Class Selection Guide for Nov. 3 & 4, 2017 at Spokane Community College
Friday Program (Optional): These classes require a ticket as well as their individual fees. There is no lunch provided on Friday.
Friday 9am – Noon
Farm Recordkeeping for Productivity & Profitability – Intensive Course by Renee Grandinetti, CPA, Grandinetti & Barton, PS
Learn from experts how to set up a farm recordkeeping system to help keep your farm in the black! Accurate and up-to-date financial records are essential to any growing business, but are especially important to farms and agricultural businesses. Without a good recordkeeping system in place, decisions will be made based on hunches, not reality. This class has a $25 fee in addition to an event ticket.
Jean Martin Fortier - Intensive Course
The author of the Market Gardener Handbook will inspire and encourage the audience as well as give practical and actionable tips. Farmers will learn how to make their land more productive, and their farms more profitable. This class has a $50 fee in addition to an event ticket.
Beyond the Market Canopy: Developing a Broader Food System - Roundtable Discussion
Featuring JM Fortier, Curtis Stone and other local experts in food production and policy
Can you imagine a future of local food in Spokane that is year round, accessible to everyone, and keeps farmers gainfully employed? This panel will explore the current challenges of a local food economy that is rooted in a relatively short growing season and relies heavily on summer farmers markets. What infrastructure and cultural changes would be needed to create a year-round local food system? What benefits could a year-round local food economy bring to Spokane families, grocers, chefs, and farmers? A fantastic panel of experts will explore these questions and more. This event is included in all Farm & Food Expo ticket types. RSVP required during registration.
Saturday Program (Included): The following classes are all included in your ticket except a few classes have a $5 materials fee, and the Curtis Stone Intensive class has an additional $50 fee. Lunch is included and participants must choose a lunch period; they cannot skip lunch and take an additional class.
8am - 8:50am: Farm Transition - Passing the Farm to the Next Generation, Ron Shultz, Washington Conservation Commission
Learn nitty gritty and big picture considerations for farm succession. This presentation will empower participants to make decisions that are best for their farm’s future.
Beginner, legal, property
8am - 8:50am: Land Access, Colette DePhelps, Area Educator Community Food Systems,
University of Idaho Extension
This workshop will provide an overview of ways beginning farmers and market gardeners can access land for small acreage farming. Topics include: securing land from retiring farmers and ranchers, and leasing land from institutional and non-operating landowners.
Beginner, Legal, Property
8am - 8:50am: Keeping Noxious Weeds off your Property, Dave Mundt, Coordinator, Spokane County Noxious Weed Board
This course will talk about noxious weeds that may become a problem on your property and how to control them.
8am - 8:50am: Preparing for Your Lender, Wendy Knopp, VP AgVision, Northwest Farm Credit Services
Learn about financing for your farm or other agricultural business, and specifically, what to do before you call your banker. Special Northwest Farm Credit Services programs such as AgVision will also be discussed to help new and beginning farmers find additional resources.
8am - 8:50am: Opportunities for Veterans in Agriculture, Vicki Carter, Vets on the Farm founder, Director, Spokane Conservation District
This session will highlight current opportunities for Veterans interested in agriculture, show the inspirational film, Ground Operations: From Battlefields to Farmfields, and discuss the impact of a new Washington State chapter of Farmer Veteran Coalition. Participants will leave feeling inspired and connected.
Beginner, Military Veterans
8am - 8:50am: Adaptive Gardening Solutions, Curt Johnson, Assistive Technology Specialist, Washington Assistive Technologies Act Program, University of Washington
How to Continue Gardening through Aging, Disability and Illness? Most gardeners want to continue to garden as long as they possibly can. Lifestyle changes, disability, age, illness and infirmity slowly take that purposeful activity from them. New tools are available that are designed specifically for gardeners facing challenges. This session will cover commercial and adaptive gardening devices or techniques designed for groups experiencing barriers to gardening. Local and national resources will be reviewed and participants will have the opportunity to handle modified tools.
