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Simplify Your Homestead Plan

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Simplify Your Homestead Plan

Are you overwhelmed by the myriad of choices in homesteading? Not sure where or how to get started? Or is the homesteading lifestyle taking more from your pocketbook than it's providing for your pantry? This workshop provides a simple planning tool to help make your homesteading dreams a practical reality. Speaker Bio Cyndi Ball has been homesteading for more than 20 years and owns the educational homestead Lazy B Farm. She is the proud mother of six home-schooled children and the wife of 30 years to her husband, Dave. She is an avid educator. Her greatest passion, outside of the home, is women in agriculture. She is the founder and president of the National Ladies Homestead Gathering, an organization that provides local community for women interested in homesteading and sustainability.

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Women Who homestead: The need for community

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Women Who homestead: The need for community

Women represent the fastest-growing segment in agriculture today.Women's active role in farming has tripled in the last three decades.Even so, there is a loneliness that often accompanies women who choose this career. They need community, a place where they can share new ideas, celebrate victories, address challenges, and cultivate relationships with like-minded women. Speaker Bio Cyndi Ball has been homesteading for more than 20 years and owns the educational homestead Lazy B Farm. She is the proud mother of six home-schooled children and the wife of 30 years to her husband, Dave. She is an avid educator. Her greatest passion, outside of the home, is women in agriculture. She is the founder and president of the National Ladies Homestead Gathering, an organization that provides local community for women interested in homesteading and sustainability.

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Homegrown Pork and How to Get Ready for Backyard Pigs

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Homegrown Pork and How to Get Ready for Backyard Pigs

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

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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. 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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Rabbits, a Quiet and Useful Homestead Resource

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Rabbits, a Quiet and Useful Homestead Resource

Rabbits are among the easiest species to raise and, unlike most of their farmyard counterparts, require little space and will not likely disturb neighbors with noise. For people wanting to become more self-reliant for food, the rabbit is a great choice for a meat resource that also provides you with top-grade fertilizer for the garden. Learn the basics of keeping and breeding rabbits and how heritage breed rabbits offer you a wide variety of sizes, personalities, and colors from which to choose. Speaker Bio Jeannette Beranger is a program manager for the Livestock Conservancy and has more than 30 years of experience working as an animal professional. She uses the knowledge to plan and implement breed conservation programs. At home, she maintains a heritage breeds farm with a focus on rare breed chickens and horses. In 2015, she was named one of Country Woman Magazine's "45 Amazing Country Women" for her work in conserving endangered breeds. Books by This Speaker: An Introduction to Heritage Breeds

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Durable and Beautiful Hair-On Hides

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Durable and Beautiful Hair-On Hides

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

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Making Leather and Buckskin

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Making Leather and Buckskin

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

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ReWild the Child!

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ReWild the Child!

Are you ready to be a part of the wild tribe of little Earth warriors? Learn and play with the power and magic of plants. Decorate and dream up all that we can be. You can even make an herbal dream pillow to take home and put to use! Space limited. 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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Perma-What? How You Can Create Your Own Paradise Homestead with Permaculture

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

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

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Weeds and Water: Wisdom for resiliency

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Weeds and Water: Wisdom for resiliency

Jessi Bloom lifts folks' ecological literacy and makes life living on the land easier. She covers two of the most important elements in land management and shares useful permaculture tools and solutions to increase your resiliency. Gain a better understanding of how to effectively manage water on your land, and also learn easy peasy organic solutions to weed management. Speaker Bio Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. She owns N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, based near Seattle, which is known as an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction, and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies and industry organizations, and 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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Interactive! Gardening with Mushrooms using Straw Bales, Wood Chips, and Recycled Cardboard

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Interactive! Gardening with Mushrooms using Straw Bales, Wood Chips, and Recycled Cardboard

Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how edible mushrooms can be spawned into straw bale gardens, intercropping plants and mushrooms, utilizing mycorrhizae, and vermicomposting with mushrooms in this clever twist to traditional raised gardening techniques. Attendees will also make and receive a small mushroom starter culture to take home! Space is limited. 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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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! 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: 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! Get your hands-on ticket! 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. Get your hands-on ticket! 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. 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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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 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. 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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Homesteader's Guide to Renewable Energy

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Homesteader's Guide to Renewable Energy

There are many ways to heat and cool your home, provide electricity, cook your food, and heat water with clean, affordable, and reliable renewable energy. Some make more sense than others. Some are amazingly cheap, even pay for themselves in short order. Come learn which options make the most sense for you and how affordable renewable energy is and how you can unplug from the grid. 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 that include residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building, and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational, and full of useful information. Books by This Speaker: The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling, Power from the Sun

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Is Solar Electricity Right for You?

