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Live in Harmony with Mother Nature: The ancient art and science of Ayurveda lifestyle

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Live in Harmony with Mother Nature: The ancient art and science of Ayurveda lifestyle

Ayurveda is the art and science of healthy living from ancient India. The sister science of yoga, it's one of the world's oldest systems of health and healing. In Ayurveda's uniquely paradigm-shifting psychology, we are exposed to three basic qualities of Mother Nature that can be observed in the world around (and within) each of us: inertia, agitation, and balance. Sattva, another word for our mind in Sanskrit, is synonymous with balance, clarity, and peacefulness. The yoga and Ayurveda traditions teach us that the nature of even the darkest so-called criminal's mind is sattva. Chronic insomnia, disturbed digestion, and many modern diseases stem from stress, negative thinking, and wrong lifestyle choices. Ayurveda psychology understood how you have to change your daily habits and lifestyle patterns before you can transform your underlying negative mental and emotional states into positive ones. In other words, sattva is something you can cultivate through positive lifestyle choices to proactively write your own life script. Ajmera, author of The Ayurveda Way, teaches about the art and science of Ayurveda lifestyle, the psychology that informs it, and three simple, positive lifestyle secrets Ayurveda teaches to promote a healthy, balanced state of mind, less stress, better sleep, and optimal digestion. Ajmera applied the principles of the Ayurveda lifestyle 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. Speaker Bio Ananta Ripa Ajmera is an Ayurveda practitioner and yoga instructor who studies with Acharya Shunya, an eminent traditional Vedic spiritual teacher whose lineage stems back to ancient India. She serves as director of program development at Vedika Global, a spiritual foundation Shunya created to awaken health and consciousness with Ayurveda, yoga, and Vedanta. Ajmera has taught Ayurveda and yoga staff trainings 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. Learn more about Ajmera and her staff training programs at www.WholeYoga-Ayurveda.com. Books by This Speaker: The Ayurveda Way

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Hands-On: Embrace Your Soul Power with Inspired Yogic and Ayurvedic Morning Practices

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Hands-On: Embrace Your Soul Power with Inspired Yogic and Ayurvedic Morning Practices

Many traditions have long revered the sun for its magnificent qualities, including the ancient Egyptian, Aztec, Buddhist, Chinese, Christian, Baltic, and Greek cultures. In Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of healthy living (yoga’s sister science), the sun plays a central role in a set of recommended daily lifestyle practices for amazing health at the physical level. The sun is also a symbol of wealth, knowledge, inner power, and the illumination of your very soul in the yoga and Ayurveda traditions. Ananta Ripa Ajmera, author of The Ayurveda Way, gives an inspiring talk that introduces several simple, yet powerful daily practices to empower you to embrace your soul power by inviting the sun (which symbolizes your own soul) to inspire your actions. Learn two powerful hands-on morning practices to help you connect with the sun from the ancient Vedic tradition. Experience an uplifting lineage-based Ayurvedic morning yoga practice you can start to do to welcome the power of the sun into your life. Practice a special sun meditation that Ajmera learned from her spiritual teacher Acharya Shunya's ancient lineage. These practices have helped her overcome the root causes of her years of eating disorders, anxiety, insomnia, and stress. This lecture and the practices shared help people start feeling guided by the light of their own higher consciousness to make choices that bring themselves and the world around them abiding health and happiness. Speaker Bio Ananta Ripa Ajmera is an Ayurveda practitioner and yoga instructor who studies with Acharya Shunya, an eminent traditional Vedic spiritual teacher whose lineage stems back to ancient India. Ajmera serves as director of program development at Vedika Global, a spiritual foundation Shunya created to awaken health and consciousness with Ayurveda, yoga, and Vedanta. Ajmera has taught Ayurveda and yoga staff trainings 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. Learn more about Ajmera and her staff training programs at www.WholeYoga-Ayurveda.com. Books by This Speaker: The Ayurveda Way

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Hands-On: Ayurveda's Ancient All-Natural Stress Solutions

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Hands-On: Ayurveda's Ancient All-Natural Stress Solutions

