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Workshops/Speakers: Asheville, N.C.

April 12-13, 2014

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Fats and Flavor: The art of butchering
Adam Danforth - Storey Publishing
Poor fats, they are so misunderstood. The little guys are just trying to do good things like efficiently storing (or delivering) energy and, upon cooking, provide the vast majority of flavors that the eater experiences. Unfairly, they are the vilified component in the meat trifecta of protein, collagen and fat. In this workshop we will discuss the three main types of fat, how they play a role in flavor and shelf life, and how to butcher for maximum fat advantage.

Sheep Butchering and the Merits of Mature Meat: Two-hour workshop/demo
Adam Danforth - Storey Publishing
Once upon a time, the meat we consumed was full of flavor, harvested from animals on a farm, and cooked in a continuum of tradition and wisdom. Today we revere meat coming from younger and younger animals, having lost our connection to a time and place of harvesting, and we have no clue how to maximize the utility of a carcass. In this workshop, learn about why prioritizing youth and tenderness results in bland meat, why on-farm slaughtering and humane handling result in the best quality meat, and how to utilize traditional and modern techniques of food preparation to maximize the results from properly matured meat. Two-hour workshop with carcass breakdown.

Flower Essence Jellies
Alan and Susan Fox - The Mushroom Hut @ Fox Farms and Studio
Learn how to turn beautiful flowers into delicious jellies using an infusion of the petals (and become educated on the safety issues involved). Some flowers and herbs serve as medicinals; preserving and serving them up with a bit of sweetness makes them go down better! These make great gifts.

Tapping Maple and Birch Trees Using Natural Sumac Spiles and Taps
Alan and Susan Fox - The Mushroom Hut @ Fox Farms and Studio
Learn how and when to tap trees without having to buy equipment. Learn how to make natural spiles from sumac, recycle jugs and jars for collecting sap, and get started with simple outside boiling down.

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.

Ducks and Puppets
Andrew Frank - Duck Dance Farm
This fun presentation for children covers domestic heritage duck breeds, including rare and endangered ducks. Come see puppets and ducklings! Father-and-son team Andrew Frank and Tommy Poole-Frank will share digital images of various breeds of ducks, as well as scenes from their farm (including ponds and wetland areas).

Wonderful Attributes of Heritage Duck Breeds
Andrew Frank and Tommy Poole-Frank - Duck Dance Farm
This workshop will explore the value of heritage breeds of ducks for farmers and families. Some of the best egg-laying breeds of ducks are rare or endangered, and therefore are unfamiliar to most folks. We will compare various breeds and provide an overview of duck-rearing practices, including information on feed, yards, housing, predator protection, incubation and other topics. Puppets and visual aids will be used to help illustrate various points, and also to entertain while sharing good information.

Save the Forest: Manage your woods
Ann Larkin Hansen - Storey Publishing
Healthy trees, great wildlife habitat, firewood and other forest products, and income from timber sales are all possible when you understand how to sustainably manage your woods. We’ll discuss both the projects you can do yourself, and how to deal with a forester and a logger when you need them.

Finding Good Farmland
Ann Larkin Hansen - Storey Publishing
Good soil, enough water, farmable terrain, and access to markets and jobs are your primary criteria when looking for a farm. Figuring out how to get onto the land once you’ve found a good place requires either cash or creativity. Ann Larkin Hansen will cover both finding and obtaining the farm that’s right for you.

Making Hay
Ann Larkin Hansen - Storey Publishing
Cut, dry, rake, gather and store: We’ll define these simple steps, discuss the more complicated details involved in doing each one successfully, and cover the various tools and techniques you can choose among to put up hay in a way that’s suited to your farm, your budget and your livestock.

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.

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.

Aromatherapy for Wellness
Billy Galloway - Natural Options Aromatherapy
This fun, hands-on class focuses on making aromatherapy simple and easy to use. Experience and discuss 17 essential oils. We will talk about what the oils do and how to use them to achieve desired outcomes. You will learn how to use aromatherapy to assist issues including sleeplessness, psoriasis, restless leg syndrome, hot flashes, lack of energy or focus, sinus problems, arthritis, fibromyalgia and depression. Come and learn about this wonderful natural healing modality.

