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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. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 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 Who homestead: The need for community

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Women Who homestead: The need for community

Women represent the fastest-growing segment in agriculture today.Women's active role in farming has tripled in the last three decades.Even so, there is a loneliness that often accompanies women who choose this career. They need community, a place where they can share new ideas, celebrate victories, address challenges, and cultivate relationships with like-minded women. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.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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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 Stage | Sunday, 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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What the Cluck?! Free-Range Chicken Gardens

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What the Cluck?! Free-Range Chicken Gardens

Come learn the basics of how to integrate chickens into your garden, starting with chicken-raising myth busters and moving on to designing habitat for them (and you) to benefit from. Jessi Bloom, ecological landscape designer and best-selling author of Free-Range Chicken Gardens, also shares tips on how to select great chicken garden plants! Heirloom Gardener Stage | 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 being an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies and industry organizations, and has made headlines in national media. She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, full of functional gardens and rescue animals.

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

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

Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how edible mushrooms can be spawned into straw bale gardens, intercropping plants and mushrooms, utilizing mycorrhizae, and vermicomposting with mushrooms in this clever twist to traditional raised gardening techniques. Attendees will also make and receive a small mushroom starter culture to take home! Space is limited. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | 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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Cheesemaking: Quick and simple cheeses

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Cheesemaking: Quick and simple cheeses

You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make three types of cheese from the same simple process. In this workshop, cheesemaker and author Gianaclis Caldwell shows how to make several easy cheeses at home (even from store-bought milk) and how to use these cheeses in delicious and nutritious ways. Real Food Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 6:00-6:30 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! Get your hands-on ticket! Hands-On Demonstrations | Saturday, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 6:00-6:30 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: Simple, Quick, Delicious Cheeses Anyone Can Make: Paneer and ricotta

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

Some of the easiest cheeses to make are also the most versatile and delicious! Learn how you can make these classics with only one stop at the grocery store! In an hour, Gianaclis Caldwell helps you make ricotta and paneer. Get your hands-on ticket! Hands-On Demonstrations | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 6:00-6:30 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. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 6:00-6:30 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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Gardening with Chicken: Secrets to success

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Gardening with Chicken: Secrets to success

Learn how to successfully plant and enjoy gardens with vegetables, fruits, annuals, and perennials for you and your free-ranging flock. Chicken-loving Master Gardener Melissa Caughey shares tips, clever ideas, how to outsmart the chickens, as well as safe plantings, fertilizers, and more secrets. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Melissa Caughey is the author of How to Speak Chicken and A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens. She is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, and gardener who writes the award-winning blog Tilly’s Nest. Caughey writes for HGTV, DIY Network, and Grit, Chickens, and Country Living magazines, and she presents on chicken keeping at events across the country. She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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How to Speak Chicken

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How to Speak Chicken

Do you have backyard chickens? Do you name your chickens? Do you consider them pets? Get a glimpse into why your chickens do what they do and say what they say. Audience participation is encouraged with best-selling author Melissa Caughey as she delves into such topics as chicken languages, flock relations, chicken intelligence and their capacity to experience emotions. This talk is laced with fun facts, tips, and tricks. Come experience some “a ha” moments for yourself in this delightful new presentation at this year’s Mother Earth News Fair. Grit Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Melissa Caughey is the author of How to Speak Chicken and A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens. She is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, and gardener who writes the award-winning blog Tilly’s Nest. Caughey writes for HGTV, DIY Network, and Grit, Chickens, and Country Living magazines, and she presents on chicken keeping at events across the country. She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens: Family friendly presentation

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A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens: Family friendly presentation

Chickens make wonderful first pets for families. There is plenty to learn about keeping chickens including chores, life skills, life lessons, responsibility, caring and compassion for animals and more. Melissa shares with you her very own tips, stories, successes and failures as well as some of the best chicken keeping techniques available for backyard chicken keepers in 2018. Learn the basics as well as the inside scoop on how to enhance the chicken keeping experience for you, your family and your flock. This is the perfect talk for first time chicken keepers. Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Melissa Caughey is the author of How to Speak Chicken and A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens. She is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, and gardener who writes the award-winning blog Tilly’s Nest. Caughey writes for HGTV, DIY Network, and Grit, Chickens, and Country Living magazines, and she presents on chicken keeping at events across the country. She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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Learn to Make Sweet Peeps: Baby pom pom chicks

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Learn to Make Sweet Peeps: Baby pom pom chicks

Come meet Melissa Caughey, author of A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens and How to Speak Chicken and professional crafter for HGTV and DIY Network, as she shows you how to hatch out your very own creation and take home a baby fuzzy pompom chick of your own with its very own keepsake shell. Dream up a name for your new friend as you combine pompoms, egg cartons, markers, and felt as you create your new friend to keep you company as you explore this year’s fair. Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Melissa Caughey is the author of How to Speak Chicken and A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens. She is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, and gardener who writes the award-winning blog Tilly’s Nest. Caughey writes for HGTV, DIY Network, and Grit, Chickens, and Country Living magazines, and she presents on chicken keeping at events across the country. She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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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. Mother Earth News Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.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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Homesteader's Guide to Renewable Energy

