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Herbals for Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat

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Herbals for Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat

Herbals and botanicals, along with food and nutrition, help you effectively support eye, ear, nose, and throat health. Herbalist Joanne Bauman, of Prairie Magic Herbals, teaches ways you can counter common ailments affecting the eyes (eye strain, cloudy vision, conjunctivitis or pink eye), ears (ear aches, infection, tinnitus or ringing in ears), nose (sinusitis, allergies) and throat (sore throat, hoarseness, strep, laryngitis, tonsillitis). Mountain Rose Herbs | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Joanne Bauman is a Kansas wise woman herbalist, teacher, writer, herb grower, and medicine-maker with two decades of experience. She passionately shares her love of medicine plants and common healing weeds. Her easygoing teaching style makes learning and making your own herbal items accessible to everyone. Bauman presents at MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS, the Midwest Women's Herbal Conference, and other events. She is the Herbalists Without Borders (HWB) Community Herbal Apothecary Project Coordinator and Kansas Chapter Coordinator.

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Herbal First Aid

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Herbal First Aid

If you are intrigued by herbal first aid but don't know where to begin, this is your class. Learn how to use herbal remedies and prepare your first-aid kit. Plants readily available right in the backyard can be identified and utilized as well. Learn how to repel insects and stop the itch and sting of bites. Discover ways to draw out splinters and treat boils, minor cuts, scrapes, and wounds. Stanch minor bleeding. Naturally sanitize and disinfect. Ease the pain and discoloration from bruises and sprains. Soothe sunburn, minor burns, rashes, and poison ivy. Calm an upset tummy or diarrhea. Relieve ear aches. Use antifungal herbs to alleviate athlete’s foot and more. This workshop includes recipes for you to easily and confidently create and use your own herbal first aid. Mother Earth Living | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Joanne Bauman, a Kansas herbalist, shares the gift of the green nations (healing food and medicine plants) in the Wise Woman Tradition of healing. Bauman teaches herb classes, grows and wildcrafts medicine plants, creates herbal preparations, and does consultations. Her love of the plants and easygoing teaching style make learning and using your own herbal remedies accessible to everyone. The Prairie Magic Herbals website conveys her thoughts about plants and herbalism. She first learned about plants from her pharmacist father. She has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and applied her personal experiences to counsel others in a physical rehabilitation hospital. Bauman serves as coordinator of the Herbalists Without Borders (HWB) Community Herbal Apothecary Project and as coordinator of the Kansas Chapter of HWB.

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Extraordinary Equines

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Extraordinary Equines

Whether you are looking for an equine for the plow, driving, endurance, therapy, or for the trail, there’s the right heritage breed equine out there for you! Learn about the variety of choices and how finding the appropriate breed for your skill and needs can make the dream of ownership a delightful reality. The Livestock Conservancy | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Jeannette Beranger is a program manager for The Livestock Conservancy and counts more than 30 years experience of 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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Interactive! The Chicken Codex: Breeding a better bird

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Interactive! The Chicken Codex: Breeding a better bird

Now that you’re “hooked” with the fascinating world of keeping chickens, perhaps you are thinking about taking the next step to breed them? In this session you will learn the common sense basics of setting up for a breeder flock and how to make good breeding decisions for creating birds that meet breed standard while producing better meat and eggs in the process. Over time you can make great improvements to your flock which will translate to healthier, more productive, and ultimately more valuable birds. The Livestock Conservancy | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Jeannette Beranger is a program manager for The Livestock Conservancy and counts more than 30 years experience of working as an animal professional. She uses the knowledge to plan and implement breed conservation programs. At home, she maintains a heritage breeds farm with a focus on rare breed chickens and horses. In 2015, she was named one of Country Woman Magazine's "45 Amazing Country Women" for her work in conserving endangered breeds. Books by this Speaker: An Introduction to Heritage Breeds

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Durable and Beautiful Hair-On Hides

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Durable and Beautiful Hair-On Hides

Have you ever wanted to turn a deer skin into a beautiful throw for your home? Dennis Biswell reveals how to create durable hair-on leather from a wide range of animals, including deer, goats, raccoon, coyotes, and rabbits. Sharing how to do it all at home with a limited investment in tools and supplies, Biswell discusses his timetable for working tanning projects into a busy schedule. He also shows items he has created with his home-tanned hides. Modern Homesteading | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 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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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 | 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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Interactive! ReWild the Child!

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Interactive! 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! Space limited. Kids Treehouse | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 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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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. Modern Homesteading | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 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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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. Mother Earth News | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 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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Natural Salts and the Mistake of the Low-Salt Diet

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Natural Salts and the Mistake of the Low-Salt Diet

Salt is one of the most misunderstood minerals on Earth. For thousands of years, salt sustained life, provided a source of trade, and was even used as currency. Yet over the last century it has become known to many as a dangerous chemical that should be avoided at all costs. Current (and age-old) research is once again returning salt to its place of necessity for human health. Learn about salts from around the world, discover the misconceptions around "sea salt," and see how a low-salt diet might be a huge mistake. Real Food | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Darryl Bosshardt is passionate about healthy living, healthy eating, and lifelong learning. Bosshardt grew up working for the family mineral business in Redmond, Utah, and then earned a bachelor's degree at Southern Utah University, followed by an MBA at Western Governors University.

