North House Sustainability Symposium


Grand Marais, MN – April 5, 2012  ---  Shelter expert Lloyd Kahn is coming to Minnesota for North House Folk Lloyd Kahn North House Sustainability SymposiumSchool’s third annual Northern Sustainability Symposium, May 3-6. Coursework and programs at the Sustainability Symposium revolve around creating a sustainable homestead at any scale—whether you want to downsize and take up residence in a yurt, learn to fend off the common cold via green means or simply meet Lloyd Kahn, join us!

Kahn is the former shelter editor at Whole Earth Catalog and is now head of Shelter Publications and author of popular books Home Work and Builders of the Pacific Coast. As the symposium’s featured speaker and instructor Kahn will give the featured presentation Sat., May 5 at 7:30 pm, on his latest book, Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter, featuring small shelters worldwide. Released in early 2012, the book was favorably reviewed by both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

If you’d like to spend a little more time with Kahn, take his course “From Tiny Homes to Tiny Homesteads: The Half-Acre Homestead,” on developing a modern and sensible small homestead. Kahn will also offer a Lunch-and-Learn session Sun., May 6 at noon on “Blogging the Sustainability Story,” to help people interested in creating a more sustainable future use new media tools to learn from one another and tell the larger story. For more information or to sign up visit

North House is also pleased to welcome horticulturalist Grant Olson from Seed Saver’s Exchange for the Symposium. Olson will be teaching a course on saving seeds from your own garden, and present a Saturday Lunch-and-Learn session on the Seed Saver’s Exchange farm in Iowa.

Additional coursework includes 13 courses ranging in length from a quarter day to four days. Learn to graft your own apple orchard, build a yurt, create an energy-efficient rocket stove, and more—all concepts that can help you live more sustainably at any scale. Registration is required for coursework. Local residents with a Cook County permanent address are encouraged to take advantage of their 25% off tuition discount for coursework. 
You’ll also have the opportunity to tour Cook County’s energy efficient homes, take a bee keeping workshop, and take part in 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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