Workshops/Speakers: Asheville, N.C.

April 12-13, 2014

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Daniel Rogers
Backpacking and Scouting: An effective method for keeping Nature in our kids' lives
Daniel Rogers - Daniel Boone Council, Boy Scouts of America
The nature deficit disorder theory asserts that today's youth are spending less time outdoors, resulting in a wide range of behavioral problems. The Boy Scouts have long been a leader in teaching young people about the outdoors. Using nature as a classroom, youth learn self-confidence, leadership and citizenship. Dan Rogers, Eagle Scout and adventurer, will present a slide show covering 11,000 miles of backpacking and discuss lightweight backpacking techniques as well as Scouting in Western North Carolina.

Downy Mildew Trials - Looking for cucumber, melon and squash varieties to resist the new strains of Downy Mildew.
Edmund Frost and Sapphyre Miria - Twin Oaks Seed Farm/Common Wealth Seed Growers
In the past 10 years Downy Mildew (DM) has emerged as the No. 1 problem affecting cucumber, melon and squash crops in the Southeast, mid-Atlantic and parts of the Northeast and Midwest.In this workshop, Edmund Frost and Sapphyre Miria will review the basics of the Downy Mildew problem and disease cycle. They will look at the results of Twin Oaks Seed Farm’s trials. Hear about their ongoing efforts to find DM-resistant seed strains and to breed new DM-resistant varieties.

Karen Leonetti
Families That Cook and EAT Together, Stay Together!
Karen Leonetti - Author, Yummy Tummy Rainbow Garden & Fresh Food Expert
Fresh Food Family Fun Table Time! Come DIG in to live demonstrations of easy ways to create healthy FUN foods together. Join Karen Leonetti as she shares creative, proven techniques and gadgets to involve the whole family. Think outside the box for memorable meal spots in and around your home. The kitchen is the heart of the home, where lifelong memories are made. Leonetti loves bringing families back together "one bite at a time."

Wild Edibles of Western North Carolina
Marc Williams - Plants and Healers International
This spotlight on wild foraged foods will focus on some of the most common and easily identified edible plants that occur in Western North Carolina. We will look at the plants in the flesh and also taste a tea made from plants that are featured. Come learn more about the abundant botanical resources surrounding us in a fun and informative presentation.

Future of Alternative Fuels: Ford sustainability panel
Stephanie Janczak – Ford Motor Company; Bill Eaker – Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition; Lyle Estill – Piedmont Biofuels; Richard Freudenberger – BackHome magazine; Bryan Welch – Ogden Publications
Take part in a progressive panel focused on alternative fuels, how they work, and their human and ecological benefits. Featuring topics submitted by our Facebook community and moderated by MOTHER EARTH NEWS Publisher Bryan Welch, this presentation brings together notable enthusiasts, authors, managers and industry experts to explore and enlighten with their knowledge and experience.

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