Country Living, Beginner, All Ability Gardening and Farming
9am-10am: From Lawn to Farm – Curtis Stone General Address
All attendees will get to listen to our featured speaker and get inspired to increase production on their land no matter how small the acreage. Specifically, Curtis Stone will describe how to turn over an average North American lawn into a productive and profitable mini-farm. Soil management and intensive production techniques will also be discussed.
10am-10:30am: Morning Break and Vendor Fair
10:30am-11:30am: Baking the Bread You Want,
Have you tried your hand at bread baking? Let's get our hands into some dough and talk about trouble shooting to get the perfect artisanal loaf every time.
Food, Country Living
10:30am-11:30am: Guarding Poultry Against Predators and Pests, Ben Peterson, Forester and Certified Arborist, Spokane Conservation District
Losing chickens and other members of your flock to predators like raccoons is traumatic, aggravating and to some degree, avoidable. Learn how to design or improve your poultry coop and facilities to protect against this and other nuisance pests. This class includes tips on urban and rural free range safeguards, preventing mouse and bird infestation, and good husbandry practices to reduce insect and parasite outbreaks.
Small Livestock, Beginner
10:30am-11:30am: Why Keep Bees? Maria and Ari Jr Alvarez, Owners/Operators, BeeManiacs
Pollinator populations have been dwindling over the years, affecting the pollination of gardens, fruit trees, and flowers. Learn how you can take a step towards helping the bees, from having a pollinator-friendly garden to seeing what it takes to become a backyard beekeeper.
Beekeeping, Pollinator, Hobby Beekeeping
10:30am-11:30am: Bark Beetles, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Melissa Fischer, Entomologist, WA Department of Natural Resources
Learn the biology and management of common bark beetles found in eastern WA, including the mountain pine beetle, western pine beetle, pine engraver, Douglas fir beetle, and fir engraver.
Tree School, Forestry
10:30am-11:30am: Rainwater Catchment for Irrigation, Tim Pope, American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association
Unlike greywater, rainwater can be used to safely water fruit, vegetables, and root crops! Learn how a rainwater harvesting system can provide a viable alternative to municipal water and provide off-grid solutions. Considerations like potable-quality storage materials and roofing materials will be discussed.
Permaculture, Country Living, Alternative Energy, Self-Sufficient Homestead
10:30am-11:30am: Permaculture...What is That? Jeremy S. Cowan, Regional Horticulturist, WSU Spokane County Extension
Have you heard the term permaculture and been completely baffled by it? This session will give you a quick overview of permaculture, what it is, who it is for, and where to go to learn more. If you are looking to expand your vocabulary and understanding about sustainable lifestyles, this class will enable you to add permaculture and its lexicon to your quiver.
Tree School, Permaculture, Country Living, Alternative Energy, Home Orchard, Beginner
10:30am-11:30am: Growing Heritage and Landrace Grains, Dr. Richard Scheuerman, Palouse Heritage; Don Scheuerman, Co-Owner and Farmer at Palouse Colony Farm
Learn about growing Heritage and Landrace grains on a small scale. Palouse Heritage is building a model for the restoration of soil health and rural communities.
10:30am-11:30am: Making and Using Apple Cider Vinegar, Anna Kestell,Food Preservation & Safety Coordinator, WSU Spokane County Extension
Cider vinegar making at home has been practiced since the olden days and has continued right up to the present time. The resulting homemade apple cider vinegar is likely to be healthier and better tasting than most commercially produced vinegars. A typical quart of organic, raw apple cider vinegar will run you just under $5. You can make a whole gallon yourself for about the same price… even less if you use apple scraps that you were going to throw out or compost anyway.
10:30am-11:30am: The Art of Natural Dyeing, Eileen Napier, Owner/Operator, Ramstead Ranch
Explore the colorful world of natural dyeing using locally sourced plant materials. Participate in this hands-on, introductory workshop that will demonstrate the simple equipment and steps needed to produce beautiful colors from common plant sources. We’ll use local plant materials to dye fibers such as wool and cotton. Learn dyeing techniques and get familiar with the ingredients that influence color in your dye pot. Materials fee: $5 per person
Permaculture, Country Living, Beginner
10:30am-11:30am: Beginner Soapmaking: Cold Pressed Soap, Adam Gebauer and Melissa Johnson
What you put onto your body is as important as what you put into your body. In this session, we will review the basics of traditional cold process soapmaking, including selecting natural and local ingredients, equipment and supplies needed, and safety considerations. With a part lecture, part hands-on format, participants will watch the soapmaking process unfold through a demo by the speakers. Participants will also have an opportunity to cut, package, and take home samples of the final product sample.
