Looking Back: NSSLF 2015

Sunday

Time
Description
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Pre-NSSLF Satellite Event: Animal Processing Satellite Workshop Meeting July 19th*
Off-Site
The workshop will be held all day Monday, July 20th (one week before the fair to allow time to hang carcasses). This is the mandatory meeting for all participants. See Monday's listing for a full description of the workshop.
Sophia Bates

Monday

Time
Description
6:00am - 5:00pm
Pre-NSSLF Satellite Event: Animal Processing Satellite Workshop July 20th*
Off-Site
Come help process lambs and goats for the Saturday night meal at the Not-So-Simple Living Fair. This is a very intimate, intensive, hands-on workshop focused on minimal stress slaughter techniques, skinning and gutting small ruminants in an on-farm setting and utilizing as much of the animal as possible. There will be plenty of discussion and demonstration, but mostly this is a learn-by-doing workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to take home organs, pelts, and other non-muscle parts with advice on how to preserve and prepare them. The workshop will be all day about one week before the fair to allow time to hang carcasses. There will be a required meeting Sunday evening to plan for the next days processing. Participants are invited to camp on the farm Sunday night. Spaces are very limited so participants get to process at least half of an animal on their own and receive very focused instruction. If you raise animals and want to learn to process them yourself, this is the class for you. Fee: $50 for fair attendees, $300 for non fair attendees Please call Sophia for more information and to register (707)894-8520
Sophia Bates

Friday

Time
Description
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Yoga Weekend: Easy Openings Earth
SoBo Studio, Boonville
YOGA WEEKEND at SoBo Studio, Boonville with Mary Paffard to support your attendance at the Not-So-Simple Living Fair! Easy Openings gets you ready for NSSLF. Classes suitable for a wide range of student. Donation based ? just pay what you can! !
Mary Paffard

Saturday

Time
Description
7:30am - 8:00am
Yoga Meditation Fire
SoBo Studio, Boonville
YOGA WEEKEND at SoBo Studio, Boonville with Mary Paffard to support your attendance at the Not-So-Simple Living Fair! Easy Openings gets you ready for NSSLF. Classes suitable for a wide range of students. Donation based, just pay what you can! Suggested $10-$20 session or $40-$100 for the whole weekend.
Mary Paffard
8:00am - 9:30am
Active Yoga Fire
SoBo Studio, Boonville
YOGA WEEKEND at SoBo Studio, Boonville with Mary Paffard to support your attendance at the Not-So-Simple Living Fair! Easy Openings gets you ready for NSSLF. Classes suitable for a wide range of students. Donation based, just pay what you can! Suggested $10-$20 session or $40-$100 for the whole weekend.
Mary Paffard
8:30am - 10:00am
Goat Milking
Lamb Palace
Roxanne Boyle
10:00am - 4:30pm
Acorn Processing
Ongoing Demonstration
Corine Pearce
10:00am - 11:20am
All About Bees From a Kid Beekeeper
Kids Area
A kid's talk about bee keeping, how bees live and what they do.
Jonathan Hunt
10:00am - 11:30am
Basic Blacksmithing
Near Arena
Tom will demonstrate tools and skills used to make metal creations from the forge.
Brian
10:00am - 11:20am
Basic Whole Animal Butchering
Food Area
Basic primal cut butchering in preparation for cooking over an open fire. Also, discussion about cuts of meat by animal and their location on the carcass and tools needed for basic butchering.
10:00am - 5:00pm
Blacksmithing
Ongoing Demonstration
10:00am - 4:30pm
Butchering
Ongoing Demonstration
10:00am - 5:00pm
Creative Reuse Display
Ongoing Demonstration
We think reuse is an important part of the Not So Simple life style and want to display some of our and your favorite examples. There will be places to display large and small items or photos of things that are too large or awkward to bring. People viewing the display will have an opportunity to vote for the Most Creative and the Most Likely to Be Copied And Used entries.Bring the object or photo and a caption, which tells what it is used for and how you made it to the Fair on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. Please contact Diane (707-895-3354 or dpaget@mcn.org) and tell her about your entry so we?ll know how much space we need to display it.
10:00am - 11:20am
Fermentation: Fun and Tasty
Kitchen
10:00am - 11:20am
Flour, Water, Salt, magic, The second Rising! Part 1 of 2
Food Area
More adventures in wildcrafted yeast and bacteria raised wheat breads. We will meet for 3 workshops on Saturday. 1. In the early morning shift, 8 or 9 am, we will discuss and learn the art of wildcrafting our own Sourdough stater through discussion and demonstration. We will then learn to make a leaven from our starter and then the bulk ferment, start it raising and fold it to condition the dough. 2. At noon we will turn out the slack dough and form up the loaves and set them to raise in their baskets. 3. Then at 4pm we will perheat dutch ovens and turn the dough into them, and set them to bake in time for us to share our magical offerings at the Saturday night potluck! NO experience needed, just a love or interest in bread and baking.Sourdough bread baking and demonstration of a Woodfired bread oven. Bring a Dutch Oven with lid if you want to bake a loaf at the fair!"
Doug Browe
10:00am - 5:00pm
Friction Fire by Hand Drill
Ongoing Demonstration
Ever wanted to make fire with sticks? This is a drop in intensive on fruition fire by hand drill method. Myron will provide hand drill kits of a variety of materials for participants to try out. He specializes in teaching sustainable posture for maximum effectiveness and comfort and minimum injury potential. Stop in to his blanket anytime throughout the fair to learn this essential skill.
Myron Cretney
10:00am - 11:20am
Gophers, Moles, and Voles
Stage
Larry Sawyer
10:00am - 11:20am
Grains
Table in Agriculture Area
Doug Mosel
10:00am - 4:00pm
Homebrewing ongoing demo
Ongoing Demonstration
Home-brewing is fun, easy and productive. Anyone can brew top quality, craft beer with good ingredients and a sound process. Locally grown ingredients can be utilized (hops, grain, honey) to add your special touch to your beer and reduce the costs.
