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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. 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. 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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Understanding and Making Handcrafted Soap

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Understanding and Making Handcrafted Soap

Interested in making your own soap? Making soap is not difficult, but it is exacting. Learn about the history, the different methods, selecting ingredients, the chemistry behind the process. Join Regina Bauscher for education and fun! Speaker Bio Regina Bauscher leverages a chemistry background and work experience with the Handcrafted Soap Cosmetic Guild certification in soap-making. She is a 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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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. 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. Books by this Speaker: An Introduction to Heritage Breeds

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Extraordinary Equines

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Extraordinary Equines

Whether you are looking for an equine for the plow, driving, endurance, therapy, or for the trail, there’s the right heritage breed equine out there for you! Learn about the variety of choices and how finding the appropriate breed for your skill and needs can make the dream of ownership and delightful reality. 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. Books by this Speaker: An Introduction to Heritage Breeds

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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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Colorful Paper Chicken Friends

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Colorful Paper Chicken Friends

Learn how to create a flock of your own to love with paper plates, tissue paper, and googly eyes. Bring your imagination and creative spirit for this one-of-a-kind workshop. 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. Books by this Speaker: A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens

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Chick Fever: Getting started for less

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Chick Fever: Getting started for less

Thinking about getting chickens? Chickens make wonderful family pets. Learn all the basics of starting out, including chick care, housing needs, feed, and raising a healthy and happy flock. Throughout this presentation, Melissa Caughey shares tips, hacks, secrets to egg laying, money-saving ideas, and much more. 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. Books by this Speaker: A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens

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Gardening with Chickens: More secrets to success

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Gardening with Chickens: More secrets to success

Melissa Caughey of Tilly's Nest has returned this year, and she is sharing even more gardening with chickens tips! Learn what to grow for your flock, how to plant a garden just for them, the health benefits for you and your flock by gardening together, and even how to garden all year long. Caughey reveals tips, clever ideas, how to outsmart chickens, as well as safe plantings. Learn how to successfully plant and enjoy gardens with vegetables, fruits, annuals, and perennials with this chicken-loving master gardener. 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. Books by this Speaker: A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens

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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. Books by this Speaker: The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling, Power from the Sun

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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. Books by this Speaker: The New Ecological Home, Solar Home Heating Basics

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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. Books by this Speaker: Green Home Improvement

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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. Books by this Speaker: The Scoop on Poop

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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. Books by this Speaker: Conceiving Healthy Babies

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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. Books by this Speaker: Conceiving Healthy Babies

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Planning for Cover Crops in Your Garden Rotation

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Planning for Cover Crops in Your Garden Rotation

Cover crops help to feed the soil, attract beneficial insects, and can provide mulch and compost material for your garden. Learn how to plan these great crops into your garden rotation so your beds are full all year. Speaker Bio Cindy Conner researches how to sustainably grow a complete diet in a small space at her home near Ashland, Virginia, and has produced the videos Develop a Sustainable Vegetable Garden Plan and Cover Crops and Compost Crops IN Your Garden. Conner, a former market gardener, was instrumental in establishing the sustainable agriculture program at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Goochland, Virginia, and taught there from 1999 to 2010. She is the author of Grow a Sustainable Diet: Planning and Growing to Feed Ourselves and the Earth and Seed Libraries and Other Means of Keeping Seeds in the Hands of the People. Follow Conner's blog at www.HomeplaceEarth.wordpress.com.

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Transitioning from a Homestead Garden to a Market Garden

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Transitioning from a Homestead Garden to a Market Garden

Going from being a great home gardener to growing enough produce to sell at the markets is a big step. Learn how to best plan to make that change. Anticipating what you need to do to sell through the market or markets you choose (whether a farmers market, restaurant, online market, or community-supported agriculture program) will help you decide if this is right for you. Speaker Bio Cindy Conner researches how to sustainably grow a complete diet in a small space at her home near Ashland, Virginia, and she has produced the videos Develop a Sustainable Vegetable Garden Plan and Cover Crops and Compost Crops IN Your Garden. A former market gardener, Conner was instrumental in establishing the sustainable agriculture program at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Goochland, Virginia, and taught there from 1999 to 2010. She is the author of Grow a Sustainable Diet: Planning and Growing to Feed Ourselves and the Earth and Seed Libraries and Other Means of Keeping Seeds in the Hands of the People. Her newest interest is to go from seed to garment with cotton and flax/linen grown in her garden.

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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. Books by this Speaker: Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

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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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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. Books by this Speaker: Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

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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. Books by this Speaker: Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

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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. 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 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. 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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Kid's Kombucha Tasting & SCOBY Bacteria "Petting Zoo"

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Kid's Kombucha Tasting & SCOBY Bacteria "Petting Zoo"

The Kombucha Kamp SCOBY Petting Zoo is a hands-on experience for everyone. Our bacterial buddies help us stay healthy and strong. Get up close and personal with some of the "good bugs" that keep our bodies in balance by creating delicious fermented drinks. The Kombucha Mamma, Hannah Crum, shares secrets of the SCOBY to thrill the little ones and introduce them to the wonder of fermentation. Speaker Bio Hannah Crum and Alex LaGory created Kombucha Kamp 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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Preserving Your Garden's Bounty

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Preserving Your Garden's Bounty

Your garden is bursting at the seams, your chickens are fat and the orchard’s branches, heavy with fruit, are touching the ground! What to do? Learn how to preserve and enjoy your bounty all through the winter with safe and proven techniques. Explore ways to maintain the best flavor and highest nutrition value when freezing, drying, fermenting and canning. Speaker Bio Lorree Cummings, clinical nutritionist, gardener and educator, is the owner of Stone Cottage Farm & Garden. After inheriting the family homestead in 2006, she began working to restore the farm she remembered as a child. Local awareness in the renovation led to questions from interested, aspiring homesteaders and eventually to workshops to help others. She now travels, offering lectures and classes about raised-bed organic gardening, edible landscaping, backyard chickens, food preservation, seed starting and urban homesteading. She has presented her topics at Master Gardeners' Design & Beyond, The Gardener's Workshop at Lakeland College, Beech Creek Botanical Gardens' annual symposium, and many other events.

