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Keynote Icon Growing and Cooking the Year-Round Harvest
Barbara Damrosch - Four Season Farm
Most people would love to eat homegrown food, but have many demands on their time. Barbara Damrosch's talk, illustrated with images from her kitchen and garden, shows how to get the most out of your garden, and put food on the table that is gorgeous, delicious and good for you. The emphasis will be on tips that save both space and time.

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Barbara Pleasant 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.

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Dan Chiras Are We Winning the Energy Wars Against Coal, Nuclear and Oil Companies?
Dan Chiras - The Evergreen Institute
Will solar and wind become economical and reliable sources of energy of the future? Is there enough renewable energy to power our future? Can these intermittent sources of energy provide our 24-hour-a-day energy demand? Or are our efforts to promote renewable energy technologies futile against the powers that control the world’s energy system? Are we destined to live in a world of severe climate change, energy wars and economic hardship? Come here what internationally renowned solar and wind expert Dan Chiras has to say about this timely topic.

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Dan and Don Adams 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.

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

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Ed Begley Jr. Live Simply So That Others Can Simply Live
Ed Begley Jr. - Presented by Envirolet
Ed Begley Jr.'s empowering and humorous message on sustainable living includes stories about everything from his 1970 electric car to helpful hints on picking the low-hanging fruit of energy savings.

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Jessi Bloom 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!

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Joel Salatin 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.

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Joel Salatin 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.

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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.

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Stephanie Tourles 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.

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Sylvia Bernstein 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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Barbara Pleasant Managing Your Homegrown Food Supply
Barbara Pleasant - MOTHER EARTH NEWS
Wouldn’t it be great to eat from your garden every day of the year? Learn proven, low-energy strategies for growing, eating, storing and preserving your homegrown veggies and fruits from someone who is doing it, award-winning garden writer and MOTHER EARTH NEWS contributing editor Barbara Pleasant.

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Barbara Pleasant 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.

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Botan Anderson The One Scythe Revolution
Botan Anderson - One Scythe Revolution
While the scythe has been making a comeback and gaining popularity, a much higher level of skill is possible than most people realize. A good scythe can be the most effective hand tool on a homestead. Mow tall grass and weeds with ease. Harvest your own hay, bedding, and mulch and biomass from your own land, without the use of heavy, expensive and polluting machines. Even grow and harvest your own grains. This presentation shows through slides and video what is possible with a scythe, and answers any questions people may have about it.

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Cindy Conner 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.

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Dan and Don Adams 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.

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Darrell Frey 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.

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Darrell Frey Bioshelters: Design and management of solar greenhouses
Darrell Frey - New Society Publishers
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.

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Hank Will 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.

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Ilene White Freedman Weed and Pest Control in Your Organic Garden
Ilene White Freedman - House in the Woods Farm
Weeds bugging you? Join Ilene and Phil Freedman to consider some weed and pest prevention strategies for your organic home garden or small farm. Ilene will share House in the Woods Farm’s story of trial and error with weed prevention techniques over the past 15 years, leading to Phil’s development of a new sustainable mulch laying system for farmers. When it comes to weeds and pests, prevention works best. Create a strong soil ecosystem, just like a person’s holistic health care for a strong immune system. Join us to learn how.

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Ira Wallace Year-Round Bounty for the Home Garden
Ira Wallace - Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Crisp winter salads, rainbow carrots, fresh kimchi, and sweet braised greens are just a few of the fresh-from-the-garden delights awaiting food gardeners in the Southeast in winter. This workshop covers practical information for planning, planting and producing a garden all year where summer heat is more of an issue than winter lows. Learn techniques for using shade in summer and starting fall seedlings in the dog days of summer, as well as planning and planting enough in your fall garden for harvesting until spring.

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Ira Wallace 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.

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Jeanine Davis You Can Grow Your Own Hops
Jeanine Davis - North Carolina State University and Our Tiny Farm
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.

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Jeanine Davis Grow Your Own Woodland Botanicals for Fun or Profit, or Both!
Jeanine Davis - North Carolina State University and Our Tiny Farm
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.

