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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. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 1:30-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Ananta Ripa Ajmera is an ayurveda practitioner and yoga instructor who studied with Acharya Shunya, an eminent traditional Vedic teacher whose lineage stems back to ancient India. She has taught ayurveda and yoga at Stanford University, Stanford Health Care, California Probation Departments, ABC News, and leading business conferences. Her writing has been popular on MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, and Huffington Post.

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Ayurveda: Food for your body, mind, and spirit

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Ayurveda: Food for your body, mind, and spirit

Ayurveda is the art and science of healthy living from ancient India. It is the sister science of yoga and one of the world’s oldest healing systems. As a holistic science, ayurveda addresses the root causes of health problems. Healthy digestion is the key to good overall health in ayurveda, and digestion involves your body, mind, and spirit. Healthy digestion of your food, emotions, and life experiences positively impacts the quality of your sleep and reduces stress, among other potent health benefits. Ananta Ripa teaches what foods are beneficial for boosting your digestion, as a way of supporting your overall health. She explains how the way you eat is just as important as what you eat, and discusses simple, yet powerful ways to incorporate inspired mindful eating practices into your life (to help you digest your food and emotions). She also provides an inspiring meditation to help you digest your life experiences. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 1:30-2:00 p.m. 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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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. Grit Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 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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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! Real Food Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio David Asher is an organic farmer and farmstead cheesemaker from British Columbia. 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! Real Food Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio David Asher is an organic farmer and farmstead cheesemaker from British Columbia. 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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Caveat Comedentis: Eater beware of new engineered foods

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Caveat Comedentis: Eater beware of new engineered foods

The food industry is using gene-altering science in every aspect of the food-value chain. Take an in-depth look at two of these techniques currently used in crops, livestock, and food: nanofoods – altering the DNA of food through the insertion of nanoparticles, and CRISPR/Cas9 – selective gene editing. Darryl Benjamin identifies some of the products that have already reached the marketplace, and he takes an explorative look at current research and development. He defines and evaluates the pros and cons, similarities and differences with GMOs, and the imminent impact on farmers, consumers, agribusiness, sustainable food systems, and industrial agriculture. Who stands to gain? Who stands to lose? Benjamin scrutinizes benefits, unintended consequences, and social, environmental, and economic impacts. Modern Homesteading Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Author Darryl Benjamin is a passionate writer, educator, and advocate for sustainable food. Benjamin’s new book is Farm to Table: The Essential Guide to Sustainable Food Systems for Students, Professionals, and Consumers. Benjamin teaches in the Sustainable Food Systems program at Green Mountain College.

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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. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: At Booth #3406 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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Hopping for Fun and Profit with Heritage Rabbits

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Hopping for Fun and Profit with Heritage Rabbits

Rabbits can be easy, versatile and quiet animals to raise on your small property. Heritage breeds offer a chance to set yourself apart from other rabbitries and provide value-added product for both home use or sale. Get acquainted with the breeds and the basics of raising rabbits. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: At Booth #3406 Speaker Bio Jeannette Beranger is a program manager for the Livestock Conservancy and has more than 30 years of experience working as an animal professional. She uses the knowledge to plan and implement breed conservation programs. At home, she maintains a heritage breeds farm with a focus on rare breed chickens and horses. In 2015, she was named one of Country Woman Magazine's "45 Amazing Country Women" for her work in conserving endangered breeds.

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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. Grit Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. 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. Grit Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. 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 covers basic food forest design and goes over some of her favorite low-maintenance edibles. Mother Earth News Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 p.m. 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! Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 p.m. 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 it 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. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 p.m. 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 it 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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Solar-Energy Systems and Costs: Which is right for you

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Solar-Energy Systems and Costs: Which is right for you

This interactive presentation compares the costs of off-grid/backup power. Tom Brennan starts by showing how many solar panels and batteries are needed to run items. Brennan compares types of solar panels, batteries, and solar systems. He shows what to look for, what’s most cost-effective, and what to avoid. The goal is for your family to be more energy independent in affordable ways. Sustainability Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio As engineering manager of Portable Solar LLC, Tom Brennan is an electrical engineer with multiple patents and 25 years of electronics design and test. He has been a consultant to solar electronics manufacturers, improving functionality, reliability, and efficiency. For the past 5 years, Tom has guided an engineering team to create patent pending inverters, charge controllers, EMP hardened solar generators, EMP test simulators, and portable solar panels

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Maternal Breed Selection: A key to meat goat doe herd fitness and profitability

