This fall workshop was designed to be an extension of our 2021 Mid-America Organic Conference that was limited due to state requirements at the time. The programming will consist of topics that promote land-based living and supporting your income.
Monday, November 15th at the Hartsburg Grand (30 S. Second St, Hartsburg, MO | 9am - 4pm
Presentations and Workshops Include
Intro to Herbalism and Herbal demos with Tend & Flourish School of Botanicals Co-founders Crystal Stevens & Alex Queathem!
Small Ruminants Presentation with Dr. Tumen Wuliji
Natural Beekeeping That Works with Dr Leo Sharashkin
Keeping bees can be simpler than growing tomatoes. Come learn the tested methods that allow you to add any number of hives to your farm or garden with minimal cost. Start with free local bees that are resilient and productive, choose a hive model that is bee-friendly and requires minimal management, and let the bees do the rest. This visually rich presentation is packed with practical information that you can easily apply in both rural and urban settings.
Farmers Market Booth Management with Christine Williams
“Clear Brush, Eradicate Weeds, and Turn Woodlots into Savannas... Then Take Lamb and Goat Meat and Milk to Market!” with Will Winter, DVM
How to breed, raise naturally and market wool and hair sheep on grass as well as dairy and meat goats and other small ruminants.
Horizontal Beehives: Advantages and Management with Dr Leo Sharashkin
Horizontal hives have been in use for thousands of years. When combs are arranged in a long horizontal box, it eliminates heavy lifting and simplifies many beekeeping operations. Many hobby and commercial beekeepers in Europe use horizontal hives exclusively. Learn how management affects bees and honey production in vertical and horizontal hives and how you can achieve better results with less effort, while making beekeeping more fun.
Sponsorship and Vendor Booth Opportunities available. Contact Jackie & Lindsey at email@example.com or 573-657-5555 for more information!
More info about our confirmed speakers:
ALEX QUEATHEM is a bioregional herbalist, botanist, and gardener. She is the administrator, teacher, as well as a graduate of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies. She is the co-founder and one of the primary instructors of the Tend & Flourish School located in the confluence of Missouri and Illinois. Alex is currently studying biology with a focus in botany and horticulture. Many of her jobs have been plant oriented ranging from landscaping, biodynamic farming to currently teaching field botany and ecology. She is a volunteer educator at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Litzsinger Road Ecology Center. When she’s not shuffling paperwork around for the schools, she is restoring 4.5 acres of land in Cedar Hill, MO back to native glade/prairie and woodland habitat. Alex also enjoys gardening, foraging, and developing new products for her company, Tending the Wild Botanicals.
CRYSTAL STEVENS is an author, folk herbalist, organic farmer, permaculturalist, and multidisciplinary artist/art teacher. Stevens lives along the bluffs of the Mighty Mississippi River in Godfrey, Ilinois with her husband and 2 children. Stevens is the author of Grow Create Inspire, published by New Society Publishers in the fall of 2016 and Worms at Work, published in 2017. Her third book, Your Edible Yard, will be released in spring of 2020. Stevens speaks at conferences and Mother Earth News Fairs across the United States. She has been teaching a Resilient Living workshop series for over a decade. Stevens is a permaculture educator with the Permaculture Women’s Guild. She and her husband, Eric Stevens, co-founded FLOURISH which encompasses a farm, a plant nursery, an apothecary, design services and educational programming including a Permaculture Design Course, and dozens of workshops throughout each season.
WILL WINTER, DVM is a holistic herd health consultant and livestock nutritionist who hangs his hat in Minnesota. He is also a writer and traveling teacher focusing on livestock, regenerative agriculture, and traditional nutrition. He provides natural and holistic livestock consulting for producers and enjoys raising pastured hogs, hair sheep and meat goats. He is the inspector and certifier for the American Grassfed Association and as such visits, inspects or consults on over 100 livestock operations from coast to coast every year.
DR. LEO SHARASHKIN, PhD, is a full-time natural beekeeper and editor of "Keeping Bees With a Smile", a comprehensive book on natural beekeeping. He is a regular contributor to Mother Earth News, Acres USA, American Bee Journal, and major other publications. He homesteads in the Ozark, Southern Missouri, where he catches wild honeybee swarms and keeps bees in easy-to-build horizontal hives. Dr Leo holds a degree in Forestry from the University of Missouri and teaches natural beekeeping at his apiary and around the world. His website (including free hive plans and advice): www.HorizontalHive.com
DR. TUMEN WULIJI is an Associate Professor and Program Leader of Animal Science at Cooperative Research, and graduate faculty in the Department of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences. He has more than 30 years of small ruminant animal breeding and organic production experience at various institutions, including UNSW (Australia), AgResearch (NZ), Langston Goat Research Institute (OK) and University of Nevada (Reno). He had conducted sheep, goat and camelids breeding, reproduction and organic production research, and published over 120 papers, textbook chapters, and special publications.