Our 2017 Workshop Schedule is still under construction! Check back soon for a complete list of workshops and times. In the mean time, here is a sampling of our topics:
Worm Composting with Camille Hyberger of Appalachia—Science in the Public Interest
Turn your food waste into rich plant food! Participants will learn the basics of vermicomposting with a step-by-step demonstration of setting up a home vermicompost bin.
Pollinator Gardening with Alicia Bosela of Ironweed Nursery
A sure-fire way to have a successful pollinator garden that attracts hummingbirds, butterflies & bees is to use native plants. There are very low maintenance native plants for the home garden that are short, well-behaved and adapted to almost every kind of growing situation. Sound too good to be true? Come and learn how to take your garden to the next level with native plantings!
Year Round Farming with Michelle Howell of Need More Acres Farm
Michelle, her husband Nathan, and their five children grow over 100 different fruits, vegetables, and proteins year-round at their farm in Scottsville, Kentucky. During winter months they combine field production with covers as necessary, high tunnels, frozen vegetables, and storage crops to provide variety to their customer’s selections. They offer an all you can eat “full diet” CSA, wholesale to restaurants and schools, and sell at Community Farmers Market in Bowling Green. Most importantly, they are providing for themselves and 10 other households approximately 80% of their food supply. Michelle will discuss holistic farm planning, crop management, simple kitchen tips, marketing opportunities, value-added processing, and grant funding opportunities for the small-scale farmer.
Biodynamic Shepherding with Madeline Rosenberg of Ballyhoo Farm
Join Madeline Rosenberg of Ballyhoo Farm on a journey through a Shepherd’s Year. Learn about the selection and husbandry of sheep and the variety of uses for their fiber. Explore the benefits that a biodynamic management system of shepherding can add to your farm!
Producing and Marketing Wool for Fiber Arts with Madeline Rosenberg of Ballyhoo Farm
You’ve got the sheep…now what? Learn how to raise a quality flock of wool sheep, produce a marketable product, and make a profit in the right market segment for you! Hands on activities will help in demonstrating classes of fleece, various fiber arts, and marketing options.
Downsizing to a Sweet Life with Charlsea Johnson of Sweet Life Natural Foods
Come learn about the benefits and challenges of living in small spaces. Whether you are ready to “go tiny” or you’re just trying to decide if downsizing might be a possibility for you, Charlsea will give you practical steps to help you cut through the clutter and make room for real life. Charlsea and her husband Greg are the owners of Sweet Life Natural Food in Jamestown, KY—a Kentucky Proud food store that strives to provide the best local food from across the state. Their previous home was approximately 1,800 square feet. While they currently live in about 500 square feet, they have dreams of downsizing even more.
Chemical-Free Living with Claire Fulton
Are you tired all the time? Living in a fog, and wishing your brain worked like it used to? Are you and your family sick way to often? Discover the truth about the effects of the chemicals in your home. Claire is an fiction author, artist, and lover of all things chemical free. She has lived off grid for more than 12 years, and is an avid gardener and home-school mom. She loves connecting with people and helping them learn about natural ways to live well and in sustainable ways.
The Long, Long Journey to Zero Waste with Lynn Quire of Reuse & BabyLou
What exactly is zero waste? How do I do it? Is it possible? I recycle, isn’t that enough? Join Lynn Quire of Reuse & Baby Lou on her continuously on-going, extremely windy adventure to reducing the amount of waste she produces in her daily life. She will share practical tips and answer your own questions about going waste-free. Lynn is the founder of the first creative reuse center in the Louisville region. She is a Maker, Creator, Designer, Determined Reuser, a Zero-Waste Wanna Be and now owner of Reuse & BabyLou, a line of handmade reusables.
Are Sustainable Vacations Possible? with Kelsey Minarik of Anahata Travel
This talk covers the who, what, when, where, why & how of sustainable travel, as well as offering practical tips and resources for your next trip. Be prepared to learn a lot! Kelsey is the owner & founder of Anahata Travel, a Lexington-based travel agency specializing in adventure & sustainable travel. A graduate of Travel Leaders of Tomorrow, she uses her education & experience to plan unforgettable sustainable trips. Kelsey is also a proud member of ASTA and the Travel Institute.
Citizen Science: Using Lichen to Measure Air Quality with Pine Mountain Settlement School
Lichens (the crust-like organisms growing on trees and rocks) are excellent indicators of air quality. Participants of this workshop will learn more about these unique organisms and how they can participate in a nation-wide scientific study without leaving their backyard.