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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. Grit | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 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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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 | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 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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Hands-on: Simple, Quick, Delicious Cheeses Anyone Can Make: Paneer and ricotta

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Hands-on: 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 helps you make ricotta and paneer. Hands-On | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.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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Interactive! Getting a Feel for Goats

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Interactive! Getting a Feel for Goats

Learn an essential health assessment for all goat owners: how to guage body condition and confirmation by feeling and looking at goats. The Livestock Conservancy | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio

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Hands-on: Learn to Churn: Buttermaking

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Hands-on: Learn to Churn: Buttermaking

Learn how easy it is to make your own delicious butter! Space limited, to secure a spot to this workshop, pick up an admission ticket at the Information Desk. Hands-On | Saturday, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio

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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. Real Food | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 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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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. Real Food | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 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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Achieving Self-Sufficiency

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Achieving Self-Sufficiency

Many people are working toward a life of total self-sufficiency, but the road can be difficult and confusing. There are so many options and there is so much bad information that it boggles the mind. Additionally, there are many aspects of self-sufficiency (such as self-health care, personal fitness, and transportation) that people overlook. Dan Chiras, one of the nation’s leading experts on self-sufficiency, outlines the key steps you must take to completely meet your family’s needs for energy, water, food, health care, income, and transportation to thrive during major economic or ecological catastrophe or simply to forge a totally sustainable lifestyle. Mother Earth Living | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east central Missouri, where he teaches workshops on a wide range of topics on self-sufficiency and sustainability. Chiras is also the author of 32 books and several hundred articles on a wide range of topics, including residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building, and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational, and full of useful information. Books by This Speaker: The New Ecological Home, Solar Home Heating Basics

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Designing and Building a Chinese Greenhouse

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Designing and Building a Chinese Greenhouse

In this workshop, Dan Chiras will describe how you can grow warm weather vegetables year round in colder climates using only solar energy – no expensive backup heating systems required – in a Chinese greenhouse. Chiras will describe additional innovated techniques including climate batteries and short-term and short-term heat banking. He will also show photos of the construction of his Chinese greenhouse with tips on ways to economically build your own. Mother Earth News | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east-central Missouri, where he teaches self-sufficiency and sustainability workshops on a wide range of topics. Chiras is also the author of 32 books and several hundred articles on subjects including residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building, and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational, and full of useful information. Books by This Speaker: Green Home Improvement

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The Scoop on Poop

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The Scoop on Poop

To be truly sustainable, we need to return all nutrients we take from the Earth back to the Earth. That includes the valuable nutrients in human bodily wastes. Learn the basics of composting toilets and how to safely compost humanure. Modern Homesteading | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is the author of more than 30 books and several hundred articles on residential green building, renewable energy, and sustainable living. He is director of the Evergreen Institute, where he teaches classes on these and other related subject. Books by This Speaker: The Scoop on Poop

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The New Home Herbalist: Where do I begin?

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The New Home Herbalist: Where do I begin?

Inspiration and information are the easy part when beginning to use plants for health. The hard part is making it all fit your life where you are right now. What you need is a simple, practical, and personal plan that approaches natural health small step by small step. Dawn Combs helps folks write their own plan and sends them away with an understanding of how to put it all together. She covers topics that include: choosing herbs for your family, how much/how often, simple ways to grow your own, where to source, common kitchen tools and skills that apply, talking to your doctor, finding a holistic practitioner, and much more! Mountain Rose Herbs | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Dawn Combs is an ethnobotanist with more than 20 years of experience in her field. She is the owner of the herbal health farm Mockingbird Meadows, is a contributor for Mother Earth Living, and the author of Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Health Care and Conceiving Healthy Babies: An Herbal Guide to Support Preconception, Pregnancy, and Lactation. Books by This Speaker: Conceiving Healthy Babies

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Sustainable Hive Products

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Sustainable Hive Products

Do you know what it takes for the bee to make your favorite health products? Many hive products are undeniably healthy, but at what cost? Learn which of your health supplements can be taken from the hive without a negative impact to the bee and which are best left alone. If you are a beekeeper, learn how these products can be farmed sustainably, and if you are a consumer learn the questions you need to ask. Mother Earth Living | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Dawn Combs is an ethnobotanist with more than 20 years of experience in her field. She is the owner of the herbal health farm Mockingbird Meadows, is a contributor for Mother Earth Living, and the author of Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Health Care and Conceiving Healthy Babies: An Herbal Guide to Support Preconception, Pregnancy, and Lactation. Books by This Speaker: Conceiving Healthy Babies

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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 | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 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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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 | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.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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Ask a Gardener

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Ask a Gardener

Shawna Coronado is a wellness lifestyle advocate, professional author, blogger, photographer, and media host who campaigns for social good. She has a "make a difference" focus on wellness, green lifestyle living, organic gardening, and healthy food recipes built to inspire. In her Midwestern garden, Coronado grows fresh organic foods in order to help reduce inflammation-based chronic pain and improve wellness. Ask her questions on organic growing, anti-inflammatory diet, and wellness lifestyle issues. Heirloom Gardener | Saturday, 1:00-1:30 p.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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Hands-on: Kombucha Workshop - Make and Take Your Own Bottle of Hannah's Homebrew Kombucha!

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Hands-on: Kombucha Workshop - Make and Take Your Own Bottle of Hannah's Homebrew Kombucha!

