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Hands-on: Canning Season Is Here: Let’s jam!

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Hands-on: Canning Season Is Here: Let’s jam!

Chef Tamika Adjemian shows how to can Blueberry-Lemon Jam while teaching about the current guidelines for the safe preservation of food at home. Whether you’re canning mounds of homemade applesauce or small batches of jam, Adjemian has got the jar and recipe for you. Find out how easy it is to can and preserve fresh food. Speaker Bio Tamika Adjemian is a writer and chef with a focus on fresh, locally grown, preserved, fermented, and creatively cooked food. Leveraging her background as a chef and master food preserver, she is currently a culinary marketing consultant and home canning expert for Newell Brands (makers of Ball Fresh Preserving Products). She was also a recipe developer and copywriter on The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving. Beyond canning and recipe development, Adjemian has a strong tie to gardening. As a Master Gardener and Edible Education Instructor, she has created several school and camp garden programs. For six years, she was the director of a garden-to-table program for the 92 Y Camps: Through a large garden and outdoor kitchen featuring a unique variety of fruits, vegetables, medicinal plants, and flowers, she taught more than 800 New York City youths each summer about food provenance, food security, and the importance of seeds. This summer she and her husband will embark on a new adventure, homesteading on 57 acres in rural Maine.

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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. 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. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 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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Women Who homestead: The need for community

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Women Who homestead: The need for community

Women represent the fastest-growing segment in agriculture today.Women's active role in farming has tripled in the last three decades.Even so, there is a loneliness that often accompanies women who choose this career. They need community, a place where they can share new ideas, celebrate victories, address challenges, and cultivate relationships with like-minded women. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.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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Homegrown Pork and How to Get Ready for Backyard Pigs

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Homegrown Pork and How to Get Ready for Backyard Pigs

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

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Interactive! The Chicken Codex: Breeding a better bird

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Interactive! The Chicken Codex: Breeding a better bird

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

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Rabbits, a Quiet and Useful Homestead Resource

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Rabbits, a Quiet and Useful Homestead Resource

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

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Durable and Beautiful Hair-On Hides

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Durable and Beautiful Hair-On Hides

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

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Making Leather and Buckskin

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Making Leather and Buckskin

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

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ReWild the Child!

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ReWild the Child!

Are you ready to be a part of the wild tribe of little Earth warriors? Learn and play with the power and magic of plants. Decorate and dream up all that we can be. You can even make an herbal dream pillow to take home and put to use! Space limited. Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. She owns N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, based near Seattle, which is known as an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction, and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies and industry organizations, and it makes headlines in national media. She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, which is full of functional gardens and rescue animals. Books by This Speaker: Free-Range Chicken Gardens, Practical Permaculture

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

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

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

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Weeds and Water: Wisdom for resiliency

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Weeds and Water: Wisdom for resiliency

Jessi Bloom lifts folks' ecological literacy and makes life living on the land easier. She covers two of the most important elements in land management and shares useful permaculture tools and solutions to increase your resiliency. Gain a better understanding of how to effectively manage water on your land, and also learn easy peasy organic solutions to weed management. Speaker Bio Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. She owns N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, based near Seattle, which is known as an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction, and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies and industry organizations, and it makes headlines in national media. She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, which is full of functional gardens and rescue animals. Books by This Speaker: Free-Range Chicken Gardens, Practical Permaculture

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

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

Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how edible mushrooms can be spawned into straw bale gardens, intercropping plants and mushrooms, utilizing mycorrhizae, and vermicomposting with mushrooms in this clever twist to traditional raised gardening techniques. Attendees will also make and receive a small mushroom starter culture to take home! Space is limited. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. She owns N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, based near Seattle, which is known as an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction, and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies and industry organizations, and it makes headlines in national media. She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, which is full of functional gardens and rescue animals. Books by This Speaker: Free-Range Chicken Gardens, Practical Permaculture

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Goats: Keeping your herd healthy the holistic way

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Goats: Keeping your herd healthy the holistic way

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

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Hands-On: Learn to Churn: Buttermaking

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Hands-On: Learn to Churn: Buttermaking

Learn how easy it is to make your own delicious butter! Get your hands-on ticket! Hands-On Demonstrations | Saturday, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 6:00-6:30 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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Interactive! Getting a Feel for Goats

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Interactive! Getting a Feel for Goats

Learn an essential health assessment for all goat owners: how to guage body condition and confirmation by feeling and looking at goats. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 6:00-6:30 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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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. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Melissa Caughey is the author of How to Speak Chicken and A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens. She is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, and gardener who writes the award-winning blog Tilly’s Nest. Caughey writes for HGTV, DIY Network, and Grit, Chickens, and Country Living magazines, and she presents on chicken keeping at events across the country. She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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How to Speak Chicken

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How to Speak Chicken

Do you have backyard chickens? Do you name your chickens? Do you consider them pets? Get a glimpse into why your chickens do what they do and say what they say. Audience participation is encouraged with best-selling author Melissa Caughey as she delves into such topics as chicken languages, flock relations, chicken intelligence and their capacity to experience emotions. This talk is laced with fun facts, tips, and tricks. Come experience some “a ha” moments for yourself in this delightful new presentation at this year’s Mother Earth News Fair. Grit Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Melissa Caughey is the author of How to Speak Chicken and A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens. She is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, and gardener who writes the award-winning blog Tilly’s Nest. Caughey writes for HGTV, DIY Network, and Grit, Chickens, and Country Living magazines, and she presents on chicken keeping at events across the country. She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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Learn to Make Sweet Peeps: Baby pom pom chicks

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Learn to Make Sweet Peeps: Baby pom pom chicks

Come meet Melissa Caughey, author of A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens and How to Speak Chicken and professional crafter for HGTV and DIY Network, as she shows you how to hatch out your very own creation and take home a baby fuzzy pompom chick of your own with its very own keepsake shell. Dream up a name for your new friend as you combine pompoms, egg cartons, markers, and felt as you create your new friend to keep you company as you explore this year’s fair. Speaker Bio Melissa Caughey is the author of How to Speak Chicken and A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens. She is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, and gardener who writes the award-winning blog Tilly’s Nest. Caughey writes for HGTV, DIY Network, and Grit, Chickens, and Country Living magazines, and she presents on chicken keeping at events across the country. She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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Designing and Building a Chinese Greenhouse

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Designing and Building a Chinese Greenhouse

In this workshop, Dan Chiras will describe how you can grow warm weather vegetables year round in colder climates using only solar energy – no expensive backup heating systems required – in a Chinese greenhouse. Chiras will describe additional innovated techniques including climate batteries short-term heat banking. He will also show photos of the construction of his Chinese greenhouse with tips on ways to economically build your own. Mother Earth News Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.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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Homesteader's Guide to Renewable Energy

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Homesteader's Guide to Renewable Energy

There are many ways to heat and cool your home, provide electricity, cook your food, and heat water with clean, affordable, and reliable renewable energy. Some make more sense than others. Some are amazingly cheap, even pay for themselves in short order. Come learn which options make the most sense for you and how affordable renewable energy is and how you can unplug from the grid. Homestead Hustle Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east central Missouri, where he teaches workshops on a wide range of topics on self-sufficiency and sustainability. Chiras is also the author of 32 books and several hundred articles on a wide range of topics that include residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building, and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational, and full of useful information. Books by This Speaker: The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling, Power from the Sun

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Is Solar Electricity Right for You?

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Is Solar Electricity Right for You?