10:00am - 11:20am
Homesteading
Table in Homestead Area
A 37 year retrospective on the ongoing experiment at Rancho Kai Pomo. This will be a holistic look at 'doing it' from scratch as a nuclear family in the hills of Anderson Valley. I will use the display to structure the presentation and will take questions.
Rob Goodell
10:00am - 11:20am
How is Cohousing Sustainable? Let Me Count The Ways.
Cow Barn
Cohousing is sustainable on several levels: environmentally, emotionally, and economically. Whether a Baby Boomer, Gen Xer, or Millenium, its time we all live together in a more cooperative manner. Learn how to become part of one of several current cohousing communities in existence or being formed, or start one of your own!
Robin Rudderow
10:00am - 11:20am
Intro to Off-grid Water Delivery and Pressurization Options
Shelter Area
In this class we will go over the various options for water systems given different situations. pumping to a gravity feed storage tank, on demand pumping, pressure tanks. Pumping from an off grid house system's generator, inverter or battery bank, from solar direct, or even water powered pumps. Automating pumping to use the excess power from an off grid house system. Looking at the various situation's pros and cons for the various options.
10:00am - 4:30pm
Learn to Spin on a Drop Spindle*
Ongoing Demonstration
Students will learn how to handle wool in preparation for turning the fiber into yarn with a drop spindle. Students will learn at their own pace and leave with a small ball of yarn.
Nancy Finn
10:00am - 11:20am
Native Uses of Herbs
Table in Wild Food Area
Corine will bring samples of a variety of local specimens and talk about Native uses of these plants as well as her personal relationship with each of them.
Corine Pearce
10:00am - 11:20am
Our Daughters Will Hunt
Table in Wild Food Area
Jack will bring his arsenal of weapons and equipment he uses to stalk, kill, gut, haul and process pigs and deer. His daughter will be there to discuss how she became fascinated with hunting and how it led her on a food path of curing meats and brain tanning hides. He will try to have a freshly killed pig for a processing demonstration.
Jack Davis
10:00am - 5:00pm
Pedal-Powered Scroll Saw
Ongoing Demonstration
Roger's scroll saw was designed for easily cutting up to 3/4 inch hardwood. See it in action!
Roger
10:00am - 11:00am
Posture for Gardeners & Crafters
Table in Homestead Area
Abeja Judy Hummel
10:00am - 4:30pm
Preservation Table
Ongoing Demonstration
Various people will display many different types of preserved food. Ferments, pickles, fermented beverages, dehydrated foods, and canned items among others will be represented. The table will be on display the whole fair and there will be designated times that presenters will be on hand to talk about the preserved foods and to answer questions. This schedule will be posted.
10:00am - 11:20am
Producing Top Quality Compost on a Farm Scale
Grove Classroom
An overview, discussion and Q & A on producing the highest quality compost on a farm scale. Discussion will include selecting raw materials and ratios for best composting, pile building and management, water management, increasing biological activity, microbial inoculation, site considerations, aerobic vs. anaerobic, worm composting, equipment and timing requirements, blending with other soil amendments and fertilizers, storage, application, how to maximize humus development and microbial activity, monitoring equipment, microbial testing and more. Amigo has more than 35 years experience producing top quality farm scale compost and advises commercial scale composters all over the world producing the best compost, economically.
10:00am - 11:20am
Raising Rabbits
Lamb Palace
Jane Zeni , Robert Zeni
10:00am - 5:00pm
Solar Shed
Ongoing Demonstration
Paco Jordan
10:00am - 5:00pm
Tool Show and Tell
Ongoing Demonstration
Tool Show and Tell for everyone.
10:00am - 5:00pm
Water Purifying Kinetic Sculpture
Ongoing Demonstration
Presented by the Mendocino Alcohol Fuel Group
Charlie Acker
10:00am - 5:00pm
Wellness area
Wellness Zone
Bring your health questions, concerns, issues to the wellness area for treatment and discussion of acute and chronic health issues. A number of renowned herbalists will be taking shifts in the wellness area, please visit them throughout the fair. There will be a number of remedies and preventative care treatments available as well.
11:00am - 5:30pm
What Do I Do With This Fleece?
Ongoing Demonstration
This will be a demonstration of the various steps in preparing a wool fleece for spinning; spinning and plying yarn on drop spindle, Navajo spindle and spinning wheel; and weaving it into fabric on a simple loom. The presentation will be interactive, and questions are encouraged. Spindles and prepared wool from our Shetland and Navajo-Churro flocks in several natural colors will be available for use and/or purchase, and there will be a range of our fabrics and clothing items to see and handle.
Nancy Finn
11:30am - 1:00pm
Baskets, Weaving, Gourd Bowls, etc.
Kids Area
Anna Frattolillo
11:30am - 1:00pm
Building a Dome Sweat Lodge - Simple Natural and Easy
Kid's Area
3 I would do a presentation on simple shelter building in the form of a dome/Sweat lodge which could be appropriate for adults or children and I told Jini that I could do it in the kids area. Saturday morning would be best so we would be built and then kids might be able to use it throughout the weekend
Rob Goodell
11:30am - 1:00pm
Cheese-Making (part I of 2)
Kitchen
This is a cheese making class in two sessions using goats' milk. Either session can be attended for information, discussion and tasting of basic cheese making processes. To see the full processes demonstrated come to both classes. We will focus on 3 cheeses, chèvre, queso blanco, and cottage cheese. Don't miss the milking at 8:30 in the barn both saturday and sunday to see the full process from goat to cheese.
Roxanne Boyle
11:30am - 12:50pm
Drip Irrigation: Treating our water as precious as it is!
