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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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