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Jessi Bloom Easy Peasy Edibles
Jessi Bloom - Timber Press
Have you wanted to grow your own food but found it is too much work and takes too much of your time? Join award-winning landscape designer Jessi Bloom as she talks about a permaculture design concept that employs design strategies from nature. It allows you to grow easy peasy edibles that are low-maintenance, resilient and sustainable. Plant once and enjoy the harvest from your edible landscape for years. Bloom will cover basic food forest design and go over some of her favorite low-maintenance edibles.

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John Holwart 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!

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John Moody 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.

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Lisa Ziegler Life With An Organic Garden
Lisa Ziegler - Gardener's Workshop Farm
Lisa Mason Ziegler shares the easy organic and sustainable steps she follows on her farm to produce thousands of stems of cut-flowers each week and vegetables. Her small urban farm located in the midst of the city provides habitat for a work force of beneficial creatures. Learn how everything you do in your own garden touches something else, downstream.

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Lisa Ziegler Restoring Pollinators
Lisa Ziegler - Gardener's Workshop Farm
Flowerless landscapes and gardens are a big contributor to the loss of pollinators. Learn how to include flowers in the landscape and vegetable garden that provide habitat and food for pollinators.

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Lisa Ziegler Easy Seed Starting
Lisa Ziegler - Gardener's Workshop Farm
Learn to plant seeds directly in the garden and how to start seeds indoors using the English method of soil blocking.

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Matthew Goldfarb and Petra Page-Mann 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!

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Matthew Goldfarb and Petra Page-Mann 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.

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Michael Judd Edible Landscaping With a Permaculture Twist
Michael Judd - Ecologia, Edible & Ecological Landscapes/Chelsea Green Publishing
This fun-filled presentation (for the budding gardener and experienced green thumb alike) packs in plenty of creative and easy-to-follow designs that guide you through having your yard and eating it too.

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Groundbreaking Food Gardens
Niki Jabbour - Storey Publishing
Join Niki Jabbour for a dynamic talk showcasing how rewarding it is to grow food. Learn innovative techniques and designs and see how food gardens can be just as beautiful as any ornamental space. Jabbour will tackle common issues (such as shade, slopes and poor soil) and offer ideas for a year-round veggie garden, a fairytale garden for kids, a pollinator plot, a cocktail garden and more!

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The Fall and Winter Vegetable Garden
Niki Jabbour - Storey Publishing
If you want to stretch your season into late autumn and winter, you won’t want to miss Niki Jabbour’s tips and techniques for cold season harvesting. This visual talk will spotlight her favorite season extenders like mini hoop tunnels, cold frames and deep mulching, as well as detail the top crops for fall and winter.

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Pam Dawling 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.

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  Edible Landscaping: The why and how
Rosalind Creasy - Freelance writer/ landscape designer
Join Rosalind Creasy, a pioneer in the field of edible landscaping, as she gives a PowerPoint presentation on the whys and hows of designing a beautiful landscape with edible plants. Among the topics she covers is an A to Z of her recommended beautiful edible plants for home gardens, the positive effects of edibles on the environment, an overview of the wide variety of individual edible landscapes, and styles as well as principles of landscape design particular to edibles.

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Rusty Orner Shiitake Mushrooms: Growing, harvesting and preserving
Rusty Orner - Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living
Come discover the beauty and the rewards of creating the environment for shiitake mushrooms. Rusty Orner will teach you, the beginner, how to grow, harvest, and best preserve shiitake mushrooms, as well as how to strengthen your immune system with them.

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Build Your Own Super Simple Garden Cart
Spike Carlsen - Storey Publishing
A well-built garden cart hauls more than a wheelbarrow, tips less, is easier to load and helps save your aching back. Spike Carlsen demonstrates, step by step, how to build a simple, sturdy garden cart from a single sheet of plywood and a few other readily available materials. Along the way, he shows dozens of tool tips and tricks you can apply to other projects you build, including those from his book The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects. The finished cart is given away after the presentation.