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Maternal Breed Selection: A key to meat goat doe herd fitness and profitability

Meat goat production is a nontraditional animal industry that has experienced tremendous growth in the last 25 years. Market demand for goat meat in the United States exceeds domestic supply, but profitable meat goat production has been difficult to achieve in many operations. Herd managers often place emphasis on sire selection and kid growth traits. However, many of the problems in achieving meat goat enterprise sustainability and profitability are rooted in genetic decisions affecting doe herd health and reproduction. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio A professor of animal science at Tennessee State University (TSU) in Nashville, Richard Browning began his meat goat research in 2002. He is studying performance traits among Boer, Kiko, Myotonic, Savanna, and Spanish breeds. In 2015, Browning established a Dexter cattle herd at the school, which will be used to advance student teaching and ruminant research. Before arriving at TSU in 1994, Browning earned master's and doctoral degrees at Texas A&M University, and before that, a bachelor's at Prairie View A&M University. (An overview of his work can be found at www.TNState.edu/faculty/rbrowning.) He grew up in Raywood, Texas.

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Smaller Cows for Smaller Farms: Reducing cow size to increase productivity

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Smaller Cows for Smaller Farms: Reducing cow size to increase productivity

For small-scale beef production, consider nontraditional breeds that are smaller in stature, dual-purpose, and/or of a heritage type. (Such alternative breeds are often smaller than the average traditional breed representatives or typical commercial beef cow types.) Nontraditional breeds can be very productive, yield a quality product, and require lower management costs. Although often overlooked, nontraditional breeds are not only novelty animals of interesting historical discussions; they offer "new" and useful genetic options that may be a better fit for small landholder beef operations. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio A professor of animal science at Tennessee State University (TSU) in Nashville, Richard Browning started doing meat goat research in 2002. He is studying performance traits among Boer, Kiko, Myotonic, Savanna, and Spanish breeds. He also established a Dexter cattle herd at TSU in 2015. The cattle will be used to advance student teaching and ruminant research. Before arriving at TSU in 1994, he earned a bachelor's from Prairie View A&M University and a master's and doctorate from Texas A&M University. (An overview of his work can be found at www.TNState.edu/faculty/rbrowning). He grew up in Raywood, Texas.

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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. Sustainability Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. 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 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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Goats: Keeping your herd healthy the holistic way

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Goats: Keeping your herd healthy the holistic way

Although goats are thought of as naturally healthy and relatively easy to care for, in reality maintaining a healthy herd requires an understanding of their natural nutritional, emotional, and physical needs. With holistic care and a bit of troubleshooting training, you can keep your goats in great shape ... with almost no vet bills! The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Gianaclis Caldwell is the author of four books on cheesemaking and small dairying, including the award-winning Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking. Along with her husband, she milks goats and makes cheese at Pholia Farm Creamery in the south of Oregon.

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Quick Mozzarella and Beautiful Burrata: So easy!

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Quick Mozzarella and Beautiful Burrata: So easy!

Have you seen the price of burrata, those little pillows of cheese stuffed with cheese? Learn how to make your own super easily and in only about an hour! Starting with grocery store milk, whip up a batch of fresh mozzarella and then transform it into beautiful burrata with just a few ingredients. Real Food Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Gianaclis Caldwell is the author of four books on cheesemaking and small dairying, including the award-winning Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking. Along with her husband, she milks goats and makes cheese at Pholia Farm Creamery in the south of Oregon.

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Simple, Quick, Delicious Cheeses Anyone Can Make: Paneer and ricotta

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Simple, Quick, Delicious Cheeses Anyone Can Make: Paneer and ricotta

Some of the easiest cheeses to make are also the most versatile and delicious! Learn how you can make these classics with only one stop at the grocery store! In an hour, Gianaclis Caldwell makes ricotta and paneer, and then lets folks sample them at the end. Modern Homesteading Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Gianaclis Caldwell is the author of four books on cheesemaking and small dairying, including the award-winning Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking. Along with her husband, she milks goats and makes cheese at Pholia Farm Creamery in the south of Oregon.

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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. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.m. 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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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. Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.m. 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. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.m. 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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Making Pickles

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Making Pickles

Fresh-pack pickles are a great way to preserve some of your homegrown vegetables. Learn how to keep them crisp even when they are canned. This workshop provides step-by-step instructions for canning vinegar pickles in a boiling water bath or the newly approved steam canner. Grit Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. 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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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. Enjoy samples of cookies made with tallow and cookies made with lard. Modern Homesteading Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. 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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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. Mother Earth News Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.m. 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, news that 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.

