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Herbs for the Mouth: Everyday safe, effective and affordable oral care

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Herbs for the Mouth: Everyday safe, effective and affordable oral care

This workshop explores common kitchen herbs and spices for everyday oral care. Leslie Alexander focuses on six preparations, addressing teething as well as simple pastes and breath fresheners, and herbs to relieve pain or discomfort associated with any number of causes. This general workshop welcomes anyone curious about natural, affordable oral care alternatives. Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio Leslie Alexander, Ph.D., RH (AHG), is a practicing clinical herbalist in Franklin, Pennsylvania, and co-author of Dental Herbalism: Natural Therapies for the Mouth. She was invited to join the American Herbalists Guild (AHG) as a professional member in 2009 and is serving a term on the AHG Council. She divides her time between clinical practice, writing and her work as an educator, offering lectures and workshop opportunities for continuing education. In addition to her focus on both medicinal and culinary herbs (particularly herbs for the mouth), Alexander enjoys foods of all sorts, the outdoors, laughter and tai chi.

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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. Booksigning: ? 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. Booksigning: ? 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! Booksigning: ? 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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Heritage Hogwash

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Heritage Hogwash

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

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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. Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio Jeannette Beranger is a program manager for the Livestock Conservancy and has more than 30 years of experience working as an animal professional. She uses the knowledge to plan and implement breed conservation programs. At home, she maintains a heritage breeds farm with a focus on rare breed chickens and horses. In 2015, she was named one of Country Woman Magazine's "45 Amazing Country Women" for her work in conserving endangered breeds.

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From Skins to Leather: Home tanning

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From Skins to Leather: Home tanning

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

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From Skins to Leather: Home tanning

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From Skins to Leather: Home tanning

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

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Preserving the Harvest: Pickling, jams, tomatoes and dehydrating

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Preserving the Harvest: Pickling, jams, tomatoes and dehydrating

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

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Preserving the Harvest: Pressure canning and freezing

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Preserving the Harvest: Pressure canning and freezing

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

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Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening

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Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening

Learn how to grow salad greens year-round, with no special equipment, no lights and no need for a south-facing window. You can grow ALL the salad greens you need to feed you and your family with cupboard and a windowsill. Plant a sample tray in the workshop to take home. A sample salad will be served at the end of the workshop. Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio Peter Burke is the author of Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening (Chelsea Green 2015). He has been teaching garden classes since 2006, when he started presenting workshops on indoor salad gardening, square foot gardening, extending the garden season, and many more topics. He also started www.TheDailyGardener.com, to support the need for specialized seeds for indoor salad gardening. Burke lives and gardens in Calais, Vermont, with his family.

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Cheesemaking: Quick and simple cheeses

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Cheesemaking: Quick and simple cheeses

You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make three types of cheese from the same simple process. In this workshop, cheesemaker and author Gianaclis Caldwell shows how to make several easy cheeses at home (even from store-bought milk) and how to use these cheeses in delicious and nutritious ways. Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio Gianaclis Caldwell is the author of four books on cheesemaking and small dairying, including the award-winning Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking. Along with her husband, she milks goats and makes cheese at Pholia Farm Creamery in the south of Oregon.

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The Marvels of Making Yogurt

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The Marvels of Making Yogurt

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

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

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

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

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Aged Cheese: Making it easy

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Aged Cheese: Making it easy

If you are ready to move beyond making fresh cheese, get ready to learn how to simply age any cheese (without investing in complicated equipment). Learn a few simple and fun cheeses, including feta and Gouda, and how to age them in your fridge. Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio Gianaclis Caldwell is the author of four books on cheesemaking and small dairying, including the award-winning Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking. Along with her husband, she milks goats and makes cheese at Pholia Farm Creamery in the south of Oregon.

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Backyard Chickens 101, for Families

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Backyard Chickens 101, for Families

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

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Gardening with Chickens

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Gardening with Chickens

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

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DIY Chicken Bookmarks

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DIY Chicken Bookmarks

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

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All About Canning

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All About Canning

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

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Rendering and Cooking with Animal Fats

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Rendering and Cooking with Animal Fats

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

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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. Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east-central Missouri, where he teaches self-sufficiency and sustainability workshops on a wide range of topics. Chiras is also author of 32 books and several hundred articles on subjects including residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational and full of useful information.

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Off-Grid Aquaponics

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Off-Grid Aquaponics

If built correctly, aquaponics greenhouses can be powered entirely by solar and wind energy. In this workshop, Dan Chiras explores ways to create off-grid aquaponics systems that power fans, pumps and lights using solar and wind energy, and that provide heat through active and passive solar technologies (including the new super-efficient, year-round Chinese greenhouse). Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east-central Missouri, where he teaches self-sufficiency and sustainability workshops on a wide range of topics. Chiras is also author of 32 books and several hundred articles on subjects including residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational and full of useful information.

