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Heirloom Seeds and Food Independence

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Heirloom Seeds and Food Independence

Becoming food independent requires much more than a knowledge of how to grow vegetables. What is your family's annual caloric requirement? How can you extend your harvest through the lean months? Why is seed saving important and how do you protect the purity of your seed lines? What about perennials, orchards, and protein? The Seed Lady touches on all of these issues and more in this eye-opening seminar. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Lucinda Bailey (aka the Seed Lady) is a certified crop adviser and Master Gardener specializing in the cultivation of heirloom vegetables from seed. Her interest began as a teenager in Michigan, where she grew produce in her backyard to sell to neighbors. She now spends her time traveling the country, attending shows and presenting seminars on gardening and seed saving. At last count, her seed collection exceeded 1,000 different varieties!

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Backyard Chicken Myth-Busting

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Backyard Chicken Myth-Busting

How do I raise an organic flock? Are backyard chickens good for children? What do I feed my molting hens? Raising backyard chickens is a fun, educational activity for the whole family. To share learnings from their flocks and answer frequently asked flock questions, Melissa Caughey teams up with Purina Poultry’s Patrick Biggs to take the mystery out of maintaining happy and healthy birds. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Melissa Caughey is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, and gardener who writes the award-winning blog Tilly’s Nest. Caughey lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with her family. She regularly writes for HGTV Gardens, Community Chickens, Grit magazine, and contributes to Country Living magazine. Better Homes and Gardens named her blog as one of the magazine’s Top 10 Gardening Blogs, and Country Living magazine gave it a Blue Ribbon Blogger Award. Patrick Biggs, a flock nutritionist for Purina Animal Nutrition, holds a doctorate in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His studies focused on evaluating alternatives to antibiotics in poultry rations – with a goal of helping flock raisers provide fresh, wholesome nutrition to their birds. Today, Biggs is a key member of the Purina Animal Nutrition Backyard Poultry team, helping to formulate feeds for backyard flocks across the country.

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Durable and Beautiful Hair-On Hides

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Durable and Beautiful Hair-On Hides

Have you ever wanted to turn a deer skin into a beautiful throw for your home? Dennis Biswell reveals how to create durable hair-on leather from a wide range of animals, including deer, goats, raccoon, coyotes, and rabbits. Sharing how to do it all at home with a limited investment in tools and supplies, Biswell discusses his timetable for working tanning projects into a busy schedule. He also shows items he has created with his home-tanned hides. Sustainability Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio An avid outdoorsman, Dennis Biswell has hunted and fished all his life. In addition to processing all the game he harvests at home, he tans the skins into leather and buckskin.

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Making Leather and Buckskin

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Making Leather and Buckskin

Learn how to turn a deerskin into leather and buckskin that can be used for moccasins and other items. Describing his methods for doing it all at home with a limited investment in equipment and supplies, Dennis Biswell shares his timetable for working these tanning projects into a busy schedule. He also shows items he has crafted with his home-tanned leather and tells how to make them. Grit Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio An avid outdoorsman, Dennis Biswell has hunted and fished all his life. In addition to processing all the game he harvests at home, he tans the skins into leather and buckskin.

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Saving Rare Equine Breeds

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Saving Rare Equine Breeds

In most cases, the Livestock Conservancy is concerned with rare breeds that are food producers. In this country, this is not true of horses. Consequently, different justifications are necessary to promote the idea of conserving horses. The purpose of this discussion is to develop ideas to answer the question, “Why save that breed of horse?” Some folks advocate marketing strategies that emphasize the heritage of the breed. Others advocate promoting the breed’s unique characteristics. What other strategies can be found? How important are “strains” of horses to preserving a breed? Another question to answer is how can these breeds be saved? What breeding strategies work best? Do we advocate outbreeding to preserve unique gene pools? How do we prevent bottleneck inbreeding? Finally, how do we get registries and breeders to work together? The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Richard Blaney holds a doctorate in biology and retired after teaching for 42 years. He has been involved with preserving Galiceño horses since 2006. Heidi Reinhardt has a bachelor's in environmental science and teaches chemistry to high school students. She is a partner in the Galiceño Ranch in Florida.

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Hands-on: ReWild the Child!

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Hands-on: 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, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. She owns N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, based near Seattle, which is known as an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction, and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies and industry organizations, and it makes headlines in national media. She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, which is full of functional gardens and rescue animals. Books by This Speaker: Free-Range Chicken Gardens, Practical Permaculture

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Weeds and Water: Wisdom for resiliency

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Weeds and Water: Wisdom for resiliency

Jessi Bloom lifts folks' ecological literacy and makes life living on the land easier. She covers two of the most important elements in land management and shares useful permaculture tools and solutions to increase your resiliency. Gain a better understanding of how to effectively manage water on your land, and also learn easy peasy organic solutions to weed management. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 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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Easy Peasy Edibles

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Easy Peasy Edibles

Have you wanted to grow your own food but found it is too much work and takes too much of your time? Join award-winning landscape designer Jessi Bloom as she talks about a permaculture design concept that employs design strategies from nature. It allows you to grow easy peasy edibles that are low-maintenance, resilient, and sustainable. Plant once and enjoy the harvest from your edible landscape for years. Bloom covers basic food forest design and goes over some of her favorite low-maintenance edibles. Mother Earth News Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 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 makes headlines in national media. She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, which is full of functional gardens and rescue animals. Books by This Speaker: Free-Range Chicken Gardens, Practical Permaculture

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

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

This interactive presentation compares the costs of off-grid/backup power. Tom Brennan starts by showing how many solar panels and batteries are needed to run items. Brennan compares types of solar panels, batteries, and solar systems. He shows what to look for, what’s most cost-effective, and what to avoid. The goal is for your family to be more energy independent in affordable ways. Sustainability Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio As engineering manager of Portable Solar LLC, Tom Brennan is an electrical engineer with multiple patents and 25 years of electronics design and test. He has been a consultant to solar electronics manufacturers, improving functionality, reliability, and efficiency. For the past 5 years, Tom has guided an engineering team to create patent pending inverters, charge controllers, EMP hardened solar generators, EMP test simulators, and portable solar panels

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Food Sustainability: Genetically modified versus heirloom seeds

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Food Sustainability: Genetically modified versus heirloom seeds

What is happening to thousands of seed varieties from recent generations? Learn how to save seed from your family garden, the importance of seed saving and also how to raise your own chicken feed. The Ploughshare Institute Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Randy and Terri Brim live in Central Texas on a 73-acre farm with their two children. They are a part of an agricultural community dedicated to restoring and preserving a sustainable culture that includes saving and propagating open-pollinated, non-genetically modified, heirloom seeds. As many today become more and more techno-industrialized, Brim Seed Company's goal is to encourage individuals to "Participate in Life" ... that is, to participate in the essentials that sustain life.

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Maternal Breed Selection: A key to meat goat doe herd fitness and profitability

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Maternal Breed Selection: A key to meat goat doe herd fitness and profitability

Meat goat production is a nontraditional animal industry that has experienced tremendous growth in the last 25 years. Market demand for goat meat in the United States exceeds domestic supply, but profitable meat goat production has been difficult to achieve in many operations. Herd managers often place emphasis on sire selection and kid growth traits. However, many of the problems in achieving meat goat enterprise sustainability and profitability are rooted in genetic decisions affecting doe herd health and reproduction. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Speaker Bio A professor of animal science at Tennessee State University (TSU) in Nashville, Richard Browning began his meat goat research in 2002. He is studying performance traits among Boer, Kiko, Myotonic, Savanna, and Spanish breeds. In 2015, Browning established a Dexter cattle herd at the school, which will be used to advance student teaching and ruminant research. Before arriving at TSU in 1994, Browning earned master's and doctoral degrees at Texas A&M University, and before that, a bachelor's at Prairie View A&M University. (An overview of his work can be found at www.TNState.edu/faculty/rbrowning.) He grew up in Raywood, Texas.

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

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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 makes ricotta and paneer, and then lets folks sample them at the end. Real Food Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:00-12:30 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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Goats: Keeping your herd healthy the holistic way

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Goats: Keeping your herd healthy the holistic way

Although goats are thought of as naturally healthy and relatively easy to care for, in reality maintaining a healthy herd requires an understanding of their natural nutritional, emotional, and physical needs. With holistic care and a bit of troubleshooting training, you can keep your goats in great shape ... with almost no vet bills! The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:00-12:30 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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Quick Mozzarella and Beautiful Burrata: So easy!

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Quick Mozzarella and Beautiful Burrata: So easy!

Have you seen the price of burrata, those little pillows of cheese stuffed with cheese? Learn how to make your own super easily and in only about an hour! Starting with grocery store milk, whip up a batch of fresh mozzarella and then transform it into beautiful burrata with just a few ingredients. Mother Earth News Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:00-12:30 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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Yogurt, Labneh, and Skyr: Probiotic power foods made easy

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Yogurt, Labneh, and Skyr: Probiotic power foods made easy

Yogurt and other cultured milks that are high in health-supporting probiotics are incredibly easy to make at home. Learn the lingo and methods to master these delicious health foods. Real Food Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 12:00-12:30 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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Chick Fever: Getting started for less

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Chick Fever: Getting started for less

Thinking about getting chickens? Chickens make wonderful family pets. Learn all the basics of starting out, including chick care, housing needs, feed, and raising a healthy and happy flock. Throughout this presentation, Melissa Caughey shares tips, hacks, secrets to egg laying, money-saving ideas, and much more. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Melissa Caughey is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, and gardener who writes the award-winning blog Tilly's Nest. Caughey lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with her family. She regularly writes for HGTV Gardens, Community Chickens, Grit magazine, and contributes to Country Living magazine. Better Homes and Gardens named her blog as one of the magazine's Top 10 Gardening Blogs, and Country Living magazine gave it a Blue Ribbon Blogger Award. Books by This Speaker: A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens

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Colorful Paper Chicken Friends

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Colorful Paper Chicken Friends

