Events of Saturday, September 25, 2010
“Locating & Pumping
Water for a Beginning Homesteader (With & Without Electricity)”
SATURDAY: The Panel will cover how to locate water,
the methods of digging and drilling and then how to get good, drinkable water
out of the ground. There will be sample pumps - hand and electric to
explain how they work.
SUNDAY: Jim will demonstrate how to build one of his deep well hand pumps...it'll take an
hour or maybe a bit more.
Sign up for this in advance by email or at the Festival.
Jim Juczak, Luke Martin, Rich Douglass & John Charamella (a brief bio for each will be listed alphabetically, by last name.)
Flush Busters: Simple & Cheap Humanure Composting
How to Save Money, Resources, and Frozen Pipes While Enriching Your Soil
presentations on "what we do and how we do it" with no water and
insignificant odor - indoors or out, both using and adding to local resources,
and nearly for free. Sixty years combined experience living with
solid-waste composting systems, at your "disposal". Because
when you flush it away; there IS no "away".
Richard Grover, Chelle Lindahl, Mike Corse (a brief bio for each presenter is listed alphabetically, by last name.)
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That says it all -- and they'll tell you all about it!.
Diana & Bali MacKentley, Larisa Martin, Shirley & Don Hitchman
Basics of Backyard Poultry
Three speakers will present basic information on raising poultry --
from day old chicks to chicken soup.
Whether you're interested in having a few hens for eggs or a larger
flock for meat production
this workshop will get you started. Topics include: laws governing
poultry in local villages and towns,
where to get chicks or chickens, breeds for eggs vs. meat, food and
housing, disease prevention,
overview of butchering, preparing and cooking poultry, chicken pets.
Several friendly chickens will attend to answer participant's questions.
Ann & Brian Bennett and Brad Clements (a brief bio for each presenter is listed alphabetically, by last name.)
This presentation will focus on affordable and cost effective strategies
build new homes and renovate existing homes. The
role of energy efficiency, passive solar design, high thermal mass, low
solar electric and hot water systems, and natural design and materials
will be emphasized. Dean will discuss the role of permaculture
principles in his designs. Specifically
we notice how nature heats and cools items and use those principles to
heat and cool our homes. Typically his homes do not even need
central heating and cooling systems because the heating load is so
Dean Anthony has been a builder of solar homes since 1975
specializing in natural design of new homes and renovation of
BARTLETT, Jerry ("Crazy")
“Creative Off-grid Retrofit Systems”
SATURDAY: CrazyJerry's on
tour again! His presentation this year will focus on a nuts-and-bolts approach
to Off-Gridding your older decrepit, non-energy star home. The kick-off begins
with a presentation on Saturday that should intrigue you to visit this Retrofit
Home on Sunday that showcases some very unique items. See how some of the
oldest technology, simply and elegantly, mingles with the new to provide the
domestic amenities we love. By the end of the weekend, you'll be hot on the
trail to start your very own endeavor within your skills and your budget.
- Here's a teaser
list that should get you talking: CrazyJerry's in-house bicycle generator setup
/ the North Country's only diesel (bio-diesel) powered motorcycle (115+ mpg!) /
375rpm in-house generator-heater / sine wave inverter shootout / 3 minute spin
SUNDAY: CrazyJerry says,
"Make plans to come (to the Home Tour Sunday) - you definitely won't see any of this on TV!"
BENNETT, Ann and Brian
"Basics of Backyard Poultry"
Ann and Brian
Bennett run Bittersweet Farm, a 112 acre family farm located in Heuvelton. We
are certified organic, and have been in business for eleven years. The farm has
grown to include vegetable and herb production, eggs, pasture raised lamb,
pork, and chicken. We are working
to develop a natural breeding turkey program. Our emphasis is on heritage breeds that thrive in a more
natural environment with a reduced consumption of grain. We work with
three area universities, and are active members of local farmers’ markets and
North Country Grown Cooperative, a grassroots organization striving to promote
and sell locally produced vegetables and meats to area universities,
restaurants and institutions. Bittersweet Farm
is a founding member, and core participant in the Northern New York Farmers
BERNECKI DeJOY, Sharon , MPH, CPM
“Sustainable Earth Begins at Birth”
The presentation provides an overview of the midwifery model
of care and home birth as a green alternative to hospital birth. The presenter
will discuss the advantages of home birth, including the need for fewer
materials and chemicals at a home birth and client control over the materials
used at the birth. Home birth is a good fit for the “natural parenting”
Sharon Bernecki DeJoy, MPH, CPM received her master’s degree
from the University of South Florida, where she is a doctoral candidate. She
received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and an associate’s degree
in Midwifery from Miami-Dade College. Currently she is an Assistant Professor
of Community Health at SUNY Potsdam. She was a licensed midwife in Florida and
is pursuing licensure in New York State. Ms. DeJoy is active in numerous
organizations that address maternity care and public health issues.