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Tradd Cotter Mycoremediation of Home and Farm Waste
Tradd Cotter - Mushroom Mountain
Many species of edible and medicinal mushrooms sweat powerful enzymes into the environment as they grow, capable of molecular disassembly of complex molecules such as hydrocarbons, aromatic chlorinated compounds, and pesticides. Mushrooms native to your area of the United States are also well-adapted to filter, stun and destroy pathogenic bacteria that accompany failing septic systems, manure holding ponds, and even pet waste runoff.

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Tradd Cotter Shrooming Off the Grid
Tradd Cotter - Mushroom Mountain
Explore great ways to enhance a current mushroom production system or create a revolutionary food system concept of your own. This presentation covers low-tech and no-tech methods for high-yielding edible and medicinal mushroom cultivation with a low-to-no carbon footprint. Tradd Cotter also speaks about solar pasteurization, mycelial magnification procedures, disaster relief modules, utilizing indigenous and invasive plants, mycovermiculture, and circular and perpetual food systems designs.

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Tradd Cotter Medicinal Mushroom Gardens: Cultivation, garden design, and preparing extracts and tinctures
Tradd Cotter - Mushroom Mountain
Explore great ways to enhance a current mushroom production system or create a revolutionary food system concept of your own. This presentation covers low-tech and no-tech methods for high-yielding edible and medicinal mushroom cultivation with a low-to-no carbon footprint. Tradd Cotter also speaks about solar pasteurization, mycelial magnification procedures, disaster relief modules, utilizing indigenous and invasive plants, mycovermiculture, and circular and perpetual food systems designs.

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Adam Danforth 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.

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Adam Danforth 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.

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Alison Martin Marketing Mindset: Selling yourself and your products successfully
Alison Martin - The Livestock Conservancy
Marketing is one of the most overlooked segments of running a small farm. Whether you're selling from your homestead to family and friends, or looking to get your products into the grocery store, this workshop helps determine marketing strategies that will allow you to reap the financial benefits your farm can provide.

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Farming Finances
Brion Smoker - Sweet Valley Suris
Brion Smoker, a certified public accountant (CPA) and successful farmer, discusses the importance of a business plan and goal setting, the most advantageous business entity for your farm, and how to plan for and manage your farm's cash flow. Smoker shares his vast personal experiences as well as examples from his 30 years as a CPA supporting agricultural businesses across the state.

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Claire Orner Composting With Worms
Claire Orner - Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living
Participants will explore a fun, hands-on, interactive, down-and-wormy session where they will learn the Intricacies of the Soil Food Web, the Secret Life of Worms, Composting With Worms, Using Worm Compost for Better Plant Health, Identification of Worm Bin Creatures, and Worm Bin Construction and Maintenance.

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Courtney White The Carbon Ranch
Courtney White
The idea of the carbon ranch involves the potential for removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through plant photosynthesis and related land-based carbon sequestration activities that are both large and largely overlooked. Strategies and co-benefits include: enriching soil carbon, no-till farming with perennials, employing climate-friendly livestock practices, conserving natural habitat, restoring degraded watersheds and rangelands, increasing biodiversity, lowering agricultural emissions, and producing local food. These strategies have been demonstrated individually to be both practical and profitable.

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Elizabeth Rich Taking Care of Business
Elizabeth Rich - Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
Learn about some of the legal issues faced by direct-to-consumer farm businesses. We'll cover choice of entity issues (should you operate as a sole proprietorship, LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp, or other?); employment law issues affecting those hiring interns; zoning and right-to-farm issues; hosting on-farm events; and innovative business models. Bring your legal questions for the question-and-answer session.

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Jason Drevenak Primitive and Modern Fire Making
Jason Drevenak - North American Bushcraft School
Discover the deep connections humans have to fire, and watch demonstrations of several types of primitive and modern survival forms of firecraft, including the bowdrill and hand-drill fires.

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Jason Drevenak Stones and Bones
Jason Drevenak - North American Bushcraft School
Before we had steel for blades and plastic for handles, we made knives from stone and antlers. Before we learned to make clothing from nylon, we used animal hides. Get to see and handle traditional bows and arrows, obsidian and flint knives and arrowheads, buckskin clothing, all kinds of tanned animal hides, handmade baskets and all kinds of other cool things. Jason Drevenak also talks about how Native Americans lived and what they taught the frontiersman about wilderness survival.

