DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Arena

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Schedule: Saturday, August 12, 2017

10:30 AM Skep-Weaving Demonstration with Charlie Kennard

Straw baskets (skeps) for housing honeybees were long used in northern Europe and the U.S., and are still used for catching swarms. Charlie Kennard will demonstrate this ancient craft, using a roadside grass and traditional tools to make the dome-shaped basket familiar from children’s books. After the presentation, check back throughout the day to see the progress!

11:30 AM       Building a Cob Oven with Miguel Elliot of Living Earth Structures

With audience participation, Miguel will build a small beehive-shaped cob oven out of mud, sand & straw.  He will also lead a demo on making Adobe bricks.  This will be a hands & feet-on demo, with a washing station provided. Come learn a valuable skill which can be directly applied to building your own backyard structure.

1:00 PM        Plant a Pollinator Garden in Any Season with April Owens of The Habitat Corridor Project

April Owens, Executive Director of the Habitat Corridor Project, will be speaking about bringing biodiversity back by using California native plants and designing residential landscapes with habitat friendly design elements of food, cover and water.

2:30 PM        Intro to Fiber Arts: From Start to Finish with Alisha Reyes of Fiber Circle Studio

Learn about the process of how wool turns into a finished piece of art, clothing and decor. Experience a world of carding, spinning, felting, dyeing, knitting, weaving and more!

4:00 PM        Homemade Cider with Scott Heath of Tilted Shed Ciderworks

In this demonstration & workshop, Scott will guide attendees through the basics of DIY cider, including apple varieties, setup, pressing, yeast selection, fermentation, blending, and bottling. He will also provide his favorite resources about growing your own cider apples; renting, buying, and making your own equipment; and taking your cidermaking skills to the next level.

Schedule: Sunday, August 13, 2017

11:30 AM       Ferment Like a Viking: Making Mead & Cyser with Jennifer Harris

1:00 PM          Making Your Own Felted Soap with Sarah Keiser of Wild Oat Hollow Farm

2:30 PM          Making Herbal Medicine with Colleen Bingham of KaliBean Herbal Medicine

Join Herbalist Colleen Bingham to explore the many benefits of bee-made ingredients in your herbal elixirs, and learn how to make your own salves, masks and syrups!  Colleen will also cover some great medicinal herbs you can grow in your garden to support healthy bee populations.

4:00 PM        Compost Tea for Healthy Blooms with Chris Jaster of Woven Stem Flower Farm

Farmer Chris from Woven Stem Flower Farm will be discussing the benefits and process of brewing compost tea and how it can be applied to foster bigger better blooms and immunity against pests and diseases in the garden.

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