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Bryan Welch Beautiful and Abundant: The MOTHER EARTH NEWS community and its vision for the future
Bryan Welch - MOTHER EARTH NEWS
MOTHER EARTH NEWS' positive message brings together a community of working visionaries. In his award-winning book, Beautiful and Abundant: Building the World We Want, MOTHER EARTH NEWS publisher Bryan Welch explores the power of human visualization and offers an engaging and practical method for building a collective vision of human sustainability one person – and one endeavor – at a time.

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Dan and Don Adams DIY Solar Panels
Dan and Don Adams - Earthineer
We all would like to be off the grid, but the costs for solar panels are prohibitive ... or are they? Follow Dan and Don Adams through their latest project: building solar panels! They'll discuss the steps they took, the decisions they made, and how they trimmed thousands off the price by building their own. This presentation has been updated with their current projects, including flexible panels and DIY monitoring solutions.

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Dan Chiras Are We Winning the Energy Wars Against Coal, Nuclear and Oil Companies?
Dan Chiras - The Evergreen Institute
Will solar and wind become economical and reliable sources of energy of the future? Is there enough renewable energy to power our future? Can these intermittent sources of energy provide our 24-hour-a-day energy demand? Or are our efforts to promote renewable energy technologies futile against the powers that control the world’s energy system? Are we destined to live in a world of severe climate change, energy wars and economic hardship? Come here what internationally renowned solar and wind expert Dan Chiras has to say about this timely topic.

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David Gumpert I'm From the Government and I'm Here to Help
David Gumpert - Chelsea Green, Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
David E. Gumpert assumes the identity of a high-ranking government official on food policy, and uses that format to provide a history and rationale for government efforts to deny food rights. The official explains government reasoning for denying people access to raw milk, opposing labeling of GMOs, favoring Big Ag corporations, and obstructing sustainable agriculture. At once humorous and overbearing, this official challenges the audience to look at the struggle over food rights in a new light.

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Ed Begley Jr. Live Simply So That Others Can Simply Live
Ed Begley Jr. - Presented by Envirolet
Ed Begley Jr.'s empowering and humorous message on sustainable living includes stories about everything from his 1970 electric car to helpful hints on picking the low-hanging fruit of energy savings.

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Gary Paul Nabhan Food Chain Restoration: Climate change, pollinators and sustainable fruit production
Gary Paul Nabhan - Edible Baja Arizona and University of Arizona
This workshop will focus on how climate change and industrial agriculture have created a perfect storm for pollinators, triggering the risk of food chain collapse. The solutions to this dilemma come from practices that farmers and orchard keepers are already innovating, including planting insectary, forming hedgerows in and near fields to create alley cropping, or pollinator-friendly forages beneath low-chill fruit and nut trees.

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Jessi Bloom What the Cluck?! Getting Started on Gardening With Chickens
Jessi Bloom - Timber Press
Come learn the basics of how to integrate chickens into your garden, starting with chicken raising myth busters and moving on to designing habitat for them (and for you to benefit from). Jessi Bloom, best-selling author of Free-Range Chicken Gardens, will also share her favorite top 10 chicken garden plants!

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Joel Salatin Heretics Unite
Joel Salatin - Polyface Farms
MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR visitors are part of an integrity living tsunami that threatens Wall Street and governmental orthodoxy. That's a good thing. Modern American orthodoxy assumes that the Dow Jones Industrial Average is far more important than dancing earthworms. That exports are more valuable than functional aquifers. That food convenience is far more important than food knowledge. That health comes from drugs and personal satisfaction comes from Hollywood entertainment. Heretics question all of these axiomatic untruths. This hard-hitting but humorous performance by farmer, author and entertainer Joel Salatin identifies these outrageous orthodoxies, explains the heresy antidote, and calls for all of us to chart a different path for integrity living.

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Joel Salatin Live Poultry Processing Demo
Joel Salatin - Polyface Farms; David Schafer - Featherman Equipment
Learn everything you need to know about humane chicken slaughtering from experts David Schafer of Featherman Equipment and Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms, including handling, bleeding, scalding, plucking and eviscerating. Honor the bird and hone your stewardship skills in this live, hands-on demonstration.

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Rosemary Gladstar Herbs for Long-Lasting Health: Experience well-being and celebrate every stage of life
Rosemary Gladstar - Storey Publishing
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. She addresses special considerations concerning those in their "sageing years," including herbs for improving eyesight, digestion, bone health and sexual well-being. She shares her favorite herbs and recipes for longevity and well-being.

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Stephanie Tourles Herbal Remedies for Pain Relief
Stephanie Tourles - Storey Publishing
Come hear author, herbalist and licensed holistic aesthetician Stephanie Tourles discuss soothing herbal remedies that will help ease the pain associated with backache, arthritis, headaches and sore, stiff muscles, from her latest book Hands-On Healing Remedies. She'll highlight 15 herbs to promote blessed pain relief, comfort and healing. Learn how these aromatic, topically applied herbal remedies are made and used. Samples will be available for everyone to experience. A question and answer session will follow, if time allows.

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Barbara Pleasant Managing Your Homegrown Food Supply
Barbara Pleasant - MOTHER EARTH NEWS
Wouldn’t it be great to eat from your garden every day of the year? Learn proven, low-energy strategies for growing, eating, storing and preserving your homegrown veggies and fruits from someone who is doing it, award-winning garden writer and MOTHER EARTH NEWS contributing editor Barbara Pleasant.