Solar electricity is more affordable than ever, but does it make economic sense for you? What do you need to know to install a solar electric system on your home? If you can’t afford to buy a system, can you lease one or tap into community solar projects to meet your electrical needs sustainably? Grit Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east central Missouri, where he teaches workshops on a wide range of topics on self-sufficiency and sustainability. Chiras is also the author of 32 books and several hundred articles on a wide range of topics that include residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building, and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational, and full of useful information. Books by This Speaker: The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling, Power from the Sun

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The Scoop on Poop

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The Scoop on Poop

To be truly sustainable, we need to return all nutrients we take from the Earth back to the Earth. That includes the valuable nutrients in human bodily wastes. Learn the basics of composting toilets and how to safely compost humanure. Mother Earth Living Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is the author of more than 30 books and several hundred articles on residential green building, renewable energy, and sustainable living. He is director of the Evergreen Institute, where he teaches classes on these and other related subject. Books by This Speaker: The Scoop on Poop

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Turmeric and Ginger: Growing your own for medicinal and culinary use

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Turmeric and Ginger: Growing your own for medicinal and culinary use

There's nothing fresher than turmeric and ginger you grow yourself! Learn the fundamentals of planting turmeric and ginger for a bountiful harvest. Ann Codrington shares her tips and tricks to get the moisture, timing, and temperature just right for sprouting, and shows participants how to care for plants as they go through their natural phases of growth. Speaker Bio Ann Codrington is an environmental scientist and farmer. Although raised in the city, Codrington has always grown vegetables, and her desire to help others grow vegetables inspired her to volunteer with the Peace Corps after college. She owns Nisani Farm, and specializes in growing ginger and turmeric using no synthetic chemicals or fertilizers. Her farm is Certified Naturally Grown, and she focuses on reducing her environmental footprint by using unheated high tunnels to grow foods locally that are traditionally grown in faraway places.

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Hands-on: Oyster Mushroom Cultivation

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Hands-on: Oyster Mushroom Cultivation

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

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Four Easy Ways to Grow Mushrooms at Home

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Four Easy Ways to Grow Mushrooms at Home

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

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Fungi in the Classroom

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Fungi in the Classroom

Ever wonder what kind of projects you and your children can start at home or in school with mushrooms? This program is part show and part hands-on, with many cool experiments that are practical for demonstrating recycling and composting home and school waste byproducts using mushroom spawn. Participants make and take home a small mushroom fruiting kit they make from shredded paper or cardboard, as well as a living culture! Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 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. Books by this Speaker: Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

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

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

Come learn how to braid mushrooms and other fungi into almost every aspect of your coexistence with this strategy guide for cultivating and extracting medicinal mushrooms, creating your own mycorrhizae for seed starting mixes, recycling home and farm waste, biological pest control and easy steps for cleaning contaminated soil and water. Broad in scope yet easy for beginners and experienced mushroom folks alike to create harmony and many levels of symbiosis at your farm or homestead. 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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Interactive! Gardening with Mushrooms using Straw Bales, Wood Chips, and Recycled Cardboard

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

Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how edible mushrooms can be spawned into straw bale gardens, intercropping plants and mushrooms, utilizing mycorrhizae, and vermicomposting with mushrooms in this clever twist to traditional raised gardening techniques. Attendees will also make and receive a small mushroom starter culture to take home to expand and experiment with at the scavenger hunt and recycling demo! Space limited. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 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. Books by this Speaker: Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

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Natural Skin Care from the Garden

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Natural Skin Care from the Garden

Learn how to treat your skin and hair naturally from head to toe using garden plants and common household ingredients. Janice Cox highlights some of the top natural beauty plants (many you may already have in your own yard). These plants can be used to cleanse, nourish, and treat your body. Creating your own products has a number of health benefits and will also make you a more educated consumer. It's fun, cost-effective, and puts you in control of what products and ingredients you are using on your hair and skin. This workshop also features a live demonstration of herbal infusions, skin scrubs, facial masks, and bath soaks that you can make at home. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Janice Cox is an author and a leading DIY natural beauty and skincare expert. Additionally she is a freelance magazine writer and Beauty editor for Herb Quarterly Magazine. Cox is also a member of the International Herb Association and Herb Society of America.

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Building an Earthship-Inspired Home: One family's intentional journey

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Building an Earthship-Inspired Home: One family's intentional journey

Zachary Craig shares his family's roller coaster of a journey in building an Earthship-inspired, sustainable home with children in-tow. Craig discusses the process of designing the home himself, the ups and downs of obtaining local building and EPA permits in a populated county, the specifics of constructing the home, as well as the financial costs associated with building a home out of natural and reclaimed/recycled materials. Craig, who now offers sustainable building consultation services, shares what he's learned from this experience in the hope that he can save others- destined for a similar future- time, energy, and money. Speaker Bio Zachary Craig has quite the varied background; from working as a Banker, to renovating and flipping historical city homes, to now working as a Commercial and Industrial Electrician. He recently started his own sustainable building consultation business, Humble Hive Consulting, after completing his family's Earthship-inspired home. Craig hopes to help others realize their dream of building and living in a sustainable home.

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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. 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 Farm as Pharmacy

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The Farm as Pharmacy

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

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Growing Elderberry for Health and Profit

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Growing Elderberry for Health and Profit

Learn about the past, present, and future of elderberry. River Hills Harvest has been promoting elderberry and training farmers and gardeners on how to grow them for more than a decade. This workshop includes samples, fun, and inspiration. Grit Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.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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Mycorrhizae in Your Garden: How to understand, apply, and best nurture this friendly fungus in your landscape

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Mycorrhizae in Your Garden: How to understand, apply, and best nurture this friendly fungus in your landscape

Jim Eagan explores the often-unseen world of mycorrhizal fungi. This tiny soil fungus forms a partnership with roughly 90 percent of the world’s plants. Unfortunately, this relationship is little understood and often underutilized. Learn about the natural ecology and history of this fascinating fungus and how to apply it to your landscape. Eagan demonstrates the best ways to apply them to your plants and seeds. Go home with your own inoculant and the know-how of application. Speaker Bio Jim Eagan has been working for Plant Revolution Inc. for more than a decade. Having been the first company to bring mycorrhizal inoculants to gardeners, he and the company have been spreading the good news of the benefits of healthy soil to gardeners, landscapers, and farmers all over the world. His degree in environmental studies, his work in the permaculture community, and his experience running a small farm form a background that has given him a deep understanding of the importance of soil organisms for plant and ecosystem health. He continues to learn and explore the fascinating worlds of food production, native ecosystems, and sustainability.

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10 Rules of Modern Beekeeping

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10 Rules of Modern Beekeeping

Like every other endeavor with livestock, honey bees and keeping bees have some basic rules that need to be obeyed to maintain the health and longevity of your stock, plus, there’s good practices to follow for optimum production, and even beekeeper health. Really, there’s more than 10, and to be successful, you should know all about all of them. Speaker Bio Kim Flottum is the editor of Bee Culture magazine and the author of numerous beginning, intermediate and advanced beekeeping books. He brings 30 years of beekeeping and teaching experience to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS.

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A Lot About Drones

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A Lot About Drones

Drones have an important role to play in the world of bees, and beekeeping, but they are often overlooked in favor of Royalty and Workers. Find out more about drones, what they do, and don’t do, what you can, and can’t do with them, and why it’s important to make sure they are doing fine. Speaker Bio Kim Flottum is the editor of Bee Culture magazine and the author of numerous beginning, intermediate and advanced beekeeping books. He brings 30 years of beekeeping and teaching experience to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS.

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Good Neighbor Beekeeping

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Good Neighbor Beekeeping

Honey bees and people usually get along pretty well, but there can be issues when backyard hives get disturbed, when there isn’t any water, when flight paths cause bee poop on the laundry and a host of other, easily avoidable issues. Plus, there has to be food nearby for the bees to visit, and there are other environmental concerns to ponder when you set up your hives. Bee A Good Neighbor, Keep your bees and your neighbors speaking to each other. Speaker Bio Kim Flottum is the editor of Bee Culture magazine and the author of numerous beginning, intermediate and advanced beekeeping books. He brings 30 years of beekeeping and teaching experience to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS.

