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Reclaim Your Health with Ayurveda, One of the World’s Oldest Healing Systems

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Reclaim Your Health with Ayurveda, One of the World’s Oldest Healing Systems

The World Health Organization reports that, by 2020, two-thirds of all disease worldwide will be the result of lifestyle choices. Mahatma Gandhi loved ayurveda, a science of healthy living from ancient India, because he believed that teaching us how to live in harmony with nature should be the purpose of medicine; with ayurveda’s emphasis on lifestyle changes addressing the root causes of disease, this purpose is realized. Ananta Ripa shares how living by ayurveda’s recommended diet and lifestyle can help you reclaim your health to experience better sleep, less stress, optimal digestion, and lasting joy and balance. Ripa applied the principles of ayurveda to overcome years of chronic insomnia, eating disorders, and stress. She now loves nothing more than sharing her knowledge of this art of living with everyone she meets. In this workshop, Ripa discusses how you can start shifting your way of eating toward greater health without even having to cook. She shares a surprisingly simple lifestyle secret to help you start to overcome insomnia, heal your digestion, and experience greater clarity of mind. She also talks about inspired ayurvedic morning practices to help you start your day on the best foot possible. Mountain Rose Herbs | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Ananta Ripa Ajmera is an ayurveda practitioner and yoga instructor who studied with Acharya Shunya, an eminent traditional Vedic teacher whose lineage stems back to ancient India. She has taught ayurveda and yoga at Stanford University, Stanford Health Care, California Probation Departments, ABC News, and leading business conferences. Her writing has been popular on MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, and Huffington Post. Books by this Speaker: The Ayurveda Way

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Hands-on: Handcraft Your Health with Ayurveda

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Hands-on: Handcraft Your Health with Ayurveda

One of the most beautiful things about Ayurveda (the holistic, ancient Indian art and science of healthy living) is that everything is handmade. That means there is love, care, attention, and intention that goes into all of our daily choices. Each of these health-awakening choices is like the seed of a flower planted in a garden of mindfulness. Ananta Ripa Ajmera, author of The Ayurveda Way teaches several of Ayurveda's ancient hands-on health awakening practices. Start growing your own garden of mindful living through a daily self-love practice that rejuvenates the body, soothes aches and pains, and helps you sleep like a baby at night. Learn simple, yet profound, lineage-based Ayurvedic yoga practices to calm and heal your mind and live in greater harmony with nature. Discover practical ways you can connect with the healing power of marigold flowers to boost your digestion, bring a radiant glow to your skin, and uplift your spirit. Mother Earth Living | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Ananta Ripa Ajmera is an ayurveda practitioner and yoga instructor who studied with Acharya Shunya, an eminent traditional Vedic teacher whose lineage stems back to ancient India. She has taught ayurveda and yoga at Stanford University, Stanford Health Care, California Probation Departments, ABC News, and leading business conferences. Her writing has been popular on MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, and Huffington Post. Books by this Speaker: The Ayurveda Way

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Greywater, Green Landscape

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Greywater, Green Landscape

Want to save water this summer while keeping your garden green? Use greywater! Greywater (gently used water from sinks, showers, and washing machines) can be a great source of irrigation. Learn the basics of how to reuse your own household greywater. This workshop includes information on soaps, plants, codes, costs, and popular systems. Modern Homesteading | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Laura Allen is a founding member of Greywater Action and has spent the past 15 years exploring low-tech, sustainable water solutions. She is the author of Greywater, Green Landscape and The Water-Wise Home: How to Conserve, Capture, and Reuse Water in Your Home and Landscape. Allen leads hands-on workshops, teaching people how to reuse greywater in their homes.

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

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

Now that you’re “hooked” with the fascinating world of keeping chickens, perhaps you are thinking about taking the next step to breed them? In this session you will learn the common sense basics of setting up for a breeder flock and how to make good breeding decisions for creating birds that meet breed standard while producing better meat and eggs in the process. Over time you can make great improvements to your flock which will translate to healthier, more productive, and ultimately more valuable birds. Modern Homesteading | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Jeannette Beranger is a program manager for The Livestock Conservancy and counts more than 30 years experience of working as an animal professional. She uses the knowledge to plan and implement breed conservation programs. At home, she maintains a heritage breeds farm with a focus on rare breed chickens and horses. In 2015, she was named one of Country Woman Magazine's "45 Amazing Country Women" for her work in conserving endangered breeds. Books by this Speaker: An Introduction to Heritage Breeds

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Homegrown Pork and How to Get Ready for Backyard Pigs

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Homegrown Pork and How to Get Ready for Backyard Pigs

Interest in raising your own pigs for family use has soared in recent years as people discover the flavor of heritage hogs and the culinary delights these pigs offer. Learn about the basics of keeping these animals, about the breeds themselves, and how to tell them apart from the numerous imposters that can be a costly lesson to new pig owners. The Livestock Conservancy | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. 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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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. The Livestock Conservancy | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. 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.

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Hands-on: ReWild the Child!

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Hands-on: 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 | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 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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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. Mother Earth News | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 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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Hands-on: Gardening with Mushrooms using Straw Bales, Wood Chips, and Recycled Cardboard

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Hands-on: 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. Modern Homesteading | Saturday, 12:45-1:45 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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Preserving Oregon's Sweetest Things: Our berries!

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Preserving Oregon's Sweetest Things: Our berries!

Oregon berries are delicious jewels, but the season is short. Gain tips and hints to save these beauties for year-round enjoyment. Focus on low-sugar, creative and healthy methods to preserve and use Mother Nature's bounty. Mother Earth Living | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Oregon State University Extension Service faculty member Jeanne Brandt and Master Food Preservers from Linn and Benton counties team up to share current, research-based information on this popular topic.

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

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

Some of the easiest cheeses to make are also the most versatile and delicious! Learn how you can make these classics with only one stop at the grocery store! In an hour, Gianaclis Caldwell makes ricotta and paneer, and then lets folks sample them at the end. Real Food | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Gianaclis Caldwell is the author of four books on cheesemaking and small dairying, including the award-winning Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking. Along with her husband, she milks goats and makes cheese at Pholia Farm Creamery in the south of Oregon.

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Goats: Keeping your herd healthy the holistic way

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Goats: Keeping your herd healthy the holistic way

Although goats are thought of as naturally healthy and relatively easy to care for, in reality maintaining a healthy herd requires an understanding of their natural nutritional, emotional, and physical needs. With holistic care and a bit of troubleshooting training, you can keep your goats in great shape ... with almost no vet bills! The Livestock Conservancy | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 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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Ask a Gardener

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Ask a Gardener

Shawna Coronado is a wellness lifestyle advocate, professional author, blogger, photographer, and media host who campaigns for social good. She has a "make a difference" focus on wellness, green lifestyle living, organic gardening, and healthy food recipes built to inspire. In her Midwestern garden, Coronado grows fresh organic foods in order to help reduce inflammation-based chronic pain and improve wellness. Ask her questions on organic growing, anti-inflammatory diet, and wellness lifestyle issues. Mother Earth Living | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Shawna Coronado is an author, columnist, blogger, photographer, media host, and brand ambassador in the realms of green lifestyle living, organic gardening, and low-cost cuisine who campaigns for social good. She is also an on-camera spokesperson and social media personality with more than 375,000 followers on her various social media venues, and she maintains a YouTube channel with more than a million views. In 2015 she co-hosted the radio show “The Good Green Home Show” and appeared bi-weekly at her home garden as the FOX News Chicago “Gardening with Good Day” organic gardening expert. Coronado’s garden and eco-adventures have been featured in many media venues, including PBS television. Along with her green lifestyle initiatives, Coronado is concerned about promoting and teaching healthy living. She was diagnosed with severe spinal osteoarthritis, news that led her to change her lifestyle, lose weight, and consume a mostly anti-inflammatory diet. She educates audiences about beneficial diet, food, and health practices through her organic living media. She dreams that this will enable more people who suffer from similar conditions to be active. Her successful organic living photographs and stories have been shown both online and off in many international home and garden magazines and multiple books.