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Is Solar Electricity Right for You?

Solar electricity is more affordable than ever, but does it make economic sense for you? What do you need to know to install a solar electric system on your home? If you can’t afford to buy a system, can you lease one or tap into community solar projects to meet your electrical needs sustainably? Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east central Missouri, where he teaches workshops on a wide range of topics on self-sufficiency and sustainability. Chiras is also the author of 32 books and several hundred articles on a wide range of topics that include residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building, and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational, and full of useful information. Books by This Speaker: The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling, Power from the Sun

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The Scoop on Poop

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The Scoop on Poop

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

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Hands-on: Oyster Mushroom Cultivation

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Hands-on: Oyster Mushroom Cultivation

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

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Four Easy Ways to Grow Mushrooms at Home

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Four Easy Ways to Grow Mushrooms at Home

Looking for an amazingly easy class to get you started in growing mushrooms? Learn four easy methods of mushroom cultivation that have the potential for high yielding low-tech operations at home or on the farm. Discussed will be cultivating mushrooms on logs, stumps, wood chips, composts, spent coffee grounds, paper and cardboard. Learning these four techniques opens the door to being able to cultivate dozens of edible and medicinal species with little or no startup costs or expensive equipment. Speaker Bio Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist and organic gardener who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than 22 years. He is the author of Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, published by Chelsea Green in 2014. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain (which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, and daughter Heidi) to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries, and he currently maintains more than 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides. Books by this Speaker: Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

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Fungi in the Classroom

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Fungi in the Classroom

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

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Mycotopia 2018: Medicinal mushrooms, magical molds, and magnificent mycorrhizae

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Mycotopia 2018: Medicinal mushrooms, magical molds, and magnificent mycorrhizae

Come learn how to braid mushrooms and other fungi into almost every aspect of your coexistence with this strategy guide for cultivating and extracting medicinal mushrooms, creating your own mycorrhizae for seed starting mixes, recycling home and farm waste, biological pest control and easy steps for cleaning contaminated soil and water. Broad in scope yet easy for beginners and experienced mushroom folks alike to create harmony and many levels of symbiosis at your farm or homestead. Speaker Bio Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist and organic gardener who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than 22 years. He is the author of Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, published by Chelsea Green in 2014. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain (which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, and daughter Heidi) to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries, and he currently maintains more than 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides. Books by this Speaker: Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

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Interactive! Gardening with Mushrooms using Straw Bales, Wood Chips, and Recycled Cardboard

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Interactive! Gardening with Mushrooms using Straw Bales, Wood Chips, and Recycled Cardboard

Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how edible mushrooms can be spawned into straw bale gardens, intercropping plants and mushrooms, utilizing mycorrhizae, and vermicomposting with mushrooms in this clever twist to traditional raised gardening techniques. Attendees will also make and receive a small mushroom starter culture to take home to expand and experiment with at the scavenger hunt and recycling demo! Space limited. Speaker Bio Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist and organic gardener who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than 22 years. He is the author of Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, published by Chelsea Green in 2014. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain (which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, and daughter Heidi) to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries, and he currently maintains more than 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides. Books by this Speaker: Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

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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. 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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Growing Elderberry for Health and Profit

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Growing Elderberry for Health and Profit

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

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

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

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

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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 the 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 and taste. When you understand the basic food chemistry of emulsions and you are also enabled to make sauces, gravies, smoothies and other gourmet delights. By the end of this hands-on workshop you will have made mayonnaise to take home with you. Get your hands-on ticket! 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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Home Poultry Processing: The art and science of micro-scale meat bird processing (using tools you already have!)