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. 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 in this lively presentation and hands-on demo from one of the world’s foremost kombucha experts, Hannah Crum (the "Kombucha Mamma"). She will also have her famous Hannah's Homebrew Kombucha and organic flavorings so that you can flavor your very own bottle of kombucha to take home and enjoy. Hands-On | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 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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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 | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 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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Interactive! Kid's Kombucha Tasting and SCOBY Bacteria "Petting Zoo"

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Interactive! 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 | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.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. Books by this Speaker: The Big Book of Kombucha

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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. Grit | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Jim Cusack has been in the construction industry for his entire career and was a geothermal contractor for over 16 years. His experience with building envelope, ventilation and looking at the whole house as a system gives him a unique perspective when it comes to HVAC system design and training. He has been involved in every phase of geothermal design and installation. Cusack is an International Ground Source Heat Pump Association accredited trainer and installer he also serves on the standards committee. Cusack is a board member of the Minnesota geothermal heat pump association. He was a founding member of Minnesota green star (now the green home institute) and has a passion for energy efficient and net zero home building.

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The Farm as Pharmacy

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The Farm as Pharmacy

In a culture increasingly dependent upon pharmaceuticals, the question begs to be answered: Is there a better way? Maureen Diaz (experienced mother, lay herbalist, and nutrition educator) explores how we can regain and optimize our own health using food as medicine. Diaz goes over a wide variety of ailments and methods, including topical and internal use of herbs, macronutrients and micronutrients, and more. Modern Homesteading | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Maureen Diaz is a wife, mother to a large brood of active and interesting individuals, gardener, keeper of an array of creatures, and lifelong learner. In her role as a Weston A. Price Foundation chapter leader, she uses her knowledge to educate and inform others, always with the goal to arm listeners with the ultimate tool for good health: food.

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Whole Family Nutrition

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Whole Family Nutrition

With the many belief systems surrounding human nutrition, how do we know what really works to build human health? While there is no one truly “best-for-everyone" diet, there are many commonalities and necessary nutrients needed from pre-birth to old age. Maureen Diaz examines the actual nutrients needed to build sound bodies and radiant health, which foods these nutrients are found in, and how to maximize their absorption and bioavailability. Modern Homesteading | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Maureen Diaz is a wife, mother to a large brood of active and interesting individuals, gardener, keeper of an array of creatures, and lifelong learner. In her role as a Weston A. Price Foundation chapter leader, she uses her knowledge to educate and inform others, always with the goal to arm listeners with the ultimate tool for good health: food.

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The Value of Farm Dogs: Choosing the right working partner

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The Value of Farm Dogs: Choosing the right working partner

Dogs were farmers' and ranchers' essential working partners, and they remain so today, providing important protection for poultry, stock, and farm. They also contribute their herding abilities, rat and predator control, and their devoted companionship. Most of these breeds are old, some are well-known, while others are unfamiliar. Dohner helps prospective owners choose the right type of dog and breed for both the job and family, with a no-nonsense approach focused on real working abilities, instinctual behaviors, and specific traits. Making a good choice gives the owner the best chance for success in a working role and as a family companion. Dohner also discusses the value of livestock guardian dogs and terriers in organic and sustainable farming. The Livestock Conservancy | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Janet Vorwald Dohner is the author of Farm Dogs and Livestock Guardians. She has 35 years of experience on her small family farm and has relied on livestock guard dogs and corgis with her sheep, goats, and poultry. She writes for magazines, including MOTHER EARTH NEWS, and she gives presentations on livestock guardians and predator control at various conferences. Dohner is a board member of the Kangal Dog Club of America and a member of several learning communities for working dogs.

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What's Out There? Dealing with Animal Predators

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What's Out There? Dealing with Animal Predators

Jan Dohner provides an overview of predators in the United States and how our interactions are changing. Learn to identify animal predators specific to your area, large and small, through behavior, tracks, scat, and comparative signs of damage. Discover where these animals live and how they attack. Attendees leave this workshop knowing how to respond to a threat and how to protect their animals, poultry, and pets through prevention methods and strategies. Grit | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Janet Vorwald Dohner is the author of The Encyclopedia of Animal Predators, Farm Dogs, and Livestock Guardians. She has more than 35 years of experience on her small family farm with the use of livestock guard dogs for predator control with poultry, sheep, and goats. She writes for magazines, including MOTHER EARTH NEWS, and she gives presentations on livestock guardians and predator control at various conferences. Dohner is a board member of the Kangal Dog Club of America and a member of several learning communities for working dogs.

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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. Mother Earth Living | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 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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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 | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 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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Interactive! Chick in Egg: The miracle of incubation

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Interactive! 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 | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 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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Hands-on: Mayonnaise in Minutes: Make gourmet salad dressings that are good for you and your brain!

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Hands-on: Mayonnaise in Minutes: Make gourmet salad dressings that are good for you and your brain!

Salad dressings make salads delicious and healthy. Once you make basic mayonnaise, you are set to make any dressing of your choice: ranch, blue cheese, Caesar, and more! Understand which oils, emulsifiers, herbs, and spices are superior for human nutrition. Learn about the basic food chemistry of emulsions, and equip yourself with the knowledge necessary to make sauces, gravies, smoothies, and other gourmet delights. This is a hands-on and taste buds-engaged workshop, and Space is limited. To secure a spot to this workshop, pick up an admission ticket at the Information Desk. Hands-On | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 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.