Learn how to create a flock of your own to love with paper plates, tissue paper, and googly eyes. Bring your imagination and creative spirit for this one-of-a-kind workshop. Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Melissa Caughey is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, and gardener who writes the award-winning blog Tilly's Nest. Caughey lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with her family. She regularly writes for HGTV Gardens, Community Chickens, Grit magazine, and contributes to Country Living magazine. Better Homes and Gardens named her blog as one of the magazine's Top 10 Gardening Blogs, and Country Living magazine gave it a Blue Ribbon Blogger Award. Books by This Speaker: A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens

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Gardening with Chickens: More secrets to success

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Gardening with Chickens: More secrets to success

Melissa Caughey of Tilly's Nest has returned this year, and she is sharing even more gardening with chickens tips! Learn what to grow for your flock, how to plant a garden just for them, the health benefits for you and your flock by gardening together, and even how to garden all year long. Caughey reveals tips, clever ideas, how to outsmart chickens, as well as safe plantings. Learn how to successfully plant and enjoy gardens with vegetables, fruits, annuals, and perennials with this chicken-loving master gardener. Organic Gardening Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Melissa Caughey is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, and gardener who writes the award-winning blog Tilly's Nest. Caughey lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with her family. She regularly writes for HGTV Gardens, Community Chickens, Grit magazine, and contributes to Country Living magazine. Better Homes and Gardens named her blog as one of the magazine's Top 10 Gardening Blogs, and Country Living magazine gave it a Blue Ribbon Blogger Award. Books by This Speaker: A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens

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Backyard Chicken Myth-Busting

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Backyard Chicken Myth-Busting

How do I raise an organic flock? Are backyard chickens good for children? What do I feed my molting hens? Raising backyard chickens is a fun, educational activity for the whole family. To share learnings from their flocks and answer frequently asked flock questions, Melissa Caughey teams up with Purina Poultry’s Patrick Biggs to take the mystery out of maintaining happy and healthy birds. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Melissa Caughey is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, and gardener who writes the award-winning blog Tilly’s Nest. Caughey lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with her family. She regularly writes for HGTV Gardens, Community Chickens, Grit magazine, and contributes to Country Living magazine. Better Homes and Gardens named her blog as one of the magazine’s Top 10 Gardening Blogs, and Country Living magazine gave it a Blue Ribbon Blogger Award. Patrick Biggs, a flock nutritionist for Purina Animal Nutrition, holds a doctorate in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His studies focused on evaluating alternatives to antibiotics in poultry rations – with a goal of helping flock raisers provide fresh, wholesome nutrition to their birds. Today, Biggs is a key member of the Purina Animal Nutrition Backyard Poultry team, helping to formulate feeds for backyard flocks across the country.

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Purifying Water Using Sustainable Methods

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Purifying Water Using Sustainable Methods

This seminar continues the introduction to sustainable water essentials with an emphasis on water purification. Pat Chesney covers methods that include the slow sand filter, ozonation powered by solar energy, boiling, distillation and pasteurization. Chesney also displays a functioning slow sand filter that provides 200 gallons of pure water per day. The Ploughshare Institute Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Pat Chesney brings his varied background to bear on the subjects of sustainable water provision and aquaponics. His experiences include being a rainwater consultant certified as an Accredited Professional (AP) by the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA), a Master plumber, an energy consultant, an energy auditor, a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) energy rater, a contractor, and more. He teaches seminars on sustainable water and aquaponics for The Ploughshare Institute as well as offering consulting service through his sustainable living consulting business. He has used rainwater systems on his farm since 1999, built and maintained aquaponics systems since 2010 and been an energy consultant since 2004.

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Chinese Greenhouses 1: An introduction to a revolutionary technology

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Chinese Greenhouses 1: An introduction to a revolutionary technology

Come learn how to grow warm-weather vegetables year-round in a 100% solar-powered, earth-sheltered Chinese greenhouse. We’ll examine the advantages of Chinese greenhouses over other all-season greenhouses, features of super-efficient Chinese greenhouses, and supplemental renewable energy systems that can improve the performance of your greenhouse Sustainability Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 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 author of 32 books and several hundred articles on a wide range of topics, including residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational and full of useful information.

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Chinese Greenhouses 2: Chinese Greenhouses 2: Heat banking and natural cooling techniques

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Chinese Greenhouses 2: Chinese Greenhouses 2: Heat banking and natural cooling techniques

Most four-season greenhouses require backup heat or massive cooling systems, both of which can cost a fortune and pollute the air we breathe. In this workshop, we’ll explore ways to use solar energy to heat a greenhouse, including daily internal heat banking, short-term heat banking using solar hot water and solar hot air, and long-term heat banking. We’ll also explore natural cooling techniques for growing in the summer. These ideas can be applied to all types of greenhouses. Sustainability Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 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 author of 32 books and several hundred articles on a wide range of topics, including residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational and full of useful information.

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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? Sustainability Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 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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Survivalists Guide to Achieving Complete Self-Sufficiency

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Survivalists Guide to Achieving Complete Self-Sufficiency

Don’t bug out, stay put, but don’t just survive in times of disaster, thrive in them. In this workshop, I’ll show suburban and rural homeowners how to live comfortably through almost any disaster by creating totally self-sufficient lifestyle in all aspects of your life: energy, food, water, waste, transportation, health, fitness, and finances. Mother Earth News Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 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 author of 32 books and several hundred articles on a wide range of topics, including residential energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable communities, green building and natural building. His talks are fun, inspirational and full of useful information.

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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. Sustainability Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 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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A Reproducible Poultry Model for the Homestead Flock

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A Reproducible Poultry Model for the Homestead Flock

Learn how to take the first steps toward raising sustainable poultry. This seminar focuses on one essential aspect: where to get the poultry that you are going to raise. Joe Claborn provides an overview of the contrast between the common practice of buying day-old chicks transported thousands of miles to you versus the possibility of buying chicks hatched locally or regionally by someone you know (or even hatching them yourself). He also explores the vast differences between selectively bred and industrialized poultry, and why you might choose one over the other. The Ploughshare Institute Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Joe Claborn has extensive experience with all types of poultry. He is a backyard poultry enthusiast, having kept a backyard flock for more than 19 years and, for the past 17 years, he has worked extensively with a large rare breed chick hatchery. Claborn is the founder of Claborn Family Farms, which currently takes care of flocks numbering more than 4,000 birds, has a hatching capacity of 3,000 eggs per week, and during the past four years has raised and shipped more than 29,000 birds. He is developing productive flocks of birds bred according to the American Poultry Association standard. Claborn is also an instructor for the Ploughshare Institute, where he shares his vision for sustainable backyard flocks at Ploughshare’s annual fair and in classes on the Ploughshare campus.

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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! Heirloom Gardener Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 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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The New Home Herbalist: Where do I begin?

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The New Home Herbalist: Where do I begin?

Inspiration and information are the easy part when beginning to use plants for health. The hard part is making it all fit your life where you are right now. What you need is a simple, practical, and personal plan that approaches natural health small step by small step. Dawn Combs helps folks write their own plan and sends them away with an understanding of how to put it all together. She covers topics that include: choosing herbs for your family, how much/how often, simple ways to grow your own, where to source, common kitchen tools and skills that apply, talking to your doctor, finding a holistic practitioner, and much more! Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Dawn Combs is an ethnobotanist with more than 20 years of experience in her field. She is the owner of the herbal health farm Mockingbird Meadows, is a contributor for Mother Earth Living, and the author of Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Health Care and Conceiving Healthy Babies: An Herbal Guide to Support Preconception, Pregnancy, and Lactation. Books by This Speaker: Conceiving Healthy Babies

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The Road to Health Is Through Your Stomach

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The Road to Health Is Through Your Stomach

Healthy digestion is important to everyone who has a stomach. Every day we hear about food sensitivities, new diets, and fad health foods. Learn how a focus on gut health with simple steps at home can guarantee daily vitality and even help you tackle some of today’s most feared diseases. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 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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Whole Plant Medicine in Your Backyard

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Whole Plant Medicine in Your Backyard

Do you know which home remedies you can make with just simple kitchen equipment and access to the outdoors? Dawn Combs, author of Heal Local, believes that your medicine should be local, easy to make, and empowering. Combs demonstrates a few simple medicine-making basics that do not require heavy machinery and then introduces you to some common weeds that provide easily available ingredients right outside your back door. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 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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Off-Grid, Organic, and Old School: How to live on your own devices like a boss!

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Off-Grid, Organic, and Old School: How to live on your own devices like a boss!

Robert D. Copeland provides an instructional diary of how he lives off-grid, organic, and old school, with a do-it-yourself creed and a lifetime of experiences that prepared him. He can't do it for you, but by following his trials and errors, people can find their way to self-sufficient living and a free-to-be-you lifestyle. It isn't rocket surgery ... let Copeland show you how! Grit Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Off-Grid, organic, and old school best describes Robert D. Copeland. His 45-acre farm, The Sunflower, is an all-natural, nontoxic food production and how-to instructional facility located in north Texas.

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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. Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 1:30-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Shawna Coronado is an author, columnist, blogger, photographer, media host, and brand ambassador who campaigns for social good in the realms of green living, organic gardening, and low-cost cuisine. She is also an on-camera spokesperson and social media personality with more than 375,000 followers on her various social media venues, and she maintains a YouTube channel with more than a million views. In 2015 she co-hosted the radio show “The Good Green Home Show” and appeared bi-weekly at her home garden as the FOX News Chicago “Gardening with Good Day” organic gardening expert. Coronado’s garden and eco-adventures have been featured in many media venues, including PBS television. Along with her green lifestyle initiatives, Coronado is concerned about promoting and teaching healthy living. She was diagnosed with severe spinal osteoarthritis, a diagnosis that has led her to change her lifestyle, lose weight, and consume a mostly anti-inflammatory diet. She educates audiences about beneficial diet, food and health practices through her organic living media. She dreams that this will enable more people who suffer from similar conditions to be active. Her successful organic living photographs and stories have been shown both online and off in many international home and garden magazines and multiple books.

