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DIY Energy Storage

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DIY Energy Storage

Solar panel prices have come down dramatically through the years. Now, it’s time for energy storage! Dan and Don Adams go over energy storage options, where you can find discounts, and even how to make your own batteries! Mother Earth Living | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Dan Adams is the founder of Steader.com, an online video-based learning platform that teaches everything you want to know to homestead, garden, grow, and more. Adams' father, Don Adams, provides much of the more technical DIY content. (He's an electrical engineer!)

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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. Hands-On B | Sunday, 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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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, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.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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Herbs for the Mouth: Everyday safe, effective and affordable oral care

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Herbs for the Mouth: Everyday safe, effective and affordable oral care

This workshop explores common kitchen herbs and spices for everyday oral care. Leslie Alexander focuses on six preparations, addressing teething as well as simple pastes and breath fresheners, and herbs to relieve pain or discomfort associated with any number of causes. This general workshop welcomes anyone curious about natural, affordable oral care alternatives. Mountain Rose Herbs | Friday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Friday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Leslie Alexander, Ph.D., RH (AHG), is a practicing clinical herbalist in Erie, Pennsylvania, and co-author of Dental Herbalism: Natural Therapies for the Mouth. She was invited to join the American Herbalists Guild (AHG) as a professional member in 2009 and is serving a term on the AHG Council. She divides her time between clinical practice, writing and her work as an educator, offering lectures and workshop opportunities for continuing education. In addition to her focus on both medicinal and culinary herbs (particularly herbs for the mouth), Alexander enjoys foods of all sorts, the outdoors, laughter and tai chi.

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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. Mother Earth Living | Friday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Cyndi Ball has been homesteading for more than 20 years and owns the educational homestead Lazy B Farm. She is the proud mother of six home-schooled children and the wife of 30 years to her husband, Dave. She is an avid educator. Her greatest passion, outside of the home, is women in agriculture. She is the founder and president of the National Ladies Homestead Gathering, an organization that provides local community for women interested in homesteading and sustainability.

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Women in Agriculture: The need for community

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Women in Agriculture: The need for community

Women represent the fastest-growing segment in agriculture today.Women's active role in farming has tripled in the last three decades.Even so, there is a loneliness that often accompanies women who choose this career. They need community, a place where they can share new ideas, celebrate victories, address challenges, and cultivate relationships with like-minded women. Mother Earth Living | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Cyndi Ball has been homesteading for more than 20 years and owns the educational homestead Lazy B Farm. She is the proud mother of six home-schooled children and the wife of 30 years to her husband, Dave. She is an avid educator. Her greatest passion, outside of the home, is women in agriculture. She is the founder and president of the National Ladies Homestead Gathering, an organization that provides local community for women interested in homesteading and sustainability.

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Appalachian Food Tradition: Salt rising bread

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Appalachian Food Tradition: Salt rising bread

Find out what makes salt rising bread special, why it tastes so good and is fermented, the science behind it, as well as stories of women who made it. Try a sample of the bread. Real Food | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Genevieve Bardwell owns Rising Creek Bakery, which specializes in salt rising bread. She has researched salt rising bread for decades, and she wrote a book on the subject. Bardwell holds degrees in plant pathology and culinary arts.

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Understanding and Making Handcrafted Soap

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Understanding and Making Handcrafted Soap

Interested in making your own soap? Making soap is not difficult, but it is exacting. Learn about the history, the different methods, selecting ingredients, the chemistry behind the process. Join Regina Bauscher for education and fun! Mountain Rose Herbs | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Regina Bauscher leverages a chemistry background and work experience with the Handcrafted Soap Cosmetic Guild certification in soap-making. She is a Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild (HSGC)-registered soap-making instructor and enjoys educating consumers. She also possesses professional 200-hour certification in aromatherapy, is a member of the American Society of Quality, and a national blogger with SheKnows.com. Bauscher and her husband, Steve, also own and operate Honey Sweetie Acres, raising champion Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats, whose milk they use in their products.

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Planning for Farm Legacy

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Planning for Farm Legacy

Family farms are an integral component of America’s economy and history. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service though, the number of working farms in the country has declined from 2.17 million in 2009 to 2.06 million in 2016. If you want to continue a farming legacy, by purchasing or sustaining a farm, plan to attend this dynamic workshop. Led by a panel of experts in farm financing, the legal transition process, government grants and the upcoming Farm Bill, this workshop will help you understand the complexities of financing or transitioning specialized farm properties. You’ll also learn about the importance of business planning as you consider new ventures to benefit your farm. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Presented by PASA | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Michele R. Beener is the president of Aspire Grant & Development, and owner of Chippewa Farms, a historic Black Angus farm. She is a member of the National Grants Management Association and a registered grant reviewer for a branch of the federal government. Currently, her firm is managing more than $36 million in competitive grants awards. Beener holds a graduate degree in business ethics from Duquesne University. She has a special interest in grants to support agriculture 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. The Livestock Conservancy | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: At booth #8350 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. The Livestock Conservancy | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: At booth #8350 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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Backyard Chicken Myth-Busting

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Backyard Chicken Myth-Busting

How do I raise an organic flock? Are backyard chickens good for children? What do I feed my molting hens? Raising backyard chickens is a fun, educational activity for the whole family. To share learnings from his flock and answer frequently asked flock questions, Purina Poultry’s Patrick Biggs takes the mystery out of maintaining happy and healthy birds. The Livestock Conservancy | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Patrick Biggs, a flock nutritionist for Purina Animal Nutrition, holds a doctorate in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His studies focused on evaluating alternatives to antibiotics in poultry rations – with a goal of helping flock raisers provide fresh, wholesome nutrition to their birds. Today, Biggs is a key member of the Purina Animal Nutrition Backyard Poultry team, helping to formulate feeds for backyard flocks across the country.

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From Skins to Leather: Home tanning

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From Skins to Leather: Home tanning

Dennis Biswell shares his experience tanning skins at home, on a budget, with a small investment in equipment and supplies. He shows his method of hair-on tanning, which can be used for all kinds of animal skins, such as deer, beaver, raccoon, coyote, and bobcat, as well as domestic animals, including goats and sheep. He also discusses his method of hair-off tanning, which turns those skins into leather. He shows the primitive methods of turning deer skin into buckskin, known as brain-tanning. Grit | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio An avid outdoorsman, Dennis Biswell has hunted and fished all his life. In addition to processing all the game he harvests at home, he tans the skins into leather and buckskin.

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Interactive! ReWild the Child!

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Interactive! 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. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. She owns N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, based near Seattle, which is known as an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction, and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies and industry organizations, and it makes headlines in national media. She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, which is full of functional gardens and rescue animals. Books by This Speaker: Free-Range Chicken Gardens, Practical Permaculture

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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. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. She owns N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, based near Seattle, which is known as an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction, and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies and industry organizations, and it makes headlines in national media. She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, which is full of functional gardens and rescue animals. Books by This Speaker: Free-Range Chicken Gardens, Practical Permaculture

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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. Grit | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. She owns N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, based near Seattle, which is known as an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction, and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies and industry organizations, and it makes headlines in national media. She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, which is full of functional gardens and rescue animals. Books by This Speaker: Free-Range Chicken Gardens, Practical Permaculture

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Solar-Energy Systems and Costs: Which is right for you

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Solar-Energy Systems and Costs: Which is right for you

This interactive presentation compares the costs of off-grid/backup power. Tom Brennan starts by showing how many solar panels and batteries are needed to run items. Brennan compares types of solar panels, batteries, and solar systems. He shows what to look for, what’s most cost-effective, and what to avoid. The goal is for your family to be more energy independent in affordable ways. Grit | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio As engineering manager of Portable Solar LLC, Tom Brennan is an electrical engineer with multiple patents and 25 years of electronics design and test. He has been a consultant to solar electronics manufacturers, improving functionality, reliability, and efficiency. For the past 5 years, Tom has guided an engineering team to create patent pending inverters, charge controllers, EMP hardened solar generators, EMP test simulators, and portable solar panels

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Counter-top Dairy Ferments: Kefir, viili, and other healthy dairy delights

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Counter-top Dairy Ferments: Kefir, viili, and other healthy dairy delights

No yogurt maker? No problem! Many probiotic dairy products can be made simply by adding culture and letting the milk ripen at room temperature! Learn the wonders of traditional dairy ferments and how to use them. A few lucky attendees will take home some living kefir grains. Real Food | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 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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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, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 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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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! Space limited, to secure a spot to this workshop, pick up an admission ticket at the Information Desk. Hands-On A | Friday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio

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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. Hands-On B | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 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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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. Mother Earth News | Saturday, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio

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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 and short-term and 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. Heirloom Gardener | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east-central Missouri, where he teaches self-sufficiency and sustainability workshops on a wide range of topics. Chiras is also the author of 32 books and several hundred articles on subjects including residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building, and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational, and full of useful information. Books by This Speaker: Green Home Improvement

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Is Solar Electricity Right for You?

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Is Solar Electricity Right for You?

