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Natural Paints You Can Make at Home

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Natural Paints You Can Make at Home

Earthen artist and natural builder Kelley Adair teaches how to make and apply gorgeous nontoxic colored paints. Natural Building Demonstrations | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Kelley Adair works with Asheville area homeowners, schools, learning centers, and community groups to educate and practice natural building, earthen art, natural paint and plasters, outdoor placemaking, and more.

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Healthy Food for Everyone: A guide to mason jar salads

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Healthy Food for Everyone: A guide to mason jar salads

Learn how to make mason jar salads featuring the best of this season’s fruits and vegetables. This educational workshop discusses the many benefits of using mason jars, including easy tips for keeping ingredients fresh and crisp. Focusing on natural, organic, and non-GMO ingredients, this presentation and live cooking demonstration includes recipe cards for all attendees. Earth Fare Healthy Food Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Laurie Aker counts more than 10 years of experience educating the public on Earth Fare’s food philosophy. Aker has a passion for cooking, food styling, and showing families how to incorporate all-natural and organic foods into their diet. She was a recipient of the 2015 Telly Awards, an award honoring the best in television, cable, digital, and streaming productions, for her mason jar salads how-to.

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The Homestead Medic

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The Homestead Medic

Learn how to deal with medical issues that might affect your family in a remote homestead environment. Dr. Joseph Alton talks about the issues you’re most likely to face, the skills you need, and the factors that go into becoming an effective caregiver when medical help is not readily at hand. Grit Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Joe Alton, MD, is the best-selling author of The Survival Medicine Handbook (which covers homestead, disaster, and epidemic preparedness), and other books. His website, www.DoomAndBloom.net, includes more than 800 articles, podcasts, and videos on how to deal with medical issues in austere settings. He has been a popular keynote speaker at preparedness events throughout the country. His mission: to put a medically prepared person in every family. Books by this Speaker: The Survival Medicine Handbook, The Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Handbook

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Making Woodenware on the Spring Pole Lathe

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Making Woodenware on the Spring Pole Lathe

Get an up-close look at a foot-powered spring pole lathe, a tool popular during the Middle Ages that still retains its relevance today. Watch a skilled craftsman make a small bowl and other functional items with this surprisingly efficient woodworking tool. Folk School Demonstrations | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Hazen Alward’s passion for functional food-grade woodenware began when he learned to fashion bowls and spoons. Inspired by the pieces’ elegant simplicity, he has devoted himself to practicing his craft and preserving time-honored woodworking traditions.

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Making Woodenware on the Spring Pole Lathe

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Making Woodenware on the Spring Pole Lathe

Get an up-close look at a foot-powered spring pole lathe, a tool popular during the Middle Ages that still retains its relevance today. Watch a skilled craftsman make a small bowl and other functional items with this surprisingly efficient woodworking tool. Folk School Demonstrations | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Hazen Alward’s passion for functional food-grade woodenware began when he learned to fashion bowls and spoons. Inspired by the pieces’ elegant simplicity, he has devoted himself to practicing his craft and preserving time-honored woodworking traditions.

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Heritage Meat Goats: From the backyard herder to the commercial producer!

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Heritage Meat Goats: From the backyard herder to the commercial producer!

Donna Askew discusses the basic history, general information, care and management of heritage meat goats. She shares her story of moving from the suburbs to a 320-acre livestock production farm, highlighting her experiences with heritage meat goats. See the goats in person, and get your questions answered. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Living Oak Farm is a 320-acre livestock production farm in South Carolina, where more than 300 animals are stewarded using management practices that mimic and work with nature for long-term success. Donna Askew loves the cows, sheep, chickens, guard dogs, and horses, as well growing food, but her passion is all things heritage Spanish goats. She is the administrator for the Spanish Goat Association, and the newly formed Spanish Goat Conservation Society!

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Women in Agriculture: The need for community

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Women in Agriculture: 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. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. 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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Understanding and Making Handcrafted Soap

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Understanding and Making Handcrafted Soap

Interested in making your own soap? Making soap is not difficult, but it is exacting. Learn about the history, the different methods, selecting ingredients, the chemistry behind the process. Join Regina Bauscher for education and fun! Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Regina Bauscher leverages a chemistry background and work experience with the Handcrafted Soap Cosmetic Guild certification in soap-making. She is a Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild (HSGC)-registered soap-making instructor and enjoys educating consumers. She also possesses professional 200-hour certification in aromatherapy, is a member of the American Society of Quality, and a national blogger with SheKnows.com. Bauscher and her husband, Steve, also own and operate Honey Sweetie Acres, raising champion Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats, whose milk they use in their products.

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Sustain and Grow Your Farm Dream with Grant Assistance

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Sustain and Grow Your Farm Dream with Grant Assistance

In this interactive workshop, Michele Beener reviews potential public and private grant resources to assist farm owners with sustainability plans, solar conversion, riparian buffers, development of habitats for endangered native plant and animals species, agricultural research under the National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA), and more. Beener is the president of Aspire Grant & Development, a full-service business development/grant preparation agency. Aspire seeks to build a feasible funding strategy for each client, which may include state, federal, and private funds. Aspire consultants are members of the National Grants Management Association; passion for the specific cause they work to fund is a requirement. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio In addition to owning Aspire Grant & Development, Michele Beener operates Chippewa Farms, a historic 308-acre farmstead producing Black Angus beef for retail sale at various locations in Pennsylvania, including the Highlands Market at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Beener is a registered grant reviewer for a branch of the federal government and has a wealth of knowledge on public grant/loan programs available for the development, conservation, and growth of farm properties. Beener also holds a graduate degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Beener has a passion for agricultural history, working in partnership with her father to restore steam traction engines and threshing equipment.

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Hands-on: The Chicken Codex: Breeding a better bird

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Hands-on: 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 Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: At Booth #F-60 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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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. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: At Booth #F-60 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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Backyard Chicken Myth-Busting

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Backyard Chicken Myth-Busting

How do I raise an organic flock? Are backyard chickens good for children? What do I feed my molting hens? Raising backyard chickens is a fun, educational activity for the whole family. To share learnings from their flocks and answer frequently asked flock questions, Melissa Caughey teams up with Purina Poultry’s Patrick Biggs to take the mystery out of maintaining happy and healthy birds. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Melissa Caughey is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, and gardener who writes the award-winning blog Tilly’s Nest. Caughey lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with her family. She regularly writes for HGTV Gardens, Community Chickens, Grit magazine, and contributes to Country Living magazine. Better Homes and Gardens named her blog as one of the magazine’s Top 10 Gardening Blogs, and Country Living magazine gave it a Blue Ribbon Blogger Award. Patrick Biggs, a flock nutritionist for Purina Animal Nutrition, holds a doctorate in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His studies focused on evaluating alternatives to antibiotics in poultry rations – with a goal of helping flock raisers provide fresh, wholesome nutrition to their birds. Today, Biggs is a key member of the Purina Animal Nutrition Backyard Poultry team, helping to formulate feeds for backyard flocks across the country.

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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. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 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. Sustainability Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio As engineering manager of Portable Solar LLC, Tom Brennan is an electrical engineer with multiple patents and 25 years of electronics design and test. He has been a consultant to solar electronics manufacturers, improving functionality, reliability, and efficiency. For the past 5 years, Tom has guided an engineering team to create patent pending inverters, charge controllers, EMP hardened solar generators, EMP test simulators, and portable solar panels

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

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

Some of the easiest cheeses to make are also the most versatile and delicious! Learn how you can make these classics with only one stop at the grocery store! In an hour, Gianaclis Caldwell makes ricotta and paneer, and then lets folks sample them at the end. Earth Fare Healthy Food Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:00-12:30 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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Goats: Keeping your herd healthy the holistic way

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Goats: Keeping your herd healthy the holistic way

Although goats are thought of as naturally healthy and relatively easy to care for, in reality maintaining a healthy herd requires an understanding of their natural nutritional, emotional, and physical needs. With holistic care and a bit of troubleshooting training, you can keep your goats in great shape ... with almost no vet bills! The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:00-12:30 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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Quick Mozzarella and Beautiful Burrata: So easy!

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Quick Mozzarella and Beautiful Burrata: So easy!

Have you seen the price of burrata, those little pillows of cheese stuffed with cheese? Learn how to make your own super easily and in only about an hour! Starting with grocery store milk, whip up a batch of fresh mozzarella and then transform it into beautiful burrata with just a few ingredients. Earth Fare Healthy Food Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:00-12:30 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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Earthbag Building Essentials

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Earthbag Building Essentials

Natural builder, instructor, and author Morgan Caraway explains what earthbag building is and why it's an amazingly versatile method that can be used to build many kinds of structures. Natural Building Demonstrations | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Morgan Caraway has been interested in natural building for a long time. In 2009, he and his wife began homesteading on undeveloped land, living in a yurt they made. While the Caraways lived in the yurt, they built their first earthbag house. In 2012, they joined an intentional community, Bottom Leaf. Now they're building another earthbag house; once established, this one won't use fossil fuels at all.

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Colorful Paper Chicken Friends

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Colorful Paper Chicken Friends

Learn how to create a flock of your own to love with paper plates, tissue paper, and googly eyes. Bring your imagination and creative spirit for this one-of-a-kind workshop. Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 1:30-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Melissa Caughey is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, and gardener who writes the award-winning blog Tilly's Nest. Caughey lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with her family. She regularly writes for HGTV Gardens, Community Chickens, Grit magazine, and contributes to Country Living magazine. Better Homes and Gardens named her blog as one of the magazine's Top 10 Gardening Blogs, and Country Living magazine gave it a Blue Ribbon Blogger Award. Books by This Speaker: A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens

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Gardening with Chicken: Secrets to success

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Gardening with Chicken: Secrets to success

Learn how to successfully plant and enjoy gardens with vegetables, fruits, annuals, and perennials for you and your free-ranging flock. Chicken-loving Master Gardener Melissa Caughey shares tips, clever ideas, how to outsmart the chickens, as well as safe plantings, fertilizers, and more secrets. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 1:30-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Melissa Caughey is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, and gardener who writes the award-winning blog Tilly's Nest. Caughey lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with her family. She regularly writes for HGTV Gardens, Community Chickens, Grit magazine, and contributes to Country Living magazine. Better Homes and Gardens named her blog as one of the magazine's Top 10 Gardening Blogs, and Country Living magazine gave it a Blue Ribbon Blogger Award.

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Backyard Chicken Myth-Busting

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Backyard Chicken Myth-Busting

How do I raise an organic flock? Are backyard chickens good for children? What do I feed my molting hens? Raising backyard chickens is a fun, educational activity for the whole family. To share learnings from their flocks and answer frequently asked flock questions, Melissa Caughey teams up with Purina Poultry’s Patrick Biggs to take the mystery out of maintaining happy and healthy birds. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 1:30-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Melissa Caughey is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, and gardener who writes the award-winning blog Tilly’s Nest. Caughey lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with her family. She regularly writes for HGTV Gardens, Community Chickens, Grit magazine, and contributes to Country Living magazine. Better Homes and Gardens named her blog as one of the magazine’s Top 10 Gardening Blogs, and Country Living magazine gave it a Blue Ribbon Blogger Award. Patrick Biggs, a flock nutritionist for Purina Animal Nutrition, holds a doctorate in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His studies focused on evaluating alternatives to antibiotics in poultry rations – with a goal of helping flock raisers provide fresh, wholesome nutrition to their birds. Today, Biggs is a key member of the Purina Animal Nutrition Backyard Poultry team, helping to formulate feeds for backyard flocks across the country.