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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 | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 1:30-2:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Shawna Coronado is an author, columnist, blogger, photographer, media host, and brand ambassador in the realms of green lifestyle living, organic gardening, and low-cost cuisine who campaigns for social good. She is also an on-camera spokesperson and social media personality with more than 375,000 followers on her various social media venues and she maintains a YouTube channel with more than a million views. In 2015 she co-hosted the radio show “The Good Green Home Show” and appeared bi-weekly at her home garden as the FOX News Chicago “Gardening with Good Day” organic gardening expert. Coronado’s garden and eco-adventures have been featured in many media venues, including PBS television. Along with her green lifestyle initiatives, Coronado is concerned about promoting and teaching healthy living. She was diagnosed with severe spinal osteoarthritis, news that led her to change her lifestyle, lose weight, and consume a mostly anti-inflammatory diet. She educates audiences about beneficial diet, food, and health practices through her organic living media. She dreams that this will enable more people who suffer from similar conditions to be active. Her successful organic living photographs and stories have been shown both online and off in many international home and garden magazines and multiple books.

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Hands-on: Kid's Kombucha Tasting and SCOBY Bacteria "Petting Zoo"

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Hands-on: Kid's Kombucha Tasting and SCOBY Bacteria "Petting Zoo"

The Kombucha Kamp SCOBY Petting Zoo is a hands-on experience for everyone. Our bacterial buddies help us stay healthy and strong. Get up close and personal with some of the "good bugs" that keep our bodies in balance by creating delicious fermented drinks. The Kombucha Mamma, Hannah Crum, shares secrets of the SCOBY to thrill the little ones and introduce them to the wonder of fermentation. Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Known as the "Kombucha Mamma,” Hannah Crum speaks at consumer and corporate events nationwide. She and Alex LaGory created Kombucha Kamp to provide the highest-quality brewing supplies, information, and support. They mentor homebrewers and serve as commercial brewing consultants. The couple co-founded Kombucha Brewers International in Los Angeles, where they reside. Books by this Speaker: The Big Book of Kombucha

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Kombucha 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, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Hannah Crum and Alex LaGory created Kombucha Kamp (www.KombuchaKamp.com) to provide the highest-quality brewing supplies, information, and support. The couple mentor homebrewers and serve as commercial brewing consultants. They co-founded Kombucha Brewers International in Los Angeles, where they reside. Known as the "Kombucha Mamma,” Crum speaks at consumer and corporate events nationwide.

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Kombucha and the Human Microbiome

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Kombucha and the Human Microbiome

Kombucha is living tea! For the last decade, kombucha has been burbling into the collective consciousness. As more and more people are sick of being sick and sick of dealing with a broken medical system, they are seeking out healing foods. The medical community has also been seeking answers and alternate therapies to deal with disease. Through the Human Genome Project and now the Human Microbiome Project, research is just beginning to uncover our complex relationship with bacteria and discovering novel ways to use bacteria therapeutically. Kombucha is at the nexus of pop culture, cutting-edge science, and fermented foods, serving as a tasty gateway to nutrient-dense foods as well as empowering people to reclaim their immunity through the cultivation of this ancient tonic. Hannah Crum also covers the basics of brewing kombucha safely at home. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Known as the "Kombucha Mamma,” Hannah Crum speaks at consumer and corporate events nationwide. She and Alex LaGory created Kombucha Kamp (www.KombuchaKamp.com) to provide the highest-quality brewing supplies, information, and support. They mentor homebrewers and serve as commercial brewing consultants. The couple co-founded Kombucha Brewers International in Los Angeles, where they reside.

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Health Benefits of Beehive Resources

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Health Benefits of Beehive Resources

Learn about the health and medicinal benefits of beehive resources: propolis, honey, pollen and beeswax. Discover how to use them and what DIY products can be made from them. Organic Gardening Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Laurie Dotson is a beekeeper and co-owner of BEEpothecary, a small business that produces dietary supplements as well as skin-care and shaving supplies made with beehive resources. A graphic designer and artist, Dotson applies her expertise and talent to her company’s branding and marketing, as well as decorating her home with her beautiful paintings. She is an avid gardener, growing vegetables, fruit trees, flowers, and berry bushes, as well as raising chickens and honey bees. She is also a talented cook and enjoys finding new ways to use the bounty from her gardens and animals, in delicious, creative meals. She is excited to be sharing the amazing health benefits of hive resources: propolis, honey, pollen, and beeswax.

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Improve Your Bottom Line with Social Media and Online Advertising

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Improve Your Bottom Line with Social Media and Online Advertising

Andrew Epps loves connecting people with the tools, information, and other people they need to succeed. “Connections,” as Epps likes to call them, go under titles like branding, design, advertising, marketing, sales, social networking, schmoozing, or teaching. No matter what name you use, or what tool you leverage, the goal is to help connect the customer to the person, product, or service that can best serve their needs. Epps shows you why he loves what he does, and why you should too! Organic Gardening Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Andrew Epps is the social media marketing director for Tranquil Farms, a holistic small farm and agritourism venue located in Montgomery, Texas. Since 2011, he has run Digital Centuries, a freelance graphic and web design business, and he has been able to work closely with numerous local businesses building branding and marketing strategies.

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How to Be Organic, Part 1: The basics

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How to Be Organic, Part 1: The basics

What does it mean to be organic? New Country Organics interacts daily with organic farmers and gardeners all across the United States: micro-flockers, family homesteaders, and small market producers. Some are converting their home gardens to organics, and moving away from conventional, chemical practices. Some are farmers building their organic system plans, getting ready for certification. Some are crazy organic experimenters, in passionate pursuit of innovative farming methods. Some just love their daily organic egg hunt. All of them are determined to change their world, protect their health, and eat better food. What does it mean to think organically? To be organic? What ties the organic community together? Whatever your level of adoption of organic methods, New Country Organics' Kevin Fletcher, Jillian Lowery, and Bill Ahrens provide unique perspective on becoming organic. Learn how they can help make organics work for you. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Kevin Fletcher is New Country Organics' guru and organic oracle. His knowledge base is in grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured poultry, goat dairy, organic vegetables and herb farming, beneficial insect programs, organic honey production, farm store, community-supported agriculture (CSA), restaurant marketing of organic products, organic grain production, large-scale organic composting, and integration of organic best practices into traditional farm operations. Jillian Lowery is an avid agriculturalist with a specific focus on sustainability. An alumna of Virginia Tech, Lowery holds a degree in animal and poultry sciences and works as a farm and garden consultant for New Country Organics. She has a wide array of experience with cattle, dairy goats, chickens, and pigs, as well as a passion for education and square-foot gardening. Bill Ahrens is an information and marketing technologist. He studies brewing, fermenting, the second brain, and permaculture.

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How to Be Organic, Part 2: Specifics for chickens, goats, pigs, backyards, homesteads, and small market production

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How to Be Organic, Part 2: Specifics for chickens, goats, pigs, backyards, homesteads, and small market production

Building on "How to Be Organic, Part 1," Kevin Fletcher, Jillian Lowery, and Bill Ahrens dig down into the nitty-gritty of becoming organic. What does organics mean for raising chickens? Goats? Pigs? Cattle? Horses? Rabbits? What is at the heart of organic gardening and the building of organic soils? How is science informing organic composting, soil development, our approach to the microbiome, and our understanding of the future of farming? Fletcher, Lowery, and Ahrens share lessons, tips, and tricks for the backyard chicken keeper, homesteader, and the small farm producer. Myths and misconceptions about organics are addressed and dispelled. The question of industrial organics and feeding the domestic demand for organics is considered. Mother Earth Living Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Kevin Fletcher is New Country Organics' guru and organic oracle. His knowledge base is in grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured poultry, goat dairy, organic vegetables and herb farming, beneficial insect programs, organic honey production, farm store, community-supported agriculture (CSA), restaurant marketing of organic products, organic grain production, large-scale organic composting, and integration of organic best practices into traditional farm operations. Jillian Lowery is an avid agriculturalist with a specific focus on sustainability. An alumna of Virginia Tech, Lowery holds a degree in animal and poultry sciences and works as a farm and garden consultant for New Country Organics. She has a wide array of experience with cattle, dairy goats, chickens, and pigs as well as a passion for education and square-foot gardening. Bill Ahrens is an information and marketing technologist. He studies brewing, fermenting, the second brain, and permaculture.

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Hands-on: Chick in Egg: The miracle of incubation

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Hands-on: Chick in Egg: The miracle of incubation

The journey from egg to chick is an awe-inspiring, educational, life-affirming event. This workshop journeys through the entire process of getting fertile eggs (without a rooster), selecting the most likely eggs to hatch, and managing the incubation process. Understand the cycle of eggs to chicks (in only 21 days!) to hens to more eggs. Become a Chickeneer Eggspert! Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:00-12:30 p.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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A Tiny Home to Call Your Own: Living well in just-right houses

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A Tiny Home to Call Your Own: Living well in just-right houses

You can have an attractive, upscale quality-built tiny home that is artistically beautiful, highly marketable, and long-term profitable. Smaller homes can be more livable, cozy, enjoyable, easier to clean and lower maintenance than big houses. But tiny and smaller homes are not for everyone. Learn why and what it takes to live in a small space to make room for a larger life. Explore the many uses of tiny homes and find out why more people are opting for less square footage in exchange for more time, freedom, and money. Sustainability Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:00-12:30 p.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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Home Poultry Processing: The art and science of micro-scale meat bird processing (using tools you already have!)