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The Scoop on Poop

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The Scoop on Poop

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

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Understanding Your Renewable Energy Options

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Understanding Your Renewable Energy Options

In this one-hour workshop we’ll explore all your renewable energy options including passive solar heating and cooling, solar electricity, solar hot air, and solar hot water for domestic hot water and heating. You’ll learn the pros and cons of each so you can make intelligent decisions when converting your home to renewable energy. Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is the author of more than 30 books and several hundred articles on residential green building, renewable energy and sustainable living. He is director of the Evergreen Institute, where he teaches classes on these and other related subject.

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Achieving Complete Self-Sufficiency

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Achieving Complete Self-Sufficiency

Many people are working toward a life of total self-sufficiency, but the road can be difficult and confusing. There are so many options and there is so much bad information that it boggles the mind. Additionally, there are many aspects of self-sufficiency (such as self-health care, personal fitness, and transportation) that people overlook. Dan Chiras, one of the nation’s leading experts on self-sufficiency, outlines the key steps you must take to completely meet your family’s needs for energy, water, food, health care, income, and transportation to thrive during major economic or ecological catastrophe or simply to forge a totally sustainable lifestyle. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east central Missouri, where he teaches workshops on a wide range of topics on self-sufficiency and sustainability. Chiras is also author of 32 books and several hundred articles on a wide range of topics, including residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational and full of useful information.

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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? Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east central Missouri, where he teaches workshops on a wide range of topics on self-sufficiency and sustainability. Chiras is also author of 32 books and several hundred articles on a wide range of topics that includes residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational and full of useful information.

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Extending the Season at Both Ends

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Extending the Season at Both Ends

Discover the latest ideas on greenhouses, high tunnels, low tunnels and root cellars. Speaker Bio Eliot Coleman became involved in organic farming in 1965 after reading Scott and Helen Nearing’s Living the Good Life. He now has 50 years of experience in field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of livestock, and range poultry. He has contributed chapters to three scientific books on organic agriculture and has written extensively on the subject since 1975.

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Simple Small-Scale Tools

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Simple Small-Scale Tools

Simple tools, simple concepts: Learn how to maintain, sow and cultivate the home garden and small vegetable farm with efficient and effective hand tools that can be purchased or made in your own shop by using your imagination. Speaker Bio Eliot Coleman became involved in organic farming in 1965 after reading Scott and Helen Nearing’s Living the Good Life. He now has 50 years of experience in field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of livestock and range poultry. He has contributed chapters to three scientific books on organic agriculture and has written extensively on the subject since 1975.

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The Road to Health Is Through Your Stomach

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The Road to Health Is Through Your Stomach

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

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Natural Strategies to Manage Your Blood Sugar

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Natural Strategies to Manage Your Blood Sugar

Diabetes is common but, outside of all the emails you get about cinnamon, how many plants and therapies do you know that can help support balanced blood sugar? We tend to focus on insulin and the pancreas, but a holistic perspective requires that we also look at digestion and the endocrine system in its entirety. Dawn Combs discusses strategies to work with your doctor, gain control, and find freedom from the frustration of the ups and downs of daily monitoring. Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio Dawn Combs is an ethnobotanist with more than 20 years of experience in her field. She is the owner of the herbal health farm Mockingbird Meadows, is a contributor for Mother Earth Living, and the author of Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Health Care and Conceiving Healthy Babies: An Herbal Guide to Support Preconception, Pregnancy and Lactation.

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Whole Plant Medicine in Your Backyard

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Whole Plant Medicine in Your Backyard

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

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Herbs and Fermentation for Digestive Health

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Herbs and Fermentation for Digestive Health

Herbalist Linda Conroy shares her six-point system for improving digestive health and eating well! Speaker Bio Linda Conroy is a bioregional herbalist with more than 20 years of experience. She dedicates her life to connecting with the green world. She is the founder of Wild Eats Community Meals, the Midwest Women's Herbal Conference and Moonwise Herbs. Participants in programs facilitated by Conroy walk away with an appreciation for the natural world as well as skills for incorporating plants into their daily life.

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Wild Food, Wild Medicine

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Wild Food, Wild Medicine

Herbalist and wild forager Linda Conroy takes folks on a "virtual" plant walk. Learn to forage and discover inspiring ways to incorporate wild plants into your kitchen and your apothecary. Speaker Bio Linda Conroy is a bioregional herbalist with more than 20 years of experience. She dedicates her life to connecting with the green world. She is the founder of Wild Eats Community Meals, the Midwest Women's Herbal Conference and Moonwise Herbs. Participants in programs facilitated by Conroy walk away with an appreciation for the natural world as well skills for incorporating plants into their daily life.