Beautiful and Abundant: The MOTHER EARTH NEWS community and its vision for the future
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.

Financing Our Foodshed - Building Resilient Communities through Community Financing
Carol Peppe Hewitt - Financing Our Foodshed
Growing local food takes more than passion and hard work. It usually also takes money. And conventional lenders either can’t or just won’t help. In this workshop, Carol Peppe Hewitt, co-founder of Slow Money NC (North Carolina) shares how she has catalyzed more than 120 local, peer-to-peer loans in towns across North Carolina. These affordable loans, now totaling more than 1.2 million dollars, helped start up, operate and/or expand nearly 60 small farmers and local food entrepreneurs. The lenders are ordinary people in our communities who understand the importance of a resilient local food economy. Come be inspired, and learn how you can bring community financing home to your town, and how to get money flowing from generous lenders like you to the people and projects that deserve support (like you) in your community.

Heirlooms, Hybrids or GMOs?
Cheryl Long, Barbara Pleasant and Thaddeus Christian - MOTHER EARTH NEWS
Join MOTHER EARTH NEWS Editors Cheryl Long, Barbara Pleasant and Thaddeus Christian as they explain the pros and cons of hybrid, genetically modified, open pollinated and heirloom seeds. You’ll learn when hybrids are a good choice, and why some heirloom seeds may not perform as well as they should.

Biochar-Making Cookstove
Chris Farmer - School of Integrated Living (SOIL)
This workshop will demonstrate how to cook food and make biochar at the same time, using a small Champion TLUD (Top Lit Up Draft) gasifier. Basic history of biochar and gasifiers will be given in addition to a live demonstration of creating high-quality charcoal for biochar while steaming a large pot of food.

Making Better Buildings: Your Sustainable Home Come True
Chris Magwood - Endeavour Centre
The dream of building and owning your own sustainable home quickly runs into many "reality checks" as you negotiate the countless decisions required along the way. This workshop helps you to set realistic sustainable goals. Are you dreaming of low costs? High energy efficiency? Lowest carbon footprint? Best indoor air quality? Using a system that has helped many eager homebuilders prioritize and rationalize their goals, this workshop puts you on the path to better understanding the kind of home you want and how to move forward to achieve your dream sustainable home.

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.

Permaculture and Human Nutrition
Chuck Marsh - Organic Growers School
As food security issues deepen, vegetables are not enough. This workshop will explore what foods we need to grow to thrive nutritionally in our local foodsheds, and how permaculturally informed food growing strategies can support the growth of a nutritionally complete local and regional food supply for our families and our communities.

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.

DIY Solar Panels
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bioshelters: Design and Management of Solar Greenhouses
Darrell Frey - New Society Publishers
This workshop presents a detailed study of several bioshelters, or ecologically managed solar greenhouses. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Grow Fruits and Nuts at Home
Debbie Lienhart - Organic Growers School
Discover the basics of growing fruits and nuts in your yard, starting with identifying the best planting locations, and then planting and maintaining the plants for highest production. Learn strategies for easing fruit- and nut-bearing plants into an ornamental landscape and growing more fruit and nuts in small spaces. If you're new to growing fruits and nuts, this is the workshop for you!

Growing Berries in Your Yard
Debbie Lienhart - Organic Growers School
Who doesn’t love fresh berries? Berries are easy to grow in Western North Carolina, and they're highly nutritious and delicious. There are berries for every yard—all shapes, sizes, soil types, and even in containers. Whether you're putting in a whole berry patch, tucking a few plants into your landscape, or even a pot or hanging basket on your porch, identify the best planting locations, select the right types and varieties, and plant for a long, productive yield.

