• 2018 FAIR HANDS-ON: DIY BATH BOMBS, SOAKS, AND SALTS; ASHEVILLE, NC

    DIY Bath Bombs, Soaks, and Salts

    Saturday, April 28 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Note: This Hands-On workshops can only be accessed by Saturday or weekend passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance Saturday or weekend pass to the North Carolina FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Soaking in a bath or “Hydrotherapy” has been used for centuries to refresh overworked muscles, treat skin conditions and soothe tired minds. New scientific evidence proves that a good soak does indeed benefit your body and mind. In this workshop you will learn the basics in making your own bath products using all natural ingredients, many of you already have in your own homes. Attendees will create an herbal bath soak, Muscle soothing bath salt and a fizzing bath bomb full of natural salts and herbs to take home and enjoy. Recipes, bath bags and molds are also included so you can create many more of your own unique products to use and give as gifts. Bath basics such as color, sound, and temperature will also be discussed so you can create a spa like environment in your own home.

    A ticket is required to participate in select Hands-On workshops. Space is limited. To guarantee your spot we recommend ordering an advance pass. A small number of passes will be available to purchase at the event.

    All Hands-on workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

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  • 2018 FAIR HANDS-ON: BUTTERMAKING; ASHEVILLE, NC

    Learn To Churn: Buttermaking

    Saturday, April 28 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

    Note: This Hands-On workshops can only be accessed by Saturday or weekend passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance Saturday or weekend pass to the North Carolina FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills!

    Learn how easy it is to make your own delicious butter with Gianaclis Caldwell of Pholia Farm Creamery!

    A ticket is required to participate in select Hands-On workshops. Space is limited. To guarantee your spot we recommend ordering an advance pass. A small number of passes will be available to purchase at the event.

    All Hands-on workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

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  • 2018 FAIR HANDS-ON: FACE CREAM; ASHEVILLE, NC

    Rosemary's Famous Face Cream

    Saturday, April 28 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

    Note: This Hands-On workshops can only be accessed by Saturday or weekend passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance Saturday or weekend pass to the North Carolina FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    With simple ingredients and a blender you can whip up a fabulous facial cream that can be easily personalized for your skin type. Join Rosemary Gladstar as she shares her favorite face cream recipe and demonstrates how to mix and blend the ingredients so that they blend perfectly into a moisturizing, nourishing cream for face and body. Samples and recipes shared.

    A ticket is required to participate in select Hands-On workshops. Space is limited. To guarantee your spot we recommend ordering an advance pass. A small number of passes will be available to purchase at the event.

    All Hands-on workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

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  • 2018 FAIR HANDS-ON: MAYONNAISE; ASHEVILLE, NC

    Healthy Homemade Mayonnaise

    Saturday, April 28 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

    Note: This Hands-On workshops can only be accessed by Saturday or weekend passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance Saturday or weekend pass to the North Carolina FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Join Patricia Foreman for some delicious hands-on fun! Salad dressings make salads delicious and healthy. Once you make the basic mayonnaise, you are set to make any dressing of your choice: ranch, blue cheese, Caesar and more! Understand which oils, emulsifiers, herbs and spices are superior for human nutrition and taste. When you understand the basic food chemistry of emulsions and you are also enabled to make sauces, gravies, smoothies and other gourmet delights. By the end of this hands-on workshop you will have made mayonnaise to take home with you.

    A ticket is required to participate in select Hands-On workshops. Space is limited. To guarantee your spot we recommend ordering an advance pass. A small number of passes will be available to purchase at the event.

    All Hands-on workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

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  • 2018 FAIR HANDS-ON: MEAD; ASHEVILLE, NC

    Making Your Own Mead Starter

    Sunday, April 28 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

    Note: This Hands-On workshops can only be accessed by Sunday or weekend passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance Sunday or weekend pass to the North Carolina FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Fermenting mead with wild yeasts offers myriad benefits to health and well-being. Learn how simple it is to capture and cultivate yeasts for your own batch of wildcrafted mead!

    A ticket is required to participate in select Hands-On workshops. Space is limited. To guarantee your spot we recommend ordering an advance pass. A small number of passes will be available to purchase at the event.

    All Hands-on workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

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  • 2018 FAIR HANDS-ON: NATURAL CLEANERS; ASHEVILLE, NC

    Make Your Own Natural Cleaners

    Sunday, April 28 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

    Note: This Hands-On workshops can only be accessed by Sunday or weekend passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance Sunday or weekend pass to the North Carolina FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Kate Kordsmeier examines why it's so important to make your own cleaners, covering the toxic and harmful chemicals found in commercial, store-bought cleaners. She'll also talk about how it's fun, easy and so much more affordable than buying green cleaners. Kordsmeier goes over the basic ingredients to keep on hand that help you make nearly every time of cleaner.

    A ticket is required to participate in select Hands-On workshops. Space is limited. To guarantee your spot we recommend ordering an advance pass. A small number of passes will be available to purchase at the event.

