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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. 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. Speaker Bio As the co-founder of Sweet Farm Sauerkraut, a small fermented foods company in Frederick, Maryland, Rachel Armistead loves to "talk kraut" with whomever will listen! Though making and selling fermented foods is her "day job," she really loves teaching fermentation workshops and empowering people to make their own sauerkraut, pickles and sodas.

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Join the Soda Revolution! Make Your Own Fermented Ginger Beer

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Join the Soda Revolution! Make Your Own Fermented Ginger Beer

Who doesn't love soda? All those tingly bubbles, that refreshing sweetness ... But modern soda is full of high-fructose corn syrup, chemicals and other nasty stuff. Learn how to make naturally fermented ginger beer at home, using simple ingredients. This workshop covers making and keeping a ginger bug culture, brewing and fermenting, flavoring and variation, bottling and carbonating. Speaker Bio Rachel Armistead and Luke Flessner are soda lovers, and co-founders of Sweet Farm Sauerkraut, a small fermented foods company in Frederick, Maryland. From their line of fermented foods and beverages, to their workshops and classes, they love introducing people to the wonderful world of fermentation.

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Understanding and Making Handcrafted Soap

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Understanding and Making Handcrafted Soap

Interested in making your own soap? Making soap is not difficult, but it is exacting. Learn about the history, the different methods, selecting ingredients, the chemistry behind the process. Join Regina Bauscher for education and fun! Speaker Bio Regina Bauscher leverages a chemistry background and work experience with the Handcrafted Soap Cosmetic Guild certification in soap-making. She is a Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild (HSGC)-registered soap-making instructor and enjoys educating consumers. She also possesses professional 200-hour certification in aromatherapy, is a member of the American Society of Quality, and a national blogger with SheKnows.com. Bauscher and her husband, Steve, also own and operate Honey Sweetie Acres, raising champion Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats, whose milk they use in their products.

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Timber Framing: Using your own trees for building

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Timber Framing: Using your own trees for building

Timber framing is traditional post-and-beam construction that uses wooden joinery to hold large timbers together. It relies less on lumberyards, modern power tools, and metal fasteners and more on the time-honored techniques and hand tools of the craftsperson. In this seminar, Will Beemer looks at how to use your own (or locally harvested) timber to build homestead structures. He examines the different tools needed to handle timbers, layout and cut joinery, and erect the frame. He discusses the advantages of various species of wood, legal issues such as building codes and grading that govern the use of native wood, and designing structures for the most efficient use of timber. Speaker Bio Will Beemer is a founding member of the Timber Framers Guild (www.TFGuild.org). He has been a builder for more than 40 years, and he and his wife own and operate the Heartwood School for the Homebuilding Crafts in Washington, Massachusetts (www.HeartwoodSchool.com). Beemer has taught timber framing around the world and is a regular contributor to Timber Framing and Fine Homebuilding.

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Timber Framing: Making round trees into square buildings

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Timber Framing: Making round trees into square buildings

This demonstration explains systems of measurement and layout to account for irregularities in timber that is hand-hewn or roughly sawn from logs, or even kept in its natural tree form and incorporated into a structure. Timbers are often worked “green” and not planed to a consistent dimension like lumber from the lumberyard, nor do they need to be. The craft of timber framing centers on the “layout” (the measurement and location of the wooden joinery) to produce a structure that is plumb, level, and square where it needs to be, even with timber that is curved or out-of-square. Will Beemer concentrates on two methods, Square Rule and Scribe Rule, that have been used for centuries by carpenters and homesteaders to create beautiful and durable buildings from native timber. Speaker Bio Will Beemer is a founding member of the Timber Framers Guild (www.TFGuild.org). He has been a builder for more than 40 years, and he and his wife own and operate the Heartwood School for the Homebuilding Crafts in Washington, Massachusetts (www.HeartwoodSchool.com). Beemer has taught timber framing around the world and is a regular contributor to Timber Framing and Fine Homebuilding.

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Heritage Hogwash

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Heritage Hogwash

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

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Hopping for Fun and Profit with Heritage Rabbits

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Hopping for Fun and Profit with Heritage Rabbits

Rabbits can be easy, versatile and quiet animals to raise on your small property. Heritage breeds offer a chance to set yourself apart from other rabbitries and provide value-added product for both home use or sale. Get acquainted with the breeds and the basics of raising rabbits. Speaker Bio 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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Top 10 Homestead Hacks for Beginners

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Top 10 Homestead Hacks for Beginners

Are you looking to save time, money and your sanity as you embark on your homesteading journey? Expert Jessi Bloom coaches folks who are getting started, and she shares her top 10 tips, tricks and wisdom for anyone looking to make their life easier in the garden, on the farm and inside home! Speaker Bio Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. She owns N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, based near Seattle, which is known as an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies and industry organizations, and makes headlines in national media. She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, which is full of functional gardens and rescue animals.

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ReWild the Child!

