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Sandor Ellix Katz

August 14, 2017

Sandor Katz at Sterling College

On August 14, world-renowned fermentation educator and author Sandor Katz will lead a hands-on exploration of the production of fermented vegetables, fruits, grains, and beans.

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For Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience

May 27th, 2017 - 12:00 am

Tradd Cotter at Pacolet Area Conservancy

Location: 850 N. Trade Street, Tryon, NC, 28782 | Authors: Tradd Cotter

Join mushroom expert Tradd Cotter, mycologist and founder of Mushroom Mountain, for a fascinating lecture on native plants and their fungal partners on May 27. In order to sustain life on this planet, a complex matrix of organisms has evolved to orchestrate the balance. Plants and fungi have merged and continue to unveil the benefits of collaborating with nature. We have a lot to learn from these relationships, and understanding the respect they have for each other can teach us more than just soil biology. Our native plant communities are communicating through their own internet, reaching out to other organisms to help repair the ecosystems that perpetuate life on this planet.

Category: Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience
Format: Lecture 
Book: Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation - Simple to Advanced and Experimental Techniques for Indoor and Outdoor Cultivation 

June 1st, 2017 - 12:00 am

Tradd Cotter at Sterling College

Location: Sterling College, Craftsbury Commons, VT | Authors: Tradd Cotter

Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycorrhizae: Tradd Cotter leads an exclusive four-day immersion course that dives into mushroom ecology and basic identification, farm reproduction methods and cultivation, mycoremediation, and medicinal mushrooms, extracts, and tinctures. Beginners and advanced students alike will walk away with the knowledge and skills needed to accomplish a range of personal or professional goals, including: cultivating fungi on small and large scales, incorporating edible mushrooms and beneficial fungi into garden designs, identifying wild mushrooms, cultivating and preparing medicinal mushrooms, and cleaning contaminated soils and polluted water through mycoremediation. June 1-4

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Category: Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience
Format: Course 
Book: Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation - Simple to Advanced and Experimental Techniques for Indoor and Outdoor Cultivation 

June 3rd, 2017 - 9:00 am

Peg Schafer at the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm

Location: CA | Authors: Peg Schafer

Peg will lead a one day intensive program giving an in depth look at the managing a medicinal plant nursery and/or farming operation with the goal of producing efficacious medicine. This program is for both growers with some agricultural experience and experienced gardeners. Growers will garner information to build or refine their operation to produce these sought after qualities. Cost: $150 For registration and/or questions contact Peg: [email protected]

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Category: Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience
Format: Course 
Book: The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm - A Cultivator's Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production 

June 3rd, 2017 - 9:00 am

Katrina Blair at Luke Adler Healing

Location: Eugene, OR | Authors: Katrina Blair

Wild Plant Wisdom Workshop - June 3, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM $33/person (kids free) Includes: Immersion in our natural environment, hands-on experience connecting with the edible and medicinal plants, sacred movement practices, and celebrating with a wild foods lunch! Free Friday Night Class 6/2 at 7:00 PM

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Category: Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience
Format: Workshop 
Book: The Wild Wisdom of Weeds - 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival 

June 9th, 2017 - 12:00 pm

David Asher at the Mother Earth News Fair- Burlington

Location: Champlain Valley Fair Grounds, Essex Junction, VT | Authors: David Asher

David will present three workshops at the Vermont Mother Earth News Fair this summer. The workshops will include: Natural Cheesemaking Learn to make delicious cheese with milk’s indigenous microbes. Find out how possible it is to grow your own bacteria, fungi and yeasts at home. Be inspired by a more traditional cheesemaking approach, and never buy another package of freeze-dried Penicillium roqueforti spores ever again! Dairy Fermentation Learn to work with kefir grains to make delicious fermented dairy products. Witness how kefir can serve as a starter culture for making a broad selection of dairy products including buttermilk, crème fraîche and cultured butter. It’s easier than you think! Cheesemaking for Little Cheese Eaters Did you know that you can make cheese at home? Learn some easy recipes that will impress your parents. Make two fresh cheeses: yogurt cheese and farmers cheese.