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Homesteader's Guide to Renewable Energy

There are many ways to heat and cool your home, provide electricity, cook your food, and heat water with clean, affordable, and reliable renewable energy. Some make more sense than others. Some are amazingly cheap, even pay for themselves in short order. Come learn which options make the most sense for you and how affordable renewable energy is and how you can unplug from the grid. Homestead Hustle Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.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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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 Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.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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Renewable Energy Q&A

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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. Grit Stage | Sunday, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.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 Living Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.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 Lives, Families, and Communities: Doing a lot with a little bit!

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Sustainable Lives, Families, and Communities: Doing a lot with a little bit!

Doree Collins explores the importance and key factors in developing sustainable communities, families, and lives for ourselves. As she recounts the journey that lead her to direct the Un-Included Club, she shares the hurdles to avoid, the important factors for success, and how you can make a difference in your life, family, and community by being more sustainable! Mother Earth Living Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Doree Collins is the president and executive director of the Un-Included Club. A resident of Temple, Texas, she has more than 10 years of experience in education. After receiving her master's in education administration and certifications in special and EC-4 education, Collins worked as an administrator for a program specifically designed for underserved children. She also taught for seven years, and she headed an educator mentorship program for two of those years. Collins began volunteering with the Un-Included Club as a program creator and facilitator several years ago. In 2015, she left the public education sector to dedicate herself full time to the job of president and executive director of the club. Every day, she is guided by her unwavering belief that all children are worth the investment and will succeed when given the proper resources.

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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 Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 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. Grit Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.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 Stage | Saturday, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.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 Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.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 Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:00-3:30 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 Magic

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Medicinal Mushroom Magic

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. Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:00-3:30 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 2018: Medicinal mushrooms, magical molds, and magnificent mycorrhizae

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

Come learn how to braid mushrooms and other fungi into almost every aspect of your coexistence with this strategy guide for cultivating and extracting medicinal mushrooms, creating your own mycorrhizae for seed starting mixes, recycling home and farm waste, biological pest control and easy steps for cleaning contaminated soil and water. Broad in scope yet easy for beginners and experienced mushroom folks alike to create harmony and many levels of symbiosis at your farm or homestead. Mother Earth News Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:00-3:30 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. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:00-3:30 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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Chicken Behavior and Health

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Chicken Behavior and Health

Learn to recognize what is normal in your flock and what behaviors might indicate health issues. Charlene Couch addresses some common health concerns and discusses what items you should keep on hand for your flock's first-aid kit! The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.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 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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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 Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.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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Hands-On: Hops for Health

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Hands-On: Hops for Health

Hops the popular ingredient in beer that gives a good IPA it’s bitter flavor is also a valuable health and beauty ingredient and The 2018 “Herb of the Year.” Hops are easy to grow and have a number of benefits for your skin and hair. Join us in learning how you can use this useful garden plant in creating your own natural products. Attendees will create their own Sleep Pillow and Hop infused Bath Bomb to use at home. Hands-On Demonstrations | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Janice Cox is an author and a leading DIY natural beauty and skincare expert. Additionally she is a freelance magazine writer and Beauty editor for Herb Quarterly Magazine. Cox is also a member of the International Herb Association and Herb Association of America.

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Natural Skin Care from the Garden

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Natural Skin Care from the Garden

Learn how to treat your skin and hair naturally from head to toe using garden plants and common household ingredients. Janice Cox highlights some of the top natural beauty plants (many you may already have in your own yard). These plants can be used to cleanse, nourish, and treat your body. Creating your own products has a number of health benefits and will also make you a more educated consumer. It's fun, cost-effective, and puts you in control of what products and ingredients you are using on your hair and skin. This workshop also features a live demonstration of herbal infusions, skin scrubs, facial masks, and bath soaks that you can make at home. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Janice Cox is an author and a leading DIY natural beauty and skin care expert. Additionally, she is a freelance magazine writer and beauty editor for Herb Quarterly Magazine. Cox is also a member of the International Herb Association and Herb Association of America.

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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. Get your hands-on ticket! Hands-On Demonstrations | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 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. Mother Earth Living Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 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 Demo Workshop

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Kombucha Demo Workshop

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. In this hands-on demo from one of the world’s foremost kombucha experts, Hannah Crum (the "Kombucha Mamma"), 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. Real Food Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 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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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. Grit Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.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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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 Stage | 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. Books by This Speaker: City Chicks, Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry

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

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

Salad dressings make salads delicious and healthy. Once you make the basic mayonnaise, you are set to make any dressing of your choice: ranch, blue cheese, Caesar and more! Understand which oils, emulsifiers, herbs and spices are superior for human nutrition and taste. When you understand the basic food chemistry of emulsions and you are also enabled to make sauces, gravies, smoothies and other gourmet delights. By the end of this hands-on workshop you will have made mayonnaise to take home with you. Get your hands-on ticket! Hands-On Demonstrations | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 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.