Solar electricity is more affordable than ever, but does it make economic sense for you? What do you need to know to install a solar electric system on your home? If you can’t afford to buy a system, can you lease one or tap into community solar projects to meet your electrical needs sustainably? Grit | Friday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east central Missouri, where he teaches workshops on a wide range of topics on self-sufficiency and sustainability. Chiras is also the author of 32 books and several hundred articles on a wide range of topics that include residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building, and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational, and full of useful information. Books by This Speaker: The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling, Power from the Sun

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Off-Grid Solar Electricity for Beginners

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Off-Grid Solar Electricity for Beginners

Join Dan Chiras and assemble a small battery-based off-grid solar system and learn the components, what they do, and things you need to know when going off grid. Grit | Saturday, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east central Missouri, where he teaches workshops on a wide range of topics on self-sufficiency and sustainability. Chiras is also the author of 32 books and several hundred articles on a wide range of topics that include residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building, and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational, and full of useful information. Books by This Speaker: The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling, Power from the Sun

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The Scoop on Poop

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The Scoop on Poop

To be truly sustainable, we need to return all nutrients we take from the Earth back to the Earth. That includes the valuable nutrients in human bodily wastes. Learn the basics of composting toilets and how to safely compost humanure. Mother Earth News | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Dan Chiras is the author of more than 30 books and several hundred articles on residential green building, renewable energy, and sustainable living. He is director of the Evergreen Institute, where he teaches classes on these and other related subject. Books by This Speaker: The Scoop on Poop

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Sustainable Hive Products

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Sustainable Hive Products

Do you know what it takes for the bee to make your favorite health products? Many hive products are undeniably healthy, but at what cost? Learn which of your health supplements can be taken from the hive without a negative impact to the bee and which are best left alone. If you are a beekeeper, learn how these products can be farmed sustainably, and if you are a consumer learn the questions you need to ask. Mother Earth Living | Friday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Dawn Combs is an ethnobotanist with more than 20 years of experience in her field. She is the owner of the herbal health farm Mockingbird Meadows, is a contributor for Mother Earth Living, and the author of Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Health Care and Conceiving Healthy Babies: An Herbal Guide to Support Preconception, Pregnancy, and Lactation. Books by This Speaker: Conceiving Healthy Babies

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The New Home Herbalist: Where do I begin?

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The New Home Herbalist: Where do I begin?

Inspiration and information are the easy part when beginning to use plants for health. The hard part is making it all fit your life where you are right now. What you need is a simple, practical, and personal plan that approaches natural health small step by small step. Dawn Combs helps folks write their own plan and sends them away with an understanding of how to put it all together. She covers topics that include: choosing herbs for your family, how much/how often, simple ways to grow your own, where to source, common kitchen tools and skills that apply, talking to your doctor, finding a holistic practitioner, and much more! Mountain Rose Herbs | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Dawn Combs is an ethnobotanist with more than 20 years of experience in her field. She is the owner of the herbal health farm Mockingbird Meadows, is a contributor for Mother Earth Living, and the author of Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Health Care and Conceiving Healthy Babies: An Herbal Guide to Support Preconception, Pregnancy, and Lactation. Books by This Speaker: Conceiving Healthy Babies

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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, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 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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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. Heirloom Gardener | Saturday, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 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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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, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 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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Interactive! Fungi in the Classroom

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Interactive! Fungi in the Classroom

Ever wonder what kind of projects you and your children can start at home or in school with mushrooms? This program is part show and part hands-on, with many cool experiments that are practical for demonstrating recycling and composting home and school waste byproducts using mushroom spawn. Participants make and take home a small mushroom fruiting kit they make from shredded paper or cardboard, as well as a living culture! Kids Treehouse | Friday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Friday 6:00-6:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist and organic gardener who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than 22 years. He is the author of Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, published by Chelsea Green in 2014. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain (which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, and daughter Heidi) to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries, and he currently maintains more than 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides. Books by this Speaker: Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

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Medicinal Mushroom Magick

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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. Mountain Rose Herbs | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Friday 6:00-6:30 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 | Friday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Friday 6:00-6:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist and organic gardener who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than 22 years. He is the author of Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, published by Chelsea Green in 2014. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain (which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, and daughter Heidi) to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries, and he currently maintains more than 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides. Books by this Speaker: Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

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

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

Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how edible mushrooms can be spawned into straw bale gardens, intercropping plants and mushrooms, utilizing mycorrhizae, and vermicomposting with mushrooms in this clever twist to traditional raised gardening techniques. Attendees will also make and receive a small mushroom starter culture to take home to expand and experiment with at the scavenger hunt and recycling demo! Space limited. Grit | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Friday 6:00-6:30 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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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, 10:00-11:00 a.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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Raising Pigs on Green Pasture

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This workshop provides a detailed look into raising pigs on green pastures. Dave Cronauer takes you through raising pigs on pasture year-round, including pasture management, animal needs, mineral and feed requirements, breeding and farrow on pasture, as well as wintering on pasture. The Livestock Conservancy | Friday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Dave Cronauer grew up in beautiful Pennsylvania and has always been interested in animals. He has been raising pigs for the past 10 years, all outdoors on pasture. He now lives in northern Wisconsin with his wife and three sons, and they are raising bison, Kunekune pigs, Idaho Pasture Pigs, chickens, and turkeys, all on pasture.

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Hands-on: Kombucha Workshop - Make and Take Your Own Bottle of Hannah's Homebrew Kombucha!

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Hands-on: Kombucha Workshop - Make and Take Your Own Bottle of Hannah's Homebrew Kombucha!

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. 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 in this lively presentation and hands-on demo from one of the world’s foremost kombucha experts, Hannah Crum (the "Kombucha Mamma"). She will also have her famous Hannah's Homebrew Kombucha and organic flavorings so that you can flavor your very own bottle of kombucha to take home and enjoy. Hands-On B | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.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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Interactive! Kid's Kombucha Tasting and SCOBY Bacteria "Petting Zoo"

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Interactive! 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 | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 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 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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Interactive! Kid's Kombucha Tasting and SCOBY Bacteria "Petting Zoo"

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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 | Friday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 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 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 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 | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 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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Preserving Your Garden's Bounty

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Preserving Your Garden's Bounty

Your garden is bursting at the seams, your chickens are fat and the orchard’s branches, heavy with fruit, are touching the ground! What to do? Learn how to preserve and enjoy your bounty all through the winter with safe and proven techniques. Explore ways to maintain the best flavor and highest nutrition value when freezing, drying, fermenting and canning. Real Food | Friday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Lorree Cummings, clinical nutritionist, gardener and educator, is the owner of Stone Cottage Farm & Garden. After inheriting the family homestead in 2006, she began working to restore the farm she remembered as a child. Local awareness in the renovation led to questions from interested, aspiring homesteaders and eventually to workshops to help others. She now travels, offering lectures and classes about raised-bed organic gardening, edible landscaping, backyard chickens, food preservation, seed starting and urban homesteading. She has presented her topics at Master Gardeners' Design & Beyond, The Gardener's Workshop at Lakeland College, Beech Creek Botanical Gardens' annual symposium, and many other events.

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The Farm as Pharmacy

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The Farm as Pharmacy

In a culture increasingly dependent upon pharmaceuticals, the question begs to be answered: Is there a better way? Maureen Diaz (experienced mother, lay herbalist, and nutrition educator) explores how we can regain and optimize our own health using food as medicine. Diaz goes over a wide variety of ailments and methods, including topical and internal use of herbs, macronutrients and micronutrients, and more. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Presented by PASA | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Maureen Diaz is a wife, mother to a large brood of active and interesting individuals, gardener, keeper of an array of creatures, and lifelong learner. In her role as a Weston A. Price Foundation chapter leader, she uses her knowledge to educate and inform others, always with the goal to arm listeners with the ultimate tool for good health: food.

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Whole Family Nutrition

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Whole Family Nutrition

With the many belief systems surrounding human nutrition, how do we know what really works to build human health? While there is no one truly “best-for-everyone" diet, there are many commonalities and necessary nutrients needed from pre-birth to old age. Maureen Diaz examines the actual nutrients needed to build sound bodies and radiant health, which foods these nutrients are found in, and how to maximize their absorption and bioavailability. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Presented by PASA | Friday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Maureen Diaz is a wife, mother to a large brood of active and interesting individuals, gardener, keeper of an array of creatures, and lifelong learner. In her role as a Weston A. Price Foundation chapter leader, she uses her knowledge to educate and inform others, always with the goal to arm listeners with the ultimate tool for good health: food.

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Intensive Grazing for the Homesteader

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Intensive Grazing for the Homesteader

Sustainable forage-based, family-scale food production doesn't require many acres; even small, neglected pieces of land can be the basis for a secure, productive food system based on grass-fed ruminants, dairy, and integrated, multispecies farming. Learn how the milk from a moderate-production dairy cow can provide the high-quality proteins for a household, beef steer, pig, flock of hens ... with milk for butter and cheese, and whey to fertilize the garden and heat up the compost pile. The small plot of ground with a cow, a couple of pigs, and a flock of hens that sustained the majority of the world for centuries is still capable of doing so, transforming the farmer from a purveyor of purchased grains to an ecologist who orchestrates the farm’s resources. The Livestock Conservancy | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Shawn and Beth Dougherty farm 45 acres of steep, rocky land in eastern Ohio, where they raise beef and dairy cattle, pigs, sheep, and various poultry, and run a small community dairy, Two Sisters Creamery. They write and teach on the topic of small-scale intensive grass-based farming and sustainable food production. Their farming practices develop from the conviction that truly sustainable farming is not dependent on purchased, off-farm inputs, but builds its fertility and productivity through good management of sunlight, soil, precipitation, plants and animals. Books by This Speaker: The Independent Farmstead

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Not Suitable for Agriculture: Good farming with poor land, small savings, and a lot to learn

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Not Suitable for Agriculture: Good farming with poor land, small savings, and a lot to learn

Sky-high land costs, lack of capital, and limited farming experience need not be obstacles for anyone who wants to build an abundant, fertile cottage farm. Using the techniques of regenerative agriculture (including intensive grass management, captured water systems, home dairying, four-season gardening for food and forage, and whole-farm “no-waste” composting), homesteaders can grow food, fertility, and a future on land like the Sow’s Ear. Shawn and Beth Dougherty, authors of The Independent Farmstead from Chelsea Green Publishing, built the self-sustaining Ohio farm with their family on land designated by the state of Ohio as "not suitable for agriculture." Grit | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Shawn and Beth Dougherty farm 45 acres of steep, rocky land in eastern Ohio, where they raise beef and dairy cattle, pigs, sheep, and various poultry, and run a small community dairy, Two Sisters Creamery. They write and teach on the topic of small-scale intensive grass-based farming and sustainable food production. Their farming practices develop from the conviction that truly sustainable farming is not dependent on purchased, off-farm inputs, but builds its fertility and productivity through good management of sunlight, soil, precipitation, plants, and animals. Books by This Speaker: The Independent Farmstead

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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. Mother Earth Living | Sunday, 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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How to Be Organic

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Why be organic? What does it mean to be organic? New Country Organics' organic guru, Kevin Fletcher, takes folks on an organic storytelling tour of the gut, covering healthy soil, food, and livestock. He dispenses practical advice on tackling the large and small of clean living and farming. Fletcher interacts daily with the organic community all across the United States: micro-flockers, family homesteaders, and small market producers. Whatever your level of adoption of organic methods, he provides a unique perspective on being organic. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Presented by PASA | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Kevin Fletcher is New Country Organics' guru and organic oracle. His knowledge base is in grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured poultry, goat dairy, organic vegetables and herb farming, beneficial insect programs, organic honey production, farm store, community-supported agriculture (CSA), restaurant marketing of organic products, organic grain production, large-scale organic composting, and integration of organic best practices into traditional farm operations.