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

Learn how to humanely, safely, sanitarily, and skillfully process your birds at home. Understand why the conventional way of processing is the worst way and can ruin meat quality. Get healthy, high-quality meat and bone broth from your backyard flock. Processing your own birds is a lost art of our culture. It’s time to bring back this old tradition so that how to process poultry is common knowledge in homes and communities. This is the ultimate “know your source” for poultry and eggs. 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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The Art and Practice of Incubating Eggs for Home, School, and Science Projects

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The Art and Practice of Incubating Eggs for Home, School, and Science Projects

Incubate eggs and you can maintain self-perpetuating flocks. Learn how to select incubators that you can buy ... or make. Find and set the best eggs, without owning a rooster! Discover how embryo development in the shell affects hatchability. Hear about the critical phase of chicks hatching out, the first week of "chick-hood," and chick nutrition for optimal health. Patricia Foreman also covers "chick-ability" and why it is a matter of life or death. Understand why incubation know-how is a key to not only heritage poultry sustainability but also enabling local foods. 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. 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 Management, and Fabulous Trees of the World

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Tree Planting, Natural Organic Tree Management, 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. 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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Guinea-Keeping for Organic Pest Control

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Guinea-Keeping for Organic Pest Control

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

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Brain-Boosting Herbs

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Brain-Boosting Herbs

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

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Natural Stress Relief and Energizing Herbs

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Natural Stress Relief and Energizing Herbs

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

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Introduction to Charcuterie

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Introduction to Charcuterie

Learn about charcuterie: the preservation of meat using salt and smoke. Meredith Leigh demonstrates making fresh sausage and discusses other forms of charcuterie (such as fermented sausages and smoked meats). Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook and author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore and Pure Charcuterie: The Craft & Poetry of Curing Meat at Home. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Sausage Making 101

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Sausage Making 101

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

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Everyday Cured Meats

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Everyday Cured Meats

You don’t have to be a charcuterie nerd making obscure salamis to benefit from a little cured meat knowledge. Interested in making your own deli ham to pack in your kid’s lunchbox? Curing your own bacon so you can feel good about its ingredients? How about making the best barbecue or grilled chicken at the next block party? Attend this session to learn the most basic tenets of curing, brining, and smoking to bring your cooking and self-sufficiency to the next level. Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook and author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore and Pure Charcuterie: The Craft & Poetry of Curing Meat at Home. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Hands-On: Mastering Spice Blends for Making Sausage and Dry Rubs

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Hands-On: Mastering Spice Blends for Making Sausage and Dry Rubs

Author, butcher, and cook Meredith Leigh immerses audiences in a world of flavor. In this hands-on session, participants learn the perfect ratio for seasoning homemade sausage and dry rub. They discover how to pick from a host of spices and herbs to create their own sausage-seasoning blend. The live sausage demo and tasting during the class focuses on one spice blend. Attendees leave with ideas for new flavor combinations to try, knowledge about buying and storing bulk spices and herbs, fail-proof ratios for their own seasoning blends and rubs, cooking tips, and pro techniques for marinating and making sausage. Get your hands-on ticket! Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook and author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore and Pure Charcuterie: The Craft & Poetry of Curing Meat at Home. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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DIY the Drupe; Making Your Own Coconut Milk!

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DIY the Drupe; Making Your Own Coconut Milk!

By now, many of us are familiar with the various health benefits and versatile uses of coconut milk. However, purchasing it can be costly. Learn how simple it is to make your own coconut milk at home. Be sure to stick around for samples of Coconut Bliss ice cream to inspire your own creations. Speaker Bio Emily Lesiak is the Events Coordinator for Coconut Bliss. Traveling around the country sharing organic coconut milk ice cream is one of her favorite past times. With an extensive culinary background and a passion for wholesome foods, Emily also enjoys spending time in the kitchen. Her love of travel, delicious food and sustainable business practices come together through her work at Coconut Bliss.