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Arthritis in the Garden: How to lower chronic pain without drugs

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Arthritis in the Garden: How to lower chronic pain without drugs

Shawna Coronado shows her extensive gardens and talks about the dramatic personal story of how she has used garden therapy, an anti-inflammatory diet, and exercise to overcome the daily debilitating pain associated with spinal osteoarthritis. Her efforts have resulted in weight loss, improved mood, pain reduction, increased mobility, and a beautiful garden. Coronado shows stunning scenes from her garden to illustrate how easy it is to make a few simple lifestyle changes for your own health so that you, too, can create remarkable personal results. She discusses gardening and exercise tips as well as food choices that might just help you reduce pain, lose weight, and feel great while you are living a greener lifestyle. Heirloom Gardener | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Shawna Coronado is an author, columnist, blogger, photographer, media host, and brand ambassador who campaigns for social good in the realms of green living, organic gardening, and low-cost cuisine. She is also an on-camera spokesperson and social media personality with more than 375,000 followers on her various social media venues, and she maintains a YouTube channel with more than a million views. In 2015 she co-hosted the radio show “The Good Green Home Show” and appeared bi-weekly at her home garden as the FOX News Chicago “Gardening with Good Day” organic gardening expert. Coronado’s garden and eco-adventures have been featured in many media venues, including PBS television. Along with her green lifestyle initiatives, Coronado is concerned about promoting and teaching healthy living. She was diagnosed with severe spinal osteoarthritis, a diagnosis that has led her to change her lifestyle, lose weight, and consume a mostly anti-inflammatory diet. She educates audiences about beneficial diet, food and health practices through her organic living media. She dreams that this will enable more people who suffer from similar conditions to be active. Her successful organic living photographs and stories have been shown both online and off in many international home and garden magazines and multiple books.

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Secret Organic Gardening Hacks That Will Blow Your Mind

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Secret Organic Gardening Hacks That Will Blow Your Mind

Learn eco-friendly solutions to improve any garden. Shawna Coronado helps you discover clever ways to upcycle everyday items in your garden in order to save your pennies and save the environment. Each hack is natural or organic and easy to accomplish in the garden, and they will give you creative insight on how you can grow for very little money. Coronado demonstrates each tip with full-color photos and tales from her creative and wacky home garden, which is making a difference in her community and for her family. Mother Earth News | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Shawna Coronado is an author, columnist, blogger, photographer, media host, and brand ambassador in the realms of green lifestyle living, organic gardening, and low-cost cuisine who campaigns for social good. She is also an on-camera spokesperson and social media personality with more than 375,000 followers on her various social media venues and she maintains a YouTube channel with more than a million views. In 2015 she co-hosted the radio show “The Good Green Home Show” and appeared bi-weekly at her home garden as the FOX News Chicago “Gardening with Good Day” organic gardening expert. Coronado’s garden and eco-adventures have been featured in many media venues, including PBS television. Along with her green lifestyle initiatives, Coronado is concerned about promoting and teaching healthy living. She was diagnosed with severe spinal osteoarthritis, news that led her to change her lifestyle, lose weight, and consume a mostly anti-inflammatory diet. She educates audiences about beneficial diet, food, and health practices through her organic living media. She dreams that this will enable more people who suffer from similar conditions to be active. Her successful organic living photographs and stories have been shown both online and off in many international home and garden magazines and multiple books.

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Hands-on: Fungi in the Classroom

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Hands-on: Fungi in the Classroom

Ever wonder what kind of projects you and your children can start at home or in school with mushrooms? This program is part show and part hands-on, with many cool experiments that are practical for demonstrating recycling and composting home and school waste byproducts using mushroom spawn. Participants make and take home a small mushroom fruiting kit they make from shredded paper or cardboard, as well as a living culture! Kids Treehouse | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 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. Mother Earth Living | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 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 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. Mother Earth News | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 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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Hands-on: Gardening with Mushrooms using Straw Bales, Wood Chips, and Recycled Cardboard

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Hands-on: 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. Modern Homesteading | Saturday, 12:45-1:45 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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Extraordinary Equines

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Extraordinary Equines

Whether you're looking for an equine for the plow, driving, endurance, therapy, or the trail, the right heritage breed is out there! Learn about the variety of choices and how finding the appropriate breed for your skill and needs can make the dream of ownership a delightful reality. The Livestock Conservancy | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Charlene Couch recently joined the Livestock Conservancy as a programs coordinator. She grew up on a small farm in Western North Carolina with horses, beef cattle, goats, and chickens. Her doctorate degree is in zoology with a biotechnology minor. Couch has a keen interest in the conservation of genetic diversity in livestock and is currently focused on horse and pig initiatives. At home on the farm she maintains horses and chickens.

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Chicken Behavior and Health

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Chicken Behavior and Health

Learn to recognize what is normal in your flock and what behaviors might indicate health issues. Charlene Couch addresses some common health concerns and discusses what items you should keep on hand for your flock's first-aid kit! The Livestock Conservancy | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Charlene Couch recently joined the Livestock Conservancy as a programs coordinator. She grew up on a small farm in Western North Carolina with horses, beef cattle, goats, and chickens. Her doctorate degree is in zoology with a biotechnology minor. Couch has a keen interest in conservation of genetic diversity in livestock and is currently focused on horse and pig initiatives. At home on the farm she maintains horses and chickens.

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Introduction to Solar

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Introduction to Solar

Learn why solar is a smart choice for Oregon homeowners. Current financial incentives may cover 50 to 70 percent of the cost. Meghan Craig shows how well solar works in the state's climate, identifies available solar technologies and financial incentives, and discusses how to go about choosing a contractor. Participants leave with basic knowledge about solar energy systems, ready to do more focused research on their own or start working with a contractor right away. Modern Homesteading | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Meghan Craig is the program manager for Solar Oregon and Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association, working across the public solar education and solar trade association realms. In the past, Craig was a consultant with Green Building Services, working on sustainability curriculum, and a program coordinator with SparkNorthwest (formerly Northwest SEED), managing Solarize Washington campaigns and providing feasibility evaluation of renewable energy projects in Seattle. Before entering the renewable energy field, Craig served as an Interpretive Park Ranger and climate change educator at the North Cascades National Park in Stehekin, Washington, for many years. Craig holds a bachelor's in marketing and international business from Penn State and a master's in public and international affairs, environmental policy from Virginia Tech. For her commitment to public service and social justice, Craig received the Government and International Affairs Founding Faculty Award for demonstrating the ideals of community engagement, public service, and social justice. Craig also received a prestigious fellowship (C2C-Campus-to-Congress) from the Bard Center for Environmental Policy for emerging leaders in climate change. She has also participated in the Climate Reality Project’s Leadership Corps training.

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

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

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

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Kombucha Demo Workshop

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Kombucha Demo Workshop

If you can brew a cup of tea, you can brew kombucha! As bacteriosapiens, we are bacteria-powered! The more bacteria-rich fermented foods that we incorporate into our diet, the better we feel. In this hands-on demo from one of the world’s foremost kombucha experts, Hannah Crum (the "Kombucha Mamma"), learn how easy it is to enjoy the benefits of brewing kombucha at home for a fraction of the cost, while nourishing your human microbiome. Real Food | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Hannah Crum and Alex LaGory created Kombucha Kamp (www.KombuchaKamp.com) to provide the highest-quality brewing supplies, information, and support. The couple mentor homebrewers and serve as commercial brewing consultants. They co-founded Kombucha Brewers International in Los Angeles, where they reside. Known as the "Kombucha Mamma,” Crum speaks at consumer and corporate events nationwide.

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Kombucha and the Human Microbiome

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Kombucha and the Human Microbiome

Kombucha is living tea! For the last decade, kombucha has been burbling into the collective consciousness. As more and more people are sick of being sick and sick of dealing with a broken medical system, they are seeking out healing foods. The medical community has also been seeking answers and alternate therapies to deal with disease. Through the Human Genome Project and now the Human Microbiome Project, research is just beginning to uncover our complex relationship with bacteria and discovering novel ways to use bacteria therapeutically. Kombucha is at the nexus of pop culture, cutting-edge science, and fermented foods, serving as a tasty gateway to nutrient-dense foods as well as empowering people to reclaim their immunity through the cultivation of this ancient tonic. Hannah Crum also covers the basics of brewing kombucha safely at home. Mountain Rose Herbs | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Known as the "Kombucha Mamma,” Hannah Crum speaks at consumer and corporate events nationwide. She and Alex LaGory created Kombucha Kamp (www.KombuchaKamp.com) to provide the highest-quality brewing supplies, information, and support. They mentor homebrewers and serve as commercial brewing consultants. The couple co-founded Kombucha Brewers International in Los Angeles, where they reside.