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Jennifer Kongs Rock the Crock: Composting basics
Jennifer Kongs and Rebecca Martin - MOTHER EARTH NEWS
You can put kitchen and yard waste to good use by managing the simple, natural process of composting. The presenters, both editors at MOTHER EARTH NEWS, introduce you to easy compost-making methods, including how to "rock the crock" by recycling kitchen waste, “best the bin” by knowing what can be composted, and “play the pile” with a good mix of materials and moisture. In no time, your garden will be flourishing with natural, homegrown fertilizer that you cooked up yourself.

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John Ivanko 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.

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John Ivanko 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.

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Kenneth Rust 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.

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Next Spring Starts Now. Be Ready for the Rush
Kim Flottum - Bee Culture Magazine
Winter well and be ready for next spring. Get your bees ready for those first spring honey flows. Work with them (and not against them) for swarming, and enjoy the best time of year with your bees.

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Rusty Orner Earthen Building
Rusty and Walker Orner - Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living
Explore the joy of playing in the mud. This workshop will include an overview of straw bale construction from below the ground to final plaster, a tour of a yurt with the earthen floor and bottle brick wall, earthen benches, as well as earthen oven construction and firing. Be prepared to be inspired.

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Rusty Orner Herbal Soap Making
Rusty Orner - Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living
Rusty Orner from Quiet Creek will show you how to naturally make soap from scratch, including how to mold, cut, scent, color and texture soap.

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5 Simple Projects and 25 Great Tool Tips for the Backyard Homesteader
Spike Carlsen - Storey Publishing
WCreating your backyard homestead becomes easier, cheaper and more fun as you develop your do-it-yourself skills. Spike Carlsen demonstrates how to build five simple projects for gardening and storage from his book, The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects. Along the way he demonstrates 25 tool tips you can use for all your other backyard projects. Finished projects will be given away after the presentation.

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Ted Carns Off on Our Own: Living off-grid for 38 years
Ted Carns - The Stone Camp
This workshop talks about all of the Carns' "learn as we go" steps to live a zero-waste, off-grid lifestyle ... now for 38 years. A PowerPoint presentation shows their hot water systems plus covers how they actively use other energy sources (such as solar, wind, methane and biofuel). The Carns also garden, make maple syrup, and gather edible and medicinal wild plants.

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Victoria Redhed Miller The True American Spirit: Distilling liquor at home, safely AND legally
Victoria Redhed Miller - New Society Publishers
Currently, distilling liquor without a license is illegal in most countries, including the United States. This talk will cover the basics of distillation, as well as a brief history of liquor licensing in America. Victoria Redhed Miller will discuss her experience going through the Washington State licensing process and share her vision for the future of home distillation in America. A handout and plenty of question-and-answer time will be included.

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Wayne Robins The Importance of Pollinators
Wayne Robins - Nature Ed-Ventures
With the loss of habitat and the dangerous chemicals that are being spread over the land, we are in a crisis situation as we lose important pollinators. In this session, Wayne Robins will discuss what we can do to help re-establish our pollinators with an emphasis on honey bees as well as native pollinators.

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Denise Schreiber Eat Your Roses
Denise Schreiber - St. Lynn's Press
Learn what flowers are edible and which aren't, how to grow and harvest them, ways to use them in your garden, and some great recipes too.

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Elizabeth Rich How to Milk a Goat, Make Raw Milk Cheese, and Stay Out of Jail
Elizabeth Rich - Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
Learn strategies for effective and sanitary hand goat milking to produce milk that is not intended for pasteurization. We'll then make chèvre, feta and ricotta. During the demonstrations, we'll also discuss regulatory trends for raw milk cheesemakers; legal distinctions between cheese production for private vs. public consumption; and enforcement case studies.

