speaker-info

Dan Chiras

The Evergreen Institute

New Society Publishers

www.evergreeninstitute.org

Dan Chiras is director of The Evergreen Institute in east-central Missouri, where he teaches workshops on self-sufficiency and sustainability topics. He’s also the author of 32 books and several hundred articles on a wide range of 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.

Dan will be speaking at the North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kansas Fairs

Workshops

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Your Path to Self-Sufficiency

How do you achieve self-sufficiency? Where do you start? What are the most important things you can do? Dan Chiras describes steps you can take now to become more self-sufficient in all aspects of your life, including energy, food, water, waste, and finances. You can apply his advice no matter where you live (city, country, or in between).
Renewable Energy

Available In:

Maryland, Saturday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Mother Earth News Stage
Pennsylvania, Sunday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Building and Energy Stage

SelfSufficiency Produce all your own energy

You can achieve energy independence through many means. What are your best choices? What strategies make the most sense economically? How do you get started?
Modern Homesteading Renewable Energy

Available In:

Kansas, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Building and Energy Stage

SelfSufficiency Grow all your own food

You can produce nearly all of your own food in an outdoor garden, an indoor LED garden, and a four-season greenhouse. These strategies can be combined and work best if you learn how to put food up for the winter.
Organic Gardening Real Foods

Available In:

Kansas, Saturday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Real Food Stage

Season Extension: Add months to your growing season

No matter where you live, you can add months to your growing season by following simple steps. Self-sufficiency expert Dan Chiras reveals ways you can grow earlier and later during your area's natural growing season. He discusses cold frames, hoop houses, four-season greenhouses, and Chinese greenhouses.
Organic Gardening

Available In:

Maryland, Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Grit Stage

Renewable Energy Q&A

Author and expert Dan Chiras hosts a wide-ranging discussion on the many ways in which we can harness and conserve energy with sustainable and efficient methods, from high-tech to low-tech. Bring your questions as Chiras provides answers on a variety of renewable energy topics, how they work together, and the pros and cons of different modalities.
Renewable Energy

Available In:

North Carolina, Saturday 1:00-1:30 p.m., Sustainability Stage presented by Prestige Subaru
Maryland, Saturday 1:00-1:30 p.m., Building and Energy Stage
Pennsylvania, Saturday 1:00-1:30 p.m., Mother Earth News Stage
Kansas, Sunday 1:00-1:30 p.m., Building and Energy Stage

Off Grid Aquaponics

If built correctly, aquaponics greenhouses can be powered entirely by solar and wind energy. In this workshop, Dan Chiras explores ways to create off-grid aquaponics systems that power fans, pumps, and lights using solar and wind energy, and that provide heat through active and passive solar technologies (including the new super-efficient, year-round Chinese greenhouse).
Modern Homesteading Renewable Energy

Available In:

Kansas, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Grit Stage

Growing YearRound in an EarthSheltered Chinese Greenhouse and Tips to Make Any Greenhouse WinterSavvy

Learn how to design and build an earth-sheltered greenhouse to grow warm- and cold-weather vegetables such as peppers and tomatoes throughout the winter using only solar energy. The Chinese greenhouse is a completely independent structure that allows you to grow warm-weather vegetables during the off-season: that is, through the late fall, winter, and early spring.
Renewable Energy

Available In:

North Carolina, Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Sustainability Stage presented by Prestige Subaru
Maryland, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Homestead Hustle Stage
Pennsylvania, Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Building and Energy Stage
Kansas, Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Grit Stage

Free Heating and Cooling for Life

Learn how to design and build a home or rehab an existing home so that it will naturally stay warm all winter and cool all summer. You can drastically cut down on heating and cooling costs while increasing the comfort of your home by following key design principles. Receive free heat and cooling for life!
Renewable Energy

Available In:

North Carolina, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Grit Stage
Maryland, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Building and Energy Stage
Pennsylvania, Friday 12:30-1:30 p.m., Building and Energy Stage

DIY Composting Toilet and Bin

Almost half the water you use in your house gets flushed down the toilet, wasting water, energy, and valuable nutrients that could be going back into your garden. To be truly sustainable, we need to recycle everything. We also need to compost all organic materials, such as food scraps and yard waste, returning the nutrients to the Earth. That includes humanure, the nutrient-rich excretions human societies produce in massive quantities each and every day. Dan Chiras and Chris "Uncle Mud" McClellan show how to build a safe, low-cost, odor-free, and highly effective humanure composting system, consisting of a sawdust toilet and compost bin. This system works well in homes, cabins, cottages, and even camping spots. It can also be used in emergencies.
Modern Homesteading Renewable Energy

Available In:

North Carolina, Sunday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Building and Energy Stage
Maryland, Sunday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Building and Energy Stage
Pennsylvania, Saturday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Building and Energy Stage
Kansas, Sunday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Building and Energy Stage
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