Category: Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience
Format: Workshop 
Book: The Art of Natural Cheesemaking - Using Traditional, Non-Industrial Methods and Raw Ingredients to Make the World's Best Cheeses 

June 9th, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Dave Jacke at Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute

Location: Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute, Auburn, NY | Authors: Dave Jacke

Friday Evening Public Talk: 7-9 PM Suggested $10 at the door Saturday-Sunday Workshop: 8:30-5 Sliding Scale $180-$250 You can come to the evening lecture alone, or register for the whole weekend and get into the lecture free. More details to come!

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Category: Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience
Format: Workshop 
Book: Edible Forest Gardens: 2 Volume Set 

June 10th, 2017 - 12:00 am

Amy Halloran at Taste of Troy

Location: Troy, NY | Authors: Amy Halloran

Amy Halloran will guide us through the Farmers Market to meet the farmers who grew the ingredients selected for the savory and sweet crepes and waffles that will be enjoyed at the end of the tour. Then while Amy is off preparing our feast, Amy Koren-Roth (founder and forever foodie of Taste of Troy Food Tours) will set the historical stage of 19th Century Troy, including its special connection to a key kitchen tool and ingredient that will be used in preparing our breakfast feast. We will get insights into wine pairing for our meal at one of Clark Hospitality’s many Troy establishments – Twenty-Two 2nd Street Wine Company. Finally returning to the Arts Center to savor our breakfast and get insights into grains.

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Category: Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience
Format: Lecture 
Book: The New Bread Basket - How the New Crop of Grain Growers, Plant Breeders, Millers, Maltsters, Bakers, Brewers, and Local Food Activists Are Redefining Our Daily Loaf 

June 10th, 2017 - 12:00 pm

Shawn and Beth Dougherty at Mother Earth News -Burlington

Location: MEN FAIR-VT, Burlington, VT | Authors: Beth Dougherty and Shawn Dougherty

Shawn and Beth Dougherty will present the following workshops at the Mother Earth News Fair in Burlington, VT, on June 10-11. They include: Not Suitable for Agriculture: Good Farming with Poor land, small savings, and a lot to learn Forage-Based Family-Scale Food Production Mixed Species Management: Intensive Grazing on the small family farm

Category: Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience | Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience
Format: Workshop 
Book: The Independent Farmstead - Growing Soil, Biodiversity, and Nutrient-Dense Food with Grassfed Animals and Intensive Pasture Management 

June 12th, 2017 - 12:00 am

David Asher at Sterling College

Location: Sterling College, Craftsbury Commons, VT | Authors: David Asher

The Art of Natural Cheesemaking: From culture propagation to rennet coagulation and on to affinage, this comprehensive and hands on course covers nearly all aspects and styles of farmhouse cheesemaking. Five days of learning allows students to prepare many styles of cheese and observe the stages of their evolution, providing insight into how many cheeses can evolve from the very same milk, with the same culture, and the same rennet. The course will focus on natural methods and a full circle approach to home and micro-scale cheesemaking. Class begins with a session on dairy fermentation, covering kefir, creme fraiche, cultured butter, yogurt, clabber, and quark. Next, we will explore fresh lactic cheeses such as cream cheese, chèvre, and geotrichum-candidum ripened lactic cheeses, including Crottin, Valencay and Saint Marcellin. We’ll deepen our study by looking at rennet cheeses: One morning, we’ll prepare a basic curd that can become many different styles of cheese. By the afternoon, the curd’s acidity will have developed, enabling us to stretch the cheese into mozzarella, burratta, and other pasta filata cheeses. We will then investigate blue cheeses and explore the different rind ecologies, including the white fungus of Camembert and the orange rinds of Limburger. Last, we make an Alpine Cheese and a Cheddar; with their leftover whey we prepare a batch of fresh, warm Ricotta. “The Art of Natural Cheesemaking” offers a well-rounded understanding of the opportunities available to safely and deliciously create value-added dairy products ecologically and without reliance on manufactured cultures. June 12-16

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Category: Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience
Format: Course 
Book: The Art of Natural Cheesemaking - Using Traditional, Non-Industrial Methods and Raw Ingredients to Make the World's Best Cheeses 

