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The Homestead Medic

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The Homestead Medic

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

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Women in Agriculture: The need for community

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Women in Agriculture: The need for community

Women represent the fastest-growing segment in agriculture today.Women's active role in farming has tripled in the last three decades.Even so, there is a loneliness that often accompanies women who choose this career. They need community, a place where they can share new ideas, celebrate victories, address challenges, and cultivate relationships with like-minded women. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Cyndi Ball has been homesteading for more than 20 years and owns the educational homestead Lazy B Farm. She is the proud mother of six home-schooled children and the wife of 30 years to her husband, Dave. She is an avid educator. Her greatest passion, outside of the home, is women in agriculture. She is the founder and president of the National Ladies Homestead Gathering, an organization that provides local community for women interested in homesteading and sustainability.

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Simplify Your Homestead Plan

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Simplify Your Homestead Plan

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

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Interactive! Fungi in the Classroom

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Interactive! Fungi in the Classroom

Ever wonder what kind of projects you and your children can start at home or in school with mushrooms? This program is part show and part hands-on, with many cool experiments that are practical for demonstrating recycling and composting home and school waste byproducts using mushroom spawn. Participants make and take home a small mushroom fruiting kit they make from shredded paper or cardboard, as well as a living culture! Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist and organic gardener who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than 22 years. He is the author of Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, published by Chelsea Green in 2014. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain (which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, and daughter Heidi) to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries, and he currently maintains more than 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides. Books by this Speaker: Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

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Medicinal Mushroom Magick

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Medicinal Mushroom Magick

Participants will enjoy the full circle experience of mushroom cultivation, harvesting, preparation, extractions, product development for personal care products and medicinal fungal foods. Tradd uses a combination of visual slides and a live extraction demo that makes the entire process a memorable and efficient learning experience. Learn basic mushroom cultivation principles, how the chemical properties of fungi are affected by their environment, and how you can create potent extracts and innovative medicinal and culinary products for home, family or your business’ product development. 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 2017: Medicinal mushrooms, magical molds, and magnificent mycorrhizae

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Mycotopia 2017: Medicinal mushrooms, magical molds, and magnificent mycorrhizae

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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Introduction to Charcuterie

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Introduction to Charcuterie

Learn about charcuterie: the preservation of meat using salt and smoke. Meredith Leigh demonstrates making fresh sausage and discusses other forms of charcuterie (such as fermented sausages and smoked meats). Earth Fare Healthy Food Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook and the author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Whole Animal Butchery

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Whole Animal Butchery

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

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Sausage Making 101

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Sausage Making 101

Learn the basics of making delicious sausage from pork, beef, chicken, lamb, rabbit, or wild game. Meredith Leigh, author of The Ethical Meat Handbook, discusses secrets to optimum flavor and texture, and she covers equipment needs (as well as creating your own recipes). Hear about cooking methods, including smoking, in addition to processing. Earth Fare Healthy Food Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook, and the author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie, and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Books by This Speaker: The Ethical Meat Handbook

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The Permaculture Market Garden

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The Permaculture Market Garden

Zach Loeks starts with a crash course in natural science, explains ecosystem services, and covers techniques for mapping and designing your farm to fit within your property's environmental reality. He discusses how to use holistic planning to balance your business and then delves into the routine improvement of your soil through brown brain investment. The presentation culminates with Loeks laying out his Permabed system for patterning efficient garden diversity and how it serves as a framework for agro-ecosystem design. Covering key concepts from Loeks' book The Permaculture Market Garden, this workshop invites attendees to immerse themselves in this farm design process and its possibilities for simplifying and improving a farm business or homestead. Grit Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Zach Loeks is an educator, designer/consultant, and farmer in Ontario, and he has a degree in environmental geography from Concordia University. He teaches soil science at Algonquin College and root cellar design at Yestermorrow Design/Build School. He also runs workshops on and off the farm on topics ranging from organic gardening and garlic production to off-grid living and farm design. His research and farming practices emphasize integrating diversity, conserving soil, and maximizing farm ecosystem services while maintaining high productivity. He is also the author of The Permaculture Market Garden, a vibrant guide to sustainable market gardening and agro-ecological land patterning. Books by This Speaker: The Permaculture Market Garden

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The Permabed System

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The Permabed System

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

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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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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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Hands-on: Building Better Soil

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Hands-on: 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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DIY: Chicken coops and tractors on the cheap

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DIY: Chicken coops and tractors on the cheap

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

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Make Mead Like a Viking

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Make Mead Like a Viking

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

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Ferment the Harvest

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Ferment the Harvest

Fermenting vegetables through wild fermentation (the use of wild yeasts and bacteria to initiate fermentation) is a healthy, enlivening practice that helps restore the balance of beneficial microbes in your gut and introduces you to a world of new flavors. Learn how to ferment cabbage, beans, carrots, peppers, and myriad other vegetables as a method for preserving the harvest without the use of any modern conveniences. Zimmerman discusses his method for making basic sauerkraut and kimchi, as well as pickling vegetables such as cucumbers and beans, and delves into the vast opportunities in experimentation available to the modern fermenter. Speaker Bio Jereme Zimmerman grew up on his parents’ northern Kentucky goat farm, Twin Meadows, where he was also homeschooled. After graduating from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, he moved to the Pacific Northwest, where he immersed himself in the world of homebrewing. As the world’s only peace-loving, green-living Appalachian Yeti Viking, Zimmerman writes, blogs and speaks regularly on fermentation, mead-making, homesteading and good eating. He is a regular contributor to various publications and websites, including New Pioneer and Backwoods Home magazines. He writes for Earthineer.com as “RedHeadedYeti.” He currently lives in Berea with his wife, Jenna, and daughters, Sadie and Maisie, where he practices urban homesteading and cavorts with farmers, authors and fellow sustainable living enthusiasts. His first book, Make Mead Like a Viking, was published by Chelsea Green Publishing in November 2015.

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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! Speaker Bio Jereme Zimmerman grew up on his parents’ northern Kentucky goat farm, Twin Meadows, where he was also homeschooled. After graduating from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, he moved to the Pacific Northwest, where he immersed himself in the world of homebrewing. As the world’s only peace-loving, green-living Appalachian Yeti Viking, Zimmerman writes, blogs, and speaks regularly on fermentation, making mead, homesteading, and good eating. He is a regular contributor to various publications and websites, including New Pioneer and Backwoods Home magazines. He writes for Earthineer.com as “RedHeadedYeti.” He currently lives in Berea with his wife, Jenna, and daughters, Sadie and Maisie. He practices urban homesteading there and cavorts with farmers, authors, and fellow sustainable living enthusiasts. His first book, Make Mead Like a Viking, was published by Chelsea Green Publishing in 2015.

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