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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 | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 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 | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 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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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 | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.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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Interactive! Live Hive Inspection

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Interactive! Live Hive Inspection

Shane Gebauer inspects an active colony of honey bees, assessing the overall health of the colony. He will look at important factors, such as queen vigor, nutrition, diseases, and pests. The main pest and challenge facing beekeepers today are Varroa mites. Shane will walk through the process of sampling for Varroa using a sugar shake and discuss the results, as well as possible management strategies. Mother Earth News | 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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Varroa Management

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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. Mother Earth Living | 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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Bee the Solution: Mason bee habitats

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Bee the Solution: Mason bee habitats

Our pollinators need your help now! Mason bees are gentle, nonaggressive and exceptionally hardworking super pollinators. Raising mason bees is easy to do and requires just a few items. Learn how to make mason bee hotels from recycled materials, and hear everything you should know about raising and maintaining them. Modern Homesteading | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Elsie Gibeson is an environmental landscape designer with Dreamscapes Consulting. She and her husband, Gary, live on a 40-acre farm in the woods that is a Certified Wildlife Habitat in Osage County. Gibeson chairs the Shawnee County Master Gardeners Green Team.

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Herbs for Family Health

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Herbs for Family Health

Everyone in the family from infant to elder can benefit from the health-giving properties of herbs. In this practical and informative workshop, Rosemary Gladstar discusses creating an herbal apothecary for your home; 12 popular herbs and their uses; popular remedies for health and well-being; safety issues concerning herbs; and books and references to guide you in your herbal studies. Gladstar also looks at kitchen medicine, local backyard remedies, and how to prepare herbs, as well as the importance of ecological herbalism. Mother Earth News | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Rosemary Gladstar has been studying and teaching about herbs for more than 40 years. She is an educator, activist and entrepreneur, serving as director of the Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, the International Herb Symposium, and the Women’s Herbal Conference. Gladstar is the founding president of United Plant Savers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of native American herbs. She was the original formulator for Traditional Medicinal Herbal teas and currently leads herbal educational adventures around the world. She is the author of many books, including Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health and Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, as well as Herbal Healing for Women. She lives in East Barre, Vermont.

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Herbs for Longevity and Well-Being: Adaptogenic and tonic herbs

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Herbs for Longevity and Well-Being: Adaptogenic and tonic herbs

Experience well-being and celebrate every stage of life. Using herbs and simple, common sense practices, you can restore and maintain vitality, whatever your age. Rosemary Gladstar discusses herbs used around the world that have earned a reputation for improving and maintaining energy, vitality and health. The adaptogenic and tonic herbs are also the foundation of many health protocols for both acute and chronic disorders. Gladstar shares some of her favorite herbs and recipes for longevity and well-being. Speaker Bio Rosemary Gladstar has been studying and teaching about herbs for more than 40 years. She is an educator, activist and entrepreneur, serving as director of the Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, the International Herb Symposium, and the Women’s Herbal Conference. Gladstar is the founding president of United Plant Savers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of native American herbs. She was the original formulator for Traditional Medicinal Herbal teas and currently leads herbal educational adventures around the world. She is the author of many books, including Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health and Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, as well as Herbal Healing for Women. She lives in East Barre, Vermont.

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Herbal Healing for Men

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Herbal Healing for Men

Rosemary Gladstar leads a lively and fun discussion on herbs for men’s health. She discusses herbs that support heart health, prostate well-being, and herbs that have been used to increase virility and sexuality. She shares remedies and recipes with a special emphasis on herbal tonics for promoting long-term health. Mountain Rose Herbs | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Rosemary Gladstar has been studying and teaching about herbs for more than 40 years. She is an educator, activist and entrepreneur, serving as director of the Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, the International Herb Symposium, and the Women’s Herbal Conference. Gladstar is the founding president of United Plant Savers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of native American herbs. She was the original formulator for Traditional Medicinal Herbal teas and currently leads herbal educational adventures around the world. She is the author of many books, including Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health and Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, as well as Herbal Healing for Women. She lives in East Barre, Vermont.

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Equip Your Farm to Make Farming Easier and More Profitable

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Equip Your Farm to Make Farming Easier and More Profitable

Many people would like to farm but are concerned that they may be too old or will not have the stamina for the work. By using the right tools and equipment, farming can be efficient, enjoyable, and profitable for both the young startup farmers and the late bloomers. Grit | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Ben Godfrey and his wife, Alysha, are owners of Sand Creek Farm and Sustainable Farm Supply. He is a full-time farmer and uses many labor-saving devices to be more efficient on the farm. Through the years, Godfrey has designed, manufactured, or sourced equipment from all over the world to find the “right tool for the job." He teaches sustainable farming and consults new farmers on how to turn their small farms into businesses. He started Sustainable Farm Supply to help new farmers set up their small farms and homesteads with quality tools and equipment that will make farming more enjoyable and sustainable.

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Cattail Moonshine and Milkweed Medicine

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Cattail Moonshine and Milkweed Medicine

Tammi Hartung shares insights and stories about North American plants and how people have used them since early times, in today's world, and going toward the future: cholla cactus as tattoo needles, cattails for biofuel and cleaning waterways, hickory bark as delicious syrup, and echinacea for medicine or to comb your hair! Hartung tells how milkweed can clean up an oil spill disaster or keep you warm on a snowy day, and much more about the plants we use in our daily lives. Mountain Rose Herbs | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Tammi Hartung is an herbalist and organic farmer with 38 years of experience. She and her husband, Chris, own a certified organic farm, Desert Canyon Farm, in southern Colorado. Hartung is an international speaker and the author of several books, including Cattail Moonshine & Milkweed Medicine, Homegrown Herbs, and The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener. She blogs at www.DesertCanyonFarm.wordpress.com.