"Harvesting Rainwater in the North Country"
The presentation will cover a wide range of
Rainwater Harvesting from rain-barrels to whole house systems, filtration,
treatment, storage, and sizing issues. Will include strategies for coping
with cold weather and dry spells.
John is a retired cost analyst with an interest in passive
solar design and construction and supplies all of his home's water needs using
"I Think I Can, I Know I Can, Split That Piece of Wood!"
or "Wood-Splitting 101, No Prerequisite Required"
Ever wonder if you have what it takes to split firewood
without the use of a wood-splitter? Well you do, with the help of some
simple tools and the knowledge gained from this workshop. We will
cover topics such as physics of wood-splitting, equipment, wood
identification, stacking, safety, and most importantly, reading the
Joseph Brant grew-up splitting and stacking wood for two households,
without the use of a wood-splitter. That much time and effort splitting
wood has molded one of the finest manual wood-splitters in Crary Mills,
where he currently splits firewood for his own household.
workshop will be partly hands-on and Mary-Ann will offer some free samples of
seeds from her garden.
has been gardening organically for over 40 years. (“Gardening” is used here as
a euphemism for an on-going friendly battle with quack grass.) And she is one
of the suppliers of seeds – mostly flower and herb – for the Potsdam Co-op.
"One Lazy & Broke Person's Guide to Food Self-Sufficiency"
This workshop is for beginners. It's pretty important to say that.
"If you've never grown so much as a blade of grass before, but you want to
reduce your food bill by extracting food from the ground at your feet, then
this workshop may be for you. If you don't have time for a garden,
then this workshop is definitely for you. Also, if you've tried and failed and become
frustrated, this workshop is for you too!" This workshop is about gardening -
not about dairy or meat (which can be gained through barter, cash, or animal husbandry). This workshop is NOT about how to impress your neighbors. It is about how
to actually improve your life. That said: "Martha Stewart does not endorse this
Why grow your own food? Can you really save money?
How I personally live and save money.
The fastest and cheapest way to start a garden.
What if? - I don't have time - I don't have land - I don't have sun
- I don't have a dime - I don't have brains
- I don't have patience - I
have too many weeds already - my soil is terrible (I think)
What to grow? - criteria for choosing a practical home garden crop
What to eat? - and how broke and lazy people can prepare it
Garden tools and materials - cheap and fast sources for broke and lazy
people (There may be a brief exercise making hand-hoes to take
home, as well.)
Personal - what I do and what I eat -- Be yourself. Garden and live and eat in the way that works for you.
Diane will hand out a list of her chosen best crops and a how-to with each.
Diane Colbert, Goddess
of Broke and Lazy has a BA in Economics - Hey, that's the study of how people make choices with
their resources, and the consequences of those choices. At least a dozen
years of occupational experience in horticulture, including Birdsfoot
internship 1992, owner/operator of small organic produce farm for several years
in the mid- 1990's, Field Manager of St. Lawrence Nurseries for over 8 years.
Also, I have even more years of experience in being broke and lazy.
Don't want to waste
electricity, firewood, gas or fossil fuels to cook? Don't want to heat up
your home by cooking in the summer? Learn how to cook, boil, and bake
all your favorite dishes with using only the heat from the sun anytime of the
year with a solar oven. This compact, lightweight, inexpensive oven that
will save you time, energy, and money and lessen your impact on the
environment. Caron Collins, A Better Footprint NY, has used this solar oven numerous
times from baking cookies and pizza to cooking soups, casseroles, meats and
stews. She will demonstrate the many uses and benefits of the Sun Oven
and how to get one of your very own.
Caron Collins has been practicing
sustainable living in the North Country for three years. Originally from
Columbus, Ohio, Caron is an assistant professor at The Crane School of Music
and lives with her husband, oldest son, and 2 dachshunds in a log cabin in
Pierrepont. In addition to teaching, she sells fair trade world crafts
and green gifts to support the artisans from the poorest countries. Her
passion is to lower her impact on the planet through ethical and ecological
living practices. One easy way to is to cook using the free and abundant
heat from the sun with the Sun Oven, demonstrated at this workshop and sold at her home
business, A Better Footprint NY.