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Achieving Complete Self-Sufficiency

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Achieving Complete Self-Sufficiency

Many people are working toward a life of total self-sufficiency, but the road can be difficult and confusing. There are so many options and there is so much bad information that it boggles the mind. Additionally, there are many aspects of self-sufficiency (such as self-health care, personal fitness, and transportation) that people overlook. Dan Chiras, one of the nation’s leading experts on self-sufficiency, outlines the key steps you must take to completely meet your family’s needs for energy, water, food, health care, income, and transportation to thrive during major economic or ecological catastrophe or simply to forge a totally sustainable lifestyle. Sustainability Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east central Missouri, where he teaches workshops on a wide range of topics on self-sufficiency and sustainability. Chiras is also 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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Chinese Greenhouses: The intelligent choice for year-round production

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Chinese Greenhouses: The intelligent choice for year-round production

Most greenhouses in the United States are an energy nightmare. We couldn’t have created a worse design. Greenhouses that most of us install are the least-sustainable way to grow food year-round, costing us a fortune in energy. In this workshop, discover a revolutionary new design for year-round greenhouse growing and aquaponics, the Chinese Greenhouse. Learn how to design and build a Chinese greenhouse to grow a wide variety of vegetables without outside energy. Sustainability Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 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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Is Wind Energy Right for You?

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Is Wind Energy Right for You?

Wind power is sweeping the nation, but most of what is being installed is large wind turbines. Do small wind turbines make economic sense for homes and farms? What do you need to know about wind resources in your area and wind energy systems to make intelligent buying decisions? Dan Chiras discusses how wind turbines work, types of wind turbines, towers and other important topics. Sustainability Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east central Missouri, where he teaches workshops on a wide range of topics on self-sufficiency and sustainability. Chiras is also author of 32 books and several hundred articles on a wide range of topics, including residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational, and full of useful information.

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Off-Grid Aquaponics

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Off-Grid Aquaponics

If built correctly, aquaponics greenhouses can be powered entirely by solar and wind energy. In this workshop, Dan Chiras explores ways to create off-grid aquaponics systems that power fans, pumps and lights using solar and wind energy, and that provide heat through active and passive solar technologies (including the new super-efficient, year-round Chinese greenhouse). Sustainability Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 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 author of 32 books and several hundred articles on subjects including residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational and full of useful information.

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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. Grit Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.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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Kids Love Bees

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Kids Love Bees

In this workshop Dawn Combs will go over our fears (what stings us and why) as well as what you might do to take care of bees even before we’re old enough to have a hive. Learn about which flowers the bees prefer and help to set up a bee watering station/observation area. Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 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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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. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 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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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! Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 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. Organic Gardening Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:00-12:30 p.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 Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:00-12:30 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: Fungi in the Classroom

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Hands-on: 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! Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:00-3:30 p.m. 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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Medicinal Mushrooms: Cultivation, extractions and product development

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Medicinal Mushrooms: Cultivation, extractions and product development

For thousands of years, mushrooms have been cultivated or gathered and used to treat the root cause of disease, only now to be verified in scientific trials for evaluating the amazing properties fungi possess. There are many different ways to grow mushrooms at home or on the homestead, which are easy and high yielding, for many species of medicinal mushrooms. Tradd Cotter covers basic cultivation, live extraction, and the exciting new developments in product development. Mother Earth News Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:00-3:30 p.m. 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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Mushroom Cultivation for Everyone

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Mushroom Cultivation for Everyone

If you think growing mushrooms is too complicated, here’s your chance to see how easy and rewarding it can be. This workshop instantly gets you growing, and you leave understanding the best ways to cultivate delicious mushrooms at home or on your farm. You learn about inexpensive startup options for beginners and many commercial ideas to expand on. This class energizes your efforts and maximizes your production, covering all indoor and outdoor methods and the top edible and medicinal species that anyone can grow at home or on the homestead! Organic Gardening Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist and organic gardener who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than 22 years. He is the author of Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, published by Chelsea Green in 2014. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain (which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, and daughter Heidi) to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries, and he currently maintains more than 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides.

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Recycling and Composting with Mushrooms

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Recycling and Composting with Mushrooms

Are you wondering how you can help reduce pollution and lessen your impact on landfills? Tradd Cotter teaches how to grow edible mushrooms on trash you thought you couldn’t compost! Turn cardboard, cereal boxes, and more into fresh mushrooms, and then add your leftover “fungus farm” to your garden to attract worms and enrich the soil. Create a circular system that’s a winner! Many species of edible and medicinal mushrooms sweat powerful enzymes into the environment as they grow, capable of molecular disassembly of complex molecules such as hydrocarbons, aromatic chlorinated compounds, and pesticides. Mushrooms native to your area of the United States are also well-adapted to filter, stun, and destroy pathogenic bacteria that accompany failing septic systems, manure holding ponds, and even pet waste runoff. Hear about easy, turnkey projects from beginner to advanced that anyone can do. Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:00-3:30 p.m. 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. 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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Hands-on: Kid's Kombucha Tasting and SCOBY Bacteria "Petting Zoo"

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Hands-on: Kid's Kombucha Tasting and SCOBY Bacteria "Petting Zoo"

The Kombucha Kamp SCOBY Petting Zoo is a hands-on experience for everyone. Our bacterial buddies help us stay healthy and strong. Get up close and personal with some of the "good bugs" that keep our bodies in balance by creating delicious fermented drinks. The Kombucha Mamma, Hannah Crum, shares secrets of the SCOBY to thrill the little ones and introduce them to the wonder of fermentation. Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Known as the "Kombucha Mamma,” Hannah Crum speaks at consumer and corporate events nationwide. She and Alex LaGory created Kombucha Kamp to provide the highest-quality brewing supplies, information, and support. They mentor homebrewers and serve as commercial brewing consultants. The couple co-founded Kombucha Brewers International in Los Angeles, where they reside. Books by this Speaker: The Big Book of Kombucha

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Kombucha Demo Workshop

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Kombucha Demo Workshop

If you can brew a cup of tea, you can brew kombucha! As bacteriosapiens, we are bacteria-powered! The more bacteria-rich fermented foods that we incorporate into our diet, the better we feel. In this hands-on demo from one of the world’s foremost kombucha experts, Hannah Crum (the "Kombucha Mamma"), learn how easy it is to enjoy the benefits of brewing kombucha at home for a fraction of the cost, while nourishing your human microbiome. Earth Fare Healthy Food Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 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 Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 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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Vibrant Herbal Condiments for Spring

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Vibrant Herbal Condiments for Spring

Learn how seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs can turn a simple meal into a satisfying, nourishing feast. Watch a skilled chef blend delectable sauces, colorful salsas, and savory chutneys and dressings. Hear helpful tips for making these quick and easy recipes in any sized kitchen. Folk School Demonstrations | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Speaker Bio After many years of cooking, gardening, restaurant work, and teaching, Nanette Davidson launched the John C. Campbell Folk School’s Cooking Curriculum in 1999. Today, she serves as the resident artist in cooking, overseeing the school’s many popular cooking classes and teaching several sessions each year. Davidson actively participates in the Slow Food Movement, showing others that savoring the process can be as delicious as enjoying the tasty result.

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Vibrant Herbal Condiments for Spring

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Vibrant Herbal Condiments for Spring

Learn how seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs can turn a simple meal into a satisfying, nourishing feast. Watch a skilled chef blend delectable sauces, colorful salsas, and savory chutneys and dressings. Hear helpful tips for making these quick and easy recipes in any sized kitchen. Folk School Demonstrations | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Speaker Bio After many years of cooking, gardening, restaurant work, and teaching, Nanette Davidson launched the John C. Campbell Folk School’s Cooking Curriculum in 1999. Today, she serves as the resident artist in cooking, overseeing the school’s many popular cooking classes and teaching several sessions each year. Davidson actively participates in the Slow Food Movement, showing others that savoring the process can be as delicious as enjoying the tasty result.

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Growing Sweet Potatoes from Start to Finish

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Growing Sweet Potatoes from Start to Finish

Learn how to grow your own sweet potato slips; plant them, grow healthy crops, and harvest good yields, selecting suitable roots for growing next year’s slips. Attendees at this workshop also discover how to cure and store roots for top quality and minimal losses. Both beginners and experienced growers can learn at this session. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Pam Dawling is a contributing editor with Growing for Market magazine. Her book, Sustainable Market Farming, is on sale at this event. An avid vegetable grower for almost 40 years, she has lived at Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia for more than 20 years, growing vegetables and berries for 100 people on 3.5 acres, and providing training for members in sustainable vegetable production. Books by this Speaker: Sustainable Market Farming

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Succession Planting for Continuous Vegetable Harvests

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Succession Planting for Continuous Vegetable Harvests

Hear how to plan sowing dates for continuous supplies of popular summer crops, such as beans, squash, cucumbers, edamame, and sweet corn; cold-weather hoophouse greens; and year-round lettuce. Using these planning strategies can help avoid gluts and shortages. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Pam Dawling is a contributing editor with Growing for Market magazine. Her book, Sustainable Market Farming, is on sale at this event. An avid vegetable grower for almost 40 years, she has lived at Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia for more than 20 years, growing vegetables and berries for 100 people on 3.5 acres, and providing training for members in sustainable vegetable production. Books by this Speaker: Sustainable Market Farming

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Incubation 101

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Incubation 101

Hatching your own eggs is fun and easy. Find out about the steps involved in incubation and the key aspects that need to be controlled to enable the correct development of embryos. Pascale Deffieux Pearce explains storage and handling of eggs, candling, measuring humidity, and troubleshooting, and an open discussion follows. Modern Homesteading Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Pascale Deffieux Pearce has more than 20 years of experience in incubation and is currently the executive vice president of Brinsea Products, a world-leading manufacturer of egg incubators and bird breeding products. She lives in Titusville, Florida, with her husband, their three cats, and a small backyard flock.

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Raising Meat Rabbits in Your Backyard

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Raising Meat Rabbits in Your Backyard

An introduction to small-scale meat rabbit production, at this workshop you can learn how to raise rabbits efficiently and humanely to provide a healthy meat source for your family. Lori Denley covers topics include housing, feeding, breeding, and butchering of rabbits, including both cage and colony raising and commercial, homemade, and foraged diets. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Lori Denley began raising a few meat rabbits in her tiny backyard in the city, an experience that served as a catalyst for her family's move to a small farm in Burnsville, North Carolina. She now raises meat rabbits for local markets in addition to educating others in rabbit raising and butchering. Denley's rabbitry includes heritage breed meat rabbits and angora rabbits for fiber.

