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Workshops/Speakers: Seven Springs, Pennsylvania

September 12-14, 2014

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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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