Busters: Simple & Cheap Humanure Composting Systems”
Mike has lived
off grid in the woods of Pierrepont for the past five years. When he is not
busy in his gardens, he puts his chickens to work breaking down leaves and
other organic material. The results are mixed with kitchen food scraps and
humanure from the families two sawdust toilets to create a rich compost. This
finished compost is, of course, put on the families many gardens to complete
Low-Tech Lifestyle: High Living, Low on the Hog”
discuss how his family lives and operates their 160-acre farm without
electricity and traditional running water. Topics covered will include
non-electric water, refrigerator, lighting, heat, plumbing, cooking, and
food-preservation. Also covered will be horse-powered farming and
transportation. Rich will discuss how the current materialistic consumer
paradigm is a trap, and how sustainability, economic security and happiness is
founding in a simple self-reliant life style.
Aimee Douglass have been living a low-tech life style on their 160-acre, horse-powered
farm in Russell for the last 30 years.
"Dancing with a Crosscut Saw: The Art and Pleasure of Sawing Logs to the Rhythm of Your Body
A basic introduction to the bow and 2-person crosscut
saws, with emphasis on selection, care, tuning/sharpening, and (of
course) efficient use.
Eddie has been making his firewood and saw-logs using
hand-tools such as crosscut saws and an axe for the past 25
years. He will share with you the beauty he perceives in the good work
of the woods and the wise use of mined metal tools.
Busters: Simple & Cheap Humanure Composting Systems”
Richard Grover will share his 25+ yrs of experience in designing, building and
maintaining an in-home composting toilet for human and food waste, and using
the finished compost in his home garden.
Carcinogen Exposure Reduction Education"
Part I (SATURDAY): This Cancer Action NY
workshop is on
the subject of creating community-based cancer prevention education
campaigns focusing upon pollutant carcinogen exposure reduction. Pollutants covered in the workshop include: dioxins,
polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs),
polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and benzene. Dioxins and PBDEs
are part of a larger group of pollutants described as persistent organic
pollutants (POPs). These pollutants bio-accumulate in animal fat;
exposure occurs via consumption of animal fat foods, including,
meats, fish, eggs and dairy products. PAHs and benzene are products of
combustion present in gasoline and diesel exhaust.
Part II (SUNDAY): Cancer risk
information is presented for dioxin exposure. According to the 2003 draft US EPA dioxin reassessment,
dioxin exposure cancer risk for average consumption of animal fat foods
is approximately 1 in 1000. Workshop participants will receive
instruction in minimization of pollutant releases and exposure avoidance
final portion of the workshop trains participants to work together as
cancer prevention educators using their own particular skills as
artists, dancers, musicians, public speakers, or writers.
L. Hassig, Director of Cancer Action NY and
the Cool Cancer Action Network is a Son of the Earth, Son of Good
environmental activist. "I am building a Loving the Earth Pollution
Free Movement. Environmental revolution will bring people into good
relation with the Earth Mother. Working together we can take away the
the bad corporate kings that rule the United States and Canada."
"Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from Consumer Culture"
Shannon Hayes writes and farms with three generations of her family on Sap Bush Hollow Farm
in West Fulton, NY, where she grew up. The family raises all-natural
grassfed lamb, beef, pork, and poultry. She holds a BA in creative
writing from Binghamton University, and a Masters and PhD in Sustainable
Agriculture and Community Development from Cornell. Shannon's essays
and articles have appeared in myriad regional and national publications,
including The New York Times, The Boston Review, and Northeast Public
Radio. Shannon currently blogs for Yes! Magazine, and her books are available through most conventional channels, as well as directly from the author at RadicalHomemakers.com and GrassfedCooking.com.
lived on this farm for 51 yrs and have always been involved with dairy.
We started raising dairy goats around 1990, just for fun. But we both
like quality so bought 4 registered goats from a dairy in N H., thus beginning
our herd. Breed 4 in the Fall gives lots of kids (baby goats) in
the Spring. We enjoyed showing at fairs and
selling breeding stock, and we raised veal, pigs and experimented on
cheesemaking in the house. Finally we were licensed with Ag & Mkts to
sell our products. The awards we have won, the people we have met, and
the information we have gladly shared to promote locally made products
made this venture very rewarding.
will discuss how to raise a few sheep for meat and fiber.
has a Masters Degree in Nutrition from Cornell. She is Livestock Educator
at Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County where she has been the
shepherd at the Learning Farm for 20 years and has a flock of hair sheep at
home as well.
"Get Cultured: Cultured Food & Drinks"
Exploring the world of Cultured Foods
and Beverages. Saurkraut (the real thing!) and veggies, kombucha, water
kefir grains and dairy kefir. Make your own healthy sodas and smoothies
as well as preserve your veggies in a way that IMPROVES their nutrient
Cathy Hohmeyer isCo-Owner/operator and executive Chef of Lake
Clear Lodge & Retreat for the past 23 years, currently working on
her Doctorate in Naturopathy. Cathy is the Northern Adirondack Chapter
leader of the Weston A Price Foundation promoting "Foods, Farms and
Healing Arts", concentrating in food preparations that promote health
and healing. The Chapter meets each month at the Lake Clear Lodge, it
is free, just RSVP.
