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The Homestead Medic

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The Homestead Medic

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

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Cheesemaking for Little Cheese Eaters

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Cheesemaking for Little Cheese Eaters

Did you know that you can make cheese at home? Learn some easy recipes that will impress your parents. Make two fresh cheeses: yogurt cheese and farmers cheese. Speaker Bio David Asher is an organic farmer and farmstead cheesemaker from British Columbia, Canada. The author of The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, Asher explores traditionally cultured, noncorporate methods of cheesemaking. He travels widely, offering cheese outreach with the Black Sheep School of Cheesemaking.

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Dairy Fermentation

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Dairy Fermentation

Learn to work with kefir grains to make delicious fermented dairy products. Witness how kefir can serve as a starter culture for making a broad selection of dairy products including buttermilk, crème fraîche and cultured butter. It’s easier than you think! Speaker Bio David Asher is an organic farmer and farmstead cheesemaker from British Columbia, Canada. The author of The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, Asher explores traditionally cultured, noncorporate methods of cheesemaking. He travels widely, offering cheese outreach with the Black Sheep School of Cheesemaking.

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Natural Cheesemaking

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Natural Cheesemaking

Learn to make delicious cheese with milk’s indigenous microbes. Find out how possible it is to grow your own bacteria, fungi and yeasts at home. Be inspired by a more traditional cheesemaking approach, and never buy another package of freeze-dried Penicillium roqueforti spores ever again! Speaker Bio David Asher is an organic farmer and farmstead cheesemaker from British Columbia, Canada. The author of The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, Asher explores traditionally cultured, noncorporate methods of cheesemaking. He travels widely, offering cheese outreach with the Black Sheep School of Cheesemaking.

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Heritage Hogwash

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Heritage Hogwash

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

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The Chicken Codex: Breeding a better bird

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The Chicken Codex: Breeding a better bird

If the fascinating world of keeping chickens has you hooked, perhaps you're thinking about breeding them. Learn the commonsense basics of setting up for a breeder flock and how to make good breeding decisions for creating birds that meet breed standards while producing better meat and eggs in the process. Over time you can make great improvements to your flock that will translate to healthier, more productive, and ultimately more valuable birds. Speaker Bio Jeannette Beranger is a program manager for the Livestock Conservancy and has more than 30 years of experience working as an animal professional. She uses the knowledge to plan and implement breed conservation programs. At home, she maintains a heritage breeds farm with a focus on rare breed chickens and horses. In 2015, she was named one of Country Woman Magazine's "45 Amazing Country Women" for her work in conserving endangered breeds. Books by this Speaker: An Introduction to Heritage Breeds

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Extraordinary Equines

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Extraordinary Equines

Whether you are looking for an equine for the plow, driving, endurance, therapy, or for the trail, there’s the right heritage breed equine out there for you! Learn about the variety of choices and how finding the appropriate breed for your skill and needs can make the dream of ownership and delightful reality. Speaker Bio Jeannette Beranger is a program manager for the Livestock Conservancy and has more than 30 years of experience working as an animal professional. She uses the knowledge to plan and implement breed conservation programs. At home, she maintains a heritage breeds farm with a focus on rare breed chickens and horses. In 2015, she was named one of Country Woman Magazine's "45 Amazing Country Women" for her work in conserving endangered breeds. Books by this Speaker: An Introduction to Heritage Breeds

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Durable and Beautiful Hair-On Hides

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Durable and Beautiful Hair-On Hides

Have you ever wanted to turn a deer skin into a beautiful throw for your home? Dennis Biswell reveals how to create durable hair-on leather from a wide range of animals, including deer, goats, raccoon, coyotes, and rabbits. Sharing how to do it all at home with a limited investment in tools and supplies, Biswell discusses his timetable for working tanning projects into a busy schedule. He also shows items he has created with his home-tanned hides. Speaker Bio An avid outdoorsman, Dennis Biswell has hunted and fished all his life. In addition to processing all the game he harvests at home, he tans the skins into leather and buckskin.

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Making Leather and Buckskin

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Making Leather and Buckskin

Learn how to turn a deerskin into leather and buckskin that can be used for moccasins and other items. Describing his methods for doing it all at home with a limited investment in equipment and supplies, Dennis Biswell shares his timetable for working these tanning projects into a busy schedule. He also shows items he has crafted with his home-tanned leather and tells how to make them. Speaker Bio An avid outdoorsman, Dennis Biswell has hunted and fished all his life. In addition to processing all the game he harvests at home, he tans the skins into leather and buckskin.

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Easy Peasy Edibles

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Easy Peasy Edibles

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

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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 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. Books by this Speaker: Free-Range Chicken Gardens, Practical Permaculture

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Weeds and Water: Wisdom for resiliency

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Weeds and Water: Wisdom for resiliency

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

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Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening

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Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening

Hear about growing a steady supply of greens from soil sprouts. Ready to harvest in just a week to 10 days, these greens are exceptionally fresh and nutrient-dense. Whether you live in an apartment or have a large homestead kitchen, learn how to grow the bulk of your salad greens. Each attendee plants a tray to take home, and at the end of the class, Peter Burke serves a fresh salad to sample these gourmet greens. His low-tech method (no grow lights required) yields an abundant harvest all year. Speaker Bio Peter Burke is author of the book Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening: How to Grow Nutrient-Dense Soil-Sprouted Greens in Less Than 10 Days. He has been teaching garden classes since 2006, when he started presenting workshops on indoor salad gardening, square foot gardening, extending the garden season, salad gardens, fall gardens, food dehydrators, and recipe gardens. He also started www.TheDailyGardener.com, to supply organic seeds for Indoor Salad Gardening. He became a Certified Square Foot Garden Teacher by the Square Foot Gardening Foundation in 2010. Burke lives and gardens with his family in Calais, Vermont.