Country Living, All Ages Country Living, Self-Sufficient, Homestead, Beginner
10:30am-11:30am: Grazing in Perfect Harmony: Multispecies Grazing, Matthew Cox, Green Bow Farm; Phil Blankenship, Lazy B Ranch; Beth Robinette, MBA, Lazy R Ranch
Learn the intricacies of grazing multiple species of animals together to improve pasture health and forage utilization. A panel of producers will share their experiences running broilers, sheep, goats, cattle, and pigs on their diversified operations.
10:30am-12:30pm: Pruning for Fruit Trees (2 hour course), Kelly Chadwick, Certified Arborist, Owner, Spirit Pruners
The basics of fruit tree pruning for arborists and others who care for trees. Understand how and when to prune to maximize fruit production, accessibility and health on a variety of species.
Tree School, Home Orchard, Country Living
10:30 AM – 1 PM: $80,000 on A Quarter Acre – Curtis Stone Intensive
This workshop is a virtual farming season that is a week to week, play by play analysis of everything that happens on an urban farm that will generate $80,000 in eight months from a quarter acre of land. This is a very detail heavy workshop and is intended for advanced audiences only. This class has an additional $50 fee.
For the 11:45am-12:45pm session, participants can choose Lunch A or a Class. Participants must choose a lunch period.
11:45am-12:45pm: Different Beehive Styles, Ari Alvarez, Owner/Operator, BeeManiacs
Whether you're new to beekeeping or have been doing it for generations, learn about various different hives including different sizes of the traditional Langstroth hive, Warre, Top Bar, Flow Hive, and more.
Beekeeping, Hive Styles
11:45am-12:45pm: Wildlife - Thinning for fuel reduction and forest health, and having your critters too! Ken Bevis, Wildlife Biologist, WA DNR
Habitat means home to wildlife. In our dry forests, the best habitats are made of complex vegetation, including standing dead trees and down logs, patches of dense shrubs and even some areas of dense trees for hiding cover. Fuels reduction treatments can greatly benefit tree growth, better protect our property and help forests resist insects. These treatments can also remove much of this habitat complexity. How can we accomplish both objectives on our small forest lands in dry landscapes? Come to this class and get some ideas for how to help our wild friends have a home, while protecting property and improving vigor of our trees.
Tree School, Forestry, Rural Property
11:45am-12:45pm: Old World Breads: From Millstone to Hearth, Shaun Thompson-Duffy, Baker/Miller, Culture Breads
Learn about making bread the hardest way possible, but the healthiest and most delicious way ever, from local miller and baker Shaun Thompson-Duffy.
Grains, Food, Self-Sufficient Homestead
11:45am-12:45pm: The Extraordinary Elderberry, Jill Herrera, Wellness Manager, Main Market Co-op
Learn about the many uses and benefits of Elderberry in your diet and medicine cabinet. We will discuss identification, when and where to gather flowers and berries, and their healing and nutritional properties. You will learn to make cordials, vinegars, syrups, and more to boost immunity, soothe colds and flu and impress your foodie friends.
Food, Country Living, All Ages Country Living, Self-Sufficient Homestead, Beginner
11:45am-12:45pm: Heirloom Yogurts at Home, Karyna Hamilton, Yogurt Maker/Owner, Flora Yogurt Co.
Turns out the human microbiome is a big deal. With more and more studies proving the connection between the gut and the human brain, eating live foods (like yogurt!) has become increasingly important. And it's so easy! Take this great opportunity to explore, taste and make yogurts from around the world from cultures that have descended generations from places like Greece, Bulgaria and Finland. Participants will be sent home with a bit of this food history to propagate in their own home traditions.