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Intensive Grazing for the Homesteader

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Intensive Grazing for the Homesteader

Sustainable forage-based, family-scale food production doesn't require many acres; even small, neglected pieces of land can be the basis for a secure, productive food system based on grass-fed ruminants, dairy and integrated, multispecies farming. Learn how the milk from a moderate-production dairy cow can provide the high-quality proteins for a household, beef steer, pig, flock of hens ... with milk for butter and cheese, and whey to fertilize the garden and heat up the compost pile. The small plot of ground with a cow, a couple of pigs, and a flock of hens that sustained the majority of the world for centuries is still capable of doing so, transforming the farmer from a purveyor of purchased grains to an ecologist who orchestrates the farm’s resources. Speaker Bio Shawn and Beth Dougherty farm 45 acres of steep, rocky land in eastern Ohio, where they raise beef and dairy cattle, pigs, sheep, and various poultry, and run a small community dairy, Two Sisters Creamery. They write and teach on the topic of small-scale intensive grass-based farming and sustainable food production. Their farming practices develop from the conviction that truly sustainable farming is not dependent on purchased, off-farm inputs, but builds its fertility and productivity through good management of sunlight, soil, precipitation, plants and animals. Books by this Speaker: The Independent Farmstead

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Mixed Species Management: Intensive grazing on the small family farm

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Mixed Species Management: Intensive grazing on the small family farm

Shawn and Beth Dougherty, authors of The Independent Farmstead, share their experience with management intensive grazing practices for multispecies animals on the small family farm. The Doughertys explore strategies for moving fence quickly and efficiently, methods for using low-tech water solutions all year round, and offer advice on rotational paddock size and shapes based on season, forage, animal species, and topography, all geared to the family farm of 50 acres or less. Speaker Bio Shawn and Beth Dougherty farm 45 acres of steep, rocky land in eastern Ohio, where they raise beef and dairy cattle, pigs, sheep, and various poultry, and run a small community dairy, Two Sisters Creamery. They write and teach on the topic of small-scale intensive grass-based farming and sustainable food production. Their farming practices develop from the conviction that truly sustainable farming is not dependent on purchased, off-farm inputs, but builds its fertility and productivity through good management of sunlight, soil, precipitation, plants and animals. Books by this Speaker: The Independent Farmstead

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Not Suitable for Agriculture: Good farming with poor land, small savings, and a lot to learn

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Not Suitable for Agriculture: Good farming with poor land, small savings, and a lot to learn

Sky-high land costs, lack of capital and limited farming experience need not be obstacles for anyone who wants to build an abundant, fertile cottage farm. Using the techniques of regenerative agriculture (including intensive grass management, captured water systems, home dairying, four-season gardening for food and forage, and whole-farm “no-waste” composting), homesteaders can grow food, fertility, and a future on land like the Sow’s Ear. Shawn and Beth Dougherty, authors of The Independent Farmstead from Chelsea Green Publishing, built the self-sustaining Ohio farm with their family on land designated by the state of Ohio: Not Suitable for Agriculture. Speaker Bio Shawn and Beth Dougherty farm 45 acres of steep, rocky land in eastern Ohio, where they raise beef and dairy cattle, pigs, sheep, and various poultry, and run a small community dairy, Two Sisters Creamery. They write and teach on the topic of small-scale intensive grass-based farming and sustainable food production. Their farming practices develop from the conviction that truly sustainable farming is not dependent on purchased, off-farm inputs, but builds its fertility and productivity through good management of sunlight, soil, precipitation, plants and animals. Books by this Speaker: The Independent Farmstead

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Growing Elderberry for Health and Profit

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Growing Elderberry for Health and Profit

Learn about the past, present, and future of elderberry. River Hills Harvest has been promoting elderberry and training farmers and gardeners on how to grow them for more than a decade. This workshop includes samples, fun, and inspiration. Speaker Bio Terry Durham has been farming organically since 1978, and he started commercial elderberries in 2005. He has helped hundreds of gardeners and farmers start growing through his nursery and educational events.

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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. Books by this Speaker: City Chicks, Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry

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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. Books by this Speaker: City Chicks, Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry

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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. Books by this Speaker: City Chicks, Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry

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Eggs-traordinary Eggs: The science, tricks, and secrets of eggs

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Eggs-traordinary Eggs: The science, tricks, and secrets of eggs

Eggs are among the most nutritious, easily digestible and absorbed foods available on the planet. Eggs are so adaptable that they can be used for a variety of dishes. They create elegant soufflés, hold meatloaf together, keep oil and vinegar from separating in mayonnaise, and form crystals in candies. They spin magically into meringues and thicken smooth custards. Eggs build cake batters by providing the structural framework, and produce finely grained ice creams, enrich soups, and glaze pie crusts. What other food can do all this? It’s said you can tell a great chef from a cook by the way they treat and use eggs. Learn the chemistry behind the magic of eggs in this egg-splicit, eggs-citing workshop. 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. Books by this Speaker: City Chicks, Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry

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Food Forest Gardening

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Food Forest Gardening

This presentation focuses on designing productive perennial polycultures built around fruit trees and berry bushes. A food forest garden, based on permaculture principles, combines trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and flowers into a productive, ecologically sound and productive system. Speaker Bio Darrell Frey is a permaculture designer and teacher with more than 30 years of experience in permaculture market gardening and sustainable community development. He is the owner of Three Sisters Farm and Three Sisters Permaculture Design.

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Urban Permaculture: Urban farms, food forests, and community gardens

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Urban Permaculture: Urban farms, food forests, and community gardens

This workshop examines the application of permaculture design in planning and managing urban and suburban farms and gardens. Study urban permaculture through an in-depth look at several urban agriculture projects. Speaker Bio Darrell Frey is a permaculture designer and teacher with more than 30 years of experience in permaculture market gardening and sustainable community development. He is the owner of Three Sisters Farm and Three Sisters Permaculture Design.