Foraging: The Lost Art of Finding Free Food & Healing Plants with Tricia Gaitan
We have free food surrounding us in the woods, fields and our backyards. This workshop will cover many of these plants, their uses and how to forage in a safe and sustainable way. Come meet some new plant friends and how they make life better for all. Tricia is an organic farmer and homesteader in Southern Indiana raising a large homeschooling family, a menagerie of farm animals and working with the land to feed her family and live a simpler life.
Permaculture Design for Social Change with Timothy Kercheville
We will discuss some principles and techniques of permaculture design, including contour swales and hugelkultur (wood-core raised beds), viewing multiple examples of polyculture companion planting and passive water harvesting on urban and rural properties. We will discuss how to design these agricultural systems into the organizational life of our existing institutions, non-profits, and organizations. Timothy Kercheville is a non-land-owning farmer and permaculture designer/consultant who works alongside private property owners, institutions, non-profits, both urban and rural, to redesign land management systems into biodiverse agricultural systems that are sustained and incorporated, through seasons of mentoring, into their organizational structure and property management. He is also a farmer who has sold his produce through the Community Farmer’s Market and to various Bowling Green restaurants. He is a vendor through the University of Kentucky Sustainable Agriculture Research Education (SARE) Program, given a grant to lead public workshops on permaculture gardening and farming techniques; he is the mentor/community partner for the William Natcher Elementary School Garden; designer and leader of public workshops for Project Breaking Ground: A Sustainable Jail Garden/Food Justice Project at the Barren County Detention Center; Garden Coordinator for FFOYAHouse (a non-profit community house of arts, music, urban farming, and activism); Garden Coordinator/Designer for Hope Harvest Therapeutic Garden with Hope Harbor Inc., a rape crisis center; and mentor of garden coordinators for the SOKY Community Gardening Initiative of the Barren River Health Department.
Fermentation 101 with Micah Wiles of Cedar Creek Farm
This class will be an intro into the amazing world of fermented foods. We will talk about why cultures around the world have developed such a wide variety of fermented products and how you can make your own fermented foods at home. We will touch on the science behind fermentation and highlight specific products such as kraut, kombucha, sourdough, etc. We will also discuss the health benefits of eating fermented foods and talk about issues with digesting gluten and dairy products.
Born and raised in Somerset KY, Micah went to school in North Carolina to study Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry. He has been back on the family farm for the past five years where he raises grassfed beef, grows mushrooms, keeps bees, grows fruit and nut trees, keeps a family milk cow, and makes a wide variety of fermented foods.
How to Make a Living as a Farmer with Jesse Frost of Rough Draft Farmstead
If you have ever wanted to leave the city and start a farm, this is the seminar for you. Farmer Jesse Frost of Rough Draft Farmstead will show what it takes to be a full time farmer, and a little about what you should expect going in. He is a farmer in central Kentucky where he and his wife run an intensive vegetable operation. This is his eighth season farming.
Three Thousand Years of Seed Saving in Kentucky with Bill Best of Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center
Bill Best will share from his extensive knowledge as a collector of heirloom seeds in Appalachia. Bill is one of the region’s foremost experts on seed saving and the author of Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste: Heirloom Seed Savers in Appalachia.
Gleaning & Your Community with Rachael Dupree of GleanKY
Central Kentucky-based nonprofit GleanKY is tackling the problems of hunger and food waste in our state through the gleaning and redistribution of fresh fruit and vegetables that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Learn more about GleanKY’s gleaning model and how to start a gleaning operation in your own community. Rachael is Program Director for GleanKY and Contributing Web Editor to Hobby Farms magazine. She and her husband recently moved to a small farm in Stamping Ground, KY, where she’s gardener-in-chief, in charge of growing their family’s food and medicine. Her work is motivated by the idea that all people should have access to fresh, healthy food.
Getting Started with Chickens with Travis Robinson of Floyd’s Farm & Home
Join Travis Robinson of Floyd’s Farm & Home and CLUCK (Cooperative Lexington Urban Chickens Keepers) for a rundown of what you need to know to get started raising your own chickens for food and fun!
Do you feel tired all the time? Do you find yourself drinking more and more coffee just to get through the day? Constant stressors—work, school, unhealthy relationships, city noise, the condition of the planet, and more—wear your adrenal system down and deplete your energy. Learn how you can incorporate herbs into your daily routine to directly combat these effects by nourishing and strengthening your nervous system. Karena has worked in the Holistic Health field for well over a dozen years and is a Certified Herbalist and Holistic Nutritional Consultant. She began her official journey into Herbalism and Nutrition in 2005 at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Arizona. She has completed various internships and apprenticeships while traveling around the country and abroad finding inspiration in the natural world.
Mountain Mycology with Timi Reedy
The workshop will explore with the resilience of the Central Appalachian forest with mycology.