Ecothrifty Living
Deborah Niemann - New Society Publishers
Make greener, healthier choices while saving money. You'll be surprised to discover all the artificial chemicals hiding in your home, food and personal care products, but you can easily replace them with natural alternatives that cost far less!

Choosing Livestock for Your Homestead
Deborah Niemann - New Society Publishers
We'll start with an overview of livestock and talk about how to choose the right animals for your homestead and your life, depending upon your property, your personality and your goals.

Raising Goats Naturally
Deborah Niemann - New Society Publishers
Learn to raise dairy goats naturally to produce your own milk, meat, cheese, soap and more. We'll discuss how to follow nature's example and let moms raise their own babies to have healthier goats that produce more milk and meat.

Creating a Permaculture Ecovillage: My 40 Years at The Farm Community
Douglas Stevenson - The Farm Community
Douglas Stevenson has two books out this year: In one, he describes The Farm’s colorful story and its evolution from world’s largest hippie commune to modern ecovillage. In the second work, he digs deeper and examines the building blocks of community and sustainability. In this workshop, he’ll cover both in a fascinating and inspiring presentation.

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.

Kids Can Milk Too
Faith Schlabach - Misty Morning Farm
Learn about cows and how on earth they can turn green grass into wonderful white milk. Find out how to make butter, and about the process of turning yummy liquid milk into curds and then into heavenly cheese. Discover savvy cow facts to impress your friends, and put your name into an antique butter churn for a chance to win a few fun door prizes. Meet Patty Cake and her baby, who are among some of the smallest Miniature Jersey Cows in the United States.

The Return of the Family Milk Cow
Faith Schlabach - Misty Morning Farm
Topics of this workshop will revolve around the return of the family cow that is fed for optimum health, rumen development, a long life, and grazing potential, not the highest production possible. Learn how to minimize and avoid problems such as milk fever, ketosis and mastitis. Learn how easy it is to have your own source of dairy products, meat and fertilizer. No time to milk twice a day? Learn how you can milk once a day or even once a week.

Yogurt: Marvels and making
Gianaclis Caldwell - Chelsea Green Publishing
If there ever was a food worthy of the title "superfood" it might just be yogurt. In this class you will not only learn how to make several styles of healthy, simple, heritage yogurts, but also learn of the latest research showing yogurt's health benefits, from boosting the immune system to enhancing mood. You will also learn things such as if you can make raw milk yogurt, how to make yogurt cheese, and the difference between cow and goat milk yogurt.

Cheesemaking: Quick and simple cheeses
Gianaclis Caldwell - Chelsea Green Publishing
You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make three types of cheese from the same simple process. In this workshop, cheesemaker and author Gianaclis Caldwell will show you how to make several easy cheeses at home (even from store-bought milk) and how to use these cheeses in delicious and nutritious ways.

Raw Milk Production - Doing It Right
Gianaclis Caldwell - Chelsea Green Publishing
Whether for home use or local sales, raw milk can be produced and harvested in a way that makes it as wholesome and nutritious as possible. A growing appreciation and demand for whole, unprocessed, living foods makes raw milk a highly desirable product, but its production must be done right. In this session you will learn the basic principles, science and practices that make the small-scale dairy a success.

Pig Pickin': The husbandry and marketing of heritage hogs
Gra Moore - Carolina Heritage Farms
Now that you have decided on a heritage hog breed for your farm, learn the basics of husbandry, reproduction, processing and marketing that will make your endeavor a success. We will discuss innovative feed resources to improve your bottom line and how direct marketing to consumers can be a win-win for both sides.

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.

Seed Starting for Kids
Hannah Kincaid - MOTHER EARTH NEWS
This workshop provides a hands-on experience for kids interested in getting started on the road to becoming gardening experts. We’ll discuss preparing seed starting soil mix, all the materials needed to get seeds off to a good start and the basics of caring for young plants before putting them out in the garden. Participants will then assist with the entire seed starting process. (Hands will likely get dirty!)

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.