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Barbara Pleasant Organic Gardening for Newbies – Avoiding Beginner Mistakes
Barbara Pleasant - MOTHER EARTH NEWS
For new gardeners, the first three seasons are especially challenging because there is so much to learn. Which mistakes are you most likely to make, and how can you avoid them? MOTHER EARTH NEWS contributing editor Barbara Pleasant, award-winning author of Starter Vegetable Gardens, will explore the top 10 pitfalls for organic gardening newbies, and share proven strategies for success.

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Barbara Pleasant Compost Your Way to Better Soil
Barbara Pleasant - MOTHER EARTH NEWS
Home composting expert Barbara Pleasant will share dozens of practical composting techniques for turning kitchen and garden waste into an essential soil amendment for any type of garden. Learn novel passive and active composting methods for enriching your soil, including composting innovations shared by MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers.

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Cindy Conner Grow a Sustainable Diet
Cindy Conner - New Society Publishers
Cindy Conner combines her experience with GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-farming with what she’s learned through study and practice in organic gardening, soil building and nutrition since her first garden in 1974. Learn how she has put it all together in a way that works for her and get valuable tips for growing your own sustainable diet. Her book Grow a Sustainable Diet: Planning and Growing to Feed Ourselves and the Earth is new in 2014.

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Creating Life in Your Soil
Dale Strickler - Star Seed
We have historically thought of soil as merely an inert medium into which we pour water and fertilizer to make our crops grow, and we thought that they grew better if we did our best to kill all the nasty fungi and bacteria that were surely out to kill our crops. What we are now coming to realize is that a soil with a strong, healthy microbial population will be much more drought tolerant, more disease resistant, and much more fertile than the typical cropland or garden soil. This workshop covers methods to promote a healthy microbial population in our soil and the benefits that can be derived from it.

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Dan and Don Adams DIY Aquaponics
Dan and Don Adams - Earthineer
Aquaponics combines aquaculture, for raising fish, and hydroponics, for growing plants. Join Earthineer's Dan and Don Adams in their latest DIY project. This presentation will cover the basics, and you'll learn how you can build your own starter system.

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Darrell Frey Permaculture: Design for regeneration
Darrell Frey - New Society Publishers
This presentation will provide an overview of Permaculture Design principles and practices through a study of Three Sisters Farm and several other projects. Three Sisters Farm is a 5-acre market garden. Since 1989, they have been marketing produce and hosting educational programs from their bioshelter and gardens. The farm strives to promote biodiversity and conserve energy and resources, caring for the earth while producing a range of farm products.

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Darrell Frey Bioshelters: Design and management of solar greenhouses
Darrell Frey - New Society Publishers
These include the original bioshelter, the New Alchemy Ark, Solviva Bioshelter, and the bioshelter at Three Sisters Farm. Both design and management for year-round crop production will be discussed. The bioshelter at Three Sisters Farm, in Northwest Pennsylvania includes greenhouse beds, a poultry room, potting room, packing kitchen, storage areas and compost facilities.

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Gary Paul Nabhan Restoring Pollinators to Farms in a Time of Rapid Climate Change
Gary Paul Nabhan - Edible Baja Arizona and University of Arizona
Gary Paul Nabhan will draw from his book Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land to suggest how farmers, gardeners and orchard keepers can support healthy populations of native bees and butterflies in a time of climate uncertainty.

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Grant Olson Saving Seeds from Fall Produce
Grant Olson - Seed Savers Exchange
In the days before seed catalogs, collecting and saving seeds for the next year’s garden was essential. Today, seed saving plays a critical role in preserving rare, heirloom varieties and the garden heritage they represent. Join Seed Savers Exchange to discuss the process of saving seeds from garden fruits and vegetables (tomatoes, squash, peppers, melons, beans and more), and learn how to participate in this backyard preservation.

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Hank Will Can the Sweet Corn
Hank Will - Grit Magazine
Some folks call it field corn. Others call it ornamental or “Indian” corn. While most folks are focused on sweet corn for homestead growing, heirloom flint, flour and dent corns are much more versatile and arguably more practical in the garden or small field plot. Most are easy to grow, some have incredibly short growing seasons, some are highly drought tolerant, and all offer a multitude of uses, including being ground into flavorful cornmeal and flour. Join GRIT Editor-in-Chief and field corn freak Hank Will as he walks you through the process of raising, harvesting, using and storing this “amaizing” crop on a homestead scale.

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Ira Wallace Seed Starting Simplified
Ira Wallace - Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Learn tips and timing for starting vegetable and herb seeds indoors, transplanting, growing on, and hardening off the young plants. Learn time tables for planting vegetables direct from seed and how you can extend your season with repeat or periodic plantings.

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Ira Wallace Growing Great Garlic and Perennial Onions
Ira Wallace - Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Learn about heirloom garlic and perennial onion varieties from planting to cultivation and harvesting at home. This workshop covers soil preparation, weed control, disease prevention, harvesting, curing, and storage requirements for adding these culinary essentials to your garden.

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Ira Wallace Herbs, Plain and Fancy: A talk and tasting
Ira Wallace - Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Come and enjoy an assortment of sweet and savory herbal delights, then learn how to grow them in your garden, use them in your kitchen, save their seeds, and increase your self-sufficiency.

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Making A Living on 1.5 Acres
Jean-Martin Fortier - Les Jardins de la Grelinette
Jean-Martin Fortier is the author of The Market Gardener: A successful grower's handbook for small-scale organic farming and in this conference, he will share in detail the techniques, tools and appropriate technology that make his market garden productive and profitable.