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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. Grit Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 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. Organic Gardening Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 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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Mixed Species Management: Intensive grazing on the small family farm

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Mixed Species Management: Intensive grazing on the small family farm

Shawn and Beth Dougherty, authors of The Independent Farmstead, share their experience with management-intensive grazing practices for multispecies animals on the small family farm. The Doughertys explore strategies for moving fence quickly and efficiently, methods for using low-tech water solutions year round, and offer advice on rotational paddock size and shapes based on season, forage, animal species, and topography, all geared to the family farm of 50 acres or less. Grit Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:00-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Shawn and Beth Dougherty farm 45 acres of steep, rocky land in eastern Ohio, where they raise beef and dairy cattle, pigs, sheep, and various poultry, and run a small community dairy, Two Sisters Creamery. They write and teach on the topic of small-scale intensive grass-based farming and sustainable food production. Their farming practices develop from the conviction that truly sustainable farming is not dependent on purchased, off-farm inputs, but builds its fertility and productivity through good management of sunlight, soil, precipitation, plants, and animals. Books by This Speaker: The Independent Farmstead

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

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

Sky-high land costs, lack of capital, and limited farming experience need not be obstacles for anyone who wants to build an abundant, fertile cottage farm. Using the techniques of regenerative agriculture (including intensive grass management, captured water systems, home dairying, four-season gardening for food and forage, and whole-farm “no-waste” composting), homesteaders can grow food, fertility, and a future on land like the Sow’s Ear. Shawn and Beth Dougherty, authors of The Independent Farmstead from Chelsea Green Publishing, built the self-sustaining Ohio farm with their family on land designated by the state of Ohio as "not suitable for agriculture." Modern Homesteading Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:00-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Shawn and Beth Dougherty farm 45 acres of steep, rocky land in eastern Ohio, where they raise beef and dairy cattle, pigs, sheep, and various poultry, and run a small community dairy, Two Sisters Creamery. They write and teach on the topic of small-scale intensive grass-based farming and sustainable food production. Their farming practices develop from the conviction that truly sustainable farming is not dependent on purchased, off-farm inputs, but builds its fertility and productivity through good management of sunlight, soil, precipitation, plants, and animals. Books by This Speaker: The Independent Farmstead

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Growing Elderberry for Health and Profit

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Growing Elderberry for Health and Profit

Learn about the past, present, and future of elderberry. River Hills Harvest has been promoting elderberry and training farmers and gardeners on how to grow them for more than a decade. This workshop includes samples, fun, and inspiration. Organic Gardening Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Terry Durham has been farming organically since 1978, and he started commercial elderberries in 2005. He has helped hundreds of gardeners and farmers start growing through his nursery and educational events.

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How to Be Organic, Part 1: The basics

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How to Be Organic, Part 1: The basics

What does it mean to be organic? New Country Organics interacts daily with organic farmers and gardeners all across the United States: micro-flockers, family homesteaders, and small market producers. Some are converting their home gardens to organics, and moving away from conventional, chemical practices. Some are farmers building their organic system plans, getting ready for certification. Some are crazy organic experimenters, in passionate pursuit of innovative farming methods. Some just love their daily organic egg hunt. All of them are determined to change their world, protect their health, and eat better food. What does it mean to think organically? To be organic? What ties the organic community together? Whatever your level of adoption of organic methods, New Country Organics' Kevin Fletcher, Jillian Lowery, and Bill Ahrens provide unique perspective on becoming organic. Learn how they can help make organics work for you. Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Kevin Fletcher is New Country Organics' guru and organic oracle. His knowledge base is in grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured poultry, goat dairy, organic vegetables and herb farming, beneficial insect programs, organic honey production, farm store, community-supported agriculture (CSA), restaurant marketing of organic products, organic grain production, large-scale organic composting, and integration of organic best practices into traditional farm operations. Jillian Lowery is an avid agriculturalist with a specific focus on sustainability. An alumna of Virginia Tech, Lowery holds a degree in animal and poultry sciences and works as a farm and garden consultant for New Country Organics. She has a wide array of experience with cattle, dairy goats, chickens, and pigs, as well as a passion for education and square-foot gardening. Bill Ahrens is an information and marketing technologist. He studies brewing, fermenting, the second brain, and permaculture.

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How to Be Organic, Part 2: Specifics for chickens, goats, pigs, backyards, homesteads, and small market production

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How to Be Organic, Part 2: Specifics for chickens, goats, pigs, backyards, homesteads, and small market production

Building on "How to Be Organic, Part 1," Kevin Fletcher, Jillian Lowery, and Bill Ahrens dig down into the nitty-gritty of becoming organic. What does organics mean for raising chickens? Goats? Pigs? Cattle? Horses? Rabbits? What is at the heart of organic gardening and the building of organic soils? How is science informing organic composting, soil development, our approach to the microbiome, and our understanding of the future of farming? Fletcher, Lowery, and Ahrens share lessons, tips, and tricks for the backyard chicken keeper, homesteader, and the small farm producer. Myths and misconceptions about organics are addressed and dispelled. The question of industrial organics and feeding the domestic demand for organics is considered. Mother Earth Living Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Kevin Fletcher is New Country Organics' guru and organic oracle. His knowledge base is in grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured poultry, goat dairy, organic vegetables and herb farming, beneficial insect programs, organic honey production, farm store, community-supported agriculture (CSA), restaurant marketing of organic products, organic grain production, large-scale organic composting, and integration of organic best practices into traditional farm operations. Jillian Lowery is an avid agriculturalist with a specific focus on sustainability. An alumna of Virginia Tech, Lowery holds a degree in animal and poultry sciences and works as a farm and garden consultant for New Country Organics. She has a wide array of experience with cattle, dairy goats, chickens, and pigs as well as a passion for education and square-foot gardening. Bill Ahrens is an information and marketing technologist. He studies brewing, fermenting, the second brain, and permaculture.

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Hands-on: Chick in Egg: The miracle of incubation

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Hands-on: Chick in Egg: The miracle of incubation

The journey from egg to chick is an awe-inspiring, educational, life-affirming event. This workshop journeys through the entire process of getting fertile eggs (without a rooster), selecting the most likely eggs to hatch, and managing the incubation process. Understand the cycle of eggs to chicks (in only 21 days!) to hens to more eggs. Become a Chickeneer Eggspert! Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Patricia Foreman is a sustainable agriculture author, local foods activist, and popular speaker. She (and her co-presenter, chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free) has presented workshops and book signings at major national festivals and conferences across the United States. She is the author or co-author of five books, including City Chicks and Chicken Tractor. To help “Chick Start America,” she developed the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification course (www.ChickensAndYOU.com). Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in animal science and pharmacy. She has a master's of public affairs from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Books by This Speaker: City Chicks, Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry

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

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

You can have an attractive, upscale quality-built tiny home that is artistically beautiful, highly marketable, and long-term profitable. Smaller homes can be more livable, cozy, enjoyable, easier to clean and lower maintenance than big houses. But tiny and smaller homes are not for everyone. Learn why and what it takes to live in a small space to make room for a larger life. Explore the many uses of tiny homes and find out why more people are opting for less square footage in exchange for more time, freedom, and money. Modern Homesteading Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Patricia Foreman is a sustainable agriculture author, local foods activist, and popular speaker. She (and her co-presenter, chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free) has presented workshops and book signings at major national festivals and conferences across the United States. She is the author or co-author of five books, including City Chicks and Chicken Tractor. To help “Chick Start America,” she developed the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification course (www.ChickensAndYOU.com). Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in animal science and pharmacy. She has a master's of public affairs from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Books by This Speaker: City Chicks, Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry

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

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

Processing your own chickens for family food is a lost art in our culture. It’s time to bring back this old tradition and combine it with new techniques, so that poultry processing becomes common knowledge in homes and communities. Learn how to humanely, safely, sanitarily, and skillfully process your birds. What to do with those roosters and older hens? Get healthy, high-quality meat and bone broth from your backyard flock. This workshop covers topics including the power of knowing your meat source and how it was raised, fed, and processed. Explore the sacred significance of taking a life so that you can live. Understand the science and chemistry behind skilled meat processing. Find out what processing equipment you already have (or could easily borrow). Hear how to make hand-plucking fun. Learn all about super simple evisceration and follow an educational anatomy lesson. Patricia Foreman points out nutritional differences between meat from heritage vs. commercial breeds. She also touches on cold shorting and effective freezer packaging for long-term storage. Mother Earth News Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Patricia Foreman is a sustainable agriculture author, local foods activist, and popular speaker. She (and her co-presenter, chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free) has presented workshops and book signings at major national festivals and conferences across the United States. She is the author or co-author of five books, including City Chicks and Chicken Tractor. To help “Chick Start America,” she developed the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification course (www.ChickensAndYOU.com). Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in animal science and pharmacy. She has a master's of public affairs from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Books by This Speaker: City Chicks, Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry

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

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

Eggs are among the most nutritious, easily digestible, and absorbed foods available on the planet. Eggs are so adaptable that they can be used for a variety of dishes. They create elegant soufflés, hold meatloaf together, keep oil and vinegar from separating in mayonnaise, and form crystals in candies. They spin magically into meringues and thicken smooth custards. Eggs build cake batters by providing the structural framework, and produce finely grained ice creams, enrich soups, and glaze pie crusts. What other food can do all this? It’s said you can tell a great chef from a cook by the way they treat and use eggs. Learn the chemistry behind the magic of eggs in this egg-splicit, eggs-citing workshop. Grit Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Patricia Foreman is a sustainable agriculture author, local foods activist, and popular speaker. She (and her co-presenter, chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free) has presented workshops and book signings at major national festivals and conferences across the United States. She is the author or co-author of five books, including City Chicks and Chicken Tractor. To help “Chick Start America,” she developed the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification course (www.ChickensAndYOU.com). Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in animal science and pharmacy. She has a master's of public affairs from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Books by This Speaker: City Chicks, Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry

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Raisin' Cane and Gettin' Juiced

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Raisin' Cane and Gettin' Juiced

Alan and Susan Fox demonstrate how to juice cane (sorghum) without all the expense. They talk about ways of using or marketing your cane/juice (it's not just for making molasses). Also, lean how to use the seed heads for gluten-free flour! Earth Fare Healthy Food Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Alan and Susan Fox's farm is truly sustainable. After Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer and Alan lost his job, all they had to fall back on was the farm. They had to make it work for themselves. They are a small-scale, diversified, working and teaching farm. They use natural methods, and no antibiotics or hormones for the animals. At their on-farm, state-inspected kitchen, they process Bloody Butcher cornmeal, hops jelly and traditional jellies, and prepare baked goods. They grow in-season produce and berries, and now are a Farmstead Aged Cheese Micro-Dairy. They also make and sell goat milk soap and crafts. They are recipients of the 2015 WNC Ag Options grant for Yancey County and are offering a "workshop stay" with some of their workshops. Susan also does some freelance writing and has written a self-published book of some of their workshops (The Mushroom Hut @ Fox Farms ... Workshops from the Farm).

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Your Own Shiitake Mushrooms: Take these steps to fruit your own fungi for money, food, and fun

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Your Own Shiitake Mushrooms: Take these steps to fruit your own fungi for money, food, and fun

Alan and Susan Fox demonstrate how to drill holes and inoculate logs. Providing important information on the preparation needed, they also cover which trees to choose for logs, the size of logs, equipment needed, when to inoculate, the location of your log yard, maintenance of logs, and harvest. They also discuss rules and regulations of packaging, sales, and markets. Organic Gardening Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Alan and Susan Fox's farm is truly sustainable. After Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer and Alan lost his job, all they had to fall back on was the farm. They had to make it work for themselves. They are a small-scale, diversified, working and teaching farm. They use natural methods, and no antibiotics or hormones for the animals. At their on-farm, state-inspected kitchen, they process Bloody Butcher cornmeal, hops jelly and traditional jellies, and prepare baked goods. They grow in-season produce and berries, and now are a Farmstead Aged Cheese Micro-Dairy. They also make and sell goat milk soap and crafts. They are recipients of the 2015 WNC Ag Options grant for Yancey County and are offering a "workshop stay" with some of their workshops. Susan also does some freelance writing and has written a "self-published" book of some of their workshops (The Mushroom Hut @ Fox Farms ... Workshops from the Farm).