Plants With Benefits: An uninhibited guide to the aphrodisiac herbs, fruits, flowers and veggies in your garden
Helen Yoest - Gardening With Confidence®/ St. Lynn's Press author
Are some plants aphrodisiacs, or is that just a myth? Garden expert and plant detective Helen Yoest takes us on a romp through history, lore and ethnobotany to find out how 50 plants got their "hot" reputation – and what modern science has to say about it. Discover which common garden plants and favorite edibles have that "something extra" and why. Yoest's book Plants With Benefits is filled with lush photography, growing tips, and recipes for preparing teas, potions and tasty treats for your pleasurable use. Can a plant create feelings of arousal, contentment or receptivity? It looks like the answer is yes.

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.

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.

Using dirt to build communities - Awesome earthen buildings worldwide - How to do it yourself
Janell Kapoor - Ashevillage Institute and Kleiwerks International
Join an inspiring and dynamic presentation that includes: • Awesome earthen buildings from around the world, and the communities that built them • Natural building as a pathway for earthlings to be happy and live debt-free • Community placemaking and the power of people connected to place • Designing our future in relationship with self, community and nature ... building our nests • How to do it yourself, some step-by-step suggestions to making it happen back home

Grow Your Own Woodland Botanicals for Fun or Profit, or Both!
Jeanine Davis - New Society Publishers
If you have even a little bit of shade on your property, you can grow some of your own forest medicine. Jeanine Davis will start with a colorful presentation to introduce you to a wide array of woodland botanicals, including ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh, ramps and bloodroot. She will cover the basics about the plants, their conservation status, and how to grow them. Davis will also have plant material to demonstrate how to propagate some of these plants, so you will gain the confidence to start growing medicinal herbs of your own.

You Can Grow Your Own Hops
Jeanine Davis - New Society Publishers
Most of the hops grown in the United States are grown in the Pacific Northwest, but contrary to popular belief, we can grow them on the East Coast, too. In this workshop you will learn how to grow hops on a small-scale in your backyard for home brewing or on a larger scale to supply local craft breweries.

A Bio-Intensive Market Garden
Jean-Martin Fortier - Les Jardins de la Grelinette
Les Jardins de la Grelinette is a micro-farm located in Eastern Quebec, just north of the American border. Despite growing on 1.5 acres of land, owners Jean-Martin Fortier and Maude-Hélène Desroches manage to feed more than 200 families through their thriving CSA and seasonal market stands. For more than a decade the market garden has provided their only household income. Their operation generates close to $140,000 in sales with a profit margin of about 45%. The secret of their success resides in the low-tech, high-yield methods of production they have developed by continuously focusing on growing better rather than growing bigger, making their operation more lucrative and viable in the process.

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.

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.

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.

The Greened House Effect: Part one
Jeff Wilson - The Greened House Effect, Chelsea Green Publishing
Remodel your home with a deep energy retrofit (DER). Part one of The Greened House Effect follows the story of the Wilson family's retrofit of their 70-year-old home to reduce their energy bills by 85% while making their home a more comfortable and healthier place to live. Jeff Wilson will also cover many different techniques and technologies for achieving this kind of "weatherization on steroids" in a variety of climates around the country.

The Greened House Effect: Part two
Jeff Wilson - The Greened House Effect, Chelsea Green Publishing
Remodel your home with a deep energy retrofit (DER). Part one of The Greened House Effect follows the story of the Wilson family's retrofit of their 70-year-old home to reduce their energy bills by 85% while making their home a more comfortable and healthier place to live. Jeff Wilson will also cover many different techniques and technologies for achieving this kind of "weatherization on steroids" in a variety of climates around the country.

Growing and Saving Heirloom Seeds
Jere Gettle - Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Discover how to grow heirloom varieties and save your own seed. Plus see how you can search for local heirlooms and preserve the history, as well. Learn about seed collecting trips with a slideshow and stories.