Table in Agriculture Area
Presentation and hands on approach to using drip. Thirty five years of attention to this crucial means of water application has paid off with bullet proof installations using simple parts. Attention to water quality and filtration will be key. The presenter will illustrate a system that provides an even pressure and avoids disasters when damaged plus a means to work with high mineral content water.
Greg Krouse
11:30am - 1:00pm
Dry Laid Stone Work
Shelter Area
A demonstration of the principles and practice of dry laid rock work. Participants will have the opportunity to handle and place stones according to this principle in the building of a small rock wall.
Bill Cook
11:30am - 1:00pm
Fence Building Basics (including electric)
Table in Homestead Area
We will offer tools, techniques, and tips for building permanent fencing on all sorts of terrain with a variety of materials. We will be discussing methods and materials for the electric fencing of livestock.
Bill Meyer, Tommy Otey
11:30am - 1:00pm
Herbal First Aid for People and Pets
Grove Classroom
Empower yourself by learning how to use common plants and kitchen spices in first aid situations. Whether treating a fever, spider bite or cut, there are herbs that can help reduce the severity of injury and speed the healing process. First, we will address building your first aid kit and treating basic injuries. Then we will continue with treatments and the practice of wound care.
Karin C. Uphoff
11:30am - 1:00pm
Homebrewing
Food Area
Homebrewing demonstration
11:30am - 12:50pm
Intro to Aquaponics
Dining Room
Utilizing aquaculture to create a backyard fruit and vegetable production system that is 100% organic by design, hands off, and water friendly. An introduction to backyard aquaponics covering: defining what aquaponics is and how it works; the advantages of growing with aquaponics; the challenges growers face and how to overcome them; system design options; and a question and answer period. I would like to either demonstrate system construction principals with some kind of hands on model, or build a demonstration system during the presentation depending on resources and time availability.
Wynne Crisman
11:30am - 1:00pm
Native Californians: With Great Respect
Cow Barn
Think of all the New Age buzzwords like Sustainability, Ecology, Community, Peace, Harmony, Local Food, Spirituality and come planning to discuss how we might learn from those that came before us.
David Severn
11:30am - 1:00pm
Non Violent Communication for Optimal Social Effectiveness
Parachute in Kid's Area
Non Violent Communication, aka Compassionate Communication, founded by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg is being used across the globe forreconciliation, improved team work, in all relationships. Full of practical tools anyone can learn and apply anytime, even if only one person is familiar with it, it is a profoundly life-transforming framework.
Daniel Frey
11:30am - 12:50pm
Packing with Llamas
Arena
Everything from catching llamas to haltering and brushing, saddling, and loading the packs, handling, feeding, care and packing.
Lia Alcantara
11:30am - 12:50pm
Raising Pigs
Lamb Palace
Jane Zeni , Robert Zeni
11:30am - 1:00pm
Sharpening
Stage
Sharpening woodworking tools.
Thomas McFadden
11:30am - 1:00pm
The Ecoliteracy of Mushroom Foraging
Table in Wild Food Area
Foraging for edible mushrooms as a compelling practice for getting to know a particular landscape. Topics addressed: Reading the landscape to find a particular mushroom; Systematic searching; Recognizing edible mushrooms; Selective harvesting; Patch and forest management; Tips on cutting, storing, cleaning, cooking and drying; Getting ready for the next mushroom season.
Tom Shaver
11:30am - 1:00pm
Vegetable Tanning Lecture and Demo
Table in Homestead Area
Steven Edholm
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Lunch Break
Marketplace
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Lunch Break
Kids Area
2:00pm - 3:20pm
A Dairy Trio to start your own Counter Culture
Food Area
My presentation will have three parts: introduce the cultures, demonstrate culture technique for each, discuss and have samples to taste of some of the many products that can be made from them. Many people are familiar with kefir but possibly not the ease of culturing it. I plan a short talk on kefir, show participants the active SCOBY (Symbiotic Community Of Bacteria and Yeasts) commonly called grains or curds, and how easy it is to make kefir from milk. I will have some kefir cultures for sale at my cost. I will also introduce two less familiar dairy cultures, Viili from Finland and Fil Mjolk from Sweden. These two are similar in their method of culture and have many organisms in common. The Viili is a thick stretchy (ropy) milk product which in Finland is simply eaten with a spoon often with a biscuit and coffee. The Fil Mjolk has a somewhat more fragile curd which, when stirred, produces a thick buttermilk for drinking or eating on cereal. Each participant will go home with a starter of each of these as part of their registration fee.
Betty Stechmeyer
2:00pm - 3:20pm
Farming for the Future Now: Optimizing organic farming
Dining Room
You can make all the difference in your farm, increase yields, increase financial stability as you use fewer resources and create income. Why not begin the transformation now? Exploring the challenges faced by food growers around the world, and how those challenges can be proactively addressed by optimizing organic farming to become even more sustainable. Topics on Biointensive farming, soil fertility and resource conservation that will be examined in will include: Creating Sustainable Soil Fertility. Reducing the Threat of “Peak Water”. “Growing Nitrogen” with Intercropping and Composting. Optimizing Organics for Sustainable Production. Growing a Sustainable Income. Beyond Organic—Making a difference over time, incrementally.
John Jeavons
2:00pm - 3:20pm
Life in the Medicine
Grove Classroom
This class will include a demonstration of a simpler's infused oil and an alcohol tincture. Our focus will be on how to work with the plants to bring forth their vital life force using skillful harvesting, gargling and drying, as well as the importance of our connection with the plants and our intention as medicine makers.
Donna d'Terra
2:00pm - 3:20pm
Living With a Solar Oven Every Day
Marketplace
A demonstration of cooking with a large solar oven. Discussion of how this one was built, and the evolution of building solar ovens by this maker over the past 10 years. Demonstration and information on how solar ovens are in many ways easier to use than fossil fuel ovens and even stovetop burners, with often better results. With other long-time users of ovens, we will share our experiences and techniques.