Stress is what occurs anytime we fall out of rhythm with nature's cycles. Ayurveda, literally meaning "the science of life," is one of the world's oldest healing systems. Originally from ancient India, Ayurveda provides a complete road map for addressing the root causes of health challenges. Ananta Ripa Ajmera, author of The Ayurveda Way, shares simple, proven, time-efficient tools that you can easily incorporate into your daily life to prevent stress, and improve your sleep and digestion. In this hands-on workshop, learn a simple recipe to relieve stress and sleep like a baby at night. Experience an inspiring lineage-based desk yoga practice to reduce stress and promote mental clarity and focus. Walk away with a sample of a homemade shampoo you can make yourself for stress relief with the use of several Ayurvedic herbs. And emerge with an understanding of the primary root cause of stress, and how to overcome it. You can work and live in a more calm and peaceful manner, with a greater sense of satisfaction in everything you do. Speaker Bio Ananta Ripa Ajmera is an Ayurveda practitioner and yoga instructor who studies with Acharya Shunya, an eminent traditional Vedic spiritual teacher whose lineage stems back to ancient India. Ajmera serves as director of program development at Vedika Global, a spiritual foundation Shunya created to awaken health and consciousness with Ayurveda, yoga, and Vedanta. Ajmera has taught Ayurveda and yoga staff trainings 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. Learn more about Ajmera and her staff training programs at www.WholeYoga-Ayurveda.com. Books by This Speaker: The Ayurveda Way

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Simplify Your Homestead Plan

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Simplify Your Homestead Plan

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

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Women Who homestead: The need for community

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Women Who homestead: The need for community

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

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Homegrown Pork and How to Get Ready for Backyard Pigs

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Homegrown Pork and How to Get Ready for Backyard Pigs

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

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Interactive! The Chicken Codex: Breeding a better bird

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Interactive! The Chicken Codex: Breeding a better bird

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

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Rabbits, a Quiet and Useful Homestead Resource

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Rabbits, a Quiet and Useful Homestead Resource

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

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ReWild the Child!

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ReWild the Child!

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

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

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

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

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Plant Allies and Medicine for the Earth

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Plant Allies and Medicine for the Earth

Jessi Bloom leads this permaculture workshop about the many powerful uses of plants. A world of botanical alchemy extends to an impressive assortment of applications ... from food to medicine, fuel, fibers, and the wisdom of weeds. Bloom walks through the ways you can put plants to work in your life, from ecological design to improved crop production or help with weed suppression, or from herbalism and making your own apothecary to use for personal health and well-being. You'll walk away with a new understanding of how you can start looking to plants as important allies, in almost everything we do on this planet. 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 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. Look for Jessi's newest book Creating Sanctuary: Sacred Garden Spaces, Plant-Based Medicine, and Daily Practices to Achieve Happiness and Well-Being by Timber Press, to be released in fall of 2018.

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

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

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

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Goats: Keeping your herd healthy the holistic way

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Goats: Keeping your herd healthy the holistic way

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

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Hands-On: Learn to Churn: Buttermaking

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Hands-On: Learn to Churn: Buttermaking

Learn how easy it is to make your own delicious butter! Get your hands-on ticket! Speaker Bio Gianaclis Caldwell is the author of four books on cheesemaking and small dairying, including the award-winning Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking. Along with her husband, she milks goats and makes cheese at Pholia Farm Creamery in the south of Oregon.

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

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Hands-On: 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 helps you make ricotta and paneer. Get your hands-on ticket! Speaker Bio Gianaclis Caldwell is the author of four books on cheesemaking and small dairying, including the award-winning Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking. Along with her husband, she milks goats and makes cheese at Pholia Farm Creamery in the south of Oregon.

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Interactive! Getting a Feel for Goats

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Interactive! Getting a Feel for Goats

Learn an essential health assessment for all goat owners: how to guage body condition and confirmation by feeling and looking at goats. 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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Seed Cleaning: The seminal foundation of diversity

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Seed Cleaning: The seminal foundation of diversity

Learn hands-on techniques for producing clean seeds from dried seedheads. Using graduated stainless-steel screens, wind, cotton sheets, and pizza pans, you can transform chaos into purity! Speaker Bio Richo Cech started his professional work as an archaeologist and ethnobotanist in East Africa. Upon returning to the United States in 1978, he and his wife, Mayche, began cultivating and saving the seed of medicinal plants. Through the years, their gardens have become the basis for Strictly Medicinal Seeds, growers of organic, open-pollinated, and GMO-free seed and plants of medicinal herbs, culinary herbs, succulents, trees, and garden vegetables. The Cech family produces a popular, biyearly, hand-illustrated seed catalog that provides access to this collection of common, quirky, eclectic, and bizarre seeds and plants. Richo has botanized in China and Africa, resulting in the introduction of unusual and helpful medicinal herb species to gardeners throughout the world.