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Herbs You Can Grow and Use That Are Also Wildlife-Friendly

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Herbs You Can Grow and Use That Are Also Wildlife-Friendly

Tammi Hartung teaches about many herbs you can easily grow in your garden to use for cooking, health, and well-being in your household (even with your pets). By growing these same herbs you can attract pollinators and other beneficial wildlife or handle wildlife challenges in your gardens. Heirloom Gardener | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Tammi Hartung is an herbalist and organic farmer with 38 years of experience. She and her husband, Chris, own a certified organic farm, Desert Canyon Farm, in southern Colorado. Hartung is an international speaker and the author of several books, including Homegrown Herbs, Cattail Moonshine & Milkweed Medicine, and The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener. Hartung blogs at www.DesertCanyonFarm.wordpress.com.

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DIY Laundry Soap

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DIY Laundry Soap

Laundry soap has a tough task, cleaning clothing of who knows what. Sounds simple, and sometimes it is. But, really, what is laundry soap? Is there a simple recipe that fits all needs? What is bleaching and these so-called "safe" bleaches? Do they really help? Jordan Henderson covers what is needed to make laundry soap work, as well as what causes it not to work. Henderson presents a few demonstrations to explain the purpose of different ingredients and finally, he makes some laundry soap! Mountain Rose Herbs | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Jordan Henderson, the owner of Soap Alchemy, has been formulating and testing laundry soap for four years. His journey in soap started more than 16 years ago, in response to skin-related issues. The journey continues.

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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. 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. Real Food | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 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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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 | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 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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Interactive! Smoothies and Seed Starting

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Interactive! 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 | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 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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Ask the Animal Experts

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The Livestock Conservancy provides the answers to your most common livestock questions! From poultry to equine, incubation to hooves, there's something for everyone to learn. The Livestock Conservancy | Sunday, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio The Livestock Conservancy works to save nearly 200 heritage breeds of livestock and poultry from extinction. Modern agriculture favors only a handful of highly specialized breeds at the expense of biodiversity. The Conservancy protects breeds that are wonderful choices for today’s small-scale, sustainable farms and homesteads.

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Ask the Animal Experts

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Ask the Animal Experts

The Livestock Conservancy provides the answers to your most common livestock questions! From poultry to equine, incubation to hooves, there's something for everyone to learn. The Livestock Conservancy | Saturday, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio The Livestock Conservancy works to save nearly 200 heritage breeds of livestock and poultry from extinction. Modern agriculture favors only a handful of highly specialized breeds at the expense of biodiversity. The Conservancy protects breeds that are wonderful choices for today’s small-scale, sustainable farms and homesteads.

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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. Mother Earth News | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 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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The Permabed System

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The Permabed System

One of the ways to farm more ecologically and improve long-term profitability is to diversify production. This can be challenging when efficiency and income must be maintained in the short term while transitioning to better management practices. In addition, diversity of production can require different tools, techniques, and knowledge that may strain the farm manager. Zach Loeks' permabed system solves garden management and includes a garden layout, principles, and techniques for transitioning toward guild crop production and agro-ecological land patterning. It is scalable from 300 square feet to 3,000 acres and emphasizes soil-building practices alongside practical field management. Heirloom Gardener | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 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 agroecological land patterning. Books by This Speaker: The Permaculture Market Garden

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Diversifying Your Garden or Farm with the Scythe

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Diversifying Your Garden or Farm with the Scythe

Learning to use and maintain that masterpiece of design and efficiency that is the Austrian scythe can help you achieve a quantum leap in diversity for your garden, homestead, or farm. Grow your own hay and grains for free for mulch, livestock (fodder, bedding), bread, compost, and more. Natural Building | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Ian Miller followed a career in music with a degree in agroecology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. During a two year stint on a biodynamic farm in Austria, he learned how to scythe and delved into historic scything texts in German (which culminated in his book The Scything Handbook). He has worked for Seed Savers Exchange in Iowa and translated several books on gardening and natural building.

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Scythe Blades: How they're made and how to care for

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Scythe Blades: How they're made and how to care for

Ian miller, author of The Scything Handbook, walks the audience through the process of forging blades, from raw materials to finished blade in this enlightening workshop. Deeply knowing what a blade is helps one to know how to maintain it. Speaker Bio Ian Miller followed a career in music with a degree in agroecology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. During a two year stint on a biodynamic farm in Austria, he learned how to scythe and delved into historic scything texts in German (which culminated in his book The Scything Handbook). He has worked for Seed Savers Exchange in Iowa and translated several books on gardening and natural building. Books by this Speaker: The Scything 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 award-winning book Craft Distilling: Making Liquor Legally at Home explains the facts around legal distilling, and provides an overview of the process of making distilled spirits. In addition, Oregon Democratic senator Ron Wyden is the main sponsor of Senate Bill 1562, which would allow limited home distillation, currently illegal under state and Federal law. This is an informative, fun workshop for anyone interested in distilling liquor. Real Food | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 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. Working with non-gluten grains is also included. This workshop also includes a brief look at her wood-fired outdoor oven, the perfect tool for baking amazing sourdough breads. Victoria Miller is an experienced bread baker, and is currently writing a book on this subject, due out in late spring 2018. Real Food | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 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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Hands-on: Make Your Own Sourdough Starter

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Hands-on: Make Your Own Sourdough Starter

Sourdough starter, activated by wild yeast, can be used for making a lot more than just loaf breads and pizza! Join experienced and passionate sourdough baker Victoria Miller for a hands-on experience where you will learn to make and maintain your very own sourdough starter to take home and use for making bread or pizza. Participation is first come, first served. Space is limited, to secure a spot to this workshop, pick up an admission ticket at the Information Desk. Hands-On | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio

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Going Back to Conventional Agriculture: Where to start

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Going Back to Conventional Agriculture: Where to start

This wide-ranging workshop covers topics such as taking the first step and going back to conventional agricultural practices; leaving behind GMOs and learning how to grow permaculture; the utilization of livestock and cover crops; and a discussion of what is working and what hasn't. Modern Homesteading | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Shane New has spent the last 30 years of his life doing 20 different things to do the one thing he loves: farming. He has brokered hay, owned a commercial trucking company, done custom fabrication, been involved in sod production, and also explored commercial seeding and erosion control. All the while, he has been building a farming operation.