2:00pm - 3:20pm
Local Fiber, Processing and Mill Discussion and Sheep Shearing Demonstration
Lamb Palace
Challenges and Opportunities: come see sheep shearing and hear about sheep, fiber processing, what is, and what could be here in Mendocino County.
Matthew Gilbert
2:00pm - 3:20pm
Make Musical Instruments From Items Found Make Music & Water Play
Kids Area
2:00pm - 3:20pm
Making Trash into Tunes (pt 1 of 2)
Parachute in Kid's Area
Joe Craven
2:00pm - 3:20pm
Meat curing and sausage making extravaganza
Kitchen
Join Jay and Alan in a culinary adventure that will cover sausage and salami making from scratch including seasoning, stuffing, and tying. As well as corned beef and pastrami. This class is both a discussion and a practical demonstration. As an added bonus all products we make will be available to eat at the Saturday night dinner in the redwoods. Join us at the NSSLF this year in the floriculture building for our return to the big stage, come early to get a front row seat. See you at the fair, Jay and Alan
2:00pm - 3:20pm
Natural Plant Dyeing*
Table in Homestead Area
I would have a couple of different plant dyepots to tie-dye cotton handkerchiefs/napkins. One would be onion skins for a rich rust color and the another plant material as yet undetermined. After a short talk on the variety of colors possible with various plant materials in combination with various chemical mordants, I would provide pre-mordanted cloths and the participants would tie the cloths in preparation for different tie-dye patterns. The participants could take the dyed cloths home after the workshop.
2:00pm - 3:20pm
Pallet, Straw, Bottles, and Cob Hut
Shelter Area
We will do a workshop on how to build a house using pallets, straw, and earth. Included in the workshop will be a discussion on how to identify good Earth for building, how to fill the pallets, how to cover them with cob, and then how to plaster to protect the structure from the elements.
2:00pm - 3:20pm
The Amazing Healing Powers of Seaweed
Table in Wild Food Area
Meet the 'Seaweed Sirens' of Mendocino County and learn about the 'Healing Power of Seaweed Gel' ... Listen to the sirens songs and learn where our 'wild seaweed' comes from and who brings it from the ocean to your table ... an opportunity to experience the cooling mineral rich and healing qualities that 'Wild seaweed' brings into our lives through bathing and the preparation of simple yummy 'nori and sea lettuce crispy snacks ... learn how easy and approachable Seaweed is and why it wants to be in our lives .....
2:00pm - 3:20pm
What would it take to greatly expand the amount of locally grown food in Lake and Mendocino counties?
Cow Barn
Why is there so little locally produced food? We estimate that over 99% of the food consumed in Lake County is imported from elsewhere. What are the real barriers to significantly expanding local food production? Let's go beyond the regular listing of the high cost of land, lack of training, lack of start up funds etc. to find out what bigger, but still local changes can to be made. Be prepared to step out of the usual way of thinking about our local economy. Be prepared to agree and disagree, but above all be open to solutions that have not yet come forward.
Thurston Williams
2:00pm - 3:20pm
Working With Rope: essential knots
Table in Homestead Area
Working with rope: essential knots, the truckers hitch and beyond.
Todd Beeson
3:30pm - 4:50pm
Bacon and Lard
Food Area
Regine Bemesderfer
3:30pm - 4:50pm
Berries for the Homestead
Table in Agriculture Area
Raising berries on a homestead-- bare root, cuttings, propagating, growing, and harvesting berries. ...strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, boysenberries, gogi berries, aronia berries, black currants, grapes, huckleberries ...
John Jackson
3:30pm - 4:50pm
Dairy Goats Basics and Herdshare
Lamb Palace
Dairy Goats Basics and integrating a Herdshare as a part of a small farm. This will be a three part workshop. Part 1 will focus on keeping goats and goat basics. This will include penning and grazing, pregnancy and birth, kid care, lactation, keeping a buck, hoove trimming and other basics. Part 2 is based on the integral role of goats on a diverse farm. Emphasis will be on the beneficial cycle of using goats for grazing, growing food for goats, and using herbs for health. Part 3 will be about starting a small scale dairy Herdshare, and will include examples of Herdshare Agreements, keeping things sanitary, and ideas about coordinating with community members.
Renee Wilson
3:30pm - 4:50pm
Flour, Water, Salt and Magic, The second Rising! (part 2 of 2)
Kitchen
More adventures in wildcrafted yeast and bacteria raised wheat breads. We will meet for 3 workshops on Saturday. 1. In the early morning shift, 8 or 9 am, we will discuss and learn the art of wildcrafting our own Sourdough stater through discussion and demonstration. We will then learn to make a leaven from our starter and then the bulk ferment, start it raising and fold it to condition the dough. 2. At noon we will turn out the slack dough and form up the loaves and set them to raise in their baskets. 3. Then at 4pm we will perheat dutch ovens and turn the dough into them, and set them to bake in time for us to share our magical offerings at the Saturday night potluck! NO experience needed, just a love or interest in bread and baking.
Doug Browe
3:30pm - 4:50pm
Fuel Load to Furniture: Utilizing Suppressed Growth Douglas Fir*
Marketplace
(1) Making a coat rack and a mallet from suppressed Douglas fir. Participants will use pre-industrial hand tools to shape and fit the pieces of the rack and mallet. (2) If time allows (perhaps during a separate session), we will also be making a three-legged milk stool from suppressed Douglas fir. Participants will shape, fit, assemble, and customize their stool using pre-industrial hand tools. The participants keep the pieces they make.
3:30pm - 4:50pm
Herbal Sachets, Dream Turtles. Playing with Herbs and Making Spirit Shields
Kids Area
3:30pm - 4:50pm
Home-Made Laundry Soap*
Shelter Area
How to make your own Laundry Soap. A demonstration on how to make your own laundry soap, that is environmentally safe and 100% biodegradable, and excellent for people with sensitive skin.