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The Basics of Making Cultured Milk Products

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The Basics of Making Cultured Milk Products

Learn basic techniques of making your own cultured milk products as well as ideas for incorporating them into your diet. Hear about making regular yogurt, Greek yogurt, yogurt cheese, crème fraîche, buttermilk, and cultured butter. This workshop covers the origin of the products as well as the equipment needed. Real Food | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Katya Davis is a veteran Master Food Preserver from Lane County. She assists with training new volunteers and with many popular community workshops.

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

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

Help turn a pile of mud into a wood-fired pizza oven! See how easy it is to do this in your own backyard. Be prepared to get muddy. Natural Building | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio

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Essentials of Light Straw Clay

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Essentials of Light Straw Clay

Light straw clay — straw mixed with clay slip — is a versatile, easy-to-use wall building material. Also called "slip-straw," its durability has been proven in beautiful, centuries-old buildings across Northern Europe and in modern high-performance buildings in North America. At this workshop, natural builder and activist Lydia Doleman takes on a journey of light straw construction! Doleman is the author of Essentials Light Straw Clay Construction. Natural Building | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Lydia Doleman is a natural builder and activist currently practicing in southern Oregon. She has been building since she first stole her sister’s Legos at the age of 3. For the last 13 years, her work has been a culminating point for ecology, art, and social justice.

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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. Heirloom Gardener | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Terry Durham has been farming organically since 1978, and he started commercial elderberries in 2005. He has helped hundreds of gardeners and farmers start growing through his nursery and educational events.

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Formulating Healing Herbal Teas

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Formulating Healing Herbal Teas

Sarah Farr provides a step-by-step guide to sourcing and formulating your own herbal teas that suit your body's specific needs. She discusses sourcing herbs, growing herbs, basic home apothecary tools and setup, and different methods of formulation. At the end of the workshop, taste several tea formulations. Mountain Rose Herbs | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Sarah Farr is a medicinal plant farmer and tea maker in the Puget Sound. Her farm, Orchard Botanicals, grows many of the herbs she uses for her businesses Harbor Herbalist and Bird's Eye Tea. Her main focus is offering effective and delicious seasonal herbal teas to her community.

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Hands-on: Tasting Healing Herbal Teas

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Hands-on: Tasting Healing Herbal Teas

Sarah Farr discusses herbs and general herbal actions based on their taste. This demonstration includes sampling herbs as Farr discusses how taste sensations can provide a snapshot of how herbs might influence physiology and tissue states. Meant for beginners, this class keeps things fun and light, but participants acquire firsthand experience with using their own sensations to make basic observations about how an herb tastes. The workshop also explores the possible ways that different taste sensations impact body systems. This exercise is just a small, but important, part of learning how herbs and foods influence the body. Mother Earth Living | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Sarah Farr is a medicinal plant farmer and tea maker in the Puget Sound. Her farm, Orchard Botanicals, grows many of the herbs she uses for her businesses Harbor Herbalist and Bird's Eye Tea. Her main focus is offering effective and delicious seasonal herbal teas to her community.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 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. Learn about the basic food chemistry of emulsions, and equip yourself with the knowledge necessary to make sauces, gravies, smoothies, and other gourmet delights. This is a hands-on and taste buds-engaged workshop, and Space is limited. To secure a spot to this workshop, pick up an admission ticket at the Information Desk. Grit | Sunday, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Speaker Bio Patricia Foreman is a sustainable agriculture author, local foods activist, and popular speaker. She (and her co-presenter, chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free) has presented workshops and book signings at major national festivals and conferences across the United States. She is the author or co-author of five books, including City Chicks and Chicken Tractor. To help “Chick Start America,” she developed the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification course (www.ChickensAndYOU.com). Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in animal science and pharmacy. She has a master's of public affairs from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

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

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

Processing your own chickens for family food is a lost art in our culture. It’s time to bring back this old tradition and combine it with new techniques, so that poultry processing becomes common knowledge in homes and communities. Learn how to humanely, safely, sanitarily, and skillfully process your birds. What to do with those roosters and older hens? Get healthy, high-quality meat and bone broth from your backyard flock. This workshop covers topics including the power of knowing your meat source and how it was raised, fed, and processed. Explore the sacred significance of taking a life so that you can live. Understand the science and chemistry behind skilled meat processing. Find out what processing equipment you already have (or could easily borrow). Hear how to make hand-plucking fun. Learn all about super simple evisceration and follow an educational anatomy lesson. Patricia Foreman points out nutritional differences between meat from heritage vs. commercial breeds. She also touches on cold shorting and effective freezer packaging for long-term storage. Mother Earth News | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Patricia Foreman is a sustainable agriculture author, local foods activist, and popular speaker. She (and her co-presenter, chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free) has presented workshops and book signings at major national festivals and conferences across the United States. She is the author or co-author of five books, including City Chicks and Chicken Tractor. To help “Chick Start America,” she developed the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification course (www.ChickensAndYOU.com). Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in animal science and pharmacy. She has a master's of public affairs from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Books by This Speaker: City Chicks, Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry

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Varroa Management

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Varroa and varroa-related issues are among the leading causes of colony loss. To be successful at keeping honey bees alive and healthy, a beekeeper must do something to manage the mite population. Shane Gebauer covers various options, ranging from IPM techniques to more traditional treatments. The Livestock Conservancy | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Shane Gebauer has been a beekeeper and worked in the beekeeping industry for more than 12 years. Currently, he is the president and partner at Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, which is one of the nation's largest beekeeping supply companies.

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What Does It Take to Get Started in Beekeeping?

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What Does It Take to Get Started in Beekeeping?

If you have ever thought about beekeeping as a hobby but don’t know what’s involved or how to get started, this workshop is for you. It aims to help you answer the question: Is beekeeping right for me? Explore things you need to know before you get bees, like the time commitment, the startup cost, good locations for hives, and generally what it’s like to be a beekeeper. The Livestock Conservancy | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Shane Gebauer has been a beekeeper and worked in the beekeeping industry for more than 12 years. Currently, he is the president and partner at Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, which is one of the nation's largest beekeeping supply companies.

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Hands-on: Live Hive Inspection

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Hands-on: Live Hive Inspection

Shane Gebauer inspects an active colony of honey bees, assessing the overall health of the colony. He will look at important factors, such as queen vigor, nutrition, diseases, and pests. The main pest and challenge facing beekeepers today are Varroa mites. Shane will walk through the process of sampling for Varroa using a sugar shake and discuss the results, as well as possible management strategies. Mother Earth News | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Shane Gebauer has been a beekeeper and worked in the beekeeping industry for more than 12 years. He is the president and partner at Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, which is one of the nation's largest beekeeping supply companies.

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Herbal Lotions, Scrubs and Skin Care from the Garden

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Herbal Lotions, Scrubs and Skin Care from the Garden

Grow healing and aromatic herbs to create hand-blended spa products. Hear easy tips and ideas to make fresh potions for spa treatments: peppermint foot scrub, sensual sugar scrubs, powders, fragrant mists and more. Learn the nurturing attributes of herbs, and how to grow and use them. Mountain Rose Herbs | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Author Sue Goetz is an award-winning garden designer, writer and speaker. She is founder-owner of Creative Gardener, where she offers classes, garden coaching, and gardens by design. Goetz has a special passion for herbs, and she teaches about all their enchanting qualities and how to use them. She shares her passion through workshops and her book, The Herb Lover’s Spa Book.

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The Herb Lover's Garden

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The Herb Lover's Garden

Go herbal! Find out the best mint to make an herbal spa scrub. How about fennel for attracting butterflies or parsley as a flower border? Landscaping, fragrance, healing and edible flowers, seasoning and cut flower abundance: Discover something new and useful about the herbs in your garden. Mountain Rose Herbs | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Author Sue Goetz is an award-winning garden designer, writer and speaker. She is founder-owner of Creative Gardener, where she offers classes, garden coaching, and gardens by design. Goetz has a special passion for herbs, and she teaches about all their enchanting qualities and how to use them. She shares her passion through workshops and her book, The Herb Lover’s Spa Book.