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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. Coronado 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 discusses gardening and exercise tips as well as food choices that might just help you reduce pain, lose weight, and feel great while you are living a greener lifestyle. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.m. 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.

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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. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:00-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Known as the "Kombucha Mamma,” Hannah Crum speaks at consumer and corporate events nationwide. She and Alex LaGory created Kombucha Kamp (www.KombuchaKamp.com) to provide the highest-quality brewing supplies, information, and support. They mentor homebrewers and serve as commercial brewing consultants. The couple co-founded Kombucha Brewers International in Los Angeles, where they reside.

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

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Kid's Kombucha Tasting and 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. Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:00-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Known as the "Kombucha Mamma,” Hannah Crum speaks at consumer and corporate events nationwide. She and Alex LaGory created Kombucha Kamp to provide the highest-quality brewing supplies, information, and support. They mentor homebrewers and serve as commercial brewing consultants. The couple co-founded Kombucha Brewers International in Los Angeles, where they reside.

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Kombucha Demo Workshop

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Kombucha Demo Workshop

If you can brew a cup of tea, you can brew kombucha! As bacteriosapiens, we are bacteria-powered! The more bacteria-rich fermented foods that we incorporate into our diet, the better we feel. In this hands-on demo from one of the world’s foremost kombucha experts, Hannah Crum (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. Real Food Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:00-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Hannah Crum and Alex LaGory created Kombucha Kamp (www.KombuchaKamp.com) to provide the highest-quality brewing supplies, information, and support. The couple mentor homebrewers and serve as commercial brewing consultants. They co-founded Kombucha Brewers International in Los Angeles, where they reside. Known as the "Kombucha Mamma,” Crum speaks at consumer and corporate events nationwide.

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Cold-Hardy Winter Vegetables

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Cold-Hardy Winter Vegetables

Hear details on crops, timing, protection, and storage. Why farm in winter? Here’s the information to succeed: tables of cold-hardiness, including 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; and vegetable storage. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:00-12:30 p.m. 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

Hear 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 a selection of more than 20 types of Asian greens; timing of plantings; pest and disease management; fertility; and weed management and harvesting. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:00-12:30 p.m. 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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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. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 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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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 as "not suitable for agriculture." Grit Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:00-12:30 p.m. 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. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:00-12:30 p.m. 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. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 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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The Resilient Homestead: Lessons learned

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The Resilient Homestead: Lessons learned

Ben Falk shares insights gleaned from 15 years of permaculture development and professional design experience. To help you avoid pitfalls and detours (and get results as directly as possible), Falk shares lessons learned in evaluating suitable properties. He looks at site layout and infrastructure development, improving poor soil, and harvesting water, as well as encouraging new springs and drought-proofing. This workshop also covers food production and storage resiliency, passive wood water heating, and much more. Mother Earth News Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 1:30-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Ben Falk developed Whole Systems Design, LLC, as a land-based response to biological and cultural extinction and the increasing separation between people and elemental things. Life as a designer, builder, ecologist, tree-tender, and backcountry traveler continually informs Falk's integrative approach to developing landscapes and buildings. His home landscape and studio site in Vermont's Mad River Valley serve as a proving ground for the innovative land developments featured in the projects of Whole Systems Design. Falk has studied architecture and landscape architecture at the graduate level and holds a master of arts in landscape design degree. He has taught design courses at the University of Vermont and Harvard's Arnold Arboretum as well as on permaculture design, microclimate design, and design for climate change. He recently served on the board of directors at the Yestermorrow Design-Build School, where he also teaches from time to time. He is the author of The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach.

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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. Sustainability Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 1:30-2:00 p.m. 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. Understand the cycle of eggs to chicks (in only 21 days!) to hens to more eggs. Become a Chickeneer Eggspert! Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 1:30-2:00 p.m. 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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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!)

