What’s Happening 2016

This year promises to be full of incredible opportunities to learn and celebrate rural living skills with an amazing collection of presenters from around Northern California.There will be a keynote panel presentation on Sustaining the Effort of Farming over many years Sunday, July 31 at 2 pm.

animal-processing_thAnimal Processing Satellite Workshop
Saturday and Sunday, July 23 & 24
Come help process lambs and goats for the Saturday night meal at the Not-So-Simple Living Fair.
Instructors: Sophia Bates and Alice Woelfle-Erskine
Click here for more information.

Workshops and demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday, July 30th and 31st, 2016. Gates open at 9 am.
Note: All Sessions are Subject to Change
Check out the 2016 Workshop Schedule.
Meet our 2016 Presenters.

The themes for this year are: Animal Husbandry, Wild Food, Food, Shelter/Water/Energy, Homesteading Skills, Farming and Gardening, Conversation Cafe

In addition to the workshops, don’t miss the entertainment, displays, demonstrations, and other exciting events:

  • Our Keynote Panel at 2pm Sunday,
  • A Grange Pancake Breakfast Sunday morning 8:30-10:30 am (pay at the Dining Room),
  • Wellness Center–health and body related issues including an on-duty EMT and herbalist
  • Kids’ Zone–a place for kids, with workshops and creative activities
  • Campout Cabaret, Friday, July 29th starting at dusk. Gates open at 3pm.< /li>
  • Local Food Potluck and BBQ on Saturday evening July 30th that has to be one of the largest and greatest of its kind anywhere!
  • Music and dancing with Pura Vida and Self Fulfilling Prophecies Saturday, July 30th at starting at 8 pm
  • Food Vendors and a Marketplace Saturday and Sunday, July 30th and 31st
  • Sharing:
  • Got some non-compostable waste to get rid of at the fair? Repurposed goods? DIY projects made from transformed waste you’d like to share or sell or buy? Forgot your BYO plate, eating utensils or cups? Check out the Creative Reuse Display Area.
  • The AV Foodshed Apple Press will be at the Not-So-Simple Living Fair this year for fairgoers to press their own apples into juice. Tim Bates will donate apples to make fresh cider for the Community Potluck on Saturday night. The press will also be available for the use of those who would like to press their own apples. You can take your juice home or donate all or part of it to the Potluck. If you are bringing apples, please also bring containers for the juice.
  • Not-So-Simple Yoga and stretching with Mary Paffard and Jeanne Eliades, Saturday and Sunday. @Sobo.

Check out the On-Going Demonstrations tab in the schedule for a more comprehensive list.

Wellness Center
The Wellness Center, located in June Hall, is a safe space dedicated to dealing with body issues, from simple First Aid — an EMT and herbalist see always available — and more, including looking at body issues and the diverse ways people deal with them.

We’ll have open discussions expressing alternative perspectives and ways of healing and caring for one’s body. These are not classes or lectures but times when individuals can offer their ideas and experiences regarding health issues. Look for spontaneous notices to be listed on the Wellness Center’s outside board regarding topics being discussed.

Preservation Station
imageExamples of many modes of food preservation will be on display along with books and resources to aid and encourage novice as well as experienced food preservationists. There are many ways you can participate in the Preservation Station:

  • stop by throughout the the fair and discuss food preservation questions or suggestions with others who share your preservation enthusiasm
  • peruse the literature and resource library on the table
  • bring your own clearly labeled examples of food you have preserved yourself for others to admire and learn from.

All examples should be labeled with the kind of food, preservation method used, and the name of the preservationist. They can be dropped off anytime Friday or Saturday, and should be picked up on Sunday afternoon.

Kids’ Zone
We have a great area for kids to learn and play. There will be a schedule of activities posted at the Kids’ Zone in Area 1.
Fire making, animal care classes, felting, making hydrosol spritzers, bee games and information, playdough making, water play, herbal fun for kids, games, crafts of all sorts, and much more. Ukiah Poet Laureate (2014 – 2016), Bill Churchill, will do poetry workshops in English and Spanish. Keep checking our schedule.
A tipi and book lodge are new additions to the kids’ area this year.
Children under 10 must have an adult or older sibling with them at all times, when in the kids’ area.

Barter and Trade Circle
Come and share your bounty! Experience the skills of the moneyless economy.
Bring items such as: tools, food, vegetables, fruit, preserves, pickles, herbal remedies, crafts, clothing, jewelry, hand-made items, books and more.
We will gather in the Grove under the trees
Saturday 5:00 to 6:00pm
Hope to see you there with your treasures
If you have any questions please contact Ziggy (707) 485 0979

Creative Reuse Display Area
If you do have non-compostable waste, take it to the Creative Reuse Table. Stop by periodically and see how we can give shape to our understanding of what we throw away. Artisans Chris Brown and Danielle Hill will be hosting a collaborative installation, dipping into the recycle bin for materials. Come help create a vision!

Valerie Adair has collected photos of creative ways others have repurposed items that might otherwise be thrown away. Check out the ideas or share some of your own. Call Valerie for more information: 707 367 2143. You can also bring repurposed DIY crafts to sell.

In addition, the Creative Reuse Table is the place to purchase dishes, jars and utensils, for those who do not bring theirs to the NSSLF.

Walk-in entry and ticket purchases are at the Fairgrounds front gate on Highway 128 and at the Fairgrounds back gate on Lambert Lane.

After Friday night, vehicles and campers must enter the Fairgrounds through the back gate on Lambert Lane.

Parking is available at the Fairgrounds lot on Highway 128, along Highway 128, and also in the Fairground parking lot on Lambert Lane.

At the Not-So-Simple Living Fair, one of our goals is to generate a minimal amount of trash. At the end of the event we have ended up with less than 2 bags of trash.

We do this by asking everyone to BYO (bring your own dishes.) We also have a BYO vendor if you find yourself at the event without your own dishes.

We also compost all paper products along with all food waste. You will find stations with three cans – compost, recycle and trash. Please make sure you deposit your refuse properly. Find out more here.

Thanks for your participation.