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The Cost of Convenience

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The Cost of Convenience

Today, too many people are literally sick and tired all the time. That is not sustainable, and we can’t afford it. Our modern lives are filled with conveniences that are killing us slowly. We spend too much time sitting and eat too much so-called food that didn’t exist 50 years ago. So, what’s the answer? Start cooking from scratch. Plant a garden for fresh veggies. Get a few backyard chickens for fresh eggs. Step away from the desk. Move! Modern Homesteading | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer, and self-sufficiency expert. In 2002, she moved her family from the Chicago suburbs to a 32-acre parcel on a creek in the middle of nowhere. Together, they built their own home and began growing the majority of their own food. Sheep, pigs, goats, chickens, and turkeys supply meat, eggs, and dairy products, while a garden and fruit trees provide produce. Niemann presents workshops across the United States and in Canada. She is the author of Homegrown and Handmade, Ecothrifty, and Raising Goats Naturally.

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Homestead Business: Value-Added Products

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Homestead Business: Value-Added Products

If you want to make money on your homestead with value-added products, there are a lot of things you can do! Deborah Niemann talks about various options for selling milk, cheese, soap, meat, compost, leather, and more. Learn about startup costs, as well as legalities and liabilities. Grit | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer, and self-sufficiency expert. In 2002, she moved her family from the Chicago suburbs to a 32-acre parcel on a creek in the middle of nowhere. Together, they built their own home and began growing the majority of their own food. Sheep, pigs, goats, chickens, and turkeys supply meat, eggs, and dairy products, while a garden and fruit trees provide produce. Niemann presents workshops across the United States and in Canada. She is the author of Homegrown and Handmade, Ecothrifty, and Raising Goats Naturally.

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Designing a Year-Round Solar Greenhouse

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Designing a Year-Round Solar Greenhouse

How can you grow your own bananas, avocados, and fresh veggies year-round, without depending on fossil-fuel energy? Discover the principles of passive solar greenhouse design and the latest technologies to facilitate sustainable, yearlong yields. Traditional greenhouses require large amounts of heating and cooling to grow throughout the year in North American climates, making them an unsustainable choice. Energy-efficient greenhouses are able to maintain much warmer temperatures for abundance through all four seasons, growing with little to no heating or cooling. This presentation builds off the book by Marc Plinke and Lindsey Schiller, The Year-Round Solar Greenhouse, and includes both simple and advanced methods. Heirloom Gardener | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Marc Plinke started his career as a chemical and process engineer. After turning to green building, he transitioned to building super energy-efficient greenhouses. In 2011, Plinke helped build a net-zero-energy prototype greenhouse for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Soon after, he co-founded Ceres Greenhouse Solutions to help people design and build their own sustainable greenhouses. His aim is to enable people to grow fresh, nutritious food year-round without depending on fossil fuels.

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The Shocking Truth About Electric Fence

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The Shocking Truth About Electric Fence

Learn how to successfully use electric fence to contain poultry and protect your flock from predators. Joe Putnam's workshop answers a variety of questions: What is electric fence and how does it work? What happens when grass touches the energized wires in a fence? What about when an animal touches the wires? How do you succeed (or fail) with electric netting? Is it safe to use electric netting in the backyard? How do you reduce risks and liabilities? What are the pros and cons of rotational grazing? How often should you move your fence and flock? What are the issues to consider before buying any energizer? And what are the risks of not energizing a fence? Grit | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Joe Putnam works as a marketing copywriter and occasional shepherd for Premier 1 Supplies. He frequently appears in Premier's instructional how-to videos on YouTube. Putnam can be found at farm industry events, where his gentle, hands-on approach makes even the most complex farming topics simple. When not at work, Putnam spends time on his family's 40-acre farmstead in southeast Iowa. There the family raises cattle, sheep, poultry, multiple gardens, corn, hay, and oats.

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Adding a Cow to Your Family

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Adding a Cow to Your Family

This introductory workshop prepares the homesteader for a useful bovine addition to the family. Topics covered include breed selection, purchasing, infrastructure, feeding, breeding, milking, processing, and more. The Livestock Conservancy | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Callene Rapp graduated with a degree in animal science. After a short stint at a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) hog farm, she and her husband, Eric, moved to the Wichita area, where she became the senior keeper of the Children’s Farms at the Sedgwick County Zoo. Upon getting hired, she discovered that her education was a little incomplete: A whole world of livestock never once got mentioned in school. Since then, she’s worked hard to make up for that lapse, and enjoys working to educate people about rare breeds of livestock. Today, the Children’s Farms houses one of the largest collection of rare breeds of livestock of any zoo in the country, and features 28 breeds from the Conservation Priority List. When she’s not at the zoo, Callene and Eric own and operate the Rare Hare Barn, a successful heritage rabbit meat enterprise, and their rabbits have been served at some of the finest restaurants coast to coast (but especially in the Kansas City area). She has also published several articles on livestock husbandry in Grit magazine.