Make Mead Like a Viking!
Jereme Zimmerman -
Learn to make your own mead (honey wine) using techniques practiced by ancient cultures since the first discovery of bubbling honey and its magical effects ... and which are still employed by wild-fermentation enthusiasts today. Wild fermentation techniques will be the focus, but other mead-making practices will also be discussed. Be prepared for a lively, interactive discussion on mead, Vikings, and the simplicity of wild-fermenting your own alcoholic beverages. Intermediate techniques and suggestions for experimentation will be discussed as well.

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!

Best Methods to Preserve Your Herbs
Jessica Kellner - Mother Earth Living/Ogden Publications
Learn about the various ways to preserve your favorite herbs: drying techniques, freezable recipes, crafts and more.

The Right Tools for the Job: Proper use, care and selection of hand gardening tools
Joel Dufour - Earth Tools
You want gardening to be as easy and fun as possible, but with the tools commonly available to us these days, this is darn near impossible. Learn how to identify, find, use and maintain high-quality tools that will not only last for years, but will also make gardening less work and more enjoyable. Many unique tools will be at the workshop to get your hands on ... This isn't just a slideshow!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

6 Inches of Soil in 6 Months and 600,000 Bugs
John W. Moody - Some Small Farm/Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund
"Great soil ... Everyone wants it, but not everyone has it. So, how can you build great soil while also capturing waste streams to reincorporate into the natural earth cycles (and generate free food for your flocks and other animals)? Some Small Farm started four years ago with less than 1% organic matter soil, on land that had been overgrazed year after year into little more than solid clay. The farm now produces bountifully from the application of soil-building principles to the land."

Homestead Health Care
Joseph Alton, M.D., and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P - Doom and Bloom
Learn what it takes to be a medical asset to your family in remote or austere settings, using both conventional and alternative methods of healing. Joseph and Amy Alton will discuss likely medical issues and how to deal with them in the absence of modern technology.

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."

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.

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.

Successful Management of Honeybees in Spring and Summer
Kim Flottum - Bee Culture Magazine
Your bees have negotiated their first winter and now it's time to get growing. Beekeepers can harness that energy all spring and summer so both the bees and the beekeeper benefit. Here's how.

Let Your Honeybees Pay Their Way
Kim Flottum - Bee Culture Magazine
Over and above the benefits of your garden and orchard pollination, honeybees can pay their way with a bounty of products to use and sell.

The Three-Legged Stool of Sustainability
Lee Walker Warren - Organic Growers School
The three-legged stool of sustainability—Social, Environmental, and Economic. Without all three, any business, any system, any community, any relationship is doomed to struggle or fail. As bright, conscious, counter-culture visionaries, we set out to build a culture righting the wrongs of our society. We seek to reduce consumption, stand for peace & justice, and work for the environment. Why do our resourceful and inspired projects seem to struggle with financial stress and sometimes fail to survive? Is passion and vision enough? We’ll look at the basics of economics, breaking large concepts such as specialization, economies of scale, and externalizing costs, down to understandable pieces. And we’ll have a deeper understanding of what we’re up against, how we can get more aware, and most importantly, how to balance our approach.

Farming Cooperatively: The benefits and challenges
Lee Walker Warren - School of Integrated Living
Is it possible to combine the seemingly opposite intelligences of math, mechanics and naturalism needed for farming as well as the communication and interpersonal skills needed for effective cooperation? Learn about the multiple intelligences needed for both farming and cooperation and the pros and cons of farming in a cooperative setting.

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.

Wildly Affordable Solar Cooking Wherever You Go
Linda Watson - Cook for Good
Use the sun's energy to cook delicious, organic meals at home, on picnics, or while traveling. Get started with a homemade solar oven made from little more than cardboard and foil. Get faster results with less sunlight using the latest in portable solar cookers. See how to cook delectable stews, roast vegetables, steam quinoa, bake biscuits, brew coffee, and more. You'll save money, shrink your carbon footprint, and always be just a sunbeam away from a fabulous meal.