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. 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 and how it was raised, fed, and processed. Explore the sacred significance of taking a life so that you can live. Understand the science and chemistry behind skilled meat processing. Find out what processing equipment you already have (or could easily borrow). Hear how to make hand-plucking fun. Learn all about super simple evisceration and follow an educational anatomy lesson. Patricia Foreman points out nutritional differences between meat from heritage vs. commercial breeds. She also touches on cold shorting and effective freezer packaging for long-term storage. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 1:30-2:00 p.m. 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. Sustainability Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 1:30-2:00 p.m. 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. 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. Mother Earth News Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 6:00-6:30 p.m. 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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Aromatherapy for Wellness

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Aromatherapy for Wellness

This fun, hands-on class focuses on making aromatherapy simple and easy to use. The light but informative talk discusses 17 essential oils. Billy Galloway shares not only what the oils do, but how to use them to achieve desired outcomes. Discover how to use aromatherapy to assist issues including sleeplessness, psoriasis, restless leg syndrome, hot flashes, lack of energy or focus, sinus problems, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and depression. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Billy Galloway has been experiencing the benefits of aromatherapy since 2006. He is a certified aromatherapist accredited by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and is the eastern director of operations for Natural Options Aromatherapy. Galloway, his wife, Jenny, and two children reside in Kingsport, Tennessee.

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Natural Organic Pest Control

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Natural Organic Pest Control

The most effective pest control just happens to be organic. Howard Garrett discusses how to protect and work with beneficial insects, as well as what natural, organic pest control products to use in certain situations. Mother Earth News Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:00-12:30 p.m. 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 natural-organic planting techniques in detail and why they work better, 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. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 6:00-6:30 p.m. 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

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. Mother Earth News Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. 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, this workshop is for you. It aims to help you answer the question: Is beekeeping right for me? Explore things you need to know before you get bees, like the time commitment, the startup cost, good locations for hives, and generally what it’s like to be a beekeeper. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. 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 among the leading causes of colony loss. To be successful at keeping honey bees alive and healthy, a beekeeper must do something to manage the mite population. Shane Gebauer covers various options, ranging from IPM techniques to more traditional treatments. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. 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 nonchemical 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. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Cindy Gibson is president of Guinea Fowl International, an organization founded to support 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 more than 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 a 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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Brain-Boosting Herbs

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Brain-Boosting Herbs

Feeling foggy lately? Learn about some amazing, safe herbs that enhance brain circulation, reduce the effects of stress, energize, and provide proven memory-enhancing effects. Maria Noel Groves also discusses helpful foods and lifestyle techniques to keep your brain running top-notch whether you're a student, a busy parent, or are approaching old age and have concerns about mental decline. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), registered clinical herbalist, runs Wintergreen Botanicals, an herbal clinic and education center nestled in the pine forests of Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, New Hampshire. She is certified by Michael Moore’s Southwest School of Botanical Medicine, a registered professional herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild, and has also completed Rosemary Gladstar’s advanced training program and Lichenwood Herbals’ flower essence practitioner training. Her business is devoted to education and empowerment via classes, health consultations, and writing. She is the author of Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care. Learn more about Groves and herbs at www.WintergreenBotanicals.com.

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Natural Stress Relief and Energizing Herbs

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Natural Stress Relief and Energizing Herbs

Who couldn’t use a little less stress and more energy? Learn about how useful herbs can be for this. Maria Noel Groves helps you choose from the myriad of stress-busting and energizing adaptogen herbs to pick out the best ones for your specific needs. She covers several herbs, including brain-boosting gotu kola, calm-energizing ashwagandha, zippy rhodiola, and blood-sugar balancing holy basil. Groves also shares safety information and which of these herbs grow easily in northeastern gardens. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), registered clinical herbalist, runs Wintergreen Botanicals, an herbal clinic and education center nestled in the pine forests of Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, New Hampshire. She is certified by Michael Moore’s Southwest School of Botanical Medicine, a registered professional herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild, and has also completed Rosemary Gladstar’s advanced training program and Lichenwood Herbals’ flower essence practitioner training. Her business is devoted to education and empowerment via classes, health consultations, and writing. She is the author of Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care. Learn more about Groves and herbs at www.WintergreenBotanicals.com.

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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. Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. 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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Grow Your Own Broom

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Grow Your Own Broom

Historically, many farmers grew broom corn and crafted their own farmstead brooms. John Holzwart illustrates this lost art from seed to sweep. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 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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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? John Holzwart provides a basic overview that is sure to inspire you. Grit Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. 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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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. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. 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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Reclaiming Our Traditional Food Ways

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Reclaiming Our Traditional Food Ways

For the majority of America’s history, direct sales from farmers to consumers were largely unregulated. It was only in the 20th century that family farms were ensnared in a regulatory system created due to food safety problems that were not of their own making. Today, there is a movement to return to the traditional ways of unregulated farmer-to-consumer direct transactions, with state and local oversight rather than federal. At the same time, the federal government is attempting to expand its power to regulate interstate commerce. Find out how the Feds are infringing on our rights to produce and consume the foods of our choice and what you can do to fight back! Sustainability Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Suzy Israel is an attorney with Brown White & Osborn LLP in California. She works with the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, helping small farmers and homesteaders navigate myriad regulations, and defending them against government intrusion. Before working with the nonprofit, Israel spent 15 years as a public defender.

