Workshops - Potential Topics

 Resourceful Living Skills
   Workshop Ideas

 for the  Local Living Venture 
Created February 9, 2011, updated February 27, 2012 & December 21, 2013

We seek the names of
suggested Presenters (including yourself!)  Please share with us if you know someone who has a bit of the gift of gab and can share knowledge on a topic.

Note that
these are open learning events between citizens, not a lecture series.  If you've been working on something or have a passion for it, you've
had experiences that can be shared.  This is a process of sharing what we're learning with others who are engaged in similar endeavors, or want to be.

As such, "expertise" is perhaps valued over "experts" -- though we'd not want to make that as a blanket statement; there are some charming and informative experts out there to be sure!   It is interesting, however, how often we find participants in the workshop contributing as much as the presenter does.  They're interested in the subject, and they're out there trying different things, too!

Of course we all have a lot to share. 
That is what the Local Living Venture workshops and events aim to promote.


Festival and holiday-oriented events, Earth Day, Arbor Day


Baking with Whole Grains (& Recipe Conversion)
Beer, Wine, Hard Cider and Mead Making
Bread Making Butter / Yogurt Making
Candy Making
Canning, Freezing, and Drying Fruits & Veg
Chicken: processing of poultry
Cider / Juicing Fruits / Storage (freezing/canning)
Cooking Grass Raised Meats
Cooking on a Wood Cook Stove
Cooking with Outdoor Fire
Constructing / Storing Food in a Root Cellar or Facsimile
Edible Wild Plants
Fermentation:  Various Foods & Beverages
Food Self-Sufficiency  
Making Jams / Jellies
Maple Sugaring
Making Lard
Nutritious / Delicious Seasonal Cooking Seminars
Pressure Canning Poultry / Meat
Raw Milk
Sourdough Starter & Vinegar Mother Making
Sprouting Grains / Legumes
Sprouting Micro-Greens for a Healthy Winter Diet
Tofu / Tempeh Making
Vegan Eating
Vegetarian Eating

Vinegar Making
Whole Foods

   Forestry, Wilderness & Primitive Skills
Bird Language / Bird Watching and Identification
Building / Growing a Hedge Row
Evergreen / Balsam / Grapevine Wreaths
Firewood - various
Foraging and Edible Flowers / Plants
Invasive Species
Leave No Trace: Hiking & Camping
Old-Fashioned Ice Cutting for Root Cellar/Refrigeration
Mindfulness in the North Woods
Making Bat Boxes
Making Bird Houses
Making Fire Without Matches
Mushrooms - Inoculating Shiitake Logs
Orchard Pruning Methods
Preparing Pets for the Wilderness: Hiking, Camping, etc.
Portable Saw Mill Demonstration & Discussion / Lumber
Tree Planting /  Using Trees for Fencing (Silvaculture)
Tick Presentation: for Dogs, Hunters, and General Public
Wilderness Survival

Wood Splitting for Women
Woods Work with a Horse
/ Oxen

      Children's Workshops
Cooking for Kids: Solo and Parental Workshops
Nature Hikes
Patio / Window Sill Gardens
Paper Making
“Sprouts” Summit for K-12 Nutrition and Fitness Fun!

     Earth Friendly/ Appropriate Technology
Backyard and/or Dorm-based Food Waste Composting
Community Building
Composting: Basic Indoors, Worms, and Large Scale
Dorm / Frat / Theme House Energy Efficiency
Grass Energy for Fuel
Manure the Natural Fertilizer
On-Demand Water Heaters
Pellet Boiler Demo
Rain Barrels and Passive Water
Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling: Basics and Beyond
Rocket Stoves
Small Scale Solar Hot Water Heating
Thermal Window Shades
Wells and Water Sources
Wood Heat Boiler Systems
Yurt Building Weekend

      Simple Living Skills / "DIY"
Ark Meeting - Informal Gathering of Homesteaders
Basic Off-grid Living
Make Non-Toxic Household Cleaning Products
Simple Living Skills - in general
Social Media for Dummies
Starting a Greenhouse Business
Starting a CSA

      Traditional Skills/Crafts
Fence Building
Flavor and Fragrance Making With Herbs
Home Schooling
Ice Cutting for Root Cellar Storage Party
Knitting / Fiber Arts
Living in an Off the Grid Cabin / Living With Less, Enjoying More
Natural Cleaning
Pack Baskets: Make and Take
Paper Making
Portable Sawmill

      Gardening/ Farming/Landscape
All About Garlic
Container / Patio / Window Sill Gardens
CSA’s and Farmer Markets
Beginners Basic Veggie Garden
Cover Crops
Deer-Resistant Plants
Growing Grains
Harvesting and Drying Flowers, Herbs, Perennials, Beds, etc.
Organic Farming vs. Certified Organic Farming - What’s the Difference
Scything Grass & Making Hay Shocks
Season Extension / Cold Frames, Tunnels, Greenhouses
Seed Bank (part of NCN Botanical Garden!)
Seed Starting / Saving
Seed Swap
Starting Seedlings / Transplanting
Using Mulches

Animal Husbandry / Grooming and Hoof Care
Beekeeping 101 (various topics)
Beekeeping Discussion Group
Birthing Piglets and Lambs
Building a Chicken Coop
Chicken & Turkeys for Meat
Chicken Raising Techniques - Caring for Baby Chicks/Layers/Broilers
Draft Animals
Driving / Working with Horses / Riding for Fun
Heritage Breed Livestock
Natural Animal Care: Recipes for Feed, Naturopathic Care
Working Dogs/Border Collies

The Alexander Technique
Herbal Medicines
Natural Birth / Child-Rearing
Green Death / Burial
Yoga / Meditation

Biking for Transportation
Bicycle Maintenance

Doing “IT” on a Shoestring
Ecological Options at the End of Life
Emergency Preparedness
Marketing Your Goods - Advertising / Creating an Attractive Display / Customer Service / Sales
Sustainable Jobs in the North Country
Using Less Energy
Working with Students
Working With & for the Good of Your Community

This list is by no means complete -- please help us add to it!
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