You’ve Got It, So Cook It!
Linda Watson - Cook for Good
Squeeze every last drop of flavor and nutrition out of the food you grow or buy. Learn to make delicious dishes out of food that many people throw away. It’s the best way to afford and honor local, sustainably grown, and organic ingredients. Develop new habits that will provide you with "free" meals every month. Save hundreds of dollars a year and up your locavore score by making the best use of your freezer. You can afford to eat like it matters!

Animal Neighbors
Lindsay Green - Muddy Sneakers
Wildlife is everywhere! We share our terrestrial ecosystem with lots of different critters. Participants will learn about a few species of wildlife and play a game that will illustrate the effects of various limiting factors on their population.

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.

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.

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.

Backyard Biodiesel
Lyle Estill - Piedmont Biofuels
Lyle Estill will bring some used vegetable oil and the necessary reactants, and make a batch of biodiesel on stage. If he has the recipe right, the audience may be able to see phase separation before their very eyes. Estill will discuss feedstocks, practical techniques, and how it is possible to meet your family's fuel needs by making your own biodiesel.

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.

Advanced Seed Saving and Vegetable Breeding for the Home Gardener and Farmer
Matthew Goldfarb and Petra Page-Mann - Fruition Seeds
Ever wonder how to create your own new varieties of vegetables? Or do you have a hybrid you really want to figure out how to save seed from? Are you interested in saving seed from biennials like beets, chard, carrots, kale, cabbage? Come learn about how you can start breeding your own vegetables and saving those hard to figure out biennials. We will teach the same methods humans have been using for 14,000 years to create the wondrous array of food we have today. If you have a working knowledge of seed saving, you will get the most out of this class, but all are welcome to be inspired.

Intro to Seed Saving
Matthew Goldfarb and Petra Page-Mann - Fruition Seeds
The significance of seed cannot be overestimated: From how we approach global biodiversity to how we choose our afternoon snack, every decision we make impacts what and how seeds are planted around the world. Come learn about the history, significance and techniques of seed saving. Expect to come away inspired and empowered: Though much has been lost, each seed evidences the extraordinary hope that exists in every crack in the sidewalk!

Now That You’ve Grown Your Own Medicinal Plants: What Do You Do With Them?
Maureen Burns-Hooker - Herbal Sage Farms and The Herbal Sage Tea Company
How many times have you found yourself with the bounty of your herbal garden and realized that you really don’t know what to do with all of it? This class will cover a step-by-step process for determining optimum times for harvesting herbs, by creating a customized harvesting schedule. Be it the root, the bark, flowers or seed pods, you will learn the best times to harvest your plants. We will also learn what to do with each herb to preserve its health benefits. Examples of drying herbs, preparing tinctures or extracts, making salves or medicinal balms, as well as some unusual ways of storing your bounty will be discussed. This class will help to take away the fear of not using the abundance that you have grown.

Whole Hog Butchery for Home Chefs
Meredith McKissick and Matt Helms - Foothills Farm and Butchery
Join the butchers from Foothills Farm and Butchery for an informative session on breaking down a pig. They will discuss technique, process, and cooking uses for all parts of the animal.

Intro to Sausage and Charcuterie for Home Chefs
Meredith McKissick and Matt Helms - Foothills Farm and Butchery
In this workshop, we will discuss utilization of the pork carcass for sausage and other charcuterie. We will make sausage on site, and cover recipes, ratios, seasoning, equipment and more.

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.

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.

Get Started with Family Flocks
Patricia Foreman - Gossamer Foundation
Many folks feel there is too much effort involved in keeping chickens, and that the learning curve is too steep ... so they never start. This workshop simplifies and demystifies family flocks, showing it's so easy and simple that kids can do it—inexpensively. Learn the newest techniques, equipment for raising baby chicks and keeping adult birds. This workshop covers chick and hen behavior, handling, health care, nutrition, furniture, housing and time-saving management. By the end, you will know the basics of successfully raising your own baby chicks from day one to productive adult chickens. Co-presented with chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free."

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.