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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. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 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. Grit Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. 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 co-authored The Art and Craft of Wood, a how-to book for making use of urban lumber, and co-directed Felled, a documentary film exploring the growing movement to save this overlooked resource. Hear him discuss making use of wood from raw log to finished piece, with an emphasis on using storm-downed, urban, and backyard trees. Sustainability Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:00-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Silas Kyler is an Arizona native and resides in Tempe 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 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. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 p.m. 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 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! Heirloom Gardener Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 p.m. 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 a hog 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. Modern Homesteading Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 p.m. 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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Introduction to Charcuterie

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Learn about charcuterie: the preservation of meat using salt and smoke. Meredith Leigh demonstrates making fresh sausage and discusses other forms of charcuterie (such as fermented sausages and smoked meats). Modern Homesteading Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook and the author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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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 this workshop, create tasty smoothies and turn empty pints into planters! Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 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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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. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. 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, LeValley 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. Grit Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. 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 quick and easy fruit kvass, and more!

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Ferments: Learn how to make 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 easy, quick, and inexpensive fruit kvass, beet kvass, and fermented mayonnaise and ketchup. Modern Homesteading Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 1:30-2:00 p.m. 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.

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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. 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. Modern Homesteading Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 1:30-2:00 p.m. 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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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! Claudia Lucero (the best-selling author of One-Hour Cheese and creator of Urban Cheesecraft kits) 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! Real Food Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. 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 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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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 Cheese and creator of Urban Cheesecraft kits) has developed deliciously dairy-free cheese, made with nuts, seeds, veggies, and even beans! Real Food Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. 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 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 leads children in trying beautiful flavors from the garden. Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. 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 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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Hear 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. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 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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The Continually Evolving No-Mortgage Cottage

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The Continually Evolving No-Mortgage Cottage

Before the Industrial Revolution our ancestors generally lived in small houses they built for themselves from local earth, stone, straw, and wood, mainly because the materials were cheap or free and didn't require a great deal of specialized skill. Today's houses might be bigger and more comfortable, but they're also often toxic and expensive. For all sorts of good reasons, basic DIY shelter is making a comeback. With a little guidance, almost anyone can still build their own home with low-cost natural and scrounged materials for less than $10,000 and opt out of the industrial building and mortgage rat race. Sustainability Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. 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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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! Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. 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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There are many differences between growing tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and eggplants in a greenhouse or hoop house vs. the field. You can make a few simple changes from field growing practices, apply what you already know about growing tomatoes to any of these crops, and maximize the potential of your protected growing space. This workshop covers spacing, pruning, trellising, climate, and varieties, and it talks about differences between greenhouse and hoop house growing. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. 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, but a lot of confusion persists about the legalities around the distillation of liquor. The author of the 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. Real Food Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. 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 and demonstration of the sourdough process covers 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. Modern Homesteading Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. 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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Cooking with Herbs for Lifelong Health and Vitality

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The healthiest food for our body is often the most flavorful, alive with nutrients and compounds that naturally stimulate our biological processes. Learn how cooking with herbs can maximize the health benefit of everyday foods, nourishing, energizing, and enlivening the body, mind, and spirit. Brittany Nickerson discusses how to use health-promoting culinary herbs such as parsley, sage, cilantro, thyme, rosemary, and mint to make your everyday meals and snacks more delicious and more nutritious! She demonstrates making Cilantro Lemonade and Mint and Feta Bruschetta with Chive Blossoms from her book Recipes from the Herbalist's Kitchen. Real Food Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Brittany Wood Nickerson is the author of Recipes from the Herbalist's Kitchen. She has blended her training in herbal medicine into her personal and professional cooking for more than 10 years. She is an herbalist and the owner of Thyme Herbal, where she offers herbal apprenticeship programs, classes in herbal cooking, and private herbal consultations. Nickerson is an active guest speaker and teacher at conferences and events throughout the Northeast. She lives in Conway, Massachusetts.

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Comfort Foods and Cravings: What does your body really need?