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Colorful Paper Chicken Friends

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Colorful Paper Chicken Friends

Learn how to create a flock of your own to love with paper plates, tissue paper, and googly eyes. Bring your imagination and creative spirit for this one-of-a-kind workshop. Speaker Bio Melissa Caughey is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, and gardener who writes the award-winning blog Tilly's Nest. Caughey lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with her family. She regularly writes for HGTV Gardens, Community Chickens, Grit magazine, and contributes to Country Living magazine. Better Homes and Gardens named her blog as one of the magazine's Top 10 Gardening Blogs, and Country Living magazine gave it a Blue Ribbon Blogger Award. Books by this Speaker: A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens

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Chick Fever: Getting started for less

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Chick Fever: Getting started for less

Thinking about getting chickens? Chickens make wonderful family pets. Learn all the basics of starting out, including chick care, housing needs, feed, and raising a healthy and happy flock. Throughout this presentation, Melissa Caughey shares tips, hacks, secrets to egg laying, money-saving ideas, and much more. Speaker Bio Melissa Caughey is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, and gardener who writes the award-winning blog Tilly's Nest. Caughey lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with her family. She regularly writes for HGTV Gardens, Community Chickens, Grit magazine, and contributes to Country Living magazine. Better Homes and Gardens named her blog as one of the magazine's Top 10 Gardening Blogs, and Country Living magazine gave it a Blue Ribbon Blogger Award. Books by this Speaker: A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens

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Gardening with Chickens: More secrets to success

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Gardening with Chickens: More secrets to success

Melissa Caughey of Tilly's Nest has returned this year, and she is sharing even more gardening with chickens tips! Learn what to grow for your flock, how to plant a garden just for them, the health benefits for you and your flock by gardening together, and even how to garden all year long. Caughey reveals tips, clever ideas, how to outsmart chickens, as well as safe plantings. Learn how to successfully plant and enjoy gardens with vegetables, fruits, annuals, and perennials with this chicken-loving master gardener. Speaker Bio Melissa Caughey is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, and gardener who writes the award-winning blog Tilly's Nest. Caughey lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with her family. She regularly writes for HGTV Gardens, Community Chickens, Grit magazine, and contributes to Country Living magazine. Better Homes and Gardens named her blog as one of the magazine's Top 10 Gardening Blogs, and Country Living magazine gave it a Blue Ribbon Blogger Award. Books by this Speaker: A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens

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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. Books by this Speaker: The Backyard Homestead Book of Kitchen Know-How, Back to Basics: Traditional Kitchen Wisdom

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The Scoop on Poop

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The Scoop on Poop

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

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Chinese Greenhouses: The intelligent choice for year-round production

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Chinese Greenhouses: The intelligent choice for year-round production

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

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Achieving Complete Self-Sufficiency

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Achieving Complete Self-Sufficiency

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

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

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The New Home Herbalist: Where do I begin?

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The New Home Herbalist: Where do I begin?

Inspiration and information are the easy part when beginning to use plants for health. The hard part is making it all fit your life where you are right now. What you need is a simple, practical, and personal plan that approaches natural health small step by small step. Dawn Combs helps folks write their own plan and sends them away with an understanding of how to put it all together. She covers topics that include: choosing herbs for your family, how much/how often, simple ways to grow your own, where to source, common kitchen tools and skills that apply, talking to your doctor, finding a holistic practitioner, and much more! Speaker Bio Dawn Combs is an ethnobotanist with more than 20 years of experience in her field. She is the owner of the herbal health farm Mockingbird Meadows, is a contributor for Mother Earth Living, and the author of Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Health Care and Conceiving Healthy Babies: An Herbal Guide to Support Preconception, Pregnancy and Lactation. Books by this Speaker: Conceiving Healthy Babies

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Sustainable Hive Products

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Sustainable Hive Products

Do you know what it takes for the bee to make your favorite health products? Many hive products are undeniably healthy, but at what cost? Learn which of your health supplements can be taken from the hive without a negative impact to the bee and which are best left alone. If you are a beekeeper, learn how these products can be farmed sustainably, and if you are a consumer learn the questions you need to ask. Speaker Bio Dawn Combs is an ethnobotanist with more than 20 years of experience in her field. She is the owner of the herbal health farm Mockingbird Meadows, is a contributor for Mother Earth Living, and the author of Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Health Care and Conceiving Healthy Babies: An Herbal Guide to Support Preconception, Pregnancy and Lactation. Books by this Speaker: Conceiving Healthy Babies

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Secret Organic Gardening Hacks That Will Blow Your Mind

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Secret Organic Gardening Hacks That Will Blow Your Mind

Learn eco-friendly solutions to improve any garden. Shawna Coronado helps you discover clever ways to upcycle everyday items in your garden in order to save your pennies and save the environment. Each hack is natural or organic and easy to accomplish in the garden, and they will give you creative insight on how you can grow for very little money. Coronado demonstrates each tip with full-color photos and tales from her creative and wacky home garden, which is making a difference in her community and for her family. Speaker Bio Shawna Coronado is an author, columnist, blogger, photographer, media host and brand ambassador in the realms of green lifestyle living, organic gardening, and low-cost cuisine who campaigns for social good. She is also an on-camera spokesperson and social media personality with more than 375,000 followers on her various social media venues and she maintains a YouTube channel with more than a million views. In 2015 she co-hosted the radio show, “The Good Green Home Show” and appeared bi-weekly at her home garden as the FOX News Chicago “Gardening with Good Day” organic gardening expert. Coronado’s garden and eco-adventures have been featured in many media venues, including PBS television. Along with her green lifestyle initiatives, Coronado is concerned about promoting and teaching healthy living. She was diagnosed with severe Spinal Osteoarthritis, a diagnosis that has led her to change her lifestyle, lose weight, and consume a mostly anti-inflammatory diet. She educates audiences about beneficial diet, food and health practices through her organic living media. She dreams that this will enable more people who suffer from similar conditions to be active. Her successful organic living photographs and stories have been shown both online and off in many international home and garden magazines and multiple books. You can learn more about Coronado at www.ShawnaCoronado.com.

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

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

Shawna Coronado shows her extensive gardens and talks about the dramatic personal story of how she has used garden therapy, an anti-inflammatory diet, and exercise to overcome the daily debilitating pain associated with Spinal Osteoarthritis. Her efforts have resulted in weight loss, improved mood, pain reduction, increased mobility, and a beautiful garden. Shawna shows stunning scenes from her garden to illustrate how easy it is to make a few simple lifestyle changes for your own health so that you too can create remarkable personal results. She will discuss garden, exercise tips, and food choices that might just help you reduce pain, lose weight, and feel great while you are living a greener lifestyle. 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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Kombucha Demo Workshop

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Kombucha Demo Workshop

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

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Kombucha and the Human Microbiome

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Kombucha and the Human Microbiome

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

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

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

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

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Cold-hardy Winter Vegetables

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Cold-hardy Winter Vegetables

Details on crops, timing, protection and storage. Why farm in winter? Here’s the information to succeed - tables of cold-hardiness, details of four ranges of cold-hardy crops (fall crops to harvest before serious cold, crops to keep growing into winter, crops for all-winter harvests, overwintering crops for spring harvests); scheduling; weather prediction and protection; hoophouse growing; vegetable storage. Speaker Bio Pam Dawling is a contributing editor with Growing for Market magazine. Her book, Sustainable Market Farming, is on sale at this event. An avid vegetable grower for almost 40 years, she has lived at Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia for more than 20 years, growing vegetables and berries for 100 people on 3.5 acres, and providing training for members in sustainable vegetable production. Books by this Speaker: Sustainable Market Farming

