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Pre Conference Workshops

September 11, 2015

For attendance and day of details go HERE.




Myco Magic: Mushrooms for Food, Medicine, and Remediation with Tradd Cotter
9 AM- 5PM, Morris Pavilion Warren Wilson College
Cost: $125

This all-encompassing, full-day workshop covers these three areas:

1.    Growing: Discover the best ways to cultivate mushrooms at home or farm. Learn inexpensive and easy start-up options for beginners and commercial ideas for expansion. We’ll cover the life cycle of fungi; mushroom behavior and intuitive growing; choosing, buying, and
storing spawn; woodland mushroom farming (logs, wood chips, and composts); indoor
production (small and large scale); converting existing structures into grow rooms
(barns, chicken houses, storage containers): marketing your mushrooms (trends, demand,
strategies); organic pest management; alternative product development (powders,
extracts, composts).

2.    Medicine: The effects of mushrooms on the human immune system and our developing understanding about their ability to protect from and cure diseases is ground-breaking and promises hope for curing ailments at home and around the world. Explore the most potent medicinal mushrooms and learn the cultivation principles and preparations including powders, extracts, and many other forms that will stimulate health and enhance well-being.

3.    Remediation: Mushrooms are capable of dissembling complex molecules in our water and soil, such as hydrocarbons, chlorine, and pesticides. They are well adapted to filter, stun and destroy pathogenic bacteria that accompany failing septic systems, manure holding ponds, and even pet waste runoff. We will cove biomass expansion, site engineering, and species of mushrooms that can be used for mycoremediation projects.

Whether you have a rooftop, patio, yard, or farm, these techniques of cultivation, medicine making, and remediation can be used. We’ll explore successful strategies that can be customized to your situation.

Lindsay Wilson


Restoring Digestive Health: Nourishing Herbs, Foods, & Ferments for Vitality with Lindsay Wilson
10 AM- 4 PM, Lower Ransom Fellowship Hall Warren Wilson College
Cost: $75

There are times in life when antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals are necessary. Yet the over-use of antibiotics and drugs, consumption of denatured foods, and exposure to pesticides and chemicals are causing digestive disorders of epidemic proportions. This day-long workshop is the perfect tonic for the modern-world-weary stomach.  Come and learn how to nourish yourself with:

1. Herbs:  Certain herbs and spices are key for digestive health and well-being.  Whether its carminative herbs for gas and bloating or herbs that work to rebalance gut flora, the plant kingdom has a lot to offer.  Learn about basic herbal preparation techniques as well as proper sourcing and harvesting of herbs.  Also, we’ll review how to stock your medicine cabinet (and garden) with herbs and herbal preparations for your particular digestive complaints.

2. Food:  The notion that food is fuel is beginning to be eclipsed by the remembrance that food is medicine.  Traditional food techniques slowly matured in place and offer us sound guidance on how to maximize nutrition, stabilize blood sugar, and enhance digestive function.  Learn simple techniques to integrate these traditional ways into your daily life while considering removal of certain inflammatory foods.

3. Ferments:  Fermented foods and drinks spice up the life of any kitchen.  While some of them are an acquired taste, once you get the hang of it, they sky is the limit.  Fermented foods were traditionally prepared to store food, increase nutrient content, and inoculate the gut with beneficial bacteria.  From fizzy drinks to old-fashioned sauerkraut, encouraging diverse and beneficial microbes into your digestive system are a great way to improve immune function and overall well-being.

Join herbalist, foodie, naturalist, and traditional food ways maven, Lindsay Wilson, to explore ways to heal the gut and take charge of your digestion.

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Beekeeping Workshops

$45 for 1 OR 2 half-day workshops for $80

Basic Beekeeping & Beyond

Basic Beekeeping & Beyond

with Jon Christie

Half Day, 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM, Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism

Learn the basics of equipment, terminology, cost and set up for a backyard apiary. You will get an overview of month by month hive management from starting out your new colony in the spring to preparing them for their best chances of winter survival all specifically geared for our mountain region. We will also discuss feeding, swarming, and organic management of pest and disease issues. Prepare for your spring hive over the winter.

Healing from the Hive

Healing from the Hive

with Ceara Foley

Half Day, 2:00 PM- 5:00 PM, Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism

Behold the bouquet of beneficial blessings bees bestow on us. Honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, beeswax, and bee venom, have been used for centuries to aid a variety of health complaints. Recent studies verify the potency of these hive products and compliance is always higher with honey! .From the ancient Chinese art of making herbal honey pills, to the modern day resurgence of metheglin (herbal honey wine), create and sample remedies people would fake an ailment to receive. Find out how to utilize these healing agents as well as what you can do to reciprocate and support the health of the honeybee.

Plant School

Cost: $40 before 8/7, $45 after OR 2 half-day workshops for $75 before 8/7, $80 after

A Wild Food Forage

A Wild Food Forage

with Marc Williams

Half Day, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

The Garden Cabin Warren Wilson College

Foraging is the process of gathering food from the wild. Join Marc Williams, ethnobiologist, for a wild walk adventure where you will meet, taste, and learn stories about the plethora of wild foods in our region. You will never look at the forest, meadow, or roadside the same way again. Ethonobiology is the study of where people, plants, culture, and food intersect and Western NC is a rich landscape of botanical, fungal, and microbal friends that can be used for food, beauty, medicine, and more. Begin to see these friends in the context of plant families, learn to identify the most important species in this area, discover invasive plants of this region and their uses, understand the appropriate stage for using and the proper preparation, and begin to get a passion for wild foods that will ignite your lifelong learning. Marc will provide handouts including recipes. Bring along your field guides.

Building with Bamboo

Building with Bamboo

with Will Hooker

Half Day, 2:00 PM- 5:00 PM

The Garden Cabin Warren Wilson College

Bamboo is a non-toxic, easy, and lightweight building material. It’s as strong as steel in tension and stronger than concrete in compression mostly due to the hollow cylindrical shape. And it’s accessible, grows quickly, and is completely affordable. Thanks to innovative designs and techniques including joinery, preservation, and tools, building with bamboo is quickly becoming a viable and exciting “modern” building option. On the homestead, bamboo can be made into fences, gazebos, lean-to structures, and even sculptures. Join Will Hooker, who has been building with bamboo for more than 25 years, including ephemeral bamboo sculptures, around the state and around the world. View a powerpoint of possibilities, discuss demonstrations of tools and techniques, and then create your own. Materials provided.  See examples here!