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Cravings for comfort foods serve a real biological purpose. Learn how to listen to and understand your body's signals and fulfill your deep cravings and needs at their core. Brittany Nickerson discusses nourishing, delicious comfort foods using examples from her book Recipes from the Herbalist's Kitchen. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Brittany Wood Nickerson is the author of Recipes from the Herbalist's Kitchen. She has blended her training in herbal medicine into her personal and professional cooking for more than 10 years. She is an herbalist and the owner of Thyme Herbal, where she offers herbal apprenticeship programs, classes in herbal cooking, and private herbal consultations. Nickerson is an active guest speaker and teacher at conferences and events throughout the Northeast. She lives in Conway, Massachusetts.

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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. Grit Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. 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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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. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. 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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Easy Seeds to Start with Kids

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Learn when and how to start the easiest seeds to sow with kids (and which ones to avoid, as well). Come prepared to sow seeds and bring some home! Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. 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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Compost Your Way to Better Soil

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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. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. 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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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. Mother Earth News Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:00-12:30 p.m. 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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Ask a Natural Builder

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Talk to a local natural builder. Bring your questions about local materials, high-performance natural wall systems such as straw bales, and building for your cold, wet climate. Natural Building Demonstrations | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio

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You Can Build a Better Building with Straw

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You Can Build a Better Building with Straw

Local natural builders Ace McArleton and Jacob "Deva" Racusin of New Frameworks demonstrate how straw bales, cellulose, and the latest building science can make high-performance, low-impact houses for the Northeast. Natural Building Demonstrations | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Speaker Bio

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So You Want to Build Your Own Home?

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So You Want to Build Your Own Home?

Spend an hour with Yestermorrow Design/Build School board member and instructor Mac Rood examining common mistakes and misconceptions that cost even experienced DIYers money and time (and impact the long-term enjoyment of a home). Receive answers to your questions. Natural Building Demonstrations | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Mac Rood is a partner in the firm of Bast & Rood Architects. The firm’s practice includes a wide range of commercial, institutional, and residential work. Rood’s background includes ownership of a construction company, manufacturer of composting toilets, and development of four hydroelectric sites in Vermont. He has taught at Yestermorrow since 1980.

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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. Mother Earth News Stage | Sunday, 9:15-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 10:30-11:00 a.m. 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. Salatin 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. Mother Earth News Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 10:30-11:00 a.m. 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. Salatin 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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Renewable Natural Gas

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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. Sustainability Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.m. 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

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The Return of the Family Milk Cow

Discover how the family cow can make the homestead leap forward in terms of self-sustainability, while providing so much for the family's health and well-being. Learn the nuts and bolts of not only choosing your cud-chewing beauty queen, but housing, feeding, and keeping her healthy with a naturally based model. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. 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 Schlabachs produce three Milking School DVDs: more than five hours all about how to care for your very own cud-chewing beauty queens!

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DIY Homestead Health Care

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DIY Homestead Health Care

Faith Schlabach shares do-it-yourself tips and teaches how you can be self-sustaining with your health. Learn from her story: Schlabach was sick for 14 years, more in bed than out, and with no hope given by her doctors. Now 52, she is thriving. She feels better than she did in her 20s and 30s. Her story may persuade you to stop thinking and just do it (or, if you are already on the homesteading path, to raise the bar). Sustainability Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. 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 Schlabachs produce three Milking School DVDs: more than five hours all about how to care for your very own cud-chewing beauty queens!

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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. Kirsten K. Shockey discusses the benefits of making and enjoying fermented vegetables. She demystifies the process by talking about these ancient methods and demonstrating modern techniques of preservation. As Shockey speaks about flavor, she explores herbal pastes, chutneys, and other condiments. Bring your curiosity and questions. Real Food Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Kirsten K. Shockey got started in fermenting foods with a farmstead food company, creating more than 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Her current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops. She blogs at www.Fermentista.us and lives on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon. Books by This Speaker: Fermented Vegetables

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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. Real Food Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey got their start in fermenting foods with their farmstead food company, where they created more than 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Their current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops at their farm. Kirsten blogs at www.Fermentista.us. They live on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon.