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Producing Asian Greens

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Producing Asian Greens

Detailed information for market and home growers. Many varieties of tasty, nutritious greens grow quickly and bring fast returns. This session covers production of Asian greens outdoors and in the hoophouse. It includes tips on variety selection of over twenty types of Asian greens; timing of plantings; pest and disease management; fertility; weed management and harvesting. Speaker Bio Pam Dawling is a contributing editor with Growing for Market magazine. Her book, Sustainable Market Farming, is on sale at this event. An avid vegetable grower for almost 40 years, she has lived at Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia for more than 20 years, growing vegetables and berries for 100 people on 3.5 acres, and providing training for members in sustainable vegetable production. Books by this Speaker: Sustainable Market Farming

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The Farm as Pharmacy

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The Farm as Pharmacy

In a culture increasingly dependent upon pharmaceuticals, the question begs to be answered: Is there a better way? Join Maureen Diaz (experienced mother, lay herbalist, and nutrition educator) as she explores how we can regain and optimize our own health using food as medicine. Diaz goes over a wide variety of ailments and methods, including topical and internal use of herbs, macronutrients and micronutrients, and more. Speaker Bio Maureen Diaz is a wife, mother to a large brood of active and interesting individuals, gardener, keeper of an array of creatures, and lifelong learner. In her role as a Weston A. Price Foundation chapter leader, she uses her knowledge to educate and inform others, always with the goal to arm listeners with the ultimate tool for good health: food.

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Meaningful Community Building: Reconnecting the small family farm, the people it seeks to serve, and the local economy

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Meaningful Community Building: Reconnecting the small family farm, the people it seeks to serve, and the local economy

So much has been lost in the last 100 years or so with the urbanization of America. Is it possible to regain the sense of community, the strong core values that held people together from generation to generation, or is all lost? Explore ways to make new connections and rebuild families and communities using local sources ... while building support for a strong local economy and a better future! Speaker Bio Maureen Diaz is a wife, mother to a large brood of active and interesting individuals, gardener, keeper of an array of creatures, and lifelong learner. In her role as a Weston A. Price Foundation chapter leader, she uses her knowledge to educate and inform others, always with the goal to arm listeners with the ultimate tool for good health: food.

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Whole Family Nutrition

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Whole Family Nutrition

With the many belief systems surrounding human nutrition, how do we know what really works to build human health? While there is no one truly “best-for-everyone" diet, there are many commonalities and necessary nutrients needed from pre-birth to old age. Maureen Diaz examines the actual nutrients needed to build sound bodies and radiant health, which foods these nutrients are found in, and how to maximize their absorption and bioavailability. Speaker Bio Maureen Diaz is a wife, mother to a large brood of active and interesting individuals, gardener, keeper of an array of creatures, and lifelong learner. In her role as a Weston A. Price Foundation chapter leader, she uses her knowledge to educate and inform others, always with the goal to arm listeners with the ultimate tool for good health: food.

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Mixed Species Management: Intensive grazing on the small family farm

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Mixed Species Management: Intensive grazing on the small family farm

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

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

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

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

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Intensive Grazing for the Homesteader

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Intensive Grazing for the Homesteader

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

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Growing Elderberry for Health and Profit

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Growing Elderberry for Health and Profit

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

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

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

Learn how to humanely, safely, sanitarily and skillfully process your birds. What to do with those roosters and older hens? Get healthy, high-quality meat, and bone broth from your backyard flock. This workshop covers topics including the power of knowing your meat source, how it was raised, fed and processed; the sacred significance of taking a life ... so that you can live; the science and chemistry behind skilled meat processing; processing equipment that you have ... or could easily borrow; hand-plucking made fun; super simple evisceration and an educational anatomy lesson; nutritional differences of meat from heritage vs. commercial breeds; and cold shorting and effective freezer packaging for long-term storage. Processing your own chickens for family food is a lost art in our culture. It’s time to bring back this old tradition and combine it with new techniques, so that poultry processing becomes common knowledge in homes and communities. Speaker Bio Patricia Foreman is a sustainable agriculture author, local foods activist, and popular speaker. She (and her co-presenter, chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free) has presented workshops and book signings at major national festivals and conferences across the United States. She is the author or co-author of five books, including City Chicks and Chicken Tractor. To help “Chick Start America,” she developed the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification course (www.ChickensAndYOU.com). Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in animal science and pharmacy. She has a master's of public affairs from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Books by this Speaker: City Chicks, Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry

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

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

Eggs are among the most nutritious, easily digestible and absorbed foods available on the planet. Eggs are so adaptable that they can be used for a variety of dishes. They create elegant soufflés, hold meatloaf together, keep oil and vinegar from separating in mayonnaise, and form crystals in candies. They spin magically into meringues and thicken smooth custards. Eggs build cake batters by providing the structural framework, and produce finely grained ice creams, enrich soups, and glaze pie crusts. What other food can do all this? It’s said you can tell a great chef from a cook by the way they treat and use eggs. Learn the chemistry behind the magic of eggs in this egg-splicit, eggs-citing workshop. Speaker Bio Patricia Foreman is a sustainable agriculture author, local foods activist, and popular speaker. She (and her co-presenter, chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free) has presented workshops and book signings at major national festivals and conferences across the United States. She is the author or co-author of five books, including City Chicks and Chicken Tractor. To help “Chick Start America,” she developed the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification course (www.ChickensAndYOU.com). Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in animal science and pharmacy. She has a master's of public affairs from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Books by this Speaker: City Chicks, Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry

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

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

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

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Chick in Egg: The miracle of incubation

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Chick in Egg: The miracle of incubation

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

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Making a Living on 1.5 Acres

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Making a Living on 1.5 Acres