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A Guide to Keeping Geese

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A Guide to Keeping Geese

In this Workshop, Kirsten Lie-Nielsen will be discuss the basics of feeding, housing, and caring for geese on the farm. She’ll go over the requirements of goslings and the benefits of having geese on your farm or homestead. Included in the talk will be the feeding preferences and requirements for geese, winter care for your birds, and information on using geese for guarding, weeding, and food. She will also discuss the differences between the various breeds of geese, and why one variety may be preferred to another depending on your needs and abilities to care for them. Speaker Bio Kirsten Lie-Nielsen grew up on a farm and has been raising geese and enjoying the quirky personalities and practicality of these beautiful birds for most of her life. Always intrigued by self-sufficiency and working with her hands, Kirsten and her partner are restoring a 200-year old farm in Liberty, Maine, where they raise animals and grow vegetables and native medicinal herbs. Kirsten writes about her experiences and the lessons of life on the farm for publications such as Grit and Mother Earth News, Backyard Poultry, and hobbyfarms.com. She also blogs about the good life at hostilevalleyliving.com

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Craft Distilling: Is it practical – and legal – to do it at home?

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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, author of the upcoming book From No-knead to Sourdough: A simpler approach to handmade bread (due out June 2018) 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. Get your hands-on ticket! 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 in NW Washington state. She speaks on several topics related to homesteading and self-reliance, at events around the country. She is the author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks; the award-winning book Craft Distilling: Making liquor legally at home; and the upcoming book From No-knead to Sourdough: A simpler approach to handmade bread, due out in June 2018. Books by This Speaker: Craft Distilling, Pure Poultry

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Poultry Unplugged: Free-ranging poultry just about anywhere

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Poultry Unplugged: Free-ranging poultry just about anywhere

Allowing poultry to free-range has many benefits, both for the birds and the environment. This workshop explains these benefits, and offers strategies for success regardless of predator issues and other challenges. It includes a planning worksheet, and audience questions are encouraged! Speaker Bio Victoria Redhed Miller grew up in Seattle and now lives with her husband, David, on their off-grid farm in the Olympic Mountain foothills in NW Washington state. She speaks on several topics related to homesteading and self-reliance, at events around the country. She is the author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks; the award-winning book Craft Distilling: Making liquor legally at home; and the upcoming book From No-knead to Sourdough: A simpler approach to handmade bread, due out in June 2018. Books by This Speaker: Craft Distilling, Pure Poultry

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From No-Knead to Sourdough: Finding your comfort zone with handmade bread

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From No-Knead to Sourdough: Finding your comfort zone with handmade bread

Making your own bread is easier than you might think, once you find your comfort zone and try it! The author of the upcoming book From No-knead to Sourdough: A simpler approach to handmade bread (due out June 2018), covers the basic principles of breadmaking, with an overview of simple no-knead yeast breads, pre-ferments and sourdough-based breads. You don't need experience, fancy equipment or expensive ingredients to make wonderful bread at home. Includes a brief look at a hand-built wood-fired bread oven, plus a handout with a simple yeast bread recipe. 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 in NW Washington state. She speaks on several topics related to homesteading and self-reliance, at events around the country. She is the author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks; the award-winning book Craft Distilling: Making liquor legally at home; and the upcoming book From No-knead to Sourdough: A simpler approach to handmade bread, due out in June 2018. Books by This Speaker: Craft Distilling, Pure Poultry

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Fearless Pressure Cooking

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Fearless Pressure Cooking

Learn how to cook more than one item in the pressure cooker at a time. Find out how the electric pressure cooker works and use it to make some simple staples. Discover how to easily steam vegetables. A limited amount of attendees will be able to assist in fearlessly preparing these pressure cooked meals! Speaker Bio Jill Nussinow (the "Veggie Queen") is a registered dietitian and culinary educator who has been teaching plant-based, whole foods cooking for almost 30 years at Santa Rosa Junior College and elsewhere throughout the United States and beyond. She is the author of four cookbooks: Vegan Under Pressure, The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less Than 30 Minutes, Nutrition CHAMPS: The Veggie Queen’s Guide to Eating and Cooking for Optimum Health, Happiness, Energy and Vitality and The Veggie Queen: Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment. She also stars in the DVDs Pressure Cooking, a Fresh Look: Delicious Dishes in Minutes and Creative Low-fat Vegan Cuisine. Nussinow is a fellow of The Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy. She frequents local farmers markets, mushroom hunting and teaching fermentation classes. She has taught thousands of people how to successfully pressure cook over the past 20 years. Her goal is to see everyone leading a healthy, happy life through better eating and cooking. She loves to share the passion and joy of eating plants that will help save the planet. Her website is www.TheVeggieQueen.com. Books by this Speaker: The New Fast Food