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Small-Scale Alcohol Fuel

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Small-Scale Alcohol Fuel

This workshop presents an introductory overview of small-scale alcohol fuel production and its place in a peak oil future. Homemade alcohol, produced from crop culls and food-processing waste, is a sustainable, environmentally sensitive fuel with many performance benefits. Learn about potential feedstocks, fermentation, equipment needs, alcohol co-products, and engine conversions, and find out if it’s economically feasible to make alcohol fuel on your own or within a group cooperative. Sustainability Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:00-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Richard Freudenberger is the former research director of MOTHER EARTH NEWS and co-developer of the publication’s original 624-acre Eco-Village. His areas of expertise include biofuels, green building, and renewable energy. Freudenberger is the former publisher of BackHome magazine, founded 1990. He has worked as a sustainability consultant in an architectural design-build firm, and is an adjunct at a local college, where he teaches applied energy management and sustainability. He is currently the energy manager for Living Web Farms in Mills River, North Carolina. Freudenberger is the author of Alcohol Fuel: Making and Using Ethanol as a Renewable Fuel. Books by this Speaker: Alcohol Fuel - Making and Using Ethanol as Renewable Fuel

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Essential Oils for Summer

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Essential Oils for Summer

This is a fun, hands-on class that focuses on making aromatherapy simple and easy to use. Learn how to harness the power of aromatherapy for natural insect repellents, as well as flea and tick prevention. Discover how it can assist issues including poison ivy, sore muscles, hot flashes, lack of energy or focus, allergy issues, arthritis, and depression. Billy Galloway discusses 15 essential oils that the audience can also experience. He talks about what the oils do and how to use them to achieve desired outcomes. Learn about this wonderful natural healing modality. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Billy Galloway has been experiencing the benefits of aromatherapy since 2006. He is a certified aromatherapist accredited by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and is the eastern director of operations for Natural Options Aromatherapy. Galloway, his wife, Jenny, and two children reside in Kingsport, Tennessee.

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Nature's Pharmaceuticals

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Nature's Pharmaceuticals

Naturally formed, plant based essential oils really are Nature’s Pharmaceuticals. Depending on the plant they can provide pain relief, are anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal, relieve stress, aid sleep, improve arthritis, heal wounds, stop scaring, increase energy, remove cramps, help relieve psoriasis and eczema, help PMS and menopause including hot flashes, and even improve grades. How do they work and how do you use them? Come and find out at this fun, hands on seminar. Mother Earth Living Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Billy Galloway has been experiencing the benefits of aromatherapy since 2006. He is a certified aromatherapist accredited by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and is the eastern director of operations for Natural Options Aromatherapy. Galloway, his wife, Jenny, and two children reside in Kingsport, Tennessee.

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Natural Organic Pest Control

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Natural Organic Pest Control

The most effective pest control just happens to be organic. Howard Garrett discusses how to protect and work with beneficial insects, as well as what natural, organic pest control products to use in certain situations. Mother Earth News Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:00-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Howard Garrett is recognized as one of the leaders in the research, education, and promotion of natural organic products and practices. Garrett was born in Pittsburg, Texas, graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1965, received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University in 1969 and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1970 to 1977. He has extensive experience in natural organic gardening, landscape contracting, greenhouse growing, golf course planning and maintenance, and organic product development. Garrett provides state-of-the-art advice on natural organic gardening, landscaping, pet health, composting, pest control, and how to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Books by This Speaker: The Organic Manual

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

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

Howard Garrett reviews tree selection considerations, including natives vs. imported, single vs. multitrunked, and also container trees vs. ball and burlapped and barerooted trees. Garrett also discusses natural-organic planting techniques in detail and why they work better, why dramatically exposed root flares are important, and how to expose them properly so trees can resist insect pests and diseases. Garrett reviews pest control techniques. The pruning information he provides covers the proper techniques and why lifting, gutting, and flush cutting should be avoided. Garrett also looks at some of the most incredible trees in the world, including the 800-year-old pecan in Weatherford, Texas, the 500-year-old Kapok tree in Costa Rica, the 3,000-year-old Montezuma cypress in Oaxaca, Mexico, and others. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 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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Forging Hardware for the Homestead

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Forging Hardware for the Homestead

See how to forge a variety of basic hardware items for your homestead using fire, anvil, and other simple blacksmithing tools. Paul Garrett, the John C. Campbell Folk School’s resident artist in blacksmithing, demonstrates the basic skills needed to begin making your own simple items. He also answers questions about setting up your home blacksmith shop. Folk School Demonstrations | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Paul Garrett is a full-time artist-blacksmith who has been working with metal since 1978. As owner/operator of the Ironwood Forge in Brasstown, North Carolina, he produces architectural, functional, and artistic metalwork. As the John C. Campbell Folk School's resident artist in blacksmithing, Garrett focuses on teaching good basic smithing techniques and habits early, ensuring rewarding experiences for his students. Garrett has competed internationally in the Czech Republic and in Italy, receiving an honorable mention in the World Forging Championships.

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Recycling Scrap Metal into Useful Tools for Your Homestead

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Recycling Scrap Metal into Useful Tools for Your Homestead

Just like our homesteading ancestors, we can repurpose scrap steel items to make new ones. Learn how to repurpose scrap auto parts and broken tools into useful items for the homestead. Watch Paul Garrett, the John C. Campbell Folk School’s resident artist blacksmith, hammer old auto parts into simple chisels and punches. See how an old file can be forged into a variety of other tools, such as a flint striker or wood chisel. Folk School Demonstrations | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Paul Garrett is a full-time artist-blacksmith who has been working with metal since 1978. As owner/operator of the Ironwood Forge in Brasstown, North Carolina, he produces architectural, functional, and artistic metalwork. As the John C. Campbell Folk School's resident artist in blacksmithing, Garrett focuses on teaching good basic smithing techniques and habits early, ensuring rewarding experiences for his students. Garrett has competed internationally in the Czech Republic and in Italy, receiving an honorable mention in the World Forging Championships.

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Varroa Management

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Varroa Management

Varroa and varroa-related issues are among the leading causes of colony loss. To be successful at keeping honey bees alive and healthy, a beekeeper must do something to manage the mite population. Shane Gebauer covers various options, ranging from IPM techniques to more traditional treatments. Organic Gardening Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Shane Gebauer has been a beekeeper and worked in the beekeeping industry for more than 12 years. Currently, he is the president and partner at Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, which is one of the nation's largest beekeeping supply companies.

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What Does It Take to Get Started in Beekeeping?

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What Does It Take to Get Started in Beekeeping?

If you have ever thought about beekeeping as a hobby but don’t know what’s involved or how to get started, this workshop is for you. It aims to help you answer the question: Is beekeeping right for me? Explore things you need to know before you get bees, like the time commitment, the startup cost, good locations for hives, and generally what it’s like to be a beekeeper. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Shane Gebauer has been a beekeeper and worked in the beekeeping industry for more than 12 years. Currently, he is the president and partner at Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, which is one of the nation's largest beekeeping supply companies.

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Hands-on: Live Hive Inspection

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Hands-on: 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 Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Shane Gebauer has been a beekeeper and worked in the beekeeping industry for more than 12 years. He is the president and partner at Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, which is one of the nation's largest beekeeping supply companies.

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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. Organic Gardening Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Cindy Gibson is president of Guinea Fowl International, an organization founded to support responsible guinea-keeping and to educate on the care and habits of guinea fowl. She first acquired guineas to help combat a grasshopper infestation on her Texas ranch, and now keeps more than 100 guinea fowl (along with her chickens, ducks, and grazing animals). She helps new guinea-keepers, and frequently speaks to groups about the why-and-how to incorporate guinea-keeping into a landscape or farm. In particular, she helps dispel some of the myths and misinformation that has led some to unsuccessful attempts at guinea-keeping.

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Up-Close Guinea Encounter

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Up-Close Guinea Encounter

The Guinea Fowl International Association presents an interactive encounter with their Guinea Fowl Ambassador Pearl, including background and information about the history of guinea fowl and their place on the farm today. Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio The Guinea Fowl International Association (GFIA) is a nonprofit organization based in Texas that has been serving the needs of guinea fowl keepers from around the world since 2006.

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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! Mother Earth Living Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.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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Brooms from the Ground Up

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Brooms from the Ground Up

Play a part in reviving the near-extinct craft of making brooms. Watch as a master craftsman uses traditional methods to transform broomcorn and natural wood handles into a versatile broom that’s ideal for home and hearth. Taking it a step further, learn about broomcorn’s origins and how to grow it yourself. With this knowledge, you can potentially produce the raw materials needed to create your own functional brooms. Folk School Demonstrations | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Mark Hendry’s wide-ranging knowledge of natural materials provides an excellent foundation for his work in historic handcrafts, including broom-making and basketry. After a 25-year career as a fine arts and performing arts teacher, Hendry now works as a master instructor, traveling the country to teach children and adults about handcrafted objects’ simple, functional beauty.

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Wild Weeds!

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Wild Weeds!

Dandelion, violets, plantain, kudzu, chickweed, knotweed, oh my!! Join Mimi Hernandez as she discusses how you can put these and other backyard “weeds” to good use. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Mimi Hernandez comes from a background as a clinical herbalist, educator, and ethnobotanist, and currently serves as the executive director of the American Herbalists Guild. Hernandez draws upon her rich ethnic background and the Granny healers in her life, and she believes that the handing down of plant wisdom is essential. It is her life’s work to advocate for traditional and professional herbal pathways while building cultural bridges of understanding.

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Edible Landscaping: Perennial food crops for your yard

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Edible Landscaping: Perennial food crops for your yard

Why till and plant annuals every year when you can plant once and harvest with ease every year? If you like fruit trees, but don't want the mess or can't keep up with the harvest, why not choose a dwarf tree? If you like strawberries, but the bending over to pick is backbreaking work, how about a raised bed? John Holzwart shares tips and tricks for turning your yard into your private grocery store. Organic Gardening Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio John Holzwart is a naturalist, permaculturist, educator, beekeeper, wild forager, and traditional broom maker. He has his design certificate in permaculture and applies these principles to his daily life. Holzwart teaches and demonstrates the many traditional skills he practices at events across North America. You can often find him in the woods looking for broom handles, mushrooms, and other wild edibles.

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Growing and Preserving Unusual Fruits

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Growing and Preserving Unusual Fruits

Everyone enjoys the sensual pleasure of tasting a new and exotic tropical fruit, but few people in the Midwest realize that they can taste these delicious fruits in their own backyard. John Holzwart shares tips for growing and preserving unusual fruit. He discusses and may provide samples of fruit that include edible dogwoods, aronia, elderberries, sea buckthorn, autumn olives, pawpaws, figs, and many more! Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Speaker Bio John Holzwart is a naturalist, permaculturist, educator, beekeeper, wild forager, and traditional broom maker. He has his design certificate in permaculture and applies these principles to his daily life. Holzwart teaches and demonstrates the many traditional skills he practices at events across North America. You can often find him in the woods looking for broom handles, mushrooms and other wild edibles.

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Tractor Maintenance and Attachment Options

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Tractor Maintenance and Attachment Options

This workshop provides an overview of tractor maintenance and how to choose attachments for different applications. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Ben Housch is the business development manager at Yanmar America Corporation for the Agriculture Equipment division. He counts more than 10 years of experience in the agriculture equipment industry. Housch has a 20-acre farm in Summerville, Georgia, where he and his family raise goats, cows and chickens.