Fermentation, Food, Country Living, Beginner
11:45am-12:45pm: Botanical Jewelry, Loretta Etchison, Floral Design Instructor, Spokane Community College
Please join us for a fun make-and-take class. Make a beautiful piece of botanical jewelry, using hens and chicks and other succulent plants. $5 material fee per person
Country Living, All Ages Country Living, Beginner
11:45am-12:45pm: Black Gold: Biomass to Biochar, Gloria Flora, Sustainable Obtainable Solutions
Join us for an overview of biochar (indoor presentation) and then watch a demonstration of making biochar in a simple cone kiln (outdoors). Biochar is purpose-made charcoal with the intention of using it to amend soil, support livestock health, or remediate soil/water – all while sequestering carbon. Nature has been doing it for millions of years - let’s follow her advice!
Tree School, Permaculture, Country Living, Alternative Energy, Beginner to Advanced
For the 12:45pm-1:45pm session, participants can choose Lunch B or a Class. Participants must choose a lunch period.
12:45pm-1:45pm: Keeping Chickens Alive
Why are there so many things that can go wrong with chickens?! Let’s talk about how to diagnose and treat some of the common ailments and issues. More importantly, this class will cover how to prevent some of these diseases as well.
12:45pm-1:45pm: A Plan for Food Self-Sufficiency, Anna Kestell, Food Preservation & Safety Coordinator, WSU Spokane County Extension
Providing high-quality food year-round for your family takes foresight and planning, plus commitment and follow-through. How do you estimate how much to grow or buy? Take these steps to learning how to plan a garden for self-sufficiency or shop at local markets; and build on them each year. Before you know it, you’ll be providing a year’s worth of food.
Food, Country Living, Self-Sufficient Homestead, Beginner
12:45pm-1:45pm: Charcuterie, Chef Molly Patrick, Blackbird Tavern & Kitchen
The traditional art of curing meat into sausage, salami and prosciutto developed as a method of food preservation. Today, these meat products enchant the senses and make a quick romantic picnic when paired with fruit, wine and cheeses. Learn how to start your DIY charcuterie addiction! This class will enjoy samples of products, but will largely be an overview of what supplies, space, and time requirements you should anticipate for fresh sausage, pate, smoked meats and more.
12:45pm-1:45pm: Making Electricity with Sunshine, Bruce Gage, Eco Depot, Inc
Learn about photovoltaic technology and get answers to common questions; such as, does it work in cloudy weather, what is a grid tie, what incentives and rebates are available, and how much is a system going to cost?
Permaculture, Country Living, Alternative Energy, Beginner
12:45pm-1:45pm: Reading the Pasture: Four Ecosystems Processes, Beth Robinette, MBA, Lazy R Ranch
Learn how to determine the health of your pastures without complicated scientific measurements. Understanding what functional ecosystems processes (Energy Cycle, Water Cycle, Energy Flow, and Community Dynamics) and their indicators look like will help you learn to read the land and make good management decisions to improve fertility and productivity. This class will include visual examples of indicators, some simple methods for monitoring pasture, and time and weather permitting, a hands-on outdoor component.
2pm-3pm: Products from the Hive, Kim Kealiher
Honey isn't the only thing you can collect from your honey bee colonies. Learn about other raw products from the hive and different products you can make with them.
Beekeeping, Country Living
2pm-3pm: Fire Ecology - Dry forest, Art Zack, Forest Ecologist, retired US Forest Service
Wonder how often fire came through our forest before the 1900's? Learn about the historic role of fire in our local forests and how some of our trees have adapted to wildfire.
Tree School, Forestry
2pm-3pm: Rebirth of the Local Malthouse, Joel Williamson, Maltster, Palouse Pint
Malting is the process of turning raw grain into the key ingredient in beer and malt spirits. Learn about malt, malting, and local grains.
2pm-3pm: Equipment for Vegetable Growers Using Open-Source Design, Nick Andrews, Oregon State University Organic Extension Program
Open-source design is a collaborative approach to equipment design that is becoming increasingly relevant to Organic family farms. Small-scale Organic vegetable growers have great design ideas, and are vital partners in the open-source design process. Cleber LLC is using this design philosophy to develop their Oggun tractor for vegetable growers. OSU is also working with Josh Volk (Slow Hand Farm) to develop small-scale vegetable pack-house, mobile cooler, and washing, packing and bin washing stations. Nick will describe these ongoing projects, and facilitate a discussion about small-scale equipment challenges on Organic vegetable farms.