Jean-Martin Fortier is the author of The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming and in this workshop, he shares in detail the techniques, tools, and technology that make his market garden productive and profitable. It is popularly supposed that the small-scale market garden can no longer be economically viable, because it cannot compete with the economies of scale of the larger growers. But is that so? Les Jardins de la Grelinette is a micro-farm located in eastern Quebec, just north of the American border. Despite growing on 1.5 acres of land, owners Fortier and Maude-Hélène Desroches manage to feed more than 200 families through their thriving community-supported agriculture (CSA) program and seasonal market stands. For more than a decade the market garden has provided their only household income. Their operation generates close to $140,000 in sales with a profit margin of about 45%. The secret of their success resides in the low-tech, high-yield methods of production they have developed by continuously focusing on growing better rather than growing bigger, making their operation more lucrative and viable in the process. In this workshop, Fortier provides an overview of all aspects of vegetable production at Les Jardins de la Grelinette, demonstrating how adopting intensive methods of production can lead to the optimization of a cropping system. He discusses how to set up a micro-farm by designing biologically intensive cropping systems, all with negligible capital outlay; how to farm without a tractor, minimizing fossil fuel inputs through the use of the best hand tools, appropriate machinery and minimum tillage practices; and how to grow mixed vegetables systematically with attention to weed and pest management best approach practices. Speaker Bio Jean-Martin Fortier is a farmer, writer and educator specializing in organic and bio-intensive cropping practices. He is passionate about demonstrating how small farms can play an important role in rebuilding the food system by growing edibles sustainably for profit on a small community-based scale. Fortier’s acclaimed book, The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming tells the story of how he and his wife started farming on 1.5 acres, yet grossed more than $100,000 per acre, enough to financially sustain their family over a decade. The book has been popular with both urban and rural readers, having sold more than 40,000 copies since its release. It won the 2015 American Horticultural Society book award. Books by this Speaker: The Market Gardener

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Natural Organic Pest Control

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Natural Organic Pest Control

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

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Tree Planting, Natural Organic Tree Care, and Fabulous Trees of the World

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Tree Planting, Natural Organic Tree Care, and Fabulous Trees of the World

Howard Garrett reviews tree selection considerations, including natives vs. imported, single vs. multitrunked, and also container trees vs. ball and burlapped and barerooted trees. Garrett also discusses the natural-organic planting techniques in detail and why they work better in every way, why dramatically exposed root flares are important, and how to expose them properly so trees can resist insect pests and diseases. Garrett reviews pest control techniques. The pruning information he provides covers the proper techniques and why lifting, gutting, and flush cutting should be avoided. Garrett also looks at some of the most incredible trees in the world, including the 800-year-old pecan in Weatherford, Texas, the 500-year-old Kapok tree in Costa Rica, the 3,000-year-old Montezuma cypress in Oaxaca, Mexico, and others. Speaker Bio Howard Garrett is recognized as one of the leaders in the research, education, and promotion of natural organic products and practices. Garrett was born in Pittsburg, Texas, graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1965, received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University in 1969 and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1970 to 1977. He has extensive experience in natural organic gardening, landscape contracting, greenhouse growing, golf course planning and maintenance, and organic product development. Garrett provides state-of-the-art advice on natural organic gardening, landscaping, pet health, composting, pest control, and how to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Books by this Speaker: The Organic Manual

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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, from 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 Shane Gebauer has been a beekeeper and worked in the beekeeping industry for more than 12 years. 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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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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Varroa Management

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Varroa Management

Varroa and varroa related issues are one of the leading causes of colony loss. To be success at keeping honey bees alive and healthy, a beekeeper must do something to manage the mite population. We will cover various options ranging from IPM techniques to more traditional treatments. 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

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

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Up-Close Guinea Encounter

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Up-Close Guinea Encounter

The Guinea Fowl International Association presents an interactive encounter with their Guinea Fowl Ambassador Pearl, including background and information about the history of guinea fowl and their place on the farm today. Speaker Bio The Guinea Fowl International Association (GFIA) is a nonprofit organization based in Texas that has been serving the needs of guinea fowl keepers from around the world since 2006.

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Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms for the Rest of Us

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Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms for the Rest of Us

Do you like mushrooms, but are not sure what to pick, grow, or propagate? Join John Holzwart for this basic overview that is sure to inspire you to become that special "funguy"... or gal. Speaker Bio John Holzwart is a naturalist, permaculturist, educator, beekeeper, wild forager, and maker of traditional brooms. He has his design certificate in permaculture and applies these principles to his daily life. Holzwart teaches and demonstrates the many traditional skills he practices at events across North America. You can often find him in the woods looking for broom handles or mushrooms and other wild edibles.

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Grow Your Own Broom

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Grow Your Own Broom

Historically, many farmers grew broom corn and crafted their own farmstead brooms. Join broom maker John Holzwart as he illustrates this lost art from seed to sweep. Speaker Bio John Holzwart is a naturalist, permaculturist, educator, beekeeper, wild forager and traditional broom maker. He has his design certificate in permaculture and applies these principles to his daily life. Holzwart teaches and demonstrates the many traditional skills he practices at events across North America. You can often find him in the woods looking for broom handles, mushrooms and other wild edibles.

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Honey Bee Removal: Catching swarms and performing cutouts

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Honey Bee Removal: Catching swarms and performing cutouts

Swarms are nature’s way of increasing the honey bee’s numbers and replenishing the bee population that died off. During this presentation, beekeeper John Holzwart shares tips on catching swarms and/or removing bees that have established themselves in an unwanted location (such as walls, barns, and tree stumps) as well as how to relocate them to your apiary. Speaker Bio John Holzwart is a naturalist, permaculturist, educator, beekeeper, wild forager and traditional broom maker. He has his design certificate in permaculture and applies these principles to his daily life. Holzwart teaches and demonstrates the many traditional skills he practices at events across North America. You can often find him in the woods looking for broom handles, mushrooms and other wild edibles.

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Tractor Maintenance and Attachment Options

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Tractor Maintenance and Attachment Options

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

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Essential Oils for Health and Well-Being

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Essential Oils for Health and Well-Being

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

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The Six Most Common Mistakes Made with Electric Fencing

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The Six Most Common Mistakes Made with Electric Fencing

David Kennard explains how to successfully use electric fencing to rotationally graze livestock and keep crops safe from deer and wildlife. He reviews how to choose the right size energizer and type of fence, and also discusses the most common problem areas users encounter with electric fencing (such as testing and monitoring fence voltage, protecting against lightning, and grounding). He provides step-by-step instruction on how to properly set up, take down, move, store, and repair electric netting. By the end of this workshop, attendees feel confident installing and troubleshooting their own fences like pros. Speaker Bio David Kennard is founder and CEO of Wellscroft Fence Systems, New England’s go-to source for agricultural fence design and products. For more than 40 years, Kennard has helped thousands of farmers in the Northeast design fence systems for the protection of crops and livestock. The company field-tests the fencing products it sells on his own 300-acre farm, one of the largest working sheep farms in New England. Wellscroft Farm is a recognized innovative leader in livestock farming throughout New England and in 1999, it was awarded recognition as a New Hampshire Farm of Distinction. In 2015, Kennard received the Andrew L. Felker Award for significant contributions to the health and vitality of New Hampshire agriculture. Kennard is a regular speaker at Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) conferences and farm shows, and hosts popular educational workshops on lambing, fencing, and grazing. He and his team of border collies delight audiences with informative and entertaining herding demonstrations at county fairs, sheep festivals, and farm days throughout New England. Kennard’s passion for farming and public outreach is continuously fueled by the interest and energy of next generation farmers.