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

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

Learn how to humanely, safely, sanitarily and skillfully process your birds at home. Understand why the old “traditional” way of processing is the worst way that can ruin meat quality. Get healthy, high-quality meat and bone broth from your backyard flock. Topics include: • The power of controlling your meat source, how the birds were raised, fed and processed. • Nutritional differences of commercial meats vs. heritage breeds. • The sacred significance of taking a life—so that you can live. • The science & chemistry behind quality meat processing. • Processing equipment that you have—or can easily make. • Hand plucking made fun. • Super simple evisceration & educational anatomy lesson. • Two ways to chill meat & how it affects tenderness. • Home tricks of freezer packaging for long-term storage. Processing your own birds is a lost art of our culture. It’s time to bring back this old tradition so that how to process poultry is common knowledge in homes and communities. This is the ultimate “know your source” for poultry and eggs. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 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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The Art and Practice of Incubating Eggs for Home, School, and Science Projects

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

Incubate eggs and you can maintain self-perpetuating flocks. Learn how to select incubators that you can buy ... or make. Find and set the best eggs, without owning a rooster! Discover how embryo development in the shell affects hatchability. Hear about the critical phase of chicks hatching out, the first week of "chick-hood," and chick nutrition for optimal health. Patricia Foreman also covers "chick-ability" and why it is a matter of life or death. Understand why incubation know-how is a key to not only heritage poultry sustainability but also enabling local foods. 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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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. Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.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 Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 4:30-5:00 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 Management, and Fabulous Trees of the World

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

Howard Garrett reviews tree selection considerations, including natives vs. imported, single vs. multitrunked, and also container trees vs. ball and burlapped and barerooted trees. Garrett also discusses natural-organic planting techniques in detail and why they work better, why dramatically exposed root flares are important, and how to expose them properly so trees can resist insect pests and diseases. Garrett reviews pest control techniques. The pruning information he provides covers the proper techniques and why lifting, gutting, and flush cutting should be avoided. Garrett also looks at some of the most incredible trees in the world. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 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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Varroa Management

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Varroa Management

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. Grit Stage | Sunday, 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. 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 Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.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-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 Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.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: Rosemary’s Famous Face Cream

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Hands-On: Rosemary’s Famous Face Cream

With simple ingredients and a blender you can whip up a fabulous facial cream that can be easily personalized for your skin type. Rosemary will share her favorite face cream recipe and demonstrate how to mix and blend the ingredients so that they blend perfectly into a moisturizing, nourishing cream for face and body. Samples and recipes shared. Get your hands-on ticket! Hands-On Demonstrations | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Rosemary Gladstar has been studying and teaching about herbs for more than 40 years. She is an educator, activist and entrepreneur, serving as director of the Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, the International Herb Symposium, and the Women’s Herbal Conference. Gladstar is the founding president of United Plant Savers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of native American herbs. She was the original formulator for Traditional Medicinal Herbal teas and currently leads herbal educational adventures around the world. She is the author of many books, including Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health and Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, as well as Herbal Healing for Women. She lives in East Barre, Vermont.

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Herbal Healing for Men

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Herbal Healing for Men

Rosemary Gladstar leads a lively and fun discussion on herbs for men’s health. She discusses herbs that support heart health, prostate well-being, and herbs that have been used to increase virility and sexuality. She shares remedies and recipes with a special emphasis on herbal tonics for promoting long-term health. Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Rosemary Gladstar has been studying and teaching about herbs for more than 40 years. She is an educator, activist and entrepreneur, serving as director of the Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, the International Herb Symposium, and the Women’s Herbal Conference. Gladstar is the founding president of United Plant Savers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of native American herbs. She was the original formulator for Traditional Medicinal Herbal teas and currently leads herbal educational adventures around the world. She is the author of many books, including Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health and Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, as well as Herbal Healing for Women. She lives in East Barre, Vermont.

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Herbs for Family Health

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Herbs for Family Health

Everyone in the family from infant to elder can benefit from the health-giving properties of herbs. In this practical and informative workshop, Rosemary Gladstar discusses creating an herbal apothecary for your home; 12 popular herbs and their uses; popular remedies for health and well-being; safety issues concerning herbs; and books and references to guide you in your herbal studies. Gladstar also looks at kitchen medicine, local backyard remedies, and how to prepare herbs, as well as the importance of ecological herbalism. Mother Earth News Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Rosemary Gladstar has been studying and teaching about herbs for more than 40 years. She is an educator, activist and entrepreneur, serving as director of the Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, the International Herb Symposium, and the Women’s Herbal Conference. Gladstar is the founding president of United Plant Savers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of native American herbs. She was the original formulator for Traditional Medicinal Herbal teas and currently leads herbal educational adventures around the world. She is the author of many books, including Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health and Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, as well as Herbal Healing for Women. She lives in East Barre, Vermont.