“Are Wood-based Fuels the Way
to Combat Global Warming?” -- Philip K. Hopke
With increasing concern with
respect to increased greenhouse gas emissions and increasing costs of fossil
fuels, there is a growing interest in using wood as a source of heat in residential
and commercial buildings. Wood harvested from sustainable forests is nominally
carbon neutral and if the price of oil rises much further, it will become
economically competitive to burn wood. However, conventional hydronic wood
boilers have relatively low efficiency and high emissions making them generally
unsuitable particularly in applications where susceptible individuals like children
are potentially exposed to the smoke.
Thus, what can be done to burn woody fuels efficiently and with low emission
rates? There have been extensive
developments in Europe of new technologies for effective and efficient
combustion with low emissions.
Tests of one design have been conducted using both pellets and chips.
These studies suggest that we can find ways to utilize sustainable forestry to
produce woody fuels that can be used to provide hot water for heating or other
purposes without excessive pollution. The potential for the use of additional control
technologies will also be discussed.
Dr. Philip K. Hopke is the Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor at Clarkson
University, the Director of the Center for Air Resources Engineering and
Science (CARES), and the Director of the Institute for a Sustainable
Environment (ISE). Dr. Hopke is the past Chair of EPA’s Clean Air
Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), and has served on the EPA Science
Advisory Board (SAB) Professor Hopke is a Past President of the American
Association for Aerosol Research, and was a member of the more than a dozen
National Research Council committees. He was recently appointed to the NRC’s
Board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology. Professor Hopke received
his B.S. in Chemistry from Trinity College (Hartford) and his M.A. and Ph.D.
degrees in chemistry from Princeton University. After a post-doctoral
appointment at M.I.T. and four years as an assistant professor at the State
University College at Fredonia, NY, Dr. Hopke joined the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, rising to the rank of professor of environmental
chemistry, and subsequently came to Clarkson in 1989 as the first Robert A.
Plane Professor with a principal appointment in the Department of Chemistry. He
moved his principal appointment to the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular
Engineering in 2000. Since 2002, he has been the Clarkson Professor
and Director of CARES. As of July 1, 2010, he has taken on the
directorship of the Institute that houses Clarkson’s undergraduate and
graduate environmental science degree programs as well as managing Clarkson’s
"The Art of Stone Masonry" (Session I)
If you are infatuated with stone, this workshop is for you! Session I
will provide an overview of stone masonry to include stonescaping, cultured
stone, free-hand and slipform methods. Specific content includes stone
art, stone projects, tools of the trade, concrete and mortar mixes, etching
& tuck pointing, and step-by-step instructions on building structural
insulated walls of stone.
"The Art of Stone Masonry" (Session II)
Participants in Session II will receive hands-on experience doing actual
stonework with guidance on planning individual stone projects such as a
building a stone wall, root cellar, foundation, raised bed garden or stone
Tom is employed at Paul Smith's College (PSC) as the Director of TRiO Student Support
Services and as an adjunct instructor of courses related to renewable energy,
homesteading, and campus sustainability. Since 2006, he has been actively
involved in coordinating and implementing a host of initiatives, programs, and
operational structures in support of PSC’s sustainability programming and
climate commitment. Beginning in 2005, he has organized a variety of
sustainability and energy related field trips and workshops as part of a
campus cultural enrichment sustainability initiative. Prior to moving to the Adirondacks in 2005, he and his family lived on an
organic homestead in Michigan, which included a passive solar, stone and
cordwood home and outbuildings. Tom also coordinated the Southwest
Michigan Solar Home Tour and a state-funded Energy Education project. He
holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Central Michigan University
and a master of arts degree in psychology from West Georgia College. He
is an avid free range bocce ball player and participates in homeschooling his
two daughters, Hannah and Ivy.
"Demystifying Green" or
"Simply Green: Demystifying Sustainable Practices for Ordinary People"
Buying and living
"green" seem to have become synonymous with just another conspicuous
consumption lifestyle. Truly living green is a radical change in how you
think about day-to-day activities and how they impact you, your family, your
neighborhood, your community and more. The difference is subtly
different. In essence, everyone makes decisions about how they live...if
you want to be on a truly green path you think about the little things...Jim will
talk about the little things he and his family have done to begin a more
rational life on this planet. A friend of Jim's described the ultimate
green lifestyle as closer to "brown" wherein a truly green person
"wouldn't be adding much to the consumer economy".