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Giving New Life to Trees Headed to the Landfill

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Giving New Life to Trees Headed to the Landfill

People love trees, and for good reason. Beyond their visual appeal, trees offer wide-ranging benefits such as purifying air, diverting stormwater, and providing shade. When local trees die, however, they often end up in a landfill. By some estimates, 3 billion to 4 billion board feet of potentially usable lumber is discarded as waste every year. Silas Kyler and David Hildreth are co-authors of The Art and Craft of Wood, a how-to book for making use of urban lumber, and co-directors of Felled, a documentary film exploring the growing movement to save this overlooked resource. In the workshop, they discuss making use of wood from raw log to finished piece, with an emphasis on using storm downed, urban, and backyard trees. Speaker Bio Silas Kyler is an Arizona native and resides in Tempe, Arizona, with his wife and three young children. Having graduated from Scottsdale Community College with an associate’s degree in film production, Kyler has always had an interest in telling stories through film. He found inspiration in what people were doing with urban lumber for Felled, his first feature length documentary. For as long as he can remember, Kyler has enjoyed building things with his hands. Woodworking has been a hobby of his throughout his adult life, and his passion for urban lumber was a driving force behind The Art and Craft of Wood.

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How to Bring Your Garden to the Sun: Achieving success with container and straw bale gardening

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How to Bring Your Garden to the Sun: Achieving success with container and straw bale gardening

Craig LeHoullier found that, because of ever-growing trees, he had to move his garden to the sunshine. He converted his driveway into a productive growing area using a combination of containers and straw bales with great success. LeHoullier, author of Epic Tomatoes and Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales, shares the many tips and tricks discovered growing a wide variety of vegetables, flowers, and herbs in this manner. If you've got a place where the sun shines, you can have a great garden. At this workshop, learn how, and bring your questions! Speaker Bio Craig LeHoullier is the tomato adviser for Seed Savers Exchange. In the last 30 years, he has trialed more than 3,000 tomato varieties and has introduced more than 200 varieties to the trade. He lectures widely, from local Master Gardener groups to Monticello, the Seed Savers Exchange, Dow Gardens, the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., and the Philadelphia Flower Show. His two book are Epic Tomatoes and Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales, and he blogs regularly for MOTHER EARTH NEWS and on his own website, www.CraigLeHoullier.com. Books by this Speaker: Epic Tomatoes

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How to Grow Epic Tomatoes in Your Gardens: Varieties, stories, and useful tips

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How to Grow Epic Tomatoes in Your Gardens: Varieties, stories, and useful tips

Just about all gardens feature tomatoes, and just about all gardeners crave the flavor of their homegrown treasures. Craig LeHoullier, author of Epic Tomatoes, has been collecting, growing, and developing tomatoes for more than 35 years, the last 25 of which he spent in Raleigh, North Carolina. He shares some of his favorite varieties that will provide joy in the Burlington area, as well as various methods learned over the years to help everyone achieve that greatest of the summer harvest: memorable, delicious homegrown tomatoes. Speaker Bio Craig LeHoullier is the tomato adviser for Seed Savers Exchange. In the last 30 years, he has trialed more than 3,000 tomato varieties and has introduced more than 200 varieties to the trade. He lectures widely, from local Master Gardener groups to Monticello, the Seed Savers Exchange, Dow Gardens, the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., and the Philadelphia Flower Show. His two book are Epic Tomatoes and Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales, and he blogs regularly for MOTHER EARTH NEWS and on his own website, www.CraigLeHoullier.com. Books by this Speaker: Epic Tomatoes

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Whole Animal Butchery

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Whole Animal Butchery

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

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Sausage Making 101

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Sausage Making 101

Learn the basics of making delicious sausage from pork, beef, chicken, lamb, rabbit, or wild game. Meredith Leigh, author of The Ethical Meat Handbook, discusses secrets to optimum flavor and texture, and she covers equipment needs (as well as creating your own recipes). Hear about cooking methods, including smoking, in addition to processing. Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook, and the author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie, and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Books by this Speaker: The Ethical Meat Handbook

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Big Food Talk

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Big Food Talk

We are living in an age of critical and complex transitions, socially, scientifically, and philosophically. Join this session to gain perspective on sustainable food activism across the entire supply chain. Meredith Leigh – farmer, butcher, chef, writer, and educator – will share dynamic perspective from 15 years of activism, addressing everything from the economic to the environmental to the emotional aspects of food systems work. Farmers, distributors, retailers, chefs, buyers, and conscientious consumers will benefit from this talk, which addresses big picture questions, challenges assumptions, and inspires participants toward updated thought and action. Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook, and the author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Books by this Speaker: The Ethical Meat Handbook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Permaculture Market Garden

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The Permaculture Market Garden

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

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Ferments: Learn how to make super-quick and easy fruit kvass and more!

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Ferments: Learn how to make super-quick and easy fruit kvass and more!

Ferments represent the missing link in our diets. For tens of thousands of years, our ancestors ate many fermented foods. That was the only way they had to preserve their bounty. Our own gut biome, therefore, is used to eating them. Not only do the digestive enzymes present in these foods help us to assimilate our food, but the probiotics fight pathogens and keep us healthy. Author Celeste Longacre (Celeste’s Garden Delights) teaches how to make super-easy, quick, and inexpensive fruit kvass, beet kvass, and fermented mayonnaise and ketchup. Speaker Bio Celeste Longacre is the author of Celeste’s Garden Delights and an accomplished gardener who has been growing most of her family’s vegetables for more than 35 years and is the local chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation. She also writes a regular gardening blog for The Old Farmer's Almanac and MOTHER EARTH NEWS. For further information, visit her website at www.CelesteLongacre.com.