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Aromatherapy for Wellness

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Aromatherapy for Wellness

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

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How to Save 50 Percent on Irrigation and Have Greater Production with the Organic Program

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How to Save 50 Percent on Irrigation and Have Greater Production with the Organic Program

Howard Garrett explains how a simple, natural organic program for gardening and landscaping on residential and commercial projects works better in every way ... including from an economic standpoint. He shows how his management program can result in a 40 to 50 percent cost savings in water use, and he will also answer specific questions from the audience about pests, plants and procedures. Speaker Bio Howard Garrett is recognized as one of the leaders in the research, education, and promotion of natural organic products and practices. Garrett was born in Pittsburg, Texas, graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1965, received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University in 1969 and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1970 to 1977. He has extensive experience in natural organic gardening, landscape contracting, greenhouse growing, golf course planning and maintenance, and organic product development. Garrett provides state-of-the-art advice on natural organic gardening, landscaping, pet health, composting, pest control, and how to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Books by this Speaker: The Organic Manual

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Natural Organic Pest Control

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Natural Organic Pest Control

The most effective pest control just happens to be organic. Howard will discuss how to protect and work with beneficial insects as well as what natural- organic pest control products to use in certain situations. Speaker Bio Howard Garrett is recognized as one of the leaders in the research, education, and promotion of natural organic products and practices. Garrett was born in Pittsburg, Texas, graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1965, received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University in 1969 and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1970 to 1977. He has extensive experience in natural organic gardening, landscape contracting, greenhouse growing, golf course planning and maintenance, and organic product development. Garrett provides state-of-the-art advice on natural organic gardening, landscaping, pet health, composting, pest control, and how to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Books by this Speaker: The Organic Manual

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Guinea-Keeping for Organic Pest Control

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Guinea-Keeping for Organic Pest Control

More and more, people are searching for non-chemical means of controlling yard and garden pests, including grasshoppers, beetles, and Lyme disease-carrying ticks. Guinea fowl can be a big part of your organic pest control plan for your yard, farm, or garden. Among their many benefits, guineas are insect-eating machines, and they are easy-keepers, once you learn about their specific needs. This talk includes information about how to raise guineas and incorporate them into your already existing situation, how to take advantage of their traits and habits, best housing, and everything else guinea-keepers need to know. Speaker Bio Cindy Gibson is president of Guinea Fowl International, an organization founded to support the responsible guinea-keeping and to educate on the care and habits of Guinea Fowl. She first acquired guineas to help combat a grasshopper infestation on her Texas ranch, and now keeps over 100 guinea fowl along with her chickens, ducks, and grazing animals. She helps new guinea-keepers, and frequently speaks to groups about the why-and-how to incorporate guinea-keeping into your landscape or farm. In particular, she helps dispel some of the myths and misinformation that has led some to unsuccessful attempts at guinea-keeping.

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Guinea Fowl 101

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Guinea Fowl 101

Fun facts and things you never knew about guinea fowl, as well as the basics on how to keep guineas successfully and safely, so they can be part of your organic pest control plan. Speaker Bio Cindy Gibson is president of Guinea Fowl International, an organization founded to support the responsible guinea-keeping and to educate on the care and habits of Guinea Fowl. She first acquired guineas to help combat a grasshopper infestation on her Texas ranch, and now keeps over 100 guinea fowl along with her chickens, ducks, and grazing animals. She helps new guinea-keepers, and frequently speaks to groups about the why-and-how to incorporate guinea-keeping into your landscape or farm. In particular, she helps dispel some of the myths and misinformation that has led some to unsuccessful attempts at guinea-keeping.

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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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Making Soap: The real details

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Making Soap: The real details

Jordan Henderson takes a brief look at what soap is, how it works, and how it is commonly made at home. He leads a quick tour of other methods of making soap, as well. He talks about misconceptions about soap, ingredients, and how recipes are formulated. Lastly, he makes soap! Speaker Bio Jordan Henderson, the owner of Soap Alchemy, started making soap more than 16 years ago, to stop his skin from itching and turning red. The journey has been a lifelong learning experience. Today, he formulates soaps, lotions, scrubs, laundry products, and other related products.

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DIY Laundry Soap

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DIY Laundry Soap

Laundry soap has a tough task, cleaning clothing of who knows what. Sounds simple, and sometimes it is. But, really, what is laundry soap? Is there a simple recipe that fits all needs? What is bleaching and these so-called "safe" bleaches? Do they really help? Jordan Henderson covers what is needed to make laundry soap work, as well as what causes it not to work. Henderson presents a few demonstrations to explain the purpose of different ingredients and finally, he makes some laundry soap! Speaker Bio Jordan Henderson, the owner of Soap Alchemy, has been formulating and testing laundry soap for four years. His journey in soap started more than 16 years ago, in response to skin-related issues. The journey continues.

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Tractor Maintenance and Attachment Options

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Tractor Maintenance and Attachment Options

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

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Essential Oils for Health and Well-Being

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Essential Oils for Health and Well-Being

Connie Jacoby provides information on the usage of essential oils in daily life and history; flashpoints; vital information on safety, blending oils, precautions, ingestion of oils, and overall knowledge of maladies; as well as basic and advanced treatments and benefits derived from usage. Speaker Bio A 17-year nursing professional who became disenchanted with the medical profession and pharmaceuticals, Connie Jacoby chose to use the elements God had supplied for health and well-being. Essential oils, aromatherapy, herbal supplements/tinctures, and touch therapy became her focus. Those areas combined have given her the availability to provide answers for the maladies and health-care issues people face each day, affordably. Jacoby is a speaker for the Missouri League of Nursing on Alternative and Complementary Therapies in Healthcare Today, a Certified Medical Aromatherapist, a Licensed Practical Nurse, and owner of Wise Women Botanicals and The Aroma Spa Wellness Center.

