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Workshops/Speakers: Puyallup, Washington

May 31-June 1, 2014

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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.

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.

Free-Range Clothing
Alina Bartell - Natural Clothing Company
The textile industry takes a heavy toll on our planet and even on your own health. There's a lot to be concerned about: from cotton agriculture being considered the world's "dirtiest" crop due to its heavy use of insecticides to manufacturing requiring huge amounts of energy (as well as using and releasing chemicals into environment). Your favorite T-shirt might have used up a 1/3 pound or more of serious toxins.

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.

Basic Beekeeping
Alisa Shorey - Pierce County Beekeepers Association and Dolce Bella Bees
Learn about the equipment and tools needed to start your own backyard hive.

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.

Raising Goats Naturally
Alison Martin - The Livestock Conservancy
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.

Heritage Breeds Marketing 101
Alison Martin - The Livestock Conservancy
Marketing your products is key to succeeding with rare breeds. Discover the growing market potential for heritage breed food and fiber products, and the avenues to pursue for market success

Brewing Honey Mead and Kombucha
Alison Sheafor-Joy & Mark Joy
Mark Joy and Alison Sheafor-Joy will do a quick demonstration of how to brew a simple honey mead, after which they will demonstrate how to make kombucha and discuss its health benefits. A PowerPoint presentation will make it easy to follow their demos and add a little fun to this joyful presentation.

Natural Crafts
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Associate Editor Amanda Sorell will help young attendees craft their own mini botanical journal using art supplies, apple stamps, and scavenged natural elements (such as leaves and flowers). Kids can bring their own natural finds from around the fairgrounds to incorporate, but aren't required to do so. Come by for a fun, crafty time!

Essential Homemade Beauty Products: Natural lotion and deodorant
Amanda Sorell and Shelley Stonebrook - MOTHER EARTH NEWS
Are you fed up with lathering your body with the harmful chemicals and harsh ingredients in products available on store shelves? So are we! Thankfully, with a DIY attitude and some simple ingredients, you can whip up wonderful, effective natural alternatives to everyday products. We’ll cover what’s in some of the commercially available gunk, and then we’ll show you, step by step, how to make your own natural lotion and deodorant with recipes we actually think work better than store-bought options. At the end, we’ll do a prize drawing to give away a few jars of our homemade lotion and deodorant.

Introduction to Strawbale Construction
Andrew Morrison - Straw Bale Innovations
Interested in building a straw bale house but not sure where to start? This is the place. Andrew Morrison, the straw bale expert at, will give you an introduction to get your ideas flowing for your dream sustainable home.

Financial, Emotional and Environmental Benefits of Living Tiny
Andrew Morrison - Straw Bale Innovations
Join Andrew Morrison as he guides you through what it takes to live comfortably, debt-free and stress-free in a tiny house. This presentation will cover everything from how much money you can save by living tiny to some first steps you can take right now toward a simpler and healthier life. Discover strategies for making the move into full-time tiny house living.

Alpacas as a Sustainable Farming Alternative
Barbara Banks - Apple Country Alpacas
Living with alpacas as a sustainable farming alternative has become one of the more interesting and creative ways to use small to large pastureland acreage. Alpacas wear a fabulous renewable product on their backs and are happy to share it with us on a yearly basis. Come and learn the tangible value of these gentle and ancient creatures of the earth.

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 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!

The DIY Dad's Backyard Projects for Kids
Ben Nelson -
Learn how to make your own recycled backyard fun with DIY eco projects such as the 5-gallon Bucket Swing, Cardboard Clubhouse, Solar PowerWheels, Soda Bottle Sprinkler and much 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!

Whole Grains: Life insurance you eat
Bob Moore - Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods
Bob Moore will talk about the value of including whole grains in your diet every day. Bob's Red Mill is constantly developing new recipes, so it's easy to make whole grains a part of every meal. Moore will talk about the company's commitment to provide whole grains to the world, about its manufacturing facilities, and about its dedication to providing safe, gluten-free foods to those who desire them. Up-to-date information will be shared about nutrition before and during pregnancy and during the first 1,000 days of life (from conception through the age of 2-1/2).

Social Made Simple
Bobbie Bailey - Marketing Puget Sound
Social media participation is an essential tool in networking with potential professional contacts, staying in touch with current and former contacts, recruiting employees, exposure for your farm, and just keeping in touch with the world.

