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Foods: Grown & Gathered” at the Northern Sustainability Symposium


Grand Marais, MN – March 28, 2014 ----- Where does your food come from? With a little skill, the answer can be your own yard! “Foods: Grown and Gathered” is the focus of this year’s Straw Bale GardeningNorthern Sustainability Symposium, May 1-4, at North House Folk School, and we’re offering a buffet of coursework, speakers and gatherings to explore how food, sustainable living and health are linked.

Featured speakers at this year’s event include Straw Bale Gardening pioneer Joel Karsten, who will lead a workshop and give a presentation on this simple method of producing food featured in his popular book Straw Bale Gardens. We’ll also be joined by bee researcher Mike Goblirsch, permaculturist Chad Johnson, and a “Modern Hunter Gatherer” roundtable discussion with wild crafting instructor Eric Edgin and hunting and fishing instructor Shawn Perich.

Event coursework includes 17 courses ranging in length from a half day to 4.5 days. Course topics include bee keeping, alternative heating, apple grafting, micro housing, herbal healthcare, fermentation and more. Registration is required for coursework, find more information on the North House website.

Programming during the event also features a screening of the film Beyond the Lightswitch, a walk-along energy audit and grid-tied solar systems presentation, and a wood-fired community pizza bake potluck. A complete schedule of events is available at the school’s website

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North House Folk School is non-profit educational organization that offers year-round, hands-on coursework in traditional northern craft.  More info at 

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