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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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Fermentation: An Everyday Miracle

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Fermentation: An Everyday Miracle

Fermented foods and beverages are produced and enjoyed in every part of the world. There is a certain inevitability to microbial change to our food, and for millennia people have harnessed that inevitable force in order to make alcohol and to make food more stable for storage, more delicious, and more digestible. This keynote presentation is a broad overview of fermentation and makes the case that this ancient practice is more relevant to our lives now than ever before. Speaker Bio Sandor Ellix Katz is a fermentation revivalist. His books Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation, along with the hundreds of fermentation workshops he has taught around the world, have helped to catalyze a broad revival of the fermentation arts. A self-taught experimentalist who lives in rural Tennessee, he has been called “one of the unlikely rock stars of the American food scene” by the New York Times. Katz is the recipient of a James Beard award and many other honors.

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Vegetable Fermentation: Exploring the possibilities

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Vegetable Fermentation: Exploring the possibilities

The simple techniques of vegetable fermentation can be applied in infinite creative and appealing ways. Nearly any vegetable, raw or cooked, can be fermented, as can fruits, herbs, and spices. Learn about brining, fermented vegetable drinks, and fermented relish. Brainstorm more variations and ask troubleshooting questions. Speaker Bio Sandor Ellix Katz is a fermentation revivalist. His books Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation, along with the hundreds of fermentation workshops he has taught around the world, have helped to catalyze a broad revival of the fermentation arts. A self-taught experimentalist who lives in rural Tennessee, he has been called “one of the unlikely rock stars of the American food scene” by the New York Times. Katz is the recipient of a James Beard award and many other honors.

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The Buzz About Bees

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The Buzz About Bees

Did you know you can thank a honey bee for a third of the food you eat? The Buzz About Bees is a hands-on educational science program about honey bees for children of all ages. Following a short program packed with plenty of participation, songs, and props, children will learn more about honey bees by tasting honey from different floral sources, examining a bee under a microscope, trying on a bee suit, making a finger puppet, sampling beeswax lotion, playing pollination games, creating a comb rubbing, and more! Speaker Bio Kim Lehman has worked for more than 25 years as a honey bee educator, teacher, professional storyteller, musician, and author. She has presented hundreds of programs and workshops at schools, libraries, museums, nature centers, and festivals. As part of her children’s column for Bee Culture Magazine, Lehman began the Bee Buddies club, which now has members in every state. She also founded the American Beekeeping Federation Kids and Bees Program and directed this educational service about honey bees for the public at their annual conferences for many years.

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Flora Fact and Folklore

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Flora Fact and Folklore

The stories and myths of flowers and herbs take us back to fairies, Greeks, and our own childhood plant lore passed down from generation to generation. How did mint and parsley come to be? What is the legend of the bluebonnet, the state flower of Texas? Look at the plant world through these stories, folklore, songs, traditional uses of plants, and personal anecdotes. Speaker Bio Kim Lehman has worked for more than 25 years as a honey bee educator, teacher, professional storyteller, musician, and author. She has presented hundreds of programs and workshops at schools, libraries, museums, nature centers, and festivals. As part of her children’s column for Bee Culture Magazine, Lehman began the Bee Buddies club, which now has members in every state. She also founded the American Beekeeping Federation Kids and Bees Program and directed this educational service about honey bees for the public at their annual conferences for many years.

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Hand Tools for Wood Harvesting, Firewood Processing, and Basic Woodworking

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Hand Tools for Wood Harvesting, Firewood Processing, and Basic Woodworking

Learn the value of new and vintage hand tools for firewood harvesting and basic woodworking. This workshop covers the basic tools needed for everything from felling trees to splitting kindling and green woodworking. Hear what tools you're better off buying vintage, and what you can buy off the shelf without worrying. Speaker Bio From an early age, Jonathon LeValley has had a passion for the outdoors. Starting with a simple pocket knife at age 6 and a cheap hatchet by 8, experience has taught him the value of good tools and hard work. The hunt for a good axe led him to start restoring tools, and in 2012, the hobby became a full-time profession with the founding of LeValley Outdoors. Outside of the shop, Jon spends hundreds of hours each year researching and testing tools and techniques both new and old.

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The Axe: A brief history one of man's oldest tools, and how to select and care for one today

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The Axe: A brief history one of man's oldest tools, and how to select and care for one today

Developing across continents and millennia, the axe has been man's constant companion and one of our most valuable tools. This long development has led to a dizzying variety of axes, but selecting one today need not be a complicated process. Once you learn how to select an axe, you'll also learn how to maintain it for many years of happy use. Speaker Bio From an early age, Jonathon LeValley has had a passion for the outdoors. Starting with a simple pocket knife at age 6 and a cheap hatchet by 8, experience has taught him the value of good tools and hard work. The hunt for a good axe led him to start restoring tools, and in 2012, the hobby became a full-time profession with the founding of LeValley Outdoors. Outside of the shop, Jon spends hundreds of hours each year researching and testing tools and techniques both new and old.

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The Permaculture Market Garden

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The Permaculture Market Garden

Zach Loeks starts with a crash course in natural science, explains ecosystem services, and covers techniques for mapping and designing your farm to fit within your property's environmental reality. He discusses how to use holistic planning to balance your business and then delves into the routine improvement of your soil through brown brain investment. The presentation culminates with Loeks laying out his Permabed system for patterning efficient garden diversity and how it serves as a framework for agro-ecosystem design. Covering key concepts from Loeks' book The Permaculture Market Garden, this workshop invites attendees to immerse themselves in this farm design process and its possibilities for simplifying and improving a farm business or homestead. Speaker Bio Zach Loeks is an educator, designer/consultant, and farmer in Ontario, and he has a degree in environmental geography from Concordia University. He teaches soil science at Algonquin College and root cellar design at Yestermorrow Design/Build School. He also runs workshops on and off the farm on topics ranging from organic gardening and garlic production to off-grid living and farm design. His research and farming practices emphasize integrating diversity, conserving soil, and maximizing farm ecosystem services while maintaining high productivity. He is also the author of The Permaculture Market Garden, a vibrant guide to sustainable market gardening and agro-ecological land patterning. Books by this Speaker: The Permaculture Market Garden

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I Want Chickens but Where Do I Start?