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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. Real Food Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Patricia Foreman is a sustainable agriculture author, local foods activist, and popular speaker. She (and her co-presenter, chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free) has presented workshops and book signings at major national festivals and conferences across the United States. She is the author or co-author of five books, including City Chicks and Chicken Tractor. To help “Chick Start America,” she developed the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification course (www.ChickensAndYOU.com). Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in animal science and pharmacy. She has a master's of public affairs from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Books by This Speaker: City Chicks, Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry

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

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

Salad dressings make salads delicious and healthy. Once you make the basic mayonnaise, you are set to make any dressing of your choice: ranch, blue cheese, Caesar and more! Understand which oils, emulsifiers, herbs and spices are superior for human nutrition and taste. When you understand the basic food chemistry of emulsions and you are also enabled to make sauces, gravies, smoothies and other gourmet delights. By the end of this hands-on workshop you will have made mayonnaise to take home with you. Get your hands-on ticket! Hands-On Demonstrations | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Patricia Foreman is a sustainable agriculture author, local foods activist, and popular speaker. She (and her co-presenter, chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free) has presented workshops and book signings at major national festivals and conferences across the United States. She is the author or co-author of five books, including City Chicks and Chicken Tractor. To help “Chick Start America,” she developed the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification course (www.ChickensAndYOU.com). Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in animal science and pharmacy. She has a master's of public affairs from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

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

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

Learn how to humanely, safely, sanitarily, and skillfully process your birds at home. Understand why the conventional way of processing is the worst way and can ruin meat quality. Get healthy, high-quality meat and bone broth from your backyard flock. Processing your own birds is a lost art of our culture. It’s time to bring back this old tradition so that how to process poultry is common knowledge in homes and communities. This is the ultimate “know your source” for poultry and eggs. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.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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The Art and Practice of Incubating Eggs for Home, School, and Science Projects

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

Incubate eggs and you can maintain self-perpetuating flocks. Learn how to select incubators that you can buy ... or make. Find and set the best eggs, without owning a rooster! Discover how embryo development in the shell affects hatchability. Hear about the critical phase of chicks hatching out, the first week of "chick-hood," and chick nutrition for optimal health. Patricia Foreman also covers "chick-ability" and why it is a matter of life or death. Understand why incubation know-how is a key to not only heritage poultry sustainability but also enabling local foods. Speaker Bio Patricia Foreman is a sustainable agriculture author, local foods activist, and popular speaker. She (and her co-presenter, chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free) has presented workshops and book signings at major national festivals and conferences across the United States. She is the author or co-author of five books, including City Chicks and Chicken Tractor. To help “Chick Start America,” she developed the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification course (www.ChickensAndYOU.com). Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in animal science and pharmacy. She has a master's of public affairs from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

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Food Forests Design and Management

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Food Forests Design and Management

Darrell Frey, coauthor of The Food Forest Handbook, present detailed information on food forest design and management. This presentation covers site assessment and establishment, as well as how to manage these productive landscapes. Speaker Bio Darrell Frey is a permaculture designer and teacher, and author of Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm, and co-author of The Food Forest Handbook.

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Urban Permaculture: Urban farms, food forests, and community gardens

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Urban Permaculture: Urban farms, food forests, and community gardens

This workshop examines the application of permaculture design in planning and managing urban and suburban farms and gardens. Study urban permaculture through an in-depth look at several urban agriculture projects. Speaker Bio Darrell Frey is a permaculture designer and teacher, and author of Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm, and co-author of The Food Forest Handbook.

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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. 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. Speaker Bio Howard Garrett is recognized as one of the leaders in the research, education, and promotion of natural organic products and practices. Garrett was born in Pittsburg, Texas, graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1965, received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University in 1969 and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1970 to 1977. He has extensive experience in natural organic gardening, landscape contracting, greenhouse growing, golf course planning and maintenance, and organic product development. Garrett provides state-of-the-art advice on natural organic gardening, landscaping, pet health, composting, pest control, and how to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Books by This Speaker: The Organic Manual

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

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

Howard Garrett reviews tree selection considerations, including natives vs. imported, single vs. multitrunked, and also container trees vs. ball and burlapped and barerooted trees. Garrett also discusses natural-organic planting techniques in detail and why they work better, why dramatically exposed root flares are important, and how to expose them properly so trees can resist insect pests and diseases. Garrett reviews pest control techniques. The pruning information he provides covers the proper techniques and why lifting, gutting, and flush cutting should be avoided. Garrett also looks at some of the most incredible trees in the world. Speaker Bio Howard Garrett is recognized as one of the leaders in the research, education, and promotion of natural organic products and practices. Garrett was born in Pittsburg, Texas, graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1965, received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University in 1969 and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1970 to 1977. He has extensive experience in natural organic gardening, landscape contracting, greenhouse growing, golf course planning and maintenance, and organic product development. Garrett provides state-of-the-art advice on natural organic gardening, landscaping, pet health, composting, pest control, and how to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Books by This Speaker: The Organic Manual

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Guinea-Keeping for Organic Pest Control

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Guinea-Keeping for Organic Pest Control

More and more, people are searching for nonchemical means of controlling yard and garden pests, including grasshoppers, beetles, and Lyme disease-carrying ticks. Guinea fowl can be a big part of your organic pest control plan for your yard, farm, or garden. Among their many benefits, guineas are insect-eating machines, and they are easy-keepers, once you learn about their specific needs. This talk includes information about how to raise guineas and incorporate them into your already existing situation, how to take advantage of their traits and habits, best housing, and everything else guinea-keepers need to know. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.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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Hands-On: Rosemary’s Famous Face Cream

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Hands-On: Rosemary’s Famous Face Cream

With simple ingredients and a blender you can whip up a fabulous facial cream that can be easily personalized for your skin type. Rosemary will share her favorite face cream recipe and demonstrate how to mix and blend the ingredients so that they blend perfectly into a moisturizing, nourishing cream for face and body. Samples and recipes shared. Get your hands-on ticket! Hands-On Demonstrations | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Rosemary Gladstar has been studying and teaching about herbs for more than 40 years. She is an educator, activist and entrepreneur, serving as director of the Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, the International Herb Symposium, and the Women’s Herbal Conference. Gladstar is the founding president of United Plant Savers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of native American herbs. She was the original formulator for Traditional Medicinal Herbal teas and currently leads herbal educational adventures around the world. She is the author of many books, including Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health and Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, as well as Herbal Healing for Women. She lives in East Barre, Vermont.

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Herbal Healing for Men

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Herbal Healing for Men

Rosemary Gladstar leads a lively and fun discussion on herbs for men’s health. She discusses herbs that support heart health, prostate well-being, and herbs that have been used to increase virility and sexuality. She shares remedies and recipes with a special emphasis on herbal tonics for promoting long-term health. Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Rosemary Gladstar has been studying and teaching about herbs for more than 40 years. She is an educator, activist and entrepreneur, serving as director of the Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, the International Herb Symposium, and the Women’s Herbal Conference. Gladstar is the founding president of United Plant Savers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of native American herbs. She was the original formulator for Traditional Medicinal Herbal teas and currently leads herbal educational adventures around the world. She is the author of many books, including Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health and Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, as well as Herbal Healing for Women. She lives in East Barre, Vermont.

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Herbs for Family Health

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Herbs for Family Health

Everyone in the family from infant to elder can benefit from the health-giving properties of herbs. In this practical and informative workshop, Rosemary Gladstar discusses creating an herbal apothecary for your home; 12 popular herbs and their uses; popular remedies for health and well-being; safety issues concerning herbs; and books and references to guide you in your herbal studies. Gladstar also looks at kitchen medicine, local backyard remedies, and how to prepare herbs, as well as the importance of ecological herbalism. Mother Earth News Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Rosemary Gladstar has been studying and teaching about herbs for more than 40 years. She is an educator, activist and entrepreneur, serving as director of the Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, the International Herb Symposium, and the Women’s Herbal Conference. Gladstar is the founding president of United Plant Savers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of native American herbs. She was the original formulator for Traditional Medicinal Herbal teas and currently leads herbal educational adventures around the world. She is the author of many books, including Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health and Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, as well as Herbal Healing for Women. She lives in East Barre, Vermont.

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Be the Change in a Messed Up World

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Be the Change in a Messed Up World

6 years ago Rob Greenfield spent most of his time partying, chasing women, and working towards being a millionaire. But he learned that his life was destroying the world he loved. Since then he’s been transforming his life one positive change at a time to become the change that he wishes to see in this world. This talk will inspire you to make the changes you’ve been wanting to while making you laugh out loud! Speaker Bio Rob Greenfield is an adventurer, activist, humanitarian, and dude making a difference. He is dedicated to leading the way to a more sustainable and just world. He is the creator of The Food Waste Fiasco, a campaign that strives to end food waste and hunger. He has cycled across the USA three times on a bamboo bicycle and lived off the grid in a 50 square-foot tiny home in San Diego before auctioning it and raising enough money to build 10 tiny houses for people with no homes. He now lives in Orlando, Florida where he is embarking on a project to grow and forage 100% of his food for a year.