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Hands-on: Lavender Sea Salt Body Scrub

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Hands-on: Lavender Sea Salt Body Scrub

Create a nurturing scrub with lavender harvested from the garden. The three easy ingredients nourish skin to a healthy glow. Space for this hands-on workshop is limited. To secure a spot to this workshop, pick up an admission ticket at the Information Desk. Mother Earth Living | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Author Sue Goetz is an award-winning garden designer, writer, and speaker. She is the founder and owner of Creative Gardener, where she offers classes, garden coaching, and gardens by design. Goetz has a special passion for herbs, and she teaches about all their enchanting qualities and how to use them. She shares her passion through workshops and her book, The Herb Lover’s Spa Book.

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Improving Stockmanship

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Temple Grandin shares her techniques for improved design of handling facilities, explaining visual distractions that hinder animal movement through a handling facility. Grandin will be focusing on practices for the small farm from her new book, Temple Grandin's Guide to Working with Farm Animals. The Livestock Conservancy | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Temple Grandin, is the best-selling author of Temple Grandin's Guide to Working with Farm Animals, Animals in Translation, Animals Make Us Human, and Improving Animal Welfare. She consults on animal welfare to several segments of the fast food industry, and her life was the subject of a 2010 Emmy Award-winning HBO movie. Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University.

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Livestock Behavior and Handling

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Livestock Behavior and Handling

Keep your animals calm and safe with Temple Grandin's groundbreaking insights and methods, now tailored specifically for small farms. Understand the behavior, fears, and instincts of cattle, goats, pigs, and sheep, and set up the most humane, healthy, and productive systems and facilities on your farm. Mother Earth News | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Temple Grandin is the best-selling author of Temple Grandin's Guide to Working with Farm Animals, Animals in Translation, Animals Make Us Human, and Improving Animal Welfare. She consults on animal welfare to several segments of the fast food industry, and her life was the subject of a 2010 Emmy Award-winning HBO movie. Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University.

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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. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. 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: 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. Mother Earth Living | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. 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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Giving New Life to Trees Headed to the Landfill

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Giving New Life to Trees Headed to the Landfill

People love trees, and for good reason. Beyond their visual appeal, trees offer wide-ranging benefits such as purifying air, diverting stormwater, and providing shade. When local trees die, however, they often end up in a landfill. By some estimates, 3 billion to 4 billion board feet of potentially usable lumber is discarded as waste every year. David Hildreth and Silas Kyler are co-authors of The Art and Craft of Wood, a how-to book for making use of urban lumber, and co-directors of Felled, a documentary film exploring the growing movement to save this overlooked resource. In the workshop, they discuss making use of wood from raw log to finished piece, with an emphasis on using storm downed, urban, and backyard trees. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio David Hildreth is a documentary filmmaker who lives in Tempe, Arizona, with his wife and daughter. He started making videos with his friends in junior high school and never stopped. After learning about the fate of many trees that blow down in monsoon storms and the passion with which people are using them for art, he knew he wanted to help raise awareness of urban lumber. Felled and The Art and Craft of Wood are two ways he has been blessed to create culture and spread the message that everything, even garbage, can be beautiful.

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What to Expect When Harvesting Neighborhood Trees for Lumber

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What to Expect When Harvesting Neighborhood Trees for Lumber

When a neighborhood tree needs to be removed or falls in a storm it can often end up in a landfill. Turning local trees into lumber can be rewarding, but it's not without its pitfalls. This workshop is a practical, step-by-step guide on what to expect when working with an arborist to remove a tree to be used for lumber. Learn how to work with a sawyer to mill the log and how to air dry the lumber for use in furniture. Modern Homesteading | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio David Hildreth is a documentary filmmaker who lives in Tempe, Arizona, with his wife and daughter. He started making videos with his friends in junior high school and never stopped. After learning about the fate of many trees that blow down in monsoon storms and the passion with which people are using them for art, he knew he wanted to help raise awareness of urban lumber. Felled and The Art and Craft of Wood are two ways he has been blessed to create culture and spread the message that everything, even garbage, can be beautiful.

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Stress-free Pressure Canning: Soups, beans and convenience foods

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Stress-free Pressure Canning: Soups, beans and convenience foods

Pressure canning is easy and safe. It's a great way to turn your garden's goodness into fast, easy meals that are waiting in your pantry. Review the most current equipment and instructions so you will enjoy the process and the results. Real Food | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Glenda Hyde, a member of the Oregon State University Extension faculty in Deschutes County, brings her team of Master Food Preserver volunteers along to share information based on current, reliable research and extensive hands-on experience.

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50 Years of Natural Building

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50 Years of Natural Building

Lloyd Kahn has been photographing and covering natural building since the early '60s. He leads audiences on a journey as he reflects on some of the most intriguing natural structures of his 50-year adventure. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Lloyd Kahn is the former shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog, editor-in-chief of Shelter Publications, and author of seven books on natural building, including Shelter, Tiny Homes, and most recently, Small Homes: The Right Size. Kahn has been photographing and covering natural building since the early '60s. Championing the self-build approach, Kahn’s books have inspired and empowered first-time housebuilders around the world.

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Small Homes: The right size

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Small Homes: The right size

Are tiny homes too small for you? Do you want living space larger than 200 to 300 square feet of floor area? Hot on the heels of his popular Tiny Home series of books, Lloyd Kahn revisits smallish structures and explores the possibilities of working within limited physical spaces and maximizing creativity in relation to one's needs. Kahn’s new book is profusely illustrated and his visual presentation includes many images that never made it into the book. Use your own hands to build your own home. Mother Earth News | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Lloyd Kahn is the former shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog, editor-in-chief of Shelter Publications, and author of seven books on natural building, including Shelter, Tiny Homes, and most recently, Small Homes: The Right Size. Kahn has been photographing and covering natural building since the early 1960s. Championing the self-build approach, Kahn’s books have inspired and empowered first-time housebuilders around the world.

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Masanobu Fukuoka: The one-straw revolutionary

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Masanobu Fukuoka: The one-straw revolutionary

Larry discusses the philosophy and techniques of the revolutionary Japanese farmer/philosopher, Masanobu Fukuoka (1913-2008). Fukuoka did not plow, flood his rice fields, prune his orchard trees, use agricultural chemicals, or employ any of the other technological advances that are thought necessary for growing agricultural crops, and yet his yields equaled or surpassed those of his neighbors, and the condition of the soil in his orchard and fields increased with each passing season. How was this possible? Heirloom Gardener | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Larry Korn is an American who lived and worked at Masanobu Fukuoka's farm for two years in the 1970s. He is the translator and editor of Fukuoka's The One-Straw Revolution, editor of Sowing Seeds in the Desert, and author of the recently published One-Straw Revolutionary. He also accompanied Fukuoka on his visits to the United States in 1979 and 1986. Korn has worked as a soil scientist for the California Department of Forestry, in wholesale and retail plant nurseries, and ran his own landscaping company in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 20 years. He currently lives in Ashland, Oregon, giving workshops and classes on natural farming, local food production, and building resilient, sustainable communities.

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Infused Vinegars and Oils

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Infused Vinegars and Oils

Infused vinegars and oils enrich the flavors and aroma of foods. They may be expensive to purchase, but they're reasonable and easy to make from fresh herbs, spices and fruits. Learn tips and hints for delicious combinations, creative uses, and attractive storage and gift ideas. Grit | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Oregon State University Extension Service educator Nellie Oehler and volunteer Master Food Preservers from Lane and Douglas Counties share their food preservation expertise, which is based on current research for safe and healthy results.

