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Workshops/Speakers: Asheville, N.C.

April 12-13, 2014

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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