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

Processing your own chickens for family food is a lost art in our culture. It’s time to bring back this old tradition and combine it with new techniques, so that poultry processing becomes common knowledge in homes and communities. Learn how to humanely, safely, sanitarily, and skillfully process your birds. What to do with those roosters and older hens? Get healthy, high-quality meat and bone broth from your backyard flock. This workshop covers topics including the power of knowing your meat source and how it was raised, fed, and processed. Explore the sacred significance of taking a life so that you can live. Understand the science and chemistry behind skilled meat processing. Find out what processing equipment you already have (or could easily borrow). Hear how to make hand-plucking fun. Learn all about super simple evisceration and follow an educational anatomy lesson. Patricia Foreman points out nutritional differences between meat from heritage vs. commercial breeds. She also touches on cold shorting and effective freezer packaging for long-term storage. Grit Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:00-12:30 p.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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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, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:00-12:30 p.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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Aromatherapy for Wellness

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Aromatherapy for Wellness

This fun, hands-on class focuses on making aromatherapy simple and easy to use. The light but informative talk discusses 17 essential oils. Billy Galloway shares not only what the oils do, but how to use them to achieve desired outcomes. Discover how to use aromatherapy to assist issues including sleeplessness, psoriasis, restless leg syndrome, hot flashes, lack of energy or focus, sinus problems, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and depression. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 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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Essential Oils for Summer

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Essential Oils for Summer

This is a fun, hands-on class that focuses on making aromatherapy simple and easy to use. Learn how to harness the power of aromatherapy for natural insect repellents, as well as flea and tick prevention. Discover how it can assist issues including poison ivy, sore muscles, hot flashes, lack of energy or focus, allergy issues, arthritis, and depression. Billy Galloway discusses 15 essential oils that the audience can also experience. He talks about what the oils do and how to use them to achieve desired outcomes. Learn about this wonderful natural healing modality. Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Billy Galloway has been experiencing the benefits of aromatherapy since 2006. He is a certified aromatherapist accredited by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and is the eastern director of operations for Natural Options Aromatherapy. Galloway, his wife, Jenny, and two children reside in Kingsport, Tennessee.

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Nature's Pharmaceuticals

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Nature's Pharmaceuticals

Naturally formed, plant based essential oils really are Nature’s Pharmaceuticals. Depending on the plant they can provide pain relief, are anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal, relieve stress, aid sleep, improve arthritis, heal wounds, stop scaring, increase energy, remove cramps, help relieve psoriasis and eczema, help PMS and menopause including hot flashes, and even improve grades. How do they work and how do you use them? Come and find out at this fun, hands on seminar. Mother Earth Living Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Billy Galloway has been experiencing the benefits of aromatherapy since 2006. He is a certified aromatherapist accredited by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and is the eastern director of operations for Natural Options Aromatherapy. Galloway, his wife, Jenny, and two children reside in Kingsport, Tennessee.

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How to Save 50 Percent on Irrigation and Have Greater Production with the Organic Program

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How to Save 50 Percent on Irrigation and Have Greater Production with the Organic Program

Howard Garrett explains how a simple, natural organic program for gardening and landscaping on residential and commercial projects works better in every way ... including from an economic standpoint. He shows how his management program can result in a 40 to 50 percent cost savings in water use, and he will also answer specific questions from the audience about pests, plants and procedures. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:00-12:30 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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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 | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 12:00-12:30 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. Organic Gardening 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, 11:00-12:00 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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General Bee Hive Inspection

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General Bee Hive Inspection

Shane Gebauer discusses how to inspect a colony of honey bees, from start to finish: everything from lighting the smoke to inspecting the inside of the hive. He discuss what looks good and what doesn't, and what the next steps might be to ensure a healthy hive. Mother Earth News Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Shane Gebauer has been a beekeeper and worked in the beekeeping industry for more than 12 years. He is the president and a partner at Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, which is one of the nation's largest beekeeping supply companies.

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Guinea Fowl 101

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Guinea Fowl 101

Fun facts and things you never knew about guinea fowl, as well as the basics on how to keep guineas successfully and safely, so they can be part of your organic pest control plan. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Cindy Gibson is president of Guinea Fowl International, an organization founded to support the responsible guinea-keeping and to educate on the care and habits of Guinea Fowl. She first acquired guineas to help combat a grasshopper infestation on her Texas ranch, and now keeps over 100 guinea fowl along with her chickens, ducks, and grazing animals. She helps new guinea-keepers, and frequently speaks to groups about the why-and-how to incorporate guinea-keeping into your landscape or farm. In particular, she helps dispel some of the myths and misinformation that has led some to unsuccessful attempts at guinea-keeping.

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Guinea-Keeping for Organic Pest Control

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Guinea-Keeping for Organic Pest Control

More and more, people are searching for nonchemical means of controlling yard and garden pests, including grasshoppers, beetles, and Lyme disease-carrying ticks. Guinea fowl can be a big part of your organic pest control plan for your yard, farm, or garden. Among their many benefits, guineas are insect-eating machines, and they are easy-keepers, once you learn about their specific needs. This talk includes information about how to raise guineas and incorporate them into your already existing situation, how to take advantage of their traits and habits, best housing, and everything else guinea-keepers need to know. Organic Gardening Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Cindy Gibson is president of Guinea Fowl International, an organization founded to support responsible guinea-keeping and to educate on the care and habits of guinea fowl. She first acquired guineas to help combat a grasshopper infestation on her Texas ranch, and now keeps more than 100 guinea fowl (along with her chickens, ducks, and grazing animals). She helps new guinea-keepers, and frequently speaks to groups about the why-and-how to incorporate guinea-keeping into a landscape or farm. In particular, she helps dispel some of the myths and misinformation that has led some to unsuccessful attempts at guinea-keeping.

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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. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.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 | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.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 Longevity and Well-Being: Adaptogenic and tonic herbs

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Herbs for Longevity and Well-Being: Adaptogenic and tonic herbs

Experience well-being and celebrate every stage of life. Using herbs and simple, common sense practices, you can restore and maintain vitality, whatever your age. Rosemary Gladstar discusses herbs used around the world that have earned a reputation for improving and maintaining energy, vitality and health. The adaptogenic and tonic herbs are also the foundation of many health protocols for both acute and chronic disorders. Gladstar shares some of her favorite herbs and recipes for longevity and well-being. Mother Earth Living Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.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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Equip Your Farm to Make Farming Easier and More Profitable

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Equip Your Farm to Make Farming Easier and More Profitable

Many people would like to farm but are concerned that they may be too old or will not have the stamina for the work. By using the right tools and equipment, farming can be efficient, enjoyable, and profitable for both the young startup farmers and the late bloomers. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Ben Godfrey and his wife, Alysha, are owners of Sand Creek Farm and Sustainable Farm Supply. He is a full-time farmer and uses many labor-saving devices to be more efficient on the farm. Through the years, Godfrey has designed, manufactured, or sourced equipment from all over the world to find the “right tool for the job." He teaches sustainable farming and consults new farmers on how to turn their small farms into businesses. He started Sustainable Farm Supply to help new farmers set up their small farms and homesteads with quality tools and equipment that will make farming more enjoyable and sustainable.

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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 | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio The Guinea Fowl International Association (GFIA) is a nonprofit organization based in Texas that has been serving the needs of guinea fowl keepers from around the world since 2006.

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Generation Ag: Mobilizing new farmers to advocate for the future of agriculture

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Generation Ag: Mobilizing new farmers to advocate for the future of agriculture

The local and organic food movements are inspiring a new generation to farm, but it has never been harder to get started. Prohibitive land prices, lack of access to capital, and student loans are preventing young people from finding success in their new farm businesses. The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) is mobilizing young farmers to build strong farmer networks at home and to make their voices heard in the political process. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio

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DIY Laundry Soap

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DIY Laundry Soap

Laundry soap has a tough task, cleaning clothing of who knows what. Sounds simple, and sometimes it is. But, really, what is laundry soap? Is there a simple recipe that fits all needs? What is bleaching and these so-called "safe" bleaches? Do they really help? Jordan Henderson covers what is needed to make laundry soap work, as well as what causes it not to work. Henderson presents a few demonstrations to explain the purpose of different ingredients and finally, he makes some laundry soap! Mother Earth Living Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Jordan Henderson, the owner of Soap Alchemy, has been formulating and testing laundry soap for four years. His journey in soap started more than 16 years ago, in response to skin-related issues. The journey continues.

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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. 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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Grow Your Own Broom

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Grow Your Own Broom

Historically, many farmers grew broom corn and crafted their own farmstead brooms. John Holzwart illustrates this lost art from seed to sweep. Organic Gardening Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 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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Caring for the Largest Organ of Your Body Naturally ... Your Skin

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Caring for the Largest Organ of Your Body Naturally ... Your Skin

Connie Jacoby teaches about skin care from the cellular level, discussing its importance throughout the body and the role it plays in maintaining overall health. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 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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Essential Oils for Health and Well-Being

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Essential Oils for Health and Well-Being

Connie Jacoby provides information on the usage of essential oils in daily life and history; flashpoints; vital information on safety, blending oils, precautions, ingestion of oils, and overall knowledge of maladies; as well as basic and advanced treatments and benefits derived from usage. Mountain Rose Herbs 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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Functional Designs for Homesteads

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Functional Designs for Homesteads

Explore highly functional bio-integrated permaculture patterns for your homestead. Shawn Jadrnicek, author of The Bio-Integrated Farm, shows examples of practical advanced designs based on a functional analysis. Highlights include edible water gardens, flood irrigation basins for plants and mushroom logs, pastured chicken systems, and rainwater harvesting systems for flushing toilets and irrigating gardens. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Shawn Jadrnicek is the author of The Bio-Integrated Farm: A Revolutionary Permaculture-Based System Using Greenhouses, Ponds, Compost Piles, Aquaponics, Chickens and More. He has nourished his interest in sustainability through work as an organic farmer, nursery grower, extension agent, arborist and landscaper, and now as the manager of Clemson University’s Student Organic Farm. Books by this Speaker: The Bio-Integrated Farm

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Functional Designs for Small Farms

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Functional Designs for Small Farms

Save energy and resources using highly functional bio-integrated permaculture patterns on your farm. Shawn Jadrnicek, author of The Bio-Integrated Farm, presents new insights into permaculture, moving beyond the philosophical foundation to practical advanced designs based on a functional analysis. He provides examples of new techniques for greenhouse construction, nursery ponds for freshwater prawns, heat and carbon dioxide extraction from compost piles, and rotational grazing systems for chickens. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 4:30-5:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Shawn Jadrnicek is the author of The Bio-Integrated Farm: A Revolutionary Permaculture-Based System Using Greenhouses, Ponds, Compost Piles, Aquaponics, Chickens and More. He has nourished his interest in sustainability through work as an organic farmer, nursery grower, extension agent, arborist and landscaper, and now as the manager of Clemson University’s Student Organic Farm. Books by this Speaker: The Bio-Integrated Farm

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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. The Ploughshare Institute Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 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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Growing Your Own Food on the Homestead

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Growing Your Own Food on the Homestead

Growing your own food provides an endless number of benefits for you and your family, some of which include self-sustainability, improved health, and teaching the values of hard work to the younger generation. With his vast horticultural and agricultural knowledge, Greg Key provides insight into the tools and practices needed to grow food on the homestead. Key delivers practical and feasible solutions for beginner or advanced gardeners to help them grow good, clean food for their family and friends. Organic Gardening Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Greg Key has been involved in horticulture and agriculture for more than 30 years. With a special interest in organic and small-scale production, he has been on the forefront of the local food movement. He enjoys studying the processes and educating people about how to make growing healthy, local food more possible. With vegetable gardening being one of his favorite hobbies, he founded Hoss Tools in 2009 with the goal of manufacturing and selling high-quality, American-made garden tools. Today, Hoss Tools provides gardening tools and supplies to people all over the world, with the primary goal of helping people grow their own food.