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Sustainable Eating with a Pressure Cooker for Personal and Planetary Health

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Sustainable Eating with a Pressure Cooker for Personal and Planetary Health

Jill Nussinow shows how quickly and easily you can cook food with the modern pressure cooker. You save time, money, and energy (both yours and the planet's). Only solar cooking saves more energy than pressure cooking. Learn what you can cook and get some tasty samples, too. Speaker Bio Jill Nussinow (the "Veggie Queen") is a registered dietitian and culinary educator who has been teaching plant-based, whole foods cooking for almost 30 years at Santa Rosa Junior College and elsewhere throughout the United States and beyond. She is the author of four cookbooks: Vegan Under Pressure, The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less Than 30 Minutes, Nutrition CHAMPS: The Veggie Queen’s Guide to Eating and Cooking for Optimum Health, Happiness, Energy and Vitality and The Veggie Queen: Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment. She also stars in the DVDs Pressure Cooking, a Fresh Look: Delicious Dishes in Minutes and Creative Low-fat Vegan Cuisine. Nussinow is a fellow of The Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy. She frequents local farmers markets, mushroom hunting and teaching fermentation classes. She has taught thousands of people how to successfully pressure cook over the past 20 years. Her goal is to see everyone leading a healthy, happy life through better eating and cooking. She loves to share the passion and joy of eating plants that will help save the planet. Her website is www.TheVeggieQueen.com. Books by this Speaker: The New Fast Food

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Your Most-Asked Questions About Composting Answered!

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Your Most-Asked Questions About Composting Answered!

Award-winning garden writer and MOTHER EARTH NEWS contributor Barbara Pleasant shares the questions she hears most often from creative gardeners, who are constantly coming up with new ways to compost. Learn how you can tailor your practices to suit your garden and lifestyle while producing great compost, the most essential soil amendment for any type of garden. Speaker Bio Barbara Pleasant has practiced organic vegetable gardening for 30 years in gardens large and small. The author of numerous books (including Homegrown Pantry, Starter Vegetable Gardens, and The Complete Compost Gardening Guide), Pleasant won a Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association for writing the popular Gardening Know-How column in MOTHER EARTH NEWS. Pleasant lives in Floyd, Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers, and where she keeps a small flock of chickens.

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Plant to Preserve

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Plant to Preserve

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

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Farm Succession Planning

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Farm Succession Planning

You’ve heard the statistics: The average American farmer is now past age 60. There is a new generation of farmers out there, but traditional ideas about farm succession planning may not address the changed landscape. Learn some estate planning basics, and gather ideas about different strategies for passing the farm to the next generation. Speaker Bio Elizabeth Rich has practiced business law for more than 30 years. She serves as 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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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. 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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From a Frog's Perspective

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From a Frog's Perspective

In his theatrical style, Joel Salatin creates a verbal image of a frog in a beaver pond 500 years ago and builds 12 ecological principles from that perspective. What would that frog know about ecology in that pond? Believing that the most stable ecologies mimic historic normalcy, Salatin takes you on a winsome fantasy journey with the frog and what it knows. Sometimes becoming like a child is the best way to rethink our future. Speaker Bio Joel Salatin's family owns and operates Polyface Farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, producing salad bar beef, pastured poultry, pigaerator pork, and forage-based rabbits. The farm services 6,000 families and 50 restaurants. Featured prominently in countless media, documentaries, and books, the farm offers many educational opportunities for people wanting to learn these pasture-based systems. 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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Pastured Poultry Profit$

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Pastured Poultry Profit$

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

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Natural Beekeeping That Works

Keeping bees can be simpler than growing tomatoes. Come learn the tested methods that allow you to add any number of hives to your farm or garden with minimal cost. Start with free local bees that are resilient and productive, choose a hive model that is bee-friendly and requires minimal management, and let the bees do the rest. This visually rich presentation is packed with practical information that you can easily apply in both rural and urban settings. Speaker Bio Dr. Leo Sharashkin is founder of HorizontalHive.com and editor of "Keeping Bees With a Smile", a comprehensive resource on natural beekeeping. He contributes to Mother Earth News, American Bee Journal, Bee Culture, and speaks internationally on sustainable beekeeping and organic growing. Dr Leo lives on a forest homestead in the Ozarks (southern Missouri), catching wild honeybee swarms and raising bees in low-maintenance, easy-to-build horizontal hives.