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

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

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

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Arthritis in the Garden – How to Lower Chronic Pain Without Drugs

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Arthritis in the Garden – How to Lower Chronic Pain Without Drugs

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

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Medicinal Mushrooms: Cultivation, extractions and product development

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Medicinal Mushrooms: Cultivation, extractions and product development

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

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

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

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

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Mushroom Cultivation in Southeastern Climates

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Mushroom Cultivation in Southeastern Climates

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

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Kombucha and the Human Microbiome

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Kombucha and the Human Microbiome

Kombucha is living tea! For the last decade, kombucha has been burbling into the collective consciousness. As more and more people are sick of being sick and sick of dealing with a broken medical system, they are seeking out healing foods. The medical community has also been seeking answers and alternate therapies to deal with disease. Through the Human Genome Project and now the Human Microbiome Project, research is just beginning to uncover our complex relationship with bacteria and discovering novel ways to use bacteria therapeutically. Kombucha is at the nexus of pop culture, cutting-edge science and fermented foods, serving as a tasty gateway to nutrient-dense foods as well as empowering people to reclaim their immunity through the cultivation of this ancient tonic. Hannah Crum also covers the basics of brewing kombucha safely at home. Booksigning: Coming soon... 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. Booksigning: Coming soon... 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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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. Booksigning: Coming soon... 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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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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Understanding and Training Your Guinea Fowl Flock

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Understanding and Training Your Guinea Fowl Flock

Explore the dynamics of a flock and the different styles used for training. Sharon Dodds also touches on the benefits of guinea fowl therapy flocks and autistic children. Speaker Bio Sharon Dodds is the owner of Sandshaven farm, where guinea fowl are bred, trained and sold. A licensed certified poultry technician (CPT) through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Dodds is the publicity director for the Guinea Fowl International Association (GFIA).

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Forage-Based Family-Scale Food Production

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Forage-Based Family-Scale Food Production

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.

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Small-Scale, Multispecies Management: Intensive rotational grazing for the homesteader

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Small-Scale, Multispecies Management: Intensive rotational grazing for the homesteader

Even on a few acres it is possible (and desirable) to raise your own grass-fed, nutritionally dense food while building fertility and resilience into your ecosystem. Look at different ways to intensively graze mixed herds of dairy and meat animals (cows, goats, sheep, pigs and chickens) on the small homestead. 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.

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The History of Fire

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The History of Fire

Jason Drevenak discusses the human use of fire over time and does some hands-on demonstrations of fire-making methods, from flint and steel to bow and hand drills. Speaker Bio Jason Drevenak is the president of the North American Bushcraft School and co-star of National Geographic's Mygrations. He is a primitive skills teacher with a long career in outdoor education and emergency medicine.

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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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Common Sense Natural Beekeeping

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Common Sense Natural Beekeeping

Although honey bees are not as domesticated as your dog or chickens, they aren’t completely wild, either. Putting them in a box they didn’t choose, and in an environment they didn’t first scout places some responsibility for their well-being on the beekeeper who made those choices for them. We don’t, and shouldn’t supply everything they need, but we should lend a hand on occasion when things go wrong. Here’s what, and how. Speaker Bio Kim Flottum is the editor of Bee Culture magazine and the author of numerous beginning, intermediate, and advanced beekeeping books. He brings 30 years of beekeeping and teaching experience to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS.

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Finding the Perfect Beeyard

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Finding the Perfect Beeyard

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

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General Hive Inspection: A live demonstration

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General Hive Inspection: A live demonstration

Watch as Shane Gebauer and Kim Flottum inspect an active colony of honey bees start to finish: everything from lighting the smoke to inspecting the inside of the hive. They discuss what looks good and what doesn't once they start the inspection, and what the next steps might be to ensure a healthy hive. Speaker Bio Kim Flottum is the editor of Bee Culture magazine and the author of numerous beginning, intermediate and advanced beekeeping books. He brings 30 years of beekeeping and teaching experience to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS.

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Chick in Egg: The miracle of incubation

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Chick in Egg: The miracle of incubation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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. Booksigning: Coming soon... 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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Nature's Pharmaceuticals

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Nature's Pharmaceuticals

Naturally formed, plant based essential oils really are Nature’s Pharmaceuticals. Depending on the plant they can provide pain relief, are anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal, relieve stress, aid sleep, improve arthritis, heal wounds, stop scaring, increase energy, remove cramps, help relieve psoriasis and eczema, help PMS and menopause including hot flashes, and even improve grades. How do they work and how do you use them? Come and find out at this fun, hands on seminar. 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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Natural Organic Living and Growing

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Natural Organic Living and Growing

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. Booksigning: Coming soon... 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.