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Zero Medicine Miles: Herbal trees and plants on the diverse landscape

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Zero Medicine Miles: Herbal trees and plants on the diverse landscape

Microsite planting on the herbal homestead produces medicines for family and community. Farm-direct sourcing of standard medicinal herbs such as comfrey, goldenseal, hawthorn, and tulsi is a reasonable goal. Medicinal leaves, barks, roots, and fruits can be harvested and used in home health care. All of nature rejoices when we garden. This presentation pulls together many of the species Richo Cech has found most helpful and long-lived on the herbal landscape. Mother Earth News | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Richo Cech started his professional work as an archaeologist and ethnobotanist in East Africa. Upon returning to the United States in 1978, he and his wife, Mayche, began cultivating and saving the seed of medicinal plants. Through the years, their gardens have become the basis for Strictly Medicinal Seeds, growers of organic, open- pollinated, and GMO-free seed and plants of medicinal herbs, culinary herbs, succulents, trees, and garden vegetables. The Cech family produces a popular, biyearly, hand-illustrated seed catalog that provides access to this collection of common, quirky, eclectic, and bizarre seeds and plants. Richo has botanized in China and Africa, resulting in the introduction of unusual and helpful medicinal herb species to gardeners throughout the world.

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Designing and Building a Chinese Greenhouse

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Designing and Building a Chinese Greenhouse

In this workshop, Dan Chiras will describe how you can grow warm weather vegetables year round in colder climates using only solar energy – no expensive backup heating systems required – in a Chinese greenhouse. Chiras will describe additional innovated techniques including climate batteries short-term heat banking. He will also show photos of the construction of his Chinese greenhouse with tips on ways to economically build your own. Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east-central Missouri, where he teaches self-sufficiency and sustainability workshops on a wide range of topics. Chiras is also the author of 32 books and several hundred articles on subjects including residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building, and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational, and full of useful information. Books by This Speaker: Green Home Improvement

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Homesteader's Guide to Renewable Energy

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Homesteader's Guide to Renewable Energy

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

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Is Solar Electricity Right for You?

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Is Solar Electricity Right for You?

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

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The Scoop on Poop

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The Scoop on Poop

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

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Hands-on: Oyster Mushroom Cultivation

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Hands-on: Oyster Mushroom Cultivation

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

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Four Easy Ways to Grow Mushrooms at Home

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Four Easy Ways to Grow Mushrooms at Home

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

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Fungi in the Classroom

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Fungi in the Classroom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn how to humanely, safely, sanitarily, and skillfully process your birds at home. Understand why the conventional way of processing is the worst way and can ruin meat quality. Get healthy, high-quality meat and bone broth from your backyard flock. Processing your own birds is a lost art of our culture. It’s time to bring back this old tradition so that how to process poultry is common knowledge in homes and communities. This is the ultimate “know your source” for poultry and eggs. Speaker Bio Patricia Foreman is a sustainable agriculture author, local foods activist, and popular speaker. She (and her co-presenter, chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free) has presented workshops and book signings at major national festivals and conferences across the United States. She is the author or co-author of five books, including City Chicks and Chicken Tractor. To help “Chick Start America,” she developed the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification course (www.ChickensAndYOU.com). Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in animal science and pharmacy. She has a master's of public affairs from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Books by This Speaker: City Chicks, Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry

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

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

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

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Natural Organic Pest Control

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Natural Organic Pest Control

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

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

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

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

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Introduction to Charcuterie

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Introduction to Charcuterie

Learn about charcuterie: the preservation of meat using salt and smoke. Meredith Leigh demonstrates making fresh sausage and discusses other forms of charcuterie (such as fermented sausages and smoked meats). Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook and author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore and Pure Charcuterie: The Craft & Poetry of Curing Meat at Home. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Sausage Making 101

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Sausage Making 101

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

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Everyday Cured Meats

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Everyday Cured Meats

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

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

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

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

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DIY the Drupe; Making Your Own Coconut Milk!