In this conference, Jean-Martin Fortier provides an overview of all aspects of vegetable production at les Jardins de la Grelinette, demonstrating how adopting intensive methods of production can lead to the optimization of a cropping system. Specifically, he will discuss how to set up a micro-farm by designing biologically intensive cropping systems, all with negligible capital outlay , farm without a tractor, minimizing fossil fuel inputs through the use of the best hand tools, appropriate machinery and minimum tillage practices and how to grow mixed vegetables systematically with attention to weed and pest management best approach practices.

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Jessi Bloom Easy Peasy Edibles
Jessi Bloom - Timber Press
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 will cover basic food forest design and go over some of her favorite low-maintenance edibles.

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John Holwart Growing Unusual Fruits
John Holzwart - Moonwise Herbs
Everyone enjoys the sensual pleasure of tasting a new and exotic tropical fruit, but few people realize that they can taste these delicious fruits in their own backyard. Join John Holzwart of Moonwise Herbs as he shares tips for growing and preserving unusual fruit. Fruit that we will discuss and/or sample may include edible dogwoods, aronia, elderberries, sea buckthorn, autumn olives, pawpaws, figs and many more!

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Marjory Wildcraft How to Produce Half of Your Own Food in Less Than an Hour Per Day
Marjory Wildcraft - Grow Your Own Groceries
Marjory Wildcraft shows a simple three-component system that only takes about an hour per day and produces half of the food you need. And she shows how you can do it in a backyard-sized space! Wildcraft adds up calories, looks at nutrition, and estimates minutes of time involved on an average day. Wildcraft's system has been thoroughly tested for years at her research center for sustainable backyard food production.

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Matt Trammell Introduction to Growing Mushrooms on Logs
Matt Trammell - Trammell Treasures Mushroom Farm
Explore in depth the benefits that gourmet mushrooms have for the environment and our health. The presentation will be followed by a live inoculation of a log with mushroom plug spawn and sawdust spawn.

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Pam Dawling Crop Rotations for Vegetables and Cover Crops
Pam Dawling - Twin Oaks Community
We will provide ideas to help you design a sequence of vegetable crops that maximizes the chance to grow good cover crops as well as reduce pest and disease likelihood. We will discuss formal rotations as well as ad hoc systems for shoehorning minor crops into available spaces. The workshop will discuss cover crops suitable at various times of year, particularly winter cover crops between vegetable crops in successive years. We will include examples of undersowing of cover crops in vegetable crops and of no-till options.

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Pam Dawling Fall Vegetable Production
Pam Dawling - Twin Oaks Community
Learn how to optimize production by choosing a suitable combination of warm weather crops, cool weather crops and cold-hardy crops. Hear seasonal tips on dealing with hot weather, followed by information on dealing with cold weather, as well as advice on scheduling late summer and fall plantings, thoughts about season extension and an introduction to winter hoophouse growing.

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Pam Dawling Growing and Storing Cold-Hardy Winter Vegetables
Pam Dawling - Twin Oaks Community
Get the details on crops, timing, protection and storage. Why farm in winter? Here’s the information to succeed: tables of cold-hardiness, details of four ranges of cold-hardy crops (fall crops to harvest before serious cold, crops to keep growing into winter, crops for all-winter harvests, overwintering crops for spring harvests), scheduling, weather prediction and protection, hoophouse growing, and vegetable storage.

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Build Your Own Community-Adapted Seed Saving Project
Renata Christen - Seed Savers Exchange
Seed swaps, seed libraries and seed banks are just a few examples of Community Seed Projects. Join Seed Savers Exchange to learn how to start a successful seed saving group in your region. Seed saving collaboratively increases your community's resilience, grows more biodiversity in your neighborhood, and offers direct peer-to-peer support in sharing seed to save seed. This workshop offers working examples, helps you troubleshoot and provides the tools you need to get started.

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Sylvia Bernstein Aquaponic Gardening: Growing fish and vegetables together
Sylvia Bernstein - The Aquaponic Source and New Society Publishers
Aquaponics is a revolutionary combination of the best of aquaculture and hydroponics—and an amazingly fun and easy way to raise fish together with organic vegetables, greens, herbs and fruits. Aquaponic systems are much more productive and use up to 90 percent less water than conventional gardens. Other advantages include no weeds, fewer pests, and no watering, fertilizing, bending, digging or heavy lifting!

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Modern HomesteadingModern Homesteading

Bee Beekeeping Basics
Becky Tipton - Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers' Association
Want to be a beekeeper? Learn the best beekeeping practices for successful bee husbandry in the Midwest. The speakers discuss the merits of keeping bees, the equipment needed and location considerations. They provide an overview of the first year in beekeeping, taking you quickly through equipment needs on through extracting your harvest. The Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers' Association presents research-based techniques used by their Master Beekeepers. Their crew has more than 125 years of beekeeping know-how.

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Elizabeth Rich Taking Care of Business
Elizabeth Rich - Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
Learn about some of the legal issues faced by direct-to-consumer farm businesses. We'll cover choice of entity issues (should you operate as a sole proprietorship, LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp, or other?); employment law issues affecting those hiring interns; zoning and right-to-farm issues; hosting on-farm events; and innovative business models. Bring your legal questions for the question-and-answer session.

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Kenneth Rust Pond Management Dynamics
Kenneth Rust - Kasco Marine
Ponds and small lakes are a dynamic web of ecology. Pond management choices will affect several other parts of the pond's ecology and behavior. This presentation will touch on the major components of managing ponds on your property: aquatic plants, erosion, stocking, algae and raising healthy fish.