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Herbal Remedies for Pain Relief

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Herbal Remedies for Pain Relief

Hear author, herbalist, and licensed holistic aesthetician Stephanie Tourles discuss soothing herbal remedies that help ease the pain associated with backache, arthritis, and headaches, as well as sore and stiff muscles. The instructions come from Tourles' best-selling book Hands-On Healing Remedies, highlighting 15 herbs to promote blessed pain relief, comfort, and healing. Learn how these aromatic, topically applied herbal remedies are made and used. Samples are available for all to experience. Mother Earth News Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Stephanie L. Tourles has been practicing and teaching healthy living for more than 25 years. She is a licensed holistic esthetician with a strong background in Western and Ayurvedic herbalism, has extensive training in the nutritional sciences, and is an avid organic gardener. She is also a certified aromatherapist, a Maine-certified reflexologist, and a professional member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. Tourles is the author of the best-selling books Organic Body Care Recipes and Raw Energy, as well as Making 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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Spice Up Your Love Life with Herbs!

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Spice Up Your Love Life with Herbs!

Hear author, herbalist, and professional aromatherapist Stephanie Tourles discuss formulations from her latest book, Making Love Potions: 64 All-Natural Recipes for Irresistible Herbal Aphrodisiacs. Learn fun, aromatic, and tasty ways to rekindle the passion in your relationship and inspire intimacy and playfulness by infusing nature’s herbs into your life. At the workshop, samples are available for all to experience. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Stephanie L. 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. She is also a certified aromatherapist, a Maine-certified reflexologist, and a professional member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. Tourles is the author of the best-selling books Organic Body Care Recipes and Raw Energy, as well as Making 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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Build Your Own Wood-Fired Pizza Oven From Dirt

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Build Your Own Wood-Fired Pizza Oven From Dirt

Help turn a pile of mud into a wood-fired pizza oven! See how easy it is to do this in your own backyard. Be prepared to get muddy. Natural Building Demonstrations | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

Play in the mud with Uncle Mud and friends. Use clay, straw, and sticks to build little houses and sculpt beautiful objects from your wild imagination. This is a "Hands In" workshop: hands and feet squishing and mixing and making a big mess. Talk about how we can use these same materials to build benches, ovens, and even houses. You can use the water at this workshop to wash off with, but be prepared to get dirty and have fun. Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. 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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Cheap Sturdy Buildings from Straw, Clay, and Pallets

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Cheap Sturdy Buildings from Straw, Clay, and Pallets

Come see how straw, an agricultural waste product, gets and wood pallets can be turned into a low cost, beautiful, eco-friendly, highly insulated wall that keeps your house comfy winter and summer. Natural Building Demonstrations | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

Play in the mud with Uncle Mud. Use clay, straw, and sticks to build little houses and sculpt beautiful objects from your wild imagination. This is a "Hands In" workshop: hands and feet squishing and mixing and making a big mess. Talk about how we can use these same materials to build benches, ovens, and even houses. You can wash off with water, but be prepared to get dirty and have fun. Natural Building Demonstrations | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. 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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Creative Housing from Dirt and Junk

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Creative Housing from Dirt and Junk

This presentation expands on the "Mortgage-Free Natural Cottages" workshop from previous FAIRS. Many people find mainstream housing choices frustrating because of their expense, or their industrial sameness, or because they are made of toxic materials. Creative people the world over escape the rent and mortgage trap by building or rebuilding or repurposing spaces using "found" materials from the natural environment or from the dumpster. The results are as unique and beautiful as the people who make them. Join us to discuss successful examples of tiny houses and cottages made from clay and straw, even converted sheds and industrial spaces. See what makes them work and how DIY can work for you. Natural Building Demonstrations | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. 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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Open Mud: Spontaneous hands-on building demos

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Open Mud: Spontaneous hands-on building demos

Build, play, get muddy, and visit with Uncle Mud and family about the basics of cob building. Natural Building Demonstrations | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Build a Rocket Mass Heater

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Build a Rocket Mass Heater

See how you can turn a pile of old bricks and mud into a super-efficient woodburning heater for your house or cabin. Natural Building Demonstrations | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 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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Earthen Plasters You Can Make at Home

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Earthen Plasters You Can Make at Home

Earthen artists and natural builders of Uncle Mud & Family teach how to make gorgeous colored earth plasters and sculpted elements and apply them to your walls. Natural Building Demonstrations | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

Play in the mud with Uncle Mud. Use clay, straw, and sticks to build little houses and sculpt beautiful objects from your wild imagination. This is a "hands in" workshop: hands and feet squishing and mixing and making a big mess. Talk about how we can use these same materials to build benches, ovens, and even houses. You can wash off with water, but be prepared to get dirty and have fun. Natural Building Demonstrations | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. 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 considers the impact that reducing food waste can have on conserving water and energy (and preventing the growth of climate change). Grit Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:00-12:30 p.m. 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. Grit Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:00-12:30 p.m. 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! Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:00-12:30 p.m. 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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Attracting Pollinators to Your Vegetable Garden

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Attracting Pollinators to Your Vegetable Garden

Bees and other native pollinators are important for the productivity of your vegetable garden. Learn how to add herbs and flowers, seed saving, and other practices that welcome pollinators and other beneficial insects to your vegetable garden for an abundant harvest of cukes, squash, peppers, and more! Heirloom Gardener Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:00-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Ira Wallace, author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast, is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, where she coordinates variety selection and new seed grower contracts. Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply through seed saving and sustainable gardening.