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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. Heirloom Gardener | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 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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Hands-on: Enjoying Cheese Bites from the Garden with Kids: Fresh cheese flavored with honey, herbs, and edible flowers

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Hands-on: 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. Kids Treehouse | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. 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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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! Real Food | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. 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: Extraordinary cheeses made with ordinary ingredients

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Hands-on: One-Hour Cheese: Extraordinary cheeses made with ordinary ingredients

Do you assume good cheese takes a long time and is challenging to make? Not always! 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 cheese, from the staples of the kitchen pantry to the seasonal surprises in the garden ... all in less than an hour! Space is limited, to secure a spot to this workshop, pick up an admission ticket at the Information Desk. Grit | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. 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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Live Scythe: Using simple tools hands-on for mowing

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Live Scythe: Using simple tools hands-on for mowing

Scythes are a great way to manage tall grass and grain crops without the use of fossil fuels. Ian Miller, author of The Scything Handbook, demonstrates how to use this ancient yet modern tool, covering everything from customizing it to your body and using proper mowing technique to sharpening and safety. Modern Homesteading | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Ian Miller followed a career in music with a degree in agroecology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. During a two-year stint on a biodynamic farm in Austria, he learned how to scythe and delved into historic scything texts in German (which culminated in his book The Scything Handbook). He has worked for Seed Savers Exchange in Iowa and translated several books on gardening and natural building.

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Diversifying Your Garden or Farm with the Scythe

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Diversifying Your Garden or Farm with the Scythe

Learning to use and maintain that masterpiece of design and efficiency that is the Austrian scythe can help you achieve a quantum leap in diversity for your garden, homestead, or farm. Grow your own hay and grains for free for mulch, livestock (fodder, bedding), bread, compost, and more. Modern Homesteading | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Ian Miller followed a career in music with a degree in agroecology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. During a two year stint on a biodynamic farm in Austria, he learned how to scythe and delved into historic scything texts in German (which culminated in his book The Scything Handbook). He has worked for Seed Savers Exchange in Iowa and translated several books on gardening and natural building.

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Scythe Blades: How they're made and how to care for

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Scythe Blades: How they're made and how to care for

Ian miller, author of The Scything Handbook, walks the audience through the process of forging blades, from raw materials to finished blade in this enlightening workshop. Deeply knowing what a blade is helps one to know how to maintain it. Modern Homesteading | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Ian Miller followed a career in music with a degree in agroecology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. During a two year stint on a biodynamic farm in Austria, he learned how to scythe and delved into historic scything texts in German (which culminated in his book The Scything Handbook). He has worked for Seed Savers Exchange in Iowa and translated several books on gardening and natural building. Books by this Speaker: The Scything Handbook

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Sourdough Is Not a Flavor: Naturally leavened bread, simplified

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Sourdough Is Not a Flavor: Naturally leavened bread, simplified

Making sourdough-based breads is easier than you might think. Sourdough starter, activated by wild yeast, can be used for making a lot more than just loaf breads and pizza. This overview and demonstration of the sourdough process covers benefits of naturally leavened breads, the basic method of creating and maintaining a low-maintenance sourdough starter. Working with non-gluten grains is also included. This workshop also includes a brief look at her wood-fired outdoor oven, the perfect tool for baking amazing sourdough breads. Victoria Miller is an experienced bread baker, and is currently writing a book on this subject, due out in late spring 2018. Real Food | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Victoria Redhed Miller grew up in Seattle and now lives with her husband, David, on their off-grid farm in the Olympic Mountain foothills near Sequim, Washington. She writes and blogs about homesteading and self-reliance, as well as speaking at events around the country. She is also the author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks. Books by This Speaker: Craft Distilling, Pure Poultry

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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 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. Participation is first come, first served. Space is limited, to secure a spot to this workshop, pick up an admission ticket at the Information Desk. Grit | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio

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Craft Distilling: Making liquor legally at home

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Craft Distilling: Making liquor legally at home

Hobby distilling has become more and more popular in the past few years, but a lot of confusion persists about the legalities around the distillation of liquor. The author of the award-winning book Craft Distilling: Making Liquor Legally at Home explains the facts around legal distilling, and provides an overview of the process of making distilled spirits. In addition, Oregon Democratic senator Ron Wyden is the main sponsor of Senate Bill 1562, which would allow limited home distillation, currently illegal under state and Federal law. This is an informative, fun workshop for anyone interested in distilling liquor. Mother Earth News | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Victoria Redhed Miller grew up in Seattle and now lives with her husband, David, on their off-grid farm in the Olympic Mountain foothills near Sequim, Washington. She writes and blogs about homesteading and self-reliance, as well as speaking at events around the country. She is also the author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks. Books by This Speaker: Craft Distilling, Pure Poultry

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Whole Grains and Health

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Whole Grains and Health

We have always known that whole-grain foods are healthy and should be a part of a well-rounded, nutritionally complete diet. Now recent scientific research has established a direct relationship between whole grains and health. Bob Moore presents a brief historic overview of his company, including interesting manufacturing details, and he also shares solid scientific discoveries surrounding the benefits of whole grains in relation to digestion, heart health, and the unborn. Mother Earth News | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Bob Moore, the founder, president, and CEO of Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods, produces whole-grain foods for every meal of the day using unique slow-turning, cool-grinding millstones to preserve all the nutrients in the grains. A humble beginning in Redding, California, 43 years ago has grown into a company now located in Milwaukie, Oregon, with 500,000 square feet of manufacturing facility and 400 employee-owners dedicated to serving customers. Bob's Red Mill products can be found on store shelves all across the United States and Canada, as well as in more than 80 countries around the world.

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Cooking with Herbs for Lifelong Health and Vitality

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Cooking with Herbs for Lifelong Health and Vitality

The healthiest food for our body is often the most flavorful, alive with nutrients and compounds that naturally stimulate our biological processes. Learn how cooking with herbs can maximize the health benefit of everyday foods, nourishing, energizing, and enlivening the body, mind, and spirit. Brittany Nickerson discusses how to use health-promoting culinary herbs such as parsley, sage, cilantro, thyme, rosemary, and mint to make your everyday meals and snacks more delicious and more nutritious! She demonstrates making Cilantro Lemonade and Mint and Feta Bruschetta with Chive Blossoms from her book Recipes from the Herbalist's Kitchen. Real Food | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Brittany Wood Nickerson is the author of Recipes from the Herbalist's Kitchen. She has blended her training in herbal medicine into her personal and professional cooking for more than 10 years. She is an herbalist and the owner of Thyme Herbal, where she offers herbal apprenticeship programs, classes in herbal cooking, and private herbal consultations. Nickerson is an active guest speaker and teacher at conferences and events throughout the Northeast. She lives in Conway, Massachusetts.

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Comfort Foods and Cravings: What does your body really need?

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Comfort Foods and Cravings: What does your body really need?

Cravings for comfort foods serve a real biological purpose. Learn how to listen to and understand your body's signals and fulfill your deep cravings and needs at their core. Brittany Nickerson discusses nourishing, delicious comfort foods using examples from her book Recipes from the Herbalist's Kitchen. Mountain Rose Herbs | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Brittany Wood Nickerson is the author of Recipes from the Herbalist's Kitchen. She has blended her training in herbal medicine into her personal and professional cooking for more than 10 years. She is an herbalist and the owner of Thyme Herbal, where she offers herbal apprenticeship programs, classes in herbal cooking, and private herbal consultations. Nickerson is an active guest speaker and teacher at conferences and events throughout the Northeast. She lives in Conway, Massachusetts.

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Hands-on: Make Your Own Rosemary Hair Rinse

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Hands-on: Make Your Own Rosemary Hair Rinse

Rosemary stimulates circulation to blood vessels and capillaries. When applied topically to the scalp, it stimulates hair follicles, supporting the growth of strong, healthy hair. It helps the hair glow, bringing out natural shine, and nourishes the skin of the scalp, helping to heal dandruff and dry skin. In this class, Brittany Wood Nickerson makes a nourishing rosemary hair rinse in a base of raw apple cider vinegar. This rinse can be used as a conditioner for the hair and a tonic for the scalp. Space is limited, to secure a spot to this workshop, pick up an admission ticket at the Information Desk. Mother Earth Living | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Brittany Wood Nickerson is the author of Recipes from the Herbalist's Kitchen. She has blended her training in herbal medicine into her personal and professional cooking for more than 10 years. She is an herbalist and the owner of Thyme Herbal, where she offers herbal apprenticeship programs, classes in herbal cooking, and private herbal consultations. Nickerson is an active guest speaker and teacher at conferences and events throughout the Northeast. She lives in Conway, Massachusetts. Books by this Speaker: Recipes from the Herbalist's Kitchen

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The Cost of Convenience

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The Cost of Convenience

Today, too many people are literally sick and tired all the time. That is not sustainable, and we can’t afford it. Our modern lives are filled with conveniences that are killing us slowly. We spend too much time sitting and eat too much so-called food that didn’t exist 50 years ago. So, what’s the answer? Start cooking from scratch. Plant a garden for fresh veggies. Get a few backyard chickens for fresh eggs. Step away from the desk. Move! Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer, and self-sufficiency expert. In 2002, she moved her family from the Chicago suburbs to a 32-acre parcel on a creek in the middle of nowhere. Together, they built their own home and began growing the majority of their own food. Sheep, pigs, goats, chickens, and turkeys supply meat, eggs, and dairy products, while a garden and fruit trees provide produce. Niemann presents workshops across the United States and in Canada. She is the author of Homegrown and Handmade, Ecothrifty, and Raising Goats Naturally.

