Seven Springs


Workshops/Speakers: Seven Springs, Pennsylvania

September 12-14, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The DIY Dad's Backyard Projects
Ben Nelson -
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!

Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle
Ben Nelson -
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!

Build Your Own Electric Car
Ben Nelson -
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!

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.

Financing Our Foodshed - Building More Resilient Communities
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 and leader of Slow Money NC (North Carolina) shares how she has catalyzed more than 100 local, peer-to-peer loans in towns across North Carolina. These affordable loans, now totaling more than 1.1 million dollars, helped start up, operate and/or expand more than 50 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Elizabeth Rich
Kids' Goat Milking Demonstration
Elizabeth Rich - Misty Moraine Creamery
Learn all about how to milk a goat. First we'll clean the udder and teats, then we'll demonstrate proper milking techniques. We'll also learn how to strain the milk and store it. Kids can pet the goat, talk to her, and try their hand at milking her themselves!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!)

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.

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.

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.

Seed Starting Simplified
Ira Wallace - Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Learn tips and timing for starting vegetable and herb seeds indoors, transplanting, growing on, and hardening off the young plants. Learn time tables for planting vegetables direct from seed and how you can extend your season with repeat or periodic plantings.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Heretics Unite
Joel Salatin - Polyface Farms
Keynotes: 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.

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!

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.

Sustainable Living Simplified
John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist - 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.

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.

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."

Conduct a Home Energy Audit and Start Saving
Evaluate your home’s energy performance and learn the skills to conduct a DIY home energy audit. Then, learn the top 16 efficiency projects you can implement immediately to start saving today.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lessons Learned from the Sustainability School of Hard Knocks
Lyle Estill - Piedmont Biofuels
For many, the journey toward a lower carbon footprint begins with the built environment. It can also move to food, fuel, clothing, finance, local economy and activism. Come hear about Piedmont Biofuels' journey, which began with backyard biodiesel, and has run the gamut through sustainable agriculture, hydroponics, aquaponics, vermiculture, biochar, local currency and more.

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!

Saving Seeds From Your Favorite Recipes and Medicines
Matthew Goldfarb and Petra Page-Mann - Fruition Seeds
Come learn about how to simply save seeds for your favorite recipes and medicines. If you already make salsa, can tomatoes, pickle, put up roots and squash in the root cellar, or make herbal teas, salves and tinctures, you are most of the way there to saving your own seeds for these foods and medicines.

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.

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.

Energetics of Herbs
Maureen Burns-Hooker - Herbal Sage Farms and The Herbal Sage Tea Company
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.

Crop Planning for Sustainable Vegetable Production
Pam Dawling - Twin Oaks Community
A step-by-step approach to closing the planning circle, so that you can produce crops when you want them and in the right quantities, so you can sell them where and when you need to and support yourself with a rewarding livelihood while replenishing the soil. Never repeat the same mistake two years running!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Reversing and Preventing Chronic Disease – Without Pharmaceuticals
Sharon Greenspan - Wild Success
Participants will learn how disease occurs in the body, what to eat in order to heal, and what to eat in order to prevent disease. Learn about current research in this growing field. Hear stories of reversing heart disease, arthritis, depression, excess weight, menopause symptoms and more!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Herbs to See, to Smell, to Taste!
Sue Goetz - Creative Gardener
Discover the sensory delights of your favorite herbs from garden to table and beyond. A five-senses discovery awaits in the herb garden. Learn about herbs in the garden for fragrance, culinary uses, healing and more. Get to know the top 10 favorite herbs as well as the many ways to grow and use them. Show and tell ideas and tips for harvesting, preserving, culinary applications and crafts, all using aromatic herbs. Also included: Sue’s recipes that use “any” herb, recipes that personalize crafting, care and culinary items.

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!

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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