3:30pm - 4:50pm
Homemade Wine Seminar
Ongoing Demonstration
3:30pm - 4:50pm
Knitting for "Lefties"
Table in Homestead Area
Discussion and demonstration of problems and solutions for left-handed knitters when using knitting patterns that have been written for right-handed knitters, as well as any specific questions that "lefties" have about their knitting. Also, I will give tips and techniques for knitting with handspun yarn.
3:30pm - 4:50pm
Making Trash into Tunes (pt 2 of 2)
Parachute in Kid's Area
Joe Craven
3:30pm - 4:50pm
Mapping and Diagramming Your Land
Dining Room
Each farm and parcel of land is unique. Diagramming the physical and invisible, man-made and natural, cultural and functional forces coursing through the land will offer tools for planning effectively. In this workshop, you'll explore the basics of map making and diagramming tools as well as surveying and drafting techniques to plan for growth, function-staking and resilience.
Ruthie King
3:30pm - 4:50pm
Rainwater Harvesting and Graywater Use
Shelter Area
Participants will study the fairgrounds site using levels and tape measures to determine changes to infiltrate more of the runoff from buildings and paved surfaces for the benefit of moderating flows in Robinson Creek and Anderson Creek. We will discuss curb cuts, mulched plantings, catchment tanks, hugelkultur, and alternative pavements as methods to spread, sink and store the water on and under the site. We will then branch out into a discussion of each attendee's situation and explore ways to better use water on their site. Please bring site maps (hand-drawn ok), measurements, any other information so we can make good recommendations. Participants will receive handouts to offer ideas and to help make the calculations. If you have a bunyip or other level, tape measure, etc., please bring it too so more can have a hands-on experience.
3:30pm - 4:50pm
Rewilding: Returning to Natural Ways
Table in Wild Food Area
Reconnect with your wild roots. Learn about how humans have lived in harmony with the Earth for thousands of years. I weave together “his story” of the domestication of plants, animals, and humans, with a scientific approach to understanding why we do the strange things we do. I offer a local, permaculture, and wild foraging based solution for today´s complex technological problems.
Ryan LaPorte
3:30pm - 4:50pm
Rights of Nature, Community Rights & How to Get What We Really Want in Mendocino County
Cow Barn
Rights of Nature, Reclaiming rights at the local level. In this workshop we will discuss, as a group, how our Community has, and can continue to reclaim our right to decide what happens where we live, to create the community we truly desire, and support the ecosystem which gives all of us life. Last year, with the passage of Measure S Mendocino County Residents claimed the right to "clean water, air, and freedom from chemical trespass"!!! Wow! First in California to claim rights to that which "should" be unalienable. Yet, we still hear folks say "oh yeah- that was the 'fracking' ban - right?". This workshop will present what WAS in Measure S, and offer an opportunity for our collective creativity to inspire and dance as we co-create a vision of what we really, really, really, REALLY, want to see in Mendocino County. We can talk about how to enact Rights of Nature, following in the footsteps of Ecuador, Bolivia, and hundreds of communities around the US (including Mendocino). We can talk about ongoing issues where our community is facing legal corporate harms, which allow the slow, OR quick, poisoning of community lands, and how we can start to dance with these issues, not simply by banning one single issue at a time, but by claiming our rights to enact laws reflecting what we really WANT, not just want we want to stop. This could be a continuation of last year's workshop on Local Self Governance (though maybe the title of the workshop was something to do with water rights). It was a lively and well attended workshop, full of creative ideas, and folks wanting to step out of the 'complain, complain, complain" and into a fun & positive discussion of a possible solution for our community. This year the workshop will present not ONLY how to halt corporate rights (in their tracks) and their legal devastation of land, but also how WE, the People of this Ecosystem, CAN protect the health, well being, water, land and air, though working together & enacting our knowing that it is not just our right, but our DUTY to reform governance to fit the needs and desires of the people, for this generation and for the future of all life in this area. We will also dive into how to give more rights to the ecosystem (as a whole) to regenerate and flourish, thereby allowing our community to live in harmony, celebration and co-evolution with the land we love.
3:30pm - 4:50pm
The Community Herbalist: Bringing Practical Medicine Practices Home & To Your Community
Food Area
A Community Herbalist wears many hats. At the foundation is a deep desire to care for plants and people. S/he wakes up eager to see her plants and with her clients on her mind. This workshop will give practical ideas for you, whatever stage of knowledge you have. The Community Herbalist grows most of her medicine chest and processes it as well. In this s/he is a farmer, alchemist, and understands not only the desires of the plants for healthy growth but also the menstruum, ratios and other plant needs used for preservation. S/he will also understand quite a bit about psychology and how to assist different mental dis-eases. S/he will also understand quite a bit about physiology; one must understand the body to understand how to treat it. Roll it all up, add a great reference library and a passion for plants.... there you go!
Mary Pat Palmer
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Nature & Mentoring Games Making Animal Masks
Kids Area
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Tool Show and Tell
Cowbarn
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Trade and Barter Circle
Grove Classroom
5:15pm - 6:15pm
Yoga Weekend: Restoratives Water
SoBo Studio, Boonville
YOGA WEEKEND at SoBo Studio, Boonville with Mary Paffard to support your attendance at the Not-So-Simple Living Fair! Easy Openings gets you ready for NSSLF. Classes suitable for a wide range of students. Donation based, just pay what you can! Suggested $10-$20 session or $40-$100 for the whole weekend.
6:15pm - 6:45pm
Yoga Weekend: Meditation Water
SoBo Studio, Boonville
YOGA WEEKEND at SoBo Studio, Boonville with Mary Paffard to support your attendance at the Not-So-Simple Living Fair! Easy Openings gets you ready for NSSLF. Classes suitable for a wide range of students. Donation based, just pay what you can! Suggested $10-$20 session or $40-$100 for the whole weekend.