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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 Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 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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Edible Landscaping: Perennial food crops for your yard

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Edible Landscaping: Perennial food crops for your yard

Why till and plant annuals every year when you can plant once and harvest with ease every year? If you like fruit trees, but don't want the mess or can't keep up with the harvest, why not choose a dwarf tree? If you like strawberries, but the bending over to pick is backbreaking work, how about a raised bed? John Holzwart shares tips and tricks for turning your yard into your private grocery store. Homestead Hustle Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio John Holzwart is a naturalist, permaculturist, educator, beekeeper, wild forager, and traditional broom maker. He has his design certificate in permaculture and applies these principles to his daily life. Holzwart teaches and demonstrates the many traditional skills he practices at events across North America. You can often find him in the woods looking for broom handles, mushrooms, and other wild edibles.

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Essential Oils and Herbs for Wellness in 2018

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Essential Oils and Herbs for Wellness in 2018

An interactive seminar utilizing essential oils, herbal tinctures and blending for maximum benefits and improving health and wellness. Bring questions and positivity. Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 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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Interactive! Making Soap Balls

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Interactive! Making Soap Balls

Fun shapes of soap with scents or no scent at all. Use your imagination creating fun and unusual shapes for use every day use. Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.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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Simple Homestead Cheesemaking

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Simple Homestead Cheesemaking

This workshop serves as an introduction and demonstration on making soft and hard cheeses in your own kitchen and from your own cow or goat milk. Speaker Bio Cary Jennings is a member of The Ploughshare Institute, teaching heritage classes to help others achieve a more sustainable lifestyle.

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Introduction to Charcuterie

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Introduction to Charcuterie

Learn about charcuterie: the preservation of meat using salt and smoke. Meredith Leigh demonstrates making fresh sausage and discusses other forms of charcuterie (such as fermented sausages and smoked meats). Real Food Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook and author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore and Pure Charcuterie: The Craft & Poetry of Curing Meat at Home. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Sausage Making 101

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Sausage Making 101

Learn the basics of making delicious sausage from pork, beef, chicken, lamb, rabbit, or wild game. Meredith Leigh, author of The Ethical Meat Handbook, discusses secrets to optimum flavor and texture, and she covers equipment needs (as well as creating your own recipes). Hear about cooking methods, including smoking, in addition to processing. Mother Earth News Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook and author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore and Pure Charcuterie: The Craft & Poetry of Curing Meat at Home. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Everyday Cured Meats

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Everyday Cured Meats

You don’t have to be a charcuterie nerd making obscure salamis to benefit from a little cured meat knowledge. Interested in making your own deli ham to pack in your kid’s lunchbox? Curing your own bacon so you can feel good about its ingredients? How about making the best barbecue or grilled chicken at the next block party? Attend this session to learn the most basic tenets of curing, brining, and smoking to bring your cooking and self-sufficiency to the next level. Real Food Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook and author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore and Pure Charcuterie: The Craft & Poetry of Curing Meat at Home. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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

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

Author, butcher, and cook Meredith Leigh immerses audiences in a world of flavor. In this hands-on session, participants learn the perfect ratio for seasoning homemade sausage and dry rub. They discover how to pick from a host of spices and herbs to create their own sausage-seasoning blend. The live sausage demo and tasting during the class focuses on one spice blend. Attendees leave with ideas for new flavor combinations to try, knowledge about buying and storing bulk spices and herbs, fail-proof ratios for their own seasoning blends and rubs, cooking tips, and pro techniques for marinating and making sausage. Get your hands-on ticket! Hands-On Demonstrations | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook and author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore and Pure Charcuterie: The Craft & Poetry of Curing Meat at Home. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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DIY the Drupe; Making Your Own Coconut Milk!

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DIY the Drupe; Making Your Own Coconut Milk!

By now, many of us are familiar with the various health benefits and versatile uses of coconut milk. However, purchasing it can be costly. Learn how simple it is to make your own coconut milk at home. Be sure to stick around for samples of Coconut Bliss ice cream to inspire your own creations. Real Food Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Emily Lesiak is the Events Coordinator for Coconut Bliss. Traveling around the country sharing organic coconut milk ice cream is one of her favorite past times. With an extensive culinary background and a passion for wholesome foods, Emily also enjoys spending time in the kitchen. Her love of travel, delicious food and sustainable business practices come together through her work at Coconut Bliss.