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Flora Fact and Folklore

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Flora Fact and Folklore

The stories and myths of flowers and herbs take us back to fairies, Greeks, and our own childhood plant lore passed down from generation to generation. How did mint and parsley come to be? What is the legend of the bluebonnet, the state flower of Texas? Look at the plant world through these stories, folklore, songs, traditional uses of plants, and personal anecdotes. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Kim Lehman has worked for more than 25 years as a honey bee educator, teacher, professional storyteller, musician, and author. She has presented hundreds of programs and workshops at schools, libraries, museums, nature centers, and festivals. As part of her children’s column for Bee Culture Magazine, Lehman began the Bee Buddies club, which now has members in every state. She also founded the American Beekeeping Federation Kids and Bees Program and directed this educational service about honey bees for the public at their annual conferences for many years.

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The Buzz About Bees

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The Buzz About Bees

Did you know you can thank a honey bee for a third of the food you eat? The Buzz About Bees is a hands-on educational science program about honey bees for children of all ages. Following a short program packed with plenty of participation, songs, and props, children will learn more about honey bees by tasting honey from different floral sources, examining a bee under a microscope, trying on a bee suit, making a finger puppet, sampling beeswax lotion, playing pollination games, creating a comb rubbing, and more! Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Kim Lehman has worked for more than 25 years as a honey bee educator, teacher, professional storyteller, musician, and author. She has presented hundreds of programs and workshops at schools, libraries, museums, nature centers, and festivals. As part of her children’s column for Bee Culture Magazine, Lehman began the Bee Buddies club, which now has members in every state. She also founded the American Beekeeping Federation Kids and Bees Program and directed this educational service about honey bees for the public at their annual conferences for many years.

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Big Food Talk

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Big Food Talk

We are living in an age of critical and complex transitions, socially, scientifically, and philosophically. At this session, gain perspective on sustainable food activism across the entire supply chain. Meredith Leigh (a farmer, butcher, chef, writer, and educator) shares dynamic perspective from 15 years of activism, addressing everything from the economic to the environmental to the emotional aspects of food systems work. Beneficial to farmers, distributors, retailers, chefs, buyers, and conscientious consumers, this talk addresses big picture questions. It challenges assumptions and inspires participants toward updated thought and action. Real Food Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook, and the author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie, and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Books by This Speaker: The Ethical Meat Handbook

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Butchering and Deboning a Whole Chicken

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Butchering and Deboning a Whole Chicken

Discover why the educated use of the whole bird is the most cost-effective and ethical way to eat poultry. Learn to break down a chicken and watch Meredith Leigh demonstrate deboning for further creative use of the carcass. Real Food Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 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. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Whole Animal Butchery

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Whole Animal Butchery

Meredith Leigh, author of The Ethical Meat Handbook, demonstrates whole-animal butchery. Using a hog as an example, she discusses delicious and thrifty use of the entire carcass, and applies principles of butchery, charcuterie, and cooking to other animal species, as well. Mother Earth News Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook, and the author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie, and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Books by This Speaker: The Ethical Meat Handbook

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Get More from Your Griddle

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Get More from Your Griddle

Learn to do a lot with a little. Paula Marcoux, author of Cooking with Fire, demonstrates just a few of the ways you can use the iron griddle you probably already have to expand your baking repertoire, whether you prefer to work with live fire or at your stovetop. As she turns out some globally and historically inspired breads, Marcoux talks about how the domestication and migration of ancient grains laid the foundation for some great baking, both familiar and out of the ordinary. Real Food Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Paula Marcoux is a food historian who lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts; she has worked professionally as an archaeologist, cook, and bread-oven builder. She is the food editor of Edible South Shore magazine, writes on food history topics for popular and academic audiences, and consults with museums, film producers, and publishers. She also gives regular workshops on natural leavening, historic baking, and wood-fired cooking. Her web site is www.TheMagnificentLeaven.com.

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The Art and History of Cooking with Fire

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The Art and History of Cooking with Fire

Learn the importance, history, and developments of cooking with fire, as Paula Marcoux teaches about the advantages of cooking with fire, the different approaches, and how it is still superior to the stovetop. Real Food Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Paula Marcoux is a food historian who lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts; she has worked professionally as an archaeologist, cook, and bread-oven builder. She is the food editor of Edible South Shore magazine, writes on food history topics for popular and academic audiences, and consults with museums, film producers, and publishers. She also gives regular workshops on natural leavening, historic baking, and wood-fired cooking. Her web site is www.TheMagnificentLeaven.com.

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Heritage Hogwash

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Heritage Hogwash

The flavor of heritage hogs is a hot topic for chefs and consumers interested in the culinary delights these pigs offer. In this talk you would learn about the basics of keeping these animals, about the breeds themselves, and how to tell them apart from the numerous "imposters" that can be a costly lesson to new pig owners. The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: At Booth #3415 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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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, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: At Booth #3415 Speaker Bio Alison Martin is the program director at the Livestock Conservancy, a membership organization for conserving heritage livestock and poultry. With more than 20 years of experience in agriculture, she provides technical support and education to heritage breed farmers and ranchers. Books by this Speaker: An Introduction to Heritage Breeds

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Building Things with Mud and Junk

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Building Things with Mud and Junk

Don't buy it on TV or spend your paycheck on building supplies! Do it yourself with things you already own. Uncle Mud shares how you can make things yourself for cheap or free (as long as you are willing to get dirty). Sustainability Stage | 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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Grassroots Activism 101: Making your voice heard

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Grassroots Activism 101: Making your voice heard

Are you concerned about what’s happening with local food, natural health and environmental laws? Not sure how to talk with your elected officials or whether they’ll even listen if you do? You truly can make a difference. This talk covers the basics of citizen lobbying and grassroots organizing, including how to influence elected officials and craft your message effectively. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 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.

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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. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 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.

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Texas Water Wars: Ensuring water resources for farming and homesteading now and into the future

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Texas Water Wars: Ensuring water resources for farming and homesteading now and into the future

Title coming... Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 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.

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Build a Cob Fairy House You Can Take Home

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Build a Cob Fairy House You Can Take Home

Kids of all ages can join local artist and natural builder Tracy McLoud and build their own miniature cob fairy castle to take home. Prepare to get dirty. Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Tracy McLoud of Terra Living LLC provides design/build services in the Belton, Texas, area for permaculture-based eco-landscaping as well as earthen construction (from pizza ovens and kids playhouses to cottages and outdoor living spaces).

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Build a Cob Fairy House You Can Take Home

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Build a Cob Fairy House You Can Take Home

Children of all ages can join local artist and natural builder Tracy McLoud and build miniature cob fairy castles to take home. Prepare to get dirty. Natural Building Demonstrations | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Belton, Texas-area builder Tracy McLoud of Terra Living provides design/build services for permaculture-based eco-landscaping and earthen construction, from pizza ovens and kid's playhouses to cottages and outdoor living spaces.

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Build a Cob Fairy House You Can Take Home

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Build a Cob Fairy House You Can Take Home

Children of all ages can join local artist and natural builder Tracy McLoud and build their own miniature cob fairy castle to take home. Prepare to get dirty. Natural Building Demonstrations | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Belton, Texas-area builder Tracy McLoud of Terra Living LLC provides design/build services for permaculture-based eco-landscaping and earthen construction, from pizza ovens and kid's playhouses to cottages and outdoor living spaces.

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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 | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.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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Sourdough Is Not a Flavor: Naturally leavened bread, simplified

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Sourdough Is Not a Flavor: Naturally leavened bread, simplified

Making sourdough-based breads is easier than you might think. Sourdough starter, activated by wild yeast, can be used for making a lot more than just loaf breads and pizza. This overview and demonstration of the sourdough process covers benefits of naturally leavened breads, the basic method of creating and maintaining a low-maintenance sourdough starter. Working with non-gluten grains is also included. This workshop also includes a brief look at her wood-fired outdoor oven, the perfect tool for baking amazing sourdough breads. Victoria Miller is an experienced bread baker, and is currently writing a book on this subject, due out in late spring 2018. Grit Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 6:00-6:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Victoria Redhed Miller grew up in Seattle and now lives with her husband, David, on their off-grid farm in the Olympic Mountain foothills near Sequim, Washington. She writes and blogs about homesteading and self-reliance, as well as speaking at events around the country. She is also the author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks. Books by This Speaker: Craft Distilling, Pure Poultry

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Craft Distilling: Making liquor legally at home

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Craft Distilling: Making liquor legally at home

Hobby distilling has become more and more popular in the past few years, but a lot of confusion persists about the legalities around the distillation of liquor. The author of the award-winning book Craft Distilling: Making Liquor Legally at Home explains the facts around legal distilling, and provides an overview of the process of making distilled spirits. In addition, Oregon Democratic senator Ron Wyden is the main sponsor of Senate Bill 1562, which would allow limited home distillation, currently illegal under state and Federal law. This is an informative, fun workshop for anyone interested in distilling liquor. Mother Earth News Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 6:00-6:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Victoria Redhed Miller grew up in Seattle and now lives with her husband, David, on their off-grid farm in the Olympic Mountain foothills near Sequim, Washington. She writes and blogs about homesteading and self-reliance, as well as speaking at events around the country. She is also the author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks. Books by This Speaker: Craft Distilling, Pure Poultry

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Poultry Unplugged: Free-ranging poultry just about anywhere

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Poultry Unplugged: Free-ranging poultry just about anywhere

Allowing poultry to free-range has many benefits, both for the birds and the environment. This workshop explains these benefits, and offers strategies for success regardless of predator issues and other challenges. It includes a planning worksheet, and audience questions are encouraged! The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 6:00-6:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Victoria Redhed Miller grew up in Seattle and now lives with her husband, David, on their off-grid farm in the Olympic Mountain foothills near Sequim, Washington. She writes and blogs about homesteading and self-reliance, as well as speaking at events around the country. She is the author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks, and the new book Craft Distilling: Making Liquor Legally at Home.

