Workshop Descriptions & Presenter Bio's 2010

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'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

Three brief 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.)




 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.)


Dean Anthony

"Affordable Solar Strategies"

This presentation will focus on affordable and cost effective strategies to build new homes and renovate existing homes.  The role of energy efficiency, passive solar design, high thermal mass, low cost 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 low.  

Dean Anthony has been a builder of solar homes since 1975 specializing in natural design of new homes and renovation of existing homes.


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 dryer demo.

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 Partnership.



“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” philosophy.

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 rainwater resources.


BRANT, Joseph

"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 wood.

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.



“Saving Seeds”
The workshop will be partly hands-on and Mary-Ann will offer some free samples of seeds from her garden.

Mary-Ann 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 presentation."

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.



"Simple Solar Cooking!"

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.



“Flush Busters: Simple & Cheap  Humanure Composting Systems”

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 the cycle.



"A Low-Tech Lifestyle: High Living, Low on the Hog”

Rich will 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.

Rich and 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.


GROVER, Richard

“Flush 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.



"Pollutant 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 incomplete 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 strategies.  The 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.

Donald L. Hassig, Director of Cancer Action NY and the Cool Cancer Action Network is a Son of the Earth, Son of Good Spirits 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 power of the bad corporate kings that rule the United States and Canada."


Hayes, Shannon

"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 and


HITCHMAN, Shirley and Don


We have 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.


HODGE, Betsy

"Backyard Sheep"

Betsy will discuss how to raise a few sheep for meat and fiber.

Betsy Hodge 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 value!

Cathy Hohmeyer is
Co-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.

HOPKE, Philip

“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 sustainability initiatives.



"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 building.

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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“Speedy Bread-Making” 

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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James S. 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 on off-grid energy system design.  His first book "The High Art and Subtle Science of 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 position with the Cornell Cooperative Extension as a Regional Energy Program Coordinator over a 10 county area in the North Country.


LANG, Katherine

Basic Food Preservation: Save Your Harvest!

45 minute basic food preservation presentation with an emphasis on canning. Includes a demonstration portion for boiling water bath canning.  Learn basic techniques 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.


LEE, Alex

“Laundry: An Inconvenient Chore?”

Join 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."


LEE, Bryan

 "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.



“Flush Busters: Simple & Cheap Humanure Composting Systems”

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. 
"Community Permaculture"
  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 ( <> ), an international advocacy group promoting the use of local natural materials to build small, sensible homes.


, 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.



PANEL: “Cheese-making”
“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.

After 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.

Since 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.




I live 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.


MAINE, Sandy

“Developing Your Home Based Business"

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 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 decisions reflect her commitment to environmental and community sustainability and support of the missions of environmental and social 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 vegetables and meats as well as keep dairy goats and produce soft goat cheeses, yogurt and ice cream for family and friends.


MARTIN, Larisa

PANEL:  "Cheese-Making"

Larisa 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.


McDERMOTT, Whitney

“Introductory Beekeeping”

For six 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!



“Wood Gasification - An Alternative to Fossil Fuels”

This 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.

Bill 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.


  M.S., CNS

“Raw Milk”
Raw milk is one of the most hotly debated topics in the local food movement. 
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.


PICKENS, Rebecca

“Herbal Medicine 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 farm.



“Folkloric Herbal Tincture Making”

Learn the simple process of making folkloric herbal tinctures and glycerites with Dawn of DawnLight Herbs & More.

Dawn 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 teas.


SACHNO, Rob & Winny

"Got Goat?”
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


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.

Doug 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 and coordinates the school’s Earth Day celebration as well as leads the school’s Project Green Team effort. She has participated in a workshop on 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.



"Fur-bearer Trapping"

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.

Rex is 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 resource management related curriculum, and provides the public with factual information 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 be presented.

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

WALKER, Martin

“Sustainable Chemistry”

If 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.

The workshop 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 level.
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.



“Homegrown Tempeh: A Unique Treat from Seed to Belly”

Soybeans 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 Whole Body”

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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