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Local Food BBQ and Potluck
Grove Classroom
9:00pm - 11:30pm
Music & Dancing with Joe Craven & Mamajowali
Grove Classroom

Sunday

Time
Description
7:30am - 8:00am
Yoga Weekend: Meditation Air
SoBo Studio, Boonville
YOGA WEEKEND at SoBo Studio, Boonville with Mary Paffard to support your attendance at the Not-So-Simple Living Fair! Classes suitable for a wide range of student. Donation based ? just pay what you can! !
8:00am - 9:30am
Yoga Weekend: Active Yoga Air
SoBo Studio, Boonville
YOGA WEEKEND at SoBo Studio, Boonville with Mary Paffard to support your attendance at the Not-So-Simple Living Fair! Easy Openings gets you ready for NSSLF. Classes suitable for a wide range of students. Donation based, just pay what you can! Suggested $10-$20 session or $40-$100 for the whole weekend.
8:30am - 10:30am
Pancake Breakfast*
Dining Room
9:00am - 10:00am
Fire Making
Kids Area
9:00am - 11:20am
Sheep dog "Fun Trials"
Arena
A number of local sheepdog handlers will sport their stuff in the big arena. They will explain trials & scoring, and share their experience and techniques of training sheepdogs as well as concepts of herding. There will be an opportunity for participants to get on the ground and try herding the sheep through the course - experience first hand how useful a working canine companion can be!
Kevin Owens
10:00am - 5:30pm
Acorn Processing
Ongoing Demonstration
Corine Pearce
10:00am - 11:30am
Advanced Home Brewing and Demo
Food Area
The class will begin with an advanced explanation and demonstration of step mashing techniques, a discussion of the various enzymes and proteins that operate at different temperatures during the extraction of sugars and proteins from malted barley, and their ultimate implications for mouthfeel, profile, and fermentability. Mash techniques, sparge efficiency, and recipe building will be discussed and demonstrated. The second half of the class will operate as a general overview of brewing and healthy fermentation. Q&A will be interspersed throughout the demonstration.
Brooks Schmitt
10:00am - 11:20am
Advanced Off-grid Water System Design
Shelter Area
Sunday's advanced session will be to analyze specific situations (hopefully real example situations provided by the participants) and apply the principles discussed Saturday and design appropriate water systems for each situation. Participants are encouraged come prepared with the vital information about the water needs and circumstances (gallons per day needed, use pattern, well depth/lift required etc.)
Doug Livingston
10:00am - 11:20am
Art of Mentoring Games Burning Bowls and Spoons
Kids Area
Pete Bergen
10:00am - 5:00pm
Blacksmithing
Ongoing Demonstration
Tom Brown
10:00am - 11:20am
Braided Rug & Basket Making Intro* (part 1 of 2)
Grove Classroom
Learn the basics of this traditional world craft using recycled materials of all kinds, while making useful & decorative objects such as rug, seat mat, basket, pet bed, etc. Tricks best demonstrated will be shown. All materials will be provided with a $10 materials fee.
Arlene Magarian
10:00am - 11:20am
Bridging the Gap: Cannabis Legalization and YOU
Cow Barn
Calling ALL farmers and YOU!! Family Farms OR Corporate farms? Which do we want in Mendocino County? Join us in a lively conversation discussing the current shift, from marijuana prohibition to cannabis legalization. How do we bridge the gap, created by prohibition, between small food farmers and small cannabis farmers? How will legalization effect Mendocino County, its residents, ecosystems, culture and economy? How do we address corporate cannabis farming & whether or not we allow it in this county? Who addresses standards of resource use? Who establishes sensible regulation? A Mendocino Cannabis Commission has been proposed to advise the Board of Supervisors on all issues related to cannabis in Mendocino County. The intention is to empower small farmers and Mendocino Community to participate in local democratic process, crafting sensible regulation and sane policies that will affect the whole county as cannabis enters the era of legalization.
Ali Boecker
10:00am - 5:00pm
Creative Reuse Display
Ongoing Demonstration
We think reuse is an important part of the Not So Simple life style and want to display some of our and your favorite examples. There will be places to display large and small items or photos of things that are too large or awkward to bring. People viewing the display will have an opportunity to vote for the Most Creative and the Most Likely to Be Copied And Used entries.Bring the object or photo and a caption, which tells what it is used for and how you made it to the Fair on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. Please contact Diane (707-895-3354 or dpaget@mcn.org) and tell her about your entry so we?ll know how much space we need to display it.
10:00am - 11:20am
Ducks, Chickens, Turkeys: How to manage different kinds of poultry
Lamb Palace
I would like to compare types of poultry and management requirements. For instance, ducks do not come into a coop at night by themselves; they need to be led in. Turkeys are different from chickens. It's helpful to think about management when thinking of getting birds. I always talk about predator protection, since that is the biggest issue with poultry, and I always take questions for much of the session, as everyone learns from everyone else's questions.
Linnea Due
10:00am - 5:00pm
Friction Fire by Hand Drill
Ongoing Demonstration
Ever wanted to make fire with sticks? This is a drop in intensive on fruition fire by hand drill method. Myron will provide hand drill kits of a variety of materials for participants to try out. He specializes in teaching sustainable posture for maximum effectiveness and comfort and minimum injury potential. Stop in to his blanket anytime throughout the fair to learn this essential skill.
Myron Cretney
10:00am - 11:20am
Fuel Load to Furniture: Utilizing Suppressed Growth Douglas Fir*
Marketplace
(1) Making a coat rack and a mallet from suppressed Douglas fir. Participants will use pre-industrial hand tools to shape and fit the pieces of the rack and mallet. (2) If time allows (perhaps during a separate session), we will also be making a three-legged milk stool from suppressed Douglas fir. Participants will shape, fit, assemble, and customize their stool using pre-industrial hand tools. The participants keep the pieces they make.