Solar Power Basics and Washington State Incentives for Solar
Brad Burkhartzmeyer - Sun's Eye Solar Power
Solar works great in the Northwest! What would it take to run your house on environmentally friendly solar power? Attend this informational class to learn more about solar power. If you have been wondering if solar could work for you, come to this workshop to find out how it works and about rebates and incentives.

Living Off-Grid With Solar
Brad Burkhartzmeyer - Sun's Eye Solar Power
Do you need power in a remote location? Solar panels can provide all of your power needs for locations far from power lines. In this talk, you will learn what you need to know to have power even though you are off the grid. How do you store the sun-generated electricity to use at night when the sun is not shining? What can you expect from solar panels given the level of sunshine we have in the Pacific Northwest? Learn about small portable solar lighting systems for camping as well as full-scale, home-size systems.

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

Hard Cider for Good Times
Carol Miles - Washington State University
This workshop is an introduction to cider apples, juice qualities that make a good cider, and basic principles of cider production.

Learn to Draw Farm Animals!
Carolyn Guske - Heritage farm animal artist
Learn how to create animal drawings using big shapes and the basics of perspective. Anyone can learn to draw! There will be a demonstration, and then Carolyn Guske will help you with your drawings.

Raw Milk Production: Safety and benefits
Charlotte Smith - Champoeg Creamery for Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
Charlotte Smith's dynamic, engaging and emotional talk covers how and why her family started and maintains a successful, sustainable raw milk dairy. She goes through the history of how pasteurization came to be, and why, with today's technology and with proper training, we can work toward having a pool of safe raw milk for everyone in America! Smith addresses the safety of raw milk production on the micro-dairy level, as well as some key things to look for that both consumers and producers love to learn about. She will also delve into the question "Why raw milk?" ... reviewing all the beneficial enzymes and the new medical paradigm embracing healing probiotics (supported by specific stories of healing from several of her longtime customers). Smith will also cover how raw milk benefits the small farm. Raw milk is a product that gets people to farms each week, so farmers can build from there and offer other products for sale to an audience who already trusts them. She will also demonstrate making fromage blanc from raw milk. It's super easy, anyone can do it, and it's full of beneficial enzymes and probiotics, making it tasty and good for you!

The Right Tools Mean Less Work
Garden bed prep, weeding and irrigation can all be easier if you have the best hand tools and learn how to use them. This session will demonstrate several styles of broadforks, hoes and rakes that are guaranteed to make your gardening chores easier.

Why Choosing Organic May Be More Important Than Heirlooms vs. Hybrids
Cheryl Long, Shelley Stonebrook and Thaddeus Christian - MOTHER EARTH NEWS
A great garden starts with great seeds. Learn the pros and cons of different kinds of seeds, and discover the advantages of seeds bred for organic systems. You’ll learn when hybrids are a good choice, and why some heirloom seeds may not perform as well as they should. Presented by MOTHER EARTH NEWS Editors Cheryl Long and Shelley Stonebrook.

Traditional Bow and Arrow Making
Chris Chisholm - Wolf Camp and the Wolf College
Wolf College staff will set up stations to demonstrate Traditional Bow and Arrow Making, from harvesting and seasoning the best local woods, to sizing, shaping, straightening, stringing, exercising and tillering, notching and nocking, sanding, sealing, and fletching arrows, plus offer a primer on knapping and attaching arrowheads. We will also have a small number of stave blanks and arrow-making kits available for sale all weekend.

Making Leather: Traditional hide tanning
Chris Chisholm - Wolf Camp and the Wolf College
Whether you harvest your own farm animals, go hunting in the fall, or just want to buy hides to make beautiful leather traditionally, this presentation will show you how to honor animal skins for a plethora of uses. Wolf College staff will demonstrate each step of the tanning process, from fleshing to bucking to graining the rawhide, then soaking it in eggs before stretching, buffing and smoking your finished leather for protection against weathering.

Bow Drill Fire, Burn Bowls and Rock Boiling
Chris Chisholm - Wolf Camp and the Wolf College
Help kick-off the FAIR with Wolf College staff, plus friends from area tribes, to start "fire by friction" using the "bow drill" method common to cold climates up north. Then see how logs are burned and scraped to create tools as small as spoons or as large as canoes. Finally, use the Wolf College's "burn bowls" to "rock boil" water from artesian springs collected near the Puyallup Fairgrounds, to make Stone Soup like our ancestors used to.