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The Harvest Baker: A delicious palette of possibility

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The Harvest Baker: A delicious palette of possibility

What, exactly, is a harvest baker? Must you grow your own garden to be one? Do you need special equipment or access to organic produce? Ken Haedrich, an award-winning writer and author of the newly released The Harvest Baker, delivers the lowdown on harvest baking, a term he coined to define his own wholesome style of baking and the greater food movement it’s a part of. If you love to bake, and love incorporating fresh produce into your cooking, you won’t want to miss this inspiring presentation. Speaker Bio Ken Haedrich is the author of more than a dozen cookbooks, including The Harvest Baker, Maple Syrup Cookbook, and Home for the Holidays, a winner of the Julia Child Cookbook Award. His articles have appeared in many publications, including Better Homes and Gardens, Cooking Light, and Bon Appétit. He can be found online at www.ThePieAcademy.com.

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The Harvest Baker: This is how we roll

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The Harvest Baker: This is how we roll

Harvest baking encompasses all sorts of sweet and savory baked goods that we adore, from muffins and scones, to cookies, cakes, and Italian favorites (such as pizza and calzone). Some of the most beloved items in the harvest baker’s kitchen, however, come with something that trips up even accomplished cooks: a pastry crust. In this session, Ken Haedrich (author of The Harvest Baker and dean of www.ThePieAcademy.com) shares his best harvest baker pastry wisdom, and he shows you why you have no reason to fear the crust. Speaker Bio Ken Haedrich is the author of more than a dozen cookbooks, including The Harvest Baker, Maple Syrup Cookbook, and Home for the Holidays, a winner of the Julia Child Cookbook Award. His articles have appeared in many publications, including Better Homes and Gardens, Cooking Light, and Bon Appétit. He can be found online at www.ThePieAcademy.com.

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The Hows and Whys of Top Bar Hive Beekeeping

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The Hows and Whys of Top Bar Hive Beekeeping

Top bar hives are an ancient technology made new again. This "no heavy lifting" hive makes things simple and easy for beekeepers, and support the bees' natural systems at work inside the hive. Come and see whether this method makes sense to you too. Plenty of Q&A time, and good for both beginning and intermediate beekeepers. Speaker Bio Christy Hemenway is an author, a teacher, a bee business owner, and a TEDx speaker. She founded Gold Star Honeybees in 2007 to advocate and agitate for more natural beekeeping and to further the keeping of bees on their own natural wax comb, in light-weight, easy to manage top bar hives. Christy has written two books - "The Thinking Beekeeper-A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives" and its sequel "Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping – Next Steps for the Thinking Beekeeper" that support top bar hive beekeepers from beginner to advanced. Gold Star Honeybees now produces the Gold Star top bar hive and other quality tools and accessories for top bar beekeeping. (https://www.goldstarhoneybees.com) She is looking forward to being a part of your beekeeping journey.

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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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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. Homestead Hustle Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 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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Grow Your Own Broom

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Grow Your Own Broom

Historically, many farmers grew broom corn and crafted their own farmstead brooms. John Holzwart illustrates this lost art from seed to sweep. Speaker Bio John Holzwart is a naturalist, permaculturist, educator, beekeeper, wild forager and traditional broom maker. He has his design certificate in permaculture and applies these principles to his daily life. Holzwart teaches and demonstrates the many traditional skills he practices at events across North America. You can often find him in the woods looking for broom handles, mushrooms, and other wild edibles.

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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! 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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Eating Wild: Identifying the wild edible plants in your own backyard

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Eating Wild: Identifying the wild edible plants in your own backyard

Want to learn how to identify and utilize the wild edible plants growing in your own backyard and nearby wild spaces? Join Heather Houskeeper, author of A Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Mountains to Sea Trail as she highlights our local useful plants, offering easy methods for identification, harvest, and incorporating them into deliciously healthful meals both at home and on the trail. Now this is what you call eating local! Plants will be showcased by photos taken in the field and there will be plenty of time for question and answer. Speaker Bio Heather Houskeeper is an herbalist, long-distance hiker and writer. After thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail and graduating from the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, she set her sights on the Mountains to Sea Trail. Here, she trekked 1,000 miles across North Carolina, studying the edible and medicinal plants along the way. This experience culminated in her newly published book, A Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Mountains to Sea Trail. When not rambling in the woods, she enjoys writing, cooking, and teaching people about local plants in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.

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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! Speaker Bio Suzy Israel is an attorney with Brown White & Osborn LLP in California. She works with the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, helping small farmers and homesteaders navigate myriad regulations, and defending them against government intrusion. Before working with the nonprofit, Israel spent 15 years as a public defender.

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Eat Your Greens!

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Eat Your Greens!

Purple orach? Magenta spreen? Tricolor amaranth? Sweet potato leaves? These are just a few of the many ‘greens’ that can, and should, be cultivated in home gardens. Move beyond lettuce and learn how to liven up your salad bowl or sauté pan with over 15 flavourful global greens. Best-selling author, Niki Jabbour will present growing information for each plant, along with fun facts, history and outstanding varieties. Be prepared to catch Jabbour’s contagious enthusiasm for experimentation in the garden. Speaker Bio Niki Jabbour is the award-winning author of Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix, The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, and Groundbreaking Food Gardens. Her work is found in Fine Gardening, Garden Making, Birds & Blooms, Horticulture, and other publications, and she speaks widely on food gardening at events and shows across North America. She is the host and creator of The Weekend Gardener radio show. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is online at nikijabbour.com.

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The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener

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The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener

Don’t let the frost dates determine the length of your growing season! Instead, join best-selling author Niki Jabbour and learn how to stretch the harvest with simple season extenders like cold frames, mini hoop tunnels, deep mulching, and more. When paired with cold season superstars like kale, mache, scallions, endive, arugula, tatsoi, leeks, and carrots you can enjoy homegrown food for weeks or months past the normal end to the harvest. In fact, Jabbour harvests a wide range of vegetables 365 days from her Nova Scotia garden - even in mid-winter when the average daytime temperatures are well below freezing. Get inspired, get growing! Speaker Bio Niki Jabbour is the award-winning author of Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix, The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, and Groundbreaking Food Gardens. Her work is found in Fine Gardening, Garden Making, Birds & Blooms, Horticulture, and other publications, and she speaks widely on food gardening at events and shows across North America. She is the host and creator of The Weekend Gardener radio show. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is online at nikijabbour.com.

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Veggie Garden Remix!

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Veggie Garden Remix!

There is a world of diversity available to food gardeners, if we just take the time to look. Best-selling author Niki Jabbour invites you to shake up your vegetable garden with an intriguing array of food plants from around the world; Cucamelons, Indian cucumbers, chickpeas, Italian leaf broccoli, Chinese artichokes, zaatar, and wonderful greens like Tokyo bekana, amaranth, magenta spreen, and molokhia. She’ll showcase a wide selection of flavorful and easy-to-grow global vegetables, and offer tips on how to grow and eat them. Speaker Bio Niki Jabbour is the award-winning author of Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix, The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, and Groundbreaking Food Gardens. Her work is found in Fine Gardening, Garden Making, Birds & Blooms, Horticulture, and other publications, and she speaks widely on food gardening at events and shows across North America. She is the host and creator of The Weekend Gardener radio show. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is online at nikijabbour.com.

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Building a Small Mushroom Farm

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Building a Small Mushroom Farm

Explore the different skills and infrastructure needed for developing a viable mushroom growing business. Hear discussions about evaluating your site, obtaining valuable mushroom strains, and obtaining substrates. Learn about the design of clean rooms and grow rooms, the growing processes, harvesting, post-harvest handling, and marketing. Speaker Bio Mark Jones is the owner and mycologist at Sharondale Mushroom Farm in Cismont, Virginia. Sharondale Farm provides high-quality mushrooms, spawn, tools, and materials for mushroom cultivation. Jones offers cultivation workshops for hobby growers and small farmers.