June 27th, 2017 - 12:00 am

Eric Toensmeier at North American Agroforestry Conference

Location: Virginia Tech, Squires Student Center, Blacksburg, VA | Authors: Eric Toensmeier

Eric Toensmeier will keynote at the 2017 North American Agroforestry Conference at Virginia Tech on June 27-29. Early registration begins February 15, 2017

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Category: Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience
Format: Keynote 
Book: The Carbon Farming Solution - A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security 

July 8th, 2017 - 9:00 am

Tradd Cotter - Mushroom Cultivation Workshop

Location: Mushroom Mountain Farm, Easley, SC | Authors: Tradd Cotter

Taught personally by Tradd Cotter on-site at the Mushroom Mountain Farm in Easley, SC. Participants will learn fungal ecology and life cycles, while immersed in hands-on methods to cultivate mushrooms on logs, stumps, wood chips, and straw, designing mushroom gardens, and composting or recycling with fungi. Directions and more information will be mailed to you upon registration. Must register in advance. This workshop is limited to 30 people and typically sells out. Requests for waiting list possible if full and there is a cancellation. Price: $200

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Category: Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience
Format: Workshop 
Book: Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation - Simple to Advanced and Experimental Techniques for Indoor and Outdoor Cultivation 

July 14th, 2017 - 12:00 am

Dave Jacke at Omega Institute

Location: Omega Center for Sustainable Living, Rhinebeck, NY, 12572 | Authors: Dave Jacke

Ecological design pioneer Dave Jacke draws out the fundamentals of ecological design as we engage with ecological principles and practices, and review case studies from around the world. Tuition: $350 July 14-16, 2017

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Category: Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience
Format: Course 
Book: Edible Forest Gardens: 2 Volume Set 

July 17th, 2017 - 12:00 am

Joel Salatin at Polyface Farm

Location: Polyface Farm, Swoope, VA | Authors: Joel Salatin

Polyface Intensive Discovery Seminar Two out of every three years, Polyface offers this two-day, six meal (it’s worth coming just for the meals) intensive seminar limited to 30 people in order to maintain intimacy. If you ever wanted to go behind the scenes with the Salatin family, this is your opportunity. We actually process chickens, process rabbits, go up the mountain to see pigs, discuss water systems and road building. 2017 Polyface Intensive Discovery Seminar Dates July 17-18 July 21-22 July 28-29

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Category: Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience
Format: Workshop 
Book: Fields of Farmers - Interning, Mentoring, Partnering, Germinating 

July 21st, 2017 - 12:00 am

Katrina Blair at Wild Plant Permaculture Course

Location: 848 East 3rd Ave, Durango, CO, 81301 | Authors: Katrina Blair

The Wild Plant Permaculture and Practices of Sacred Ecology Course is a 8 day intensive with hands-on instruction focusing on an integration of wild edible and medicinal plants and holistic health as part of the daily practices. These practices assist in the alignment of harmony between our internal landscape and our external environment. This course highlights cultural transformation through the power of community. We will begin with reviewing the permaculture basics, and then dive in to learning about how wild plants embody permaculture and cooperate to enhance the environment for the benefit of all. We will experience hands-on projects and deepen our understanding of permaculture design through explorations of sacred ecological practices and social permaculture. We will look to the wild wisdom for inspiration and support while we re-design own rhythmic patterns and community engagement. Realizing the power of awareness, gratitude, and intention, as well as the power of cooperative community, we will find ways we can each participate more powerfully in a regenerative transformation of the world. Suggested Donation $1111 (includes all lodging, food and instruction)

Category: Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience
Format: Course 
Book: The Wild Wisdom of Weeds - 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival 

August 12th, 2017 - 10:00 am

Peter Burke at NOFA MA Summer Conference

Location: NOFA MA SUMMER CONFERENCE, Amherst, MA | Authors: Peter Burke

Saturday, 10-11:30 AM Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening This workshop is a hands-on tutorial on how to grow ALL your salad greens with no light and no special equipment, all year-round. Everyone will plant a tray of greens to take home. We will also sample a salad of soil sprouts. Peter Burke: Has been teaching garden classes since 2006; started thedailygardener.com to provide seeds for indoor gardening. Jake Burke: Studied Sustainable Agriculture & Food Justice at Hampshire College, presently living/gardening in Northampton, MA.

