Seven Springs


Workshops/Speakers: Puyallup, Washington

May 31-June 1, 2014

Workshop speakers are listed alphabetically by speaker’s first name. To narrow your search, click on the categories listed on the left.

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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.

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.

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.

Choosing Tractors and Implements: Get the job done safely
Hans Vander Hoek - 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

So You Want to Be a Beekeeper?
Shane Gebauer - Brushy Mountain Bee Farm
Now is the time to be thinking about starting your beekeeping career next year. During the workshop, we will start with a broad overview of what it means to be a beekeeper. What is the time commitment? Do I have enough space? What will it cost? Is it right for me? These are questions which will be answered. Then we will talk about the basic equipment needed and how to get bees.

Is Your Hive Ready for Winter?
Shane Gebauer - Brushy Mountain Bee Farm
What does it take to get your hive through winter? Good preparation! We will look at some of the important factors that affect wintering success. What does it mean to have a healthy hive? Does the colony have sufficient food stores? How do you buffer against the winter elements?

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