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

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

Eggs are among the most nutritious, easily digestible, and absorbed foods available on the planet. Eggs are so adaptable that they can be used for a variety of dishes. They create elegant soufflés, hold meatloaf together, keep oil and vinegar from separating in mayonnaise, and form crystals in candies. They spin magically into meringues and thicken smooth custards. Eggs build cake batters by providing the structural framework, and produce finely grained ice creams, enrich soups, and glaze pie crusts. What other food can do all this? It’s said you can tell a great chef from a cook by the way they treat and use eggs. Learn the chemistry behind the magic of eggs in this egg-splicit, eggs-citing workshop. Real Food | Friday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Patricia Foreman is a sustainable agriculture author, local foods activist, and popular speaker. She (and her co-presenter, chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free) has presented workshops and book signings at major national festivals and conferences across the United States. She is the author or co-author of five books, including City Chicks and Chicken Tractor. To help “Chick Start America,” she developed the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification course (www.ChickensAndYOU.com). Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in animal science and pharmacy. She has a master's of public affairs from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs. 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. Hands-On A | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Patricia Foreman is a sustainable agriculture author, local foods activist, and popular speaker. She (and her co-presenter, chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free) has presented workshops and book signings at major national festivals and conferences across the United States. She is the author or co-author of five books, including City Chicks and Chicken Tractor. To help “Chick Start America,” she developed the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification course (www.ChickensAndYOU.com). Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in animal science and pharmacy. She has a master's of public affairs from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

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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. Grit | Friday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Patricia Foreman is a sustainable agriculture author, local foods activist, and popular speaker. She (and her co-presenter, chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free) has presented workshops and book signings at major national festivals and conferences across the United States. She is the author or co-author of five books, including City Chicks and Chicken Tractor. To help “Chick Start America,” she developed the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification course (www.ChickensAndYOU.com). Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in animal science and pharmacy. She has a master's of public affairs from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Books by This Speaker: City Chicks, Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry

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Interactive! Chick in Egg: The miracle of incubation

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Interactive! 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 | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Patricia Foreman is a sustainable agriculture author, local foods activist, and popular speaker. She (and her co-presenter, chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free) has presented workshops and book signings at major national festivals and conferences across the United States. She is the author or co-author of five books, including City Chicks and Chicken Tractor. To help “Chick Start America,” she developed the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification course (www.ChickensAndYOU.com). Foreman graduated from Purdue University with degrees in animal science and pharmacy. She has a master's of public affairs from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Books by This Speaker: City Chicks, Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry

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Food Forests Design and Management

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Food Forests Design and Management

Darrell Frey, coauthor of The Food Forest Handbook, present detailed information on food forest design and management. This presentation covers site assessment and establishment, as well as how to manage these productive landscapes. Heirloom Gardener | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Darrell Frey is a permaculture designer and teacher, and author of Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm, and co-author of The Food Forest Handbook.

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

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

This workshop examines the application of permaculture design in planning and managing urban and suburban farms and gardens. Study urban permaculture through an in-depth look at several urban agriculture projects. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Presented by PASA | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Darrell Frey is a permaculture designer and teacher, and author of Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm, and co-author of The Food Forest Handbook.

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Hands-on: Distillation Demonstration - Lavender Hydrosol and Essential Oil

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Hands-on: Distillation Demonstration - Lavender Hydrosol and Essential Oil

James Fulcher and his wife, Liz, present a live lavender distillation demonstration using a beautiful 60-liter copper alembic still. See their distillation setup and witness the entire distilling process from the loading of the plant material to the production of essential oil and hydrosol from the still. During the demonstration, attendees come to understand the principles and process of distillation. Participants can smell and taste the hydrosol as it comes out of the still. Aromatic waters from other plants are also on hand for people to sample. Hands-On B | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio James Fulcher, a certified aromatherapist and primitive skills expert, has been working in the field of aromatherapy since 1999. After running his first hydrosol distillation in 2013 he was hooked, and he now imports and sells high-quality handmade copper stills from Portugal for distilling essential oils and hydrosols.

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Discover Hydrosols: Healing waters for adults, children, and animals

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Discover Hydrosols: Healing waters for adults, children, and animals

Hydrosols are finding popularity in the natural health community as people discover their safe and effective therapeutic value as well as the ease of distilling them at home. Hydrosol therapy is an off-shoot of aromatherapy and herbalism. When a plant is distilled to obtain an essential oil, many compounds of the plant build up in the water. A hydrosol is the distillate water that remains under the layer of essential oil after the steaming process and which contains many of the benefits of essential oils as well as the plant (but in a more subtle, gentle form). In this highly educational workshop, smell and taste a variety of hydrosols as Liz Fulcher explains how to use them safely at home for everyone from infants to adults to pets. Mother Earth Living | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Liz Fulcher is a clinical aromatherapist with more than 26 years of experience working with essential oils and aromatic medicine. She has been the Pennsylvania Director for the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy since 2000, and she is the owner of the Aromatic Wisdom Institute in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, where she offers a popular 235-hour Aromatherapy Certification Program.

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Aromatherapy for Wellness

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Aromatherapy for Wellness

This fun, hands-on class focuses on making aromatherapy simple and easy to use. The light but informative talk discusses 17 essential oils. Billy Galloway shares not only what the oils do, but how to use them to achieve desired outcomes. Discover how to use aromatherapy to assist issues including sleeplessness, psoriasis, restless leg syndrome, hot flashes, lack of energy or focus, sinus problems, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and depression. Mountain Rose Herbs | Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Billy Galloway has been experiencing the benefits of aromatherapy since 2006. He is a certified aromatherapist accredited by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and is the eastern director of operations for Natural Options Aromatherapy. Galloway, his wife, Jenny, and two children reside in Kingsport, Tennessee.

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Natural Organic Pest Control

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Natural Organic Pest Control

The most effective pest control just happens to be organic. Howard Garrett discusses how to protect and work with beneficial insects, as well as what natural, organic pest control products to use in certain situations. Mother Earth News | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m.. 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 Care, and Fabulous Trees of the World

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Tree Planting, Natural Organic Tree Care, 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, including the 800-year-old pecan in Weatherford, Texas, the 500-year-old Kapok tree in Costa Rica, the 3,000-year-old Montezuma cypress in Oaxaca, Mexico, and others. Heirloom Gardener | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 6:00-6:30 p.m. 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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Interactive! Beehive Varroa Inspection

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Interactive! Beehive Varroa Inspection

Learn basic hive inspection procedures, how to indentify pest, drones, workers, and the queen on your own. Grit | Sunday, 1:00-1:30 p.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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Interactive! Live Hive Inspection

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Interactive! 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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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. Mother Earth Living | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.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. Heirloom Gardener | Friday, 5:00-6:00 p.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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Guinea Fowl 101

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Guinea Fowl 101

Fun facts and things you never knew about guinea fowl, as well as the basics on how to keep guineas successfully and safely, so they can be part of your organic pest control plan. The Livestock Conservancy | Friday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Cindy Gibson is president of Guinea Fowl International, an organization founded to support the responsible guinea-keeping and to educate on the care and habits of Guinea Fowl. She first acquired guineas to help combat a grasshopper infestation on her Texas ranch, and now keeps over 100 guinea fowl along with her chickens, ducks, and grazing animals. She helps new guinea-keepers, and frequently speaks to groups about the why-and-how to incorporate guinea-keeping into your landscape or farm. In particular, she helps dispel some of the myths and misinformation that has led some to unsuccessful attempts at guinea-keeping.

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Guinea-Keeping for Organic Pest Control

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Guinea-Keeping for Organic Pest Control

More and more, people are searching for nonchemical means of controlling yard and garden pests, including grasshoppers, beetles, and Lyme disease-carrying ticks. Guinea fowl can be a big part of your organic pest control plan for your yard, farm, or garden. Among their many benefits, guineas are insect-eating machines, and they are easy-keepers, once you learn about their specific needs. This talk includes information about how to raise guineas and incorporate them into your already existing situation, how to take advantage of their traits and habits, best housing, and everything else guinea-keepers need to know. The Livestock Conservancy | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Cindy Gibson is president of Guinea Fowl International, an organization founded to support responsible guinea-keeping and to educate on the care and habits of guinea fowl. She first acquired guineas to help combat a grasshopper infestation on her Texas ranch, and now keeps more than 100 guinea fowl (along with her chickens, ducks, and grazing animals). She helps new guinea-keepers, and frequently speaks to groups about the why-and-how to incorporate guinea-keeping into a landscape or farm. In particular, she helps dispel some of the myths and misinformation that has led some to unsuccessful attempts at guinea-keeping.