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Matt Reed Beginning Beekeeping
Matt Reed - Bee Thinking
Learn about getting started in beekeeping using natural beekeeping methods, including the use of foundationless Langstroth, top bar and Warre hives.

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How to Find the Perfect Survival Retreat
Marjory Wildcraft - Grow Your Own Groceries
Save years of time and thousands of miles in finding the best location for your family's retreat. This workshop is for those who are looking for a location that has the natural resources needed to maintain a good lifestyle for an extended period; years, decades or perhaps generations.

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Cooking With the Power of the Sun
Paul Munsen - Sun Ovens International
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.

Class Summary: Solar cooking, solar dehydrating, solar water pasteurization, hard-boiling eggs without water

Benefits of solar cooking: Cost benefits, taste benefits, nutritional benefits, never burn dinner again, solar cooking around the world

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Tradd Cotter Mycoremediation of Home and Farm Waste
Tradd Cotter - Mushroom Mountain
Many species of edible and medicinal mushrooms sweat powerful enzymes into the environment as they grow, capable of molecular disassembly of complex molecules such as hydrocarbons, aromatic chlorinated compounds, and pesticides. Mushrooms native to your area of the United States are also well-adapted to filter, stun and destroy pathogenic bacteria that accompany failing septic systems, manure holding ponds, and even pet waste runoff.

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Tradd Cotter Shrooming Off the Grid
Tradd Cotter - Mushroom Mountain
Explore great ways to enhance a current mushroom production system or create a revolutionary food system concept of your own. This presentation covers low-tech and no-tech methods for high-yielding edible and medicinal mushroom cultivation with a low-to-no carbon footprint. Tradd Cotter also speaks about solar pasteurization, mycelial magnification procedures, disaster relief modules, utilizing indigenous and invasive plants, mycovermiculture, and circular and perpetual food systems designs.

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Victoria Redhed Miller The True American Spirit: Distilling liquor at home, safely AND legally
Victoria Redhed Miller - New Society Publishers
Currently, distilling liquor without a license is illegal in most countries, including the United States. This talk will cover the basics of distillation, as well as a brief history of liquor licensing in America. Victoria Redhed Miller will discuss her experience going through the Washington State licensing process and share her vision for the future of home distillation in America. A handout and plenty of question-and-answer time will be included.

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Real FoodReal Food

Cat Gipe-Stewart Chocolate: The Journey from Bean to Bar
Cat Gipe-Stewart - Theo Chocolate
Amazing, delicious, mind-bendingly wonderful chocolate. It's pure joy in every bite and it comes from passion. But for Theo, it's about more than chocolate. It's about the land, the people, the dedication and the interconnected relationships that bind us all. Join Cat Gipe-Stewart as she roasts raw cocoa beans for this rare treat of tasting the transformation of chocolate from bean to bar.

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Elizabeth Rich How to Milk a Goat, Make Raw Milk Cheese, and Stay Out of Jail
Elizabeth Rich - Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
Learn strategies for effective and sanitary hand goat milking to produce milk that is not intended for pasteurization. We'll then make chèvre, feta and ricotta. During the demonstrations, we'll also discuss regulatory trends for raw milk cheesemakers; legal distinctions between cheese production for private vs. public consumption; and enforcement case studies.

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Elizabeth Rich Cheesemaking for the Homesteader: Using plants instead of rennet to make cheese
Elizabeth Rich - Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
Want to make your own cheese, but don't have a calf's stomach on hand for rennet? Nature provides us with many other options. Learn which plants can be used to coagulate milk for home cheesemaking, when they can be gathered, how to prepare them most effectively, and which types of cheeses can be made in this way.

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Jennifer Kongs Introduction to Fermentation
Jennifer Kongs - MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine
Jennifer will delve into the history and health benefits of fermented foods, provide you with some science as to how fermentation works, and pass around show-and-tell examples of fermented products from her own kitchen. We'll finish up with a sauerkraut-making demo and time for questions!

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Paula Winchester How to Cook With Tea
Paula Winchester - Paula Winchester Enterprises, LLC and Twelve Winds Tea Company
This workshop will use a rice cooker for some simple recipes, mortar and pestle to blend herbs, tea, and seeds to make Lei Cha. Come prepared to taste and receive recipes.

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  Piecing out Poultry: Chicken cut up and sausage demonstration
Rosanna Bauman - ANCO Poultry Processing DBF Bauman's Cedar Valley Farms
In this workshop, a local chicken processor demonstrates seven ways to piece out poultry, followed by grinding a chicken breakfast sausage.

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Fermented Foods Demo
Sarah Sailer - www.thriftygoodlife.com
Sarah Sailer presents a simple demonstration of how to make lacto-fermented sauerkraut, jalapeno carrots and dill pickles.

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William Rubel Making Delicious Bread With Sourdough Starters, Pre-ferments and Yeast
William Rubel - Writer
This workshop covers the history and practice of fermenting bread with sourdough and yeast. Leave this workshop with an understanding of the history of fermented doughs from prehistory to today through a presentation of historic texts and images. Take home formulas for making and using a variety of sourdough starters, pre-ferments and yeast strains that you can use in your kitchen or bakery. Many of the sourdough starters and yeast strains discussed in the workshop are no longer in common use for bread but will reward the curious baker. Flour and water makes glue. It is fermentation that creates delicious, aromatic loaves. This workshop puts you in control of the fermentation process and is appropriate for both home and craft bakers.