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I Want Chickens but Where Do I Start?

With the amazing array of heritage chicken breeds available today, it can be complicated deciding which is most appropriate for your land, climate and needs. Learn which questions to ask before committing to a breed, and explore the diversity of chickens to choose from. 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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Hopping for Fun and Profit with Heritage Rabbits

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Hopping for Fun and Profit with Heritage Rabbits

Rabbits can be easy, versatile and quiet animals to raise on your small property. Heritage breeds offer a chance to set yourself apart from other rabbitries and provide value-added product for both home use or sale. Get acquainted with the breeds and the basics of raising rabbits. 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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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. 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. Books by this Speaker: Craft Distilling, Pure Poultry

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Sourdough Is Not a Flavor: Naturally-leavened bread, simplified

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Sourdough Is Not a Flavor: Naturally-leavened bread, simplified

Making sourdough-based breads is easier than you might think. Sourdough starter, activated by wild yeast, can be used for making a lot more than just loaf breads and pizza. This overview of the sourdough process will cover benefits of naturally-leavened breads, the basic method of creating and maintaining a low-maintenance sourdough starter, and working with non-gluten grains. The author of the award-winning book Craft Distilling, Victoria Miller is an experienced and passionate sourdough baker. This workshop also includes a brief look at her wood-fired outdoor oven, the perfect tool for baking amazing sourdough breads. 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. Books by this Speaker: Craft Distilling, Pure Poultry

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Saving Resources and Money by Living Intentionally

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Saving Resources and Money by Living Intentionally

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage members Aaron Murphy and Dan Durica share the lessons they have learned that contribute to their radically low impact on the Earth. Learn how to use 90 percent fewer key resources than the average United States household while improving quality of life and personal connections. From neighborhood vehicle cooperatives, group decision-making strategies, cooperative eating and food preservation, to natural building and much more, the topics covered in this workshop allow participants to walk away feeling empowered to improve life for themselves and the Earth while reducing their carbon footprint. Speaker Bio Aaron Murphy builds natural buildings, grows gardens, and preserves food, in addition to being on the board of directors of the Milkweed Mercantile Cooperative at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. He also produces videos for alternative media and conscious clients through Skillly.net. Dancing Rabbit is one of the most successful ecovillages in the country, and is arguably the most radical. It's home to almost 50 people, and more than 35 natural buildings, making it one of the biggest collections of sustainably built houses in the country. The ecovillage is entirely powered by its own renewable energy-based microgrid. Its members have given up their personal vehicles and instead share three cars and a truck in a vehicle co-op. Because fossil fuel use is largely prohibited, Dancing Rabbit exemplifies the inevitable future, and demonstrates that people can lead happy lives using only renewable sustainable technology.

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The Cost of Convenience

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The Cost of Convenience

Today, too many people are literally sick and tired all the time. That is not sustainable, and we can’t afford it. Our modern lives are filled with conveniences that are killing us slowly. We spend too much time sitting and eat too much so-called food that didn’t exist 50 years ago. So, what’s the answer? Start cooking from scratch. Plant a garden for fresh veggies. Get a few backyard chickens for fresh eggs. Step away from the desk. Move! Speaker Bio Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer, and self-sufficiency expert. In 2002, she moved her family from the Chicago suburbs to a 32-acre parcel on a creek in the middle of nowhere. Together, they built their own home and began growing the majority of their own food. Sheep, pigs, goats, chickens, and turkeys supply meat, eggs, and dairy products, while a garden and fruit trees provide produce. Niemann presents workshops across the United States and in Canada. She is the author of Homegrown and Handmade, Ecothrifty, and Raising Goats Naturally.

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Homestead Business: Value-Added Products

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Homestead Business: Value-Added Products

If you want to make money on your homestead with value-added products, there are a lot of things you can do! Deborah Niemann talks about various options for selling milk, cheese, soap, meat, compost, leather, and more. Learn about startup costs, as well as legalities and liabilities. Speaker Bio Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer, and self-sufficiency expert. In 2002, she moved her family from the Chicago suburbs to a 32-acre parcel on a creek in the middle of nowhere. Together, they built their own home and began growing the majority of their own food. Sheep, pigs, goats, chickens, and turkeys supply meat, eggs, and dairy products, while a garden and fruit trees provide produce. Niemann presents workshops across the United States and in Canada. She is the author of Homegrown and Handmade, Ecothrifty, and Raising Goats Naturally.

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Choosing Livestock for Your Homestead

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Choosing Livestock for Your Homestead

It's tempting to buy every cute animal you see, but you'll probably regret at least a few of those purchases. Deborah Niemann starts with an overview of livestock and talks about how to choose the right animals for your homestead and your life, depending upon your property, your personality, and your goals. Speaker Bio Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer, and self-sufficiency expert. In 2002, she moved her family from the Chicago suburbs to a 32-acre parcel on a creek in the middle of nowhere. Together, they built their own home and began growing the majority of their own food. Sheep, pigs, goats, chickens, and turkeys supply meat, eggs, and dairy products, while a garden and fruit trees provide produce. Niemann presents workshops across the United States and in Canada. She is the author of Homegrown and Handmade, Ecothrifty, and Raising Goats Naturally.

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Resilient Gardening in Changing Climates

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Resilient Gardening in Changing Climates

With attention, creativity, and resilient seeds your garden will continue to thrive as the seasons grow more unpredictable. Learn about soil health, water catchment strategies, and other small (yet not so small) things you can do to surround yourself and your community with abundance for generations to come. Speaker Bio A lifelong seed saver, Petra Page-Mann is co-owner of Fruition Seeds with Matthew Goldfarb. They are committed to developing organic seed for northern growing conditions. As seed growers their breeding and variety improvement efforts are focused on taste and productivity for Northeast farmers and gardeners. If they're not growing seeds, they're likely hunting mushrooms, dancing, singing, or sharing a meal with someone they love.