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Growing Fungi for Farm Diversity and Resilience

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Growing Fungi for Farm Diversity and Resilience

As our planet rapidly changes, we must find solutions to retain and build resilience in our agroecosystems. Explore our alliance with fungi, which provides farmers opportunities to support and grow biodiversity, enhance ecosystem services, and provide food and medicine for our communities and the planet. At this workshop, expect a discussion of advanced techniques for mushroom growing and how to use mycelium as a solution to growing a regenerative agriculture. Speaker Bio Mark Jones is the owner and mycologist at Sharondale Mushroom Farm in Cismont, Virginia. The farm provides high-quality mushrooms, spawn, tools, and materials for mushroom cultivation. Jones offers cultivation workshops for hobby growers and small farmers.

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Healing Naturally

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Healing Naturally

Focusing on digestion, hormones, and thyroid, Kate Kordsmeier talks all about how you can heal your body naturally with food and holistic remedies. Speaker Bio Originally a food journalist, Kate Kordsmeier became a real food expert after her own chronic health issues with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), hypothyroidism, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) catapulted her into a long journey of trying to heal her body naturally. Today, she blogs full-time at Root + Revel (www.RootAndRevel.com), a natural living site that helps people strike a balance between good and good for you.

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Fat Bombs Workshop

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Fat Bombs Workshop

This workshop starts by talking about how, despite what the media leads us to believe, fat is actually good for us. We need lots of healthy fats to operate at our optimal capacities. Kate Kordsmeier talks about good fats vs. bad fats, and then get into ways to incorporate more good fats into your diet (including fat bombs). The workshop includes a base recipe that can be tweaked for different flavor combinations. Speaker Bio Originally a food journalist, Kate Kordsmeier became a real food expert after her own chronic health issues with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), hypothyroidism, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) catapulted her into a long journey of trying to heal her body naturally. Today, she blogs full-time at Root + Revel (www.RootAndRevel.com), a natural living site that helps people strike a balance between good and good for you.

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Hands-on: Make Your Own Natural Cleaner

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Hands-on: Make Your Own Natural Cleaner

Kate Kordsmeier examines why it's so important to make your own cleaners, covering the toxic and harmful chemicals found in commercial, store-bought cleaners. She also talks about how it's fun, easy, and so much more affordable than buying green cleaners. This workshop covers the basic ingredients to keep on hand that can help you make nearly every kind of cleaner. Speaker Bio Originally a food journalist, Kate Kordsmeier became a real food expert after her own chronic health issues with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), hypothyroidism, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) catapulted her into a long journey of trying to heal her body naturally. Today, she blogs full-time at Root + Revel (www.RootAndRevel.com), a natural living site that helps people strike a balance between good and good for you.

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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). Real 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 author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore and Pure Charcuterie: The Craft & Poetry of Curing Meat at Home. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Sausage Making 101

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Sausage Making 101

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

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Everyday Cured Meats

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Everyday Cured Meats

You don’t have to be a charcuterie nerd making obscure salamis to benefit from a little cured meat knowledge. Interested in making your own deli ham to pack in your kid’s lunchbox? Curing your own bacon so you can feel good about its ingredients? How about making the best barbecue or grilled chicken at the next block party? Attend this session to learn the most basic tenets of curing, brining, and smoking to bring your cooking and self-sufficiency to the next level. Real Food Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook and author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore and Pure Charcuterie: The Craft & Poetry of Curing Meat at Home. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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

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

Author, butcher, and cook Meredith Leigh immerses audiences in a world of flavor. In this hands-on session, participants learn the perfect ratio for seasoning homemade sausage and dry rub. They discover how to pick from a host of spices and herbs to create their own sausage-seasoning blend. The live sausage demo and tasting during the class focuses on one spice blend. Attendees leave with ideas for new flavor combinations to try, knowledge about buying and storing bulk spices and herbs, fail-proof ratios for their own seasoning blends and rubs, cooking tips, and pro techniques for marinating and making sausage. Get your hands-on ticket! Hands-On Demonstrations | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook and author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore and Pure Charcuterie: The Craft & Poetry of Curing Meat at Home. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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DIY the Drupe; Making Your Own Coconut Milk!

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DIY the Drupe; Making Your Own Coconut Milk!

By now, many of us are familiar with the various health benefits and versatile uses of coconut milk. However, purchasing it can be costly. Learn how simple it is to make your own coconut milk at home. Be sure to stick around for samples of Coconut Bliss ice cream to inspire your own creations. Real Food Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Emily Lesiak is the Events Coordinator for Coconut Bliss. Traveling around the country sharing organic coconut milk ice cream is one of her favorite past times. With an extensive culinary background and a passion for wholesome foods, Emily also enjoys spending time in the kitchen. Her love of travel, delicious food and sustainable business practices come together through her work at Coconut Bliss.

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A Guide to Keeping Geese

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A Guide to Keeping Geese

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

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Dairy-Free Cheese: Easy, delicious, and custom-made for your diet

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Dairy-Free Cheese: Easy, delicious, and custom-made for your diet

Do you choose not to eat dairy but miss cheese? Or do you know someone who does not digest it well? Claudia Lucero (author of One-Hour Cheese and creator of Urban Cheesecraft kits) has developed deliciously dairy-free cheese, made with nuts, seeds, veggies, and even beans! Speaker Bio Claudia Lucero enjoys getting new cheesemakers started with Urban Cheesecraft and her D.I.Y. Cheese Kits. She has partnered with Williams-Sonoma on custom cheesemaking kits and wrote the book One-Hour Cheese, which shows beginners how to make 16 fresh cheeses via step-by-step photos. The book is found where books are sold and the kits can be found on www.UrbanCheesecraft.com. Books by This Speaker: One-Hour Cheese

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Enjoying Cheese Bites from the Garden with Kids: Fresh cheese flavored with honey, herbs, and edible flowers

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Enjoying Cheese Bites from the Garden with Kids: Fresh cheese flavored with honey, herbs, and edible flowers

Kids shape, flavor, and decorate their own tiny cream cheese bites using honey, flowers, and herbs. Claudia Lucero, author of One-Hour Cheese, provides her Fromage Facile for the bites and leads children in trying beautiful flavors from the garden. Speaker Bio Claudia Lucero enjoys getting new cheesemakers started with Urban Cheesecraft and her D.I.Y. Cheese Kits. She has partnered with Williams-Sonoma on custom cheesemaking kits and wrote the book One-Hour Cheese, which shows beginners how to make 16 fresh cheeses via step-by-step photos. The book is found where books are sold and the kits can be found on www.UrbanCheesecraft.com. Books by This Speaker: One-Hour Cheese

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Hands-on: One-Hour Cheese: Delicious mozzarella and string cheese anyone can make!

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Hands-on: One-Hour Cheese: Delicious mozzarella and string cheese anyone can make!

Does your family love pizza and string cheese snacks? Who doesn't?! Claudia Lucero (the best-selling author of One-Hour Cheese and creator of Urban Cheesecraft kits) demonstrates how easy and fun it can be to make impressive small-batch mozzarella, and custom string cheese, stretched in hot water or using a microwave ... all in less than an hour! Speaker Bio Claudia Lucero enjoys getting new cheesemakers started with Urban Cheesecraft and her D.I.Y. Cheese Kits. She has partnered with Williams-Sonoma on custom cheesemaking kits and wrote the book One-Hour Cheese, which shows beginners how to make 16 fresh cheeses via step-by-step photos. The book is found where books are sold and the kits can be found on www.UrbanCheesecraft.com. Books by This Speaker: One-Hour Cheese

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

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Hands-On: Make Your Own Sourdough Starter

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Hands-On: Make Your Own Sourdough Starter

Sourdough starter, activated by wild yeast, can be used for making a lot more than just loaf breads and pizza! Join experienced and passionate sourdough baker Victoria Miller, author of the upcoming book From No-knead to Sourdough: A simpler approach to handmade bread (due out June 2018) for a hands-on experience where you will learn to make and maintain your very own sourdough starter to take home and use for making bread or pizza. Get your hands-on ticket! Hands-On Demonstrations | Sunday, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 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 in NW Washington state. She speaks on several topics related to homesteading and self-reliance, at events around the country. She is the author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks; the award-winning book Craft Distilling: Making liquor legally at home; and the upcoming book From No-knead to Sourdough: A simpler approach to handmade bread, due out in June 2018. Books by This Speaker: Craft Distilling, Pure Poultry