    All Hands-on workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

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  • 2018 FAIR HANDS-ON: SAUSAGE SPICE; ASHEVILLE, NC

    Mastering Spice Blends for Making Sausage and Dry Rubs

    Sunday, April 28 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

    Note: This Hands-On workshops can only be accessed by Sunday or weekend passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance Sunday or weekend pass to the North Carolina FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Join author, butcher, and cook Meredith Leigh for an immersion into the world of flavor. In this hands-on session, participants will learn how to curate the perfect ratio for seasoning homemade sausage and dry rub, and then pick from a host of spices and herbs to create their own sausage seasoning blend. Then, one spice blend will be chosen for a live sausage demo and tasting during the class. Attendees will leave with ideas for new flavor combinations to try, knowledge about buying and storing bulk spice and herb, fail-proof ratios for curating their own seasoning blends and rubs, cooking tips, and pro techniques for marinating and sausage making.

    A ticket is required to participate in select Hands-On workshops. Space is limited. To guarantee your spot we recommend ordering an advance pass. A small number of passes will be available to purchase at the event.

    All Hands-on workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 8694

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  • 2018 FAIR HANDS-ON: SOURDOUGH; ASHEVILLE, NC

    Sourdough Starters

    Sunday, April 28 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

    Note: This Hands-On workshops can only be accessed by Sunday or weekend passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance Sunday or weekend pass to the North Carolina FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.

    Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!

    Sourdough starter, activated by wild yeast, can be used for making a lot more than just loaf breads and pizza! Join experienced and passionate sourdough baker Victoria Miller for a hands-on experience where you will learn to make and maintain your very own sourdough starter to take home and use for making bread or pizza.

    A ticket is required to participate in select Hands-On workshops. Space is limited. To guarantee your spot we recommend ordering an advance pass. A small number of passes will be available to purchase at the event.

    All Hands-on workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 8693

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  • AQUAPONICS 101 WITH LUCKY CLAYS FRESH; ASHEVILLE, NC

    Aquaponics 101 presented by Luck Clays Fresh

    Note: Passes will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event. Please save your order confirmation.

    MOTHER EARTH NEWS presents Luck Clays Fresh's Bradley Todd for this full day intensive breakout session scheduled for Friday, April 27, from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the WNC Agricultural Center.

    What does it take to build a sustainable Aquaponics system? Learn the science, management, and operation of this age-old farming method that can be used anywhere! With this self-contained mini-ecosystem, you can provide fresh fish and produce year round for you and your family. How to choose the best fish species, avoiding common mistakes, proper system construction, and more will be covered during this day-long intensive workshop with Lucky Clays Fresh.

    Schedule:

    Aquaponics 101 - 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
    System & Components - 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
    Break
    System Construction - 10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
    Water Quality - 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    Lunch (A food truck will be available on site.)
    Species Selection - 12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
    System Management & Harvesting - 1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
    Break
    Nutrient Dynamics - 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Growing/Cultivation - 3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
    Pest Management - 3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

    This session is designed to be very personal and interactive, so space is strictly limited. Reservations are available first-come, first-served. Do not miss this one-of-a-kind experience!

    This workshop is nonrefundable and nontransferable

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  • HEMP INTENSIVE; ASHEVILLE, NC

    Note: A separate pass is required for this workshop. This workshop can only be accessed by weekend or preferred seating passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance weekend pass or preferred seating pass to the North Carolina FAIR. Passes will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event. Please save your order confirmation.

    MOTHER EARTH NEWS is excited to bring together regional hemp experts Blake Butler, Frances Tacy, and Brad Todd for an intensive workshop for those looking to start a hemp business! Join us Saturday, April 28 from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. to start your hemp journey.

    This session will include in-depth information on the legality, growing, and processing of hemp plants. This is an advanced workshop, recommended for licensed hemp growers or growers in the process of getting their license.

    (Please note: Schedule subject to change.)

    2:30-3:00 – Blake Butler

    • Overview of Industrial Hemp: History, Farm Bill of 2014, Participating States
    • A Closer Look at NC: How many growers and acres for fiber, food, and CBD
    • Opportunities & Challenges

    3:00-3:30 – Frances Tacy

    • Perspectives and Opportunities for Industrial Hemp in Food & Fiber
    • Small-scale field growing 1-10 acres for Food & Fiber
    • Connecting to Resources - the spirit of entrepreneurship
    • Local/Regional Businesses & Processors currently in product development & distribution

    3:30-4:15 – Brad Todd

    • Planting Techniques
    • The growing season: time-line from plant to harvest (clones & seed)
    • What to look for, measure and test

    4:15-5:30 – Panel Discussion

    This session is designed to be very personal and interactive, so space is strictly limited. Reservations are available first-come, first-served. Do not miss this one-of-a-kind experience!

    This workshop is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

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  • HOMESTEAD PLANNING WITH THE PLOUGHSHARE INSTITUTE; ASHEVILLE, NC

    Note: A separate pass is required for this workshop. This workshop can only be accessed by weekend or preferred seating passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance weekend pass or preferred seating pass to the North Carolina FAIR. Passes will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event. Please save your order confirmation.