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Homestead Business: Value-Added Products

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Homestead Business: Value-Added Products

If you want to make money on your homestead with value-added products, there are a lot of things you can do! Deborah Niemann talks about various options for selling milk, cheese, soap, meat, compost, leather, and more. Learn about startup costs, as well as legalities and liabilities. Heirloom Gardener | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer, and self-sufficiency expert. In 2002, she moved her family from the Chicago suburbs to a 32-acre parcel on a creek in the middle of nowhere. Together, they built their own home and began growing the majority of their own food. Sheep, pigs, goats, chickens, and turkeys supply meat, eggs, and dairy products, while a garden and fruit trees provide produce. Niemann presents workshops across the United States and in Canada. She is the author of Homegrown and Handmade, Ecothrifty, and Raising Goats Naturally.

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Sustainable Eating with a Pressure Cooker for Personal and Planetary Health

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Sustainable Eating with a Pressure Cooker for Personal and Planetary Health

Jill Nussinow shows how quickly and easily you can cook food with the modern pressure cooker. You save time, money, and energy (both yours and the planet's). Only solar cooking saves more energy than pressure cooking. Learn what you can cook and get some tasty samples, too. Real Food | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Jill Nussinow (the "Veggie Queen") is a registered dietitian and culinary educator who has been teaching plant-based, whole foods cooking for almost 30 years at Santa Rosa Junior College and elsewhere throughout the United States and beyond. She is the author of four cookbooks: Vegan Under Pressure, The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less Than 30 Minutes, Nutrition CHAMPS: The Veggie Queen’s Guide to Eating and Cooking for Optimum Health, Happiness, Energy and Vitality and The Veggie Queen: Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment. She also stars in the DVDs Pressure Cooking, a Fresh Look: Delicious Dishes in Minutes and Creative Low-fat Vegan Cuisine. Nussinow is a fellow of The Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy. She frequents local farmers markets, mushroom hunting and teaching fermentation classes. She has taught thousands of people how to successfully pressure cook over the past 20 years. Her goal is to see everyone leading a healthy, happy life through better eating and cooking. She loves to share the passion and joy of eating plants that will help save the planet. Her website is www.TheVeggieQueen.com. Books by this Speaker: The New Fast Food

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The Straight Dope on Cannabis: For your health

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The Straight Dope on Cannabis: For your health

This talk is geared to those just stepping into using cannabis, or even considering it, for health-related conditions such as stress, insomnia, joint pain, and more. Jill Nussinow covers effective ways to use cannabis and the many forms in which you will see it. Learn about the plant, its basic components, and why it might work, so that you can use marijuana in a healthy way for what ails you. Mountain Rose Herbs | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Jill Nussinow (the "Veggie Queen") is a registered dietitian and culinary educator who has been teaching plant-based, whole foods cooking for almost 30 years at Santa Rosa Junior College and elsewhere throughout the United States and beyond. She is the author of four cookbooks: Vegan Under Pressure, The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less Than 30 Minutes, Nutrition CHAMPS: The Veggie Queen’s Guide to Eating and Cooking for Optimum Health, Happiness, Energy, and Vitality, and The Veggie Queen: Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment. She also stars in the DVDs Pressure Cooking, a Fresh Look: Delicious Dishes in Minutes and Creative Low-fat Vegan Cuisine. Nussinow is a fellow of The Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy. She frequents local farmers markets, mushroom hunting and teaching fermentation classes. She has taught thousands of people how to successfully pressure cook over the past 20 years. Her goal is to see everyone leading a healthy, happy life through better eating and cooking. She loves to share the passion and joy of eating plants that will help save the planet. Her website is www.TheVeggieQueen.com. Books by This Speaker: The New Fast Food

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Hands-on: Fearless Pressure Cooking

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Hands-on: Fearless Pressure Cooking

Get hands-on and learn how to cook more than one item in the pressure cooker at a time. Find out how the electric pressure cooker works and use it to make some simple staples. Discover how to easily steam vegetables. Space is limited, to secure a spot to this workshop, pick up an admission ticket at the Information Desk. Grit | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Jill Nussinow (the "Veggie Queen") is a registered dietitian and culinary educator who has been teaching plant-based, whole foods cooking for almost 30 years at Santa Rosa Junior College and elsewhere throughout the United States and beyond. She is the author of four cookbooks: Vegan Under Pressure, The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less Than 30 Minutes, Nutrition CHAMPS: The Veggie Queen’s Guide to Eating and Cooking for Optimum Health, Happiness, Energy and Vitality and The Veggie Queen: Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment. She also stars in the DVDs Pressure Cooking, a Fresh Look: Delicious Dishes in Minutes and Creative Low-fat Vegan Cuisine. Nussinow is a fellow of The Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy. She frequents local farmers markets, mushroom hunting and teaching fermentation classes. She has taught thousands of people how to successfully pressure cook over the past 20 years. Her goal is to see everyone leading a healthy, happy life through better eating and cooking. She loves to share the passion and joy of eating plants that will help save the planet. Her website is www.TheVeggieQueen.com. Books by this Speaker: The New Fast Food

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Preserving Pacific Northwest Seafood

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Preserving Pacific Northwest Seafood

Coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest provide a rich selection of seafood, easily preserved by canning. Review the most recent recommendations for high-quality home-canned tuna, salmon and shellfish. Grit | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Veteran Oregon State University Extension educator Nellie Oehler and the Lane and Douglas County Master Food Preservers share their experience and creativity with simple, safe ways to preserve foods for snacks and meals.

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Garden Myths

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Garden Myths

Turning conventional wisdom on its head, Robert Pavlis dives deep into traditional garden advice and debunks the myths and misconceptions that abound. He asks critical questions and uses science-based information to understand plants and their environment. Learn the truth about soil improvements, composting, fertilizing, planting trees, and growing vegetables. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Robert Pavlis is a well-known speaker and educator with more than 40 years of gardening experience. He is the author of two books, Building Natural Ponds and Garden Myths. He publishes the popular gardening blogs GardenMyths.com and GardenFundamentals.com. As the owner and head gardener of Aspen Grove Gardens, a 6-acre botanical garden, he grows 3,000 varieties of plants.

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Building Natural Ponds

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Building Natural Ponds

Learn how to design and construct an algae-free pond that does not require the use of pumps, filters, or chemicals. This workshop discusses design considerations for making ponds look natural. Robert Pavlis then provides special construction secrets that allow plants and microbes to work for you to keep the water crystal clear. This workshop shows you how to mimic nature to maintain water quality and algae growth. Pavlis also discusses large ponds used for irrigation, watering animals, and fish culture. Modern Homesteading | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Robert Pavlis is a well-known speaker and educator with more than 40 years of gardening experience. He is the author of two books, Building Natural Ponds and Garden Myths. He publishes the popular gardening blogs GardenMyths.com and GardenFundamentals.com. As the owner and head gardener of Aspen Grove Gardens, a 6-acre botanical garden, he grows 3,000 varieties of plants.

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Hands-on: Smoothies and Seed Starting

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Hands-on: Smoothies and Seed Starting

Wouldn't it be fun to turn the most delectable moment of your day into a gardening project? At this workshop, create tasty smoothies and turn empty pints into planters! Kids Treehouse | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss is the evolution of ice cream. They source the finest organic ingredients to bring consumers a dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free treat. Just one taste and you will understand what they mean when they say, “This Is Bliss!”