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Hands-on: 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. Hands-On B | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:00-3:30 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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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, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:00-3:30 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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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 | Friday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:00-3:30 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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Brain-Boosting Herbs

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Feeling foggy lately? Learn about some amazing, safe herbs that enhance brain circulation, reduce the effects of stress, energize, and provide proven memory-enhancing effects. Maria Noel Groves also discusses helpful foods and lifestyle techniques to keep your brain running top-notch whether you're a student, a busy parent, or are approaching old age and have concerns about mental decline. Mountain Rose Herbs | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m.. Speaker Bio Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), registered clinical herbalist, runs Wintergreen Botanicals, an herbal clinic and education center nestled in the pine forests of Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, New Hampshire. She is certified by Michael Moore’s Southwest School of Botanical Medicine, a registered professional herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild, and has also completed Rosemary Gladstar’s advanced training program and Lichenwood Herbals’ flower essence practitioner training. Her business is devoted to education and empowerment via classes, health consultations, and writing. She is the author of Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care. Learn more about Groves and herbs at www.WintergreenBotanicals.com.

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Natural Stress Relief and Energizing Herbs

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Natural Stress Relief and Energizing Herbs

Who couldn’t use a little less stress and more energy? Learn about how useful herbs can be for this. Maria Noel Groves helps you choose from the myriad of stress-busting and energizing adaptogen herbs to pick out the best ones for your specific needs. She covers several herbs, including brain-boosting gotu kola, calm-energizing ashwagandha, zippy rhodiola, and blood-sugar balancing holy basil. Groves also shares safety information and which of these herbs grow easily in northeastern gardens. Mountain Rose Herbs | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m.. Speaker Bio Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), registered clinical herbalist, runs Wintergreen Botanicals, an herbal clinic and education center nestled in the pine forests of Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, New Hampshire. She is certified by Michael Moore’s Southwest School of Botanical Medicine, a registered professional herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild, and has also completed Rosemary Gladstar’s advanced training program and Lichenwood Herbals’ flower essence practitioner training. Her business is devoted to education and empowerment via classes, health consultations, and writing. She is the author of Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care. Learn more about Groves and herbs at www.WintergreenBotanicals.com.

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Up-Close Guinea Encounter

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Up-Close Guinea Encounter

The Guinea Fowl International Association presents an interactive encounter with their Guinea Fowl Ambassador Pearl, including background and information about the history of guinea fowl and their place on the farm today. Kids Treehouse | Friday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio The Guinea Fowl International Association (GFIA) is a nonprofit organization based in Texas that has been serving the needs of guinea fowl keepers from around the world since 2006.

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DIY Laundry Soap

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DIY Laundry Soap

Laundry soap has a tough task, cleaning clothing of who knows what. Sounds simple, and sometimes it is. But, really, what is laundry soap? Is there a simple recipe that fits all needs? What is bleaching and these so-called "safe" bleaches? Do they really help? Jordan Henderson covers what is needed to make laundry soap work, as well as what causes it not to work. Henderson presents a few demonstrations to explain the purpose of different ingredients and finally, he makes some laundry soap! Mother Earth Living | Friday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Jordan Henderson, the owner of Soap Alchemy, has been formulating and testing laundry soap for four years. His journey in soap started more than 16 years ago, in response to skin-related issues. The journey continues.

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Hands-on: Seed-Saving Techniques and Tips

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Hands-on: Seed-Saving Techniques and Tips

Irena Hollowell shows you how to clean seeds you’ve harvested in your garden for good germination rates and shelf life. This workshop focuses on the threshing, winnowing, and screening of seeds that mature in dry pods or seedheads (such as beans, okra, and lettuce). Hollowell also briefly touches on the fermentation of seeds that mature wet. These methods are applicable to seeds of flowers and herbs, as well as vegetables. Take home handouts and seed samples. A limited numbers of screens are available for purchase at the FAIR. Hollowell coordinates seed cleaning at Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. Hands-On A | Saturday, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Irena Hollowell has been with Southern Exposure Seed Exchange for the past eight years, where she manages seed cleaning and also works in variety of trialing, blogging, and customer service. Hollowell also serves as the president of the Grassroots Seed Network, an organization dedicated to the preservation and exchange of open-pollinated varieties.

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Essential Oils for Health and Well-Being

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Essential Oils for Health and Well-Being

Connie Jacoby provides information on the usage of essential oils in daily life and history; flashpoints; vital information on safety, blending oils, precautions, ingestion of oils, and overall knowledge of maladies; as well as basic and advanced treatments and benefits derived from usage. Mountain Rose Herbs | Friday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio A 17-year nursing professional who became disenchanted with the medical profession and pharmaceuticals, Connie Jacoby chose to use the elements God had supplied for health and well-being. Essential oils, aromatherapy, herbal supplements/tinctures, and touch therapy became her focus. Those areas combined have given her the availability to provide answers for the maladies and health-care issues people face each day, affordably. Jacoby is a speaker for the Missouri League of Nursing on Alternative and Complementary Therapies in Healthcare Today, a Certified Medical Aromatherapist, a Licensed Practical Nurse, and owner of Wise Women Botanicals and The Aroma Spa Wellness Center.

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Understanding Geothermal Heating and Cooling

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Understanding Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Learn about geothermal heating and cooling technology, how it works, and what makes it better. Tim Wright discusses various applications for home and farm, how it works with off-grid technologies, and how geothermal compares to traditional systems. Grit | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Scott Jarrell has been with Enertech Global since 2015. He is a Territory Manager for multiple states, working to educate homeowners on the technology and to train installers and contractors. Scott began his career in building performance/ energy efficiency in 2006, working to train business owners and home owners how to build an energy efficient home and tighten the building envelope.

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Building a Small Mushroom Farm

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Building a Small Mushroom Farm

Explore the different skills and infrastructure needed for developing a viable mushroom growing business. Hear discussions about evaluating your site, obtaining valuable mushroom strains, and obtaining substrates. Learn about the design of clean rooms and grow rooms, the growing processes, harvesting, post-harvest handling, and marketing. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Presented by PASA | Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Mark Jones is the owner and mycologist at Sharondale Mushroom Farm in Cismont, Virginia. Sharondale Farm provides high-quality mushrooms, spawn, tools, and materials for mushroom cultivation. Jones offers cultivation workshops for hobby growers and small farmers.

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Growing Fungi for Farm Diversity and Resilience

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Growing Fungi for Farm Diversity and Resilience

As our planet rapidly changes, we must find solutions to retain and build resilience in our agroecosystems. Explore our alliance with fungi, which provides farmers opportunities to support and grow biodiversity, enhance ecosystem services, and provide food and medicine for our communities and the planet. At this workshop, expect a discussion of advanced techniques for mushroom growing and how to use mycelium as a solution to growing a regenerative agriculture. Mother Earth Living | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Mark Jones is the owner and mycologist at Sharondale Mushroom Farm in Cismont, Virginia. The farm provides high-quality mushrooms, spawn, tools, and materials for mushroom cultivation. Jones offers cultivation workshops for hobby growers and small farmers.

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Fermentation: An Everyday Miracle

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Fermentation: An Everyday Miracle

Fermented foods and beverages are produced and enjoyed in every part of the world. There is a certain inevitability to microbial change to our food, and for millennia people have harnessed that inevitable force in order to make alcohol and to make food more stable for storage, more delicious, and more digestible. This keynote presentation is a broad overview of fermentation and makes the case that this ancient practice is more relevant to our lives now than ever before. Mother Earth News | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 6:00-6:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Sandor Ellix Katz is a fermentation revivalist. His books Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation, along with the hundreds of fermentation workshops he has taught around the world, have helped to catalyze a broad revival of the fermentation arts. A self-taught experimentalist who lives in rural Tennessee, he has been called “one of the unlikely rock stars of the American food scene” by the New York Times. Katz is the recipient of a James Beard award and many other honors. Books by this Speaker: Wild Fermentation, Revised, The Art of Fermentation, The Revolution will not be Microwaved

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Vegetable Fermentation: Exploring the possibilities

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Vegetable Fermentation: Exploring the possibilities

The simple techniques of vegetable fermentation can be applied in infinite creative and appealing ways. Nearly any vegetable, raw or cooked, can be fermented, as can fruits, herbs, and spices. Learn about brining, fermented vegetable drinks, and fermented relish. Brainstorm more variations and ask troubleshooting questions. Real Food | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 6:00-6:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Sandor Ellix Katz is a fermentation revivalist. His books Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation, along with the hundreds of fermentation workshops he has taught around the world, have helped to catalyze a broad revival of the fermentation arts. A self-taught experimentalist who lives in rural Tennessee, he has been called “one of the unlikely rock stars of the American food scene” by the New York Times. Katz is the recipient of a James Beard award and many other honors.

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Interactive! Build Your House with Straw Bales

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Interactive! Build Your House with Straw Bales

Join builders Andrew and Adrienne to learn how you can turn straw bales into walls with 3-4 times the insulative value of standard house walls. Natural Building | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Join local builders Andrew and Adrienne to learn how you can turn straw bales into walls with 3-4 times the insulative value of standard house walls.

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The Buzz About Bees

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Did you know you can thank a honey bee for a third of the food you eat? The Buzz About Bees is a hands-on educational science program about honey bees for children of all ages. Following a short program packed with plenty of participation, songs, and props, children will learn more about honey bees by tasting honey from different floral sources, examining a bee under a microscope, trying on a bee suit, making a finger puppet, sampling beeswax lotion, playing pollination games, creating a comb rubbing, and more! Kids Treehouse | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Kim Lehman has worked for more than 25 years as a honey bee educator, teacher, professional storyteller, musician, and author. She has presented hundreds of programs and workshops at schools, libraries, museums, nature centers, and festivals. As part of her children’s column for Bee Culture Magazine, Lehman began the Bee Buddies club, which now has members in every state. She also founded the American Beekeeping Federation Kids and Bees Program and directed this educational service about honey bees for the public at their annual conferences for many years.