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.

Traditional Native Welcome and Blessing
Connie McCloud - Puyallup Tribal Canoe Family
The Puyallup Canoe Family opens the Mother Earth News Fair with two traditional coastal songs and dances to welcome the participants and bless the event. Lisa Powers, Bibiana Ancheta and Darkfeather Ancheta will sing a special Annishinawbe Honor Song for Water to start the event off in a mindful state of gratitude.

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.

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.

Is Solar Electricity Right for You?
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.

Food Hub
Dan Hulse - Terra Organics
Food hubs represent an exciting, emerging trend in local and regional food systems development. They tackle a critical need: the infrastructure and business management needed to handle the logistics of bringing food from the farm to the plate—things farmers often don’t have the time or resources to accomplish.

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.

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.

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.

Hemp Returns to Humanity: Building Soil Health and Farmer Revenue With Industrial Cannabis
Doug Fine - Hemp Bound
Strategy is important with hemp: hemp is a rotational bridge crop, so its planting must be timed correctly. Furthermore, to maximize profits, hemp must be harvested correctly to protect both fiber and seed integrity if high end uses. The U.S. stands poised to regain the mantle of this billion-dollar crop whose market is growing 20 percent annually. This event pieces together all the parts of the strategy necessary to bring about a profitable 21st century agricultural revolution.

What in the World Is Happening to Our Honeybees?
Dr. Joe Carson - Complete Bee, Alaska Heavenly Honey
Hear up-to-date information on winter bee losses, colony collapse disorder, chemical cause and effect on honeybees, pollination and stressors on bees, and what it all means for our future food supply.

Live Simply So That Others Can Simply Live
Ed Begley Jr. - 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.

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
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
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!

Clean Up With Herbs
Erin Harwood and Eloyce O'Connor - Garden Delights CSA and Herb Farm
Cleaning can be a real chore, but adding herbs can make it easier and more natural, allowing you to avoid all of those chemicals. Create your own herbal cleaning kit from simple natural ingredients and herbs to save time and money (and enjoy cleaning). Erin Harwood and Eloyce O'Connor will provide recipes and tips to speed cleaning along ... a fun, interactive workshop with delicious smells!

Everyday Uses for Essential Oils
Erin McIntosh - Mountain Rose Herbs
One drop of essential oil is packed with herbal power and a little goes a long way! During this workshop, you will discover how to use these concentrated oils to make your own cleaning formulas, all-natural skin care products, aromatherapy applications, room deodorizers, medicinal preparations, and much more. Erin McIntosh will also discuss important topics like how these oils are produced, determining oil quality, blending techniques, and safety issues around ingesting essential oils and how to properly do a patch test. Samples will be passed around, to experience aromatic bliss!

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!

Ducktails Class
Evan Gregoire - Boondockers Farm
Come explore ducks! Evan Gregoire will bring some ducks and (he hopes) DUCKLINGS! We will talk about handling them and care. Learn about how to raise them and talk to them. We will learn about all the different ducks we can think of. We will have images of various breeds of ducks, as well as scenes from the farm.

Raising Ducks 201: The power of ducks in a permaculture design
Evan Gregoire and Rachel Kornstein - Boondockers Farm
Using ducks on the farm or in the garden is the most beneficial way to increase fertility. They have amazingly efficient snail and slug removal abilities (not to mention giving a place some great energy). In this class, Evan Gregoire and Rachel Kornstein will show some techniques they have used, visit some friends in Oregon using a slideshow, and show some designs for keeping ducks integrated in a permaculture design. This workshop will address multispecies coops, rotation, feeding alternatives, ponds, garden design ... and many other ideas.

Livestock Guardian Dogs: Utilization and training
Evan Gregoire and Rachel Kornstein - Boondockers Farm
Using livestock guardians can take time and patience. This class will demonstrate easy steps you can take to train a livestock guardian dog to bond with your flock. Evan Gregoire and Rachel Kornstein will also show techniques related to fencing and housing options. They will try to have participants leave the workshop with a sense of what a guardian can do for a farm. Gregoire and Kornstein specialize in using Great Pyrenees with poultry, which presents many other challenges, yet the dogs work efficiently with minimal on-farm losses to predators.