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ReWild the Child!

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

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Perma-What? How You Can Create Your Own Paradise Homestead with Permaculture

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Perma-What? How You Can Create Your Own Paradise Homestead with Permaculture

What is permaculture and can it help us to create a more sustainable future? Jessi Bloom shares step-by-step instructions, plus her favorite tips, inspirations and great plants for beautiful and abundant homesteads and lives! Speaker Bio Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. She owns N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, based near Seattle, which is known as being an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies and industry organizations, and has made headlines in national media. She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, full of functional gardens and rescue animals.

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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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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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. 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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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"). Speaker Bio Melissa Caughey is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper and gardener who writes the award-winning blog Tilly's Nest. Caughey lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with her family. She regularly writes for HGTV Gardens, Community Chickens, Grit magazine, and contributes to Country Living magazine. Better Homes and Gardens named her blog as one of the magazine's Top 10 Gardening Blogs, and Country Living magazine gave it a Blue Ribbon Blogger Award.

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DIY Chicken Bookmarks

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DIY Chicken Bookmarks

Create your very own chicken bookmark to tuck into your favorite book. Complete with their own feathers and googly eyes, these egg-citing creations are perfect for imaginations of all ages! 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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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. 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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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. 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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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. 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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The Scoop on Poop

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The Scoop on Poop

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

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Free Cooling for Life

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Free Cooling for Life

Although many people don't realize it, we can cool our homes naturally in many climate zones. Smart design combined with energy-efficient landscaping and intelligent decisions about energy use can easily cut your cooling bill by half. Learn how to stay cool in the summer without costly air conditioners and sky-high utility bills. 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). Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east-central Missouri, where he teaches self-sufficiency and sustainability workshops on a wide range of topics. Chiras is also author of 32 books and several hundred articles on subjects including residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational and full of useful information.

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Is Solar Electricity Right for You?

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Is Solar Electricity Right for You?

Solar electricity is more affordable than ever, but does it make economic sense for you? What do you need to know to install a solar electric system on your home? If you can’t afford to buy a system, can you lease one or tap into community solar projects to meet your electrical needs sustainably? 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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Chinese Greenhouses: The intelligent choice for year-round production

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Chinese Greenhouses: The intelligent choice for year-round production

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

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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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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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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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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. 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. Speaker Bio Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist and organic gardener who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than 22 years. He is the author of Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, published by Chelsea Green in 2014. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain (which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, and daughter Heidi) to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries, and he currently maintains more than 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides.

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

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

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

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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. Speaker Bio Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist and organic gardener who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than 22 years. He is the author of Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, published by Chelsea Green in 2014. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain (which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, and daughter Heidi) to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries, and he currently maintains more than 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides.

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Fungi in the Classroom

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Fungi in the Classroom

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

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Kombucha Demo Workshop

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Kombucha Demo Workshop

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

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SCOBY Petting Zoo

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SCOBY Petting Zoo

The Kombucha Kamp SCOBY Petting Zoo is a hands-on experience for everyone. Our bacterial buddies help us stay healthy and strong. Get up close and personal with some of the "good bugs" that keep our bodies in balance by creating delicious fermented drinks. The Kombucha Mamma, Hannah Crum, shares secrets of the SCOBY to thrill the little ones and introduce them to the wonder of fermentation. Speaker Bio Hannah Crum and Alex LaGory created Kombucha Kamp to provide the highest-quality brewing supplies, information, and support. Known as the "Kombucha Mamma,” Crum speaks at consumer and corporate events nationwide. LaGory is a writer and producer who, with Crum, mentors homebrewers and serves as a commercial brewing consultant. The couple co-founded Kombucha Brewers International in Los Angeles, where they reside.

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Kombucha and the Human Microbiome

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Kombucha and the Human Microbiome

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

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

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

Learn how to humanely, safely, sanitarily and skillfully process your birds. What to do with those roosters and older hens? Get healthy, high-quality meat, and bone broth from your backyard flock. This workshop covers topics including the power of knowing your meat source, how it was raised, fed and processed; the sacred significance of taking a life ... so that you can live; the science and chemistry behind skilled meat processing; processing equipment that you have ... or could easily borrow; hand-plucking made fun; super simple evisceration and an educational anatomy lesson; nutritional differences of meat from heritage vs. commercial breeds; and cold shorting and effective freezer packaging for long-term storage. Processing your own chickens for family food is a lost art in our culture. It’s time to bring back this old tradition and combine it with new techniques, so that poultry processing becomes common knowledge in homes and communities. Speaker Bio Patricia Foreman 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. 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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Chick in Egg: The miracle of incubation

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Chick in Egg: The miracle of incubation

The journey from egg to chick is an awe-inspiring, educational, life-affirming event. This workshop journeys through the entire process of getting fertile eggs (without a rooster), selecting the most likely eggs to hatch and managing the incubation process. Egg to chick in only 21 days! Understand the cycle of eggs to chicks to hens to more eggs. Become a Chickeneer Eggspert! Speaker Bio 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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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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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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The Herb Lover's Garden