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“Scrounging a Home and Life's Necessities”
Jim has been titled the "King
of Scrounge". His program will cover where and how to get life's
necessities and fun stuff for free or nearly free. Topics for this
presentation will include: cheap cars, building a home without a mortgage
-- including land -- building materials and furnishings, food, entertainment,
electronics, firewood. Bartering, trading, dumpster diving, and garbage-picking are
amongst the techniques he will describe.
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This will be in two parts - it will
take less than 30 minutes to explain the process Jim uses, and to mix the
ingredients for 4+ loaves of bread...including clean-up - we’ll have tasty bread about an hour and a half later!
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Juczak (52) of Adams Center, NY is a former shop teacher of 25 years among many other things. Jim and his wife, Krista and
their family live at Woodhenge, a 55 acre intentional community with
several other families they have invited to live there. Writing (both
articles and books),
lecturing on a
wide variety of self reliance topics, and inventing are amongst the
things he has
been doing more and more often over the past decade. He also consults
energy system design. His first book "The High Art and Subtle Science
Scrounging" has been in print for two years and his second book on
"Water Supply Systems for the
Homesteader" should be available late this Fall. He has recently taken a
Cooperative Extension as a Regional Energy Program Coordinator over a 10
county area in the North Country.
Basic Food Preservation: Save Your Harvest!
basic food preservation presentation with an emphasis on canning.
Includes a demonstration portion for boiling water bath canning. Learn
for canning with an introductory overview of recommended resources,
materials and procedures for canning your harvest for over-winter
dining. Fact sheets on canning, freezing and drying,
plus Q & A.
Katherine Lang is an Extension Educator with Cornell
Cooperative Extension, beginning in 2001 she worked as program leader
for the Food and Nutrition Education program, in 2007she switched roles
to focus primarily on Direct Marketing/Local Foods. She has worked
extensively with local organizations committed to making local, healthy
foods more available and accessible to Northern NY residents. As a
hobbyist home-canner and Extension Educator, she's happy to share her
food preservation know-how.
“Laundry: An Inconvenient Chore?”
Alexander Lee of Project Laundry List, for a humorous, fact-filled call
to action about the politics, history, science, economics, sociology
and spiritual aspects of laundry.
Alexander Lee lives in Concord,
NH, where he runs the world's premier green laundry nonprofit
organization (Project Laundry List). After graduating from Vermont Law
School in May of 2001, he was Assistant to the Commissioner at the New
Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, where he worked on energy
efficiency programs. During that time, Mr. Lee also served as staff
co-chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioner'
(NARUC) Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment. Alex has
been featured on the Colbert Report and is in the current issue of
People. Alex will be biking to St. Lawrence from New Hampshire on an
electric assist bicycle as he says, "I want to show that any fat slob
can do this."
"Making a Concrete Counter-Top with Simple Tools"
An introduction to the nature and properties of concrete and how to work with
it, followed by a demonstration, actually making a counter-top. We will cover: the
ingredients, how to mix, place and finish trowel.
Bryan is a designer and builder with a passion for working with wood. His
occasional forays into the masonry world eventually earned him the title
"captain concrete". He lives in the wooded hills of Pierrepont.
Busters: Simple & Cheap Humanure Composting Systems”
Chelle is one of the co-coordinators for
the Local Living Festival but her potty habits are no reflection upon her role
with us. She doesn't understand how some people can prefer to sit in a
windowless, electrified cubicle to "do their business" when all of
the great outdoors beckons. She contemplates life daily from her
slate-covered composting outhouse with her dog and two cats, who adorably wait
and "do their business" when she does.
“Building Small, Soulful Handmade Homes with Local Natural Materials”
This is a sampler of photos I have taken all over the country of just
such small, soulful handmade homes, interwoven with the stories of the
people and places that produce such magical houses.
This is about the application of sustainable agriculture philosophy to
the important business of building up communities that nurture the
people and are sustainable ecologically, economically and socially. I
briefly outline the tenants of Permaculture as they relate to community
development, resource husbandry, and social interaction, with specific
examples of successful applications from across the country.
Chris McClellan raises free-range organic children in North East Ohio
with his patient and beautiful wife of seventeen years in a home they
built themselves. He writes and publishes articles and books on
sustainable living, natural building and local histories. He has
published articles on related topics in Mother Earth News. He has
served since 2006 on the board of The Natural Building Network
(www.nbnetwork.org <http://www.nbnetwork.org/> ), an international
advocacy group promoting the use of local natural materials to build
small, sensible homes.
MACHIDA, Carol & Brian
“The Gleaners and Us:
Living Well on the Garbage of Society”
Vast amounts of the garbage that households and businesses throw out daily is
still usable. This will be a discussion on living well scrounging - especially
for food. The talk will be given by 2 people involved for several years with
this form of waste reduction.
