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2014 Harvest Conference Press

Press Release August 2014 – Press Release – Local & Regional Celebs at Harvest Conference

Press Release August 2014 – Press Release Harvest Conference Overview

Press Release August 2014 – Press Release – Janisse Ray Comes to Asheville – Three Ways to See Her

Mountain Xpress Article by Erik Peake on September 1, 2014

Mountain Xpress Article by Josh O’Connor on September 1, 2014

Mountain Xpress Article by Josh O’Conner, Post-Conference, September 9, 2014

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Harvest Conference, Savor the Abundance

Same Great Education, Another Great Time of Year

Asheville, NC. 

ORGANIC GROWERS SCHOOL is offering the 1st annual Harvest Conference for backyard and urban growers & homesteaders on Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at AB Tech, Main Campus in Asheville, NC.

This long-awaited fall event features all the popularity of the Spring Conference with a focus on season extension, home cooking, fermentation, preservation, fall & winter growing, self-reliance, homestead skills, seed saving,composting, herbal medicine, and wild ideas.

All organically, of course.
The conference features Janisse Ray, award-winning writer, naturalist, and activist is author of five books of literary nonfiction, including Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, and The Seed Underground, as keynote and special guest speaker.
Registration is $40 for an entire day of classes on topics such as fall & winter growing, fermentation, preservation, self-reliance, homestead skills and wild ideas, as well as evening keynote address. Organic Growers School is well-known to offer down-to-earth advice on growing and sustainable living, while remaining affordable and accessible.
A day of Pre-Conference workshops take place at Warren Wilson College on September 5th with half and full day workshops:

  • Speaking of Nature: Place-Based Creative Writing with Janisse Ray 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM,
  • Magic Drinks: Super Natural Sodas & Fermented Brewswith Marc Williams  9:00 AM – 12:30 PM,
  • Wild Abundance: Reliance on the Foods Around Uswith Natalie Bogwalker2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Wild Mushrooms: A Magical Mystery Tour with Alan Muskat9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Class offered again from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Name: Harvest Conference, Savor the Abundance
Date: September 6, 2014
Location: AB Tech, Main Campus, Asheville, NC 28801
Cost: $40 until 9/5, $45 on-site
Pre-Event: Pre-conference workshops on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
Pre-Event Location: Warren Wilson College
Pre-Event Cost:  $40-70. Discounts for 2 half-day workshops. No on-site registration.
Keynote Address: A Field Guide to Hope with Janisse Ray, Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Ferguson Auditorium, AB Tech Campus, Asheville. 8pm.
Register: Online here.
Follow: Facebook Event.

The schedule of workshops is designed with the backyard grower, homesteader, and home-scale farmer in mind. Full Schedule is available
Fall & Winter Growing Track
Fall & Winter Vegetables—Varieties & Techniques with with Patryk Battle
Gardens that Give—Top Ten Essential Perennials with Keri Evjy
Alliums—Growing Garlic & Perennial Onions with with Ira Wallace
Grow Year Round—Easy & Affordable Systems for Season Extension with Randal Pfleger

Home Cooking Track
World-Class Delicacies—Salsas, Chutneys, & Dressings with Nanette Davidson
Mixing It Up—Herbal Tonics in the Kitchen with Patricia Kyritsi Howell
Traditional Diets—Increased Vitality through Healthy Food with Andi Locke-Mears
Decoding Meats—Sourcing & Using Local, Grassfed, & GMO-free with Meredith Leigh 

Fermentation & Preservation Track
Pickle Your Harvest with Janelle Lucido-Conate
Fermented Flatbreads with Diana McCall
Creative Abundance—Top 10 uses for Excess Fruit with June Ellen Bradley
Make Mead Like a Viking with Jereme Zimmerman

Self-Reliance Track
Seed Underground—A Growing Revolution to Save Seed with Janisse Ray
Backyard Medicine—Grow, Harvest, Prepare, & Use Your Own with Chip Hope

Regional Resiliency—Food Security for Changing Times with Chuck Marsh
Backyard Composting Made Easy with Brian Rosa

Homestead Skills Track
Pollinator Habitat—Providing for our Friends this Fall & Winter with Diane Almond
Winter Chicken Care—A Month-to-Month Guide with Patricia Foreman
The Best Berry—Is the One You Grow Yourself with Walter Harrill

Rediscovering Maize—The Mother Corn with Kelly Wilkinson
Wild Ideas Track
Walk in the Forest—Learn Your Trees and Know Your Woods with CoreyPine Shane
Appalachian Heritage Foods with Slow Food Asheville & Shona Jason-Miller
Wild Food—The Cure for our Eden Disorder with Alan Muskat
Biochar-Making Cook Stove with Chris Farmer