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Preserving the Bounty

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Preserving the Bounty

Summertime: Days are long, the sun is high, and gardens and farm stands are brimming with produce. This is the ideal time to stock up on veggies and fruits that can be eaten in the winter. In this PowerPoint presentation, Celeste Longacre looks at how to make and can spaghetti sauce, freeze vegetables and berries, dry herbs, prepare beets and carrots for the root cellar, and ferment pickles and fancy sauerkraut. Speaker Bio Celeste Longacre is the author of Celeste’s Garden Delights and an accomplished gardener who has been growing most of her family’s vegetables for more than 35 years and is the local chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation. She also writes a regular gardening blog for The Old Farmer's Almanac and MOTHER EARTH NEWS. For further information, visit her website at www.CelesteLongacre.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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One-Hour Cheese: Extraordinary cheeses made with ordinary ingredients

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One-Hour Cheese: Extraordinary cheeses made with ordinary ingredients

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

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Guinea Fowl 101

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Guinea Fowl 101

Fun facts and things you never knew about guinea fowl, as well as the basics on how to keep guineas successfully and safely, so they can be part of your organic pest control plan. Speaker Bio 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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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. Books by this Speaker: The Wild Medicine Solution, DIY Bitters

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

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Getting the Most Out of Your Hoop House or Greenhouse

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Getting the Most Out of Your Hoop House or Greenhouse

Most small growers are using field-growing techniques in their greenhouses and hoop houses, which do not make the most of their precious protected growing space. There is a system of protected vegetable growing pioneered by the Dutch, common in commercial vegetable production, that will help growers naturally get more out of extending the season. Andrew Mefferd discusses spacing, choice of crops, trellising, pruning, temperature, and more. Learn how to get the most out of your greenhouse or hoop house! Speaker Bio Andrew Mefferd is the author of The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook, new from Chelsea Green Publishing in 2017. He spent seven years in the research department at Johnny’s Selected Seeds, traveling around the world to consult with researchers and farmers on the best practices in greenhouse growing. He put what he learned to use on his own certified organic farm in Maine. He is now the editor and publisher of Growing for Market magazine. Previously, he worked on farms in six states across the United States before starting his own farm. Books by this Speaker: The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook

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Growing Vining/Fruiting Crops In Hoop Houses and Greenhouses

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Growing Vining/Fruiting Crops In Hoop Houses and Greenhouses

Use what you already know about growing tomatoes for cucumbers, peppers, and eggplant. Start growing amazing vining/fruiting crops! Speaker Bio Andrew Mefferd is the author of The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook, new from Chelsea Green Publishing in 2017. He spent seven years in the research department at Johnny’s Selected Seeds, traveling around the world to consult with researchers and farmers on the best practices in greenhouse growing. He put what he learned to use on his own certified organic farm in Maine. He is now the editor and publisher of Growing for Market magazine. Previously, he worked on farms in six states across the United States before starting his own farm. Books by this Speaker: The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook

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Craft Distilling: Making liquor legally at home

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Craft Distilling: Making liquor legally at home

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

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

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

Making sourdough-based breads is easier than you might think. Sourdough starter, activated by wild yeast, can be used for making a lot more than just loaf breads and pizza. This overview of the sourdough process will cover benefits of naturally-leavened breads, the basic method of creating and maintaining a low-maintenance sourdough starter, and working with non-gluten grains. The author of the award-winning book Craft Distilling, Victoria Miller is an experienced and passionate sourdough baker. This workshop also includes a brief look at her wood-fired outdoor oven, the perfect tool for baking amazing sourdough breads. Speaker Bio Victoria Redhed Miller grew up in Seattle and now lives with her husband, David, on their off-grid farm in the Olympic Mountain foothills near Sequim, Washington. She writes and blogs about homesteading and self-reliance, as well as speaking at events around the country. She is also the author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks. Books by this Speaker: Craft Distilling, Pure Poultry

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10 Easy Seeds to Save

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10 Easy Seeds to Save

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

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10 Tips for Container Gardens

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10 Tips for Container Gardens

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

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Resilient Gardening in Changing Climates

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Resilient Gardening in Changing Climates

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

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Smoothies and Seed Starting

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Smoothies and Seed Starting

Wouldn't it be fun to turn the most delectable moment of your day into a gardening project? At Smoothies & Gardening 101 with Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss, create tasty smoothies and turn empty pints into planters! Speaker Bio Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss is the Evolution of Ice Cream. They source the finest organic ingredients to bring consumers a dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free treat. Just one taste and you will understand what they mean when they say, “This Is Bliss!”

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Plant to Preserve

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Plant to Preserve

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

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Organic Gardening for Newbies: Avoiding beginner mistakes

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Organic Gardening for Newbies: Avoiding beginner mistakes

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

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Compost Your Way to Better Soil

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Compost Your Way to Better Soil

Home composting expert Barbara Pleasant shares dozens of practical composting techniques for turning kitchen and garden waste into an essential soil amendment for any type of garden. Learn novel passive and active composting methods for enriching your soil, including composting innovations shared by MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers. Speaker Bio Barbara Pleasant has practiced organic vegetable gardening for 30 years in gardens large and small. The author of numerous books (including Homegrown Pantry, Starter Vegetable Gardens, and The Complete Compost Gardening Guide) Pleasant won a Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association for writing the popular Gardening Know-How column in MOTHER EARTH NEWS. Pleasant lives in Floyd, Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers, and where she keeps a small flock of chickens.

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Designing a Year-Round Solar Greenhouse

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Designing a Year-Round Solar Greenhouse

How can you grow your own bananas, avocados, and fresh veggies year-round, without depending on fossil-fuel energy? Discover the principles of passive solar greenhouse design and the latest technologies to facilitate sustainable, yearlong yields. Traditional greenhouses require large amounts of heating and cooling to grow throughout the year in North American climates, making them an unsustainable choice. Energy-efficient greenhouses are able to maintain much warmer temperatures for abundance through all four seasons, growing with little to no heating or cooling. This presentation builds off the book by Marc Plinke and Lindsey Schiller, The Year-Round Solar Greenhouse, and includes both simple and advanced methods. Speaker Bio Marc Plinke started his career as a chemical and process engineer. After turning to green building, he transitioned to building super energy-efficient greenhouses. In 2011, Plinke helped build a net-zero-energy prototype greenhouse for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Soon after, he co-founded Ceres Greenhouse Solutions to help people design and build their own sustainable greenhouses. His aim is to enable people to grow fresh, nutritious food year-round without depending on fossil fuels.