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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. Booksigning: Coming soon... 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.

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What Does It Take to Get Started in Beekeeping?

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What Does It Take to Get Started in Beekeeping?

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

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Keeping Honey Bees Alive

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Keeping Honey Bees Alive

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

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Guinea-Keeping for Organic Pest Control

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Guinea-Keeping for Organic Pest Control

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

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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. Booksigning: Coming soon... 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. Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio Author Sue Goetz is an award-winning garden designer, writer and speaker. She is founder-owner of Creative Gardener, where she offers classes, garden coaching, and gardens by design. Goetz has a special passion for herbs, and she teaches about all their enchanting qualities and how to use them. She shares her passion through workshops and her book, The Herb Lover’s Spa Book.

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Growing and Using Peaceful Herbs

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Growing and Using Peaceful Herbs

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

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The Nutritives: Your herbal multivitamin

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The Nutritives: Your herbal multivitamin

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

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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.

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Fruits in the Edible Landscape

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Fruits in the Edible Landscape

Edible landscape and permaculture designer Michael Judd explores incorporating uncommonly good and easy-to-grow fruits (such as pawpaws, jujubes, hardy kiwi, persimmons, goumis and elderberries) into an edible landscape with a permaculture twist. Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio Michael Judd is the principle designer and founder of Ecologia, and he is the author of Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist. A well-known and enjoyed speaker, Judd is noted for his enthusiastic and clear presentations on a host of subjects surrounding edible and ecological landscapes. He has been a presenter for the Monticello Heritage Harvest Festival, the U.S. Botanic Garden, the Northeast Organic Farmers Association (NOFA), a guest on popular radio programs such as "A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach," and a host of podcasts revolving around edible landscaping, gardening and permaculture.

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The Woodstove/Off-Grid Lifestyle

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The Woodstove/Off-Grid Lifestyle

Learn all about woodstove safety and off-grid equipment powered by woodstoves. Speaker Bio Roger Lehet has more than 30 years of professional experience, beginning at age 18 as a chimney sweep. He owned four woodstove shops before becoming an inventor of a new breed of woodstoves. His newest offerings allow people to heat, cook, bake, and produce electricity and hot water from a wood-fired stove.

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Big Food Talk

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Big Food Talk

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

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Whole Animal Butchery

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Whole Animal Butchery

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

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Impressive Cheese by Beginners: Raiding the pantry and garden

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Impressive Cheese by Beginners: Raiding the pantry and garden

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

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Delicious Dairy-Free Cheese Custom Made for Your Diet

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Delicious Dairy-Free Cheese Custom Made for Your Diet

Do you choose not to eat dairy but miss cheese? Or do you know someone who does not digest it well? Claudia Lucero, author of One-Hour Cheeseand creator of Urban Cheesecraft kits, has developed deliciously dairy-free cheese — made with nuts, seeds, veggies and even beans! Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio Claudia Lucero enjoys getting new cheesemakers started with Urban Cheesecraft and her DIY Cheese Kits. She has partnered with Williams-Sonoma on custom cheesemaking kits and recently wrote the book One-Hour Cheese, which shows beginners how to make 16 fresh cheeses via step-by-step photos. The book is found where books are sold and the kits can be found on www.UrbanCheesecraft.com.

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Cheese Bites from the Garden

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Cheese Bites from the Garden

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

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Guinea Fowl 101

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Guinea Fowl 101

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

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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. Booksigning: Coming soon... 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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Adding a Cow to Your Family

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Adding a Cow to Your Family

This introductory workshop prepares the homesteader for a useful bovine addition to the family. Topics covered include breed selection, purchasing, infrastructure, feeding, breeding, milking, processing, and more. Booksigning: Coming soon... 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 farmers and ranchers raising heritage breeds.

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Herbal Bitters: An easy way to enjoy the forgotten flavor

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Herbal Bitters: An easy way to enjoy the forgotten flavor

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

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Modern Mud Building: Going beyond green?

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Modern Mud Building: Going beyond green?

