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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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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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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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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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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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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 Year-Round Bounty for the Home Garden
Ira Wallace - Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Crisp winter salads, rainbow carrots, fresh kimchi, and sweet braised greens are just a few of the fresh-from-the-garden delights awaiting food gardeners in the Southeast in winter. This workshop covers practical information for planning, planting and producing a garden all year where summer heat is more of an issue than winter lows. Learn techniques for using shade in summer and starting fall seedlings in the dog days of summer, as well as planning and planting enough in your fall garden for harvesting until spring.

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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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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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Integrated Forest Gardening: Plant guilds and polycultures in permaculture systems
Wayne Weiseman - The Permaculture Project
The concept of creating plant guilds in permaculture is at the forefront of every farmer’s and gardener’s practice. One of the essential practices of permaculture is to develop perennial agricultural systems that thrive over several decades without expensive and harmful inputs: perennial plant guilds, food forests, agroforestry, and mixed animal and woody species polycultures. The guild concept often used is one of a “functional relationship” between plants: beneficial groupings of plants that share functions in order to bring health and stability to a plant regime and create an abundant yield for our utilization. In other words, it is the integration of species that creates a balanced, healthy and thriving ecosystem.

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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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John Ivanko Powering your Homestead With Renewable Energy
John Ivanko - New Society Publishers
Whether you want to go off-grid or supply it with renewable energy and make energy a positive cash flow for your business or homestead, explore your many options to power up with renewable energy. Explore wind, solar electric, solar thermal, geothermal, wood heating and other aspects of sustainable living.

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John Ivanko Sustainable Living Simplified
John Ivanko - New Society Publishers
Break free of fossil fuels. End the mortgage. Be your own boss. Grow most of your own food and prepare it in your farmstead kitchen. Craft your version of the good life that's based on self-reliance and interconnected systems that address food, energy, nature and finances. Explore our journey, so you can, too.

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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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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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Animal HusbandryAnimal Husbandry

Charlotte Smith Raw Milk Production: Safety and benefits
Charlotte Smith - Champoeg Creamery for Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund
Charlotte Smith's dynamic and engaging talk covers how and why her family started and now maintains a successful, sustainable raw milk dairy. She touches on how pasteurization came to be and why, with today's technology and proper training, we can work toward having a pool of safe raw milk for everyone in America! She addresses the safety of raw milk production on the micro-dairy level, including some key things for both consumers and producers to look for. She also delves into the "Why raw milk?" question, reviewing all the beneficial enzymes and the new medical paradigm that embraces healing probiotics (supported by specific stories of healing from several of her longtime customers). She covers how raw milk benefits the small farm. Raw milk is a product that gets people to your farm each week, so you can build from there, offering other products to an audience that already trusts you. She will also demonstrate making fromage blanc from raw milk. It's so easy, anyone can do it ... and it's full of beneficial enzymes and probiotics. (They're tasty and good for you!)

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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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Real FoodReal Food

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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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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Hannah Kincaid Garden-Fresh Drinks
Hannah Kincaid - MOTHER EARTH NEWS
There’s nothing more refreshing than lemonade on a hot summer day, or more comforting than a steaming mug of herbal tea when winter’s chill sets in. Learn how to transform garden bounty, including fruits, vegetables, leaves and roots, into seasonal libations for every occasion.

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Ken Roseboro The Non-GMO Food Revolution
Ken Roseboro - Organic & Non-GMO Report
There is an unprecedented wave of consumer awareness and action rising on the threats posed by genetically engineered foods. Americans are demanding GMO labeling and non-GMO food choices. In this presentation, Ken Roseboro, described by Acres USA magazine as “the nation’s reporter on GMOs,” gives an overview of GM foods and their risks and provides practical steps people can take to avoid them and support non-GMO food production.

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Lisa Kivirist Farmstead Chef: Organic Eating on a Dime
Lisa Kivirist - New Society Publishers
What’s the key ingredient to eating healthy, saving money and stewarding the planet? A return to our nation’s farmstead roots of independence, self-sufficiency and frugality. Learn simple, creative tips for rethinking household food budgets, from preserving the homegrown harvest to stocking the kitchen pantry.

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Lisa Kivirist See Jane Grow: How Women Are Transforming Food
Lisa Kivirist - New Society Publishers
Women are launching farms and food-based enterprises in record numbers. From farmers to innkeepers, from writers to jam-making entrepreneurs, come hear the inspiring stories and experiences of women homesteaders crafting careers that prioritize healthy food, family and local community ... and build your own idea bank.

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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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Quick and Easy Homemade Sausages
Robin Mather - MOTHER EARTH NEWS
This demonstration workshop shows you how to make pork breakfast sausage (patties and links), Mexican-style all-beef chorizo and North African lamb merguez. See how to grind the meat, blend in spices, and stuff casings. (This is a demonstration only; there will be no samples.)

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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy
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 is bringing 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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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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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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Rejuvenating Our Land and Our Health
Janet McKee - SanaView Farms
In this workshop, Janet McKee discusses how our food growing and eating choices impact not only our health but also the environment (which in turn affects our health). The ripple effect of every choice we are making when it comes to buying and growing food is substantial. Be inspired to make simple, life-saving and delicious choices that rejuvenate both our land and our health.

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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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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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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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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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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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Stephanie Tourles Herbal Remedies for Pain Relief
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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Nature and CommunityNature & Community

Dan Chiras Creating Sustainable Neighborhoods
Dan Chiras - The Evergreen Institute
To build a sustainable society, we need efforts to reinvent urban and suburban neighborhoods so they become much more self-sufficient. Come see how you can help transform your neighborhood into a model of sustainability that practices conservation and recycling, utilizes renewable energy, composts its waste, grows its own fruits and vegetables, and feels more like a tightly knit community.

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Lyle Estill Small Stories, Big Changes: Agents of change on the frontlines of sustainability
Lyle Estill - Piedmont Biofuels
This is a salon-style discussion with the audience. No speeches, no slides, just straight conversation, and questions and answers with a group of authors. Each author has contributed a chapter to Small Stories, Big Changes: Agents of Change on the Frontlines of Sustainability. Past workshops have included Bryan Welch, and Albert Bates, and are moderated by Lyle Estill.

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Lyle Estill Lessons Learned from the Sustainability School of Hard Knocks
Lyle Estill - Piedmont Biofuels
For many, the journey toward a lower carbon footprint begins with the built environment. It can also move to food, fuel, clothing, finance, local economy and activism. Come hear about Piedmont Biofuels' journey, which began with backyard biodiesel, and has run the gamut through sustainable agriculture, hydroponics, aquaponics, vermiculture, biochar, local currency and more.

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Kids' ProgrammingKids' Programming

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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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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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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