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Determining Quality American Breed Rabbits

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Determining Quality American Breed Rabbits

The American Rabbit is a heritage breed that fits well in any homestead. Learn their history and what characterizes a quality American rabbit.

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How to Castrate a Pig

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How to Castrate a Pig

This demonstration includes step-by-step instruction on how to castrate a pig, as well as a live castration.

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Shearing Sheep

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Shearing Sheep

Underhill Farm is shearing four sheep at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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The First Horses of the Americas

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The First Horses of the Americas

Galiceño horses are descendants of the first horses brought to the New World by Spanish explorers and settlers from 1494 to the mid-1500s. This presentation discusses the history of horses in the Americas, the unique characteristics of Spanish/Iberian horses, and why the Galiceños have become critically endangered.

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Things to Consider When Starting Beekeeping

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Things to Consider When Starting Beekeeping

New beekeepers face much to learn, and a lot of possible directions to go in. With no hard line on which way to do things, Andrew Wagner and Mandy Kelly briefly address different components and options in equipment, with the hope of answering questions beginner beekeepers may be asking themselves.

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Working Cattle

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Working Cattle

Mike and Mose are a working pair of Randall Linebacks being trained for general farm purposes, and they are yoked to demonstrate draft power this weekend.

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Build a Straw-Bale Wall

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Build a Straw-Bale Wall

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

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Build a Wood-Fired Pizza Oven from Cob

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Build a Wood-Fired Pizza Oven from Cob

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

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Building with Earth: An overview

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Building with Earth: An overview

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

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How to Test Your Soil for Building

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How to Test Your Soil for Building

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

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Making Cob: How to build with mud

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Making Cob: How to build with mud

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

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Making Your Mud Walls Last: Weather proofing for natural buildings

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Making Your Mud Walls Last: Weather proofing for natural buildings

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

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Sawmilling Basics

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Sawmilling Basics

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

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Get Muddy with Uncle Mud

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Get Muddy with Uncle Mud

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

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Make a Take-Home Oyster Mushroom Buddy!

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Make a Take-Home Oyster Mushroom Buddy!

This hands-on demo for children lets them make an oyster mushroom kit they can take home, nurture, and watch grow! It's limited to 20 participants.

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Super Fun Real Food Challenge

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Super Fun Real Food Challenge

Do your kids know the difference between real food and fake food? Help them learn what foods not only taste good, but are also good for you.

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Automatic Firewood Processing

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Automatic Firewood Processing

With the Dyna SC-12, logs up to 15 inches in diameter and 12 feet in length can be cut and split into firewood. Watch this machine in action!

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Basketmaking

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Basketmaking

Baskets can be made from raw as well as repurposed wood from cutting boards.

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Be Your Own Boss: Using Hud-Son portable equipment to earn extra money and improve your woodlot

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Be Your Own Boss: Using Hud-Son portable equipment to earn extra money and improve your woodlot

Learn how to use Hud-Son Forest Equipment to improve your woodlots, earn extra money, and be your own boss!

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Ditch the Dirt: Indoor gardening with passive hydroponics

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Ditch the Dirt: Indoor gardening with passive hydroponics

Let Happy Leaf LED show you how to set up a low-maintenance indoor garden in just minutes: no bugs, no chemicals, no dirt. It doesn't even need to be watered every day.

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Freehand Knife and Tool Sharpening

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Freehand Knife and Tool Sharpening

Jon LeValley demonstrates basic knife and tool sharpening using stones.

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Hand-Carving Spoons

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Hand-Carving Spoons

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

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How to Build a Geodesic Chicken Tractor

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How to Build a Geodesic Chicken Tractor

Help build a geodesic dome using Zip Ties. All who participates receive an "I Built a Geodesic Dome" T-shirt.

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Pain Relief Massagers

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Pain Relief Massagers

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

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Yanmar Tractor University

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Yanmar Tractor University

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

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All-Natural Pain Relief at Its Best

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All-Natural Pain Relief at Its Best

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

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Ancient Greek Wisdom: Using olive oil as a natural alternative for health and beauty

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Ancient Greek Wisdom: Using olive oil as a natural alternative for health and beauty

Learn how to incorporate organic olive oil and essential oils into your daily self-care rituals for truly vibrant health and beauty. Prevent illness, relieve joint pain, enjoy glowing and nourished skin, and more.

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Displaced Uterus Self-Check (DUSC)

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Displaced Uterus Self-Check (DUSC)

As a woman, have you ever dealt with chronic constipation? Do you have a desk job or walk on concrete daily? Do you have difficulty achieving or maintaining pregnancy? Do you have incontinence with sneezing, laughing, or coughing? Are you a frequent runner? Have you had multiple pregnancies or difficult labors? Experienced sexual trauma? You may unknowingly be experiencing a displaced uterus. Learn how to quickly check your uterine positioning at a (Displaced Uterus Self-Check (DUSC) demo!

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Herbs for Pain

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Herbs for Pain

The Dancing Herbalist discusses three different herbs that can be used for three different sources of pain in the body.

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Lifetime Cookware

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Lifetime Cookware

Learn about water-less, grease-less cookware. It's an investment of a lifetime!

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Making Tinctures, Made Easy

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Making Tinctures, Made Easy

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

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Making Your Own Herbal Remedies for Winter Wellness

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Making Your Own Herbal Remedies for Winter Wellness

Learn to make simple but effective remedies for winter colds and flu.

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Natural Psoriasis and Eczema Help

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Natural Psoriasis and Eczema Help

Dragon's Blood (Sangre de Drago) from Ecuador can help to seal the skin to assist with psoriasis and eczema.

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Nature's Finest All-Natural Pain Relief

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Nature's Finest All-Natural Pain Relief

Sample a natural pain relief product that works with the body for hours of relief without pills or worries over side effects. Got pain? Visit this booth and enjoy the rest of the weekend pain-free.