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Ask the Animal Experts

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Ask the Animal Experts

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 Stage | Saturday, 1:00-1:30 p.m. 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. 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. 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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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 Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: At Booth #3715 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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Simple Marketing: Selling your livestock farm products

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Simple Marketing: Selling your livestock farm products

Raising livestock and poultry satisfies the soul, but farmers need to make a living too. Discover who your customers are, what they’re looking for, and how to build relationships that translate into more income for the farm. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: At Booth #3715 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.

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Local Food and Farming Laws

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Local Food and Farming Laws

As more consumers seek out healthy food, local farmers and artisan producers seek to meet the demand. But the “Get big or get out” government policies of the last several decades mean that the laws and regulations are often a significant barrier for these small businesses. Learn about the laws governing local produce, grass-fed meats, home-baked goods, raw milk, and more. This overview for both producers and consumers includes a focus on food initiatives at the state and local level that are designed to help family farmers and local producers. Grit Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Judith McGeary is an attorney, activist and sustainable farmer. After earning her bachelor's from Stanford and her juris doctor from the University of Texas at Austin, she practiced environmental and appellate law. During that time, she became a passionate advocate of sustainable agriculture, and she and her husband established their own livestock farm. After seeing how government regulations benefit industrial agriculture at the expense of family farms, she founded the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance to promote common sense policies for local, diversified agricultural systems. McGeary has been profiled in the Texas Observer and Edible Austin, appears in the documentary Farmageddon, and has been interviewed on numerous radio shows across the country. She serves as the executive director of the Council for Healthy Food Systems and on the board of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.

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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, homesteaders, 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. Homestead Hustle Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Judith McGeary is an attorney, activist and sustainable farmer. After earning her bachelor's from Stanford and her juris doctor from the University of Texas at Austin, she practiced environmental and appellate law. During that time, she became a passionate advocate of sustainable agriculture, and she and her husband established their own livestock farm. After seeing how government regulations benefit industrial agriculture at the expense of family farms, she founded the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance to promote common sense policies for local, diversified agricultural systems. McGeary has been profiled in the Texas Observer and Edible Austin, appears in the documentary Farmageddon, and has been interviewed on numerous radio shows across the country. She serves as the executive director of the Council for Healthy Food Systems and on the board of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.

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Growing Heirloom Alliums

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Growing Heirloom Alliums

Tim Miller provides a description and a narrative of how onions, garlic, scallions, and shallots (the four alliums) respond to the Texas environment and how to grow these wonderful crops. His PowerPoint presentation features Harvey Wilson Leek, Dr. Pound garlic, and the two multiplying onions. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Tim Miller has been a certified organic grower for 26 years. He specializes in only heirlooms and water conservation. Using only small quantities of saved rainwater has enabled him to sustain a highly diversified small-scale farm. As a product of the community gardening system, he went from backyard to community gardens, being hired by Austin Community Gardens (where he worked for nine years). He's gone from developing garden sites to owning a farm. Years of specialized growing techniques have enabled him to grow without ever pumping any aquifer water in 26 years.

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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 Stage | Saturday, 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. Homestead Hustle Stage | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.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 Healthy Homesteader

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The Healthy Homesteader

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 Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 11:00-11:30 a.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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Fearless Pressure Cooking

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Fearless Pressure Cooking

Get hands-on and learn how to cook more than one item in the pressure cooker at a time. Find out how the electric pressure cooker works and use it to make some simple staples. Discover how to easily steam vegetables. Real Food Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Jill Nussinow (the "Veggie Queen") is a registered dietitian and culinary educator who has been teaching plant-based, whole foods cooking for almost 30 years at Santa Rosa Junior College and elsewhere throughout the United States and beyond. She is the author of four cookbooks: Vegan Under Pressure, The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less Than 30 Minutes, Nutrition CHAMPS: The Veggie Queen’s Guide to Eating and Cooking for Optimum Health, Happiness, Energy and Vitality and The Veggie Queen: Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment. She also stars in the DVDs Pressure Cooking, a Fresh Look: Delicious Dishes in Minutes and Creative Low-fat Vegan Cuisine. Nussinow is a fellow of The Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy. She frequents local farmers markets, mushroom hunting and teaching fermentation classes. She has taught thousands of people how to successfully pressure cook over the past 20 years. Her goal is to see everyone leading a healthy, happy life through better eating and cooking. She loves to share the passion and joy of eating plants that will help save the planet. Her website is www.TheVeggieQueen.com. Books by this Speaker: The New Fast Food

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Sustainable Eating with a Pressure Cooker for Personal and Planetary Health

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Sustainable Eating with a Pressure Cooker for Personal and Planetary Health