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10 Tips for Container Gardens

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10 Tips for Container Gardens

Surrounding yourself with abundance in containers is easy! Like anything, doing hints truly well takes a great deal of time and experience. Here are the key insights from a lifelong container gardener. Speaker Bio A lifelong seed saver, Petra Page-Mann is co-owner of Fruition Seeds with Matthew Goldfarb. They are committed to developing organic seed for northern growing conditions. As seed growers their breeding and variety improvement efforts are focused on taste and productivity for Northeast farmers and gardeners. If they're not growing seeds, they're likely hunting mushrooms, dancing, singing, or sharing a meal with someone they love.

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10 Easy Seeds to Save

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10 Easy Seeds to Save

Does your cilantro bolt too early? Do you wish you had earlier tomatoes? Do you want greens that grow better in the winter? All these are possible when you save your own seed (not to mention that it's fun and easy). Learn the easiest seeds to save in your garden next season. Speaker Bio A lifelong seed saver, Petra Page-Mann is co-owner of Fruition Seeds with Matthew Goldfarb. They are committed to developing organic seed for northern growing conditions. As seed growers their breeding and variety improvement efforts are focused on taste and productivity for Northeast farmers and gardeners. If they're not growing seeds, they're likely hunting mushrooms, dancing, singing, or sharing a meal with someone they love.

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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! 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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Plant to Preserve

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Plant to Preserve

Wouldn’t it be great to eat from your garden every day of the year? Learn proven strategies for stocking your own homegrown pantry, from the ground up. Start by choosing easy-to-grow crops that store themselves, and then learn simple ways to preserve vegetables and fruits so they are welcome in the winter kitchen. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Contributing Editor Barbara Pleasant, award-winning author of Homegrown Pantry, shares dozens of tips and ideas to help you eat from your garden year-round. Speaker Bio Barbara Pleasant has practiced organic vegetable gardening for 30 years in gardens large and small. The author of numerous books (including Homegrown Pantry, Starter Vegetable Gardens, and The Complete Compost Gardening Guide) Pleasant earned a Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association For writing the popular Gardening Know-How column in Mother Earth News. Pleasant lives in Floyd, Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers, and where she keeps a small flock of chickens.

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Organic Gardening for Newbies: Avoiding beginner mistakes

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Organic Gardening for Newbies: Avoiding beginner mistakes

The first three seasons are especially challenging for new gardeners because there is so much to learn. Which mistakes are you most likely to make, and how can you avoid them? MOTHER EARTH NEWS Contributing Editor Barbara Pleasant, award-winning author of Starter Vegetable Gardens, explores the top 10 pitfalls for organic gardening newbies, and she shares proven strategies for success. Speaker Bio Barbara Pleasant has practiced organic vegetable gardening for 30 years in gardens large and small. The author of numerous books (including Homegrown Pantry, Starter Vegetable Gardens, and The Complete Compost Gardening Guide, Pleasant won a Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association for writing the popular Gardening Know-How column in MOTHER EARTH NEWS. Pleasant lives in Floyd, Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers, and where she keeps a small flock of chickens.

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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. Speaker Bio Barbara Pleasant has practiced organic vegetable gardening for 30 years in gardens large and small. The author of numerous books (including Homegrown Pantry, Starter Vegetable Gardens, and The Complete Compost Gardening Guide) Pleasant won a Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association for writing the popular Gardening Know-How column in MOTHER EARTH NEWS. Pleasant lives in Floyd, Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers, and where she keeps a small flock of chickens.

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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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Reclaiming Our Traditional Food Ways

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Reclaiming Our Traditional Food Ways

For the majority of America’s history, direct sales from farmers to consumers were largely unregulated. It was only in the 20th century that family farms were ensnared in a regulatory system created due to food safety problems that were not of their own making. Today, there is a movement to return to the traditional ways of unregulated farmer-to-consumer direct transactions, with state and local oversight rather than federal. At the same time, the federal government is attempting to expand its power to regulate interstate commerce. Find out how the Feds are infringing on our rights to produce and consume the foods of our choice and what you can do to fight back! 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 group's vice president. At the organization, 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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Taking Care of Business: Business law for farmers, homesteaders and artisan food producers

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Taking Care of Business: Business law for farmers, homesteaders and artisan food producers

Learn about the legal issues that farmers and artisan food producers face. This talk covers choice of entity issues (should you operate as a sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, S Corp, C Corp or other?), employment law issues, hazards of hiring interns, zoning and right to farm issues, hosting on-farm events, and innovative business models. Bring your legal questions for the question-and-answer session. 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 group's vice president. At the organization, 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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Reclaim Your health with Ayurveda, One of the World’s Oldest Healing Systems

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Reclaim Your health with Ayurveda, One of the World’s Oldest Healing Systems

The World Health Organization reports that, by 2020, two-thirds of all disease worldwide will be the result of lifestyle choices. Mahatma Gandhi loved ayurveda, a science of healthy living from ancient India, because he believed that teaching us how to live in harmony with nature should be the purpose of medicine; with ayurveda’s emphasis on lifestyle changes addressing the root causes of disease, this purpose is realized. Ananta Ripa shares how living by ayurveda’s recommended diet and lifestyle can help you reclaim your health to experience better sleep, less stress, optimal digestion, and lasting joy and balance. Ripa applied the principles of ayurveda to overcome years of chronic insomnia, eating disorders, and stress. She now loves nothing more than sharing her knowledge of this art of living with everyone she meets. In this workshop, Ripa discusses how you can start shifting your way of eating toward greater health without even having to cook. She shares a surprisingly simple lifestyle secret to help you start to overcome insomnia, heal your digestion, and experience greater clarity of mind. She also talks about inspired ayurvedic morning practices to help you start your day on the best foot possible. Speaker Bio Ananta Ripa Ajmera is an ayurveda practitioner and yoga instructor who studied with Acharya Shunya, an eminent traditional Vedic teacher whose lineage stems back to ancient India. She has taught ayurveda and yoga at Stanford University, Stanford Health Care, California Probation Departments, ABC News, and leading business conferences. Her writing has been popular on MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, and Huffington Post.