"Green building" promises so much in energy savings, so much in eco-friendliness, but the costs are high. What can we, the little people, do with what is around us that will lessen our environmental impact while satisfying our souls' innate desire to create and to interact with Nature and with each other? Oh, and make it cheap. Uncle Mud provides an inspirational look at the simple, affordable, beautiful things you can build with mud and sticks ... just like our ancestors (only with Wi-Fi). Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Build Your Own Wood-Fired Pizza Oven From Dirt

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Build Your Own Wood-Fired Pizza Oven From Dirt

Help turn a pile of mud into a wood-fired pizza oven! See how easy it is to do this in your own backyard. Be prepared to get muddy. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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

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Grow the Most Amazing Microgreens, Sprouts and Wheatgrass

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Grow the Most Amazing Microgreens, Sprouts and Wheatgrass

There is nothing more nourishing and healing than adding fresh microgreens and sprouts to your diet and juicing wheatgrass. Learn about the powerful health benefits of these amazing living foods and how to use the proven techniques developed by SanaView Farms to grow the healthiest and most delicious organic greens possible. Speaker Bio Janet McKee is a board-certified holistic health counselor and a certified member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. McKee is the founder of SanaView, a national company whose mission is to teach easy, effective and enjoyable ways to embrace a better life; a life that is happier, healthier and more fulfilling. She compiled her own recipe collection book, Fabulous Recipes for Vibrant Health, and is the executive producer of Bethany’s Story, a documentary about the healing power of food. Most recently, she has developed SanaView Farms, a historic landmark organic farm near Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania, where her team is teaching ways to regenerate our land and our health.

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From Fast Food to Whole Food: How to simply and systematically transform your diet

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From Fast Food to Whole Food: How to simply and systematically transform your diet

Filling our bodies with packaged food seems necessary because time is short. Loaded with sodium, preservatives, chemicals, and the wrong kind of fat, packaged food leaves us lethargic and nutrient-deficient. We reach for more of the same processed food to curb our cravings and get some energy to push through the rest of the day. This type of eating is energy-depleting and wreaks havoc on our health. It's a tough cycle to break! Learn how to make changes little by little, and get back to eating wholesome, nutritious food. Leave with a plan of action and some helpful recipes to get you started on your journey toward a much better life. Speaker Bio Andrea Merrill has been working in the fitness industry since 2009 as a personal trainer; Pilates, boot camp, and spinning instructor; and a holistic nutrition coach. Her desire is to empower her clients to make healthy lifestyle changes so they can live full, energized, unhindered lives. Merrill lives with her husband, Michael, in Buffalo, New York.

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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. Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio Victoria Redhed Miller grew up in Seattle and now lives with her husband, David, on their off-grid farm in the Olympic Mountain foothills near Sequim, Washington. She writes and blogs about homesteading and self-reliance, as well as speaking at events around the country. She is also the author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks.

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Poultry Unplugged: Free-ranging poultry just about anywhere

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Poultry Unplugged: Free-ranging poultry just about anywhere

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

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

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

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

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You're Kidding Me: The kid-run farm and homestead

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You're Kidding Me: The kid-run farm and homestead

At every MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR where John Moody speaks, people ask, "How do you get your kids to run your farm?" From caring for cows and chickens, to collecting and safely splitting wood, the range of tasks children can do is pretty amazing, if parents do their part to help their family and farm succeed. This talk is a mix of story, humor, tips and experiences from one family with lots of small children, a busy father, and a large farm and homestead, and how it all (sort of) works together. Speaker Bio The Moody family farms and homesteads on 35 acres in Kentucky. John Moody discovered more than a decade ago that his diet was literally killing him with duodenal ulcers, seasonal allergies, and other health problems, so the family began to transition to real, local foods and local food distribution. He started to work to protect the ability to raise, grow and have access to these foods as a board member for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. Eventually, he relocated his family to 35 acres of land to put his learning into practice. He now serves as interim executive director for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and as a speaker at many local, regional and national events on food, farming and nutrition. He has two books forthcoming to help growers and gardeners, one on soil and one on small-scale farm infrastructure.

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Carbon Crazy: Hugelkultur, biochar, ramial chipped wood and more!

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Carbon Crazy: Hugelkultur, biochar, ramial chipped wood and more!

There are a growing variety of techniques and tactics available to growers small and large to build soil, stop erosion, stabilize water supplies in the soil and more. This session explores the major tree carbon-based systems, their benefits and drawbacks, and their similarities and differences, with special attention paid to appropriate applications of each. Speaker Bio The Moody family farms and homesteads on 35 acres in Kentucky. John Moody discovered more than a decade ago that his diet was literally killing him with duodenal ulcers, seasonal allergies, and other health problems, so the family began to transition to real, local foods and local food distribution. He started to work to protect the ability to raise, grow and have access to these foods as a board member for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. Eventually, he relocated his family to 35 acres of land to put his learning into practice. Moody now serves as interim executive director for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and as a speaker at many local, regional and national events on food, farming and nutrition. He has two books forthcoming to help growers and gardeners, one on soil and the other on small-scale farm infrastructure.