    MOTHER EARTH NEWS has partnered with The Ploughshare Institute for this intensive workshop on homestead design and planning. Join Butch Tindell from 9:30 - 12:30 on Saturday, April 28 to start your homesteading journey on the right foot!

    Proper design and planning are essential for a successful homestead. A well thought out design and plan for implementation will save time and money as well as limit frustration and possibly failure. Unfortunately, many folks launch out on the homesteading journey without a road map and later find themselves lost.

    This workshop will empower you to begin the design and planning process, providing you with a clear road map that will help you reach your destination of a successful homestead. The Ploughshare Institute instructor Butch Tindell will also “cut through the weeds” of the almost innumerable options and information, books and internet data to help you find the best and most helpful resources. Finally, to inspire and encourage, Butch will illustrate examples of vibrant, thriving homesteads.

    Topics include

    • Why Homestead?
    • The Necessity of a Dream—It all begins with a dream
    • Lifestyle Decisions—‘Tis a gift to be simple
    • Developing Eco-literacy or “How to think like a farmer”
    • The Farm Planning Process

    This session is designed to be very personal and interactive, so space is strictly limited. Reservations are available first-come, first-served. Do not miss this one-of-a-kind experience!

    This workshop is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Butch Tindell has over 35 years of experience gardening, farming and ranching, serves as an instructor with The Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Culture and has extensively researched agriculture issues. He has taught sustainable farming and ranching to hundreds of beginning and experienced farmers and gardeners as well as developed numerous courses and curricula. He has also published several manuals and articles on gardening and farming. In addition, he has worked on farm and ranch projects and project designs ranging in size and scale from small backyard gardens and farms of less than one acre to ranches of over 10,000 acres in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Idaho. He has research and work experience with bio-intensive food production, permaculture and holistic management. He holds a Permaculture Design Certificate from Oregon State University and has studied with leaders in regenerative agriculture such as John Jeavons, Dr. John Navazio, Darren Doherty and Allan Nation.  In addition, he has either started or helped to start several successful small-scale food enterprises that produce and market farm products. Together with his wife, Diane and their children and grandchildren, they raise cattle, sheep and pecans at Aquilla Valley Farm, their small-scale, diversified family farm in central Texas.

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  • THE POWER OF POULTRY: BREEDING A BETTER BIRD; ASHEVILLE, NC

    Note: A separate pass is required for this workshop. This workshop can only be accessed by weekend or preferred seating passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance weekend pass or preferred seating pass to the North Carolina FAIR. Passes will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event. Please save your order confirmation.

    MOTHER EARTH NEWS in collaboration with The Livestock Conservancy and author/speaker Patricia Foreman present this half day intensive breakout session scheduled for Sunday afternoon, April 29.

    Now that you have a coop and are comfortable with raising chickens maybe you are thinking of making the leap to become a breeder or maybe you just want to learn what it takes to go there? In this interactive session, you will learn the common sense basics of setting up for a breeder flock and how to make good breeding decisions for creating birds that meet breed standard while producing better meat and eggs in the process. Over time, you can make great improvements to your flock, which will translate to healthier, more productive, and ultimately more valuable birds.

    This session will include hands-on instruction for handling live chickens for the purpose of breeding birds and their evaluation as well as hands on egg selection from a variety of quality and ages. (Please note: Schedule subject to change.)

    12:30-1:30 – Hands-on Chickens

    There are ways to handle chickens that result in lower stress for the birds and ensure they are handled safely while they are being evaluated. Highlights in this section include:

    • Learn how to hold a chicken so it is comfortable, content, and secure.
    • Calm a bird in hand immediately without stress or trauma.
    • Restrict a bird for medical treatment.
    • Evaluating birds for selection as breeders
    • Methods of individual bird identification and tracking the flock’s progress

    1:30-3:00 – Incubation and Selecting the Best Eggs for High Hatch Rates and Healthy Chicks

    Incubating eggs is a life-skill that allows you to maintain self-perpetuating flocks. Highlights in this section include:

    • How to select Incubators that you can buy—or make.
    • Nutritional needs of the breeding flock prior to hatching season
    • Finding and setting the best eggs
    • How embryo development in the shell affects hatch-ability.
    • The critical phase of chicks hatching out.
    • The first week of chick-hood & chick nutrition for optimal health.

    3:00-4:30 – Protecting Your Investment - Predator Tips, Tricks and Techniques that can Keep Your Birds Safe and Alive.

    All carnivores love a chicken dinner. This puts every lawn and pastured flock at risk both urban and rural. There are many things flock owners can do to lessen the losses. This section dives deeply into ways of flock protection, including:

    • reflective deterrents
    • fencing strategies
    • pop-holes exposure and position
    • bird-scape design with plants and structures
    • canine poultry protectors and much more.

    This session is designed to be very personal and interactive, so space is strictly limited. Reservations are available first-come, first-served. Do not miss this one-of-a-kind experience!

    This workshop is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 8741

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