Renewable Natural Gas
Paul Scheckel - Storey Publishing
Learn how to make and use your own renewable natural gas from farm and kitchen wastes or wood, using a small biogas digester and simple wood-gas camp stove. Workshop covers the basics of both biogas and wood gas. Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of both anaerobic digestion and pyrolysis from the author of The Homeowner’s Energy Handbook.

Renewables and Efficiency: Choices and options
Paul Scheckel - Storey Publishing
Insulation or solar panels? Learn to prioritize your energy improvement investments by understanding the energy, environment and economic impacts of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Participants will learn the basics of various renewable energy systems, and why efficiency is always the most practical first step, from the author of The Homeowner’s Energy Handbook. We’ll also take a short side trip to Cuba!

Kids Can Save Seeds Too!
Petra Page-Mann - Fruition Seeds
Come make a mess and learn how to save seeds in your own garden! This is a hands-on and fully participatory class. We will discover simple ways to grow, clean and save seeds from tomatoes, zucchini, sunflowers and beans. You will get to take seed home with you to plant for next season.

High-Efficiency Windows and Glazing
Richard Freudenberger - Backhome Magazine/ New Society author
Learn how to choose the best windows for passive solar or energy-efficient design. Glazing is a prime area for energy loss, and this presentation is a broad overview of what to look for in materials, construction, design and specific features. We will also review the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) Performance Rating label and how to use it to determine best applications and get the most out of a substantial home investment.

Small-Scale Alcohol Fuel
Richard Freudenberger - Backhome Magazine/ New Society author
An introductory overview of small-scale alcohol fuel production and its place in a Peak Oil future. Homemade alcohol, produced from crop culls and food-processing waste, is an environmentally sustainable fuel with many performance benefits. Learn about potential feedstocks, fermentation, equipment needs, alcohol co-products, engine conversions, and cooperative/community ventures, and find out if it’s economically feasible to make alcohol fuel on your own or within a group cooperative.

Make Your Own Laundry Soap, Wet or Dry!
Robin Bedford - Possum Hollow Farm Soap, Llc
Robin and Jim Bedford will teach you how to make your own liquid or powdered laundry soap safely. All-natural ingredients equal clean clothes!

Soap Making in 30 Minutes
Robin Bedford - Possum Hollow Farm Soap, Llc
We will make a batch of soap in 30 minutes, emphasizing safety and simplicity. We will share our simple technique and give you a recipe to try at home!

Pollinator-Friendly Gardening
Ruth Gonzalez - Reems Creek Nursery & Landscaping
One out of every three bites we eat depends on pollination. Bee and butterfly populations are dwindling at an alarming rate. Learn about the challenges our pollinators are facing, easy steps you can take to be a pollinator-friendly gardener, and how to create a season-long smorgasbord of beautiful blooming plants that benefit our pollinators and bring you pleasure throughout the year.

Adding a Cow to Your Family
Ryan Walker - The Livestock Conservancy
Come learn everything you need to know about cows from an expert from The Livestock Conservancy. This introductory workshop will prepare the small farmer or homesteader for a useful bovine addition to the family. Topics covered include breed selection, purchasing, infrastructure, feeding, breeding, milking, processing and more. Mooove over Fido, Bessie's here to stay!

Marketing Mindset: Selling Yourself and Your Products Successfully
Ryan Walker - The Livestock Conservancy
Marketing is often one of the most overlooked segments of running a small farm. Whether you're just selling from your homestead to family and friends, or looking to get your products into the grocery store, this workshop will help you determine marketing strategies that will allow you to reap the financial benefits your farm can provide.

Fermentation: An Everyday Miracle
Sandor Katz - Chelsea Green Publishing
Fermented foods and beverages are produced and enjoyed in every part of the world. There is a certain inevitability to microbial change to our food, and for millennia people have harnessed that inevitable force in order to make alcohol and to make food more stable for storage, more delicious, and more digestible. This keynote presentation is a broad overview of fermentation and makes the case that this ancient practice is more relevant to our lives now than ever before.