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Poultry Unplugged: Free-ranging poultry just about anywhere

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Poultry Unplugged: Free-ranging poultry just about anywhere

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

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

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

Making your own bread is easier than you might think, once you find your comfort zone and try it! The author of the upcoming book From No-knead to Sourdough: A simpler approach to handmade bread (due out June 2018), covers the basic principles of breadmaking, with an overview of simple no-knead yeast breads, pre-ferments and sourdough-based breads. You don't need experience, fancy equipment or expensive ingredients to make wonderful bread at home. Includes a brief look at a hand-built wood-fired bread oven, plus a handout with a simple yeast bread recipe. Grit Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 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 in NW Washington state. She speaks on several topics related to homesteading and self-reliance, at events around the country. She is the author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks; the award-winning book Craft Distilling: Making liquor legally at home; and the upcoming book From No-knead to Sourdough: A simpler approach to handmade bread, due out in June 2018. Books by This Speaker: Craft Distilling, Pure Poultry

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From the Wood-Fired Oven: New and traditional techniques for cooking and baking with fire

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From the Wood-Fired Oven: New and traditional techniques for cooking and baking with fire

A wood-fired oven can make your farm or home more resilient and give you the opportunity to prepare delicious cuisine. To illustrate the diverse functionality of a wood-fired oven, Richard Miscovich presents a slideshow that explores wood-fired cuisine beyond the "gateway" products of bread and pizza. Create inferno whiplash live fire cooking environments or gentle thermo-cradle infusion spas. Cook ember-roasted onions, blazed tomatoes and steak on the hearth. Bring to your table beef jerky, rendered fats and sprouted wheat power bars. Learn about hot ovens, cool ovens and everything in between. Miscovich also addresses energy-efficient oven designs that can be applied to the construction or use of any type of wood-fired oven. Speaker Bio Richard Miscovich teaches artisan bread baking to culinary students at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, and to home and professional bakers at classes and conferences around the country. He served on the board of directors of the Bread Bakers Guild of America from 2006 to 2011. In 2014, he received the Johnson & Wales Distinguished Scholarship Award and was also inducted into the International Les Amis d'Escoffier Society. He is the author of From the Wood-Fired Oven and instructs the online Craftsy course "Handmade Sourdough: From Starter to Baked Loaf."

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Carbon Crazy: Hugelkultur, biochar, ramial chipped wood and more!

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Carbon Crazy: Hugelkultur, biochar, ramial chipped wood and more!

There are a growing variety of techniques and tactics available to growers small and large to build soil, stop erosion, stabilize water supplies in the soil and more. This session explores the major tree carbon-based systems, their benefits and drawbacks, and their similarities and differences, with special attention paid to appropriate applications of each. Speaker Bio The Moody family farms and homesteads on 35 acres in Kentucky. John Moody discovered more than a decade ago that his diet was literally killing him with duodenal ulcers, seasonal allergies, and other health problems, so the family began to transition to real, local foods and local food distribution. He started to work to protect the ability to raise, grow and have access to these foods as a board member for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. Eventually, he relocated his family to 35 acres of land to put his learning into practice. Moody now serves as interim executive director for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and as a speaker at many local, regional and national events on food, farming and nutrition. He has two books forthcoming to help growers and gardeners, one on soil and the other on small-scale farm infrastructure.

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Building Better Soil

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Building Better Soil

John Moody provides a hands-on look at how to build good soil quality and quadruple organic soil matter content in just one to two years. Speaker Bio The Moody family farms and homesteads on 35 acres in Kentucky. John Moody discovered more than a decade ago that his diet was killing him, with duodenal ulcers, seasonal allergies, and other health problems. So, the family began to transition to local foods and local food distribution. Eventually, he relocated his family to 35 acres of land to put his learning into practice. He currently serves as a founder and director of Steader (an online learning platform for homesteaders and farmers), and also speaks at many local, regional, and national events on food, farming, and nutrition. He has two books forthcoming to help growers and gardeners, one on soil and one on small-scale farm infrastructure.

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Winning the War on Weeds

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Winning the War on Weeds

At this workshop, John Moody discusses solarization, proper design, mulching, and tools and tips to create weed-resistant annual and perennial growing spaces. Speaker Bio The Moody family farms and homesteads on 35 acres in Kentucky. John Moody discovered more than a decade ago that his diet was literally killing him with duodenal ulcers, seasonal allergies, and other health problems, so the family began to transition to real, local foods and local food distribution. Eventually, he relocated his family to 35 acres of land to put his learning into practice. He currently serves as a founder and director of Steader (an online learning platform for homesteaders and farmers), and also speaks at many local, regional, and national events on food, farming, and nutrition. He has two books forthcoming to help growers and gardeners, one on soil and one on small-scale farm infrastructure.

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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! 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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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? Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Joe Putnam works as a marketing copywriter and occasional shepherd for Premier 1 Supplies. He frequently appears in Premier's instructional how-to videos on YouTube. Putnam can be found at farm industry events, where his gentle, hands-on approach makes even the most complex farming topics simple. When not at work, Putnam spends time on his family's 40-acre farmstead in southeast Iowa. There the family raises cattle, sheep, poultry, multiple gardens, corn, hay, and oats.

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A Crash Course in Smoking

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A Crash Course in Smoking

Smoke. Few words have such power to make you hungry. Think of some of the world’s most pleasurable foods: ham, bacon, pastrami, smoked salmon. All owe their distinctive flavor and character to smoke. It used to be that smoked food was only available at smokehouses or barbecue joints, where an experienced pitmaster smoked heirloom family recipes over hardwood fires in custom-built pits. But now, thanks to new fuels, new tools, new techniques, and a dazzling array of smokers, a new generation of home cooks can turn out competition-quality smoked foods in their own backyards and kitchens. A PBS television host, Barbecue Hall of Famer, and the best-selling author of the new cookbook Project Smoke, Steven Raichlen has revolutionized the art of smoking food and adapting it to modern tastes. Today, Raichlen shares his encyclopedic knowledge of how to master the techniques, including how to: choose a smoker (and how to convert an ordinary charcoal grill into a smoker); source the right fuel; assemble the best tools; flavor your food with the essential brines, rubs, marinades, and barbecue sauces; select the best smoking method; light your fire; and determine when your food is done. Raichlen demystifies how to smoke the classics, such as brisket and smoked salmon, and also discusses how to smoke vegetables, cocktails, and even desserts. Pulling from the wealth of information in Project Smoke, Raichlen offers insights for those ready to graduate from grilling to smoking, and for competition smoke masters seeking creative ideas and new techniques. He guides those looking to take the traditional route of low and slow, and those who want to infuse a dish with smoke flavor in 10 minutes or less. Speaker Bio Steven Raichlen is the author of Project Smoke, The Barbecue! Bible, How to Grill, Planet Barbecue!, and six more live-fire cookbooks that have won James Beard and IACP awards. Raichlen has written for The New York Times, Esquire, Food & Wine, and Bon Appétit, and he teaches Barbecue University classes at the Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His television shows include the PBS series Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke, Primal Grill, and Barbecue University, and the French language show Le Maitre du Grill. Raichlen has lectured on the history and culture of barbecue at the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and Harvard University. In 1975, Raichlen received a Watson Foundation Fellowship to study medieval cooking in Europe, as well as a Fulbright to study comparative literature. He holds a degree in French literature from Reed College and trained at the Cordon Bleu and La Varenne cooking schools in Paris.