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Interactive! Smoothies and Seed Starting

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Interactive! 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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Hand Tools for Wood Harvesting, Firewood Processing, and Basic Woodworking

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Hand Tools for Wood Harvesting, Firewood Processing, and Basic Woodworking

Learn the value of new and vintage hand tools for firewood harvesting and basic woodworking. This workshop covers the basic tools needed for everything from felling trees to splitting kindling and green woodworking. Hear what tools you're better off buying vintage, and what you can buy off the shelf without worrying. Natural Building | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio From an early age, Jonathon LeValley has had a passion for the outdoors. Starting with a simple pocket knife at age 6 and a cheap hatchet by 8, experience has taught him the value of good tools and hard work. The hunt for a good axe led him to start restoring tools, and in 2012, the hobby became a full-time profession with the founding of LeValley Outdoors. Outside of the shop, LeValley spends hundreds of hours each year researching and testing tools and techniques both new and old.

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The Axe: A brief history one of man's oldest tools, and how to select and care for one today

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The Axe: A brief history one of man's oldest tools, and how to select and care for one today

Developing across continents and millennia, the axe has been man's constant companion and one of our most valuable tools. This long development has led to a dizzying variety of axes, but selecting one today need not be a complicated process. Once you learn how to select an axe, you'll also learn how to maintain it for many years of happy use. Natural Building | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio From an early age, Jonathon LeValley has had a passion for the outdoors. Starting with a simple pocket knife at age 6 and a cheap hatchet by 8, experience has taught him the value of good tools and hard work. The hunt for a good axe led him to start restoring tools, and in 2012, the hobby became a full-time profession with the founding of LeValley Outdoors. Outside of the shop, LeValley spends hundreds of hours each year researching and testing tools and techniques both new and old.

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Ask the Animal Experts

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The Livestock Conservancy provides the answers to your most common livestock questions! From poultry to equine, incubation to hooves, there's something for everyone to learn. The Livestock Conservancy | Sunday, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: At booth #8350 Speaker Bio The Livestock Conservancy works to save nearly 200 heritage breeds of livestock and poultry from extinction. Modern agriculture favors only a handful of highly specialized breeds at the expense of biodiversity. The Conservancy protects breeds that are wonderful choices for today’s small-scale, sustainable farms and homesteads.

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The Permabed System

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The Permabed System

One of the ways to farm more ecologically and improve long-term profitability is to diversify production. This can be challenging when efficiency and income must be maintained in the short term while transitioning to better management practices. In addition, diversity of production can require different tools, techniques, and knowledge that may strain the farm manager. Zach Loeks' permabed system solves garden management and includes a garden layout, principles, and techniques for transitioning toward guild crop production and agro-ecological land patterning. It is scalable from 300 square feet to 3,000 acres and emphasizes soil-building practices alongside practical field management. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Presented by PASA | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Friday 3:00-3:30 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 agroecological land patterning. Books by This Speaker: The Permaculture Market Garden

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The Permaculture Market Garden

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The Permaculture Market Garden

Zach Loeks starts with a crash course in natural science, explains ecosystem services, and covers techniques for mapping and designing your farm to fit within your property's environmental reality. He discusses how to use holistic planning to balance your business and then delves into the routine improvement of your soil through brown brain investment. The presentation culminates with Loeks laying out his Permabed system for patterning efficient garden diversity and how it serves as a framework for agro-ecosystem design. Covering key concepts from Loeks' book The Permaculture Market Garden, this workshop invites attendees to immerse themselves in this farm design process and its possibilities for simplifying and improving a farm business or homestead. Mother Earth News | Friday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Friday 3:00-3:30 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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Poultry Nutrition

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Ever wonder how the breakdown of feed occurs in poultry or why you should feed organically? Jillian Lowery walks through New Country Organics' Poultry Feed ingredients to show the benefits of whole grains, micronutrients, probiotics, and more. Bring your nutrition questions for an open discussion during and after the presentation. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Presented by PASA | Friday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Jillian Lowery is an avid agriculturalist with a specific focus on sustainability. An alumna of Virginia Tech, Lowery holds a degree in animal and poultry sciences and works as a farm and garden consultant for New Country Organics. She has a wide array of experience with cattle, dairy goats, chickens, and pigs, as well as a passion for education and square-foot gardening.

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Adding a Cow to Your Family

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Adding a Cow to Your Family

This introductory workshop prepares the homesteader for a useful bovine addition to the family. Topics covered include breed selection, purchasing, infrastructure, feeding, breeding, milking, processing, and more. The Livestock Conservancy | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: At booth #8350 Speaker Bio Alison Martin is the program director at the Livestock Conservancy, a membership organization for conserving heritage livestock and poultry. With more than 20 years of experience in agriculture, she provides technical support and education to farmers and ranchers raising heritage breeds.

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Hopping for Fun and Profit with Heritage Rabbits

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Hopping for Fun and Profit with Heritage Rabbits

Rabbits can be easy, versatile and quiet animals to raise on your small property. Heritage breeds offer a chance to set yourself apart from other rabbitries and provide value-added product for both home use or sale. Get acquainted with the breeds and the basics of raising rabbits. The Livestock Conservancy | Friday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: At booth #8350 Speaker Bio Alison Martin is the program director at the Livestock Conservancy, a membership organization for conserving heritage livestock and poultry. With more than 20 years of experience in agriculture, she provides technical support and education to heritage breed farmers and ranchers. Books by this Speaker: An Introduction to Heritage Breeds

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Building Things with Mud and Junk

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Building Things with Mud and Junk

Don't buy it on TV or spend your paycheck on building supplies! Do it yourself with things you already own. Uncle Mud shares how you can make things yourself for cheap or free (as long as you are willing to get dirty). Mother Earth News | Friday, 12:30-1:30 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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Enjoying Healing Foods from Your Garden All Year

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Enjoying Healing Foods from Your Garden All Year

Learn the secret to optimum health by incorporating simple, inexpensive techniques to eat fresh and local all year. It's not only about eating real organic food; the deep healing power of your own local produce is something rarely considered. Enjoying fresh and preserved foods anytime of the year will improve your energy, vitality, good health, happiness, and longevity. Grit | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Janet McKee is a board-certified holistic health counselor and a certified member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. McKee is the founder of SanaView, a national company whose mission is to teach easy, effective, and enjoyable ways to embrace a better life; a life that is happier, healthier, and more fulfilling. She compiled her own recipe collection book, Fabulous Recipes for Vibrant Health, and is the executive producer of Bethany’s Story, a documentary about the healing power of food. Most recently, she has developed SanaView Farms, a historic landmark organic farm near Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania, where her team is teaching ways to regenerate our land and our health.

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Growing Early Heirloom Tomatoes

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Growing Early Heirloom Tomatoes

We wait all winter and spring to enjoy the first fresh tomato sandwich of the season. We dream about the variety of tastes, colors, and textures as we peruse the organic seed catalogs and make our list of heirloom tomato seeds to order. That desire to bring the wonderful experience of eating fresh tomatoes grown locally drove SanaView Farms to push the envelope in the Laurel Mountains, and they've been successfully harvesting beautiful ripe and flavorful tomatoes in mid- to late June (when other local farmers are waiting till August). Learn Janet McKee's secrets as she works with Mother Nature to create the perfect environment for the best-tasting heirloom tomatoes enjoyed early in the season. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Presented by PASA | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Janet McKee is a board-certified holistic health counselor and a certified member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. McKee is the founder of SanaView, a national company whose mission is to teach easy, effective, and enjoyable ways to embrace a better life; a life that is happier, healthier, and more fulfilling. She compiled her own recipe collection book, Fabulous Recipes for Vibrant Health, and is the executive producer of Bethany’s Story, a documentary about the healing power of food. Most recently, she has developed SanaView Farms, a historic landmark organic farm near Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania, where her team is teaching ways to regenerate our land and our health.

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Hands-on: Grow the Most Amazing Microgreens, Sprouts, and Wheatgrass

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Hands-on: Grow the Most Amazing Microgreens, Sprouts, and Wheatgrass

There is nothing more nourishing and healing than adding fresh microgreens and sprouts to your diet and juicing wheatgrass. Learn about the powerful health benefits of these amazing living foods and how to use the proven techniques developed by SanaView Farms to grow the healthiest and most delicious organic greens possible. Hands-On A | Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Janet McKee is a board-certified holistic health counselor and a certified member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. McKee is the founder of SanaView, a national company whose mission is to teach easy, effective and enjoyable ways to embrace a better life; a life that is happier, healthier and more fulfilling. She compiled her own recipe collection book, Fabulous Recipes for Vibrant Health, and is the executive producer of Bethany’s Story, a documentary about the healing power of food. Most recently, she has developed SanaView Farms, a historic landmark organic farm near Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania, where her team is teaching ways to regenerate our land and our health.

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Planning for Farm Legacy

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Planning for Farm Legacy

Family farms are an integral component of America’s economy and history. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service though, the number of working farms in the country has declined from 2.17 million in 2009 to 2.06 million in 2016. If you want to continue a farming legacy, by purchasing or sustaining a farm, plan to attend this dynamic workshop. Led by a panel of experts in farm financing, the legal transition process, government grants and the upcoming Farm Bill, this workshop will help you understand the complexities of financing or transitioning specialized farm properties. You’ll also learn about the importance of business planning as you consider new ventures to benefit your farm. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Presented by PASA | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio AgChoice Farm Credit serves York and Adams counties with pride. The loan officers have expertise in all aspects of commercial agriculture including dairy, crop, poultry, swine and fruit farming. They provide farm mortgages and farm loans, as well as rural home loans, country home mortgages and land financing.