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Native Plants for Honey Bees and Other Pollinators

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Native Plants for Honey Bees and Other Pollinators

Honey bees can produce unique and flavorful honeys from native nectar plants. Learn about the simple and economic strategies to establish, improve, and conserve the plantings of native wildflowers, shrubs, and trees, the benefits they provide and the honeys they produce. Dr. Leo Sharashkin also discuss how marketing artisan honey can support livelihoods, help conserve the blossoming landscapes, and save populations of local pollinators. Speaker Bio Dr. Leo Sharashkin is founder of HorizontalHive.com and editor of "Keeping Bees With a Smile", a comprehensive resource on natural beekeeping. He contributes to Mother Earth News, American Bee Journal, Bee Culture, and speaks internationally on sustainable beekeeping and organic growing. Dr Leo lives on a forest homestead in the Ozarks (southern Missouri), catching wild honeybee swarms and raising bees in low-maintenance, easy-to-build horizontal hives.

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Ferment Your Own Condiments to Add Probiotic Flavor to Every Meal

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Ferment Your Own Condiments to Add Probiotic Flavor to Every Meal

Fermentation is a hot topic—from health to flavor. Americans are looking to bold flavors to jazz up their meals—from kimchi to Siracha. What do these flavors have in common? Lactic acid fermentation! Starting with mustard and moving thru fermenting peppers, this session will teach you how create your own delicious, easy fermented condiments. Speaker Bio Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey got their start in fermenting foods with their farmstead food company, where they created more than 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Their current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops at their farm. Kirsten blogs at www.Fermentista.us. They live on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon.

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Hands-On: Discover Fermented Mustards

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Hands-On: Discover Fermented Mustards

In just a few minutes with very few ingredients you can make amazing flavored mustard. Learn how this classic condiment can be a super food: super tasty and super healthy. Get your hands-on ticket! Speaker Bio Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey got their start in fermenting foods with their farmstead food company, where they created more than 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Their current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops at their farm. Kirsten blogs at www.Fermentista.us. They live on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon.

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Hands-on: Mastering Kimchi

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Hands-on: Mastering Kimchi

Who doesn’t love the hot and spicy kimchi at least that is what the food trends would lead you to believe. Kimchi is the Korean form of vegetable fermentation which has many faces and flavors. It is part of an ancient culinary art that is experiencing a renaissance in this country. This class aims to demystify this safe technique for creating healthy nutrient dense delicious foods through preservation. We will follow a step by step process to make kimchi. You will learn how to make a kimchi that is just right for you taste buds—be it five-alarm heat or mild. Best of all you will take home your creation to watch ferment on your counter. Get your hands-on ticket! Speaker Bio Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey got their start in fermenting foods with their farmstead food company, where they created more than 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Their current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops at their farm. Kirsten blogs at www.Fermentista.us. They live on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon.

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Preserving Your Harvest Through Fermentation: From A to Z

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Preserving Your Harvest Through Fermentation: From A to Z

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

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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. 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. 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! Cheap Sturdy Buildings from Straw, Clay, and Pallets

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Interactive! Cheap Sturdy Buildings from Straw, Clay, and Pallets

Come see how straw, an agricultural waste product, gets and wood pallets can be turned into a low cost, beautiful, eco-friendly, highly insulated wall that keeps your house comfy winter and summer. 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. 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. 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! Make Mud Not Foam: Is green building really green?

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Interactive! Make Mud Not Foam: Is green building really green?

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

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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. 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. 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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Extending the Harvest: Creating a four-season garden

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Extending the Harvest: Creating a four-season garden

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

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Growing Great Garlic and Perennial Onions

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Growing Great Garlic and Perennial Onions

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

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

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

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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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