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DIY the Drupe; Making Your Own Coconut Milk!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hands-On: Make Your Own Sourdough Starter

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Hands-On: Make Your Own Sourdough Starter

Sourdough starter, activated by wild yeast, can be used for making a lot more than just loaf breads and pizza! Join experienced and passionate sourdough baker Victoria Miller, author of the upcoming book From No-knead to Sourdough: A simpler approach to handmade bread (due out June 2018) for a hands-on experience where you will learn to make and maintain your very own sourdough starter to take home and use for making bread or pizza. Get your hands-on ticket! Speaker Bio Victoria Redhed Miller grew up in Seattle and now lives with her husband, David, on their off-grid farm in the Olympic Mountain foothills in NW Washington state. She speaks on several topics related to homesteading and self-reliance, at events around the country. She is the author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks; the award-winning book Craft Distilling: Making liquor legally at home; and the upcoming book From No-knead to Sourdough: A simpler approach to handmade bread, due out in June 2018. Books by This Speaker: Craft Distilling, Pure Poultry

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Poultry Unplugged: Free-ranging poultry just about anywhere

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Poultry Unplugged: Free-ranging poultry just about anywhere

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

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

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

Making your own bread is easier than you might think, once you find your comfort zone and try it! The author of the upcoming book From No-knead to Sourdough: A simpler approach to handmade bread (due out June 2018), covers the basic principles of breadmaking, with an overview of simple no-knead yeast breads, pre-ferments and sourdough-based breads. You don't need experience, fancy equipment or expensive ingredients to make wonderful bread at home. Includes a brief look at a hand-built wood-fired bread oven, plus a handout with a simple yeast bread recipe. Speaker Bio Victoria Redhed Miller grew up in Seattle and now lives with her husband, David, on their off-grid farm in the Olympic Mountain foothills in NW Washington state. She speaks on several topics related to homesteading and self-reliance, at events around the country. She is the author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks; the award-winning book Craft Distilling: Making liquor legally at home; and the upcoming book From No-knead to Sourdough: A simpler approach to handmade bread, due out in June 2018. Books by This Speaker: Craft Distilling, Pure Poultry

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Wild Food: "Find dining" for free

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Wild Food: "Find dining" for free

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

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Hands-on: Easy Eyeshadow

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Hands-on: Easy Eyeshadow

Marie Rayma guides the creation of your very own eyeshadow! Find out about the different types of cosmetics (such as powders, creams, and liquids), what they're made of, and how to make them at home. Learn about pure pigments, silky powders, rich butters, and other mineral and plant-sourced ingredients, and how they can be transformed into high-performance make up at home. Speaker Bio Marie Rayma is a graphic designer and the creator of www.HumblebeeAndMe.com, the go-to place for real DIY skin care and makeup that works. Her work has appeared on www.GoodHousekeeping.com, www.WomansDay.com, and www.Saje.ca, and her first book, Make It Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care, was released at the end of 2016 from Running Press. She lives in Calgary, Canada, where she spends her days making messes in the kitchen and taking pictures of them.

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Demystifying DIY Makeup

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Demystifying DIY Makeup

Ever wanted to make your own makeup, but had no idea where to start? Begin here! Marie Rayma discusses different types of cosmetics (such as powders, creams, and liquids), what they're made of, and how to make them at home. Learn about pure pigments, silky powders, rich butters, and other mineral and plant-sourced ingredients, and how they can be transformed into high-performance eye shadows, lipsticks, foundation, and more at home. Speaker Bio Marie Rayma is a graphic designer and the creator of www.HumblebeeAndMe.com, the go-to place for real DIY skin care and makeup that works. Her work has appeared on www.GoodHousekeeping.com, www.WomansDay.com, and www.Saje.ca, and her first book, Make It Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care, was released at the end of 2016 from Running Press. She lives in Calgary, Canada, where she spends her days making messes in the kitchen and taking pictures of them.

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A Face in an Hour

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A Face in an Hour

Marie Rayma, author of Make It Up, creates and applies makeup for a custom look on stage with audience input. See how easy it is to quickly make cosmetics such as lipstick, blush, and highlighter in any color, as well as how beautifully they perform! Speaker Bio Marie Rayma is a graphic designer and the creator of www.HumblebeeAndMe.com, the go-to place for real DIY skin care and makeup that works. Her work has appeared on www.GoodHousekeeping.com, www.WomansDay.com, and www.Saje.ca, and her first book, Make It Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care, was released at the end of 2016 from Running Press. She lives in Calgary, Canada, where she spends her days making messes in the kitchen and taking pictures of them.