Country Living, Alternative Energy, Beginner, Advanced
2pm-3pm: Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation, Rob Orth, Herb Hill Homestead
Learn how to cultivate shiitakes, a delicious culinary mushroom. Rob will demo Shiitake spawn inoculation of log substrate. This process can be applied to a backyard scale operation for personal use or a larger scale for sale. Presentation will cover topics such as: choosing a substrate, log prep, spawn varieties, inoculation, tools/equipment needed, ideal cultivation conditions, troubleshooting, harvest and Shiitake preservation and use. No previous mushroom knowledge necessary.
Food, Country Living, Beginner
2pm-3pm: Water Law, Tom Miller, JD
This course will discuss Washington state water law issues in general; as well as, provide updates on the implementation and effect of the Hirst decision. This will be an informative talk on an issue that continues to be a hot topic for landowners in our area.
Country Living, Alternative Energy
2pm-3pm: Making Kim Chi, Wakan Burrows
Kimchi is fun, easy, tasty and healthy! Learn how easy it is to make kimchi and it's many benefits to the body.
Fermentation, Food, Country Living
2pm-3pm: Simple Cheese Making, Lorie Arnold, Heron Pond Farms
Cheese making is an important traditional skill that has been practiced for thousands of years. Learning to make cheese allows you to take a raw product (milk) which normally has a very short shelf-life, and greatly extend its use, making cheeses that can be eaten months later. Cheese making does not require a large amount of equipment and is something that you can learn to do in your own kitchen.
Food, Country Living, Self-Sufficient Homestead, Beginner
2pm-3pm: The Lost Apple Project, David Benscoter, Founder, The Lost Apple Project, retired Criminal Investigator
Over 200 apple varieties have been documented as growing at one time in eastern Washington and of those apples, 19 are today considered lost or extinct. Join "the apple detective" as he presents his experience and research that has caught the attention of the New York Times and other publications! The Lost Apple Project hopes to find all 19 lost varieties and re-introduce them to the public.
Food, Country Living, Home Orchard
2pm-3pm: European Hand-Tied Bouquet Workshop, Loretta Etchison, Floral Design Instructor, Spokane Community College
Using the principles of design, you will learn to make a proper European hand-tied bouquet. Materials fee: $5 per person
Country Living, All Ages Country Living, Beginner
2pm-3pm: Humane, Clean and Efficient Poultry Processing, Sean and Monica Mitzel, The Prepared Homestead
WARNING: This class includes a LIVE processing demonstration! We will walk you through how to humanely, cleanly and efficiently process poultry. The scale of this set up is up to 150 birds a day in processing. This class will benefit those that want to be able to process poultry on a family scale and also for those interested in running a small poultry processing business. We will walk you through all the steps for a typical small scale poultry processing operation. This class goes way beyond processing a few birds in the back yard.
Small Livestock, Beginner
2pm-3pm: Site Design for Drought & Wildfire Resilience, Kelsey Mae Crane, Collaborative Roots Design & Planning Services
This class will be a broad overview of the basic elements of site design — as they relate to drought and wildfire — with some focus. The presentation will be done by powerpoint, and will also feature tech transfer sheet handouts.
Country Living, Beginner
2pm-3pm: Healing Hooves: Vegetation Management with Goats, Craig Madsen, Healing Hooves, LLC
Craig Madsen and his herd of 250 goats have traveled throughout the northwest grazing public utilities, private land and even housing developments to control noxious weeds and reduce ladder fuels in forest land. See how Craig and his goats are providing an natural alternative to costly chemical treatments.
Small Livestock, Livestock, Country Living
3:15pm-4:15pm: Home Spa Products, Kim Kealiher, Saint Abi’s Bees and Joyce Henry, NanaBee’s
Find out how easy it is to make lotion bars, lip balm and beard butter using beeswax and all natural ingredients in your very own kitchen!