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Caring for the Largest Organ of Your Body Naturally ... Your Skin

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Caring for the Largest Organ of Your Body Naturally ... Your Skin

Connie Jacoby teaches about skin care from the cellular level, discussing its importance throughout the body and the role it plays in maintaining overall health. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.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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Essential Oils for Health and Well-Being

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Essential Oils for Health and Well-Being

Connie Jacoby provides information on the usage of essential oils in daily life and history; flashpoints; vital information on safety, blending oils, precautions, ingestion of oils, and overall knowledge of maladies; as well as basic and advanced treatments and benefits derived from usage. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio A 17-year nursing professional who became disenchanted with the medical profession and pharmaceuticals, Connie Jacoby chose to use the elements God had supplied for health and well-being. Essential oils, aromatherapy, herbal supplements/tinctures, and touch therapy became her focus. Those areas combined have given her the availability to provide answers for the maladies and health-care issues people face each day, affordably. Jacoby is a speaker for the Missouri League of Nursing on Alternative and Complementary Therapies in Healthcare Today, a Certified Medical Aromatherapist, a Licensed Practical Nurse, and owner of Wise Women Botanicals and The Aroma Spa Wellness Center.

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Functional Designs for Homesteads

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Functional Designs for Homesteads

Explore highly functional bio-integrated permaculture patterns for your homestead. Shawn Jadrnicek, author of The Bio-Integrated Farm, shows examples of practical advanced designs based on a functional analysis. Highlights include edible water gardens, flood irrigation basins for plants and mushroom logs, pastured chicken systems, and rainwater harvesting systems for flushing toilets and irrigating gardens. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Shawn Jadrnicek is the author of The Bio-Integrated Farm: A Revolutionary Permaculture-Based System Using Greenhouses, Ponds, Compost Piles, Aquaponics, Chickens and More. He has nourished his interest in sustainability through work as an organic farmer, nursery grower, extension agent, arborist and landscaper, and now as the manager of Clemson University’s Student Organic Farm. Books by this Speaker: The Bio-Integrated Farm

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Functional Designs for Small Farms

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Functional Designs for Small Farms

Save energy and resources using highly functional bio-integrated permaculture patterns on your farm. Shawn Jadrnicek, author of The Bio-Integrated Farm, presents new insights into permaculture, moving beyond the philosophical foundation to practical advanced designs based on a functional analysis. He provides examples of new techniques for greenhouse construction, nursery ponds for freshwater prawns, heat and carbon dioxide extraction from compost piles, and rotational grazing systems for chickens. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Shawn Jadrnicek is the author of The Bio-Integrated Farm: A Revolutionary Permaculture-Based System Using Greenhouses, Ponds, Compost Piles, Aquaponics, Chickens and More. He has nourished his interest in sustainability through work as an organic farmer, nursery grower, extension agent, arborist and landscaper, and now as the manager of Clemson University’s Student Organic Farm. Books by this Speaker: The Bio-Integrated Farm

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Growing Your Own Food on the Homestead

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Growing Your Own Food on the Homestead

Growing your own food provides an endless number of benefits for you and your family, some of which include self-sustainability, improved health, and teaching the values of hard work to the younger generation. With his vast horticultural and agricultural knowledge, Greg Key provides insight into the tools and practices needed to grow food on the homestead. Key delivers practical and feasible solutions for beginner or advanced gardeners to help them grow good, clean food for their family and friends. Organic Gardening Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Greg Key has been involved in horticulture and agriculture for more than 30 years. With a special interest in organic and small-scale production, he has been on the forefront of the local food movement. He enjoys studying the processes and educating people about how to make growing healthy, local food more possible. With vegetable gardening being one of his favorite hobbies, he founded Hoss Tools in 2009 with the goal of manufacturing and selling high-quality, American-made garden tools. Today, Hoss Tools provides gardening tools and supplies to people all over the world, with the primary goal of helping people grow their own food.

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Make Money Raising Therapeutic Plants and Animals

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Make Money Raising Therapeutic Plants and Animals

How did a doctor of naturopathy and chiropractic become a bison farmer? That’s the story of Frank King, founder and owner of Dr. King’s Carolina Bison. After the health of many of his patients dramatically improved following the addition of bison meat to their diets, King was convinced that ancient plants and animals provide vital missing links to human health. He offers guidance, as well as a ready market with Dr. King's brands, for those farmers who are called to follow this unique back-to-the-land path. Grit Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Since 1985, Frank King has worked to restore the global genetic strength of bison, and now his farm in Asheville, North Carolina, has expanded his stewardship to include camels, yak, elk, and African Watusi cattle. It’s his conviction that these and other ancient animals and plants can play a major role in awakening genetic health for humanity during these times of rampant chronic disease. He also is the founder and president of King Bio, a natural pharmaceutical manufacturer. Books by This Speaker: The Healing Revolution

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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). Earth Fare Healthy Food Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook and the author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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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. Earth Fare Healthy Food Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook, and the author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie, and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Books by This Speaker: The Ethical Meat Handbook

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Whole Animal Butchery

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Whole Animal Butchery

Meredith Leigh, author of The Ethical Meat Handbook, demonstrates whole-animal butchery. Using a hog as an example, she discusses delicious and thrifty use of the entire carcass, and applies principles of butchery, charcuterie, and cooking to other animal species, as well. Mother Earth News Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook, and the author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie, and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Books by This Speaker: The Ethical Meat Handbook

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

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

Learn the value of new and vintage hand tools for firewood harvesting and basic woodworking. This workshop covers the basic tools needed for everything from felling trees to splitting kindling and green woodworking. Hear what tools you're better off buying vintage, and what you can buy off the shelf without worrying. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Speaker Bio From an early age, Jonathon LeValley has had a passion for the outdoors. Starting with a simple pocket knife at age 6 and a cheap hatchet by 8, experience has taught him the value of good tools and hard work. The hunt for a good axe led him to start restoring tools, and in 2012, the hobby became a full-time profession with the founding of LeValley Outdoors. Outside of the shop, LeValley spends hundreds of hours each year researching and testing tools and techniques both new and old.

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A Rainbow of Naturally Dyed Yarns Lifted from the Pot

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A Rainbow of Naturally Dyed Yarns Lifted from the Pot

Dyeing your own yarns with natural materials allows you to create exciting new palettes using your favorite colors. Martha Owen, the John C. Campbell Folk School’s resident artist in spinning and dyeing, collects beautifully colored yarns from steaming dye pots. She talks about using available materials, such as lichens, marigolds, madder root, cochineal bugs, walnuts, and Osage orange, to create those rich-looking tones. Learn about variables that determine each color’s hue and intensity. Folk School Demonstrations | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Brasstown, North Carolina, native Emolyn Liden took naturally to knitting, mastering this intricate art without the use of patterns. When she designs personal knitwear, and creates commissioned pieces for clients, she lets the yarn provide inspiration for her work. Liden also derives enjoyment from spinning and dyeing her own fiber. In her spare time, she is an active clogger and dancer.

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The Permaculture Market Garden

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The Permaculture Market Garden

Zach Loeks starts with a crash course in natural science, explains ecosystem services, and covers techniques for mapping and designing your farm to fit within your property's environmental reality. He discusses how to use holistic planning to balance your business and then delves into the routine improvement of your soil through brown brain investment. The presentation culminates with Loeks laying out his Permabed system for patterning efficient garden diversity and how it serves as a framework for agro-ecosystem design. Covering key concepts from Loeks' book The Permaculture Market Garden, this workshop invites attendees to immerse themselves in this farm design process and its possibilities for simplifying and improving a farm business or homestead. Grit Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 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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Guinea Fowl 101

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Guinea Fowl 101

Hear fun facts and things you never knew about guinea fowl, as well as the basics on how to keep guineas successfully and safely, so they can be part of your organic pest control plan. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Dana Manchester has been keeping guineas since 2004. He is one of the few folks in the United States who works with breeding for all the various colors and patterns, and he is now very close to having a complete understanding of all the plumage mutations. In addition to research, Guinea Fowl International promotes guineas and their many uses.

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Building Things with Mud and Junk

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Building Things with Mud and Junk

Don't buy it on TV or spend your paycheck on building supplies! Do it yourself with things you already own. Uncle Mud shares how you can make things yourself for cheap or free (as long as you are willing to get dirty). Mother Earth News Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Food Wisdom: Key information of how our ancestors ate and how we can use this info to be healthy today

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Food Wisdom: Key information of how our ancestors ate and how we can use this info to be healthy today

In a culture increasingly dependent upon pharmaceuticals, the question begs to be answered: Is there a better way? Certified Whole Health Educator Andi Locke Mears explores how we can regain and optimize our own health using food as medicine. Grit Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Andi Locke Mears is a Certified Whole Health Educator and chapter leader of the local Weston A. Price Foundation. 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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Getting the Most Out of Your Hoop House or Greenhouse

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Getting the Most Out of Your Hoop House or Greenhouse

Most small growers are using field-growing techniques in their greenhouses and hoop houses, which do not make the most of their precious protected growing space. There is a system of protected vegetable growing pioneered by the Dutch, common in commercial vegetable production, that will help growers naturally get more out of extending the season. Andrew Mefferd discusses spacing, choice of crops, trellising, pruning, temperature, and more. Learn how to get the most out of your greenhouse or hoop house! Heirloom Gardener Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Andrew Mefferd is the author of The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook, new from Chelsea Green Publishing in 2017. He spent seven years in the research department at Johnny’s Selected Seeds, traveling around the world to consult with researchers and farmers on the best practices in greenhouse growing. He put what he learned to use on his own certified organic farm in Maine. He is now the editor and publisher of Growing for Market magazine. Previously, he worked on farms in six states across the United States before starting his own farm. Books by this Speaker: The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook

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Growing Vining/Fruiting Crops in Hoop Houses and Greenhouses

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Growing Vining/Fruiting Crops in Hoop Houses and Greenhouses

There are many differences between growing tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and eggplants in a greenhouse or hoop house vs. the field. You can make a few simple changes from field growing practices, apply what you already know about growing tomatoes to any of these crops, and maximize the potential of your protected growing space. This workshop covers spacing, pruning, trellising, climate, and varieties, and it talks about differences between greenhouse and hoop house growing. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Andrew Mefferd is the author of The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook, new from Chelsea Green Publishing in 2017. He spent seven years in the research department at Johnny’s Selected Seeds, traveling around the world to consult with researchers and farmers on the best practices in greenhouse growing. He put what he learned to use on his own certified organic farm in Maine. He is now the editor and publisher of Growing for Market magazine. Previously, he worked on farms in six states across the United States before starting his own farm. Books by this Speaker: The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook

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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. Earth Fare Healthy Food Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Victoria Redhed Miller grew up in Seattle and now lives with her husband, David, on their off-grid farm in the Olympic Mountain foothills near Sequim, Washington. She writes and blogs about homesteading and self-reliance, as well as speaking at events around the country. She is also the author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks. Books by This Speaker: Craft Distilling, Pure Poultry

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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. Earth Fare Healthy Food Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Victoria Redhed Miller grew up in Seattle and now lives with her husband, David, on their off-grid farm in the Olympic Mountain foothills near Sequim, Washington. She writes and blogs about homesteading and self-reliance, as well as speaking at events around the country. She is also the author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks. Books by This Speaker: Craft Distilling, Pure Poultry

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Solar Cooking Class

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Solar Cooking Class

Learn how to harness the sun's power to cook, dehydrate, and purify water, and be better prepared for emergencies. See how practical and easy it is to use the sun to bake, boil, and steam foods. Hear about the many economic, health, and environmental benefits of cooking with the sun. The benefits of solar cooking include cost, taste, and nutritional benefits. You can hard-boil eggs without water, and you'll never burn dinner again! Also, hear about solar cooking around the world. Modern Homesteading Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Paul M. Munsen is the president of Sun Ovens International, located in Elburn, Illinois, and a leading manufacturer of high-quality solar cooking devices. Munsen has been involved in solar cooking projects and taught solar cooking on five continents and has been involved with projects supported by Rotary International, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Energy, Overseas Private Investment Corp. (OPIC), the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the South African Ministry of Minerals and Energy, the British High Commission and the World Bank. Munsen has addressed the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development at the U.N. Headquarters in New York. He is the past president of the Illinois Society for International Development, as well as a member of Solar Cookers International and the Illinois Solar Energy Association.