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Healthy Homestead Homebrews

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Healthy Homestead Homebrews

It’s easy to craft your own nutritious and delicious “sodas” using the ancient art of fermentation! Learn how to make a wide variety of healing and effervescent beverages including kombucha, water kefir soda, beet kvass, root beer, ginger ale, and more. Find out how consuming them is one of the healthiest and most cost-effective choices you can make! Speaker Bio Brian Neitzel’s love of the outdoors was seeded by his rural Wisconsin upbringing, wherein farming and preserving the harvest were a part of his family’s daily life. Today, he enjoys combining his farmstead wisdom with his passion for food artistry, which inspires both the produce and the products being offered by Farmstead Ferments. At the naturally fermented food and brew company, Neitzel serves as a jack of all trades, helping with everything from production and distribution to building, planting, and harvesting.

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Essential Oils

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Essential Oils

Discover the healing properties of essential oils. This noses-on class immerses you in the understanding of how these oils heal. Find out how they are distilled, used and applied. Speaker Bio Claire Orner and her family are stewards of the nonprofit educational facility Quiet Creek Herb Farm and School of Country Living, which is a 30-acre organic farm located in Brookville, Pennsylvania. For 19 years, Quiet Creek has been offering intensive sustainability seminars on aromatherapy, making soap, mushrooms, herbs, earthen building, and more.

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Herbal Salve Making

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Herbal Salve Making

Discover the healing properties of herbal salves. This class teaches you how salves heal. Learn how they are made, used and applied. Go home with new knowledge and the confidence to make your own. Speaker Bio Claire Orner and her family are stewards of the nonprofit educational facility Quiet Creek Herb Farm and School of Country Living, which is a 30-acre organic farm located in Brookville, Pennsylvania. For 19 years, Quiet Creek has been offering intensive sustainability seminars on mushrooms, herbs, earthen building, making salves, and more.

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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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New Frontiers in Organic Gardening

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New Frontiers in Organic Gardening

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

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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. Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio One of MOTHER EARTH NEWS’ most experienced garden editors, Barbara Pleasant has practiced organic vegetable gardening for 30 years in a wide variety of settings. The author of numerous books, including Starter Vegetable Gardens and The Complete Compost Gardening Guide, Pleasant’s popular "Gardening Know-How" column in MOTHER EARTH NEWS won a Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association in 2013. Pleasant lives in Floyd, Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers, and keeps a small flock of chickens.

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Farm Succession Planning

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Farm Succession Planning

You’ve heard the statistics: The average American farmer is now past age 60. There is a new generation of farmers out there, but traditional ideas about farm succession planning may not address the changed landscape. Learn some estate planning basics, and gather ideas about different strategies for passing the farm to the next generation. Speaker Bio Elizabeth Rich has practiced business law for more than 30 years. She serves as an attorney for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, and she is also the organization's vice president. There, she advocates for food freedom and defends the interests of farmers and artisan food producers. She is also a goat farmer and cheesemaker in Wisconsin, where she produces as much of her own food as she can on her 40-acre homestead.

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Medicinal Goat Garden

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Medicinal Goat Garden

Interested in providing herbal support for your goats’ health? You can buy them…or you can grow your own! Learn which plants can be used for your goats; which are best suited to our Wisconsin climate; when to plant them, when to harvest them, and how to use them. Speaker Bio Elizabeth Rich has practiced business law for more than 30 years. She serves as an attorney for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, and she is also the organization's vice president. There, she advocates for food freedom and defends the interests of farmers and artisan food producers. She is also a goat farmer and cheesemaker in Wisconsin, where she produces as much of her own food as she can on her 40-acre homestead.

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Getting Started with Guinea Hogs

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Getting Started with Guinea Hogs

American Guinea Hogs are recovering from near-extinction. These small, friendly foragers are a homesteader’s dream: hardy, self-sufficient, efficient feed converters—and loaded with high quality meat and lots of lard. Elizabeth Rich will cover the basics of acquisition, shelter, and feeding; as well as what to expect for the harvest. Speaker Bio Elizabeth Rich has practiced business law for more than 30 years. She serves as an attorney for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, and she is also the organization's vice president. There, she advocates for food freedom and defends the interests of farmers and artisan food producers. She is also a goat farmer and cheesemaker in Wisconsin, where she produces as much of her own food as she can on her 40-acre homestead.

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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. Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio Joel Salatin's family owns and operates Polyface Farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, producing salad bar beef, pastured poultry, pigaerator pork and forage-based rabbits. The farm services 6,000 families and 50 restaurants. Featured prominently in countless media, documentaries and books, the farm offers many educational opportunities for people wanting to learn these pasture-based systems. He has written 10 books about food and farming, both how-to guides and broad cultural works.