10:00am - 11:20am
Honeybees and Hives by www.ApriLLanceBees.com
Table in Agriculture Area
Where to get bees, what kind of bees should I get. How to get calm, healthy, gentle, lovingly raised, no chemicals ever used HONEYBEES and HOW to set up YOUR HIVE. The current status of honeybees, colony collapse disorder update will be discussed. Interesting facts on honeybees and pollinators will be presented. What we each can do to help honeybees and pollinators whether or not we decide to have a hive or two in our own backyard or garden. How to set up a hive will be shown. Handouts will be provided. Time required to manage your own bees will be discussed.
April Lance
10:00am - 11:20am
Hunting with Mitch Bosma
Table in Wild Food Area
A broad overview of hunting in this area, covering tips and techniques, along with some basics. Discussion along with question and answer period, to cover the topics of interest to the audience. Topics may include hunting with archery and firearms, considerations before and after the shot, and hunting safety.
Mitch Bosma
10:00am - 11:30am
Intro to Worms and Vermiculture
Table in Agriculture Area
Description of different types of worms. Benefits of vermicompost. Types of vermiculture systems.
Jim Devine
10:00am - 11:20am
Native Uses of Herbs
Table in Wild Food Area
Corine will bring samples of a variety of local specimens and talk about Native uses of these plants as well as her personal relationship with each of them.
Corine Pearce
10:00am - 11:20am
Olives
Food Area
Discussion, demonstration (and tasting!) of multiple methods of curing olives including using water, salt water, lacto fermentation, lye, oil and dry salt cures. Learn how to preserve any olive variety at all stages of harvest from green to black. Techniques and recipes for adding spices and flavors, storing and safety. Amigo Bob has more than 40 years of olive processing experience, including 16+ years as founder and olive maestro of the first organic olive company, creating many prize winning olive creations.
10:00am - 5:00pm
Pedal Powered Scroll Saw
Ongoing Demonstration
Roger
10:00am - 5:30pm
Preservation Table
Ongoing Demonstration
Various people will display many different types of preserved food. Ferments, pickles, fermented beverages, dehydrated foods, and canned items among others will be represented. The table will be on display the whole fair and there will be designated times that presenters will be on hand to talk about the preserved foods and to answer questions. This schedule will be posted.
10:00am - 11:20am
Reality vs. Myth: Is ethanol bad for my motor?
Shelter Area
We will see hands on displays of what really causes carburetor damage in the context of learning about ethanol's place in reducing carbon and air pollution. Plus we will investigate the history of alcohol, feed stocks, distillation and the politics of ethanol. Food vs. Fuel still seems to be a hot debate. There are facts we will present about this. Converting wine industry waste to motor fuel? It's happening? Is this legal? We have news for you. This year, MAFG will focus on the use of alcohol as a fuel. We have demonstrations of running automobiles, tractors, motorcycles, weed-eaters, chainsaws, water pumps and generators. We will have an ongoing booth display, hopefully where we had it before, showing the process of making fuel alcohol from feedstock to finished produce.
10:00am - 5:00pm
Tool Show and Tell
Ongoing Demonstration
10:00am - 5:00pm
Water Purifying Kinetic Sculpture
Ongoing Demonstration
Presented by the Mendocino Alcohol Fuel Group
Charlie Acker
10:00am - 4:30pm
Wellness area
Wellness Zone
Bring your health questions, concerns, issues to the wellness area for treatment and discussion of acute and chronic health issues. A number of renowned herbalists will be taking shifts in the wellness area, please visit them throughout the fair. There will be a number of remedies and preventative care treatments available as well.
11:30am - 12:50pm
Azolla: closing the loop and climate change
Dining Room
In this workshop Chris will describe the historic importance of Azolla and how it fits into meeting our present day on-farm nutrient challenges while at the same time addressing the larger critical issue of climate change and the importance and opportunity for agriculture to be part of the solution.
Chris Tebbutts
11:30am - 12:50pm
Basic Blacksmithing
Near Arena
Tom Brown
11:30am - 12:50pm
Beginning Home Brewing and Demo
Food Area
Brooks Schmitt
11:30am - 12:50pm
Braided Rug & Basket Making Intro* (part 2 of 2)
Grove Classroom
Learn the basics of this traditional world craft using recycled materials of all kinds, while making useful & decorative objects such as rug, seat mat, basket, pet bed, etc. Tricks best demonstrated will be shown. All materials will be provided with a $10 materials fee.
Arlene Magarian
11:30am - 12:50pm
Cheesemaking (part 2 of 2)
Kitchen
This is a cheese making class in two sessions using goats' milk. Either session can be attended for information, discussion and tasting of basic cheese making processes. To see the full processes demonstrated come to both classes. We will focus on 3 cheeses, chèvre, queso blanco, and cottage cheese. Don't miss the milking at 8:30 in the barn both saturday and sunday to see the full process from goat to cheese.
Roxanne Boyle
11:30am - 12:50pm
Composting in Your Backyard: Waste into wealth!
Composting Area
Compost can help you improve your soil, grow healthier plants, reduce insect damage, conserve water, recycle your kitchen and garden waste! Naturally! And it’s easy! We will look at some basic guidelines so that you can make great compost.
Carol Cox
11:30am - 12:50pm
Earthen Floors: a hands-on overview
Shelter Area
I will introduce attendees to the process of making an earthen floor. We will look at various samples and talk about the process; and then I will take the class through an earthen floor demonstration.
Massey Burke
11:30am - 12:50pm
Fishing and Foraging on the Mendocino Coast
Table in Wild Food Area
Jean will bring a variety of tools he uses to gather and harvest food from the sea. He will share and discuss his techniques and philosophies on making the most of this abundant local resource.