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The Shocking Truth About Electric Fence

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The Shocking Truth About Electric Fence

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

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Ayurveda, Food for Your Body, Mind, and Spirit

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Ayurveda, Food for Your Body, Mind, and Spirit

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

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

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

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

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Pastured Poultry Profit$

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Pastured Poultry Profit$

Take a virtual tour of Polyface Farm's pastured poultry production and discover the pathway to creating a full-time salary from a small acreage. With 80 percent of Americans saying they dislike their jobs, this presentation offers an opportunity for those who want to jump ship and start a new vocation. While this presentation is certainly applicable to small, backyard operations, it has special application to those who are currently running (or are dreaming of starting) full-time farms. Speaker Bio Joel Salatin's family owns and operates Polyface Farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, producing salad bar beef, pastured poultry, pigaerator pork and forage-based rabbits. The farm services 6,000 families and 50 restaurants. Featured prominently in countless media, documentaries and books, the farm offers many educational opportunities for people wanting to learn these pasture-based systems. He has written 10 books about food and farming, both how-to guides and broad cultural works. Books by this Speaker: Salad Bar Beef, Holy Cows & Hog Heaven

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From a Frog's Perspective

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From a Frog's Perspective

In his theatrical style, Joel Salatin creates a verbal image of a frog in a beaver pond 500 years ago and builds 12 ecological principles from that perspective. What would that frog know about ecology in that pond? Believing that the most stable ecologies mimic historic normalcy, Salatin takes you on a winsome fantasy journey with the frog and what it knows. Sometimes becoming like a child is the best way to rethink our future. Speaker Bio Joel Salatin's family owns and operates Polyface Farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, producing salad bar beef, pastured poultry, pigaerator pork and forage-based rabbits. The farm services 6,000 families and 50 restaurants. Featured prominently in countless media, documentaries and books, the farm offers many educational opportunities for people wanting to learn these pasture-based systems. He has written 10 books about food and farming, both how-to guides and broad cultural works. Books by this Speaker: The Sheer Ecstasy of being a Lunatic Farmer, Everything I Want to do is Illegal

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Health Benefits of Beehive Resources

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Health Benefits of Beehive Resources

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

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

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

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

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Renewable Natural Gas

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Renewable Natural Gas

Make your own renewable natural gas from farm and kitchen wastes, or from wood. Learn how to make and use a small biogas digester and a simple wood-gas camp stove. This workshop helps you understand the basics of both biogas and wood gas, and how you can produce renewable natural gas from biomass and waste resources found at home or on the farm. Participants are introduced to the fundamentals of both anaerobic digestion and pyrolysis. Speaker Bio Paul Scheckel counts 25 years of hands-on experience delivering energy efficiency and renewable energy services, information, and analysis to residential and business customers, and to utility program managers. He is a hands-on, off-grid homesteader with a commitment to sustainability and a passion for music, the arts, nature, and old cars.

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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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Fiery Ferments

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Fiery Ferments

Fermentation is a hot topic, from health to flavor. Americans are looking to bold flavors and spicy foods are heating up our meals, from kimchi to Sriracha. What do both of these flavors have in common? Lactic acid fermentation! This session teaches folks to create their own spicy condiments; it focuses on fermenting peppers both hot and sweet. Attendees taste unique fermentation as well as have the opportunity to watch and participate in the process of creating these unimagined healthy hot flavors. Speaker Bio Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey got their start in fermenting foods with their farmstead food company, where they created over 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Their current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops at their farm. Kirsten blogs at www.fermentista.us. They live on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon.

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Mastering Vegetable Fermentation for Fun, Flavor and Health

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Mastering Vegetable Fermentation for Fun, Flavor and Health

Vegetable fermentation has moved beyond sauerkraut into an entirely new realm of flavor, culinary art and adventure. Be a part of this exciting journey. In this workshop we discuss the benefits of making and enjoying fermented vegetables. We will demystify the process by discussion these ancient methods and modern techniques of preservation through demonstration. The conversation of flavor will explore herbal pastes, chutney’s, and other condiments. Bring your curiosity and questions. Speaker Bio Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey got their start in fermenting foods with their farmstead food company, where they created more than 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Their current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops at their farm. Kirsten blogs at www.fermentista.us. They live on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon. Books by this Speaker: Fermented Vegetables

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Kids love to make and eat sauerkraut. Vegetable fermentation is one of the oldest, and perhaps the most healthful, food preparation (and preservation) methods. This rediscovered culinary art is easy and safe, making it a wonderful, accessible way for even the youngest “chefs” to begin participating in the preparation of their family’s nourishment. And that is empowering. This workshop is a hands-on program in which kids can taste some fresh raw sauerkraut and then make their own small batch to take home and ferment. This is a drop-in-style session, so stop by and join us. Speaker Bio Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey got their start in fermenting foods with their farmstead food company, where they created more than 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Their current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops at their farm. Kirsten blogs at www.fermentista.us. They live on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon. Books by this Speaker: Fermented Vegetables

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Vermiculture 101

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Vermiculture 101

Learn simple backyard vermiculture techniques. Discover how to build your own vermicomposting bin with a trapdoor for harvesting worm castings. Hear about ways to increase crop yields by side-dressing and fertilizing with worm castings, worm tea, and vermicompost. Speaker Bio Crystal Stevens and her husband, Eric, are the farmers and resident artists at La Vista CSA Farm on the bluffs of the Mighty Mississippi in Godfrey, Illinois, where they enjoy the rural life with their two children. Stevens blogs for MOTHER EARTH NEWS, has contributed to Grit and Permaculture Magazine, and is a columnist for FEAST Magazine. She is the author of Grow Create Inspire, an Earth Stewardship Manifesto.

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Grow Create Inspire: Be a change maker in your community

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Grow Create Inspire: Be a change maker in your community

Learn strategies for educating your community about an array of eco-topics. Host plant walks, meet-ups, workshops, and more. Learn basic tools for increasing eco-awareness and making changes in your community. Grow for the greater good. The simple act of gardening can be a catalyst for positive change, Earth stewardship, and the art of low-impact living. Discover ways you can be an advocate for the Earth in your own community. Speaker Bio Crystal Stevens and her husband, Eric, are the farmers and resident artists at La Vista CSA Farm on the bluffs of the mighty Mississippi in Godfrey, Illinois, where they enjoy the rural life with their two children. Stevens blogs for MOTHER EARTH NEWS, has contributed to Grit and Permaculture Magazine, and is a columnist for FEAST Magazine. She is the author of Grow Create Inspire, an Earth Stewardship Manifesto.

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Family Adventures in Vermiculture

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Family Adventures in Vermiculture

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

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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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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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Make Mud Not Foam: Is green building really green?

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Make Mud Not Foam: Is green building really green?