Jill Nussinow shows how quickly and easily you can cook food with the modern pressure cooker. You save time, money, and energy (both yours and the planet's). Only solar cooking saves more energy than pressure cooking. Learn what you can cook and get some tasty samples, too. Real Food Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Jill Nussinow (the "Veggie Queen") is a registered dietitian and culinary educator who has been teaching plant-based, whole foods cooking for almost 30 years at Santa Rosa Junior College and elsewhere throughout the United States and beyond. She is the author of four cookbooks: Vegan Under Pressure, The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less Than 30 Minutes, Nutrition CHAMPS: The Veggie Queen’s Guide to Eating and Cooking for Optimum Health, Happiness, Energy and Vitality and The Veggie Queen: Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment. She also stars in the DVDs Pressure Cooking, a Fresh Look: Delicious Dishes in Minutes and Creative Low-fat Vegan Cuisine. Nussinow is a fellow of The Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy. She frequents local farmers markets, mushroom hunting and teaching fermentation classes. She has taught thousands of people how to successfully pressure cook over the past 20 years. Her goal is to see everyone leading a healthy, happy life through better eating and cooking. She loves to share the passion and joy of eating plants that will help save the planet. Her website is www.TheVeggieQueen.com. Books by this Speaker: The New Fast Food

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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? Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 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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How to Compost with Worms

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How to Compost with Worms

Warm weather climates pose a challenge to vermicomposting, but you can learn all of the techniques to succeed. Heather Rinaldi started with one household worm bin and now runs a 12,000 square foot warehouse full of worms in Garland, TX. She will teach you how to vermicompost using your household waste and how to use this wonderful soil amendment to make an amazing difference on your property. Whether you have potted plants or a Texas size ranch, worm composting can make a difference. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Heather Rinaldi's earliest memories include gardening and raising livestock with her family. Her lifelong connection with the soil led her to research soil microbiology in an effort to naturally improve production for farmers, ranchers and urban homesteaders. Heather enjoys waxing poetic on the merits of worms, fungi, bacteria, and protozoa in our soil ecosystem, which leads to lots of missed party invitations (but can solve all the perplexing problems you have with your property). To learn more about the Texas Worm Ranch and the herds of worms that process over 100 tons of organic material a year into biologically rich worm castings, contact Heather at: www.txwormranch.com.

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Sustainable Business Opportunities

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Sustainable Business Opportunities

Learn about sustainable business opportunities that expand your business offerings, as well as sustainable marketing, relationship building, turning waste into resources, and whole farm planning to improve your quality of life! Homestead Hustle Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Kristin Kay Schultz is a creative advocate who has conducted extensive research on the Central Texas bioregion, value-added food production, and social-environmental-economic sustainability. She completed her master's in sustainable food systems at Green Mountain College. In 2013, she launched the Late Bloom Project to help families become more sustainable. With the help of her husband, Davin, she built a sustainable, .24-acre micro farm. They raise organic heritage hens on pasture for their egg community-supported agriculture program and maintain a market garden that specializes in hot pepper production. Schultz has worked and volunteered with 10 farms during the past eight years. The vice president of the Manor Community Farmers Market, she is a cottage food producer, herbalist, angler, blogger for Mother Earth News' Homestead Hustle, and a freelance sustainability consultant. Davin Schultz is a sustainably driven small farmer, angler, educator, inventor, and veteran. He provides support to other community members who want to become more sustainable. He has implemented numerous innovative solutions for the homestead he manages with his wife. Some of his creative projects include rainwater collection systems and feeders for chickens, chicken tractors/brooders/coops, a compost tea brewer, greenhouse/garden construction, and fabricating fishing equipment.

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Sustainable Coastal Fishing

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Sustainable Coastal Fishing

Learn how you and your family can sustainably increase your food supply through affordable, fun, and educational aquaculture activities on the Texas Gulf Coast. Homestead Hustle Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Kristin Kay Schultz is a creative advocate who has conducted extensive research on the Central Texas bioregion, value-added food production, and social-environmental-economic sustainability. She completed her master's in sustainable food systems at Green Mountain College. In 2013, she launched the Late Bloom Project to help families become more sustainable. With the help of her husband, Davin, she built a sustainable, .24-acre micro farm, where they raise organic heritage hens on pasture for their egg community-supported agriculture program, and where they maintain a market garden that specializes in hot pepper production. Schultz has worked or volunteered with 10 farms during the past eight years. The vice president of the Manor Community Farmers Market, she is a cottage food producer, herbalist, angler, blogger for Mother Earth News' Homestead Hustle, and a freelance sustainability consultant. Davin Schultz is a sustainably driven small farmer, angler, educator, inventor, and veteran. He provides support to other community members who want to become more sustainable. He has implemented numerous innovative solutions for the homestead he manages with his wife. Some of his creative projects include rainwater collection systems and feeders for chickens, chicken tractors/brooders/coops, a compost tea brewer, greenhouse/garden construction, and fabricating fishing equipment.