One Pot, One Gallon, One Hour Lasagna Cheese
Gianaclis Caldwell - Chelsea Green Publishing
Make all the cheese you need for a hearty, delicious meal of homemade lasagna ... in just one hour! In this class you will learn how to make mozzarella and ricotta, all form the same batch of milk and using the same pot. It's simple and satisfying!

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.

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.

Raising Happy Healthy Chicks
Gordon Ballam - Purina Animal Nutrition
This talk will discuss the fundamentals of raising baby chicks, tips for building coops and developing healthy layers.

Choosing Tractors and Implements: Get the job done safely
Hans Vander Hoek and Jeremy Heiks - Washington Tractor
What work do you want to do with your tractor and implements? What are your typical working conditions? Learn how to understand horsepower and the need for it, select a transmission, operate comfortably and efficiently, select the right size of tractor for you, attach implements, and maintain your tractor.

Tales from the Community Grain Revolution
Heather McLeod - New Society Publishers
Grain is the perfect metaphor for how we've lost control of our food supply, and with it the skills and tools to feed ourselves. Learn how communities from Alaska to Arizona are empowering themselves by reviving local grain production to improve food security, local economies and the environment. Come join the conversation, get inspired and learn how to turn your own community into a hotbed of revolution.

Washington Producer Licenses
Heidi Braley - Washington State Liquor Control Board
Join Heidi Braley as she provides a brief overview of distilleries, wineries and breweries.

Hendrikus Schraven
Growing High-Nutritional Organic Food: Getting the most out of your veggies
Hendrikus Schraven and Nirav Peterson - Hendrikus Organics
Growing organically is healthier for us and for our planet. And getting the most out of our organic efforts means producing the highest nutritionally dense foods possible. Learn how to tell the difference and what you can do to dramatically increase not just the production but also the nutritional density of your crops for an even healthier you.

Hendrikus Schraven
Down and Dirty Ways to Amend Your Soil
Hendrikus Schraven and Nirav Peterson - Hendrikus Organics
From the Master of Soil… It’s all about the soil! And getting your soil to its optimum is the foundation for everything else you will be doing with that soil, regardless of what you grow, or the location you are in. We will get practical, down and dirty, with this lively demonstration on how to test and amend your soil, by yourself, with your own hands. You will be intrigued by these easy and effective ways to discover your soil's ills or strengths. Learn how to improve drainage, root growth, get rid of hard pan and ultimately grow the best food, flowers and trees with our soil amending methods. NOTES: This is practical knowledge and hands-on skills that will get you results in understanding and improving your soil. We will have samples of our typical soils and do demonstrations of different test methods, along with images or illustrations on the screen. Along with hands-on testing, you will learn the best amendments to use, why, when, where and how.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pinch Pots for Kids
Jenni Fritzlan - Cottage Crafted
Bring the whole family to learn how to make your own household items! Join potter Jenni Fritzlan for a fun first pottery project—pinch pots. Learn the ancient skill of working clay and the fulfillment of creating with your own hands.

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!

Jill Nussinow
Fearless Pressure Cooking: The new fast food
Jill Nussinow - The Veggie Queen
Do you want great food fast? Are you afraid of using a pressure cooker because it might blow up? Fear not: Jill Nussinow, the Veggie Queen, has successfully taught pressure cooking for more than 15 years. Taste explosions are all you'll get. Cook the pressure cooker way to save energy, money and your health.

Jo Robinson
Finding Hidden Jewels of Nutrition in Food Markets and Seed Catalogs
Jo Robinson - Natural Health Network
Jo Robinson will tell the story of how we have unwittingly bred healthy plant compounds out of our fruits and vegetables for hundreds of generations. You will learn that these missing "phytonutrients" are now proving to be essential for health and healing. The good news is that Robinson has discovered that some varieties of present-day fruits and vegetables have far more phytonutrients than others.You will learn which ones they are and how to prepare them for optimum health. Home gardeners will be given a list of delicious and nutritious varieties to plant in the Northwest area. New research shows that this groundbreaking information has the potential to reduce your risk of disease and extend your healthy lifespan.