“The Family Cow”
Learn about keeping a family milk cow. If you have ever felt drawn to
the charms of the placid, cud chewing, beautiful bovine, but don’t know
where to start, this workshop is a good intro to single cow/small-herd
management. This workshop will cover housing, feeding, milking,
breeding, traditional as well as alternative medicine for common
ailments, what to do with all that milk, and more.
graduating from Mt. Holyoke College in 2007 with a self-designed major in
chemistry and agriculture, I decided to return to work on my family’s farm “St
Lawrence Nurseries”. My hobbies
are keeping a small herd of jersey cows, making cheese, hiking with my dog “Foxy”,
learning Hapkido, dancing and reading. Bali is also a Co-Coordinator of the Local Living Festival.
"The Home Apple Orchard"
A general overview of site selection, cold hardiness, tree size,
cultivar selection, soils, diseases, planting, growing & harvesting
your crop will be covered in the limited time available.
"Small Fruits in Northern New York"
Bill will discuss blueberries, raspberries, currants, gooseberries, and
other small fruit. Northern-hardy cultivars will be discussed, with
climate and growing conditions for each type of fruit covered.
mentoring with the late Fred Ashworth of Heuvelton, I have spent the past 38
years propagating fruit and nut trees, small fruit and growing food at our farm
in Potsdam. St. Lawrence Nurseries
is our business. We sell fruit and
nut trees for northern climates. Bill is also a Sponsor of the Local Living Festival.
on a family farm, and I love cows and milking. I love watching my cows chew
their cud, and how peaceful they look grazing on green grass. And I love the
butter, cheese, yogurt, kefir and all the great dairy products we can make with
their milk! Diana is also a Sponsor of the Local Living Festival.
“Developing Your Home Based
Tired of looking for a job, or a grant or loan to start or
expand your home based business idea? Don’t worry…you’re not alone!
Every lender loves a winner but who are you going to call when you’re
still a ‘loser’? If you are willing to work, are persistent and you
have a good business idea..it can be done! Come to my workshop and lets
talk! I’ll tell you how I built my business without capital and how I
dragged it by the hair through the recession. I’ll want to hear about
your business ideas and experiences and I’ll help you frame them into a
realistic picture of what ‘could be’ and first steps to getting there.
Feeling Lucky? Six free 20-minute personal consultations will be
available after the workshop. Just put your name in the hat and Sandy will try
to pull YOUR name!
In 1979, after receiving a bachelor's
degree from SUNY Potsdam, Sandy combined a $15 investment with interests
in gardening and natural healing into one of the most successful
all-natural soap companies in the
U.S. SunFeather Natural Soap Company currently earns a million dollars
in annual sales and employs 8 in
a production facility
and store near Potsdam, NY.
Sandy has authored numerous award-winning books and her business
her commitment to environmental and community sustainability and support
of the missions of environmental
action organizations. In 2007 Sandy helped start
the local non-profit organization
Community Supported Business Start Ups which raises funds for
micro-grants to local entrepreneurs, offering seed money to establish
home based business. In 2010 Sandy helped start the Parishville Farm,
Craft, and Flea Market
which runs from 1-6 pm on Fridays. Sandy, her husband Louis Maine, and
their three children live on an off-grid farm where they raise organic
meats as well as keep dairy goats and produce soft goat cheeses, yogurt
and ice cream for family and friends.
has been helping her mother make curd cheese on their homestead since
childhood. She has made cheese from the milk from the family cow &
more recently has been making cheese from sheep milk.
years, Whitney has kept bees as a hobby, with an orientation towards
non-chemical treatment Whitney
will poll the group to find out what you would like to learn about. On Sunday he will continue according to
the desires of the group, with more in depth instruction. He will bring empty equipment
to show you, but no bees!
Gasification - An Alternative to Fossil Fuels”
workshop describes the construction and design of a wood
gasification system. We will
primarily focus on powering motor vehicles using wood as the fuel. Different types of gasifiers and their appropriate uses will be
discussed, We’ll examine building materials, generator sizing,
fabrication techniques and current resources for gasification. * Wood is
the oldest and most accessible fuel, and though used mainly in wood burning stoves, it is possible to turn wood into fuel for
internal combustion engines. Gasification is a thermo-chemical process where
heat converts wood (or biomass) to flammable gases. Producing woodgas is relatively simple compared to petroleum refining and generates heat and electricity. As a motor fuel it is considered old-fashioned and awkward but using wood as a fuel can be a viable alternative. Advantages over fossil fuels: shade, food, oxygen,
building materials, removes CO2 from the atmosphere and is readily
available in NY. If used respectfully, it could
supply a significant amount of electric power generation and heat.
Olsen has had an interest in alternative fuels since first hearing about
biodiesel in the late 1990’s.