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Pawpaw 101: America's forgotten, "tropical" fruit

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Pawpaw 101: America's forgotten, "tropical" fruit

Andrew Moore, author of Pawpaw: In Search of America's Forgotten Fruit, offers a brief history of the pawpaw, the largest edible fruit native to the United States, and an overview of the growers and producers working to raise the fruit's profile. Learn the basics of how to grow pawpaws, and what they're good for (think ice cream, wine, and fresh eating!). Grit Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Andrew Moore is a writer and community gardener based in Pittsburgh. Pawpaw: In Search of America's Forgotten Fruit is his first book.

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Pawpaw 101: America's forgotten, "tropical" fruit

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Pawpaw 101: America's forgotten, "tropical" fruit

Andrew Moore, author of Pawpaw: In Search of America's Forgotten Fruit, offers a brief history of the pawpaw, the largest edible fruit native to the United States, and an overview of the growers and producers working to raise the fruit's profile. Learn the basics of how to grow pawpaws, and what they're good for (think ice cream, wine, and fresh eating!). Heirloom Gardener Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Andrew Moore is a writer and community gardener based in Pittsburgh. Pawpaw: In Search of America's Forgotten Fruit is his first book.

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Solar Cooking Class

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Solar Cooking Class

Learn how to harness the sun's power to cook, dehydrate, and purify water, and be better prepared for emergencies. See how practical and easy it is to use the sun to bake, boil, and steam foods. Hear about the many economic, health, and environmental benefits of cooking with the sun. The benefits of solar cooking include cost, taste, and nutritional benefits. You can hard-boil eggs without water, and you'll never burn dinner again! Also, hear about solar cooking around the world. Grit Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Paul M. Munsen is the president of Sun Ovens International, located in Elburn, Illinois, and a leading manufacturer of high-quality solar cooking devices. Munsen has been involved in solar cooking projects and taught solar cooking on five continents and has been involved with projects supported by Rotary International, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Energy, Overseas Private Investment Corp. (OPIC), the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the South African Ministry of Minerals and Energy, the British High Commission and the World Bank. Munsen has addressed the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development at the U.N. Headquarters in New York. He is the past president of the Illinois Society for International Development, as well as a member of Solar Cookers International and the Illinois Solar Energy Association.

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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, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 10:30-11:00 a.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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Hands-on: Smoothies and Seed Starting

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Hands-on: Smoothies and Seed Starting

Wouldn't it be fun to turn the most delectable moment of your day into a gardening project? At this workshop, create tasty smoothies and turn empty pints into planters! Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss is the evolution of ice cream. They source the finest organic ingredients to bring consumers a dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free treat. Just one taste and you will understand what they mean when they say, “This Is Bliss!”

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Poultry Housing, Feeders and Waterers

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Poultry Housing, Feeders and Waterers

In this seminar, Matthew Pressly looks at the pros and cons of various housing, feeding and watering solutions. Bring your poultry questions: Pressly plans to leave the last 25 minutes open for discussion. The Ploughshare Institute Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Matthew Pressly has 25 years of experience raising chickens, and he has recently begun raising a breeding flock of Black Australorps. In addition, as a writer and ghostwriter, he has published many articles about raising chickens for various poultry blogs.

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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, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Joe Putnam works as a marketing copywriter and occasional shepherd for Premier 1 Supplies. He frequently appears in Premier's instructional how-to videos on YouTube. Putnam can be found at farm industry events, where his gentle, hands-on approach makes even the most complex farming topics simple. When not at work, Putnam spends time on his family's 40-acre farmstead in southeast Iowa. There the family raises cattle, sheep, poultry, multiple gardens, corn, hay, and oats.

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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 | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 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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The Microbe Miracle: Harness the relationship between microbes, plants, and soil to increase your production and restore your land

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The Microbe Miracle: Harness the relationship between microbes, plants, and soil to increase your production and restore your land

From Backyard gardeners to million acre ranches, what is the least expensive and most impactful thing you can do for your property? Learn how to build and maintain soil microbe communities for healthier soil, higher production, less cost, and water conservation. This is beyond simple compost and compost teas, discover how to identify what is happening with your soil, things you may be doing that are creating issues, and how you can turn even the most degraded soil ecosystems into high production. Your best crops and pastures are ahead! Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 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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Pond Management Dynamics

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Pond Management Dynamics

Knowing what is going on inside the dynamics of your pond can help you effectively manage it to meet the needs of your farm. Learn practical solutions to control erosion, algae and vegetation, as well as how to enjoy all the benefits your pond has to offer: fish production, swimming, aquatic plants, fire protection and relaxation! Grit Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Ken Rust has been involved with pond and lake management and aeration product design for 20 years. With Louisiana Pond Management, he manages ponds and lakes and people's expectations of them on a daily basis. He enjoys educating people about pond biology and helping them get the most out of their aquatic assets.

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Benchmarks of Truth

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Benchmarks of Truth

How do you know you're on the right track? What common elements show up when a model honors truth? In this fast paced typical Salatin performance, the farmer identifies ten characteristics from his own experience that offer a compass of right decision-making. Mother Earth News Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Sunday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Joel Salatin's family owns and operates Polyface Farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, producing salad bar beef, pastured poultry, pigaerator pork and forage-based rabbits. The farm services 6,000 families and 50 restaurants. Featured prominently in countless media, documentaries and books, the farm offers many educational opportunities for people wanting to learn these pasture-based systems. He has written 10 books about food and farming, both how-to guides and broad cultural works. Books by this Speaker: The Sheer Ecstasy of being a Lunatic Farmer, Everything I Want to do is Illegal

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Salad Bar Beef

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Herbivores not only built the world's deepest and best soil, they provided the foundation for nutrition in most areas. Building soil and eating well are symbiotic activities, but many today view the herbivore as an enemy ... a direct result of misusing animals. In this workshop, Joel Salatin introduces the concepts and high-tech infrastructure that allows modern farmers to duplicate the symbiotic choreography of ancient herds. This system also increases yields and offers the most tasty, nutritious food. Mother Earth News Stage | Sunday, 9:15-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Sunday 10:30-11:00 a.m. Speaker Bio Joel Salatin's family owns and operates Polyface Farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, producing salad bar beef, pastured poultry, pigaerator pork and forage-based rabbits. The farm services 6,000 families and 50 restaurants. Featured prominently in countless media, documentaries and books, the farm offers many educational opportunities for people wanting to learn these pasture-based systems. He has written 10 books about food and farming, both how-to guides and broad cultural works. Books by this Speaker: Salad Bar Beef, Holy Cows & Hog Heaven

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Homestead U: Lessons learned in 30 years of homesteading

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Homestead U: Lessons learned in 30 years of homesteading

Faith Schlabach shares her family’s story of embracing the homestead lifestyle. She shows examples of things they would do over and not do again from the perspective of now seeing the second generation and the fruits of their labor. She also shares some major health tips from being very sick for 14 years, being in bed more than out, and with no hope given by the doctors. Today, she is thriving. Her story may persuade you to stop thinking and just do it ... or, if you are already on the homesteading path, to carry on. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Faith Schlabach and her husband, Adam, are passionate about helping others learn how to care for their very own family milk cow. She shares from her experiences raising and training family cows, teaching a natural approach that lends itself nicely to the hobby farm model. Yes, though a cow is a bit more complicated than raising a tomato, folks come away from her workshops inspired and filled with know-how! The Schlabachs produce three Milking School DVDs: more than five hours all about how to care for your very own cud-chewing beauty queens!

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The Return of the Family Milk Cow, Part 1

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The Return of the Family Milk Cow, Part 1

Discover how the family milk cow can make the homestead leap forward in terms of self-sustainability, providing so much for the family's health and well-being. Learn why and how to prepare for and buy a healthy cow that will not be plagued with dairy cow issues such as mastitis, ketosis, and milk fever. It starts before birth! The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Faith Schlabach and her husband, Adam, are passionate about helping others learn how to care for their very own family milk cow. She shares from her experiences raising and training family cows, teaching a natural approach that lends itself nicely to the hobby farm model. Yes, though a cow is a bit more complicated than raising a tomato, folks come away from her workshops inspired and filled with know-how! The Schlabachs produce three Milking School DVDs: more than five hours all about how to care for your very own cud-chewing beauty queens!

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The Return of the Family Milk Cow, Part 2

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The Return of the Family Milk Cow, Part 2

Learn about housing, pasture needs, feeding, and keeping your cud-chewing beauty queen healthy with a naturally based model (and how it differs from the industrial model). Buy hay and feed no grain, some grain, or tank her up? The Livestock Conservancy Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Faith Schlabach and her husband, Adam, are passionate about helping others learn how to care for their very own family milk cow. She shares from her experiences raising and training family cows, teaching a natural approach that lends itself nicely to the hobby farm model. Yes, though a cow is a bit more complicated than raising a tomato, folks come away from her workshops inspired and filled with know-how! The Schlabachs produce three Milking School DVDs: more than five hours all about how to care for your very own cud-chewing beauty queens!