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Benchmarks of Truth

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Benchmarks of Truth

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

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Handy Cows: Multipurpose cattle for modern farmsteads

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Handy Cows: Multipurpose cattle for modern farmsteads

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

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The Return of the Family Milk Cow, Part 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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Sustainable 'Shrooms

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Sustainable 'Shrooms

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

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Mycelial Mayhem: Adventures in beginning mushroom cultivation and marketing

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Mycelial Mayhem: Adventures in beginning mushroom cultivation and marketing

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

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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. Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey got their start in fermenting foods with their farmstead food company, where they created over 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Their current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops at their farm. Kirsten blogs at www.fermentista.us. They live on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon.

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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. Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey got their start in fermenting foods with their farmstead food company, where they created over 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Their current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops at their farm. Kirsten blogs at www.fermentista.us. They live on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon.

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Preserving Your Harvest Through Fermentation: From A to Z

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Preserving Your Harvest Through Fermentation: From A to Z

For your harvest of garden veggies why not use one of the safest, easiest, most flavorful and healthiest techniques known to preserve and keep all the nutrients alive (and even increase health benefits)? Learn how to ferment your vegetables when they are in season for flavor all year. This demonstration includes a special question-and-answer session: Stump the Fermentista! Along with other questions, attendees can list some of the veggies in their gardens and hear Kirsten K. Shockey come up with recipe ideas on the spot. Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey got their start in fermenting foods with their farmstead food company, where they created more than 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Their current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops at their farm. Kirsten blogs at www.fermentista.us. They live on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon.

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Herbs for Hens

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Herbs for Hens

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

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

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

If you already keep chickens, adding a few ducks to your flock is often as simple as just adding some water! Learn how to integrate ducks into an existing chicken flock by making some simple changes to your existing coop and run, feed mix, and water setup. Lisa Steele also covers favorite duck treats, information on duck eggs, duck health, and some reasons why ducks might actually be a better choice for your backyard. Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio A fifth-generation chicken keeper, Lisa Steele returned to her rural roots after doing a short stint on Wall Street after college. Now, back in the country living on a farm in Maine with her husband and their flock of chickens and ducks, she encourages others to raise their own flocks naturally without using antibiotics or chemicals. An aspiring herbalist and avid gardener, she incorporates herbs, weeds, and edible flowers into the daily care of her flock and shares this advice on her blog and Facebook page, Fresh Eggs Daily. In addition to writing best-selling books, she is also a regular contributor to Backyard Poultry, Chickens and Hobby Farms magazines.

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Healthy Homestead Homebrews

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Healthy Homestead Homebrews

It’s easy to craft your own nutritious and delicious “sodas” using the ancient art of fermentation! Learn how to make a wide variety of healing and effervescent beverages including kombucha, water kefir soda, beet kvass, root beer, ginger ale, and more. Find out how consuming them is one of the healthiest and most cost-effective choices you can make! Speaker Bio Dawn Story is the creatrix of Farmstead Ferments artisanal, fermented foods and brews and New Moon Alchemy and Apothecary. She homesteads in southern Albemarle County, Virginia, alongside a diverse poultry flock, beehives, three cats, and two dogs. There, she gathers garden harvest and wild-foraged plants that inspire hand-crafted fermented foods, medicinal brews, and what’s for supper. She is humbled and blessed to walk a path of right livelihood doing what she loves as a means of sustenance and community sharing.

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Aquaponics 101 and Future Trends

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Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening

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Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening

Would you like to learn the secrets to growing prize-worthy produce? Then step right up! This session teaches the tricks of the trade for growing and showing the biggest, tastiest, and best-looking vegetables for miles around. Discover how to win the top prize by choosing the best vegetable varieties, scheduling planting dates, and growing a healthy garden. Insider tips let you learn to think like a judge. Speaker Bio Jodi Torpey, author of Blue-Ribbon Vegetable Gardening, is a garden writer, an award-winning gardener, a Craftsy online gardening instructor, and the founder and editor-in-chief of www.WesternGardeners.com. Torpey's writing appears in digital and print media, and she's a popular speaker at gardening conferences and events around the country.

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Organic Body Care Recipes: Creating aromatherapeutic body & facial oils

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Organic Body Care Recipes: Creating aromatherapeutic body & facial oils

Author, licensed holistic aesthetician, and herbalist Stephanie Tourles discusses recipes from her best-selling book Organic Body Care Recipes. Learn the history of using natural oils on the body; sources of oil; the skin and its need for oil; benefits of plant-derived base oils and essential oils; how to make body and facial oils; and the nutritional benefits of adding quality oil to the diet. Try out product samples. Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio Stephanie Tourles has been practicing and teaching healthy living for more than 25 years. She is a licensed holistic aesthetician with a strong background in Western and Ayurvedic herbalism, has extensive training in the nutritional sciences, and is an avid organic gardener. Tourles is also a certified aromatherapist, a Maine-certified reflexologist, and a professional member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. She is the author of the best-selling books Organic Body Care Recipes and Raw Energy, as well as Love Potions, Naturally Bug-Free, Raw Energy in a GlassHands-On Healing RemediesNaturally Healthy Skin365 Ways to Energize Mind, Body & Soul, and Natural Foot Care. She lives in Orland, Maine.