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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. Real Food | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m.. Speaker Bio Victoria Redhed Miller grew up in Seattle and now lives with her husband, David, on their off-grid farm in the Olympic Mountain foothills 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. Hands-On B | Friday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m.. Speaker Bio

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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, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m.. Speaker Bio Victoria Redhed Miller grew up in Seattle and now lives with her husband, David, on their off-grid farm in the Olympic Mountain foothills 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: Building Better Soil

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Hands-on: Building Better Soil

John Moody provides a hands-on look at how to build good soil quality and quadruple organic soil matter content in just one to two years. Hands-On B | Friday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio The Moody family farms and homesteads on 35 acres in Kentucky. John Moody discovered more than a decade ago that his diet was killing him, with duodenal ulcers, seasonal allergies, and other health problems. So, the family began to transition to local foods and local food distribution. Eventually, he relocated his family to 35 acres of land to put his learning into practice. He currently serves as a founder and director of Steader (an online learning platform for homesteaders and farmers), and also speaks at many local, regional, and national events on food, farming, and nutrition. He has two books forthcoming to help growers and gardeners, one on soil and one on small-scale farm infrastructure.

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Winning the War on Weeds

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Winning the War on Weeds

At this workshop, John Moody discusses solarization, proper design, mulching, and tools and tips to create weed-resistant annual and perennial growing spaces. Mother Earth Living | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio The Moody family farms and homesteads on 35 acres in Kentucky. John Moody discovered more than a decade ago that his diet was literally killing him with duodenal ulcers, seasonal allergies, and other health problems, so the family began to transition to real, local foods and local food distribution. Eventually, he relocated his family to 35 acres of land to put his learning into practice. He currently serves as a founder and director of Steader (an online learning platform for homesteaders and farmers), and also speaks at many local, regional, and national events on food, farming, and nutrition. He has two books forthcoming to help growers and gardeners, one on soil and one on small-scale farm infrastructure.

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Lunch Time with the Ladies Homestead Gathering

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Lunch Time with the Ladies Homestead Gathering

Calling all women interested in sharing your lunch break with like-minded women! Come and sit together while we all share homesteading stories and answer any questions you might have about your journey of homesteading or your dream of homesteading. Bring your lunch, your questions and stories, and join members of the National Ladies Homestead Gathering and the Pennsylvania Women's Agricultural Network at the Mother Earth News Tent. Mother Earth News | Sunday, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio The National Ladies Homestead Gathering exists to provide a welcoming environment, where women can share new ideas, celebrate victories, address challenges and cultivate community with like-minded women. All women are welcome who have a dream, calling or desire to be more self-sufficient. In the planning phase or a veteran homesteader – every woman has something to contribute or gain from coming together. The Pennsylvania Women’s Agricultural Network (PA-WAgN) is committed to providing educational and networking opportunities to women farmers in a manner in which they feel comfortable. They are dedicated to the empowerment of women in agriculture to create viable and sustainable farming careers through hands-on learning, conferences, learning circles and webinars (farminars).

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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 | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 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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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! Mother Earth Living | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 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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Become a Zero Waste Home

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Become a Zero Waste Home

Take a journey into Quiet Creek's sustainable living efficiency. Discover how you too can reduce wasteful habits by saving time, resources, and skills while heading toward a zero waste home. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Presented by PASA | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Claire Orner and her family are stewards of the nonprofit educational facility Quiet Creek Herb Farm and School of Country Living, which is a 30-acre organic farm located in Brookville, Pennsylvania. For 19 years, Quiet Creek has been offering intensive sustainability seminars on mushrooms, herbs, earthen building, making salves, and more.

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Garbage to Gardening

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Garbage to Gardening

Worm composting is fun for you and your family! Please join Quiet Creek for a fun, wriggly experience. Kids Treehouse | Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Claire Orner and her family are stewards of the nonprofit educational facility Quiet Creek Herb Farm and School of Country Living, which is a 30-acre organic farm located in Brookville, Pennsylvania. For 19 years, Quiet Creek has been offering intensive sustainability seminars on aromatherapy, making soap, mushrooms, herbs, earthen building, and more.

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Herbal Salve Making

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Herbal Salve Making

Discover the healing properties of herbal salves. This class teaches you how salves heal. Learn how they are made, used and applied. Go home with new knowledge and the confidence to make your own. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Presented by PASA | Friday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Claire Orner and her family are stewards of the nonprofit educational facility Quiet Creek Herb Farm and School of Country Living, which is a 30-acre organic farm located in Brookville, Pennsylvania. For 19 years, Quiet Creek has been offering intensive sustainability seminars on mushrooms, herbs, earthen building, making salves, and more.

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Look Ma, No Palms! Making Sustainable Homemade Soap

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Look Ma, No Palms! Making Sustainable Homemade Soap

Rusty Orner shares a traditional process for making soap using eco-friendly oils and techniques. He demonstrates complementing his base recipe (containing no palm oils) with organic herds, scrubs, and essential oils. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Presented by PASA | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Claire Orner and her family are stewards of the nonprofit educational facility Quiet Creek Herb Farm and School of Country Living, which is a 30-acre organic farm located in Brookville, Pennsylvania. For 19 years, Quiet Creek has been offering intensive sustainability seminars on mushrooms, herbs, earthen building, making salves, and more.

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Compost Your Way to Better Soil

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Compost Your Way to Better Soil

Home composting expert Barbara Pleasant shares dozens of practical composting techniques for turning kitchen and garden waste into an essential soil amendment for any type of garden. Learn novel passive and active composting methods for enriching your soil, including composting innovations shared by MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers. Mother Earth Living | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Barbara Pleasant has practiced organic vegetable gardening for 30 years in gardens large and small. The author of numerous books (including Homegrown Pantry, Starter Vegetable Gardens, and The Complete Compost Gardening Guide) Pleasant won a Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association for writing the popular Gardening Know-How column in MOTHER EARTH NEWS. Pleasant lives in Floyd, Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers, and where she keeps a small flock of chickens.

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Plant to Preserve

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Plant to Preserve

Wouldn’t it be great to eat from your garden every day of the year? Learn proven strategies for stocking your own homegrown pantry, from the ground up. Start by choosing easy-to-grow crops that store themselves, and then learn simple ways to preserve vegetables and fruits so they are welcome in the winter kitchen. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Contributing Editor Barbara Pleasant, award-winning author of Homegrown Pantry, shares dozens of tips and ideas to help you eat from your garden year-round. Mother Earth News | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Barbara Pleasant has practiced organic vegetable gardening for 30 years in gardens large and small. The author of numerous books (including Homegrown Pantry, Starter Vegetable Gardens, and The Complete Compost Gardening Guide) Pleasant earned a Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association for writing the popular Gardening Know-How column in MOTHER EARTH NEWS. Pleasant lives in Floyd, Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers, and where she keeps a small flock of chickens. Books by this Speaker: Garden Stone, The complete Houseplant Survival Manual, The Complete Compost Gardening Guide, Starter Vegetable Gardens

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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 | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 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? Grit | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 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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Casing That Joint: One cut of meat, three kinds of sausage

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Casing That Joint: One cut of meat, three kinds of sausage

Add some variety to your sausage-making game. Once you've mastered grinding and casing, the sausage possibilities are endless. Chef Mary Reilly uses one budget cut of pork (the shoulder or butt) and makes three very different (and delicious) varieties of cased sausage. Real Food | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Friday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Mary Reilly, along with Evelyn Battaglia, has updated Home Sausage Making for the fourth edition. For many years, Reilly ran her own catering business, The Savory Kitchen, and was chef/owner of Enzo Restaurant and Bar in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Reilly is now the executive chef at Westfield State University and publisher of Edible Pioneer Valley in western Massachusetts.

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Quick and Easy Sausages

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Quick and Easy Sausages

Love the idea of making your own sausage? Chef Mary Reilly shows you fast and easy sausages: No grinding, no casings, and no fuss. Have homemade sausage on the dinner table in less than an hour! Real Food | Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Friday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Mary Reilly, along with Evelyn Battaglia, has updated Home Sausage Making for the fourth edition. For many years, Reilly ran her own catering business, The Savory Kitchen, and was chef/owner of Enzo Restaurant and Bar in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Reilly is now the executive chef at Westfield State University and publisher of Edible Pioneer Valley in western Massachusetts.

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Reclaiming Our Traditional Food Ways

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Reclaiming Our Traditional Food Ways

For the majority of America’s history, direct sales from farmers to consumers were largely unregulated. It was only in the 20th century that family farms were ensnared in a regulatory system created due to food safety problems that were not of their own making. Today, there is a movement to return to the traditional ways of unregulated farmer-to-consumer direct transactions, with state and local oversight rather than federal. At the same time, the federal government is attempting to expand its power to regulate interstate commerce. Find out how the Feds are infringing on our rights to produce and consume the foods of our choice and what you can do to fight back! Real Food | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. 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. Grit | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. 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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10 Easy Seeds to Save

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10 Easy Seeds to Save

Does your cilantro bolt too early? Do you wish you had earlier tomatoes? Do you want greens that grow better in the winter? All these are possible when you save your own seed (not to mention that it's fun and easy). Learn the easiest seeds to save in your garden next season. Heirloom Gardener | Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Dandy Rich has been playing with plants her whole life & joined Fruition Seeds in 2014. Be inspired by the 350+ varieties she grows at www.fruitionseeds.com and follow Fruition Seeds on Instagram and Facebook. If she’s not farming she is singing, on her bike, hunting mushrooms with her cat or sharing a feast with friends.

