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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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Simplify Your Homestead Plan

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Simplify Your Homestead Plan

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

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Women 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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Atomizing Waste Oil Burners

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Atomizing Waste Oil Burners

Learn how to cleanly burn a wider range of waste oils, with less filtration than you thought possible. Dan Hettinger has developed an atomizing waste oil burner that allows for reliable, clean, and safe combustion of pyrolysis oil (a heavy, highly acidic oil coproduct of biochar production). Hettinger demonstrates how you can capture this intense heat in a refractory burn chamber for use in a wide range of applications, including water heating for agriculture and homesteading, greenhouse heat, metal casting, and more. Speaker Bio With a background in energy systems and metal fabrication, Dan Hettinger's focus is at the intersection of art, technology, and sustainability. While managing the biochar production facility at Living Web Farms, his crew builds and leads workshops on appropriate technologies for use on the farm. Hettinger is owner of Peaches Appropriate Design, a small fabrication shop specializing in sustainable living technology.

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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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The Permabed System

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The Permabed System

One of the ways to farm more ecologically and improve long-term profitability is to diversify production. This can be challenging when efficiency and income must be maintained in the short term while transitioning to better management practices. In addition, diversity of production can require different tools, techniques, and knowledge that may strain the farm manager. Zach Loeks' permabed system solves garden management and includes a garden layout, principles, and techniques for transitioning toward guild crop production and agro-ecological land patterning. It is scalable from 300 square feet to 3,000 acres and emphasizes soil-building practices alongside practical field management. Speaker Bio Zach Loeks is an educator, designer/consultant, and farmer in Ontario, and he has a degree in environmental geography from Concordia University. He teaches soil science at Algonquin College and root cellar design at Yestermorrow Design/Build School. He also runs workshops on and off the farm on topics ranging from organic gardening and garlic production to off-grid living and farm design. His research and farming practices emphasize integrating diversity, conserving soil, and maximizing farm ecosystem services while maintaining high productivity. He is also the author of The Permaculture Market Garden, a vibrant guide to sustainable market gardening and agroecological land patterning. Books by This Speaker: The Permaculture Market Garden

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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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