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February 19, 2019

1/27/2019 2:19:00 PM
Registration now open for Back to Basics

Registration for the 13th annual sustainable living event, Back to Basics, is open! With 45 workshops to choose from, nearly 50 vendors to shop at, an informative keynote speaker, door prizes, a delicious lunch, and school aged (K-6) children's programming available, there's fun for the whole family!

The day will kick of with a keynote presentation by Kent Solberg, Livestock and Grazing Specialist with the Sustainable Farming Association. Kent will be answering many "buzz" questions regarding the health of our soil and what it could mean for our future, our food, and our natural resources. With decades of experience from owning and operating a farm with his wife, to working for a number of agricultural and government organizations supporting agricultural work, Kent is keen to share about soil health and regenerative agriculture practices and the impact they can have.

"Kent's got a good sense of the state of agriculture in Minnesota. He's got his finger on the pulse and can tell which trends are happening," said Food & Water Security Manager for HDT, Jim Chamberlin.

As always, the Vendor Area is open to the public, all day, free. Check out a wide variety of products and services designed to help you live a more sustainable and resilient lifestyle, this is a don't miss opportunity! And, with 45 workshops available it's possible to get everything from an introduction to a deep dive on topics ranging from winter food production and raising chickens, to DIY recipes, crafts, & community initiatives.

Happy Dancing Turtle Executive Director, Quinn Swanson said of the event, "We're seeing an increase in registrations, earlier than last year. Some of the more popular workshops are already filled up. I would recommend registering sooner rather than later to make sure you get to attend the workshops you like."

Keep in mind, ala carte registration makes it easy to take one or a few workshops instead of the full day, which includes lunch and workshops. Pre-registration is available until noon on Thursday, January 31st. Walk-in/day-of registration opens at 8 a.m. Saturday, February 2nd at PR-B School.

Event co-hosted by Happy Dancing Turtle and Pine River-Backus Community Education.

For complete event details including workshop descriptions, vendor list, and to register and pay online, visit

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