Sit down for a discussion of the hidden environmental footprint of high-tech, high-performance building materials, and some ways that good old mud and straw can save the day and keep your checkbook full. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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

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

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

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Making the Farmer-Chef Connection

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Making the Farmer-Chef Connection

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

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Growing Great Garlic and Perennial Onions

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Growing Great Garlic and Perennial Onions

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

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

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

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

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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 Wranglerstar 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 400,000 loyal subscribers and 130 million video views, they are leaders in the modern homesteading movement. Books by this Speaker: Modern Homesteading: Rediscovering the American Dream

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The Modern Homestead: What we wished we would have known

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The Modern Homestead: What we wished we would have known

The Wranglerstars left the city 10 years ago to become modern homesteaders. Learn from their successes and failures. Speaker Bio Cody Wranglerstar 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 400,000 loyal subscribers and 130 million video views, they are leaders in the modern homesteading movement. Books by this Speaker: Modern Homesteading: Rediscovering the American Dream

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Understanding Geothermal Heating and Cooling

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Understanding Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Learn about geothermal heating and cooling technology, how it works, and what makes it better. Tim Wright discusses various applications for home and farm, how it works with off-grid technologies, and how geothermal compares to traditional systems. Speaker Bio Tim Wright has been with Enertech Global since 2011. He oversees the company’s training, customer service, sales, and marketing departments. He began his career in the geothermal industry in 1988, working to educate homeowners on the technology and to train installers and contractors. Wright serves on the board of directors for California GEO and the Michigan Geothermal Energy Association.

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Attract Thousands of Perfect Buyers … Showcase Your Green Products and Services with Podcasting

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Attract Thousands of Perfect Buyers … Showcase Your Green Products and Services with Podcasting

Many businesses struggle with one thing: finding an easy, effective way to reach thousands of perfect prospects without lots of wasted time and money. Launching a podcast is a great way to find new customers, engage existing ones, and showcase your green products and services. Podcasting as a marketing tool is more cost-effective, less time-consuming, and produces better results than search engine optimization. This how-to workshop walks you through the five steps you need for a wildly profitable podcast; no more struggling on your own to figure it out! Speaker Bio C S Wurzberger, the Green Up Girl, is an award-winning podcaster and an accomplished business growth strategist with more than 30 years of experience helping animal, nature, and green organizations showcase and fund their green initiatives and conservation efforts. She is also the founder and director of Green UP Kids, a nature club for kids who love animals and exploring the world.

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Cut Flower Farming: Getting started

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Cut Flower Farming: Getting started

Learn the ins and outs of field-grown cut-flowers for profit from veteran flower farmer Lisa Mason Ziegler. She discusses tips for getting started, who you can sell to, what to grow, and how to sell cut-flowers commercially. Flower farming can become a part of your homestead or your urban home with little investment. Ziegler’s urban 1-1/4 acre cutting gardens produce thousands of stems each week in season. Speaker Bio Lisa Mason Ziegler is a cut-flower farmer, author and nationally recognized speaker on organic cut-flower gardening. Ziegler has been farming since 1998; her urban 3-acre farm produces thousands of stems of flowers each week in season. She sells her flowers to florists and through her CSA programs. Ziegler is the founder and owner of The Gardener’s Workshop, a catalog and online shop offering the gardening tools and supplies she uses in her own gardens. Books by this Speaker: The Easy Cut-Flower Garden

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Vegetable Gardening: Got flowers?

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Vegetable Gardening: Got flowers?

What business do pretty flowers have in a vegetable garden? Not much, according to most gardeners. Flowers are often treated like tag-along little sisters: They only get a place if there’s room left over. In decades past, flowers were considered a key element of the vegetable patch. Today, they are a casualty of downsizing and practicality. But even though you can’t eat them, flowers more than pull their weight in the garden; they are the welcoming mat for pollinators and beneficial insects. Want your garden to have a strong community of natural garden workers? Plant flowers! Their blossoms will attract a workforce of beneficial insects that will come, set up housekeeping and raise their families. Learn how you can add three seasons of flowers to benefit your vegetable garden and your lifestyle. Speaker Bio Lisa Mason Ziegler is a cut-flower farmer, author and nationally recognized speaker on organic cut-flower gardening. Ziegler has been farming since 1998; her urban 3-acre farm produces thousands of stems of flowers each week in season. She sells her flowers to florists and through her CSA programs. Ziegler is the founder and owner of The Gardener’s Workshop, a catalog and online shop offering the gardening tools and supplies she uses in her own gardens. Books by this Speaker: The Easy Cut-Flower Garden

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Make Mead Like a Viking

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Make Mead Like a Viking

Learn to make your own mead (honey wine) using techniques that have been utilized by ancient cultures since the first discovery of bubbling honey and its magical effects. Jereme Zimmerman focuses on wild-crafting and spontaneous-fermentation techniques, but also discusses other mead-making practices. Be prepared for an engaging discussion on mead, Vikings, and the simplicity of fermenting your own honey-based alcoholic beverages using local, raw, unfiltered honey, and ingredients harvested from the wild and your own garden. Join the wild mead movement! Speaker Bio Jereme Zimmerman grew up on his parents’ northern Kentucky goat farm, Twin Meadows, where he was also homeschooled. After graduating from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, he moved to the Pacific Northwest, where he immersed himself in the world of homebrewing. As the world’s only peace-loving, green-living Appalachian Yeti Viking, Zimmerman writes, blogs and speaks regularly on fermentation, mead-making, homesteading and good eating. He is a regular contributor to various publications and websites, including New Pioneer and Backwoods Home magazines. He writes for Earthineer.com as “RedHeadedYeti.” He currently lives in Berea with his wife, Jenna, and daughters, Sadie and Maisie, where he practices urban homesteading and cavorts with farmers, authors and fellow sustainable living enthusiasts. His first book, Make Mead Like a Viking, was published by Chelsea Green Publishing in November 2015.

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Brewing Beer for the Modern Homesteader

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Brewing Beer for the Modern Homesteader

Brewing beer is easy. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Jereme Zimmerman discusses the simplicity of brewing beer using a basic beer-brewing kit that can be purchased from any homebrew shop, or even with equipment and ingredients you may very well already have in your kitchen. Before the modern homebrewing explosion, “farmhouse brewing” was the norm in nearly every household. Zimmerman provides tips on how to easily and affordably take up this addictive hobby, and he presents information for both beginning and intermediate brewers on using “exotic” ingredients that were once commonplace, before hops was king. Speaker Bio Jereme Zimmerman grew up on his parents’ northern Kentucky goat farm, Twin Meadows, where he was also homeschooled. After graduating from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, he moved to the Pacific Northwest, where he immersed himself in the world of homebrewing. As the world’s only peace-loving, green-living Appalachian Yeti Viking, Zimmerman writes, blogs, and speaks regularly on fermentation, mead-making, homesteading, and good eating. He is a regular contributor to various publications and websites, including New Pioneer and Backwoods Home magazines. He writes for Earthineer.com as “RedHeadedYeti.” He currently lives in Berea with his wife, Jenna, and daughters, Sadie and Maisie, where he practices urban homesteading and cavorts with farmers, authors, and fellow sustainable living enthusiasts. His first book, Make Mead Like a Viking, was published by Chelsea Green Publishing in 2015.

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