Heretics Unite
Joel Salatin - Polyface Farms
MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR visitors are part of an integrity living that threatens Wall Street and governmental orthodoxy. Modern American orthodoxy assumes that the Dow Jones Industrial Average is far more important than dancing earthworms. That food convenience is far more important than food knowledge. 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.

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.

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.

Artisans Supporting Agrarians: A pottery demonstration
K. Josiah Wheeler - The Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Culture
Josiah Wheeler discusses how craftsmen complement farmers and support and are integral to sustainable, agrarian community. His workshop includes an in-depth pottery demonstration by Jenni Fritzlan, a master potter with the Ploughshare.

The End of Antibiotics: How herbs can help
As antibiotic-resistant bacteria become increasingly numerous and virulent, thanks to the overuse of antibiotics, herbal medicine offers a useful alternative. Inspired by herbalist and author Stephen H. Buhner's remarkable book Herbal Antibiotics: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-Resistant Bacteria, this workshop might scare you silly before it gives you hope, practical advice and a profound appreciation for the partnership of plants.

Finding and Cooking Wild Edible Foods
Kim Chisholm - Wolf Camp and the Wolf College
Join Kim Chisholm for an hour of wild food fun! You’ll learn to identify, harvest and prepare some of the most important wild edibles in the region, including cattail, stinging nettle and hazelnuts. Chisholm will also cover poisonous look-alikes and ways to avoid harvesting hazards. Finally, she’ll transform some wiggly critters into a delectable and nutritious snack. Everything tastes fabulous ... but don’t take her word for it! Try a sample, take home a recipe and cook up a tasty wild treat for your friends and family.

Herbal and Critter Forage for Backyard Chickens
Kim Chisholm - Wolf Camp and the Wolf College
Join Kim Chisholm for an hour of chicken fun! She'll talk about herbs that are safe and beneficial for chickens both in and out of the coop. Then she'll cover the benefits and challenges of finding, keeping and feeding slugs and bugs to your chickens, including growing your own mealworm farm. Next, she'll discuss easy ways to obtain and offer various grains as treats or supplemental forage. And she’ll finish up with several creative treat and trinket ideas to entertain your birds. You're sure to take away a tidbit that your chickens will love.

Solar 101: Solar in Washington state
Kirk L. Haffner, M.S. - South Sound Solar
Come to this workshop to get your questions answered. (This isn't a sales meeting!) Kirk Haffner will cove effectiveness of solar in Washington, how solar powers your home (or business), how to know if your site is right, the incentives and financing available, the latest and greatest technology, Washington-made solar options and the best systems for your goals and budgets. If you are interested in more information, by coming to the workshop you get a free site assessment (and quote) for your home.

Growing Dry Beans and Grains in Your Backyard
Krista Rome - Backyard Beans & Grains
Growing grains and beans may be the most important thing one can learn in the quest to eat more locally. Enhance your pantry and your life by learning the basics of growing your own storable staple crops. Krista Rome will discuss variety selection, planting, maintenance, harvest, threshing, storage and cooking methods. This class is intended for gardeners of all levels, with an emphasis on low-tech methods and hand tools. An optional instruction manual and locally adapted seeds will be available for purchase for those who are ready to get rolling.

Get Your Country On! A companion workshop to Get Your Pitchfork On!
Kristy Athens - Get Your Pitchfork On!
Anyone can sell you on the romance of buying land in a rural place—the book Get Your Pitchfork On! offers real world, practical considerations, so you can make your dream a sustainable reality.

Get Your Country On!, the companion workshop, is a one-hour interactive presentation that walks you through all five sections of the book, giving you things to consider before you strike out into the country, or helps you troubleshoot if you’ve already taken the plunge.

How to Grow Tasty, Nutrient-Dense Fruits and Vegetables
Larry Bailey - Clean Food Farm
"Why is it that only 10% of organically produced fruits and vegetables have more vitamins and minerals than their conventional counterparts? Workshop participants will learn practical techniques they can use in gardens and farms to build better soil to grow nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables that taste better (and are better for you). Learn how to use soil test results to remedy nutrient, microbial and mineral deficiencies found in many Western Washington soils. Also learn how soil health and nutrient content of produce are linked. If you have produce gardening or farming experience, this workshop will help improve your ability to grow tastier, healthier produce.