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Hands-on: Smoothies and Seed Starting

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Hands-on: Smoothies and Seed Starting

Wouldn't it be fun to turn the most delectable moment of your day into a gardening project? At this workshop, create tasty smoothies and turn empty pints into planters! Kids Treehouse | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss is the evolution of ice cream. They source the finest organic ingredients to bring consumers a dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free treat. Just one taste and you will understand what they mean when they say, “This Is Bliss!”

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Designing a Year-Round Solar Greenhouse

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Designing a Year-Round Solar Greenhouse

How can you grow your own bananas, avocados, and fresh veggies year-round, without depending on fossil-fuel energy? Discover the principles of passive solar greenhouse design and the latest technologies to facilitate sustainable, yearlong yields. Traditional greenhouses require large amounts of heating and cooling to grow throughout the year in North American climates, making them an unsustainable choice. Energy-efficient greenhouses are able to maintain much warmer temperatures for abundance through all four seasons, growing with little to no heating or cooling. This presentation builds off the book by Marc Plinke and Lindsey Schiller, The Year-Round Solar Greenhouse, and includes both simple and advanced methods. Heirloom Gardener | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Marc Plinke started his career as a chemical and process engineer. After turning to green building, he transitioned to building super energy-efficient greenhouses. In 2011, Plinke helped build a net-zero-energy prototype greenhouse for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Soon after, he co-founded Ceres Greenhouse Solutions to help people design and build their own sustainable greenhouses. His aim is to enable people to grow fresh, nutritious food year-round without depending on fossil fuels.

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The Shocking Truth About Electric Fence

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The Shocking Truth About Electric Fence

Learn how to successfully use electric fence to contain poultry and protect your flock from predators. Joe Putnam's workshop answers a variety of questions: What is electric fence and how does it work? What happens when grass touches the energized wires in a fence? What about when an animal touches the wires? How do you succeed (or fail) with electric netting? Is it safe to use electric netting in the backyard? How do you reduce risks and liabilities? What are the pros and cons of rotational grazing? How often should you move your fence and flock? What are the issues to consider before buying any energizer? And what are the risks of not energizing a fence? Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Joe Putnam works as a marketing copywriter and occasional shepherd for Premier 1 Supplies. He frequently appears in Premier's instructional how-to videos on YouTube. Putnam can be found at farm industry events, where his gentle, hands-on approach makes even the most complex farming topics simple. When not at work, Putnam spends time on his family's 40-acre farmstead in southeast Iowa. There the family raises cattle, sheep, poultry, multiple gardens, corn, hay, and oats.

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Hands-on: Setting Up Electric Fence

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Hands-on: Setting Up Electric Fence

Learn the essentials of setting up, taking down, and relocating portable electric fencing. Don’t forget to energize the fence! This hands-on workshop covers solar fence energizers, where to locate them, and how to best use them with your fence. Modern Homesteading | Sunday, 12:45-1:45 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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Exploring Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

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Exploring Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Christine Rice from Mountain Rose Herbs talks about aromatherapy and essential oil basics. She covers topics that include: what essential oils are and how they are crafted, safety and storage, safe dilutions and appropriate use, basic blending, and easy ways to incorporate essential oils into your daily life. Mountain Rose Herbs | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Christine Rice has more than a decade under her belt at Mountain Rose Herbs. As product manager and in-house certified aromatherapist, she collaborates with almost every department on a daily basis and intimately knows all 1,500 items in the Mountain Rose Herbs collection. When away from the office, she enjoys gardening, running around with her energetic little one, canning and food preservation, homebrewing, and spending time outdoors.

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Simple Ways to Green Clean Your Home

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Simple Ways to Green Clean Your Home

Simple and cost-effective, green cleaning is easier than might you think. Christine Rice from Mountain Rose Herbs explores basic cleaning ingredients and preparations that can be used throughout your home. She covers easy bathroom blends, simple laundry soaps, and other recipes that you can use for your daily cleaning needs. Mountain Rose Herbs | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Christine Rice has more than a decade under her belt at Mountain Rose Herbs. As product manager and in-house certified aromatherapist, she collaborates with almost every department on a daily basis and intimately knows all 1,500 items in the Mountain Rose Herbs collection. When away from the office, she enjoys gardening, running around with her energetic little one, canning and food preservation, homebrewing, and spending time outdoors.

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Hands-on: Aromatherapy: Blending basics

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Hands-on: Aromatherapy: Blending basics

Christine Rice from Mountain Rose Herbs walks through blending essential oils. Find out how base, middle, and top aroma notes work together to create synergistic blends that can be personalized depending on your aromatic preferences. Rice even walks folks through how to make their own unique aroma oils to take home. Space is limited, to secure a spot to this workshop, pick up an admission ticket at the Information Desk. Mother Earth Living | Saturday, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Speaker Bio Christine Rice has more than a decade under her belt at Mountain Rose Herbs. As product manager and in-house certified aromatherapist, she collaborates with almost every department on a daily basis and intimately knows all 1,500 items in the Mountain Rose Herbs collection. When away from the office, she enjoys gardening, running around with her energetic little one, canning and food preservation, homebrewing, and spending time outdoors.

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Hands-on: Kids Kraut!

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Hands-on: Kids Kraut!

Kids love to make and eat sauerkraut. Vegetable fermentation is one of the oldest, and perhaps the most healthful, food preparation (and preservation) methods. This rediscovered culinary art is easy and safe, making it a wonderful, accessible way for even the youngest “chefs” to begin participating in the preparation of their family’s nourishment. And that is empowering. This workshop is a hands-on program in which kids can taste some fresh raw sauerkraut and then make their own small batch to take home and ferment. This is a drop-in-style session, so stop by and join us. Space limited. Kids Treehouse | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 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, Fiery Ferments

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Fiery Ferments

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Fiery Ferments

Fermentation is a hot topic, from health to flavor. Americans are looking to bold flavors and spicy foods are heating up our meals, from kimchi to Sriracha. What do both of these flavors have in common? Lactic acid fermentation! This session teaches folks to create their own spicy condiments; it focuses on fermenting peppers both hot and sweet. Attendees taste unique fermentation as well as have the opportunity to watch and participate in the process of creating these unimagined healthy hot flavors. Real Food | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 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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Mastering Vegetable Fermentation for Fun, Flavor, and Health

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Mastering Vegetable Fermentation for Fun, Flavor, and Health

Vegetable fermentation has moved beyond sauerkraut into an entirely new realm of flavor, culinary art, and adventure. Be a part of this exciting journey. Kirsten K. Shockey discusses the benefits of making and enjoying fermented vegetables. She demystifies the process by talking about these ancient methods and demonstrating modern techniques of preservation. As Shockey speaks about flavor, she explores herbal pastes, chutneys, and other condiments. Bring your curiosity and questions. Grit | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Kirsten K. Shockey got started in fermenting foods with a farmstead food company, creating more than 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Her current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops. She blogs at www.Fermentista.us and lives on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon. Books by This Speaker: Fermented Vegetables

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Hands-on: Family Adventures in Vermiculture

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Hands-on: Family Adventures in Vermiculture

This hands-on, child-friendly workshop delves into the wonderful world of worms. Learn how worms benefit your soil, your garden and the world! Play with worms and learn how to sift your own worm castings. Learn all about how to set up a vermicomposting bin in your own backyard. The first 20 families to participate get to take home a small container of worms, a small bag of worm castings and seeds. Play worm trivia and win a worm prize. Kids Treehouse | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Crystal Stevens and her husband, Eric, are the farmers and resident artists at La Vista CSA Farm on the bluffs of the Mighty Mississippi in Godfrey, Illinois, where they enjoy the rural life with their two children. Stevens blogs for MOTHER EARTH NEWS, has contributed to Grit and Permaculture Magazine, and is a columnist for FEAST Magazine. She is the author of Grow Create Inspire, an Earth Stewardship Manifesto.