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Willia Milling Your Own Flour
William Rubel - Writer
Using history as a starting point, this workshop introduces a range of artisan flours that you can produce with a stone mill and a basic set of sieves. It's appropriate for home bakers and small artisan bakers who are looking to increase their control over the taste and texture of their breads and for growers looking for ways to add value to their grain crop. Leave the workshop understanding how to prepare grain for your mill, the difference between single-pass and multiple-pass milling, and how to use a basic set of sieves in combination with single- and multiple-pass milling to create a wide variety of flours of distinction.

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Animal HusbandryAnimal Husbandry

Alison Martin Hopping for Fun and Profit With Heritage Rabbits
Alison Martin - The Livestock Conservancy
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 they provide value-added product for both home use and sale. Get acquainted with the breeds and the basics of raising rabbits.

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Alison Martin Heritage Breeds Marketing 101
Alison Martin - The Livestock Conservancy
Marketing your products is key to succeeding with rare breeds. Discover the growing market potential for heritage breed food and fiber products, and the avenues to pursue for market success.

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Alison Martin Introduction to Heritage Breed Goats
Alison Martin - The Livestock Conservancy
Join The Livestock Conservancy for an overview of heritage goat breeds and how to pick the right one for you. These adaptable and friendly critters are productive and useful additions to any homestead.

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Gordon Ballam How Strong Is the Shell of an Egg? (And Other Fun Facts for Successfully Raising Poultry)
Gordon Ballam - Purina Animal Nutrition
This workshop demonstrates the strength of a chicken's egg shell and provides recommendations for raising a healthy flock.

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Jeannette Beranger Pickin' Chickens - An Introduction to Heritage Breeds
Jeannette Beranger - The Livestock Conservancy
There is an amazing array of heritage chicken breeds available today, and it can be complicated deciding which is most appropriate for your land, climate and needs. Learn which questions to ask before committing to a breed, and explore the diversity of chickens to choose from.

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Jeannette Beranger Pig Pickin' - An Introduction to Heritage Breeds
Jeannette Beranger - The Livestock Conservancy
Heritage pigs are hot with today's consumers and a welcome addition to small-scale sustainable farms. Learn about the wide array of breeds to choose from and how they compare with each other for personality, adaptability, dress out, and more.

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Pat Foreman Chickens! The Enablers, Mascots and Heroes of Local Foods and Healthy, Sustainable Living
Patricia Foreman - Gossamer Foundation
This cutting-edge workshop explores the ever-expanding ways chickens can help families and communities navigate these transition times. Develop action plans to employ family flocks so they create and enhance food-growing topsoils, grow vegetables, berries, nuts and fruits, be part of emergency preparedness plans, sequester carbon and decrease carbon footprints ... all the while saving on grocery bills and decreasing community taxes. Understand your egg-shed. Learn how employing family flocks is truly a community service. Co-presented with chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free.

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Shawn and Beth Dougherty Fresh Home-Ground Wheat in Artisan-Quality Bread
Shawn and Beth Dougherty - The Sow's Ear Farm and Pottery
Taking advantage of the nutrients in freshly-ground grain shouldn’t mean having to eat heavy, dense or crumbly bread. Learn a few simple steps to making home-ground wheat into light, springy loaves with a tender crumb and resilient slice, perfect for sandwiches or toast.

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Victoria Redhed Miller Poultry Unplugged: Free-ranging poultry off the grid or anywhere else
Victoria Redhed Miller - New Society Publishers
With a little planning, you can successfully free-range chickens, turkeys and ducks just about anywhere. The author of Pure Poultry: Living well with heritage chickens, turkeys and ducks tells you how to evaluate pasture space, predator issues, housing and feed concerns, and more, all from firsthand experience. This workshop will include a handout and time for questions.

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Renewable EnergyRenewable Energy

Albert Bates Biochar Stove Demonstration
Albert Bates - The Farm, Summertown, Tenn.
Make biochar for your organic garden the permaculture way by stacking functions. See various biochar stoves demonstrated, from backpacker models to those that produce biomass electricity while heating and cooking.

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Albert Bates More Biochar Solutions
Albert Bates - The Farm, Summertown, Tenn.
In The Biochar Solution, Albert Bates discussed the process of soil creation discovered by indigenous peoples 8,000 years ago, and how to bring that practice into your organic garden or farm today. Now he describes new discoveries of how biochar can be used to improve the health of livestock, reduce odors in stock barns, reduce costly antibiotics, store energy, filter water, improve digestion and much more. He will describe how to make, prepare and "turbocharge" your biochar to get the most from it.

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Ben Nelson The DIY Dad's Eco Backyard Projects
Ben Nelson - www.300MPG.org
Learn how anyone can create amazing family fun through useful DIY projects made from salvaged materials. Featuring: The Rocket Grill, Scrap Iron Patio Table, 5-Gallon Bucket Swing, Solar Death Ray, Solar Swing Set, Electric Ice Sled, and more!

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Ben Nelson Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle
Ben Nelson - www.300MPG.org
This DIY, how-to workshop will show you all the steps you need to build your own electric motorcycle. This workshop covers vehicle design concepts, motors, batteries, speed control, budget, charging, legal issues, questions and answers, and more!

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Ben Nelson Build Your Own Electric Car
Ben Nelson - www.300MPG.org
Ben Nelson provides DIY, how-to instruction for anyone wanting to convert a gas car to electric on a budget! This workshop includes info on motors, batteries, charging, legal issues, and more!