Since then he’s experimented with vegetable oil-powered cars and wood gasifiers for small engines in
his spare time. When not
trying to make engines run on things they aren’t supposed to, Bill is an
instructor at Clarskon University teaching Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
and runs a small mapping company. The current biomass project is getting a 1985
Ford F250 truck to run on wood.
PICKARD PALMER, Martha M.S., CNS
Raw milk is one of the most hotly debated topics in the local food
Come discover: how raw milk got its bad reputation; the nutritional
price of pasteurization and homogenization; and what a safe, clean raw
milk system could mean to the health of our communities.
in the Home”
The North Country
abounds with important native herbs. Learn to identify, utilize, and preserve the
green medicine that grows around us. Herbalist Rebecca Pickens will
discuss the many ways these plants can be prepared in our homes promoting the health
and wellness of our families.
Rebecca is an avid gardener and
community herbalist, who has studied with Rosemary Gladstar and Dr. John
Christopher. She is a member of the New England Herbalist Association (NEHA)
and United Plant Savers (UpS). As an herbal practitioner, Rebecca delights in
sharing the power of plants with her students, clients, and visitors to the
Herbal Tincture Making”
simple process of making folkloric herbal tinctures and glycerites with
Dawn of DawnLight Herbs & More.
Rosenbarker has been fascinated with herbs since childhood and has been making
herbal products for her family and friends for over 15 years. Her new business,
DawnLight Herbs & More offers natural soaps, salves, bath products, and
SACHNO, Rob & Winny
Basic information on caring for,
housing and fencing goats. They will talk about the various breeds, and about the
care and use of milk.
Rob & Winny are small farmers
in Crary Mills, living with, and loving dairy goats
STOREY WELCH, Doug and Ginger
” Totally Doable: How We Cut our Energy Use by over
60% and Why”
Cutting our home energy doesn’t have to be expensive or
inconvenient. This work shop shares some low-tech, low cost ways of
cutting our electricity usage.
and Ginger Storey Welch live in an owner-built
post and beam home in Pierrepont, NY. They are having a grid-tied solar
system installed later this autumn. Ginger teaches elementary school
coordinates the school’s Earth Day celebration as well as leads the
school’s Project Green Team effort. She has participated in a workshop
how to teach about peak oil. Doug is currently Sustainability
Coordinator at SUNY Canton. He is a member of the Energy Task Force, the Energy Alliance and the St. Lawrence Country Grass
Energy Working Group. He was a member of the Community Energy Services Board of
Directors from 2006-2009.
"Open Forum for Questions on Growing Organic Vegetables and Herbs"
Birdsfoot Farm is an intentional community, since 1972.
Dulli and Katie grow vegetables, flowers and herbs for the
community, a 60 member CSA, the Canton Farmers Market , the Potsdam
Food Coop and two Grower Coops (NCGC gives access to the colleges
and restaurants, FLO gives sales to Syracuse and NYC). They are
growing fairly intensively, seeding, weeding and harvesting by hand, and
use a variety of cover crops. Some specialty crops are Sunchokes,
Celeriac, Parsnips, Garlic and Mixed Greens. Up to five part time
workers are hired for the season.
Dulli Tengeler grew up in Hamburg Germany ,did two years of formal
apprenticeship on conventional farms in Germany and studied farming in
Witzenhausen Germany for four years. She has farmed 2.5 acres at
Birdsfoot Farm for 19 years. Her husband Steve and her two children
Seba(16) and Kira (8) live with her in the solar house they built with
hand tools. The community has 7 adults and five children. Dulli
enjoys going to the alternative movie series Cinema 10 and playing at
the St. Lawrence String Orchestra. In the winter she travels back to
Germany to visit with her family.
Will speak briefly about the
history of trapping, reasons why we trap, and also touch on regulations,
personal ethics, and the reality of the fate of fur-bearing animals in a moderated natural environment,
without human intervention. He will explain the various types of traps and
methods used by modern trappers, which have made trapping both more
species specific and more humane, but still allow for a practical harvest. He
will show and identify tanned pelts of the fur-bearers that inhabit the north country.
secretary/treasurer of St. Lawrence County Trappers Association
which sends kids to NYS environmental conservation camps, awards an
annual scholarship to area students attending college in a natural
management related curriculum, and provides the public with factual
about fur-bearer trapping. He has
trapped on and off for about 30 years, mostly as a hobby, and also helping
folks with a few nuisance beaver problems.
“A Case Study of How to Design a Zero-Carbon, Net-Zero-Energy Home: A Vision for a Sustainable Future”
Our modern economy is very dependent on energy derived
mostly from carbon based sources. The future availability of fossil fuels is
expected to decrease and traditional energy sources will become more expensive.