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Elizabeth Rich Cheesemaking for the Homesteader: Using plants instead of rennet to make cheese
Elizabeth Rich - Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
Want to make your own cheese, but don't have a calf's stomach on hand for rennet? Nature provides us with many other options. Learn which plants can be used to coagulate milk for home cheesemaking, when they can be gathered, how to prepare them most effectively, and which types of cheeses can be made in this way.

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Eating Fresh From Farm to Table
Janet McKee - SanaView Farms
In this fun and inspiring cooking demonstration, Janet McKee speaks about the importance of eating fresh local foods to support our health, the environment and the local economy. She then demonstrates simple but delicious ideas for fresh eating, and offers a food tasting to attendees. Eating fresh and local has never been so simple and so enjoyable.

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John Plischke Edible Mushrooms and How to Prepare Them
John Plischke - St. Lynn's Press
This PowerPoint presentation and lecture teaches most people about more edible mushrooms than they ever knew even existed, and also features pictures of dishes that can be made with them. John Plischke also discusses where and when to find them (and how to safely tell them apart from their poisonous look-alikes).

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Linda Watson 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.

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Linda Watson 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!

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Lisa Kivirist 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.

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Michael Schwartz Lacto-Fermentation
Michael Schwartz - BAO Food and Drink
This introduction to lacto-fermentation covers the basics of vegetable fermentation. By the end of the demonstration, you will be able to prepare vegetables for fermentation, understand the slat ratio needed for successful fermentation, and know how to check for successful fermented vegetables.

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Nan Chase Drink the Harvest: Delightful Garden Wines
Nan K. Chase - Storey Publishing
There’s a world of light, bright and delicious garden wines waiting just outside your door. Learn how to convert surplus crops of any kind, as well as wild foraged plant material, into wines that will last for years in the bottle and provide memorable drinking with friends and family. Fruits and berries, flowers and herbs, vegetables and root crops, grains and even some leaves can be made into wine. They commonly were in olden times, and still are in some parts of the world. Home winemaking requires a minimal investment in equipment and supplies, and wine “cooks” without any added energy. This workshop covers equipment, sanitation and temperature guidelines, and such processes as racking (clarifying) and bottling wines.

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Nan Chase Can Do Easy Canning
Nan K. Chase - Storey Publishing
Discover how safe, easy and economical it is to preserve food and beverages by canning. Nothing makes a family more secure than having a well-stocked pantry, and canning ensures that no one runs short even during paralyzing blizzards, power outages, or other disruptions.

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Rebecca Martin Meals Under Pressure: Beginning pressure cooking
Rebecca Martin - MOTHER EARTH NEWS
Meals become a snap when you add pressure cooking to your kitchen repertoire. Imagine cooking beans or a beef stew, from scratch, in just half an hour! This introduction covers the basic operation of pressure cookers, reviews a few simple safety rules, and explains how these kitchen marvels preserve flavor and nutrients while cooking foods in a flash.

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How to Cure Bacon
Robin Mather - MOTHER EARTH NEWS
This popular demonstration workshop teaches you how to turn a raw pork belly into 10 pounds (approximately) of delectable bacon! See a maple-black pepper cure and learn some variations, and see how 10 minutes' worth of work and a week to 10 days' curing time can fill your freezer with the best bacon you've ever eaten. Samples will be offered as long as they last. Come early! This one is always standing room only.

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Quick and Easy Homemade Sausages
Robin Mather - MOTHER EARTH NEWS
This demonstration workshop shows you how to make pork breakfast sausage (patties and links), Mexican-style all-beef chorizo and North African lamb merguez. See how to grind the meat, blend in spices, and stuff casings. (This is a demonstration only; there will be no samples.)

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Animal HusbandryAnimal Husbandry

Alison Martin Adding a Cow to Your Family
Alison Martin - The Livestock Conservancy
Come learn everything you need to know about cows from an expert from The Livestock Conservancy. This introductory workshop prepares 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!

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Alison Martin 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.

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Anne Hallowell Hiking and Packing With Llamas
Anne Hallowell, VMD - Peace of the Shenango Farm and Mercer County 4-H Llama Club
Meet the perfect hiking companions for all ages! With their intelligent, gentle ways and naturally low environmental impacts, llamas have been doing this job for more than 5,000 years. Learn how these sturdy animals willingly train to become the ultimate trail companion. Then use llama partners to camp in the back country with amenities and see how much fun packing and hiking can be!