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Ayurveda, Food for Your Body, Mind, and Spirit

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Ayurveda, Food for Your Body, Mind, and Spirit

Ayurveda is the art and science of healthy living from ancient India. It is the sister science of yoga and one of the world’s oldest healing systems. As a holistic science, ayurveda addresses the root causes of health problems. Healthy digestion is the key to good overall health in ayurveda, and digestion involves your body, mind, and spirit. Healthy digestion of your food, emotions, and life experiences positively impacts the quality of your sleep and reduces stress, among other potent health benefits. Ananta Ripa teaches what foods are beneficial for boosting your digestion, as a way of supporting your overall health. She explains how the way you eat is just as important as what you eat, and discusses simple, yet powerful ways to incorporate inspired mindful eating practices into your life (to help you digest your food and emotions). She also provides an inspiring meditation to help you digest your life experiences. Speaker Bio Ananta Ripa Ajmera is an ayurveda practitioner and yoga instructor who studied with Acharya Shunya, an eminent traditional Vedic teacher whose lineage stems back to ancient India. She has taught ayurveda and yoga at Stanford University, Stanford Health Care, California Probation Departments, ABC News, and leading business conferences. Her writing has been popular on MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, and Huffington Post.

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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. Books by this Speaker: Salad Bar Beef, Holy Cows & Hog Heaven

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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'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. Books by this Speaker: The Sheer Ecstasy of being a Lunatic Farmer, Everything I Want to do is Illegal

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Health Benefits of Beehive Resources

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Health Benefits of Beehive Resources

Learn about the health and medicinal benefits of beehive resources: propolis, honey, pollen and beeswax. Discover how to use them and what DIY products can be made from them. Speaker Bio Jeannie Saum is a retired educator, beekeeper, gardener, and co-owner and founder of BEEpothecary, which crafts artisan health and skin-care products from beehive resources. An information junkie by nature, she has studied and collected a multitude of research on the benefits of beehive products for human health. She loves sharing about these natural, effective alternatives to pharmaceuticals and how they can be made into health, skin-care, and other useful products for home and family.

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There's Gold in Them There Hives: Health benefits of beehive resources

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There's Gold in Them There Hives: Health benefits of beehive resources

Hear all about the history, research, how-tos, and usage of beehive products: honey, propolis, pollen, and beeswax for human health and natural household products. Speaker Bio Jeannie Saum and Laurie Dotson are co-owners with their spouses of BEEpothecary, specializing in health, skin, and shaving products made from hive resources. Saum is a retired schoolteacher who loves beekeeping, gardening, sewing, fiber crafts, and writing. Dotson is an artist and graphic designer, gardener, and keeper of bees. Their passion is sharing the almost unknown (in this country) value of bee propolis for human health, so that others can benefit from this amazing natural resource.

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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! 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? 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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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. Books by this Speaker: Fermented Vegetables

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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 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. Books by this Speaker: Fermented Vegetables

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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 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. Books by this Speaker: Fermented Vegetables

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Creating a Forest Garden

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Creating a Forest Garden

Forest gardens produce food and supplies from thriving ecosystems. Learn how to create a layered, polycultural food forest. Lincoln Smith discusses forest garden methods, some of the great plants you can grow, and how to take care of them. Learn from Smith's 10 years of forest garden successes and learning experiences. Speaker Bio Lincoln Smith runs Forested, a 10-acre forest garden research site in Bowie, Maryland. He helps people in the eastern United States create forest gardens through consultation and training. He is working on making and marketing acorn foods.

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Heat With Solar: Successfully radiant heat integration

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Heat With Solar: Successfully radiant heat integration

Join Arden Steiner to learn how to effectively use solar water heaters to save thousands and provide the best possible heat for your health and finances. All energy is best left in its original state – the more you transfer energy the more you lose! Start saving today with radiant heat connected to your solar water heaters! Speaker Bio Arden Steiner leads the team at Rayviance. During the past few years, Steiner has immersed himself in the solar water heating market by learning, investigating, researching, and integrating systems. Steiner's passion is not to just support green energy, but rather to support energy that truly makes sense and makes a difference.

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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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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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Making the Farmer-Chef Connection

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Making the Farmer-Chef Connection

This workshop is for farmers who wish to improve their sales to local restaurants, schools, and institutions. Marketing directly to food service establishments offers a number of advantages. Savvy food service operators and their customers love to sample local food products, particularly heirloom vegetables and heritage meats not available through large distributors. Consumers want to know where their food comes from and they appreciate the quality, freshness, and flavor of local foods. They often welcome the opportunity to support the local working landscape. When all goes well, there are great co-marketing opportunities for both farmers and chefs. Speaker Bio The dean of faculty at the New England Culinary Institute, chef Lyndon Virkler co-authored Farm to Table: The Essential Guide to Food Systems for Students, Professionals, and Consumers (with with Darryl Benjamin). Virkler holds a master’s degree in adult and higher education from Vermont College of Union Institute and University, a bachelor's in American literature from Middlebury College in Vermont, and an associate degree in occupational science from the Culinary Institute of America. Since joining the New England Culinary Institute in 1988, Virkler has been active in a number of issues related to food and agriculture. He is a founding member of the Vermont Fresh Network and the Vermont chapter of Chefs Collaborative. He currently serves as co-chair of the Education Committee of the Central Vermont Food Systems Council, is an executive member of the Vermont Higher Education Food Systems Consortium, and a board member of the Vermont Fresh Network.