Crafting Homemade Medicinal Mushroom Remedies
Linda Zurich - Holistic Paths
Medicinal mushrooms are among the most extensively studied herbs of all time, providing an abundance of compelling scientific evidence that verifies their powerful anti-cancer, anti-tumor, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and immune-modulating properties. Empower yourself with essential knowledge about the profound benefits of these safe, gentle, yet incredibly effective adaptogenic herbs, and discover how to craft the most potent and economical homemade medicines from them by using traditional extraction methods that have been practiced by people around the world for thousands of years.

Creating a Holistic Medicine Chest
Linda Zurich - Holistic Paths
When it comes to home treatment of wounds, injuries, and acute or even chronic ailments, we no longer need to rely on a medicine cabinet full of pharmaceutical drugs or over-the-counter products, many of which are toxic and antagonistic to our bodily systems. Learn how to replace these artificial substances with a variety of the most effective and natural earth-based remedies, medicines and practices, all of which work harmoniously with our body's innate intelligence while powerfully catalyzing its inherent ability to heal itself.

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.

The Craft Distilling Industry: An emerging market for Washington farmers
Lucas Patzek - WSU Extension, Thurston County
A “craft distillery” license was established in 2008, with the requirement that half of the raw materials used in the production of craft spirits must be grown in Washington. This regulatory framework is unique in the Pacific Northwest in encouraging the development of regionalized supply-chain relationships between farmers and value-added processors. The new license requirements have lowered the financial bar for beginning distillers, leading to the establishment of 72 operations mandated to use Washington grown crops. Lucas Patzek will share the results from a recent study of how the state's craft distilling industry and its supplying farms have developed following the major shift in regulations coupled with the increasing consumer demand for locally produced products.

Medicinal Bee Gardens
Marilene Richardson - SongCroft Naturals
Bees are essential to our planet’s well-being and their presence on your land will greatly increase your crop yields. Learn how to grow a garden that is not only beautiful and helpful to you but is helpful to bees too.

Homestead Herbal Medicine Chest
Marilene Richardson - SongCroft Naturals
Marilene Richardson from SongCroft Naturals will share tips and resources for your homestead medicine chest. Learn how to use wild plants and items from your kitchen to help with your family's medicinal needs.

Ecological Marketing
Mark Musick - Tilth Association
Learn how to cultivate a year-round income from the garden, farm and kitchen. Based on his 40 years of experience, Mark Musick will talk about strategies for developing loyal customers, creating new products, and utilizing social media, all with an emphasis on adding value while minimizing environmental impacts.

Beginning Beekeeping
Matt Reed - Bee Thinking
Learn about getting started in beekeeping using natural beekeeping methods, including the use of foundationless Langstroth, top bar and Warre hives.

Front Yard Farming and Composting: Easy-Edible Perennials in Yard Debris
Nancy Chase - Shambala Permaculture Farm & Nursery
Learn how to re-purpose woody yard debris in garden beds, instead of tending compost piles, for dramatically successful food landscapes small and large scale. Self watering and fertilizing concepts are proven effective, come enjoy the anecdotes from Shambala Farm experiences having evolving perennial food forests on Camano Island, combined with annual produce production applying no till practices. Convert lawns to food with us!

Ancient Grains/Gluten Free Bread Options: Why Me, Why Now?
Nancy Chase - Shambala Permaculture Farm & Nursery
Shambala Bakery has designed a minimally milled, ancient grain bread and pastry line that is made from mostly organic, and entirely non-GMO, gluten-free and vegan ingredients. Nancy Chase will explain how she evolved this unique product, and why there’s a need now for diversified diets. Eating responsibly grown and processed grains is important to avoid disease and create wellness, and you will learn the hows and whys of ingredient options trending in an overprocessed, genetically modified food culture.

Culinary Agritourism: Eating one’s way to a distinctive sense of place
Patrice Barrentine - Washington State Department of Agriculture
Thinking about culinary agritourism for your farm operation? Learn about food travel trends, partner organizations for travel and marketing, and numerous ways to offer opportunities that fit your farm and personality while diversifying your revenue. Specific time will be given to building a culinary agritourism itinerary for your farm and region with key information that will appeal to travelers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

From Hobby to Business: How to transform your farming hobby into a right livelihood
Rebecca Thistlethwaite - Author, Farms With a Future
You have a huge garden, an orchard, poultry, some milk goats. You give away and barter food with family and friends. You want to quit your day job and devote yourself to your farming habit full-time eventually. Hold on now, partner! Have you analyzed your market, developed a business plan, worked up a budget, and figured out how to price your food properly? Do you want to create a sustainable AND economically viable business? Come to this workshop to hear how to get started in the business of farming.