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Wild Food: "Find dining" for free

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Wild Food: "Find dining" for free

Ready to go wild? Join the founder of No Taste Like Home, the country’s only "forage-to-table” tour company, as he uncovers the Garden of Eden all around us. We’ll meet ten wild edibles you can find in your own woods or backyard. Wild food is the ultimate local, natural food. Ideal for people and the planet, it is more healthful, sustainable and flavorful than its garden-variety descendants. And you can’t beat the prices. Discover how easy it is to "take in the landscape.” Simply go "out to eat" and take your pick! Grit Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Alan Muskat, philosoforager, stand-up mycomedian, and epicure of the obscure, has been taking people "out to eat" for more than 20 years. He founded No Taste Like Home, one of the first forage-to-table tour companies in the country (and one of the first wild foods public education programs on the continent). Author of Wild Mushrooms: A Taste of Enchantment, Muskat has taught self-catering to a number of executives and other notables and has popped up in a variety of major media. He's even been invited to appear on America's Got Talent. Ardently urging the masses to sample rather than trample the toadstools, Muskat asks, "What do you have to lose? Whatever doesn't kill you only makes you famous." Muskat really knows how to pick 'em. For close to two decades, he sold hundreds of pounds of wild foods a year to more than 75 restaurants and hotels, including The Biltmore Estate, Lantern, and The Grove Park Inn. On the 13th anniversary of 9/11, he spoke at the U.S. Botanic Garden on home/land security. He serves on the North Carolina Wild Mushroom Safety Advisory Committee. The creator of GMO OMG is filming his next documentary about his work. In 2007, Muskat co-founded The REAL Center, a school for relationship skills and natural living. Wild foods, Muskat says, are a way of feeling at home in the world, knowing that we are continually provided for and never alone. Finally, his mother would like you to know that he graduated from Princeton. With humor, warmheartedness, and panache, Woodsy Alan awakens nature's wayward children to the beauty and bounty of their bioregion. Ask anyone who knows The Mushroom Man: when it comes to bringing out the fun in fungi, he's the champignon.

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Finding Land for Urban Agriculture

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Finding Land for Urban Agriculture

Christine Noonan discusses finding creative solutions for farmland. From school land and private backyards to balconies and rooftops, there is more land available than you might think. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio A horticulture teacher at a Title I public school in Charlotte, North Carolina, Christine Noonan is interested in all aspects of sustainable agriculture (but particularly in how to better reach underserved communities). She works to bring awareness of urban farming practices to her school and community.

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How to Use Space Efficiently

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How to Use Space Efficiently

Christine Noonan discusses various strategies for efficient space use, including growing crops vertically as well as making use of wasted space. Organic Gardening Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio A horticulture teacher at a Title I public school in Charlotte, North Carolina, Christine Noonan is interested in all aspects of sustainable agriculture (but particularly in how to better reach underserved communities). She works to bring awareness of urban farming practices to her school and community.

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Get to Know an Angora Rabbit

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Get to Know an Angora Rabbit

That beautiful, fuzzy Angora rabbit is more than just a pretty face ... that's a rabbit with a job! The Angora rabbit’s fur grows constantly, providing repeated harvesting opportunities. The rabbits’ manure pellets are also a bonus for the garden. Martha Owen, the John C. Campbell Folk School’s Resident Artist in Spinning, introduces you to a fuzzy Angora rabbit. While you learn about his care, Owen harvests and spins the rabbit’s fiber into a feather-soft thread. Folk School Demonstrations | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Martha Owen’s love for spinning began in 1978, when she learned this traditional craft at the John C. Campbell Folk School. She also developed an affinity for sheep, and has been shepherding her flocks for more than 35 years. A longtime Folk School instructor, Owen is the resident artist in spinning, knitting, dyeing, and beltmaking. She is also active in the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Although her children call her a “wool nerd,” her sheep think she’s outstanding in her field!

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A Rainbow of Naturally Dyed Yarns Lifted from the Pot

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A Rainbow of Naturally Dyed Yarns Lifted from the Pot

Dyeing your own yarns with natural materials allows you to create exciting new palettes using your favorite colors. Martha Owen, the John C. Campbell Folk School’s resident artist in spinning and dyeing, collects beautifully colored yarns from steaming dye pots. She talks about using available materials, such as lichens, marigolds, madder root, cochineal bugs, walnuts, and Osage orange, to create those rich-looking tones. Finally, learn about variables that determine each color’s hue and intensity. Folk School Demonstrations | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Martha Owen’s love for spinning began in 1978, when she learned this traditional craft at the John C. Campbell Folk School. She also developed an affinity for sheep, and has been shepherding her flocks for more than 35 years. A longtime Folk School instructor, Owen is the resident artist in spinning, knitting, dyeing, and feltmaking. She is also active in the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Although her children call her a “wool nerd,” her sheep think she’s outstanding in her field!

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Hands-on: Smoothies and Seed Starting

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Hands-on: Smoothies and Seed Starting

Wouldn't it be fun to turn the most delectable moment of your day into a gardening project? At this workshop, create tasty smoothies and turn empty pints into planters! Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss is the evolution of ice cream. They source the finest organic ingredients to bring consumers a dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free treat. Just one taste and you will understand what they mean when they say, “This Is Bliss!”

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Organic Gardening for Newbies: Avoiding beginner mistakes

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Organic Gardening for Newbies: Avoiding beginner mistakes

The first three seasons are especially challenging for new gardeners because there is so much to learn. Which mistakes are you most likely to make, and how can you avoid them? MOTHER EARTH NEWS Contributing Editor Barbara Pleasant, award-winning author of Starter Vegetable Gardens, explores the top 10 pitfalls for organic gardening newbies, and she shares proven strategies for success. Mother Earth Living Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 1:30-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Barbara Pleasant has practiced organic vegetable gardening for 30 years in gardens large and small. The author of numerous books (including Homegrown Pantry, Starter Vegetable Gardens, and The Complete Compost Gardening Guide, Pleasant won a Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association for writing the popular Gardening Know-How column in MOTHER EARTH NEWS. Pleasant lives in Floyd, Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers, and where she keeps a small flock of chickens.

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Plant to Preserve

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Plant to Preserve

Wouldn’t it be great to eat from your garden every day of the year? Learn proven strategies for stocking your own homegrown pantry, from the ground up. Start by choosing easy-to-grow crops that store themselves, and then learn simple ways to preserve vegetables and fruits so they are welcome in the winter kitchen. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Contributing Editor Barbara Pleasant, award-winning author of Homegrown Pantry, shares dozens of tips and ideas to help you eat from your garden year-round. Mother Earth News Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Barbara Pleasant has practiced organic vegetable gardening for 30 years in gardens large and small. The author of numerous books (including Homegrown Pantry, Starter Vegetable Gardens, and The Complete Compost Gardening Guide) Pleasant earned a Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association for writing the popular Gardening Know-How column in MOTHER EARTH NEWS. Pleasant lives in Floyd, Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers, and where she keeps a small flock of chickens. Books by this Speaker: Garden Stone, The complete Houseplant Survival Manual, The Complete Compost Gardening Guide, Starter Vegetable Gardens

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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. Organic Gardening Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:00-12:30 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? Modern Homesteading Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 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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Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades: Bastes, butters, and glazes, too

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Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades: Bastes, butters, and glazes, too

James Beard and IACP Award-winning author, PBS star, and Barbecue Hall of Famer Steven Raichlen pioneered bringing the art of global live-fire cooking techniques and flavors to American grillers. Fundamental to Raichlen’s big flavor approach to live-fire cooking are his sauces, rubs, spice pastes, and marinades, which endow ordinary meats and seafood with extraordinary character and soul. Never has interest been keener in these essential flavor components for building confidence and creativity at the grill, and Raichlen discusses how to build master barbecue every time, sharing tips, tricks, and secrets from his new book Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinade. What’s the difference between a dry rub and a wet rub? When do you use a spice mix or marinade? How do the pros use rubs, marinades, and sauces to make championship barbecue every time? Raichlen answers all of these questions and much more as he discusses the ins and outs of live-fire cooking. Mother Earth News Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 1:30-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Steven Raichlen is America’s foremost grilling authority. His last book, Project Smoke, was a New York Times best-seller, and previous live-fire cookbooks have won James Beard and IACP awards. Articles by Raichlen have appeared regularly in The New York Times, Food & Wine, and Bon Appétit, and for the past dozen years he’s taught sold-out Barbecue University classes, currently at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He and his wife divide their time between Miami, Florida, and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Books by this Speaker: Project Smoke

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Making Things from Pallets

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Making Things from Pallets

Learn from local carpenter and scrounger David Reed how to safely source and disassemble free or cheap pallets and build cool things with them. Natural Building Demonstrations | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio David Reed of Asheville area Colibrí Natural Builders has 27 years of experience in the trades, from conventional to cob to leading a volunteer build of a super-insulated straw-clay and pallet house on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

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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! Modern Homesteading Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 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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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. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 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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Draft Horses are Uplifting

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Draft Horses are Uplifting

This workshop introduces audiences to heritage-based culture and its place in the improvement of the natural world in the present time. Jason Rutledge covers topics that include: animal-powered restorative forestry; agriculture; the preservation of rare breeds; and decentralized, sustainable sourcing of human needs from the natural world. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio David E. “Jason” Rutledge is a co-founder of the Healing Harvest Forest Foundation and has been a charter member of many sustainable forest interest groups during his 30-year career as a farmer, logger and forester. He has produced several instructional videos about issues surrounding community-based restorative forestry. He has trained more than 200 people in the skills necessary to practice modern horse logging and restorative forestry, while inspiring the environmental ethic of why “man should age” the forest in a gentle way. He is a guest lecturer on forestry issues at several universities and educational institutions across the country. He received the 2010 Logger/Forestry Merit Award from the New River Highlands Resource Conservation Area. He received the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Virginia Master Folk Artist Award in 2011. He is certified as a Consulting Forester and Certified Prescribed Burn Manager by the Virginia Department of Forestry. He has been keeping, raising, training and breeding Suffolk Punch draft horses since 1981. He was recently elected to the board of directors of the American Suffolk Horse Association.