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Small Farmer Value-Added Workshop

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Small Farmer Value-Added Workshop

This workshop is for beginning and existing farmers who want to incorporate a sustainable, holistic, values-based system that brings to market niche products (and generates additional revenue). Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Kristin Schultz completed her master's in sustainable food systems from Green Mountain College in 2016, doing extensive research on the Central Texas bioregion, value-added food production, and social- environmental-economic sustainability. While at Texas State University in 2014, she conducted graduate agroecological research, entrepreneurial development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's "Boots to Roots" program, completed her bachelor's of applied arts and sciences in 2012, and in 2013 launched the Late Bloom Project (www.LateBloomAmerica.org) to assist families with becoming more sustainable. With the help of her husband, Davin, she built a sustainable, mixed micro farm on .24 acre with a vegetable/fruit/herb market garden, and she has pasture-raised noncertified organic egg-laying hens. Schultz currently is a Farm to School Ambassador for the Sustainable Food Center, vice president of the Manor Community Farmers Market, Kristin Kay Creations Etsy Merchant, Cottage Food Producer, blogger, singer-songwriter, instructor for the Manor Gardeners Club, and a freelance Sustainable Food System Consultant who has assisted with the Southern SARE Beyond Fresh Project for the Texas Center for Local Food in Elgin, Texas. She also works for Millberg Farm and F-Stop Market Garden, as well as having worked/volunteered for seven organic/sustainable Central Texas farms (including Green Gate, Tecolote, JBG, and Munkebo).

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Sustainable CenTex Living

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Sustainable CenTex Living

Maximize your sustainable potential environmentally, economically, and socially by affordably transforming your homestead into a bioregional oasis that allows your family to holistically grow exponentially! Organic Gardening Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Kristin Schultz completed her master's in sustainable food systems from Green Mountain College in 2016, doing extensive research on the Central Texas bioregion, value-added food production, and social- environmental-economic sustainability. While at Texas State University in 2014, she conducted graduate agroecological research, entrepreneurial development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's "Boots to Roots" program, completed her bachelor's of applied arts and sciences in 2012, and in 2013 launched the Late Bloom Project (www.LateBloomAmerica.org) to assist families with becoming more sustainable. With the help of her husband, Davin, she built a sustainable, mixed micro farm on .24 acre with a vegetable/fruit/herb market garden, and she has pasture-raised noncertified organic egg-laying hens. Schultz currently is a Farm to School Ambassador for the Sustainable Food Center, vice president of the Manor Community Farmers Market, Kristin Kay Creations Etsy Merchant, Cottage Food Producer, blogger, singer-songwriter, instructor for the Manor Gardeners Club, and a freelance Sustainable Food System Consultant who has assisted with the Southern SARE Beyond Fresh Project for the Texas Center for Local Food in Elgin, Texas. She also works for Millberg Farm and F-Stop Market Garden, as well as having worked/volunteered for seven organic/sustainable Central Texas farms (including Green Gate, Tecolote, JBG, and Munkebo).

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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. Grit Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 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. Sustainability Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.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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Hands-on: Family Adventures in Vermiculture

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Hands-on: Family Adventures in Vermiculture

This hands-on, child-friendly workshop delves into the wonderful world of worms. Learn how worms benefit your soil, your garden and the world! Play with worms and learn how to sift your own worm castings. Learn all about how to set up a vermicomposting bin in your own backyard. The first 20 families to participate get to take home a small container of worms, a small bag of worm castings and seeds. Play worm trivia and win a worm prize. Kids Treehouse Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Crystal Stevens and her husband, Eric, are the farmers and resident artists at La Vista CSA Farm on the bluffs of the Mighty Mississippi in Godfrey, Illinois, where they enjoy the rural life with their two children. Stevens blogs for MOTHER EARTH NEWS, has contributed to Grit and Permaculture Magazine, and is a columnist for FEAST Magazine. She is the author of Grow Create Inspire, an Earth Stewardship Manifesto.

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Grow Create Inspire: Integrating basic permaculture concepts into your garden and home

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Grow Create Inspire: Integrating basic permaculture concepts into your garden and home

Learn strategies for educating your community about an array of eco-topics. Host plant walks, meet-ups, workshops, and more. Learn basic tools for increasing eco-awareness and making changes in your community. Grow for the greater good. The simple act of gardening can be a catalyst for positive change, Earth stewardship, and the art of low-impact living. Discover ways you can be an advocate for the Earth in your own community. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Crystal Stevens and her husband, Eric, are the farmers and resident artists at La Vista CSA Farm on the bluffs of the mighty Mississippi in Godfrey, Illinois, where they enjoy the rural life with their two children. Stevens blogs for MOTHER EARTH NEWS, has contributed to Grit and Permaculture Magazine, and is a columnist for FEAST Magazine. She is the author of Grow Create Inspire, an Earth Stewardship Manifesto.

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Vermiculture 101

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Vermiculture 101

Learn simple backyard vermiculture techniques. Discover how to build your own vermicomposting bin with a trapdoor for harvesting worm castings. Hear about ways to increase crop yields by side-dressing and fertilizing with worm castings, worm tea, and vermicompost. Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 3:00-3:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Crystal Stevens and her husband, Eric, are the farmers and resident artists at La Vista CSA Farm on the bluffs of the Mighty Mississippi in Godfrey, Illinois, where they enjoy the rural life with their two children. Stevens blogs for MOTHER EARTH NEWS, has contributed to Grit and Permaculture Magazine, and is a columnist for FEAST Magazine. She is the author of Grow Create Inspire, an Earth Stewardship Manifesto.

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Pest Control for the Garden and Farm

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Pest Control for the Garden and Farm

This workshop introduces attendees to natural methods of controlling bugs and other destructive pests in the garden and on the farm. The Ploughshare Institute Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Butch Tindell has been gardening and farming for more than 30 years and as an instructor at the Ploughshare Institute for the past 20 years. He has taught sustainable farming and ranching to hundreds of beginning and experienced farmers and gardeners. Tindell has also developed numerous courses and published curricula on these and other topics. In addition, he regularly speaks to groups locally and nationwide on the issues of sustainable agriculture and agrarianism. Tindell is the education director for the Ploughshare Institute.

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Planning to Homestead

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Planning to Homestead

Many people hoping to homestead launch their journey with great enthusiasm but without a plan, only to find later they have lost their way. This workshop presents an overview of the design process, showing how you can develop a beautiful, productive, and sustainable homestead. The Ploughshare Institute Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Butch Tindell has been gardening and farming for more than 30 years and as an instructor at the Ploughshare Institute for the past 20 years. He has taught sustainable farming and ranching to hundreds of beginning and experienced farmers and gardeners. Tindell has also developed numerous courses and published curricula on these and other topics. In addition, he regularly speaks to groups locally and nationwide on the issues of sustainable agriculture and agrarianism. Tindell is the education director for the Ploughshare Institute.

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Planning to Homestead

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Planning to Homestead

Many people who want to homestead launch their journey with great enthusiasm but without a plan, only to later find that they have lost their way. This workshop presents an overview of the design process, showing how you can develop a beautiful, productive, and sustainable homestead. The Ploughshare Institute Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Butch Tindell has been gardening and farming for more than 30 years and as an instructor at the Ploughshare Institute for the past 20 years. He has taught sustainable farming and ranching to hundreds of beginning and experienced farmers and gardeners. Tindell has also developed numerous courses and published curricula on these and other topics. In addition, he regularly speaks to groups locally and nationwide on the issues of sustainable agriculture and agrarianism. Tindell is the education director for the Ploughshare Institute.

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Soil Restoration and Composting

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Soil Restoration and Composting

God’s creation has an incredible capacity for healing and restoration. This workshop shows examples of land restoration projects that are astounding and inspiring. It then illustrates some simple methods, including composting, that you can utilize in your own garden or farm to restore or increase the health and vitality of the soil and grow wholesome, nutrient-dense food for your family. The Ploughshare Institute Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Butch Tindell has been gardening and farming for more than 30 years and as an instructor at the Ploughshare Institute for the past 20 years. He has taught sustainable farming and ranching to hundreds of beginning and experienced farmers and gardeners. Tindell has also developed numerous courses and published curricula on these and other topics. In addition, he regularly speaks to groups locally and nationwide on the issues of sustainable agriculture and agrarianism. Tindell is the education director for the Ploughshare Institute.

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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, 11:00-12:00 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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The No-Mortgage Natural Cottage

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The No-Mortgage Natural Cottage

Before the Industrial Revolution our ancestors generally lived in small houses they built for themselves from local earth, stone, straw, and wood, mainly because the materials were cheap or free and didn't require a great deal of specialized skill. Today's houses might be bigger and more comfortable, but they're also often toxic and expensive. For all sorts of good reasons, basic DIY shelter is making a comeback. With a little guidance, almost anyone can still build their own home with low-cost natural and scrounged materials for less than $10,000 and opt out of the industrial building and mortgage rat race. Sustainability Stage | 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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Hands-on: Building with Straw Bales

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Hands-on: 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 | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 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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Hands-on: Build Your Own Wood-Fired Pizza Oven From Dirt

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

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Hands-on: Cheap Sturdy Buildings from Straw, Clay, and Pallets

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Hands-on: 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 | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 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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Hands-on: Open Mud: Spontaneous hands-on building demos

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Hands-on: 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, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Build a Rocket Mass Heater

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

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Hands-on: Earthen Plasters You Can Make at Home

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Hands-on: 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, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in suburban Ohio. He uses natural building as his soapbox to preach self-reliance and community empowerment. He can be found anywhere there is mud to play in.

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Attracting Pollinators to Your Vegetable Garden

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Attracting Pollinators to Your Vegetable Garden

Bees and other native pollinators are important for the productivity of your vegetable garden. Learn how to add herbs and flowers, seed saving, and other practices that welcome pollinators and other beneficial insects to your vegetable garden for an abundant harvest of cukes, squash, peppers, and more! 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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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. Grit Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 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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Grow More, Work Less: Expert tips for your vegetable garden

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Grow More, Work Less: Expert tips for your vegetable garden

Simple tips and techniques for adding self-sowing annual, perennial, and biennial vegetables to your garden. Learn how to save time and money in your edible landscape, permaculture beds, or any vegetable garden. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Sunday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 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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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! Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 1:30-2:00 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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Making Cob: How to build with mud

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Making Cob: How to build with mud

Local builders John Curry and Kindra Welch show 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, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Speaker Bio John Curry and Kindra Welch are the dynamic duo behind the Austin, Texas-based natural building company Clay Sand Straw, which provides design, consultation, education, and construction for straw bale, cob, adobe, and timber frame buildings.

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Catch the Rain: Save it for a sunny day!

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Catch the Rain: Save it for a sunny day!