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Organic Herbal Apothecary

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Organic Herbal Apothecary

Integrate our certified organic herbal bitters and tonics to enhance vitality in your daily routine! Learn to build your own herbal apothecary at home, and take control of your own health!

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Research-Based Health Benefits and Uses of Bee Propolis

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Research-Based Health Benefits and Uses of Bee Propolis

Learn about the amazing benefits of bee propolis for health and wellness. This demonstration offers research-based information as well as items on display, pictures, testimonials, personal stories, and samples.

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The Untold Story of Water

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The Untold Story of Water

Raise your “water consciousness” through understanding how structured water is important to your health, and how this is different from all other water. Learn how Sacred Geometry, in the form of the Golden Ratio, as found throughout the natural world affects the energetic vitality of food and water. Featuring the pioneering work of Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto on the crystalline structure of water, this easy-to-understand yet thorough presentation explores an aspect of water that few people know about, and which is essential to health and well-being.

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You Don't Have to Live with Pain

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You Don't Have to Live with Pain

Receive a free evaluation of what is causing your pain, as well as a free 10-minute treatment to show you how to correct the problems.

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Basket Shaping and Bee's Wrap Wrapping

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Basket Shaping and Bee's Wrap Wrapping

Shape an African market basket using one simple ingredient! This presentation also includes ongoing demonstrations on how to wrap a variety of food in Bee's Wrap and rid your life of plastic.

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Decorative Wire Working

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Decorative Wire Working

Richelle Dourte demonstrates basic wire working on handcrafted, fabricated jewelry, as well as cold connections while assembling botanical metalwork. The demonstration also includes a presentation on how to use a travel plant press, which preserves the native flora used in making jewelry.

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Make custom or personalize wood projects with digital wood carver.

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The Making of Handcrafted Instruments

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The Making of Handcrafted Instruments

Artist Daniel Johnson makes and plays native-style flutes, drums, didgeridoos, and other custom instruments, honoring and preserving indigenous cultures worldwide. Experience the healing sounds of these uniquely handcrafted works.

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4 M's of Agriculture

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4 M's of Agriculture

Learn about the four M's of agriculture.

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Growing and using Perennial Onions and Other Unusual Fall Planted Alliums.

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Growing and using Perennial Onions and Other Unusual Fall Planted Alliums.

Most gardens have at least a row of spring planted onions but miss out on the fall planted multiplier onions, shallots and perennial leeks. Stop by the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange booth to learn how easy it is to grow and use the tasty, fall planted alliums to your garden and home grown harvest.

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Heirloom Tomato, Pepper, and Melon Tasting

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Heirloom Tomato, Pepper, and Melon Tasting

Nothing says summer like a vine-ripened tomato. Stop by the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange booth to sample the "heirloom tomato classics," the old-time favorite red, pink, and "black" beefsteak tomatoes (as well as lesser-known family heirlooms). Taste delicious melons and savory peppers. Pick your favorites to grow next season!

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How to String-Weave Tomatoes

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How to String-Weave Tomatoes

Florida string-weaving (also called basket weaving), is an effective and low-cost way to support tomatoes, peppers, peas, and other tall crops. Pam Dawling also demonstrates a tweak, which allows you to avoid hauling the ball of twine along the row.

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Inoculating a King Stropharia (Wine Cap Mushroom) Bed

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Inoculating a King Stropharia (Wine Cap Mushroom) Bed

Learn how easy it can be to start a King Stropharia patch on your own ground! Hear step-by-step guidance, and take instructions home.

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Making Seed Balls

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Making Seed Balls

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

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Seed Starting with Soil Blocking

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Seed Starting with Soil Blocking

This demonstration of how to start seeds with the English method of soil blocking covers making blocks, sowing seeds, and the germination process.

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Setup and Filling of a Garden Circle Garden Bed

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Setup and Filling of a Garden Circle Garden Bed

It takes only minutes to set up a Garden Circle raised bed garden. See how quick and simple it is. Ryan Hunt also talks about garden beds of different sizes, unique garden-scaping arrangements for your yard, drip irrigation for the raised beds, and tips for how to get the best from your soil.

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Feeding You by the Ounce, Not by the Pound

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Feeding You by the Ounce, Not by the Pound

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

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Fermentation Tips and Troubleshooting

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Fermentation Tips and Troubleshooting

The Farmstead Ferments booth provides tips on basic fermentation processes, feedback on your fermentation projects, as well as conversation about the art of fermentation with other enthusiasts. They look forward to meeting you!

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Growing, Preserving, and Maximizing Health Benefits of Garlic

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Growing, Preserving, and Maximizing Health Benefits of Garlic

Not only does garlic taste great, it also has many health benefits. Discover how to maximize these benefits by growing and preserving your own garlic crop!

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Heirloom Tomato, Pepper, and Melon Tasting

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Heirloom Tomato, Pepper, and Melon Tasting

Nothing says summer like a vine-ripened tomato. Stop by the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange booth to sample the "heirloom tomato classics," the old-time favorite red, pink, and "black" beefsteak tomatoes (as well as lesser-known family heirlooms). Taste delicious melons and savory peppers. Pick your favorites to grow next season!

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Build a Rocket Mass Heater

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Build a Rocket Mass Heater

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

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DIY Solar

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DIY Solar

Learn how you can install thermal solar yourself, whether for heating, domestic hot water, integrating into your greenhouse, or keeping your aquaponics at the right temperature. Rayviance shows you how to use the sun for all your hot water needs!

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Firewood Processor

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Firewood Processor

Watch a PTO-powered wood processor make logs into firewood.

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Woodstoves for Off-Grid Living

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Woodstoves for Off-Grid Living

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

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