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The Herb Lover's Garden

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

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Herbal Lotions, Scrubs and Skin Care from the Garden

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Herbal Lotions, Scrubs and Skin Care from the Garden

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

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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. 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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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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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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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. 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. 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. 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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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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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! 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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Craft Distilling: Making liquor legally at home

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Craft Distilling: Making liquor legally at home

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

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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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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. 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. 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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Beginning Beekeeping

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Beginning Beekeeping

At this workshop, Matt Reed teaches folks to keep bees using natural methods. Speaker Bio A frequent MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR speaker, Matt Reed is the owner of Bee Thinking.

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Cover Crops, Soil Health and Sustainable Agriculture

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Cover Crops, Soil Health and Sustainable Agriculture

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

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Salad Bar Beef

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Salad Bar Beef

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

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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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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. Speaker Bio David and Kristin Sewak co-owned Berglorbeer Farma, which specialized in edible mushrooms, heirloom vegetables, native landscape plants, and sustainable landscape design. Together, the Sewaks have co-authored Mycelial Mayhem, a beginners guide for aspiring mushroom growers, and they speak on mushroom growing and other sustainable living topics at regional and national green living events. David has worked in conservation and recreation for nearly two decades. He has gathered wild mushrooms since he was a child and has cultivated 'shrooms for more than 20 years. Kristin Sewak holds a degree in ecology and a master's in organizational leadership, and she has developed a nature-inspired leadership model.

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Sustainable 'Shrooms

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Sustainable 'Shrooms

Too often, mushrooms are left out of discussions about sustainability, permaculture, and all-round good living. Yet, mushrooms are part of the fungi kingdom and offer us a great deal of benefit, from nutrition and soil enhancement to lessons on mutualistic relationships. Learn how to grow and use mushrooms as part of a whole system approach to property and life resilience. 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. 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. Speaker Bio Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey got their start in fermenting foods with their farmstead food company, where they created over 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Their current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops at their farm. Kirsten blogs at www.fermentista.us. They live on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon.

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Preserving Your Harvest Through Fermentation: From A to Z

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Preserving Your Harvest Through Fermentation: From A to Z

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

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Herbs for Hens

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Herbs for Hens

Learn how to incorporate ordinary herbs into all aspects of chicken keeping, including feed, coop, nesting boxes and more for optimal flock health. Speaker Bio A fifth-generation chicken keeper, Lisa Steele returned to her rural roots after doing a short stint on Wall Street after college. Now, back in the country living on a farm in Maine with her husband and their flock of chickens and ducks, she encourages others to raise their own flocks naturally without using antibiotics or chemicals. An aspiring herbalist and avid gardener, she incorporates herbs, weeds and edible flowers into the daily care of her flock and shares this advice on her blog 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. 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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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! 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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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. 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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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. Speaker Bio Stephanie Tourles has been practicing and teaching healthy living for more than 25 years. She is a licensed holistic aesthetician with a strong background in Western and Ayurvedic herbalism, has extensive training in the nutritional sciences, and is an avid organic gardener. Tourles is also a certified aromatherapist, a Maine-certified reflexologist, and a professional member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. She is the author of the best-selling books Organic Body Care Recipes and Raw Energy, as well as Love Potions, Naturally Bug-Free, Raw Energy in a Glass, Hands-On Healing Remedies, Naturally Healthy Skin, 365 Ways to Energize Mind, Body & Soul, and Natural Foot Care. She lives in Orland, Maine.

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Extending the Harvest: Creating a Four Season Garden

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Extending the Harvest: Creating a Four Season Garden

Learn how to plan, create and produce garden bounty all year. This workshop will focus on the all season garden, including in-depth succession planting, planting summer crops for a fall garden, and fruit planting for late winter. 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. 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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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. 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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Carbon-Smart Farming for Soil Regeneration

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Carbon-Smart Farming for Soil Regeneration

Carbon-smart farming boosts soil carbon to regenerate soil to grow crops with optimum nutrients, maximum health and minimal stress. This biological agriculture balances minerals and revives soil food webs to improve fertilizer efficiency, grow crops with superior nutrition, curb soil erosion, cut water pollution, and support community economics. This new, fully probiotic farming is climate-smart to sequester carbon, improve community food security and resilience, mitigate global warming, and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Speaker Bio Healer, teacher, journalist, dowser and activist David Yarrow founded the Syracuse Center for Self-Healing, On the Rise Bakery, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York, and the New York State Food Policy Alliance. Since 2007, Yarrow has taught how to make and use biochar in Carbon-Smart Farming to reduce climate change and grow nutrient-dense foods.

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Grow Cut-flowers for Profit

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Grow Cut-flowers for Profit

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

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Vegetable Gardening: Got flowers?

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