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Farm to Table’s Role in Reducing Climate Change and Environmental Damage

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Farm to Table’s Role in Reducing Climate Change and Environmental Damage

Lyndon Virkler highlights ways that the farm-to-table movement addresses many of the environmental problems associated with industrial agriculture. He examines the environmental benefits of alternative systems, such as organic agriculture, biointensive farming, permaculture, aquaponics, and rotational grazing. Reviewing the ways that green restaurant practices support a healthier planet, Virkler also examines the impact that reducing food waste can have on conserving water and energy (and preventing the growth of climate change). Speaker Bio Lyndon Virkler is the dean of faculty at New England Culinary Institute and co-author (with Darryl Benjamin) of Farm to Table: The Essential Guide to Food Systems for Students, Professionals, and Consumers. Virkler holds a master’s degree in adult and higher education from Vermont College of Union Institute and University, a bachelor's in American literature from Middlebury College in Vermont, and an associate degree of occupational science from The Culinary Institute of America. Since joining New England Culinary Institute in 1988, Virkler has been active in a number of issues related to food and agriculture. He is a founding member of the Vermont Fresh Network and the Vermont chapter of Chefs Collaborative. He currently serves as co-chair of the Education Committee of the Central Vermont Food Systems Council, is an executive member of the Vermont Higher Education Food Systems Consortium, and a board member of the Vermont Fresh Network.

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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. Ira Wallace covers soil preparation, weed control, and disease prevention, as well as curing and storage requirements. Add these culinary essentials to your garden! Speaker Bio Ira Wallace is on the board of the Organic Seed Alliance and is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, where she coordinates variety selection and new seed grower contracts. Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply through seed saving and sustainable gardening. Books by this Speaker: Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast

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Grow More, Work Less: Expert tips for your vegetable garden

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Grow More, Work Less: Expert tips for your vegetable garden

Simple tips and techniques for adding self sowing annual, perennial and biennial vegetables to your garden. Learn how to save time and money in your edible landscape, permaculture beds, or any vegetable garden. Speaker Bio Ira Wallace is on the board of the Organic Seed Alliance and is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, where she coordinates variety selection and new seed grower contracts. Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply through seed saving and sustainable gardening. Books by this Speaker: Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast

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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. 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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Introduction to Solar Power: On-grid, off-grid, grid-tie, battery backup, and generators

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Introduction to Solar Power: On-grid, off-grid, grid-tie, battery backup, and generators

Primarily an introduction to solar power systems for homeowners, this workshop also addresses specific questions about existing systems, installation problems, battery backup systems, and powering a weekend retreat. Bring your questions, plans, and self-reliance goals to this audience-interactive presentation. Speaker Bio Jeff Yago is a professional licensed engineer, and NABCEP-certified solar professional with more than 40 years of experience in the solar and emergency preparedness field. He had published hundreds of articles for many different publications, including MOTHER EARTH NEWS, Home Power Magazine, Backwoods Home Magazine, Self-Reliance Magazine, and many others. His latest book, titled Lights On was released in November and provides step-by-step instructions for powering lights and all types of appliances long after the grid and your generator have died.

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The Wildcrafted Cocktail

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The Wildcrafted Cocktail

Learn how to use foraged flavors to create cocktails that are unusual and delicious. Ellen Zachos, author of The Wildcrafted Cocktail and Backyard Foraging, explores a range of wild flavors and mixology techniques. Discover which preservation techniques are most useful in cocktail-making, how to build a foraged cocktail, and how to make your own foraged bitters, an essential cocktail ingredient. Every place has unique local flavors. Using wild edible plants in carefully crafted cocktails lets you capture the essence of your special place, and serve it in a glass. This demo includes several tastings. Speaker Bio Ellen Zachos shares seasonal recipes and tips on foraging at BackyardForager.com. She teaches foraged mixology workshops to bartenders in partnership with Rémy Cointreau USA, and is a regular contributor to several Edible magazines. A longtime instructor at the New York Botanic Garden, Zachos is the author of six books, including Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn't Know You Could Eat.

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Backyard Foraging

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Backyard Foraging

When you think about hostas and daylilies, you probably focus on their appealing foliage and vibrant blooms. But these perennials are delicious as well as lovely. Ellen Zachos, author of Backyard Foraging and The Wildcrafted Cocktail, teaches how to recognize, harvest, and prepare tasty treats such as wintergreen sorbet, rose hip soup, and dahlia tuber bread from plants you already have around your home. A surprising number of our favorite garden plants can feed both body and soul. Speaker Bio Ellen Zachos shares seasonal recipes and tips on foraging at BackyardForager.com. She teaches foraged mixology workshops to bartenders in partnership with Rémy Cointreau USA, and is a regular contributor to several Edible magazines. A longtime instructor at the New York Botanic Garden, Zachos is the author of six books, including Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn't Know You Could Eat.

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Grow Cut-flowers for Profit

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Grow Cut-flowers for Profit

Learn the ins and outs of field-grown cut-flowers for profit from veteran flower farmer Lisa Mason Ziegler. She discusses tips for getting started, who you can sell to, what to grow, and how to sell cut-flowers commercially. Flower farming can become a part of your homestead or your urban home with little investment. Ziegler’s urban 1-1/4 acre cutting gardens produce thousands of stems each week in season. Speaker Bio Lisa Mason Ziegler is a cut-flower farmer, author and nationally recognized speaker on organic cut-flower gardening. 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. Books by this Speaker: The Easy Cut-Flower Garden

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Vegetable Gardening: Got flowers?

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Vegetable Gardening: Got flowers?

What business do pretty flowers have in a vegetable garden? Not much, according to most gardeners. Flowers are often treated like tag-along little sisters: They only get a place if there’s room left over. In decades past, flowers were considered a key element of the vegetable patch. Today, they are a casualty of downsizing and practicality. But even though you can’t eat them, flowers more than pull their weight in the garden; they are the welcoming mat for pollinators and beneficial insects. Want your garden to have a strong community of natural garden workers? Plant flowers! Their blossoms will attract a workforce of beneficial insects that will come, set up housekeeping and raise their families. Learn how you can add three seasons of flowers to benefit your vegetable garden and your lifestyle. 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. Books by this Speaker: The Easy Cut-Flower Garden

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