth in your own community. 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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Dehydrating: The most underutilized food preservation method

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Dehydrating: The most underutilized food preservation method

Hear tips and hints for high-quality dehydrated fruits and vegetables, and ideas for using the products. Learn about dehydrating foods and products you never dreamed of, from dried pickles to dehydrated kraut. Don Wiley's tried it and liked it! Speaker Bio Don Wiley is a veteran master food preserver from Clackamas County, where he is known for his food dehydrating expertise and willingness to pass the knowledge and techniques on to others. He's proud of the amount of foods he can dry and store in a very small space!

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