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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 Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 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. Get your hands-on ticket! Hands-On Demonstrations | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 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

Who doesn’t love the hot and spicy kimchi at least that is what the food trends would lead you to believe. Kimchi is the Korean form of vegetable fermentation which has many faces and flavors. It is part of an ancient culinary art that is experiencing a renaissance in this country. This class aims to demystify this safe technique for creating healthy nutrient dense delicious foods through preservation. We will follow a step by step process to make kimchi. You will learn how to make a kimchi that is just right for you taste buds—be it five-alarm heat or mild. Best of all you will take home your creation to watch ferment on your counter. Get your hands-on ticket! Hands-On Demonstrations | Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 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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Preserving Your Harvest Through Fermentation: From A to Z

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Preserving Your Harvest Through Fermentation: From A to Z

For your harvest of garden veggies why not use one of the safest, easiest, most flavorful and healthiest techniques known to preserve and keep all the nutrients alive (and even increase health benefits)? Learn how to ferment your vegetables when they are in season for flavor all year. This demonstration includes a special question-and-answer session: Stump the Fermentista! Along with other questions, attendees can list some of the veggies in their gardens and hear Kirsten K. Shockey come up with recipe ideas on the spot. Real Food Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 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. Books by this Speaker: Fermented Vegetables

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Saving Your Homestead, Managing a Feral Hog Population

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Saving Your Homestead, Managing a Feral Hog Population

Matt Stephens provides practical approaches to managing a feral hog population on your homestead or farm. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Matt Stephens was first introduced to feral hogs in 1996. Since then he has been working with land owners to manage feral hog populations in Bell, Coryell and Lubbock counties. Born and raised in Temple, he provides local knowledge for central Texas and beyond. Stephens has worked in the past as a teacher from elementary to the commercial college levels. This experience has given him the ability to communicate at all levels with a fun, hands-on style.

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Systematic Sustainability: One step at a time to a better life

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Systematic Sustainability: One step at a time to a better life

Proven, time-tested systems yield dependable results. Matt Stephens shows how it is easier to follow a 1, 2, 3-step process to achieve sustainability then it is to make it up as you go. By using a system, people can have clear expectations both in time and production. Learn how evaluation allows for achievable goals, calculated growth, and measurable gains, because people are more successful with a process. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Matt Stephens was first introduced to feral hogs in 1996. Since then he has been working with land owners to manage feral hog populations in Bell, Coryell and Lubbock counties. Born and raised in Temple, he provides local knowledge for central Texas and beyond. Stephens has worked in the past as a teacher from elementary to the commercial college levels. This experience has given him the ability to communicate at all levels with a fun, hands-on style.

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A Beginner's Guide for Merging in to the Goat Lane

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A Beginner's Guide for Merging in to the Goat Lane

Sara Thomson Bredesen shows beginners how to set a GPS (Goat Planning Strategy) for selecting and preparing for your first dairy goats. She will also share tips on making choices up front that will help dairy goat families more fully enjoy the trip ahead. Plan on some detours into discussions about long-term milk supply, what to do with the (goat) kids, and how to avoid a crash. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Sara Thomson Bredesen is the coauthor of Storey’s Guide to Raising Dairy Goats and a licensed cheese maker and goat cheese promoter. A life member of the American Dairy Goat Association and an active member of the Wisconsin Dairy Goat Association for more than 30 years, she was the owner and operator of one of Wisconsin’s first goat cheese farmsteads.

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What Makes Good Goat Housing and How the Heck do you Keep Them In?

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What Makes Good Goat Housing and How the Heck do you Keep Them In?

Sara Thomson Bredesen presents research-based recommendations for dairy goat housing and more practical applications for small family herds, plus tips on great types of fencing for dairy goats and other types to avoid like the plague. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Sara Thomson Bredesen is the coauthor of Storey’s Guide to Raising Dairy Goats and a licensed cheese maker and goat cheese promoter. A life member of the American Dairy Goat Association and an active member of the Wisconsin Dairy Goat Association for more than 30 years, she was the owner and operator of one of Wisconsin’s first goat cheese farmsteads.

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Soil and Seeds, Sprouts to Success

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Soil and Seeds, Sprouts to Success

Learn about urban agriculture from the Un-Included Club Youth Leaders! They are growing superfoods and using them to grow healthier. They showcase what they have learned and you can see what the Un-Included Club is accomplishing with their knowledge. Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Speaker Bio The Un-Included Club encourages youth to be un-included from negativity, obesity, and illiteracy. They are growing superfoods and using them to grow healthier bodies and communities!

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Soil Layer Dessert

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Soil Layer Dessert

Learn about the soil layers in the most delicious way! Ingredients will be available for kids to create a sweet treat that resembles the soil layers. Including green coconut for the grass! Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio The Un-Included Club encourages youth to be un-included from negativity, obesity, and illiteracy. They are growing superfoods and using them to grow healthier bodies and communities!

