Join Seed Savers Exchange to discuss the complete process of seed saving - from garden planning to seed processing. We will explore plant pollination, investigate differences between open-pollinated and hybrid seed, practice threshing and winnowing seeds, and discuss the importance of food and garden diversity.
Grant Olson creates educational and interpretive content for Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, and maintains their display gardens during the growing season.
Join Seed Savers Exchange at the Tour tent (between the two workshop tents) for a "Seed Swap" from 2 - 3 p.m.
Master Beer Judge (BJCP), Eric Jones, will teach you how to make mead, a wine in which honey, water and yeast come together to be more than the sum of their parts. Mead is the simplest alcohol fermentation to prepare at home, as Eric will prove by preparing a batch during the workshop. Learn about different styles of mead and how to make this magic in your own home. Eric has been making beer and mead for over a decade, and taught various classes on each at UW-Madison.
Beginning composters will learn the basics of backyard composting: how to compost, what materials to use, bin selection, troubleshooting and end use of your compost.
Master Beer Judge (BJCP) Eric Jones is obsessed with fermentation! He’ll show you how just about anything you eat can be fermented. This workshop explores how to make traditional fermented pickles, as well as covers the basics on how to improvise and create your own classics. Eric has been making beer and mead for over a decade, and taught various classes on each at UW-Madison. Each summer his attention shifts away from making beverages as he preserves/ferments produce from his garden and CSA shares to feast on over the winter months.
Jordan Bendel will teach fairgoers the basics of sustainable beekeeping, including the inner-workings of the hive and basic beekeeping techniques. Bendel learned the sacred art of beekeeping from his father and grandfather and has been keeping honey bees ever since. He operates Wild Comb Apiary which focusses on natural beekeeping techniques, queen rearing and comb honey production.
Like local food, we can choose local herbs and reduce our ecological footprint. During this workshop we will learn to choose herbal remedies sourced from close to home in order to create connection and have a long lasting effect on the sustainability of the planet as well as individual health. Linda is the proprietress of Moonwise Herbs and is Founder and Lead Organizer for the Midwest Women's Herbal Conference.
Join Peter Allen to learn about the history and ecology of some of the most productive ecosystems on the planet - our native Oak Savannas - and how they serve as an ideal model for the development of restorative, perennial, food-producing ecosystems. Peter Allen is an ecologist, grazier, and founder of Savanna Gardens LLC, and Executive Director of the Restoration Agriculture Institute.
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