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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. 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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Small Farmer Value-Added Workshop

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Small Farmer Value-Added Workshop

This workshop is for beginning and existing farmers who want to incorporate a sustainable, holistic, values-based system that brings to market niche products (and generates additional revenue). Speaker Bio Kristin Schultz completed her master's in sustainable food systems from Green Mountain College in 2016, doing extensive research on the Central Texas bioregion, value-added food production, and social- environmental-economic sustainability. While at Texas State University in 2014, she conducted graduate agroecological research, entrepreneurial development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's "Boots to Roots" program, completed her bachelor's of applied arts and sciences in 2012, and in 2013 launched the Late Bloom Project (www.LateBloomAmerica.org) to assist families with becoming more sustainable. With the help of her husband, Davin, she built a sustainable, mixed micro farm on .24 acre with a vegetable/fruit/herb market garden, and she has pasture-raised noncertified organic egg-laying hens. Schultz currently is a Farm to School Ambassador for the Sustainable Food Center, vice president of the Manor Community Farmers Market, Kristin Kay Creations Etsy Merchant, Cottage Food Producer, blogger, singer-songwriter, instructor for the Manor Gardeners Club, and a freelance Sustainable Food System Consultant who has assisted with the Southern SARE Beyond Fresh Project for the Texas Center for Local Food in Elgin, Texas. She also works for Millberg Farm and F-Stop Market Garden, as well as having worked/volunteered for seven organic/sustainable Central Texas farms (including Green Gate, Tecolote, JBG, and Munkebo).

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Sustainable Business Opportunities

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Sustainable Business Opportunities

Learn about sustainable business opportunities that expand your business offerings, as well as sustainable marketing, relationship building, turning waste into resources, and whole farm planning to improve your quality of life! Speaker Bio Kristin Kay Schultz is a creative advocate who has conducted extensive research on the Central Texas bioregion, value-added food production, and social-environmental-economic sustainability. She completed her master's in sustainable food systems at Green Mountain College. In 2013, she launched the Late Bloom Project to help families become more sustainable. With the help of her husband, Davin, she built a sustainable, .24-acre micro farm. They raise organic heritage hens on pasture for their egg community-supported agriculture program and maintain a market garden that specializes in hot pepper production. Schultz has worked and volunteered with 10 farms during the past eight years. The vice president of the Manor Community Farmers Market, she is a cottage food producer, herbalist, angler, blogger for Mother Earth News' Homestead Hustle, and a freelance sustainability consultant. Davin Schultz is a sustainably driven small farmer, angler, educator, inventor, and veteran. He provides support to other community members who want to become more sustainable. He has implemented numerous innovative solutions for the homestead he manages with his wife. Some of his creative projects include rainwater collection systems and feeders for chickens, chicken tractors/brooders/coops, a compost tea brewer, greenhouse/garden construction, and fabricating fishing equipment.

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Natural Beekeeping That Works

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Natural Beekeeping That Works

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

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Native Plants for Honey Bees and Other Pollinators

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Native Plants for Honey Bees and Other Pollinators

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

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Ferment Your Own Condiments to Add Probiotic Flavor to Every Meal

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Ferment Your Own Condiments to Add Probiotic Flavor to Every Meal

Fermentation is a hot topic—from health to flavor. Americans are looking to bold flavors to jazz up their meals—from kimchi to Siracha. What do these flavors have in common? Lactic acid fermentation! Starting with mustard and moving thru fermenting peppers, this session will teach you how create your own delicious, easy fermented condiments. Mother Earth News Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey got their start in fermenting foods with their farmstead food company, where they created more than 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Their current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops at their farm. Kirsten blogs at www.Fermentista.us. They live on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon.

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Hands-on: Mastering Kimchi

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Hands-on: Mastering Kimchi

Who doesn’t love the hot and spicy kimchi at least that is what the food trends would lead you to believe. Kimchi is the Korean form of vegetable fermentation which has many faces and flavors. It is part of an ancient culinary art that is experiencing a renaissance in this country. This class aims to demystify this safe technique for creating healthy nutrient dense delicious foods through preservation. We will follow a step by step process to make kimchi. You will learn how to make a kimchi that is just right for you taste buds—be it five-alarm heat or mild. Best of all you will take home your creation to watch ferment on your counter. Get your hands-on ticket! Hands-On Demonstrations | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey got their start in fermenting foods with their farmstead food company, where they created more than 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Their current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops at their farm. Kirsten blogs at www.Fermentista.us. They live on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon.

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Preserving Your Harvest Through Fermentation: From A to Z

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Preserving Your Harvest Through Fermentation: From A to Z

For your harvest of garden veggies why not use one of the safest, easiest, most flavorful and healthiest techniques known to preserve and keep all the nutrients alive (and even increase health benefits)? Learn how to ferment your vegetables when they are in season for flavor all year. This demonstration includes a special question-and-answer session: Stump the Fermentista! Along with other questions, attendees can list some of the veggies in their gardens and hear Kirsten K. Shockey come up with recipe ideas on the spot. Real Food Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey got their start in fermenting foods with their farmstead food company, where they created more than 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Their current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops at their farm. Kirsten blogs at www.fermentista.us. They live on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon. Books by this Speaker: Fermented Vegetables

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Make More Money on Your Farm with Agritourism

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Make More Money on Your Farm with Agritourism

It's not just veggies anymore, in this exploration into people farming. There is a growing agribusiness of inviting people to your farm. Stephens will take you through his years of working towards and dreaming about bringing people to his farmstead to share his love for natural farming and general farm fun. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Matt Stephens was born into a part-time homesteading family. Growing up on a 65 acre central Texas hobby farm, Stephens learned from his parents and his rural Depression surviving grandparents. He developed a love for all things that lived and came from a farmstead lifestyle. Life took him across the state of Texas, only to deliver him back to the family farm. Stephens expanded this familiar piece of land past a hobby and into a full time endeavor to include more than 300 acres, owned and leased. Now with a family of his own he looks to instill the same upbringing in his children and teach others from his experiences.

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No Such Place as Unusable Space

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No Such Place as Unusable Space

Matt Stephens provides a practical look into using every square inch of your property. We all have areas that could do more. Steep slopes, downgraded dirt, or rocky ledges can be turned into productive-scapes. Corners and walls provide excellent edges that can flourish. With the right setup you can even make your farm safer. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Matt Stephens was born into a part-time homesteading family. Growing up on a 65 acre central Texas hobby farm, Stephens learned from his parents and his rural Depression surviving grandparents. He developed a love for all things that lived and came from a farmstead lifestyle. Life took him across the state of Texas, only to deliver him back to the family farm. Stephens expanded this familiar piece of land past a hobby and into a full time endeavor to include more than 300 acres, owned and leased. Now with a family of his own he looks to instill the same upbringing in his children and teach others from his experiences.

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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. 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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DIY Wine

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DIY Wine

Karen Lynn Thompson and her husband, Eric, of Lil' Suburban Homestead share how they make their own wine at home using easy-to-grow plants harvested from their coastal North Carolina suburban homestead (or with vegetables and fruit sourced locally in the Cape Fear region). Most bottles of wine they make cost from $1.00 to $1.50, something you can't find in any grocery store! They explain their process step by step (including some entertaining banter along the way). Their homesteading journey has taught this suburban couple a lot, and they can't wait to share their knowledge! 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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Interactive! Build Your Own Wood-Fired Pizza Oven From Dirt

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Interactive! Build Your Own Wood-Fired Pizza Oven From Dirt

Help turn a pile of mud into a wood-fired pizza oven! See how easy it is to do this in your own backyard. Be prepared to get muddy. Natural Building 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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Interactive! Building with Straw Bales

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Interactive! Building with Straw Bales

Get muddy and see how straw bales can be used for a low-cost, beautiful, eco-friendly, highly insulated construction. Natural Building Demonstrations | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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

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

Come see how straw, an agricultural waste product, gets and wood pallets can be turned into a low cost, beautiful, eco-friendly, highly insulated wall that keeps your house comfy winter and summer. Natural Building Demonstrations | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Interactive! Earthen Plasters You Can Make at Home

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Interactive! Earthen Plasters You Can Make at Home

Earthen artists and natural builders of Uncle Mud & Family teach how to make gorgeous colored earth plasters and sculpted elements and apply them to your walls. Natural Building 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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Interactive! Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Interactive! Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

Play in the mud with Uncle Mud. Use clay, straw, and sticks to build little houses and sculpt beautiful objects from your wild imagination. This is a "Hands In" workshop: hands and feet squishing and mixing and making a big mess. Talk about how we can use these same materials to build benches, ovens, and even houses. You can wash off with water, but be prepared to get dirty and have fun. Natural Building 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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Interactive! Make Mud Not Foam: Is green building really green?