Country living, DIY
3:15pm-4:15pm: Honey Bee Species, Melanie Kirby, WSU
Honey bees are not native to the USA and for almost a hundred years they have not been allowed to be brought into the country. Learn about the genetic diversity found in the native lands of various honey bee races, and the efforts of WSU Pullman to bring more races and genetic diversity to the USA to make our bees stronger.
3:15pm-4:15pm: Brewing with Heritage Grains, Joel Williamson and Teddy Benson, Co-Owners of Palouse Heritage Brewery
Craft beer is very exciting and delicious. Learn how it is being taken to the next level with locally malted heritage grains.
3:15pm-4:15pm: Christmas Tree Farming, Mike Yakely, Inland Empire Christmas Tree Association
Christmas tree farmer Mike Yakely will talk about his experiences as a Christmas Tree Farmer and member of the Inland Empire Christmas Tree Association. Come learn the basics of raising Christmas trees and how to avoid some of the common pitfalls.
Tree School, Beginner
3:15pm-4:15pm: The Scoop on Poop: Making Manure an Asset, Dan Ross, Spokane Conservation District, Natural Resource Technician
This course will discuss topics such as: small scale composting facilities design, pack bedding composting, livestock management to improve manure handling efficiency, windrow composting, and manure applications.
Small Livestock, Livestock, Country Living, Alternative Energy
3:15pm-4:15pm: Hugelkultur - Mounds of Fun!, Thom Foote, Footehills Farm, Owner
An overview of Hugelkultur, including various designs, construction, experiences, and evaluation of the pros and cons of Hugelkultur in the landscape.
Permaculture, Country Living, All Ages Country Living, self sufficient homestead, Beginner
3:15pm-4:15pm: Small Batch Canning, Kristi Fountain
Preserving the season's bounty is easy and manageable with small batches that can be made in just a few hours. Join Kristi to learn the basic process for small batch water bath canning. Get hints and tips for stocking your pantry, refrigerator and freezer with tasty treats from the garden and farmers market to enjoy after the growing season is long gone.
Food, self-sufficient homestead
3:15pm-4:15pm: Selling Eggs to Neighbors and Strangers, Paul & Susan Puhek S&P Homestead Farm
This class will be a broad overview of how to sell eggs with special attention to some of the legal considerations in and around Spokane. The major topics will be: legal and infrastructure requirements, producing eggs safely (food safety), and different ways to market your eggs. This is a great class for poultry people of all experience levels and flock sizes who are ready to start selling their farm fresh eggs.
Food, Small Livestock, Country Living
3:15pm-4:15pm: Home Orchard Pest Control Options, Tim Kohlhauff, Urban Horticulture Coordinator, WSU Spokane County Extension
Backyard fruit trees are great to have unless the fruits are ruined by coddling moths, cherry fruit fly, peach leaf curl, apple maggot and other pests. This class will introduce you to the proper cultural, mechanical, biologic and chemical techniques you can use to protect your harvest later in the summer. Tim Kohlhauff, WSU Master Gardener Coordinator for Spokane County, has 10 years of experience advising people on how to care for their trees
3:15pm-4:15pm: Fix that sore body by building your core, Sue Walther, PT, MTC, PMA-CPT
This class will show participants how to correct their body postures with simple stretches and exercises so that they can continue to work in the field and garden on a daily basis. With a main focus on the back and legs.
3:15pm-5:30pm: Traditional Hide Tanning Overview (2 hour course), Lacey Jean of Wildhair Farm and Tannery
A hands on course learning the multiple steps of hide tanning using primitive methods. In this course we will focus on tanning a sheepskin in a condensed time setting.
Livestock, Country Living, self sufficient homestead
3:15pm-5:30pm: Regulation and Local Cattle Industry: Panel and Discussion (2 hour course),
This two part class will start with a varied, expert panel discussing their points of view regarding environmental stewardship and regulation surrounding the cattle industry. The second hour will be a facilitated discussion including voices and opinions from the entire audience; can attendees find middle ground and solutions? Come find out!