As every gardener knows, rain is the best water for your plants. And rainwater harvesting is an important part of the solution for water shortages in Texas. Learn more about how to welcome rain into your landscape and take advantage of all that beautiful soft water falling out of the sky. What will the system look like? How big of a tank do you need? Can you use the water in an irrigation system? How about maintenance? What are the laws in Texas? Why isn't everybody using the rain ... or their brains? Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Nell Wheeler builds and installs stainless steel tanks for collecting rainwater. She has been designing and installing rainwater collection systems in the Houston area for over a dozen years, and is one of the few female Responsible Master Plumbers in Texas. She is also a beekeeper and gardener.

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How to Produce Half Your Food in Less Than an Hour Per Day in a Backyard

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How to Produce Half Your Food in Less Than an Hour Per Day in a Backyard

Marjory Wildcraft presents a simple three-part system for producing your own food in a backyard-sized space. Fast-paced and empowering, this presentation gets down to the numbers of calories produced, square footage required, and exactly what to do on a daily basis. The focus is on food production in a scenario in which the grid is down. Organic Gardening Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio Marjory Wildcraft is the founder of the [Grow] Network, the online home of a global network of people who produce their own food and medicine, recognizing the wisdom of homegrown food on every table. Wildcraft was featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, and she's a regular guest on Coast to Coast AM. The author of several books, she is perhaps best known for her video series Grow Your Own Groceries: More than a half million copies are in use by homesteaders, foodies, preppers, universities and missionary organizations around the world.

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Making Soap

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Making Soap

During this workshop and demonstration, Robin Wilson introduces the audience to making soap in your own kitchen. The Ploughshare Institute Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Robin Wilson first ventured into the art of making soap 24 years ago, exploring a variety of methods and recipes, and she developed the Dausy Artisan line of custom, natural soap and skin-care products. Wilson has taught dozens of students to make soap and natural cleaning products through the years as an instructor for the Ploughshare Institute. Her favorite part of teaching is hearing from students later about the soap they made in their own kitchens after the class.

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Feeding the Picky Eater

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Feeding the Picky Eater

Jeannette Wood discusses the importance of feeding our children nutrient-rich foods they will embrace for a lifetime. She also touches on texture sensitivities, how to introduce new foods, and creating a pantry that contributes to your success. Mountain Rose Herbs Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Jeanette Wood is a wife, mother of 11, and grandmother of four. She and her husband, Joe, have lived off the grid for multiple years of their marriage. Currently, she lives on a small homestead of 30 acres in northeast Kansas with eight children still at home. Wood is passionate about helping other families embrace a healthier lifestyle.

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Reclaiming the Family Table

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Reclaiming the Family Table

Discuss practical ideas and the vital importance of returning to the family table for meal time. This workshop discusses how it relates to our personal and community health. Grit Stage | Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Speaker Bio Jeanette Wood is a wife, mother of 11, and grandmother of four. She and her husband, Joe, have lived off the grid for multiple years of their marriage. Currently living on a small homestead of 30 acres in northeast Kansas with eight children still at home, Wood is passionate about helping other families embrace a healthier lifestyle.

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Understanding Geothermal Heating and Cooling

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Understanding Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Learn about geothermal heating and cooling technology, how it works, and what makes it better. Tim Wright discusses various applications for home and farm, how it works with off-grid technologies, and how geothermal compares to traditional systems. Sustainability Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio Tim Wright has been with Enertech Global since 2011. He oversees the company’s training, customer service, sales, and marketing departments. He began his career in the geothermal industry in 1988, working to educate homeowners on the technology and to train installers and contractors. Wright serves on the board of directors for California GEO and the Michigan Geothermal Energy Association.

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Attract Thousands of Perfect Buyers: Showcase your green products and services with podcasting

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Attract Thousands of Perfect Buyers: Showcase your green products and services with podcasting

Many businesses struggle with one thing: finding an easy, effective way to reach thousands of perfect prospects without lots of wasted time and money. Launching a podcast is a great way to find new customers, engage existing ones, and showcase your green products and services. Podcasting as a marketing tool is more cost-effective, less time-consuming, and produces better results than search engine optimization. This how-to workshop walks you through the five steps you need for a wildly profitable podcast; no more struggling on your own to figure it out! Mother Earth Living Stage | Sunday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker Bio C S Wurzberger, the Green Up Girl, is an award-winning podcaster and an accomplished business growth strategist with more than 30 years of experience helping animal, nature, and green organizations showcase and fund their green initiatives and conservation efforts. She is also the founder and director of Green UP Kids, a nature club for kids who love animals and exploring the world. Books by this Speaker: Wildly Profitable Marketing for Green Businesses Selling Eco-Friendly Products

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Kids Protecting the Planet, One Project at a Time

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Kids Protecting the Planet, One Project at a Time

Children and teens from around the globe are making a difference in our world. Hear their stories, be touched by their missions, and get inspired to launch your own purpose-driven projects. This session is all about empowering and guiding youth to become change-makers by providing them with a fun, simple system to launch their own mission-driven projects into overdrive. Kids Treehouse Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Speaker Bio C S Wurzberger, the Green Up Girl, is on an important mission to inspire children, teens, and adults to care for the Earth and its animals. She does this by offering Earth-friendly, adventure-packed activities, projects, programs, and podcasts that engage and empower children and teens around the globe to be good environmental stewards, while also bringing out their joy of discovery, and sense of wonder for our world and its animals. Wurzberger is also the founder and director of Green Up Kids.

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Learning to Live Lightly, One Podcast at a Time

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Learning to Live Lightly, One Podcast at a Time

Imagine how easy and entertaining it would be to have your favorite green lifestyle experts accompanying you … as you commute to work, work on the farm, jog around the park, or perform any activity asking for a little inspiration. It’s now possible with a podcast! Discover what a podcast is and how to easily listen to them. Plus, find out which podcasts offer the best green and homesteading topics. Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker Bio C S Wurzberger, the Green Up Girl, is an award-winning podcaster and an accomplished business growth strategist with more than 30 years of experience helping animal, nature, and green organizations showcase and fund their green initiatives and conservation efforts. She is also the founder and director of Green UP Kids, a nature club for kids who love animals and exploring the world.

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Making Bread

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Making Bread

In this inspiring seminar on the ease of baking bread from whole grains in your own kitchen, Melissa Yantis teaches how to do so using utensils and ingredients you already have. The Ploughshare Institute Stage | Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Bio For the past 15 years, Melissa Yantis has taught students how to bake whole-grain bread at the Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Culture. She has baked bread for more than 30 years, including managing a bakery for five years.

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Cut Flower Farming: Getting started

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Cut Flower Farming: Getting started

Learn the ins and outs of field-grown cut-flowers for profit from veteran flower farmer Lisa Mason Ziegler. She discusses tips for getting started, who you can sell to, what to grow, and how to sell cut-flowers commercially. Flower farming can become a part of your homestead or your urban home with little investment. Ziegler’s urban 1-1/4 acre cutting gardens produce thousands of stems each week in season. Mother Earth Living Stage | Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 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

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Easy Seed Starting

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Easy Seed Starting

Learn to start seeds directly in the garden and indoors using the English seed-starting method, soil blocking. For those who want to grow organically, seed starting is essential and easy with a few ground rules to follow. This workshop includes a hands-on demonstration. Organic Gardening Stage | Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 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 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

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Vegetables Love Flowers

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Vegetables Love Flowers

What business do pretty flowers have in a vegetable garden? Not much, according to most gardeners. Flowers are often treated like tag-along little sisters: They only get a place if there’s room left over. In decades past, flowers were considered a key element of the vegetable patch. Today, they are a casualty of downsizing and practicality. But even though you can’t eat them, flowers more than pull their weight in the garden; they are the welcoming mat for pollinators and beneficial insects. Want your garden to have a strong community of natural garden workers? Plant flowers! Their blossoms will attract a workforce of beneficial insects that will come, set up housekeeping, and raise their families. Learn how you can add three seasons of flowers to benefit your vegetable garden and your lifestyle. Heirloom Gardener Stage | Sunday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Booksigning: Saturday 10:30-11:00 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

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Brewing Beer for the Modern Homesteader

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Brewing Beer for the Modern Homesteader

Brewing beer is easy. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Jereme Zimmerman discusses the simplicity of brewing beer using a basic beer-brewing kit that can be purchased from any homebrew shop, or even with equipment and ingredients you may very well already have in your kitchen. Before the modern homebrewing explosion, “farmhouse brewing” was the norm in nearly every household. Zimmerman provides tips on how to easily and affordably take up this addictive hobby, and he presents information for both beginning and intermediate brewers on using “exotic” ingredients that were once commonplace, before hops was king. Grit Stage | Saturday, 12:30-1:30 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, making mead, homesteading, and good eating. He is a regular contributor to various publications and websites, including New Pioneer and Backwoods Home magazines. He writes for Earthineer.com as “RedHeadedYeti.” He currently lives in Berea with his wife, Jenna, and daughters, Sadie and Maisie. He practices urban homesteading there and cavorts with farmers, authors, and fellow sustainable living enthusiasts. His first book, Make Mead Like a Viking, was published by Chelsea Green Publishing in 2015.

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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. Real Food Stage | Sunday, 12:30-1:30 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.

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Make Mead Like a Viking

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Make Mead Like a Viking

Learn to make your own mead (honey wine) using techniques that have been utilized by ancient cultures since the first discovery of bubbling honey and its magical effects. Jereme Zimmerman focuses on wild-crafting and spontaneous-fermentation techniques, but also discusses other mead-making practices. Be prepared for an engaging discussion on mead, Vikings, and the simplicity of fermenting your own honey-based alcoholic beverages using local, raw, unfiltered honey, and ingredients harvested from the wild and your own garden. Real Food 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, making mead, homesteading, and good eating. He is a regular contributor to various publications and websites, including New Pioneer and Backwoods Home magazines. He writes for Earthineer.com as “RedHeadedYeti.” He currently lives in Berea with his wife, Jenna, and daughters, Sadie and Maisie. He practices urban homesteading there and cavorts with farmers, authors, and fellow sustainable living enthusiasts. His first book, Make Mead Like a Viking, was published by Chelsea Green Publishing in 2015.

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