Jean DuVigneaud
11:30am - 1:00pm
Herb and Nature Games Weaving, Masks, Mud Play/ Building
Kids Area
11:30am - 12:30pm
Lyme Disease Discussion
Cow Barn
Sue Davies
11:30am - 12:50pm
Off Site No-till Vegetable Production and Farm Tour
Near Arena
Hop on a quick 1/2 mile hay ride to Anderson Valley Community Farm. A discussion of no-till farming practices and the potential benefits to soil building, carbon sequestration, and water retention. There will be specific focus on a system of no-till farming that can translate to small scale intensive market vegetable production. This workshop takes place off the fairgrounds at neighboring Anderson Valley Community Farm
Tim Ward
11:30am - 12:50pm
Poultry Processing
Near Arena
In this Workshop we will cover equipment for and methods of slaughtering chickens. We will demonstrate different killing methods, scalding, plucking, and eviscerating meat birds and spent hens, then a few willings participants will have an opportunity to try it themselves. There will be material fee for some participants who wish to process and take home a chicken. No fee charged for participants who bring their own chicken to process.
11:30am - 1:00pm
Simple Medicine making
Table in Wild Food Area
We will use herbs we introduced from earlier classes and demonstrate how to process them into medicine
Corine Pearce
11:30am - 12:50pm
Small Engine Repair
Table in Homestead Area
Genaro Gomez
11:30am - 12:50pm
Starting a Micro-Dairy
Lamb Palace
Luke will discuss what it takes to start a micro dairy (cow in this case) including but not limited to marketing, economics, husbandry, and regenerative grazing.
Luke Mason
11:30am - 12:50pm
Tied in Knots
Table in Homestead Area
A basic knot tying class
11:30am - 12:50pm
Water and the Drought: How to manage water during scarcity.
Shelter Area
I'll have a display on water and drought and will do a talk-discussion on drought and climate. I will also purify drinking water and talking with folks about water issues.
Charlie Acker
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Lunch Break
Kids Area
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Lunch Break
Marketplace
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Keynote Talk
Stage
We are thrilled to have Starhawk as our Keynote speaker this year, thank you for coming to the Not-So-Simple Living Fair!
Starhawk
2:00pm - 4:30pm
Tea Party! Make Solar Cookies and Herbal Tea Bags,clay play + Finish Projects (Jesse & Rio)
Kids Area
3:10pm - 4:30pm
Grains in Your Backyard Garden
Composting Area
It's easy and fun to grow grains in your backyard! You can grow different kinds of grains year-round in this climate. They will give you both food to eat and good material for your compost pile. And their roots enrich the soil!
Carol Cox
3:10pm - 4:30pm
Let's Get In a Pickle!
Kitchen
It's easy to learn how to pickle anything, not just cucumbers. We will cover the basics about how to cold pack vegetables, cover in a honey/vinegar brine, then seal the jars in a hot water bath. The concept of pressure canning non acid based foods will also be introduced. Come with clean hands prepared to pack jars with colorful ingredients.
Jenny Burnstad
3:10pm - 4:30pm
Exploring Fermented Foods and Beverages
Food Area
An overview of ferment drinks including, kombucha, water kefir, ginger beer, fruit kvass, and beet kvass. Can also discuss other fermented foods, like kraut, sourdough, fermented cornbread and buttermilk buscuits, etc.
Patricia Boley
3:10pm - 4:30pm
Getting into Leathercraft
Dining Room
Have tools and examples there. Field questions, see where it goes.
Bob Fowler
3:10pm - 4:30pm
Green Cemeteries as Wildlife Corridor and Buffer Zones
Cow Barn
Have you ever considered returning your body directly to Mother Earth ? Would you like to help protect nature preserves from being degraded by human development on their boundaries ? Lets talk about the possibilities of bringing these two ideals together.
Chuck Williams
3:10pm - 4:30pm
Honeybees and Hives by www.ApriLLanceBees.com
Table in Agriculture Area
Where to get bees, what kind of bees should I get. How to get calm, healthy, gentle, lovingly raised, no chemicals ever used HONEYBEES and HOW to set up YOUR HIVE. The current status of honeybees, colony collapse disorder update will be discussed. Interesting facts on honeybees and pollinators will be presented. What we each can do to help honeybees and pollinators whether or not we decide to have a hive or two in our own backyard or garden. How to set up a hive will be shown. Handouts will be provided. Time required to manage your own bees will be discussed.
April Lance
3:10pm - 4:30pm
Keeping a Dairy Cow
Lamb Palace
I will discuss the basics of dairy cow management, and preventative care. This includes - breeding, housing, milking, and nutrition.
Liz Schroeder
3:10pm - 4:30pm
Knife & Tools Sharpening
Table in Homestead Area
Knife and tool sharpening workshop
Steven Edholm
3:10pm - 4:30pm
Mud Magic: Playfully transforming your buildings with simple earthen plasters.
Shelter Area
Learn how to add three-dimensional features to the interior or exterior of your home or other buildings using simple clay plasters. The plasters are made of clay soil from your land, straw, and sometimes sand. The workshop will cover how to make the plaster, how to prepare your walls for the plaster, and any other related conversations about mud you'd like to have. I'll bring along some extra clothes for people willing to get a little muddy themselves.
Brent Levin
3:10pm - 4:30pm
Seaweed as Plant Spirit Medicine
Table in Wild Food Area
This class will have participants try 7 varieties of dried seaweed - Nori, Kombu, Sweet Kombu, Sea Palm, Bull Kelp, Fucus, and Wakame. People will be asked to imagine what they feel, see and sense from each variety and then share their findings with the rest of the group. After, I will give the beneficial and medicinal properties of each one, and have handouts for each to take. My goal in teaching this class is that once we relate to the seaweed in this way, using it on a daily basis might become easier.
Julie Drucker
3:10pm - 4:30pm
Seedsaving
Table in Agriculture Area
This class will cover the basics of seedsaving, from harvest to cleaning to storing. We'll discuss why it's important and celebrate together the joys of saving seed.
Gina Covina, Jen Lyon
3:10pm - 4:30pm
Wool Felting
Table in Homestead Area
Wool felting making needle felted and wet felt activities