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Workshops/Speakers: Asheville, N.C.

April 12-13, 2014

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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).

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.

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.

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!)

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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