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The Power of Raw Foods: Transform your health, transform your life!

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The Power of Raw Foods: Transform your health, transform your life!

Hear author, raw food nutrition expert, and herbalist Stephanie Tourles discuss raw food beverage recipes from her latest book, Raw Energy in a Glass. She teaches exactly what "raw live food" is and the benefits of consuming a diet high in raw vegetarian "superfoods"; the difference between blended raw drinks and juices; and how to incorporate more raw foods and rejuvenative herbs into your daily diet in ways that appeal to even the finickiest of eaters! Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio Stephanie Tourles is a licensed holistic aesthetician, certified aromatherapist, and gardener with training in Western and Ayurvedic herbalism. She is the author of 10 books, including Raw Energy in a Glass, Hands-On Healing Remedies, Organic Body Care Recipes, Raw Energy, Naturally Healthy Skin, 365 Ways to Energize Mind, Body and Soul, and Natural Foot Care. She lives in Orland, Maine.

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

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

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

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Building with Straw and Clay

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Building with Straw and Clay

Come see how straw, an agricultural waste product, gets turned into a low cost, beautiful, eco-friendly, highly insulated wall that keeps your house comfy winter and summer. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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

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Attracting Pollinators to Your Vegetable Garden

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Attracting Pollinators to Your Vegetable Garden

Bees and other native pollinators are important for the productivity of your vegetable garden. Learn how to add herbs and flowers, seed saving and other practices that welcome pollinators and other beneficial insects to your vegetable garden for an abundant harvest of cukes, squash, peppers, and more! Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio Ira Wallace, author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast, is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, where she coordinates variety selection and new seed grower contracts. Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply through seed saving and sustainable gardening.

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Extending the Harvest: Creating a four season garden

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Extending the Harvest: Creating a four season garden

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

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Growing Great Garlic and Perennial Onions

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Growing Great Garlic and Perennial Onions

Learn about heirloom garlic and perennial onion varieties from planting to cultivation and harvesting at home. Covers soil preparation, weed control, disease prevention, harvesting, curing and storage requirements for adding these culinary essentials to your garden. Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio Ira Wallace is on the board of the Organic Seed Alliance and is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, where she coordinates variety selection and new seed grower contracts. Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply through seed saving and sustainable gardening.

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How to Produce Half Your Food in Less Than an Hour Per Day in a Backyard

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How to Produce Half Your Food in Less Than an Hour Per Day in a Backyard

Marjory Wildcraft presents a simple three-part system for producing your own food in a backyard-sized space. Fast-paced and empowering, this presentation gets down to the numbers of calories produced, square footage required, and exactly what to do on a daily basis. The focus is on food production in a scenario in which the grid is down. Speaker Bio Marjory Wildcraft is the founder of the [Grow] Network, the online home of a global network of people who produce their own food and medicine, recognizing the wisdom of homegrown food on every table. Wildcraft was featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, and she's a regular guest on Coast to Coast AM. The author of several books, she is perhaps best known for her video series Grow Your Own Groceries: More than a half million copies are in use by homesteaders, foodies, preppers, universities and missionary organizations around the world.

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Small Farm, Real Income

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Small Farm, Real Income

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

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Are Old Hand Tools Still Relevant for the Modern Homestead?

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Are Old Hand Tools Still Relevant for the Modern Homestead?

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

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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. Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio Lisa Mason Ziegler is a cut-flower farmer, author and nationally recognized speaker on organic cut-flower gardening. She has been farming since 1998; she sells her flowers to florists and through her CSA programs. Ziegler is the founder and owner of The Gardener’s Workshop, a catalog and online shop offering the gardening tools and supplies she uses in her own gardens.

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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. Booksigning: Coming soon... Speaker Bio Lisa Mason Ziegler is a cut-flower farmer, author and nationally recognized speaker on organic cut-flower gardening. She has been farming since 1998; her urban 3-acre farm produces thousands of stems of flowers each week in season. She sells her flowers to florists and through her CSA programs. Ziegler is the founder and owner of The Gardener’s Workshop, a catalog and online shop offering the gardening tools and supplies she uses in her own gardens.

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Easy Seed Starting

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Easy Seed Starting

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

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