Hence there is an urgent need to implement new ways to provide carbon-free
energy sources for buildings, transportation and factories. Mel Tyree will
present a talk about his personal experiences in designing, building and owning
a home located 80 km south of Montreal in NY State that uses no carbon-based
energy sources—neither bio-fuels nor fossil-fuels. This house, completed in Jan
2008, cost $65,000 extra to build but will save $165,000 in energy costs over the
first 20 years of operation. Measured data on the performance of the house will
Mel earned a BA in physical chemistry from Pomona College
and a PhD in Biophysics from Cambridge University. He has done research on
energy and mass movement in living organisms most of his career so when he
designed his sustainable house he found that the same equations apply. He now
does research and lecturing on sustainable building design. He is Professor of
Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta.
Mel Tyree is also a sponsor of the Local Living Festival for which we are grateful.
"An Introduction to Small Wind Turbine Technology"
The aerodynamic design of a wind turbine is a complex process involving
the balance of numerous parameters. These design variables include
solidity, blade number, airfoil selection, chord and twist
distributions, but the fundamental objective of a wind turbine design is
to maximize energy produced while minimizing the capital and operating
costs. How to balance these objectives and produce a viable design has
led to many “marketing ploys” that the consumer needs to be aware of.
Three areas of interest will be presented: 1) Fundamentals of wind
energy including power and energy in the wind, factors affecting turbine
performance and behavior, and various turbine concepts, 2) Current
technologies for the consumer, such as what is available and what to
look out for and be aware of; costs; and expectations, and 3) Wind
research at Clarkson University on new concepts for the future.
Ken Visser is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and
Aeronautical Engineering and currently the Director of the Center for
Sustainable Energy Systems at Clarkson University. He completed his
Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame in 1991. Post-doctoral work was
performed under the auspices of the National Research Council at the
NASA Langley Basic Aerodynamic Research Tunnel (BART). Ken was
subsequently employed by the Boeing Aircraft Company for five years and
was involved in development and design aspects of two aircraft: the High
Speed Civil Transport and the 767 400ER, the latter resulting in a
patent of a novel raked aerodynamic wingtip currently being flown on the
Boeing 767-400ER. Other activities include helping in the design of the
keel fin and appendages for the America's Cup Team 2000, AmericaOne,
and working with Fairchild Dornier Aircraft in Germany. In 2006, Ken had
the opportunity to spend a year at the DLR in Braunschweig, Germany.
Present responsibilities include teaching the senior aircraft design and
performance courses at Clarkson and being the AIAA faculty student
advisor. His research interests are primarily experimental, focusing on
applied aerodynamics and renewable energy concepts. Current projects
include wind turbine design optimization, passive reduction of drag on
ground vehicles and design methodologies for aircraft wing tips. Details
can be found at http://www.clarkson.edu/~visser
we are to live sustainably, we need to learn how to process the Earth's
resources in a responsible way. Chemistry can play a major role in
learning how to achieve this, and we need to educate our chemistry
students in this sustainable approach to chemistry.
will begin with a description of green chemistry. There will then be
some demonstrations of some green chemistry experiments developed
locally for use in high schools.
Martin A. Walker was born on Tyneside in England, and he received a
bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1981. He worked for 12 years on
developing processes for the manufacture of fine chemicals, in the UK
and the US. After earning his Ph.D., he joined the faculty at SUNY
Potsdam in 2001, where he teaches organic chemistry at the undergraduate
Dr. Walker's research is mainly focused on developing green chemical
processes, in particular methods for acylation. He is interested in
promoting green chemistry in education, and developing green experiments
for use in high schools. He served as conference chair for NERM 2010,
the northeast regional conference of the American Chemistry Society,
held in June in Potsdam, NY; the conference theme was "Chemistry for a
Sustainable World." In addition, Dr. Walker has had a longstanding
interest in chemical information. He has been active for many years on
Wikipedia, working on standards for online chemistry content and on
producing offline releases of Wikipedia. During 2010-2011, he is
spending his sabbatical year developing a website allowing educators to
share materials for teaching chemistry.
Tempeh: A Unique Treat from Seed to Belly”
are well-suited for the North Country garden. In the fermented state
known as tempeh, they are full flavored and very digestible. We'll share
information on cultivation, harvest, seed saving, and kitchen processing of
this protein rich food. We'll have photos, recipes, samples and our
homemade tempeh incubator on hand.
Bob Washo and Flip Filippi are growers and eaters
in St. Lawrence County.
“Whole Foods for the
Paula Youmell, RN, MS, is a Local Health and PE Teacher, Certified
Herbalist, Nutrition Educator and Reiki Master with a passion for REAL
FOOD, Holistic Healing and Living.
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