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From a Frog's Perspective

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From a Frog's Perspective

In his theatrical style, Joel Salatin creates a verbal image of a frog in a beaver pond 500 years ago and builds 12 ecological principles from that perspective. What would that frog know about ecology in that pond? Believing that the most stable ecologies mimic historic normalcy, Salatin takes you on a winsome fantasy journey with the frog and what it knows. Sometimes becoming like a child is the best way to rethink our future. Mother Earth News Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Joel Salatin's family owns and operates Polyface Farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, producing salad bar beef, pastured poultry, pigaerator pork, and forage-based rabbits. The farm services 6,000 families and 50 restaurants. Featured prominently in countless media, documentaries, and books, the farm offers many educational opportunities for people wanting to learn these pasture-based systems. Salatin has written 10 books about food and farming, both how-to guides and broad cultural works. Books by This Speaker: The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer, Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal

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Pastured Poultry Profit$

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Pastured Poultry Profit$

Take a virtual tour of Polyface Farm's pastured poultry production and discover the pathway to creating a full-time salary from a small acreage. With 80 percent of Americans saying they dislike their jobs, this presentation offers an opportunity for those who want to jump ship and start a new vocation. While this presentation is certainly applicable to small, backyard operations, it has special application to those who are currently running (or are dreaming of starting) full-time farms. Mother Earth News Stage | Sunday, 9:15-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Joel Salatin's family owns and operates Polyface Farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, producing salad bar beef, pastured poultry, pigaerator pork, and forage-based rabbits. The farm services 6,000 families and 50 restaurants. Featured prominently in countless media, documentaries, and books, the farm offers many educational opportunities for people wanting to learn these pasture-based systems. Salatin has written 10 books about food and farming, both how-to guides and broad cultural works. Books by This Speaker: Salad Bar Beef, Holy Cows & Hog Heaven

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Homestead U: Lessons learned in 30 years of homesteading

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Homestead U: Lessons learned in 30 years of homesteading

Faith Schlabach shares her family’s story of embracing the homestead lifestyle. She shows examples of things they would do over and not do again from the perspective of now seeing the second generation and the fruits of their labor. She also shares some major health tips from being very sick for 14 years, being in bed more than out, and with no hope given by the doctors. Today, she is thriving. Her story may persuade you to stop thinking and just do it ... or, if you are already on the homesteading path, to carry on. Grit Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Faith Schlabach and her husband, Adam, are passionate about helping others learn how to care for their very own family milk cow. She shares from her experiences raising and training family cows, teaching a natural approach that lends itself nicely to the hobby farm model. Yes, though a cow is a bit more complicated than raising a tomato, folks come away from her workshops inspired and filled with know-how! The Schlabachs produce three Milking School DVDs: more than five hours all about how to care for your very own cud-chewing beauty queens!

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The Return of the Family Milk Cow

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The Return of the Family Milk Cow

Discover how the family cow can make the homestead leap forward in terms of self-sustainability, while providing so much for the family's health and well-being. Learn the nuts and bolts of not only choosing your cud-chewing beauty queen, but housing, feeding, and keeping her healthy with a naturally based model. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Faith Schlabach and her husband, Adam, are passionate about helping others learn how to care for their very own family milk cow. She shares from her experiences raising and training family cows, teaching a natural approach that lends itself nicely to the hobby farm model. Yes, though a cow is a bit more complicated than raising a tomato, folks come away from her workshops inspired and filled with know-how! The Schlabachs produce three Milking School DVDs: more than five hours all about how to care for your very own cud-chewing beauty queens!

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Business Skills for Farming Success

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Business Skills for Farming Success

To succeed in business, you need to be skilled in three areas: operations (production), financial management, and marketing and sales. Most business owners stumble in one of these three areas. This doesn’t have to be a death sentence for your business. It means that you need to round out your team with staff and consultants who can complement your skills. Julia Shanks discusses the different ways in which your business can benefit from solid management in all areas, as well as ways to think about your overall business strategy so you can set yourself up for success. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Chef, author, and entrepreneur Julia Shanks prepares food and farm businesses for growth through business planning, cash flow planning, and financial feasibility studies. Some of her most intriguing projects include developing a Cricket Cracker recipe for Aspire Food Group and refining the growth strategy of Boston’s first rooftop farm. She is the author of The Farmer’s Office and co-author of The Farmer's Market Cookbook.

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Going Local Without Going Crazy: 25 Tips to increase your local footprint

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Going Local Without Going Crazy: 25 Tips to increase your local footprint

Want to bring healthy, local foods into your kitchen, and stay on-budget, too? Julia Shanks has a passion for and expertise in locavorism, and is eager to share easy ways we can all make change that connect us to the food and farmers in our own communities. The world is changing as more people are supporting local, small businesses and returning to homemade food to avoid the health, social, and environmental consequences associated with processed foods from big agribusinesses. Shanks is leading a discussion and Q-and-A session, complete with recipes, ideas, and a healthy dose of delicious fun. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Chef, author, and entrepreneur Julia Shanks prepares food and farm businesses for growth through business planning, cash flow planning, and financial feasibility studies. Some of her most intriguing projects include developing a Cricket Cracker recipe for Aspire Food Group and refining the growth strategy of Boston’s first rooftop farm. She is the author of The Farmer’s Office and co-author of The Farmers Market Cookbook.

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Fiery Ferments

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Fiery Ferments

Fermentation is a hot topic, from health to flavor. Americans are looking to bold flavors and spicy foods are heating up our meals, from kimchi to Sriracha. What do both of these flavors have in common? Lactic acid fermentation! This session teaches folks to create their own spicy condiments; it focuses on fermenting peppers both hot and sweet. Attendees taste unique fermentation as well as have the opportunity to watch and participate in the process of creating these unimagined healthy hot flavors. Earth Fare Healthy Food Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey got their start in fermenting foods with their farmstead food company, where they created more than 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Their current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops at their farm. Kirsten blogs at www.Fermentista.us. They live on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon.

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Mastering Vegetable Fermentation for Fun, Flavor, and Health

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Mastering Vegetable Fermentation for Fun, Flavor, and Health

Vegetable fermentation has moved beyond sauerkraut into an entirely new realm of flavor, culinary art, and adventure. Be a part of this exciting journey. Kirsten K. Shockey discusses the benefits of making and enjoying fermented vegetables. She demystifies the process by talking about these ancient methods and demonstrating modern techniques of preservation. As Shockey speaks about flavor, she explores herbal pastes, chutneys, and other condiments. Bring your curiosity and questions. Modern Homesteading Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Kirsten K. Shockey got started in fermenting foods with a farmstead food company, creating more than 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Her current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops. She blogs at www.Fermentista.us and lives on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon. Books by This Speaker: Fermented Vegetables

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Hand-Tooled Surface Design in Leather

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Hand-Tooled Surface Design in Leather

Learn how a skilled craftswoman uses hand-tooling techniques to turn leather into striking functional and decorative items. Watch Karen Stack demonstrate several basic tooling styles and methods. Delve deeper with a discussion of the proper leather and tools necessary to achieve the desired result. Folk School Demonstrations | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Brasstown, North Carolina, resident Karen Stack delights in transforming high-quality leather into intricately crafted items such as bags, wallets, and shoes to last a lifetime. Stack specializes in hand-tooled surface design, which enables her to give each piece a distinctive touch. In addition to her leather-crafting expertise, Stack is a skilled fiber artist and musician. She enjoys spending time in her home studio, always working under the watchful eyes of Wanda, her pet chicken.

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Hand-Tooled Surface Design in Leather

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Hand-Tooled Surface Design in Leather

Learn how a skilled craftswoman uses hand-tooling techniques to turn leather into striking functional and decorative items. Watch Karen Stack demonstrate several basic tooling styles and methods. Delve deeper with a discussion of the proper leather and tools necessary to achieve the desired result. Folk School Demonstrations | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Brasstown, North Carolina, resident Karen Stack delights in transforming high-quality leather into intricately crafted items such as bags, wallets, and shoes to last a lifetime. Stack specializes in hand-tooled surface design, which enables her to give each piece a distinctive touch. In addition to her leather-crafting expertise, Stack is a skilled fiber artist and musician. She enjoys spending time in her home studio, always working under the watchful eyes of Wanda, her pet chicken.

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Heat With Solar: Successfully radiant heat integration

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Heat With Solar: Successfully radiant heat integration

Join Arden Steiner to learn how to effectively use solar water heaters to save thousands and provide the best possible heat for your health and finances. All energy is best left in its original state – the more you transfer energy the more you lose! Start saving today with radiant heat connected to your solar water heaters! Sustainability Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Arden Steiner leads the team at Rayviance. During the past few years, Steiner has immersed himself in the solar water heating market by learning, investigating, researching, and integrating systems. Steiner's passion is not to just support green energy, but rather to support energy that truly makes sense and makes a difference.

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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 Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:00-12:30 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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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. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:00-12:30 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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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. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:00-12:30 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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DIY: Chicken coops and tractors on the cheap

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DIY: Chicken coops and tractors on the cheap

Karen Lynn Thompson and her husband, Eric, share how to build your own DIY chicken coops and mobile tractors (and how to do it affordably and easily). They have raised more than seven flocks of chickens since 2002 and still have six chickens in a DIY, mobile chicken tractor right in their yard in suburbia. Think you can't raise chickens? Well, think again ... You can, and the Thompsons not only show you some they have built, they also answer questions at the end of their session. Modern Homesteading Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Karen Lynn Thompson and her husband, Eric, are suburban homesteaders and beekeepers. They raise backyard chickens and grow a nice supplement to their food supply in their garden ... all on a third of an acre in North Carolina. They are passionate about helping people find creative ways to grow food and keep chickens!

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Soil and Seeds, Sprouts to Success

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Soil and Seeds, Sprouts to Success

Learn about urban agriculture from the Un-Included Club Youth Leaders! They are growing superfoods and using them to grow healthier. They showcase what they have learned and you can see what the Un-Included Club is accomplishing with their knowledge. Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Speaker Bio The Un-Included Club encourages youth to be un-included from negativity, obesity, and illiteracy. They are growing superfoods and using them to grow healthier bodies and communities!

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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. Sustainability Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Hands-on: Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Hands-on: Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

Play in the mud with Uncle Mud. Use clay, straw, and sticks to build little houses and sculpt beautiful objects from your wild imagination. This is a "Hands In" workshop: hands and feet squishing and mixing and making a big mess. Talk about how we can use these same materials to build benches, ovens, and even houses. You can wash off with water, but be prepared to get dirty and have fun. Natural Building Demonstrations | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Hands-on: Build Your Own Wood-Fired Pizza Oven From Dirt

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Hands-on: Build Your Own Wood-Fired Pizza Oven From Dirt

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

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Hands-on: Cheap Sturdy Buildings from Straw, Clay, and Pallets

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Hands-on: Cheap Sturdy Buildings from Straw, Clay, and Pallets

Come see how straw, an agricultural waste product, gets and wood pallets can be turned into a low cost, beautiful, eco-friendly, highly insulated wall that keeps your house comfy winter and summer. Natural Building Demonstrations | Saturday, 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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Hands-on: Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Hands-on: Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

Play in the mud with Uncle Mud and friends. Use clay, straw, and sticks to build little houses and sculpt beautiful objects from your wild imagination. This is a "Hands In" workshop: hands and feet squishing and mixing and making a big mess. Talk about how we can use these same materials to build benches, ovens, and even houses. You can use the water at this workshop to wash off with, but be prepared to get dirty and have fun. Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Hands-on: Open Mud: Spontaneous hands-on building demos

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Hands-on: Open Mud: Spontaneous hands-on building demos

Build, play, get muddy, and visit with Uncle Mud and family about the basics of cob building. Natural Building Demonstrations | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Build a Rocket Mass Heater

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Build a Rocket Mass Heater

See how you can turn a pile of old bricks and mud into a super-efficient woodburning heater for your house or cabin. Natural Building Demonstrations | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Hands-on: Earthen Plasters You Can Make at Home

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Hands-on: Earthen Plasters You Can Make at Home

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

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Compact Farms: Planning for big results from small spaces

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Compact Farms: Planning for big results from small spaces

Market gardening and farming is a perfect way to feed ourselves, our friends, and our communities in more way than just one ... and the garden doesn't have to be big to have big results. Josh Volk looks at examples of successful market farmers around the country and how they make it work on their land, in their communities. Grit Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Josh Volk is the author of Compact Farms. He is the proprietor of Slow Hand Farm in Portland, Oregon, and has been working on and managing small farms around the country for the last 20 years, studying the systems that make them efficient. He travels in the United States and abroad, consulting with farmers and researchers, teaching farm apprentices and new farmers, presenting workshops at agricultural conferences, and writing articles for publications, including Growing for Market magazine.