Category: Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience
Format: Workshop 
Book: Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening - How to Grow Nutrient-Dense, Soil-Sprouted Greens in Less Than 10 days 

August 13th, 2017 - 8:00 am

Elizabeth Henderson at NOFA SUMMER CONFERENCE

Location: NOFA SUMMER CONFERENCE, Amherst, MA | Authors: Elizabeth Henderson

How Can We Achieve Food Sovereignty If Small Farms Can’t Survive? Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: why aren’t more small farms thriving without off-farm income? If US workers don’t want to work on farms and the flow from abroad is slowing, who will do farm work? How can we balance the needs of farmers, farmworkers and low-income eaters? Elizabeth Henderson: Organic farmer, on boards of NOFA-NY and Agricultural Justice Project. Jessica Culley: CATA General Coordinator, 17 years organizing for farm workers.

Category: Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience
Format: Workshop 
Book: Sharing the Harvest - A Citizen's Guide to Community Supported Agriculture, 2nd Edition 

August 18th, 2017 - 12:00 am

Dave Jacke at Omega Institute

Location: Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY | Authors: Dave Jacke

Designing Educational Ecoystems: A 9-Day Permaculture Educator Training Seasoned educator Dave Jacke and his team guide you to: assess and design for students’ learning niches; create effective learning environments; plan for, budget, and market an event; and devise multifunctional, functionally interconnected courses where the whole experience is greater than the sum of the sessions. August 18-27

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Category: Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience
Format: Course 
Book: Edible Forest Gardens: 2 Volume Set 

August 23rd, 2017 - 12:00 am

David Asher at Linnaea Farm

Location: Linnaea Farm, Cortes Island, British Columbia, Canada | Authors: David Asher

From culture propagation, to rennet coagulation and on to affiance, this five-day-class is an in-depth exploration of the many possibilities of cheese. Students should expect to gain a full understanding of how all of the different styles of cheese are inter-related, and how to bring about the ecological conditions that develop the diverse flavours and forms of cheese. The length of the class allows participants to see cheeses through their many stages of development, and witness the growth of the many ripening cultures that define them. Sold out.

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Category: Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience
Format: Workshop 
Book: The Art of Natural Cheesemaking - Using Traditional, Non-Industrial Methods and Raw Ingredients to Make the World's Best Cheeses 

September 9th, 2017 - 9:00 am

Peg Schafer at the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm

Location: CA | Authors: Peg Schafer

Peg will lead a one day intensive program giving an in depth look at the managing a medicinal plant nursery and/or farming operation with the goal of producing efficacious medicine. This program is for both growers with some agricultural experience and experienced gardeners. Growers will garner information to build or refine their operation to produce these sought after qualities. Cost: $150 For registration and/or questions contact Peg: [email protected]

Find more details here.

Category: Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience
Format: Course 
Book: The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm - A Cultivator's Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production 

September 15th, 2017 - 12:00 pm

Shawn and Beth Dougherty at MEN FAIR- PA

Location: MEN FAIR-PA, Seven Springs, PA | Authors: Beth Dougherty and Shawn Dougherty

Shawn and Beth will present the following workshops at the Seven Springs Mother Earth News Fair: Not Suitable for Agriculture: Good Farming with Poor land, small savings, and a lot to learn Forage-Based Family-Scale Food Production Mixed Species Management: Intensive Grazing on the small family farm

Category: Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience | Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience
Format: Workshop 
Book: The Independent Farmstead - Growing Soil, Biodiversity, and Nutrient-Dense Food with Grassfed Animals and Intensive Pasture Management 

September 23rd, 2017 - 10:00 am

Peg Schafer at Quarryhill Botanical Gardens

Location: Quarryhill Botanical Garden, Glen Ellen, CA | Authors: Peg Schafer

Medicinal Plant Walk at Quarryhill Botanical Gardens with Peggy Schafer & Sean Fannin. All proceeds benefit Quarryhill Botanical Garden, $20 Non Members/$15.00 Members.

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Category: Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience

Book: The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm - A Cultivator's Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production 

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