Vegetable Fermentation Workshop
Sandor Katz - Chelsea Green Publishing
Come learn how simple it is to make your own kraut, kimchi, and other fermented delicacies. Learn about the healing qualities and nutritional importance of live-culture ferments, as well as their illustrious history and integral role in human cultural evolution. Empower yourself with simple techniques for fermenting these healthful foods in your home. Be part of the fermentation revival!

What It Takes to Be a Beekeeper
Shane Gebauer - Brushy Mountain Bee Farm
Learn what it means to be a beekeeper and how to become one. Before getting started in beekeeping, you need to consider the big picture to decide if it is for you. We will look at the time commitment, location needed for a hive, "training"/education, and start-up costs. Then, we will get more detailed and discuss the needed equipment and how to get the bees. By the end of the workshop, you will have enough information to get started.

Your First Season of Beekeeping: Things to know
Shane Gebauer - Brushy Mountain Bee Farm
You have decided to become a beekeeper, now what? During this workshop we will take you through the installation of bees into your equipment, growing the hive, and what to look for during inspections.

Dissolving Your Sugar Habit
Sharon Greenspan - Wild Success
Discover the truth about your sugar or carb cravings! Learn the secret to gain control (without feeling deprived) and which food choices increase your energy, health and joy. Hear proven strategies to break your habit and balance your life.

Sprout Happy!
Sharon Greenspan - Wild Success
Come learn about sprouting and how you can grow live, organic food in your kitchen for just pennies! Sharon Greenspan will be demonstrating several systems and talking about the benefits and pitfalls of each. She'll also explain why some systems are better for certain kinds of sprouts than others and where to buy organic, sproutable seeds.

Put 'Em Up! Your Preserving Questions Answered
Sherri Brooks Vinton - Storey Publishing
Can you pickle that? Or can it? Infuse it, dry it, freeze it or ferment it? Join author Sherri Brooks Vinton for a presentation on the many different ways to preserve your own food. A great session for experienced preservers looking for new ideas as well as anyone who has been thinking about doing a little preserving but doesn’t know where to jump in.

Put 'Em Up! Preserving Pears in Honey Syrup
Sherri Brooks Vinton - Storey Publishing
Sherri Brooks Vinton, author of Put 'Em Up!, Put 'Em Up! Fruit, and The Put 'Em Up! Preserving Answer Book will demonstrate how to preserve pears in honey syrup. Vinton will walk the audience through the Boiling Water Method, the basic method that you use to can your pears or other whole fruits, as well as jams, jellies, sauces, pickles and more.

Irrigation Basics for Production Gardeners
Stacey Murphy - Ashevillage Institute
Water is life. Finding ease and predictability with irrigation makes growing so much more pleasurable! In this workshop, you'll learn how to take advantage of rainwater,easy plumbing basics and more.

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.

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.

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.

Saving Seeds From Your Garden
Steve Carlson - 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 seed from garden fruits and vegetables (tomatoes, squash, peppers, melons, beans and more), and learn how to participate in this backyard preservation.

Building the Home of Tomorrow, Today
Steve Linton - Deltec Homes
What will the homes of our grandchildren be like? Explore the evolution of home design and how it can put us back in balance with the world around us. Discover the key attributes of tomorrow's practical, sustainable and resilient dwellings. Attendees will leave with the tools to design tomorrow's home, today.

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!

Soil Blocks for Vegetable Production
Tom Elmore - Organic Growers School
Soil blocks allow growers at any scale to produce quality transplants with minimal investment in containers. Soil block starts are easier to transplant and often produce healthier plants. This workshop describes a soil mix recipe, getting the moisture right, sowing techniques, and how to manage soil blocks for great vegetable transplants.

Tomato Grafting for Plant Vigor
Tom Elmore - Organic Growers School
Seed catalogs are starting to offer dozens of rootstocks that impart soil disease resistance and improved plant vigor to tomato plants. This workshop will describe the surgical process for placing your favorite tomato scion on one of these emerging rootstocks, a home-scale "recovery room," as well as how to decide whether the benefits of grafting are worth the trouble.

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