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Grow Create Inspire: Integrating basic permaculture concepts into your garden and home

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Grow Create Inspire: Integrating basic permaculture concepts into your garden and home

Learn strategies for educating your community about an array of eco-topics. Host plant walks, meet-ups, workshops, and more. Learn basic tools for increasing eco-awareness and making changes in your community. Grow for the greater good. The simple act of gardening can be a catalyst for positive change, Earth stewardship, and the art of low-impact living. Discover ways you can be an advocate for the Earth in your own community. Heirloom Gardener | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Crystal Stevens and her husband, Eric, are the farmers and resident artists at La Vista CSA Farm on the bluffs of the mighty Mississippi in Godfrey, Illinois, where they enjoy the rural life with their two children. Stevens blogs for MOTHER EARTH NEWS, has contributed to Grit and Permaculture Magazine, and is a columnist for FEAST Magazine. She is the author of Grow Create Inspire, an Earth Stewardship Manifesto.

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Vermiculture 101

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Vermiculture 101

Learn simple backyard vermiculture techniques. Discover how to build your own vermicomposting bin with a trapdoor for harvesting worm castings. Hear about ways to increase crop yields by side-dressing and fertilizing with worm castings, worm tea, and vermicompost. Heirloom Gardener | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Crystal Stevens and her husband, Eric, are the farmers and resident artists at La Vista CSA Farm on the bluffs of the Mighty Mississippi in Godfrey, Illinois, where they enjoy the rural life with their two children. Stevens blogs for MOTHER EARTH NEWS, has contributed to Grit and Permaculture Magazine, and is a columnist for FEAST Magazine. She is the author of Grow Create Inspire, an Earth Stewardship Manifesto.

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From Hoof to Plate: Business essentials for the pastured meat farmer

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From Hoof to Plate: Business essentials for the pastured meat farmer

This workshop with the co-author of The New Livestock Farmer looks at the enterprise from raising the animal through marketing the fabricated product. Rebecca Thistlethwaite discusses quality and flavor, slaughter/butcher logistics, transport and cold storage, market niches, packaging and branding, pricing, value-added products, risk management, and costs of production. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Rebecca Thistlethwaite is the author of Farms with a Future (Chelsea Green, 2013) and The New Livestock Farmer (2015). She runs Sustain Consulting, which specializes in food and farm business success. Thistlethwaite also operates a small farm and a community farm stand in Oregon with her husband and co-author, Jim Dunlop, and their two children. They previously owned TLC Ranch in Watsonville, California, where they raised organic, pastured livestock and poultry, selling to direct markets across Northern California.

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The No-Mortgage Natural Cottage

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The No-Mortgage Natural Cottage

Before the Industrial Revolution our ancestors generally lived in small houses they built for themselves from local earth, stone, straw, and wood, mainly because the materials were cheap or free and didn't require a great deal of specialized skill. Today's houses might be bigger and more comfortable, but they're also often toxic and expensive. For all sorts of good reasons, basic DIY shelter is making a comeback. With a little guidance, almost anyone can still build their own home with low-cost natural and scrounged materials for less than $10,000 and opt out of the industrial building and mortgage rat race. Natural Building | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Hands-on: Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Hands-on: Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

Play in the mud with Uncle Mud. Use clay, straw, and sticks to build little houses and sculpt beautiful objects from your wild imagination. This is a "Hands In" workshop: hands and feet squishing and mixing and making a big mess. Talk about how we can use these same materials to build benches, ovens, and even houses. You can wash off with water, but be prepared to get dirty and have fun. Kids Treehouse | Saturday, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Hands-on: Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Hands-on: Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

Play in the mud with Uncle Mud and friends. Use clay, straw, and sticks to build little houses and sculpt beautiful objects from your wild imagination. This is a "hands in" workshop: hands and feet squishing and mixing and making a big mess. Talk about how we can use these same materials to build benches, ovens, and even houses. You can use the water at this workshop to wash off with, but be prepared to get dirty and have fun. Kids Treehouse | Sunday, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Hands-on: Making Cob: How to build with mud

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Hands-on: 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 | 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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Hands-on: Build a Rocket Mass Heater

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

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

Come see how straw, an agricultural waste product, gets and wood pallets can be turned into a low cost, beautiful, eco-friendly, highly insulated wall that keeps your house comfy winter and summer. Natural Building | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Hands-on: Creative Housing from Dirt and Junk

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Hands-on: Creative Housing from Dirt and Junk

This presentation expands on the "Mortgage-Free Natural Cottages" workshop from previous FAIRS. Many people find mainstream housing choices frustrating because of their expense, or their industrial sameness, or because they are made of toxic materials. Creative people the world over escape the rent and mortgage trap by building or rebuilding or repurposing spaces using "found" materials from the natural environment or from the dumpster. The results are as unique and beautiful as the people who make them. Join us to discuss successful examples of tiny houses and cottages made from clay and straw, even converted sheds and industrial spaces. See what makes them work and how DIY can work for you. Natural Building | 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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Hands-on: Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Hands-on: Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

Play in the mud with Uncle Mud and friends. Use clay, straw, and sticks to build little houses and sculpt beautiful objects from your wild imagination. This is a "Hands In" workshop: hands and feet squishing and mixing and making a big mess. Talk about how we can use these same materials to build benches, ovens, and even houses. You can use the water at this workshop to wash off with, but be prepared to get dirty and have fun. Natural Building | Saturday, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Hands-on: Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Hands-on: Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

Play in the mud with Uncle Mud. Use clay, straw, and sticks to build little houses and sculpt beautiful objects from your wild imagination. This is a "hands in" workshop: hands and feet squishing and mixing and making a big mess. Talk about how we can use these same materials to build benches, ovens, and even houses. You can wash off with water, but be prepared to get dirty and have fun. Natural Building | Sunday, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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

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

Build, play, get muddy, and visit with Uncle Mud and family about the basics of cob building. Natural Building | 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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Hands-on: Open Mud: Spontaneous hands-on building demos

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

Build, play, get muddy, and visit with Uncle Mud and family about the basics of cob building. Natural Building | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Compact Farms: Planning for big results from small spaces

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Compact Farms: Planning for big results from small spaces

Market gardening and farming is a perfect way to feed ourselves, our friends, and our communities in more way than just one ... and the garden doesn't have to be big to have big results. Josh Volk looks at examples of successful market farmers around the country and how they make it work on their land, in their communities. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Josh Volk is the author of Compact Farms. He is the proprietor of Slow Hand Farm in Portland, Oregon, and has been working on and managing small farms around the country for the last 20 years, studying the systems that make them efficient. He travels in the United States and abroad, consulting with farmers and researchers, teaching farm apprentices and new farmers, presenting workshops at agricultural conferences, and writing articles for publications, including Growing for Market magazine.

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Compact Farms: Selling what you sow

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Compact Farms: Selling what you sow

There are three basic elements to successful market farming and gardening: being able to grow crops, being able to sell those crops, and doing it all efficiently. Josh Volk looks at specific methods for evaluating the potential profitability of growing crops for a living in small spaces, be it a garden of a few thousand square feet or a small farm on 5 acres. Heirloom Gardener | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Josh Volk is the author of Compact Farms. He is the proprietor of Slow Hand Farm in Portland, Oregon, and has been working on and managing small farms around the country for the last 20 years, studying the systems that make them efficient. He travels in the United States and abroad, consulting with farmers and researchers, teaching farm apprentices and new farmers, presenting workshops at agricultural conferences, and writing articles for publications, including Growing for Market magazine.

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Dehydrating: The most underutilized food preservation method

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Dehydrating: The most underutilized food preservation method

Hear tips and hints for high-quality dehydrated fruits and vegetables, and ideas for using the products. Learn about dehydrating foods and products you never dreamed of, from dried pickles to dehydrated kraut. Don Wiley's tried it and liked it! Grit | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Don Wiley is a veteran master food preserver from Clackamas County, where he is known for his food dehydrating expertise and willingness to pass the knowledge and techniques on to others. He's proud of the amount of foods he can dry and store in a very small space!

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The Anywhere/Anytime Garden

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The Anywhere/Anytime Garden

Learn how to grow your own garden vegetables indoors year-round, using a simple, low-maintenance, and cost-effective system. Victor Zaderej shows you the steps he uses for passive hydroponic gardening. His methods use canning jars and other easily attainable containers. Modern Homesteading | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Victor Zaderej is an MIT engineer who loves teaching others that they can be successful indoor gardeners with simple and cost-effective methods. Zaderej is passionate about all things energy efficient, whether it's his passive solar house, electric motorcycle, or the off-the-grid greenhouse he designed and built.

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