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Faith Schlabach 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.

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Jeannette Beranger 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.

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Jeannette Beranger 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.

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Judith Schwartz Cows, Climate and Why Grazing Matters
Judith D. Schwartz - Chelsea Green Publishing
Discussions of climate tend to focus on the sky ... on greenhouse gas emissions. In this workshop, we’ll look at climate dynamics from a ground perspective, specifically as it relates to livestock. For while livestock are often maligned for their environmental impact, proper management that situates animal behavior in a holistic context can play a key role in addressing climate change. We’ll discuss soil carbon, hydrology, biodiversity and how new research on climate empowers organic farmers and land managers. This perspective offers reasons for optimism and a sense of agency.

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Patricia Foreman Gardening With and for Chickens
Patricia Foreman - Gossamer Foundation
This ever-expanding workshop gives you practical and effective ways to feed and employ chickens in your garden. Learn how chickens create and enrich topsoil. Understand that not all chicken feed has to come from bags. Learn how chickens forage ... and which food they prefer. Use your yard as a mini-pasture (including rotational grazing systems) to build soil fertility and provide fresh graze. Control insects, including ticks and fleas. Integrate different types of fencing by understanding what works, and what doesn't. Build up your garden soil with chicken-assisted biomass recycling that transforms trash into black gold. Birdscape with perennials that your flock will perpetually love. Best of all, Patricia Foreman talks about getting truly wholesome, nutritious, non-GMO homegrown food for both you and your flock. This workshop will help you think outside the coop and inside local food systems.

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Patricia Foreman Chicken Whispering: Discover the chicken you never knew
Patricia Foreman - Gossamer Foundation
There are new ways to handle and communicate with chickens that can result in trust, gentleness and even emotional bonds. But first you must learn how a chicken thinks, and prefers to be treated. It’s sometimes not what you think. Some birds can even be trained to serve as therapy chickens and classroom assistants. Get close and personal with your biddy buddy. Learn the basics of chicken whispering in this cutting-edge, hens-on, nose-to-beak workshop.

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Shawn and Beth Dougherty Fresh Home-Ground Wheat in Artisan-Quality Bread
Shawn and Beth Dougherty - The Sow's Ear Farm and Pottery
Taking advantage of the nutrients in freshly-ground grain shouldn’t mean having to eat heavy, dense or crumbly bread. Learn a few simple steps to making home-ground wheat into light, springy loaves with a tender crumb and resilient slice, perfect for sandwiches or toast.

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Shawn and Beth Dougherty Intensive Rotational Grazing: Temporary Fencing Techniques and Captured Water Systems
Shawn and Beth Dougherty - The Sow's Ear Farm and Pottery
Raising meat for the table doesn’t require many acres, permanent fence, pressurized water or the most desirable farm land. Learn to pasture animals on a tight budget with temporary electrical fencing; inexpensive, low-pressure captured-water systems; and intensive rotational grazing techniques that take the best advantage of poor forage while at the same time improving pasture.

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Victoria Redhed Miller Poultry Unplugged: Free-ranging poultry off the grid or anywhere else
Victoria Redhed Miller - New Society Publishers
With a little planning, you can successfully free-range chickens, turkeys and ducks just about anywhere. The author of Pure Poultry: Living well with heritage chickens, turkeys and ducks tells you how to evaluate pasture space, predator issues, housing and feed concerns, and more, all from firsthand experience. This workshop will include a handout and time for questions.

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Renewable EnergyRenewable Energy

Ben Nelson The DIY Dad's Backyard Projects
Ben Nelson - www.300MPG.org
Learn how anyone can create amazing family fun through useful DIY projects made from salvaged materials. Featuring: The Rocket Grill, Scrap Iron Patio Table, 5-Gallon Bucket Swing, Solar Death Ray, Solar Swing Set, Electric Ice Sled, and more!