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Greensburg, Kan.: From tragedy to triumph
Bob Dixson - City of Greensburg, Kan.
On May 4, 2007, 95 percent of Greensburg, Kan., was destroyed by an EF5 tornado. Following the disaster, Greensburg has rebuilt as a sustainable community, with renewable energy production, and a variety of "green" construction methods. Greensburg is a great example of how a community can join together following disaster to rebuild in a positive way. Come hear Mayor Bob Dixson give his personal account of survival and rebuilding.

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Courtney-White gif The Carbon Ranch
Courtney White
The idea of the carbon ranch involves the potential for removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through plant photosynthesis and related land-based carbon sequestration activities that are both large and largely overlooked. Strategies and co-benefits include: enriching soil carbon, no-till farming with perennials, employing climate-friendly livestock practices, conserving natural habitat, restoring degraded watersheds and rangelands, increasing biodiversity, lowering agricultural emissions, and producing local food. These strategies have been demonstrated individually to be both practical and profitable.

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Dan Chiras Free Cooling for Life
Dan Chiras - The Evergreen Institute
Although many people don't realize it, we can cool our homes naturally in many climate zones. Smart design combined with energy-efficient landscaping and intelligent decisions about energy use can easily cut your cooling bill by half. Come learn how to stay cool in the summer without costly air conditioners and sky-high utility bills.

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Dan Chiras Renewable Energy for Homes and Businesses Part 1 and 2
Dan Chiras - The Evergreen Institute
In this workshop, you will learn about the many clean, affordable and reliable renewable energy technologies available to heat and cool home and business and provide electricity and hot water, including passive solar, solar thermal, solar hot air, solar electric, and small wind.

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Dan Chiras Is Solar Electricity Right for You?
Dan Chiras - The Evergreen Institute
In this workshop, we will explore solar energy and solar electric systems, helping home and business owners understand how photovoltaic systems work, what options they have, how much electricity they can acquire from a system, what systems will cost, and the best ways to mount a system for optimum production.

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Jack McCornack MAXimizing Mileage: The MAX car and MPX truck
Jack McCornack - Kinetic Vehicles
How to build your own MAX, our 100 MPG DIY sports car, and how to modify other vehicles for high fuel efficiency. Jack’s current project is MPX, MOTHER's Pickup eXperiment, which he is converting to a 50 MPG (knock wood) work truck.

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Kenneth Rust Aquaculture Basics
Kenneth Rust - Kasco Marine
Aquaculture can be a great way to grow healthy protein for your family or for market. There are several things to plan for to make your project successful. Join us to review species selection, water quality, and the types of basic systems available too.

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Green BuildingGreen Building

Chris McClellan The No-Mortgage Natural Cottage
Chris McClellan - Natural Cottage Project
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 under $10,000 and opt out of the industrial building and mortgage rat race.

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Seven Steps to a Green, Healthy and Efficient Home
Doug Garrett - Building Performance & Comfort
Green building and building science are a matched set. One teaches us about materials and the other teaches us exactly how to build with them for the best outcome. Green building tells us how to select the right materials to build, encourages us to reduce our waste during construction, and sets standards for energy efficiency. Building science teaches us how to use applied physics to correctly combine those healthy, sustainable materials with the best equipment and appliances to create a holistic, integrated house system that is right for the climate in which it is built, incredibly healthy, truly comfortable and which maximizes our return on a home building/remodeling investment.

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Sukita Reay Crimmel and James Thomson The Dirt on Dirt Floors
Sukita Reay Crimmel and James Thomson - New Society Publishers
Sukita Reay Crimmel and James Thomson will share dazzling photos, make some mud, and help you walk away knowing much more about the ancient practice of earthen floors ... and how they are done in modern homes. This short workshop could change your life!

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Natural HealthNatural Health

David Christopher Herbal Remedies That Work
David Christopher, M.H. - School of Natural Healing
The top diseases, cardiovascular health, cancer and diabetes will be discussed. Insight will be given about the condition the body is in when it is at one of these diseased states and about herbal remedies to assist the body into going back to a place of healing and health. Some of those remedies will include proper nutrition and exercise and well as different herbs that can help cleanse, nourish and heal the body.

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David Christopher Flu Prevention and Treatment Tips
David Christopher, M.H. - School of Natural Healing
The three top herbs for flu prevention (echinacea, garlic and elderberry) will be taught, giving the background and the properties of each herb and why they are effective against the flu. An amazing treatment called the cold sheet treatment will be taught, providing step-by-step instructions on how to do it and why it is effective. Learn why a fever isn't always bad, how to handle a "healthy fever," and what it is actually doing for the body ... as well as what nutrition a person should be feeding the body during this time.

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Dawn Combs Virtual Medicine Walk
Dawn Combs - Mockingbird Meadows
Self-sufficiency is at our feet almost every day if we begin to know the weeds that grow in abundance. Come on a virtual walk to learn what can be used for general health, what must be maintained for our soil and pollinators, and what is just plain tasty!

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Dawn Combs Adrenal Health: Fertility, Menopause, Sleep and Beyond
Dawn Combs - Mockingbird Meadows
You may have heard a lot about these once little-known glands over the past couple years. Whether you are male or female, they are very important in the maintenance of hormonal balance and so much more. Learn how to keep them healthy with whole food and whole plant strategies.

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Cold and Flu: Remedies for symptom relief
Joanne Bauman - Prairie Magic Herbals
Discuss herbs to boost immunity, support the respiratory system and nourish wholeness. This class focuses on herbs to prevent (and deal with) cold and flu. The remedies are simple, cost-effective, and can be purchased or gathered and grown (to make these winter remedies much cheaper and have them on hand). Discover ways to remedy colds, infections, fever, aches and pain, cough, lung congestion and other respiratory issues, sore throat, and diarrhea. Become familiar with a wide variety of preparations including tinctures, teas, syrups, chest rubs and steams.