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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 | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Callene Rapp graduated with a degree in animal science. After a short stint at a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) hog farm, she and her husband, Eric, moved to the Wichita area, where she became the senior keeper of the Children’s Farms at the Sedgwick County Zoo. Upon getting hired, she discovered that her education was a little incomplete: There was a whole world of livestock that never once got mentioned in school. Since then, she’s worked hard to make up for that lapse, and enjoys working to educate people about rare breeds of livestock. Today, the Children’s Farms houses one of the largest collections of rare breeds of livestock at any zoo in the country, and features 28 breeds from the Conservation Priority List. When she’s not at the zoo, Callene and Eric own and operate the Rare Hare Barn, a successful heritage rabbit meat enterprise. Their rabbits have been served at some of the finest restaurants coast to coast (and especially in the Kansas City area). She has also published several articles on livestock husbandry in Grit magazine.

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

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

Learn about the legal issues that farmers and artisan food producers face. This talk covers choice of entity issues (should you operate as a sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, S Corp, C Corp or other?), employment law issues, hazards of hiring interns, zoning and right to farm issues, hosting on-farm events, and innovative business models. Bring your legal questions for the question-and-answer session. Grit | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Elizabeth Rich has practiced business law for more than 30 years. She serves as acting president of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, and she is also the group's executive director. At the organization, she advocates for food freedom and defends the interests of farmers and artisan food producers. She is also a goat farmer and cheesemaker in Wisconsin, where she produces as much of her own food as she can on her 40-acre homestead.

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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! Real Food | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Elizabeth Rich has practiced business law for more than 30 years. She serves as acting president of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, and she is also the group's executive director. At the organization, she advocates for food freedom and defends the interests of farmers and artisan food producers. She is also a goat farmer and cheesemaker in Wisconsin, where she produces as much of her own food as she can on her 40-acre homestead.

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Carbon Gardening: How to mimic nature's best food ecosystems

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Carbon Gardening: How to mimic nature's best food ecosystems

The answers to increased food production are as old as the forests and as ancient as the prairie. Heather Rinaldi, founder of Texas Worm Ranch, coaches how gardeners can harness microbes and contribute continuous organic matter as a foundation for productive soil and profitable foodspaces. By following nature's best examples, carbon gardening can increase yields, reduce costs, decrease workload, manage water conservation, and heal the planet. Mother Earth Living | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Raised in the farm and ranch lands of Oklahoma, Heather Rinaldi's earliest memories include gardening and raising livestock with her parents and grandparents. Her lifelong connection with the soil led her to research soil microbiology in an effort to improve her family’s organic gardens and yard maintenance. Rinaldi founded the Texas Worm Ranch in 2008, and she and her team process more than 100 tons of organic material a year into living worm castings, and garden more than 4,000 square feet of organic garden space. Today, The Texas Worm Ranch is a full-service sustainability consultant company that provides customers with the tools to be organic, affordable and successful.

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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 | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 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 | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.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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Vermiculture 101

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Vermiculture 101

Learn simple backyard vermiculture techniques. Discover how to build your own vermicomposting bin with a trapdoor for harvesting worm castings. Hear about ways to increase crop yields by side-dressing and fertilizing with worm castings, worm tea, and vermicompost. Hands-On | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Crystal Stevens and her husband, Eric, are the farmers and resident artists at La Vista CSA Farm on the bluffs of the Mighty Mississippi in Godfrey, Illinois, where they enjoy the rural life with their two children. Stevens blogs for MOTHER EARTH NEWS, has contributed to Grit and Permaculture Magazine, and is a columnist for FEAST Magazine. She is the author of Grow Create Inspire, an Earth Stewardship Manifesto.

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Grow Create Inspire: Integrating basic permaculture concepts into your garden and home

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Grow Create Inspire: Integrating basic permaculture concepts into your garden and home

Learn strategies for educating your community about an array of eco-topics. Host plant walks, meet-ups, workshops, and more. Learn basic tools for increasing eco-awareness and making changes in your community. Grow for the greater good. The simple act of gardening can be a catalyst for positive change, Earth stewardship, and the art of low-impact living. Discover ways you can be an advocate for the Earth in your own community. Heirloom Gardener | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Crystal Stevens and her husband, Eric, are the farmers and resident artists at La Vista CSA Farm on the bluffs of the mighty Mississippi in Godfrey, Illinois, where they enjoy the rural life with their two children. Stevens blogs for MOTHER EARTH NEWS, has contributed to Grit and Permaculture Magazine, and is a columnist for FEAST Magazine. She is the author of Grow Create Inspire, an Earth Stewardship Manifesto.

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Hands-on: Family Adventures in Vermiculture

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Hands-on: Family Adventures in Vermiculture

This hands-on, child-friendly workshop delves into the wonderful world of worms. Learn how worms benefit your soil, your garden and the world! Play with worms and learn how to sift your own worm castings. Learn all about how to set up a vermicomposting bin in your own backyard. The first 20 families to participate get to take home a small container of worms, a small bag of worm castings and seeds. Play worm trivia and win a worm prize. Kids Treehouse | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Crystal Stevens and her husband, Eric, are the farmers and resident artists at La Vista CSA Farm on the bluffs of the Mighty Mississippi in Godfrey, Illinois, where they enjoy the rural life with their two children. Stevens blogs for MOTHER EARTH NEWS, has contributed to Grit and Permaculture Magazine, and is a columnist for FEAST Magazine. She is the author of Grow Create Inspire, an Earth Stewardship Manifesto.