Funding Opportunities for Farms
Ricky Adams - Northwest Farm Credit Services
Discover the different funding options available for agricultural businesses.

Potent Plantings to Lure Primo Pollinators
Robin Haglund - Garden Mentors®
Whether you garden in containers on a balcony or on a larger plot of land, adding plants for pollinators not only helps the environment and promotes better edible harvests, it also ensures your garden is filled with beautiful flowers and fantastic fragrance day and night. Plus, pollinators – from bees to butterflies to birds and even bats – provide nonstop outdoor entertainment. And, they may even help with pest control and pruning! For those who want to maximize their fruit and vegetable harvests, luring beneficial fauna is key to your success. Join award-winning garden designer, honeybee hive host, and pioneering garden coach Robin Haglund to learn how to develop a gorgeous garden with year-round interest plants that pollinators simply can’t resist.

Shut the Greenhouse Door!
Robin Haglund - Garden Mentors®
One of the biggest challenges to Pacific Northwest gardeners is our long, chilly, wet spring that often lasts well into summer. In this DIY-focused session, learn how employing season-extending tools and structures makes it easy to warm things up so you can cultivate all sorts of plants successfully – edibles and otherwise. Garden Mentors®’ Robin Haglund will provide her firsthand accounts plus a hands-on opportunity to explore many choices available — from single-plant cloches to small urban greenhouses (and everything in between.) Whether you prefer to recycle used plastics, construct a movable DIY tunnel house, build a cold frame, or just want to learn more about designing a smart urban farm that incorporates these elements, this session is for you!

WSDA Food Processing and Dairy Production Licensing Requirements
Roger Beekman - Washington State Department of Agriculture
Review WSDA regulatory requirement for food and dairy production: facility requirements, special processing certifications, and other information related to the safe production of food and dairy products.

Tips on Growing and Nourishing a Healthy Brand
Rusty George - Rusty George Creative
In this fragmented and ADD-ridden marketplace it's becoming more and more difficult to stand out among your competition. Is it your logo that's not compelling enough to reel in prospects? Your website? Or something deeper? In this session, Rusty George breaks down the essence of branding and walks you through his agency's creative process in an entertaining and informative way. He draws upon his 20 years of experience to provide insight about what works in the advertising world and … well, what everyone out there is actually doing right now.

Microhydro: If I knew then what I know now ...
Scott Davis - New Society Publishers
Bring your potential microhydro site data to be used as an example. Learn what you need to know about how to develop energy using small water-powered alternators. Vital to anyone with a possible microhydro site in mind, the workshop also conveys important energy insights of interest to activists, policymakers and anyone with a stake in how we get and use energy.

Put 'Em Up! Your Preserving Questions Answered
Sherri Brooks Vinton - Storey Publishing
Can you pickle that? Or can it? Infuse it, dry it, freeze it or ferment it? Join author Sherri Brooks Vinton for a presentation on the many different ways to preserve your own food. A great session for experienced preservers looking for new ideas as well as anyone who has been thinking about doing a little preserving but doesn’t know where to jump in.

Put 'Em Up! Preserving Pears in Honey Syrup
Sherri Brooks Vinton - Storey Publishing
Sherri Brooks Vinton, author of Put 'Em Up!, Put 'Em Up! Fruit, and The Put 'Em Up! Preserving Answer Book will demonstrate how to preserve pears in honey syrup. Vinton will walk the audience through the Boiling Water Method, the basic method that you use to can your pears or other whole fruits, as well as jams, jellies, sauces, pickles and more.

WSDA Food Processing Licensing
Sheryl Wiser - Cascade Harvest Coalition
This workshop will review the WSDA food processing licensing requirements relating to construction, processes, and procedures.