Learn the following: Adaptogens help our bodies adapt and boost immunity (astragalus, schizandra, eleuthero root). What is a cold vs. a flu? What is the difference between a cold cold and a hot cold? How does it impact how a cold is treated?

Explore antibacterial and antiviral plants (the mint family, such as monarda, rosemary and lemon balm; yarrow; hypericum, elder, echinacea and usnea). Discover lymph and swollen gland movers, including violet, cleavers and red clover. Hear about fever reducers (elder flower, yarrow and catnip). Discuss how coughs can either be productive or more dry and irritating. This talk covers elecampane, marshmallow, mullein, hyssop and thyme. Find out about remedies for sore throat: sage, slippery elm and licorice. Halt diarrhea with catnip, slippery elm and blackberry.

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MagnifiSCENT Mints as Medicine
Joanne Bauman - Prairie Magic Herbals
The magnifiSCENT Mint family is easy to grow and filled with aromatic, beneficial plants that both stimulate/warm and sedate/cool. Come and see, smell, taste and learn about the many uses of mints in teas, bath and body, cooking, and medicinal health benefits. Mints are wonderful to have on hand during cold/flu season; they are helpful for respiratory ailments, sore throats, cough, sinuses, fighting bacteria and germs, and lowering fever. Other mints can help aid digestion, calm and relax us, help us sleep and relieve pain. Mints can also ease menstrual cramps and frayed emotions, supply calcium, and ease hot flashes. Mints will include peppermint and spearmint, basil, sage, rosemary, lavender, thyme, oregano, bee balm, skullcap, motherwort, hyssop, catnip, lemon balm, and ground ivy. Save a mint by having mint in your herbal medicine chest!

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Judith Boice Acupressure for the Whole Family
Judith Boice, ND, LAC, FABNO - Seven Winds Institute
Acupressure is a needle-less way of stimulating points on the Chinese acupuncture meridians, reducing pain and improving circulation to the associated internal organs. Using gentle pressure on specific points, you can stop headaches, curb nausea, relieve sinus pressure, improve digestion, soothe anxiety and address menstrual cramps. Practice using acupressure on yourself (and the participant next to you, if he or she is willing!) to experience the immediate benefits of acupressure. Correctly applied, acupressure is safe and effective for people of all ages.

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Making Herbal Infusions for Health
Joanne Bauman - Prairie Magic Herbals
Making nourishing herbal infusions is simple and affordable. Great tasting, they are an excellent source of absorbable vitamins and minerals. Nutritive herbs nourish our bodies and keep them strong. Joanne Bauman explains the difference between tea and infusion, and demonstrates step by step how to make herbal infusions. She notes their health benefits and discusses additional applications for them (such as in cooking, hair rinses, and compresses). Attendees will learn which plants can be used for infusions (including nettles, oatstraw, violet leaf, mullein, red clover, raspberry leaf, marshmallow root, and more).

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Judith Boice Essential Oils for Home Health Care
Judith Boice, ND, LAC, FABNO - Seven Winds Institute
Essential oils are incredibly potent forms of plant medicine. One drop of an essential oil is roughly equivalent to 30 cups of tea! Explore 10 essential oils and how to use them safely and effectively for common first aid and health care conditions. Learn which oils are appropriate to use for children and infants and how to use essential oils in a variety of forms.

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Judith Boice Homeopathy: Remedies for the whole family
Judith Boice, ND, LAC, FABNO - Seven Winds Institute
Explore the top 15 homeopathic remedies for caring for your family’s first aid and health care needs. Discover the principles of homeopathic prescribing and practice individualizing remedy choices. Learn the basics of how to make homeopathic remedies.

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Judith Boice Menopause With Science and Soul
Judith Boice, ND, LAC, FABNO - Seven Winds Institute
Explore the physiological, biochemical and hormonal changes that accompany menopause, as well as the inner transformations that mark this life passage. This presentation includes information about the effects of diet, exercise, herbs, phytoestrogens, xenoestrogens, bio-identical hormones, and our personal and cultural attitudes about aging on the journey through menopause. Dr. Judith Boice has given more than 900 talks on menopause, osteoporosis and bio-identical hormones. Her book of the same title was honored with a Silver Medal in the Nautilus Book Awards.

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Judith Boice Water of Life: Hydrotherapy treatments for home health care
Judith Boice, ND, LAc, FABNO - Seven Winds Institute
Discover how water can be used externally to treat a myriad of health conditions, from colds and the flu to headaches and digestive problems. The hydrotherapy treatments Judith Boice explores in this workshop were researched by physicians in the early 20th century and have been proven to increase red and white blood cell production and activity (boosting the immune system), improve circulation in the digestive tract, and reduce pain and swelling. Hydrotherapy treatments are powerfully effective and free, requiring only towels and hot and cold water.

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Linda Conroy DIY Herbal First Aid
Linda Conroy - Moonwise Herbs
Join herbalist and wilderness first responder Linda Conroy for this inspiring presentation. Whether preparing for a backcountry experience or dealing with everyday life, this information will provide participants with an overview of what to include in an herbal first aid kit. The items discussed will help you feel more confident in dealing with basic injuries and ailments.

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Linda Conroy Herbs and Fermentation for Digestive Health
Linda Conroy - Moonwise Herbs
Join herbalist Linda Conroy as she shares her five-point approach to improving digestive health. Participants will learn how to incorporate herbs as well as fermented food into their diet to improve digestive health. Harvesting, recipes and preparation techniques will be shared.