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Ben Nelson Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle
Ben Nelson - www.300MPG.org
This DIY, how-to workshop will show you all the steps you need to build your own electric motorcycle. This workshop covers vehicle design concepts, motors, batteries, speed control, budget, charging, legal issues, questions and answers, and more!

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Ben Nelson Build Your Own Electric Car
Ben Nelson - www.300MPG.org
Ben Nelson provides DIY, how-to instruction for anyone wanting to convert a gas car to electric on a budget! This workshop includes info on motors, batteries, charging, legal issues, and more!

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Dan Chiras 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.

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Dan Chiras The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy
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.

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Green BuildingGreen Building

Chris Magwood 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.

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Chris McClellan 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.

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Chris McClellan Building With Mud
Chris McClellan - Natural Cottage Project
Come get muddy with your MOTHER in this hands-on, interactive demonstration. See why more than half of the houses in the world are built from local clay soil. Get your hands (and feet) into the mix in our kid-friendly clay pit or try sculpting your own miniature earthen house at our play table. Regional natural building experts will be on hand to answer questions.

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Natural HealthNatural Health

Billy Galloway 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.

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David Christopher Herbal Remedies That Work
David Christopher, M.H. - School of Natural Healing
The top diseases, cardiovascular health, cancer and diabetes will be discussed. Insight will be given about the condition the body is in when it is at one of these diseased states and about herbal remedies to assist the body into going back to a place of healing and health. Some of those remedies will include proper nutrition and exercise and well as different herbs that can help cleanse, nourish and heal the body.

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David Christopher Flu Prevention and Treatment Tips
David Christopher, M.H. - School of Natural Healing
The three top herbs for flu prevention (echinacea, garlic and elderberry) will be taught, giving the background and the properties of each herb and why they are effective against the flu. An amazing treatment called the cold sheet treatment will be taught, providing step-by-step instructions on how to do it and why it is effective. Learn why a fever isn't always bad, how to handle a "healthy fever," and what it is actually doing for the body ... as well as what nutrition a person should be feeding the body during this time.

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Dawn Combs 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!

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Dawn Combs 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.

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Ella McElwee Food as Medicine
Ella McElwee, PhD, HMD, ND - Health By Choice
There's an ever-growing appreciation of the role of diet in determining our level of health and wellness. It is now well-established that certain dietary practices cause, as well as prevent, a wide range of diseases. More research than ever is accumulating that indicates certain diets and foods offer immediate therapeutic benefit.

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Erin McIntosh Herbal Medicine Making Basics
Erin McIntosh - Mountain Rose Herbs
Making your own herbal medicine is a valuable and empowering skill. Erin McIntosh will show you how to make tinctures, salves, infused oils, syrups, and more preparations in the folk tradition during this step-by-step demonstration. Samples will be passed around to experience firsthand!

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Janet Rejuvenating Our Land and Our Health
Janet McKee - SanaView Farms
In this workshop, Janet McKee discusses how our food growing and eating choices impact not only our health but also the environment (which in turn affects our health). The ripple effect of every choice we are making when it comes to buying and growing food is substantial. Be inspired to make simple, life-saving and delicious choices that rejuvenate both our land and our health.

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Judith Boice Acupressure for the Whole Family
Judith Boice, ND, LAC, FABNO - Seven Winds Institute
Acupressure is a needle-less way of stimulating points on the Chinese acupuncture meridians, reducing pain and improving circulation to the associated internal organs. Using gentle pressure on specific points, you can stop headaches, curb nausea, relieve sinus pressure, improve digestion, soothe anxiety and address menstrual cramps. Practice using acupressure on yourself (and the participant next to you, if he or she is willing!) to experience the immediate benefits of acupressure. Correctly applied, acupressure is safe and effective for people of all ages.

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Judith Boice Essential Oils for Home Health Care
Judith Boice, ND, LAC, FABNO - Seven Winds Institute
Essential oils are incredibly potent forms of plant medicine. One drop of an essential oil is roughly equivalent to 30 cups of tea! Explore 10 essential oils and how to use them safely and effectively for common first aid and health care conditions. Learn which oils are appropriate to use for children and infants and how to use essential oils in a variety of forms.