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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 Demonstrations | 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! Building with Straw Bales

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Interactive! Building with Straw Bales

Get muddy and see how straw bales can be used for a low-cost, beautiful, eco-friendly, highly insulated construction. Natural Building Demonstrations | Saturday, 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! 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 Demonstrations | 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! 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 Demonstrations | 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! 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 Stage | 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. 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. Natural Building Demonstrations | 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. Kids Treehouse Stage | 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. Natural Building Demonstrations | 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! 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 Demonstrations | 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! 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 Demonstrations | 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 Demonstrations | Saturday, 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: 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 Demonstrations | 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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Compact Farms: Planning for big results from small spaces

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Compact Farms: Planning for big results from small spaces

Market gardening and farming is a perfect way to feed ourselves, our friends, and our communities in more way than just one ... and the garden doesn't have to be big to have big results. Josh Volk looks at examples of successful market farmers around the country and how they make it work on their land, in their communities. Mother Earth News Stage | Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Josh Volk is the author of Compact Farms. He is the proprietor of Slow Hand Farm in Portland, Oregon, and has been working on and managing small farms around the country for the last 20 years, studying the systems that make them efficient. He travels in the United States and abroad, consulting with farmers and researchers, teaching farm apprentices and new farmers, presenting workshops at agricultural conferences, and writing articles for publications, including Growing for Market magazine.

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Compact Farms: Selling what you sow

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Compact Farms: Selling what you sow

There are three basic elements to successful market farming and gardening: being able to grow crops, being able to sell those crops, and doing it all efficiently. Josh Volk looks at specific methods for evaluating the potential profitability of growing crops for a living in small spaces, be it a garden of a few thousand square feet or a small farm on 5 acres. Homestead Hustle Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Josh Volk is the author of Compact Farms. He is the proprietor of Slow Hand Farm in Portland, Oregon, and has been working on and managing small farms around the country for the last 20 years, studying the systems that make them efficient. He travels in the United States and abroad, consulting with farmers and researchers, teaching farm apprentices and new farmers, presenting workshops at agricultural conferences, and writing articles for publications, including Growing for Market magazine.

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Extending the Harvest: Creating a four-season garden

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Extending the Harvest: Creating a four-season garden

Learn how to plan, create, and produce garden bounty all year. This workshop focuses on the all-season garden, including in-depth succession planting, planting summer crops for a fall garden, and fruit planting for late winter. Homestead Hustle Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Ira Wallace, author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, where she coordinates variety selection and new seed grower contracts. Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply through seed saving and sustainable gardening.

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Growing Great Garlic and Perennial Onions

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Growing Great Garlic and Perennial Onions

Learn about heirloom garlic and Perennial onion varieties, from planting to cultivation and harvesting at home. Ira Wallace covers soil preparation, weed control, and disease prevention as well as curing and storage requirements. Add these culinary essentials to your garden! Heirloom Gardener Stage | Sunday, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:30-1:00 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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Seed Starting Troubleshooting

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Seed Starting Troubleshooting

Bring your seed starting questions and troubles for Lisa to answer! She will review the steps of seed starting outdoors in the garden and starting indoors with her tabletop method of soil blocking. Learning and following a few basic seed-starting steps will clear the way to your success and open the door to thousands of plant choices. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.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: Giving Nature a Hand!

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Vegetables Love Flowers: Giving Nature a Hand!

Did you know that flowers are the fuel for the fires of nature? Nature has a powerful workforce that will take care of many of the problems we face in the garden--if we attract and sustain the workers. Growing flowers from spring until fall in a pesticide-free garden will open the flood gates to pollinators and beneficial insects and there is no better way to do that than with a cutting garden right in the vegetable patch. Learn why to grow flowers and how to tend to a cutting garden without pesticides. Flowers in the veggie patch is the way nature intended it to be and that's why Vegetables Love Flowers! Heirloom Gardener Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 11:00-11:30 a.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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Ferment the Harvest

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Ferment the Harvest

Fermenting vegetables through wild fermentation (the use of wild yeasts and bacteria to initiate fermentation) is a healthy, enlivening practice that helps restore the balance of beneficial microbes in your gut and introduces you to a world of new flavors. Learn how to ferment cabbage, beans, carrots, peppers, and myriad other vegetables as a method for preserving the harvest without the use of any modern conveniences. Zimmerman discusses his method for making basic sauerkraut and kimchi, as well as pickling vegetables such as cucumbers and beans, and delves into the vast opportunities in experimentation available to the modern fermenter. Grit Stage | Sunday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 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, mead-making, 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, where he practices urban homesteading 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 November 2015.

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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 Demonstrations | Sunday, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 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, mead-making, 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, where he practices urban homesteading 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 November 2015. Get your hands-on ticket!

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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. Grit Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 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, mead-making, 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, where he practices urban homesteading 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 November 2015.

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