Cascade Harvest Coalition: Fresh ways to connect farmers and eaters
Sheryl Wiser - Cascade Harvest Coalition
Everyone wants a healthy, sustainable food system, and an integral part of that system has to include accessible, accurate and relevant information for consumers on where and how they can find what's fresh, local and in-season. For farmers, it's just as important they know about resources for reaching consumers and best options, given how busy they are.

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.

Herbal Remedies for Pain Relief
Stephanie Tourles - Storey Publishing
Come hear author, herbalist, and lic. holistic esthetician, Stephanie Tourles, discuss soothing herbal remedies that will help ease the pain associated with backache, arthritis, headaches, and sore, stiff muscles - from her latest book, Hands-On Healing Remedies, highlighting 15 herbs to promote blessed pain relief, comfort, and healing. Learn how these aromatic, topically-applied herbal remedies are made and used. Samples will be available for everyone to experience. Q & A to follow if there is time.

A Garden of Herbs
Sue Goetz - Creative Gardener
Let your five senses guide you through your garden: Herbs can be grown for fragrance, culinary uses, healing and more. Get to know the top 10 favorite herbs as well as the many ways to grow and employ them. Sue Goetz will have show-and-tell ideas and tips for harvesting and preserving, as well as culinary and craft ideas, all using aromatic herbs. Also included: Goetz’s recipes that use “any” herb, and recipes that personalize crafting, care and culinary items.

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.

Herbs to See, to Smell, to Taste: Kid's version!
Sue Goetz - Creative Gardener
Let your five senses guide you through your garden: Herbs can be grown for fragrance, culinary uses, healing and more. Get to know the top 10 favorite herbs as well as the many ways to grow and employ them. Sue Goetz will have show-and-tell ideas and tips for harvesting and preserving, as well as culinary and craft ideas, all using aromatic herbs. Also included: Goetz’s recipes that use “any” herb, and recipes that personalize crafting, care and culinary items.

Herb Gardens in Pots
Sue Goetz - Creative Gardener
Learn about container designs using an herbal theme. From a pasta sauce garden to an aromatherapy theme, get the layouts for beautiful, bountiful herb gardens in containers. Receive tips and tactics for planting, maintaining and designing potted herb gardens. Handouts will include recipes on how to use the herbs you grow!

The Dirt on Dirt Floors
Sukita Reay Crimmel and James Thomson - New Society Publishers
Sukita Reay Crimmel and James Thomson will share dazzling photos, make some mud, and help you walk away knowing much more about the ancient practice of earthen floors ... and how they are done in modern homes. This short workshop could change your life!

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!

Agriculture, Horticulture, Permaculture: How a society based on gardens rather than farms offers a sustainable future
Toby Hemenway - Center for Pattern Literacy
It's no secret that our society has become unsustainable. Modern agriculture, industry and finance all extract more than they give back, and the Earth is starting to show the strain. How did we get into this mess? And, more important, what can we do to help our culture get back on track? The ecological design approach known as permaculture offers powerful tools for the design of regenerative, fair ways to provide food, energy, livelihood, and other needs while letting humans share the planet with the rest of nature. This presentation will give you insight into why our culture has become fundamentally unsustainable, and offers ecologically based solutions that can help create a just and sustainable society. This is the sequel to Hemenway's popular talk, "How Permaculture Can Save Humanity and the Planet, but not Civilization."

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.

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.

Wayne Burleson
Gardening 4 Kids... Wanted "Little Green Thumbs"
Wayne and Connie Burleson - Gardening for Life
Learn how to grow healthy food that makes you healthy! Cultivate portable gardens by recycling rubbish into the best food-growing super soils in the world. With the advice in this demonstration, you can create change you can taste, producing fresh super-foods grown in super soils.

Wayne Burleson
Gardening for Life Made Easy
Wayne Burleson - Gardening for Life
Learn how to take the work out of backyard gardening with no digging, tilling or fertilizing (and less watering). Demonstrations will be presented using cardboard, fast compost making, deep mulching and shotgun seeding. Plus, come and meet secret garden workers.

Wayne Burleson
No Land, No Problem: 'Meals on wheels'
Wayne Burleson - Gardening for Life
Learn how to grow healthy food that makes you healthy! Cultivate portable gardens by recycling rubbish into the best food-growing super soils in the world. With the advice in this demonstration, you can create change you can taste, producing fresh super-foods grown in super soils.

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