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Linda Conroy Wild Food, Wild Medicine
Linda Conroy - Moonwise Herbs
Join forager and herbalist Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs for this fun and interactive presentation. Conroy shares harvesting and preparation techniques for a wide array of wild plants, and she presents information about the healing and nutritional value of common and not so common plants. Leave inspired and ready to forage for wild food and wild medicine.

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Rosemary Gladstar Chasing the Blues Away: Herbs for anxiety, stress and depression
Rosemary Gladstar - Storey Publishing
Stress has become a hot topic in our frantic world as more and more people fall under the gray spell of depression, anxiety and stressful living. Thankfully, herbs and an "herbal way of life" offer an effective solution to the stresses of everyday living. They remind us to slow down, smell the roses, to dig a little deeper and keep our hands in the dirt, while also providing our body with essential nutrients that are necessary for the health of the nervous system. In the process, they fortify and strengthen our nervous systems, calming and grounding us. This discussion covers favorite nervine herbs and specific therapies that are deeply calming and relaxing.

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Shaylee Oleson Creating an Allergy- and Toxin-Free Home
Shaylee Oleson - Eco Shaylee LLC
This revealing talk uncovers the six elements of a healthy home, and where allergens and toxins lurk that may cause health issues. Easy solutions correct these common culprits.

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Stephanie Tourles Herbal Hair Care
Stephanie Tourles - Storey Publishing
Come hear author, herbalist, and licensed holistic aesthetician Stephanie Tourles discuss herbal hair care recipes from her best-selling books, Organic Body Care Recipes and Hands-On Healing Remedies. She'll highlight 15 herbs to promote beautiful, lustrous, healthy hair. Learn how chemical-free, totally natural hair care products are made and used. Samples will be available for everyone to experience. A question and answer will follow.

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Kids' ProgrammingKids' Programming

Chris McClellan Building With Mud
Chris McClellan - Natural Cottage Project
Come get muddy with your MOTHER in this hands-on, interactive demonstration. See why more than half of the houses in the world are built from local clay soil. Get your hands (and feet) into the mix in our kid-friendly clay pit or try sculpting your own miniature earthen house at our play table. Regional natural building experts will be on hand to answer questions.

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Dawn Combs Ethnobotany for Kids
Dawn Combs - Mockingbird Meadows
Are you curious about the weeds on the playground? When you go to the park do you look for the plants hidden under the trees before the swings and slides? There is food, medicine, clothing and beauty growing all around us. How do we look for it? Bring an adult along as we learn basic skills for safely and sustainably exploring and studying our plant friends.

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Elizabeth Rich Kids' Goat Milking Demonstration
Elizabeth Rich - Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
Learn all about how to milk a goat. First we'll clean the udder and teats, then we'll demonstrate proper milking techniques. We'll also learn how to strain the milk and store it. Kids can pet the goat, talk to her, and try their hand at milking her themselves!

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Hannah Kincaid Fermentation! It's Freaky Fun
Hannah Kincaid and Jennifer Kongs- MOTHER EARTH NEWS
Did you know that the inside of your body is full of millions of tiny, tiny microorganisms that are too small to see without a microscope, and which help your body digest food? Cool, right? Come hear us talk about those itty-bitty helpful bacteria and a handful of ways you can make fermented foods in your kitchen that help those bacteria grow and prosper to keep you healthy. Plus, try your hand at making one fermented food, sauerkraut, to see how easy it is! (This is workshop is recommended for kids ages 7 and up.)

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Bandana Bash
Heidi Hunt
Have fun while folding and twisting a simple bandanna into a whole bunch of unusual uses, such as a shirt, hobo lunch bag and gift wrap.

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Jessica Kellner Herbal Crafts for Kids
Jessica Kellner - Mother Earth Living
Make two fun herbal crafts: colorful herb bath salts and a pouch of fairy dust to attract fairies to your garden.

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Linda Conroy Soap Felting Fun! Hands-on Activity
Linda Conroy - Moonwise Herbs
Join herbalist Linda Conroy for soap felting! Take raw wool and bits of soap and make a scrubby that gets you super clean! You can take home what you make!

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Bee-Coming the Hive
Robin Kolterman - Northeast Kansas Beekeepers' Association
This is an interactive workshop for children and their parents. Come explore the different roles performed by a honeybee with some hands-on activities. Then, just as every bee in the colony has a part to perform, play a part and “bee-come the hive.”

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Patricia Foreman Kids and Chicks With Oprah Hen-Free
Patricia Foreman - Gossamer Foundation
Which came first: the chicken or the child? Usually, it's the chicken ... with a child trundling afterward, giggling with delight. This hens-on workshop shows kids (and adults) how to responsibly, and safely, handle a chicken. Learn tips, tricks and traps about how to keep interacting with chickens ... a fun experience that can last a lifetime. Kids learn about the value of family flocks in green communities. We will cover how chickens offer more than just eggs; they also have skills, acting as pesticiders, kitchen waste recyclers and compost creators. Understand why chickens are truly pets with benefits. There will be ample time for a question-and-answer session.

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Fungi in the Classroom
Tradd Cotter - Mushroom Mountain
Ever wonder what kind of projects you and your kids can start at home or in school with mushrooms? This program is part show and part hands-on with many cool experiments that are practical for demonstrating recycling and composting home and school waste byproducts using mushroom spawn. Participants make and take home a small mushroom fruiting kit they make from shredded paper or cardboard, as well as a living culture!

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