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Farm Succession Planning

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Farm Succession Planning

You’ve heard the statistics: The average American farmer is now past age 60. There is a new generation of farmers out there, but traditional ideas about farm succession planning may not address the changed landscape. Learn some estate planning basics, and gather ideas about different strategies for passing the farm to the next generation. Speaker Bio Elizabeth Rich has practiced business law for more than 30 years. She serves as acting president of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, and she is also the group's executive director. At the organization, she advocates for food freedom and defends the interests of farmers and artisan food producers. She is also a goat farmer and cheesemaker in Wisconsin, where she produces as much of her own food as she can on her 40-acre homestead.

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Taking Care of Business: Business law for farmers, homesteaders and artisan food producers

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Taking Care of Business: Business law for farmers, homesteaders and artisan food producers

Learn about the legal issues that farmers and artisan food producers face. This talk covers choice of entity issues (should you operate as a sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, S Corp, C Corp or other?), employment law issues, hazards of hiring interns, zoning and right to farm issues, hosting on-farm events, and innovative business models. Bring your legal questions for the question-and-answer session. Speaker Bio Elizabeth Rich has practiced business law for more than 30 years. She serves as acting president of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, and she is also the group's executive director. At the organization, she advocates for food freedom and defends the interests of farmers and artisan food producers. She is also a goat farmer and cheesemaker in Wisconsin, where she produces as much of her own food as she can on her 40-acre homestead.

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From a Frog's Perspective

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From a Frog's Perspective

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

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Pastured Poultry Profit$

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Pastured Poultry Profit$

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

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Small Farmer Value-Added Workshop

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Small Farmer Value-Added Workshop

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

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Sustainable Business Opportunities

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Sustainable Business Opportunities

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

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Natural Beekeeping That Works

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Natural Beekeeping That Works

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

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Native Plants for Honey Bees and Other Pollinators

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Native Plants for Honey Bees and Other Pollinators

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

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Ferment Your Own Condiments to Add Probiotic Flavor to Every Meal

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Ferment Your Own Condiments to Add Probiotic Flavor to Every Meal

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

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Hands-On: Discover Fermented Mustards

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Hands-On: Discover Fermented Mustards

In just a few minutes with very few ingredients you can make amazing flavored mustard. Learn how this classic condiment can be a super food: super tasty and super healthy. Get your hands-on ticket! Speaker Bio Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey got their start in fermenting foods with their farmstead food company, where they created more than 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Their current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops at their farm. Kirsten blogs at www.Fermentista.us. They live on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon.

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Hands-on: Mastering Kimchi

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Hands-on: Mastering Kimchi

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

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Preserving Your Harvest Through Fermentation: From A to Z

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Preserving Your Harvest Through Fermentation: From A to Z

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

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Make More Money on Your Farm with Agritourism

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Make More Money on Your Farm with Agritourism

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

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No Such Place as Unusable Space

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No Such Place as Unusable Space

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

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

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

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

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Interactive! Building with Straw Bales

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Interactive! Building with Straw Bales

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

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

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

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

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Interactive! Earthen Plasters You Can Make at Home

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Interactive! Earthen Plasters You Can Make at Home

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

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Interactive! Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Interactive! Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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

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

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

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

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Interactive! Making Cob: How to build with mud

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Interactive! Making Cob: How to build with mud

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

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Interactive: Build a Rocket Mass Heater

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Interactive: Build a Rocket Mass Heater

See how you can turn a pile of old bricks and mud into a super-efficient woodburning heater for your house or cabin. 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. 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. 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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Extending the Harvest: Creating a four-season garden

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Extending the Harvest: Creating a four-season garden

Learn how to plan, create, and produce garden bounty all year. This workshop focuses on the all-season garden, including in-depth succession planting, planting summer crops for a fall garden, and fruit planting for late winter. Speaker Bio Ira Wallace, author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, where she coordinates variety selection and new seed grower contracts. Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply through seed saving and sustainable gardening.

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Growing Great Garlic and Perennial Onions

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Growing Great Garlic and Perennial Onions

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

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

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

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

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