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Judith Boice Menopause With Science and Soul
Judith Boice, ND, LAC, FABNO - Seven Winds Institute
Explore the physiological, biochemical and hormonal changes that accompany menopause, as well as the inner transformations that mark this life passage. This presentation includes information about the effects of diet, exercise, herbs, phytoestrogens, xenoestrogens, bio-identical hormones, and our personal and cultural attitudes about aging on the journey through menopause. Dr. Judith Boice has given more than 900 talks on menopause, osteoporosis and bio-identical hormones. Her book of the same title was honored with a Silver Medal in the Nautilus Book Awards.

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Linda Conroy 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.

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Linda Conroy Herbs and Fermentation for Digestive Health
Linda Conroy - Moonwise Herbs
Join herbalist Linda Conroy as she shares her five-point approach to improving digestive health. Participants will learn how to incorporate herbs as well as fermented food into their diet to improve digestive health. Harvesting, recipes and preparation techniques will be shared.

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Maureen Burns-Hooker 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.

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Rita Nader Heikenfeld Eating From the Garden of Eden: Best anti-aging Bible herbs and foods
Rita Nader Heikenfeld - Jungle Jim's Culinary Professional
Participants will learn how to grow, cook and preserve Biblical herbs, spices and foods. This sensory presentation is a must for folks who want to be healthier and live longer.

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Robin Bedford 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!

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Robin Bedford 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!

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Sharon Greenspan 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.

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Stephanie Tourles 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.

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Nature and CommunityNature & Community

Douglas Stevenson 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.

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Jean McQuillin My House Our House: Living far better for far less in a cooperative household
Jean McQuillin - My House Our House (MHOH)
My House Our House is for anyone facing new lifestyle choices for the years ahead. If you don't want to live alone, or can no longer afford it, let Jean McQuillin help you explore, plan and realize shared housing options.

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John Moody Building Sustainable Community Through Buying Clubs and Co-ops
John Moody - Farm to Consumer
This workshop will use a hands-on approach to help the beginning and seasoned buying club leader(s) better handle the various demands of organizing and moving food and other products from farmers and vendors to families. It will try to cover the basics: membership agreements, computer and ordering platform options, bookkeeping, legal and tax issues, and more. Identifying the five basic demands a buying club creates and learning how to balance and meet them efficiently and effectively will be the goal.

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Pete Kennedy Wake Up America! The Food Rights Battle Is On
Pete Kennedy, Esq. - Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF)
Pete Kennedy will provide an overview of recent developments in the battle to establish the right of Americans to obtain the food of their choice from the source of their choice.

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Kids' ProgrammingKids' Programming

Alisa Shorey The Busy Bee
Alisa Shorey - Pierce County Beekeepers Association and Dolce Bella Bees
Children will have a hands-on experience with beeswax, pollen, honey and be able to discover an enclosed frame of bees. There will be questions and answer time for the children, as well as coloring photos and other fun brochures for them to take home.

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Dawn Combs 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.

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Hannah Kincaid Seed Starting for Kids
Hannah Kincaid and Jennifer Kongs- MOTHER EARTH NEWS
This workshop provides a hands-on experience for kids interested in getting started on the road to becoming gardening experts. We 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 then assist with the entire seed starting process. (Hands will likely get dirty!)

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Judy Butterflies
Judy Thaler - Nature Ed-Ventures
Did you know those beautiful butterflies are insects? Discover interesting facts about these creatures that everyone loves, and create some beautiful butterfly crafts. Discuss butterflies' interesting life cycle, find out how to attract them to your backyard, learn the differences between butterflies and moths, and more. This workshop is for children ages 5 and older.

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Kristie Smoker Dyeing Alpaca Fiber With Kool-Aid
Kristie Smoker - Sweet Valley Suris Alpaca Farm
This kids' workshop teaches children the steps to dying fiber. Each child gets an opportunity to try the steps and takes a dyed sample of fiber/fleece home.

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Patricia Foreman 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.

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Petra Page-Mann 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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