Our 2017 Workshop Schedule is still under construction! Check back soon for a complete list of workshops and times. Here is our current schedule:


Full descriptions:

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 Maggie Brown of The New Southerner

In this workshop, we will learn what it means to make lifestyle choices that support a zero-waste economy. We will bust the myth that green living has to be all-or-nothing, and explore simple swaps that can drastically reduce how much trash we create in our homes. If you’re curious about bulk shopping and the economical ways to lead a more sustainable life, come join us! Bought to you by Reuse & Baby Lou. Maggie is the Editor-in-Chief of the New Southerner, an online magazine and literary journal about sustainability and self-sufficiency. She is also an Associate Professor of English at Elizabethtown Community & Technical College, where she teaches literature, writing, rock & roll lit, and film studies. Brown’s latest project is The Darling M., a YouTube channel which promotes “loving a finite planet to infinity” and includes features on zero waste living, veganism, and secondhand fashion.

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!

Planning a Home Birth in Kentucky — Mary Duke of My Sunshine Birth Services

Come learn about planning a home birth, the legalities, and how to support increased access to home birth midwives in Kentucky. Mary Duke LCCE is a steering committee member for the Kentucky Home Birth Coalition, trained Birth doula, Lamaze Certified Childbirth educator and owner of My Sunshine Birth Services in Bowling Green, KY.

Dealing with Stress Naturally with Karena Harmon of Harmony Dawn Wellness

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.

Permaculture in Practice with Susana Lein of Salamander Springs Farm

Learn permaculture practices used to transform poor depleted land into a self sustaining farm with healthy, high-yielding soil without tillage–including contour swales, living mulches, intensive cropping and hugelkultur, appropriate technologies, rainwater catchment & ponds.  Salamander Springs Farm produces vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs & flowers, grains & dry beans for local farmers’ market, stores, CSA, and online.  No-till grain & dry bean fields produce staples and poultry forage in a system of continuous living cover inspired by the work of Masanobu Fukuoka.  “3-Sisters” cornfields, which Lein learned in Latin America, produce pole beans & winter squash as well as cornmeal & popcorn.  Built from scratch, Salamander Springs Farm operates totally off-grid with very few outside inputs, gravity-fed spring water, a small solar electric system, a passive-solar tiny house and other farm buildings of natural & local materials. Permaculture farmer & teacher Susana Lein, who built Salamander Springs Farm, was featured in the 2015 permaculture documentary film, INHABIT, now translated into 6 languages. Learn more at her website, including links to 2015 & 2016 permaculture podcast interviews with her, articles in Mother Earth News, Orion and Permaculture Design magazines. Visit Flickr for educational slides & photos of Salamander Springs permaculture systems.

Using Bee Products for Healthy Living with Mary Sheldon of Coal Country Beeworks

Bee products such as beeswax, pollen, royal jelly and honey contain antioxidants, have antifungal, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects, provide topical skin protection and help to control allergies. The substances found in beehives are nutritionally and chemically complex and may help enhance immunity, fight infections, and be beneficial for diabetic diets. Mary is a Graduate student at EKU working part-time for Coal Country Beeworks and Green Forests Work. She provides workshops that not only stress the importance of honey bees, but also to bring value-added products of the hive inside the home. She teaches candle and soap making, creating lotions, salves, and balms, along with honey cookery to create a holistic and healthy approach to honey bee projects.

Backyard Herbal Medicine— Fall In Love With Those Pesky Spring Weeds! with Mea Adams
Be warned— after this class you may find yourself throwing weeds into your teacup or soup pot instead of the trash or compost bin. Or perhaps you may find yourself sneaking into your neighbor’s yard in the middle of the night to steal stinging nettles. After all, “What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson. Come discover that some of the world’s best medicine grows in your own backyard (or maybe your neighbor’s)— and learn how to use it (and really enjoy it too)!
Healing Bone Broth—A Fresh Look At What Grandma Has Been Doing All Along! with Mea Adams

We’ve all been hearing a lot about “bone broth” lately. Some claim it’s the next big ‘superfood’, but it sounds kind of… gross. Bones? Experts are touting bone broth as one of our greatest tools in treating digestive issues and sensitivities, inflammatory conditions, and even many auto-immune diseases. Does it really live up to all this hype? Whether you’re just curious, excited, but don’t know where to start, or a seasoned broth maker, this class will be of interest to you! We’ll dig into the science of broth, it’s many health benefits, and the basics of making broth and integrating it into our daily lives. (Did I mention it’s delicious?)
Mea Adams was born and raised in Jessamine County, Kentucky. The journey of discovering the incredible healing power of plants began at home, blossomed in Greece, and then lead her to (oddly enough) New York City, where she studied herbal medicine at Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbal Medicine. Mea currently lives in Lexington, KY where she makes healing broths at Lavish Love.

Hemp in Kentucky with Lyndsey Todd of Cumberland Cannabis

In this workshop, we will be discussing Kentucky hemp laws and how Kentucky residents can apply to grow. We will also discuss our endocannabinoid system and how cannabinoids like CBD can be an organic homeopathic solution for many health issues. Lyndsey will also cover the latest in fiber hemp and hemp used as a replacement for plastics.

Mountain Mycology with Timi Reedy

This workshop will explore the restoration of the resilience of our Central Appalachian forests through mycology.