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 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, 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 Pennsylvania, Kansas, Texas, North Carolina, Maryland Fairs

Workshops

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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.
Modern Homesteading Renewable Energy

Available In:

Texas, Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mother Earth Living Stage
North Carolina, Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Homestead Hustle Stage
Maryland, Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mother Earth Living 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 wide array of renewable energy topics, how they work together, and the pros and cons of different modalities.
Modern Homesteading Renewable Energy

Available In:

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

Is Wind Energy Right for You?

Wind power is sweeping the nation, but most of what is being installed is large wind turbines. Do small wind turbines make economic sense for homes and farms? What do you need to know about wind resources in your area and wind energy systems to make intelligent buying decisions? Dan Chiras discusses how wind turbines work, types of wind turbines, towers and other important topics.
Renewable Energy

Available In:

Kansas, Saturday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Building and Energy Stage

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?
Modern Homesteading Renewable Energy

Available In:

Texas, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Grit Stage

Homesteader’s Guide to Renewable Energy

There are many ways to heat and cool your home, provide electricity, cook your food, and heat water with clean, affordable, and reliable renewable energy. Some make more sense than others. Some are amazingly cheap, even pay for themselves in short order. Come learn which options make the most sense for you and how affordable renewable energy is and how you can unplug from the grid.
Modern Homesteading Renewable Energy

Available In:

Pennsylvania, Sunday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Building and Energy Stage
Kansas, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Mother Earth News Stage
Texas, Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Homestead Hustle Stage
North Carolina, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Mother Earth Living Stage
Maryland, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Grit Stage

High-Performance, Off-Grid Chinese Greenhouses

The Chinese greenhouse is a completely independent structure that will allow you to grow warm-weather vegetables using only solar energy during the off-season: that is, through the late fall, winter, and early spring. That means no costly heating systems! Learn how you can even improve the performance of a Chinese greenhouse (or any greenhouse) through short- and long-term heat banking and ways to naturally cool a greenhouse in the summer.
Organic Gardening Renewable Energy

Available In:

Kansas, Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Heirloom Gardener Stage

Extending Your Growing Season

Just because the growing season ends doesn’t mean you have to stop growing food. There are many innovative ways that you can extend the growing season, including cold frames, hoop houses, row covers, year-found greenhouses, and Chinese greenhouses. The Chinese greenhouse even allows you to grow warm-weather vegetables year-round using only solar energy!
Organic Gardening Renewable Energy

Available In:

Pennsylvania, Friday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage
Maryland, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Heirloom Gardener 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. (For extra insight, be sure to catch Chiras’ "The Scoop on Poop" workshop Sunday morning.)
Renewable Energy

Available In:

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

Designing and Building a Chinese Greenhouse

In this workshop, Dan Chiras will describe how you can grow warm weather vegetables year round in colder climates using only solar energy – no expensive backup heating systems required – in a Chinese greenhouse. Chiras will describe additional innovated techniques including climate batteries short-term heat banking. He will also show photos of the construction of his Chinese greenhouse with tips on ways to economically build your own.
Organic Gardening Keynote

Available In:

Texas, Saturday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mother Earth News Stage
North Carolina, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Heirloom Gardener Stage

Achieving Self-Sufficiency

Dan Chiras describes the five most important steps you can take right now to become more self-sufficient or totally self-sufficient in energy, food, water, waste, and other key areas, no matter where you live (city, country, or in between). He also examines personal characteristics that make the journey to self-sufficiency much easier.
Modern Homesteading Renewable Energy

Available In:

Pennsylvania, Saturday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Building and Energy Stage