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10 Tips for Container Gardens

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10 Tips for Container Gardens

Surrounding yourself with abundance in containers is easy! Like anything, though, doing this truly well takes a great deal of time and experience. Here are the key insights from a lifelong container gardener. Heirloom Gardener | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Dandy Rich has been playing with plants her whole life & joined Fruition Seeds in 2014. Be inspired by the 350+ varieties she grows at www.fruitionseeds.com and follow Fruition Seeds on Instagram and Facebook. If she’s not farming she is singing, on her bike, hunting mushrooms with her cat or sharing a feast with friends.

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Alpaca 101: All you need to know about alpacas

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Alpaca 101: All you need to know about alpacas

Learn all about alpacas, what to look for when purchasing, what you need in land and fencing, what you need to feed, how to take care of injuries and illnesses naturally, and what you can do with the fiber. The Livestock Conservancy | Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Alicia Rocco, ND, BCIHP has been in business for more than 40 years, caring for people and animals naturally using herbs and essences. She has a research farm that uses all-natural products for the alpacas.

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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. Mother Earth News | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. 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. Mother Earth News | Sunday, 9:30-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. 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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Health Benefits of Beehive Resources

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Health Benefits of Beehive Resources

Learn about the health and medicinal benefits of beehive resources: propolis, honey, pollen and beeswax. Discover how to use them and what DIY products can be made from them. Mountain Rose Herbs | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Jeannie Saum is a retired educator, beekeeper, gardener, and co-owner and founder of BEEpothecary, which crafts artisan health and skin-care products from beehive resources. An information junkie by nature, she has studied and collected a multitude of research on the benefits of beehive products for human health. She loves sharing about these natural, effective alternatives to pharmaceuticals and how they can be made into health, skin-care, and other useful products for home and family.

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Ferment Your Own Condiments to Add Probiotic Flavor to Every Meal

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Ferment Your Own Condiments to Add Probiotic Flavor to Every Meal

Fermentation is a hot topic—from health to flavor. Americans are looking to bold flavors to jazz up their meals—from kimchi to Siracha. What do these flavors have in common? Lactic acid fermentation! Starting with mustard and moving thru fermenting peppers, this session will teach you how create your own delicious, easy fermented condiments. Mother Earth News | Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Friday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey got their start in fermenting foods with their farmstead food company, where they created more than 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Their current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops at their farm. Kirsten blogs at www.Fermentista.us. They live on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon.

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Hands-on: 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. Hands-On A | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Friday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey got their start in fermenting foods with their farmstead food company, where they created more than 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Their current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops at their farm. Kirsten blogs at www.Fermentista.us. They live on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon.

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Hands-on: Mastering Kimchi

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Hands-on: Mastering Kimchi

Mastering Kimchi, Presented by Lehman's: 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. Space is limited, to secure a spot to this workshop, pick up an admission ticket at the Information Desk. Hands-On A | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Friday 4:30-5:00 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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Creating a Forest Garden

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Creating a Forest Garden

Forest gardens produce food and supplies from thriving ecosystems. Learn how to create a layered, polycultural food forest. Lincoln Smith discusses forest garden methods, some of the great plants you can grow, and how to take care of them. Learn from Smith's 10 years of forest garden successes and learning experiences. Heirloom Gardener | Friday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Lincoln Smith runs Forested, a 10-acre forest garden research site in Bowie, Maryland. He helps people in the eastern United States create forest gardens through consultation and training. He is working on making and marketing acorn foods.

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Heat With Solar: Successfully radiant heat integration

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Heat With Solar: Successfully radiant heat integration

Join Arden Steiner to learn how to effectively use solar water heaters to save thousands and provide the best possible heat for your health and finances. All energy is best left in its original state – the more you transfer energy the more you lose! Start saving today with radiant heat connected to your solar water heaters! Grit | Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Arden Steiner leads the team at Rayviance. During the past few years, Steiner has immersed himself in the solar water heating market by learning, investigating, researching, and integrating systems. Steiner's passion is not to just support green energy, but rather to support energy that truly makes sense and makes a difference.

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Aquaponics 101

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Aquaponics 101

Hear a straightforward description and approach to a productive home-based aquaponics system based off of years of commercial aquaponics design and operation at Lucky Clays Fresh. Brad Todd shows that you can raise 75 pounds of fish and give your family a continuous supply of produce year-round with this basic aquaponics system. Heirloom Gardener | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Growing up in rural North Carolina reading MOTHER EARTH NEWS and Foxfire books, Brad Todd has had a lifelong passion for working with and conserving nature. While serving in the United States Marine Corps, his enthusiasm for sustainability and agriculture led to intensive research in the fundamentals of aquaponics and alternative crops. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, he begin developing, building, and managing Lucky Clays commercial aquaponics operations while continuing to research and teach others, based off of experience.

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Interactive! Build a Rocket Mass Heater

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Interactive! Build a Rocket Mass Heater

See how you can turn a pile of old bricks and mud into a super-efficient woodburning heater for your house or cabin. Natural Building | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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

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

Help turn a pile of mud into a wood-fired pizza oven! See how easy it is to do this in your own backyard. Be prepared to get muddy. Natural Building | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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

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

Come see how straw, an agricultural waste product, gets and wood pallets can be turned into a low cost, beautiful, eco-friendly, highly insulated wall that keeps your house comfy winter and summer. Natural Building | Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Interactive! Earthen Plasters You Can Make at Home

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Interactive! Earthen Plasters You Can Make at Home

Earthen artists and natural builders of Uncle Mud & Family teach how to make gorgeous colored earth plasters and sculpted elements and apply them to your walls. Natural Building | Friday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Interactive! 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 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, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Interactive! Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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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, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Interactive! Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Interactive! Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

Play in the mud with Uncle Mud 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, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Interactive! Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Interactive! Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

Play in the mud with Uncle Mud 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 | Sunday, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Interactive! Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

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Interactive! Kids Can Build with Sticks and Mud

Play in the mud with Uncle Mud. Use clay, straw, and sticks to build little houses and sculpt beautiful objects from your wild imagination. This is a "hands in" workshop: hands and feet squishing and mixing and making a big mess. Talk about how we can use these same materials to build benches, ovens, and even houses. You can wash off with water, but be prepared to get dirty and have fun. Kids Treehouse | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Interactive! 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. 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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Interactive! Making Cob: How to build with mud

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Interactive! Making Cob: How to build with mud

Learn how the dirt under your backyard can be turned into beautiful buildings, benches, pizza ovens, and much more ... the possibilities are limited only by one's imagination! Be prepared to get muddy. Natural Building | Friday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Interactive! Open Mud: Spontaneous hands-on building demos

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Interactive! 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, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Interactive! Open Mud: Spontaneous hands-on building demos

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Interactive! 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, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Interactive! Open Mud: Spontaneous, hands-on building demos

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Interactive! 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 | Friday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Interactive! Open Mud: Spontaneous, hands-on building demos

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Interactive! 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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A Natural Pet Life

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A Natural Pet Life

Folks are becoming more focused on eating organic foods, using natural and recycled materials in their everyday lives, and using natural supplements as well as natural health and beauty products for their well-being. Learn how to apply these same concepts to our pets. Mother Earth Living | Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Ann Marie Unger is the owner of Hand and Paw Studio. She has always lived a natural lifestyle. She began her business because she struggled to find natural and eco-friendly products for her pets. Unger quickly learned that her business was not just about providing products but also helping educate others about a natural and eco-friendly life for their pets.

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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! Grit | Friday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Friday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Ira Wallace is on the board of the Organic Seed Alliance and is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, where she coordinates variety selection and new seed grower contracts. Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply through seed saving and sustainable gardening. Books by This Speaker: Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast

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

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Hands-on: 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. Hands-On A | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Friday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Ira Wallace is on the board of the Organic Seed Alliance and is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, where she coordinates variety selection and new seed grower contracts. Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply through seed saving and sustainable gardening. Books by This Speaker: Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast

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Farm Fit!

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Farm Fit!

Help your children gain an understanding on how gardening and farming can enhance their physical fitness. Participants learn about muscle groupings, how muscles work, and which muscles are used in common gardening and farming activities. Kids Treehouse | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Henry Wilkinson, seventh grade, has been active for many years in his family's homesteading operations. He maintains straight A's at school, while also maintaining other interests like wresting and sharing time with friends.

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Advanced Meat Processing

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Advanced Meat Processing

Tired of not knowing where your food comes from or what is in it? Want to have both control and satisfaction over what you eat? Then take part in an advanced discussion on how to process large animals, including sheep and pigs. This informative, step-by-step presentation enables you to successfully process your large meat animals. The Livestock Conservancy | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Matt Wilkinson has presented at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR at Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, since its inception. He is known for his humor, knowledge, and easy-to-understand explanations of homesteading techniques and systems. Wilkinson and his family own and operate Hard Cider Homestead in rural East Amwell, New Jersey.

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Creating Your Own Farm Airbnb

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Creating Your Own Farm Airbnb

Take advantage of both the scenic environment of your farm and the interesting, creative farming activities that you practice on a daily basis. Matt Wilkinson guides you through the development of a farm Airbnb, which includes a compost-heated outdoor shower, a compost toilet, and recycling existing home structures. Learn how to assemble such a living space, as well as the techniques used to market and advertise it. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Presented by PASA | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Matt Wilkinson has presented at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, since its inception. He is known for his humor, knowledge, and easy-to-understand explanations of homesteading techniques and systems. Wilkinson and his family own and operate Hard Cider Homestead in rural East Amwell, New Jersey.