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Compact Farms: Selling what you sow

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Compact Farms: Selling what you sow

There are three basic elements to successful market farming and gardening: being able to grow crops, being able to sell those crops, and doing it all efficiently. Josh Volk looks at specific methods for evaluating the potential profitability of growing crops for a living in small spaces, be it a garden of a few thousand square feet or a small farm on 5 acres. Modern Homesteading Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Josh Volk is the author of Compact Farms. He is the proprietor of Slow Hand Farm in Portland, Oregon, and has been working on and managing small farms around the country for the last 20 years, studying the systems that make them efficient. He travels in the United States and abroad, consulting with farmers and researchers, teaching farm apprentices and new farmers, presenting workshops at agricultural conferences, and writing articles for publications, including Growing for Market magazine.

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Is a Heritage Beef Enterprise Right for You?

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Is a Heritage Beef Enterprise Right for You?

If you're considering raising grass-fed beef for family or for sale, find out whether heritage beef cattle are the right fit for your farm or ranch. In this workshop, learn the definition of heritage, the basics of selecting a breed, why these breeds are so appealing in niche markets, and the planning process for deciding if heritage cattle are right for you and your farm. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Ryan Walker is a native Texan and serves as the marketing and communications manager for the Livestock Conservancy. Walker has years of business and agricultural experience raising cattle, goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese and horses, as well as judging hay and forages. He has a passion for sustainable agriculture and helping people reconnect with where their food and fiber comes from.

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Simple Marketing: Selling your livestock farm products

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Simple Marketing: Selling your livestock farm products

Raising livestock and poultry satisfies the soul, but farmers need to make a living too. Discover who your customers are, what they’re looking for, and how to build relationships that translate into more income for the farm. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Ryan Walker is a native Texan and serves as the marketing and communications manager for the Livestock Conservancy. Walker has years of business and agricultural experience raising cattle, goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese and horses, as well as judging hay and forages. He has a passion for sustainable agriculture and helping people reconnect with where their food and fiber comes from.

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Attracting Pollinators to Your Vegetable Garden

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Attracting Pollinators to Your Vegetable Garden

Bees and other native pollinators are important for the productivity of your vegetable garden. Learn how to add herbs and flowers, seed saving, and other practices that welcome pollinators and other beneficial insects to your vegetable garden for an abundant harvest of cukes, squash, peppers, and more! Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Ira Wallace, author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast, is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, where she coordinates variety selection and new seed grower contracts. Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply through seed saving and sustainable gardening.

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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. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Ira Wallace, author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, where she coordinates variety selection and new seed grower contracts. Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply through seed saving and sustainable gardening.

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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! Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 10:30-11:00 a.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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How to Produce Half Your Food in Less Than an Hour Per Day in a Backyard

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How to Produce Half Your Food in Less Than an Hour Per Day in a Backyard

Marjory Wildcraft presents a simple three-part system for producing your own food in a backyard-sized space. Fast-paced and empowering, this presentation gets down to the numbers of calories produced, square footage required, and exactly what to do on a daily basis. The focus is on food production in a scenario in which the grid is down. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Marjory Wildcraft is the founder of the [Grow] Network, the online home of a global network of people who produce their own food and medicine, recognizing the wisdom of homegrown food on every table. Wildcraft was featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, and she's a regular guest on Coast to Coast AM. The author of several books, she is perhaps best known for her video series Grow Your Own Groceries: More than a half million copies are in use by homesteaders, foodies, preppers, universities and missionary organizations around the world.

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Understanding Geothermal Heating and Cooling

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Understanding Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Learn about geothermal heating and cooling technology, how it works, and what makes it better. Tim Wright discusses various applications for home and farm, how it works with off-grid technologies, and how geothermal compares to traditional systems. Sustainability Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Tim Wright has been with Enertech Global since 2011. He oversees the company’s training, customer service, sales, and marketing departments. He began his career in the geothermal industry in 1988, working to educate homeowners on the technology and to train installers and contractors. Wright serves on the board of directors for California GEO and the Michigan Geothermal Energy Association.

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Attract Thousands of Perfect Buyers: Showcase your green products and services with podcasting

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Attract Thousands of Perfect Buyers: Showcase your green products and services with podcasting

Many businesses struggle with one thing: finding an easy, effective way to reach thousands of perfect prospects without lots of wasted time and money. Launching a podcast is a great way to find new customers, engage existing ones, and showcase your green products and services. Podcasting as a marketing tool is more cost-effective, less time-consuming, and produces better results than search engine optimization. This how-to workshop walks you through the five steps you need for a wildly profitable podcast; no more struggling on your own to figure it out! Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio C S Wurzberger, the Green Up Girl, is an award-winning podcaster and an accomplished business growth strategist with more than 30 years of experience helping animal, nature, and green organizations showcase and fund their green initiatives and conservation efforts. She is also the founder and director of Green UP Kids, a nature club for kids who love animals and exploring the world. Books by this Speaker: Wildly Profitable Marketing for Green Businesses Selling Eco-Friendly Products

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

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

Youth worldwide want to have a positive impact in the world. They have ideas for better products and are inventing eco-friendly, recycled, upcycled, repurposed, and organic products. They just need knowledge and guidance to bring their ideas, dreams, and concepts to life. This session empowers youth to become successful social entrepreneurs by providing them with the platform they need to launch, manage, and grow their social enterprises. This workshop brings together youth who are making a difference and allows them to tell their stories. Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio C S Wurzberger, the Green Up Girl, is an award-winning podcaster and an accomplished business growth strategist with more than 30 years of experience helping animal, nature, and green organizations showcase and fund their green initiatives and conservation efforts. She is also the founder and director of Green UP Kids, a nature club for kids who love animals and exploring the world. Books by this Speaker: Wildly Profitable Marketing for Green Businesses Selling Eco-Friendly Products

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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. Sustainability Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:00-12:30 p.m. 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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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. Sustainability Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:00-12:30 p.m. 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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Backyard Foraging

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Backyard Foraging

When you think about hostas and daylilies, you probably focus on their appealing foliage and vibrant blooms. But these perennials are delicious as well as lovely. Ellen Zachos, author of Backyard Foraging and The Wildcrafted Cocktail, teaches how to recognize, harvest, and prepare tasty treats such as wintergreen sorbet, rose hip soup, and dahlia tuber bread from plants you already have around your home. A surprising number of our favorite garden plants can feed both body and soul. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:00-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Ellen Zachos shares seasonal recipes and tips on foraging at BackyardForager.com. She teaches foraged mixology workshops to bartenders in partnership with Rémy Cointreau USA, and is a regular contributor to several Edible magazines. A longtime instructor at the New York Botanic Garden, Zachos is the author of six books, including Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn't Know You Could Eat.

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The Wildcrafted Cocktail

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The Wildcrafted Cocktail

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

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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 Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Lisa Mason Ziegler is a cut-flower farmer, author, and nationally recognized speaker on organic cut-flower gardening. Ziegler has been farming since 1998; her urban 3-acre farm produces thousands of stems of flowers each week in season. She sells her flowers to florists and through her community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs. Ziegler is the founder and owner of The Gardener’s Workshop, a catalog and online shop offering the gardening tools and supplies she uses in her own gardens. Books by This Speaker: The Easy Cut-Flower Garden

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Easy Seed Starting

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Easy Seed Starting

Learn to start seeds directly in the garden and indoors using the English seed-starting method, soil blocking. For those who want to grow organically, seed starting is essential and easy with a few ground rules to follow. This workshop includes a hands-on demonstration. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Lisa Mason Ziegler is a cut-flower farmer, author and nationally recognized speaker on organic cut-flower gardening. Ziegler has been farming since 1998; her urban 3-acre farm produces thousands of stems of flowers each week in season. She sells her flowers to florists and through her CSA programs. Ziegler is the founder and owner of The Gardener’s Workshop, a catalog and online shop offering the gardening tools and supplies she uses in her own gardens. Books by this Speaker: The Easy Cut-Flower Garden

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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. Mother Earth Living Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Lisa Mason Ziegler is a cut-flower farmer, author, and nationally recognized speaker on organic cut-flower gardening. Ziegler has been farming since 1998; her urban 3-acre farm produces thousands of stems of flowers each week in season. She sells her flowers to florists and through her community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs. Ziegler is the founder and owner of The Gardener’s Workshop, a catalog and online shop offering the gardening tools and supplies she uses in her own gardens. Books by This Speaker: The Easy Cut-Flower Garden

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Brewing Beer for the Modern Homesteader

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Brewing Beer for the Modern Homesteader

Brewing beer is easy. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Jereme Zimmerman discusses the simplicity of brewing beer using a basic beer-brewing kit that can be purchased from any homebrew shop, or even with equipment and ingredients you may very well already have in your kitchen. Before the modern homebrewing explosion, “farmhouse brewing” was the norm in nearly every household. Zimmerman provides tips on how to easily and affordably take up this addictive hobby, and he presents information for both beginning and intermediate brewers on using “exotic” ingredients that were once commonplace, before hops was king. Modern Homesteading Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Jereme Zimmerman grew up on his parents’ northern Kentucky goat farm, Twin Meadows, where he was also homeschooled. After graduating from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, he moved to the Pacific Northwest, where he immersed himself in the world of homebrewing. As the world’s only peace-loving, green-living Appalachian Yeti Viking, Zimmerman writes, blogs, and speaks regularly on fermentation, making mead, homesteading, and good eating. He is a regular contributor to various publications and websites, including New Pioneer and Backwoods Home magazines. He writes for Earthineer.com as “RedHeadedYeti.” He currently lives in Berea with his wife, Jenna, and daughters, Sadie and Maisie. He practices urban homesteading there and cavorts with farmers, authors, and fellow sustainable living enthusiasts. His first book, Make Mead Like a Viking, was published by Chelsea Green Publishing in 2015.

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Make Mead Like a Viking

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Make Mead Like a Viking

Learn to make your own mead (honey wine) using techniques that have been utilized by ancient cultures since the first discovery of bubbling honey and its magical effects. Jereme Zimmerman focuses on wild-crafting and spontaneous-fermentation techniques, but also discusses other mead-making practices. Be prepared for an engaging discussion on mead, Vikings, and the simplicity of fermenting your own honey-based alcoholic beverages using local, raw, unfiltered honey, and ingredients harvested from the wild and your own garden. Earth Fare Healthy Food Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Jereme Zimmerman grew up on his parents’ northern Kentucky goat farm, Twin Meadows, where he was also homeschooled. After graduating from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, he moved to the Pacific Northwest, where he immersed himself in the world of homebrewing. As the world’s only peace-loving, green-living Appalachian Yeti Viking, Zimmerman writes, blogs, and speaks regularly on fermentation, making mead, homesteading, and good eating. He is a regular contributor to various publications and websites, including New Pioneer and Backwoods Home magazines. He writes for Earthineer.com as “RedHeadedYeti.” He currently lives in Berea with his wife, Jenna, and daughters, Sadie and Maisie. He practices urban homesteading there and cavorts with farmers, authors, and fellow sustainable living enthusiasts. His first book, Make Mead Like a Viking, was published by Chelsea Green Publishing in 2015.

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