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Amyrose Foll

Virginia Free Farm

Virginia Farm Consultants, Va. Dept. of Agriculture Equitable Food Oriented Distribution Taskforce, Women's Earth Alliance

www.virginiafreefarm.org

Founder of Virginia Free Farm Amyrose Foll is a fervent advocate for food sovereignty, earth care, people care, and resource share. She works to live out the values of collectivism, and community in order to ensure those around her are fed. She is a veteran of the U.S. Army, a former nurse, and continues her duty to protect and care for others through the farm.

Amyrose is speaking in Texas, Pennsylvania and is a contributor to Mother Earth News Fair Online.

Workshops

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Traditional Indigenous Medicine for a Modern Life

Explore easy ways to integrate plant-based health into your busy life. Amyrose Foll (Abenaki/Penobscot) will discuss with you common remedies traditional to the Native People's North America. Follow along and explore simple ways to easily identify, sustainably harvest, and accurately utilize mother nature's medicine cabinet.
Natural Health Hands On

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Sugar Bush Site Assessment: Which trees to tap

Come along through the woods of Virginia as Amyrose Foll describes the decisions necessary when choosing the right area to tap trees. Identify which trees are suitable, what to wear while moving through your woodlot, the ideal canopy for successful sap flow and more.
Hands On Sustainable Agriculture

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Seeds for Preservation and Perseverance: Native American foodways

Food sovereignty is the right to choose what food to eat, where it comes from, and how it is grown. In the past five centuries, native foodways were used as control, a weapon to wage war on our population, and more recently as a blight on our health. By taking control of our seed, in some cases bringing varieties back from the brink of extinction, and growing our own fresh fruits and vegetables, we are not only preserving our cultural heritage and revitalizing our foodways, but becoming a testament to the resilience of our ancestor's legacy of farming. Native people have faced disassociation with their traditional foods by ways of environmental degradation, legislation preventing traditional harvesting, relocation to areas not familiar and different from traditional homelands, and climate change. Gardening can be a great way to connect back to your culture no matter where you come from or your walk of life.
Nature and Community Hands On

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Produce Berries Organically

Fast becoming the norm for berry growers to dedicate at least a portion of their farms to producing organically, the practice is “not for the faint of heart." Let Amyrose Foll, founder of Virginia Free Farm, teach you how to merchandise correctly and enjoy up to a 230% higher margin over conventional growing.
Sustainable Agriculture

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Pennsylvania, Friday 12:30-1:30 p.m., Organic Gardening Stage

Process Sap into Syrup

Get to know the dos and don'ts of getting syrup out of the sap you collect. Amyrose Foll takes you through her outdoor setup that boils down the sap all the way to filtering and keeping it in her jars.
Hands On Sustainable Agriculture

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Make a Plan for Woodlot Management

Managing your woodlot provides benefits that are aesthetic, economic and logistical in nature. Founder of Virginia Free Farm Amyrose Foll shows you how to make a plan that integrates seemingly complicated objectives such as timber harvesting, habitat enhancement for specific wildlife species, and recreational trails
Sustainable Agriculture

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Pennsylvania, Sunday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Grit Stage

Introduction to Maple Syrup Production

Maple syrup (or maple sugar) has a long history in North America, particularly among those indigenous to this land. Amyrose Foll delves into that history as well as different considerations for producing this sweet staple.
Hands On Real Food

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Pennsylvania, Friday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Sustainable Agriculture Stage

Indigenous Medicine: Violets for food and health

Walk with Amyrose Foll as she introduces you to our plant sister: violet. She gives us both food and medicine. She is an extremely versatile plant, prolific producer, and hardy perennial in North America. Violet is easy to identify and is a great edible to start your journey in foraging and gathering.
Natural Health Hands On

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Indigenous Medicine: Turkey tail mushrooms

Walk with Amyrose Foll as she introduces you to an easy to identify fungus: the turkey tail. It is abundant in North America and widely available most of the year. It has been studied at length by modern medicine, and has proven effective for immune health. It's easy to identify and is a great medicinal to start your journey in foraging and gathering.
Natural Health Hands On

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How to Tap Trees for Sap

Let Amyrose Foll show you how easy it really is to collect sap for maple syrup production. With a few simple tools and pieces of equipment, get enough sap from your trees to make syrup for yourself or to sell. Make the process a family affair as Amyrose does when she teaches her pre-teen son how to tap trees himself.
Hands On Sustainable Agriculture

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Finishing the Syrup Season

Watch as Amyrose Foll covers the important aspects of the end of sap collection, such as removing the taps from the trees, maintaining your equipment, and how to manage your woodlot for continued seasons of collection.
Hands On Sustainable Agriculture

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Create Maple Syrup Products

Maple flavored food items are popular as value-added products. Follow Amyrose Foll as she shows how to make fun maple candies using molds and describes making maple snow candy.
Hands On Sustainable Agriculture

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Advantages of Nixtamal

Nixtamal has several benefits over unprocessed grain: it is more easily ground, its nutritional value is increased, flavor and aroma are improved, and mycotoxins are reduced. Join Founder of Virginia Free Farm Amyrose Foll and learn basic nixtamal and what you can do with it.
Real Foods

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Pennsylvania, Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Real Food Stage

A Guide to Feeding Community: Lessons from Virginia Free Farm

Amyrose Foll is forever seeking to dismantle and transform the regional foodshed and create community-driven systems based on collectivism and respect for nature. She founded Virginia Free Farm at Spotted Pig Holler, which works to provide free nutrient dense food assistance to those in need and plants and seeds (free of charge) to community gardens, schools, and community-based organizations. It is a hub for educating young people in the Richmond metro area about indigenous agriculture and lifeways. Amyrose’s strong background in healthcare and her native heritage (Penobscot/Abenaki) is what prompted her to begin advocating for food sovereignty, security, and preservation of indigenous food culture through seed saving & distribution. AmyRose is also a U.S. Army veteran, former fire fighter-paramedic, and nurse! She has a background in Biology and Healthcare, in addition to a Master’s in Health Information Management, and digital marketing. She holds certificates in viticulture & fruit tree production, poultry production, and well as woodlot management from Cornell University.
Keynote Sustainable Agriculture

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Pennsylvania, Saturday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Mother Earth News Stage
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