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Attract More Customers and Sell More Products with Podcasting

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Attract More Customers and Sell More Products with Podcasting

Many businesses struggle with one thing: finding an easy, effective way to reach thousands of perfect prospects without lots of wasted time and money. Launching a podcast is a great way to find new customers, engage existing ones, and showcase your green products and services. Podcasting as a marketing tool is more cost-effective, less time-consuming, and produces better results than search engine optimization. This how-to workshop walks you through the five steps you need for a wildly profitable podcast; no more struggling on your own to figure it out! Mother Earth Living | Sunday, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio C S Wurzberger, the Green Up Girl, is an award-winning podcaster and an accomplished business growth strategist with more than 30 years of experience helping animal, nature, and green organizations showcase and fund their green initiatives and conservation efforts. She is also the founder and director of Green UP Kids, a nature club for kids who love animals and exploring the world. Books by this Speaker: Wildly Profitable Marketing for Green Businesses Selling Eco-Friendly Products

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Attract More Customers and Sell More Products with Podcasting

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Attract More Customers and Sell More Products with Podcasting

Many businesses struggle with one thing: finding an easy, effective way to reach thousands of perfect prospects without lots of wasted time and money. Launching a podcast is a great way to find new customers, engage existing ones, and showcase your green products and services. Podcasting as a marketing tool is more cost-effective, less time-consuming, and produces better results than search engine optimization. This how-to workshop walks you through the five steps you need for a wildly profitable podcast; no more struggling on your own to figure it out! Mother Earth Living | Saturday, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio C S Wurzberger, the Green Up Girl, is an award-winning podcaster and an accomplished business growth strategist with more than 30 years of experience helping animal, nature, and green organizations showcase and fund their green initiatives and conservation efforts. She is also the founder and director of Green UP Kids, a nature club for kids who love animals and exploring the world. Books by this Speaker: Wildly Profitable Marketing for Green Businesses Selling Eco-Friendly Products

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Mission to Marketplace: Youth Social Entrepreneurs Improving the World

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Mission to Marketplace: Youth Social Entrepreneurs Improving the World

Youth worldwide want to have a positive impact in the world. They have ideas for better products and are inventing eco-friendly, recycled, upcycled, repurposed, and organic products. They just need knowledge and guidance to bring their ideas, dreams, and concepts to life. This session empowers youth to become successful social entrepreneurs by providing them with the platform they need to launch, manage, and grow their social enterprises. This workshop brings together youth who are making a difference and allows them to tell their stories. Kids Treehouse | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio C S Wurzberger, the Green Up Girl, is an award-winning podcaster and an accomplished business growth strategist with more than 30 years of experience helping animal, nature, and green organizations showcase and fund their green initiatives and conservation efforts. She is also the founder and director of Green UP Kids, a nature club for kids who love animals and exploring the world. Books by this Speaker: Wildly Profitable Marketing for Green Businesses Selling Eco-Friendly Products

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Wild and Wonderful Ways to Save a Species

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Wild and Wonderful Ways to Save a Species

This is a program for children who love animals and want to make a difference. They can join other youth from around the globe who are saving sea turtles by no longer using plastic shopping bags, protecting butterflies by planting pollinator gardens, boycotting pesticides to help save bees, and so much more. In this session, kids pick an animal they love, research and discover fun facts about them, connect with organizations that also care for the animal, and create their own Personal Species Protection Plan that inspires others to join in. Kids Treehouse | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio C S Wurzberger, the Green Up Girl, is on an important mission to inspire children, teens, and adults to care for the Earth and its animals. She does this by offering Earth-friendly, adventure-packed activities, projects, programs, and podcasts that engage and empower children and teens around the globe to be good environmental stewards, while also bringing out their joy of discovery and sense of wonder for our world and its animals. Wurzberger is also the founder and director of Green Up Kids.

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Backyard Foraging

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Backyard Foraging

When you think about hostas and daylilies, you probably focus on their appealing foliage and vibrant blooms. But these perennials are delicious as well as lovely. Ellen Zachos, author of Backyard Foraging and The Wildcrafted Cocktail, teaches how to recognize, harvest, and prepare tasty treats such as wintergreen sorbet, rose hip soup, and dahlia tuber bread from plants you already have around your home. A surprising number of our favorite garden plants can feed both body and soul. Real Food | Friday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Ellen Zachos shares seasonal recipes and tips on foraging at BackyardForager.com. She teaches foraged mixology workshops to bartenders in partnership with Rémy Cointreau USA, and is a regular contributor to several Edible magazines. A longtime instructor at the New York Botanic Garden, Zachos is the author of six books, including Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn't Know You Could Eat.

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The Wildcrafted Cocktail

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The Wildcrafted Cocktail

Learn how to use foraged flavors to create cocktails that are unusual and delicious. Ellen Zachos, author of The Wildcrafted Cocktail and Backyard Foraging, explores a range of wild flavors and mixology techniques. Discover which preservation techniques are most useful in cocktail-making, how to build a foraged cocktail, and how to make your own foraged bitters, an essential cocktail ingredient. Every place has unique local flavors. Using wild edible plants in carefully crafted cocktails lets you capture the essence of your special place, and serve it in a glass. Real Food | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Ellen Zachos shares seasonal recipes and tips on foraging at BackyardForager.com. She teaches foraged mixology workshops to bartenders in partnership with Rémy Cointreau USA, and is a regular contributor to several Edible magazines. A longtime instructor at the New York Botanic Garden, Zachos is the author of six books, including Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn't Know You Could Eat.

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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. Heirloom Gardener | Friday, 2:00-3:00 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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Cut Flower Farming: Getting started

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Cut Flower Farming: Getting started

Learn the ins and outs of field-grown cut-flowers for profit from veteran flower farmer Lisa Mason Ziegler. She discusses tips for getting started, who you can sell to, what to grow, and how to sell cut-flowers commercially. Flower farming can become a part of your homestead or your urban home with little investment. Ziegler’s urban 1-1/4 acre cutting gardens produce thousands of stems each week in season. Heirloom Gardener | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Lisa Mason Ziegler is a cut-flower farmer, author, and nationally recognized speaker on organic cut-flower gardening. Ziegler has been farming since 1998; her urban 3-acre farm produces thousands of stems of flowers each week in season. She sells her flowers to florists and through her community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs. Ziegler is the founder and owner of The Gardener’s Workshop, a catalog and online shop offering the gardening tools and supplies she uses in her own gardens. Books by This Speaker: The Easy Cut-Flower Garden, Cool Flowers

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Vegetables Love Flowers

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Vegetables Love Flowers

What business do pretty flowers have in a vegetable garden? Not much, according to most gardeners. Flowers are often treated like tag-along little sisters: They only get a place if there’s room left over. In decades past, flowers were considered a key element of the vegetable patch. Today, they are a casualty of downsizing and practicality. But even though you can’t eat them, flowers more than pull their weight in the garden; they are the welcoming mat for pollinators and beneficial insects. Want your garden to have a strong community of natural garden workers? Plant flowers! Their blossoms will attract a workforce of beneficial insects that will come, set up housekeeping, and raise their families. Learn how you can add three seasons of flowers to benefit your vegetable garden and your lifestyle. Grit | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Lisa Mason Ziegler is a cut-flower farmer, author, and nationally recognized speaker on organic cut-flower gardening. Ziegler has been farming since 1998; her urban 3-acre farm produces thousands of stems of flowers each week in season. She sells her flowers to florists and through her community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs. Ziegler is the founder and owner of The Gardener’s Workshop, a catalog and online shop offering the gardening tools and supplies she uses in her own gardens. Books by This Speaker: The Easy Cut-Flower Garden, Cool Flowers

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Hands-on: Make Your Own Mead Starter

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Hands-on: Make Your Own Mead Starter

Fermenting mead with wild yeasts offers myriad benefits to health and well-being. Learn how simple it is to capture and cultivate yeasts for your own batch of wildcrafted mead! Hands-On A | Sunday, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Jereme Zimmerman grew up on his parents’ northern Kentucky goat farm, Twin Meadows, where he was also homeschooled. After graduating from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, he moved to the Pacific Northwest, where he immersed himself in the world of homebrewing. As the world’s only peace-loving, green-living Appalachian Yeti Viking, Zimmerman writes, blogs, and speaks regularly on fermentation, making mead, homesteading, and good eating. He is a regular contributor to various publications and websites, including New Pioneer and Backwoods Home magazines. He writes for Earthineer.com as “RedHeadedYeti.” He currently lives in Berea with his wife, Jenna, and daughters, Sadie and Maisie. He practices urban homesteading there and cavorts with farmers, authors, and fellow sustainable living enthusiasts. His first book, Make Mead Like a Viking, was published by Chelsea Green Publishing in 2015.

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Make Mead Like a Viking

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Make Mead Like a Viking

Learn to make your own mead (honey wine) using techniques that have been utilized by ancient cultures since the first discovery of bubbling honey and its magical effects. Jereme Zimmerman focuses on wild-crafting and spontaneous-fermentation techniques, but also discusses other mead-making practices. Be prepared for an engaging discussion on mead, Vikings, and the simplicity of fermenting your own honey-based alcoholic beverages using local, raw, unfiltered honey, and ingredients harvested from the wild and your own garden. Real Food | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Jereme Zimmerman grew up on his parents’ northern Kentucky goat farm, Twin Meadows, where he was also homeschooled. After graduating from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, he moved to the Pacific Northwest, where he immersed himself in the world of homebrewing. As the world’s only peace-loving, green-living Appalachian Yeti Viking, Zimmerman writes, blogs, and speaks regularly on fermentation, making mead, homesteading, and good eating. He is a regular contributor to various publications and websites, including New Pioneer and Backwoods Home magazines. He writes for Earthineer.com as “RedHeadedYeti.” He currently lives in Berea with his wife, Jenna, and daughters, Sadie and Maisie. He practices urban homesteading there and cavorts with farmers, authors, and fellow sustainable living enthusiasts. His first book, Make Mead Like a Viking, was published by Chelsea Green Publishing in 2015.

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