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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. Mother Earth News Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:00-3:30 p.m. 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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Modern Homestead Q and A

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The Wranglerstar family answers your questions about modern homesteading. Modern Homesteading Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Mr. and Mrs. Wranglerstar 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.

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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. Sustainability Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. 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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Kids Bringing Their Mission to Marketplace: Youth social entrepreneurs improving the world

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Kids Bringing Their Mission to Marketplace: Youth social entrepreneurs improving the world

Youth worldwide want to have a positive impact in the world. They have ideas for better products and are inventing eco-friendly, recycled, upcycled, repurposed, and organic products. They just need knowledge and guidance to bring their ideas, dreams, and concepts to life. This session empowers youth to become successful social entrepreneurs by providing them with the platform they need to launch, manage, and grow their social enterprises. This workshop brings together youth who are making a difference and allows them to tell their stories. Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. 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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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! Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. 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 children who love animals and exploring the world.

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Kids Bringing Their Mission to Marketplace: Youth social entrepreneurs improving the world

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Kids Bringing Their Mission to Marketplace: Youth social entrepreneurs improving the world

Youth worldwide want to have a positive impact in the world. They have ideas for better products and are inventing eco-friendly, recycled, upcycled, repurposed, and organic products. They just need knowledge and guidance to bring their ideas, dreams, and concepts to life. This session empowers youth to become successful social entrepreneurs by providing them with the platform they need to launch, manage, and grow their social enterprises. This workshop brings together youth who are making a difference and allows them to tell their stories. Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 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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Backyard Foraging

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Backyard Foraging

When you think about hostas and daylilies, you probably focus on their appealing foliage and vibrant blooms. But these perennials are delicious as well as lovely. Ellen Zachos, author of Backyard Foraging and The Wildcrafted Cocktail, teaches how to recognize, harvest, and prepare tasty treats such as wintergreen sorbet, rose hip soup, and dahlia tuber bread from plants you already have around your home. A surprising number of our favorite garden plants can feed both body and soul. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:00-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Ellen Zachos shares seasonal recipes and tips on foraging at BackyardForager.com. She teaches foraged mixology workshops to bartenders in partnership with Rémy Cointreau USA, and is a regular contributor to several Edible magazines. A longtime instructor at the New York Botanic Garden, Zachos is the author of six books, including Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn't Know You Could Eat.

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The Wildcrafted Cocktail

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The Wildcrafted Cocktail

Learn how to use foraged flavors to create cocktails that are unusual and delicious. Ellen Zachos, author of The Wildcrafted Cocktail and Backyard Foraging, explores a range of wild flavors and mixology techniques. Discover which preservation techniques are most useful in cocktail-making, how to build a foraged cocktail, and how to make your own foraged bitters, an essential cocktail ingredient. Every place has unique local flavors. Using wild edible plants in carefully crafted cocktails lets you capture the essence of your special place, and serve it in a glass. Modern Homesteading Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:00-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Ellen Zachos shares seasonal recipes and tips on foraging at BackyardForager.com. She teaches foraged mixology workshops to bartenders in partnership with Rémy Cointreau USA, and is a regular contributor to several Edible magazines. A longtime instructor at the New York Botanic Garden, Zachos is the author of six books, including Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn't Know You Could Eat.

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Easy Seed Starting

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Easy Seed Starting

Learn to start seeds directly in the garden and indoors using the English seed-starting method, soil blocking. For those who want to grow organically, seed starting is essential and easy with a few ground rules to follow. This workshop includes a hands-on demonstration. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 p.m. 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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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. Sustainability Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 p.m. 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 community-supported agriculture (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. Modern Homesteading Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:00-12:30 p.m. 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, making mead, 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. He practices urban homesteading there 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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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. Real Food Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:00-12:30 p.m. 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, making mead, 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. He practices urban homesteading there 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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