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

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

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Interactive! Making Cob: How to build with mud

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Interactive! Making Cob: How to build with mud

Learn how the dirt under your backyard can be turned into beautiful buildings, benches, pizza ovens, and much more ... the possibilities are limited only by one's imagination! Be prepared to get muddy. Natural Building Demonstrations | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Interactive: Build a Rocket Mass Heater

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Interactive: Build a Rocket Mass Heater

See how you can turn a pile of old bricks and mud into a super-efficient woodburning heater for your house or cabin. Natural Building Demonstrations | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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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 | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Ira Wallace, author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, where she coordinates variety selection and new seed grower contracts. Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply through seed saving and sustainable gardening.

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Growing Great Garlic and Perennial Onions

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Growing Great Garlic and Perennial Onions

Learn about heirloom garlic and Perennial onion varieties, from planting to cultivation and harvesting at home. Ira Wallace covers soil preparation, weed control, and disease prevention as well as curing and storage requirements. Add these culinary essentials to your garden! Heirloom Gardener Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Ira Wallace is on the board of the Organic Seed Alliance and is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, where she coordinates variety selection and new seed grower contracts. Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply through seed saving and sustainable gardening. Books by This Speaker: Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast

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

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

Fall is the perfect time to plant garlic, shallots, perennial onions, and leeks. Learn about what distinguishes the different alliums, uncommon and everyday. Look at samples and leave with a sample of something new and fun to plant in your garden this fall. Ira Wallace curates the Heirloom Allium collection at Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. Speaker Bio Ira Wallace is on the board of the Organic Seed Alliance and is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, where she coordinates variety selection and new seed grower contracts. Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply through seed saving and sustainable gardening. Books by This Speaker: Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast

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Livestock Guardians For Your Farm

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Livestock Guardians For Your Farm

A broad coverage of the various livestock guardians with emphasis on a number of Livestock Guardian Dog (LGD) breeds. Will talk pros and cons of various breeds. Talk their job on the farm, their function, temperament, interaction with others, energy level, housing and care, companionship, and health issues, if any. Will also mention legal aspects. Speaker Bio Retired from the Federal Government in 2011 and started a small livestock farm. Having over 35 years of dog breeding experience, Karen transferred that knowledge to breeding Great Pyrenees (LGD's), Kinder Goats, Pot Belly Pigs, and a variety of fowl.

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Way Beyond Basil: Discover the versatility of homemade fresh pesto

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Way Beyond Basil: Discover the versatility of homemade fresh pesto

Olwen Woodier, author of The Pesto Cookbook, shows you how to go way beyond basil in a demonstration of five surprising pesto variations. She uses fresh herb combinations to create Sun-dried Tomato and Almond Pesto; Olive, Thyme, and Parsley Puree; Arugula Parsley Chimichurri; Pepitas and Chile Salsa Verde; Spinach Arugula Pesto, and more. The workshop includes samples for tastings. Speaker Bio Olwen Woodier is the author of seven cookbooks, including The Pesto Cookbook and The Apple Cookbook. She has written about food for 35 years, including articles for The New York Times, Gourmet, Woman’s Day, and Family Circle. She offers cooking classes at her home, Glenfiddich Farm, in Leesburg, Virginia.

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Starting a Kitchen Garden: Growing culinary herbs

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Starting a Kitchen Garden: Growing culinary herbs

Learn to grow culinary herbs with Olwen Woodier, author of The Pesto Cookbook. Woodier discusses the various approaches she uses on her farm, including raised beds, containers, and hydroponic methods. Timeless favorites include sage, thyme, and rosemary, but many varieties of basils and mints, tarragon, cilantro, perilla, and lovage are great additions to homemade sauces and pestos. Woodier answers participants' questions at the end of this workshop. Speaker Bio Olwen Woodier is the author of seven cookbooks, including The Pesto Cookbook and The Apple Cookbook. She has written about food for 35 years, including articles for The New York Times, Gourmet, Woman’s Day, and Family Circle. She offers cooking classes at her home, Glenfiddich Farm, in Leesburg, Virginia.

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Emergency Power Long After the Grid and Your Generator Have Failed

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Emergency Power Long After the Grid and Your Generator Have Failed

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

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

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

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

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Cut Flower Farming: The Top 10 Cut-Flowers to Grow and Sell

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Cut Flower Farming: The Top 10 Cut-Flowers to Grow and Sell

Learn how to grow the top 10 cut flowers to sell. Lisa shares the flowers that have sustained and built her small urban flower farm for the past 20 years. Growing outdoors in the garden and following all-natural practices has proven to be profitable and easy. Lisa shares how growing a steady supply of high-quality in demand cut flowers is the foundation of a cut-flower farm and how you can do it! Speaker Bio Lisa Mason Ziegler is a cut-flower farmer, author, and nationally recognized speaker on organic cut-flower gardening. Ziegler has been farming since 1998; her urban 3-acre farm produces thousands of stems of flowers each week in season. She sells her flowers to florists and through her community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs. Ziegler is the founder and owner of The Gardener’s Workshop, a catalog and online shop offering the gardening tools and supplies she uses in her own gardens. Books by This Speaker: The Easy Cut-Flower Garden, Cool Flowers

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Seed Starting Troubleshooting

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Seed Starting Troubleshooting

Bring your seed starting questions and troubles for Lisa to answer! She will review the steps of seed starting outdoors in the garden and starting indoors with her tabletop method of soil blocking. Learning and following a few basic seed-starting steps will clear the way to your success and open the door to thousands of plant choices. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 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, Cool Flowers

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Vegetables Love Flowers: Giving Nature a Hand!

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Vegetables Love Flowers: Giving Nature a Hand!

Did you know that flowers are the fuel for the fires of nature? Nature has a powerful workforce that will take care of many of the problems we face in the garden--if we attract and sustain the workers. Growing flowers from spring until fall in a pesticide-free garden will open the flood gates to pollinators and beneficial insects and there is no better way to do that than with a cutting garden right in the vegetable patch. Learn why to grow flowers and how to tend to a cutting garden without pesticides. Flowers in the veggie patch is the way nature intended it to be and that's why Vegetables Love Flowers! Heirloom Gardener Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 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, Cool Flowers

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Brew Simple Herbal Ales and Sodas

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Brew Simple Herbal Ales and Sodas

Learn how to brew simple herbal ales and low-to-no-alcohol herbal sodas using natural ingredients and basic kitchen equipment. Grit Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Jereme Zimmerman is a writer and fermentation revivalist who lives in Berea, Kentucky with his wife Jenna, daughters Sadie and Maisie and herds of wild yeast that he corrals into his various fermentation creations. He writes for New Pioneer, Backwoods Home and other sustainability and homesteading magazines, and travels nationwide to present on topics such as fermentation, natural and holistic homebrewing, modern homesteading, and sustainable living. He is the author of Make Mead Like a Viking and is currently at work on a book about traditional beer-brewing practices.

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Hands-On: Make Your Own Mead Starter

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Hands-On: Make Your Own Mead Starter

Fermenting mead with wild yeasts offers myriad benefits to health and well-being. Learn how simple it is to capture and cultivate yeasts for your own batch of wildcrafted mead! Hands-On Demonstrations | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Jereme Zimmerman is a writer and fermentation revivalist who lives in Berea, Kentucky with his wife Jenna, daughters Sadie and Maisie and herds of wild yeast that he corrals into his various fermentation creations. He writes for New Pioneer, Backwoods Home and other sustainability and homesteading magazines, and travels nationwide to present on topics such as fermentation, natural and holistic homebrewing, modern homesteading, and sustainable living. He is the author of Make Mead Like a Viking and is currently at work on a book about traditional beer-brewing practices.

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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. Grit Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Jereme Zimmerman is a writer and fermentation revivalist who lives in Berea, Kentucky with his wife Jenna, daughters Sadie and Maisie and herds of wild yeast that he corrals into his various fermentation creations. He writes for New Pioneer, Backwoods Home and other sustainability and homesteading magazines, and travels nationwide to present on topics such as fermentation, natural and holistic homebrewing, modern homesteading, and sustainable living. He is the author of Make Mead Like a Viking and is currently at work on a book about traditional beer-brewing practices.

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