Description: Organic Growers School presents the long-awaited Harvest Conference, a fall event featuring all the popularity of the Spring Conference. Choose from more than 24 classes on fall & winter growing, preservation & storage, fermentation, homesteading & self reliance, cooking from scratch, and more…all organically of course. We pride ourselves on bringing you down-to-earth advice on growing and sustainable living, while remaining affordable and accessible.
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A Field Guide to Hope with Janisse Ray
Date: September 6, 2014
Cost: Included in the cost of harvest conference registration or $5-$15 sliding scale at the door. First come, first serve at the auditorium.
Description: More and more it seems that looming threats are underlying our days. Being up against the giants of climate change, corporate rule, and genetic modification affects everything we do. Yet across the country, and without fanfare, folks are reclaiming biodiversity, local food, and community. Janisse offers stories of big movements and little, individuals and towns, to remind us why we’re doing this important work and inspire us that we’re not alone. When we hear real-life stories, whether of success or failure, they are a powerful and profound guide to help us gather strength and carry on renewed. Join us for this artful convergence of life, truth, and community as we remember together how to give thanks.
Half Day Workshops:
Wild Mushrooms, A Magical Mystery Tour with Alan Muskat
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
Class offered again from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
$35 (by 7/15), $40 by (by 9/1).
Any 2 half-day classes for $65 (by 7/15) or $70 (by 9/1)
Join America’s troubadour of the toadstool on a quest for the edible and incredible wild mushroom. On this woodland shopping spree, you’ll begin to learn how to safely identify, appreciate, and maybe even eat nature’s “extreme cuisine.” Can mushrooms really prevent and cure cancer? Aren’t most mushrooms only edible ONCE? Enjoy a lesson in “find dining” as Asheville’s stand-up mycomedian separates fungal fact from fiction. The walk will be short and easy; all ages welcome. Alan’s introductory e-book is included and all equipment is provided. For a taste of the wild life, forage ahead and gain some basic training in high-class survival.
Explore the nourishing super tonics from around the world and learn to make them easily at home for refreshment and health. We’ll cover Kombucha, Jun, Water Kefir, Beet Kvass and natural sodas. These probiotic rich and nutrient dense super foods make delicious drinks that bridge the worlds of food and medicine. Half day workshop will include hands-on, lecture, plant walk, and tasting craft beverages.
The Southern Appalachians are the most bio-diverse area in the continental US. Wild plant communities thrive around us. Learn to identify, harvest, prepare, and preserve wild foods and reclaim the hunter and gatherer within. Deepen your love affair with the natural world through berry-delicious delicacies, wild plant salads & pestos, winter stews from harvested ingredients, and much more. Join Natalie as she shares skills that are not only vital to humanity’s future but extremely empowering and joyful. Workshop includes lecture, slide show, hands-on, and plant walk.
Full Day Workshop:
Speaking of Nature: Place-Based Creative Writing
with Janisse Ray
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM $65 (by 7/15), $70 by (by 9/1).
Only by telling our stories will we create a new era of the human. One in which we all lead sustainable and meaningful
lives. If you are a lover of food and nature, a farmer with a literary bent, in the likes of Gene Logsdon or David Kline, or if you want to acquire more skills to spiff up your garden blog, this is the workshop for you. Join Janisse Ray, author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and Seed Underground, to explore ideas of nature, place, community, and sustainability. In a satisfying blend of journaling, writing prompts, nature-as-muse experiences, and thought-provoking exercises, we will investigate our personal relationships to the land and enrich the body of literature with our love of the natural world.
Lee Warren has been homesteading and farming in cooperative community for more than 20 years. She is the Executive Director of Organic Growers School, which has been offering organic education to Southern Appalachia since 1993. She is the co-founder of Village Terraces CoHousing Community, a collaborative, off-grid neighborhood at Earthaven Ecovillage, and the manager of Imani Farm, a pasture-based cooperative farm. Lee is also an herbalist, writer, teacher, and food activist, with an avid interest in rural wisdom, sustainable economics, and social justice issues.