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Microgreens 101

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Microgreens 101

A super food used in many fine dining restaurants but not available in most grocery stores, microgreens are easy to grow year-round. Learn how to grow them and why they should be part of your diet, garden, and emergency supplies. Real Food | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Loralie Tangen was in the fitness/wellness industry for more than 25 years. An avid gardener and food/garden blogger at www.FoodLifeJoy.com, she decided to bring microgreens to the consumer by growing and selling at local farmers markets. She volunteers at the local Extension office, teaching nutrition, cooking, and food preservation. In her spare time, she and her husband are rehabilitating a small abandoned farm and rescuing a 1930 farmhouse that came with the land.

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The No-Mortgage Natural Cottage

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The No-Mortgage Natural 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. Modern Homesteading | Saturday, 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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Interactive! Building with Straw Bales

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Interactive! Building with Straw Bales

Get muddy and see how straw bales can be used for a low-cost, beautiful, eco-friendly, highly insulated construction. Natural Building | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 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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Interactive! Build Your Own Wood-Fired Pizza Oven From Dirt

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Interactive! 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 | 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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Interactive: Creative Housing from Dirt and Junk

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Interactive: 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 | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 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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Interactive! Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Interactive! 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. Kids Treehouse | Sunday, 1:00-1:30 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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Interactive! Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Interactive! 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. Natural Building | Saturday, 1:00-1:30 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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Interactive! Making Cob: How to build with mud

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Interactive! Making Cob: How to build with mud

Learn how the dirt under your backyard can be turned into beautiful buildings, benches, pizza ovens, and much more ... the possibilities are limited only by one's imagination! Be prepared to get muddy. Natural Building | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 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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Interactive! Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Interactive! 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. Natural Building | Saturday, 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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Interactive! Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Interactive! 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 | Sunday, 1:00-1:30 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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Interactive! Open Mud: Spontaneous, hands-on building demos

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Interactive! 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 | 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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Interactive! Earthen Plasters You Can Make at Home

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Interactive! 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 | 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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Interactive! Build a Rocket Mass Heater

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Interactive! 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 | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 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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Interactive! Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Interactive! 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 | Saturday, 1:00-1:30 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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Interactive! Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Interactive! 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 | Saturday, 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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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! Heirloom Gardener | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 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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Hands-on: Garlic, Onions, Shallots, Perennial Onions, and Leeks: Choosing the right fall-planted alliums for your garden!

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Hands-on: Garlic, Onions, Shallots, Perennial Onions, and Leeks: Choosing the right fall-planted alliums for your garden!

Fall is the perfect time to plant garlic, shallots, perennial onions, and leeks. Learn about what distinguishes the different alliums, uncommon and everyday. Look at samples and leave with a sample of something new and fun to plant in your garden this fall. Ira Wallace curates the Heirloom Allium collection at Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. Hands-On | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 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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Introduction to Solar Power: On-grid, off-grid, grid-tie, battery backup, and generators

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

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

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Emergency Power Long After the Grid and Your Generator Have Failed

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Emergency Power Long After the Grid and Your Generator Have Failed

During a true grid down event, you don't have to spend thousands of dollars for a roof covered with solar modules and huge battery banks to power lights, refrigerators, household appliances, power tools, medical equipment, communication radios, cell phones, water pumps, CD and DVD players, flat-screen televisions, laptops and tablets, printers, security systems, and recreational vehicles. Jeffrey Yago's presentation follows along with each chapter from his book Lights On, including discussions of today's grid reliability, threats, and simple EMP protection of valuable electronics. Speaker Bio Jeff Yago is a professional licensed engineer, and NABCEP-certified solar professional with more than 40 years of experience in the solar and emergency preparedness field. He has published hundreds of articles for many different publications, including MOTHER EARTH NEWS, Home Power Magazine, Backwoods Home Magazine, Self-Reliance Magazine, and many others. His latest book, Lights On, provides step-by-step instructions for powering lights and all types of appliances long after the grid and your generator have died.

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Easy Seed Starting

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Easy Seed Starting

Learn to start seeds directly in the garden and indoors using the English seed-starting method, soil blocking. For those who want to grow organically, seed starting is essential and easy with a few ground rules to follow. This workshop includes a hands-on demonstration. Speaker Bio Lisa Mason Ziegler is a cut-flower farmer, author, and nationally recognized speaker on organic cut-flower gardening. Ziegler has been farming since 1998; her urban 3-acre farm produces thousands of stems of flowers each week in season. She sells her flowers to florists and through her 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, Cool Flowers

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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. Heirloom Gardener | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 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, Cool Flowers

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Vegetables Love Flowers

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Vegetables Love Flowers

What business do pretty flowers have in a vegetable garden? Not much, according to most gardeners. Flowers are often treated like tag-along little sisters: They only get a place if there’s room left over. In decades past, flowers were considered a key element of the vegetable patch. Today, they are a casualty of downsizing and practicality. But even though you can’t eat them, flowers more than pull their weight in the garden; they are the welcoming mat for pollinators and beneficial insects. Want your garden to have a strong community of natural garden workers? Plant flowers! Their blossoms will attract a workforce of beneficial insects that will come, set up housekeeping, and raise their families. Learn how you can add three seasons of flowers to benefit your vegetable garden and your lifestyle. Mountain Rose Herbs | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 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, Cool Flowers

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