3:15pm-5:30pm: New Cuts in Lamb (2 hour course), Paul Kuber, NE Washington Regional Livestock Extension Specialist, WSU Extension
New and innovative approaches for carcass fabrication have created a buzz with foodies. These boutique cuts are featured on cooking shows, and you can learn how to make them, too! This sessions will focus on butchering a lamb carcass and identifying the fabricated cuts trending in the food industry.
Livestock, Country Living, self sufficient homestead
4:30pm-5:30pm: Water Strategies Using Permaculture Principles, Sean & Monica Mitzel with The Prepared Homestead
This class will give an overview of how to develop a comprehensive water strategy, using permaculture principles, on your farm or homestead. For example, “catch and store energy” is a common permaculture principle and it absolutely applies to water. On our property, the water flows have all been set up in systems that work passively (as much as possible) with gray water, rainwater catchment, swales and ponds all working together to provide the nourishing effects of water to the homestead. Learn different strategies to increase your water security which will make you more resilient and self-sufficient.
Permaculture, Alternative Energy, Beginner
4:30pm-5:30pm: Keeping Honey Bees Alive, Dr. Brandon Hopkins, WSU
Honey bees are struggling to stay alive. Hear from one of the experts about different diseases affecting the honey bee colonies in the USA. Dr. Hopkins will focus on the main culprit, the varroa mite, and different ways to test and treat your colonies to keep them healthy.
Bee health, bee diseases, advanced beekeeping
4:30pm-5:30pm: Ponderosa pine Ecology, Matt Dunford, SCC, Natural Resource Instructor
Ponderosa pine, bull pine and yellow pine all three are common names for Pinus Ponderosa. The official tree of Spokane and a very common tree in our dry forest ecosystems. Expand your knowledge on this iconic tree, this class will cover basic and intermediate information about ponderosa pine.
Tree School, forestry
4:30pm-5:30pm: Soil Biome and Gut Biome, Restorative Power of Heritage Grains, Don Scheuerman, Co-Owner and Farmer at Palouse Colony Farm, Dr. Richard Scheuerman, Palouse Heritage
Growing heritage and landrace grains is one powerful method of increasing soil health and human health. Learn about the beneficial characteristics of these old and unique grains.
Grains, food, health
4:30pm-5:30pm: Fermenting and sprouting whole grains for feed, Deven Vilar, Scratch and Peck Feeds, Marketing Coordinator
Your animals want you to attend this workshop! Learn how to ferment whole grain feeds, sprout whole grains, and how to use high-quality organic food that is sourced from the Pacific NW. Whole grain feeds can be fermented to unlock even more benefits, including increased protein levels, coop odor management, money savings from minimizing feed waste, and overall optimized nutritional absorption and gut health for your animals. High quality whole grains can also be sprouted to increase protein, micronutrients, and fresh greens year-round – because animals need them too!
Fermentation, Small Livestock, Chickens
4:30pm-5:30pm: How to Make Kombucha, Alexander Ekins and Amy Dolomont, Owner/operators of Ace of Spades Farm
Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage that is easy to make, and beneficial to our stomach flora and overall health. Participants will receive all the knowledge necessary to produce their own kombucha at home.
4:30pm-5:30pm: The Naturally Clean Home: A DIY Workshop, Melissa Johnson
In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the basics of creating naturally toxin-free and gentle cleaners for your home, family, and even your pets. We will review basic ingredients used in a variety of products and make a batch of laundry soap and dishwashing detergent. Each participant will leave with a jar of each to start using at home right away and in recipes. Supplies included in materials fee. Materials fee: $5 per person.
Country Living, All Ages Country Living (prev. Jr Farmers), Party Like it's 1889 / self sufficient homestead, Beginner
4:30pm-5:30pm: Disaster Preparedness for the Farm, Heather Kitchen, Program Specialist, Greater Spokane Emergency Management and Humane Emergency Animal Rescue Team (HEART)
Heather and HEART will be sharing disaster preparedness information that can help you in planning for all hazards that you may face in the Inland NW. They will cover area hazards, emergency alerts and how to get them, the importance of pre-planning and talking with your neighbors and most importantly, planning for your animals.
Country Living, Preparedness