Friday, February 17, 2017

6th Annual Self-Reliance Fair

Hey everyone! We are in the planning stage for
the 6th Annual Self-Reliance Fair. When the 
schedule is finalized we will be posting it her ASAP! Thanks for all of your support!

Just as a little teaser...we have a class on vermiculture confirmed! I'm so excited to have found such a knowledgeable and experienced teacher!              ***Excited***

So much more to come! Be sure and like our Facebook page. We will be posting lot's of information there in the next few months!

Monday, April 4, 2016


Hello Everyone! Here is the information for the 2016 Self-Reliance Fair!
I am working on getting everything updated, thank you for your patience :)





Classes
(I add class descriptions as I get them)

Living A Simple Life -  Taught by Pres. Jim kearns 

Simple Hoop House Construction -  Taught by Ive Schwebach "A hoop house or high tunnel is a great, cost effective way to extend your growing season, providing pest and weather protection for your crops. Learn simple construction and crop maintenance methods."

Health Crisis in America; How Not To Become A Casualty -  "Health care expenses are the number one cause of personal bankruptcy, and even having health insurance doesn't buffer consumers against financial hardship.  The most common causes of death in America, including heart disease, diabetes, lung disease and stroke continue to grow even though we spend more money per person on health care than any other nation in the world.  The current health care model isn’t working to prevent these illnesses. The good news is that in most cases, these diseases are preventable – but you have to take a different path if you want to avoid these health problems.In this presentation, Dr. Vernon Redd will share information and strategies to put the odds in your favor that will help you avoid the major (and minor) illnesses that can cripple you and lead to both a premature death and financial hardship."  

Introduction to Wilderness Survival Skills 101 - Taught by Sandia Mountain Survival School   "Surviving in the wilderness does not require that you be an expert outdoor survivalist. Surviving in the wilderness only requires that you have a positive attitude, a few skills, and some tools at your disposal. Nothing can be more helpful in avoiding or surviving a dire situation than just plain being prepared. The more prepared you are, the less likely you are to have a true survival situation to overcome. It will be more like an unplanned camping trip." 

Honey Bee Life Cycles - Queen, Worker, Drone -  Taught by Randy Schwartz "The bee life cycle from egg to emerging adult varies with queens, workers, and drones. They all have unique and varied duties that together are essential to the survival of the have.  We will take a close look at the fascinating life cycle and adult responsibilities of the different casts of bees in the hive."   

Seasonal Hive Management Skills - Taught by Randy Schwartz "The beekeeper's year begins with a late winter/early spring hive inspection and ends in the autumn with tasks to prepare the hive for the cold winter.  We will review the many of the seasonal hive management tasks needed to for strong, productive hives."
              
Challenges of East Mountain Vegetable Gardening - Taught by Bill Barrett “East Mountain Gardeners face many challenges.  Our latitude, elevation, in-land location, and topography give us cool nights, hot summer days, cold spring winds, and a short growing season.  Our soil is either clay or rock.  There are animal pests from squash bugs to rabbits, squirrels, gophers, and browsing deer.   I will explore these topics and offer suggestions to mitigate these challenges.  Topics covered include: raised beds, drip irrigation, intensive planting (square foot gardening), companion planting, crop rotation, vegetable variety selection, etc.”                       

Thrive Food Storage - Taught by Cassie Stuart    "Come learn the advantages of storing and using freeze-dried foods. Become more self reliant as you prepare your home for the future. Having a home store of basics can save you: time, money and in emergencies! In this class, you will learn easy techniques to hydrate and cook with freeze-dried foods, tips for rotating your food storage, and how to build your supply without breaking the bank. Hands-on cooking demos to will be sure to satisfy your taste buds too!"                  

Introduction to Canning -   "Understanding how to preserve food is an important skill for self-reliance. This introductory class will teach important principles of food safety and preservation, introduce the resources, tools and equipment for home canning, and discuss methods for preserving (including pre-canning planning and post-canning storage). Also includes a handout with basic recipes. --Kathleen Mower." 


Raising Chicken's - Taught by Janice Spiros "So, you’d like to get started raising chickens? In this class we’ll discuss your purpose for raising chickens. Which breed will work best for you, how to care for them and a bit about coops. We’ll start from “scratch”.                        

Meet the Meat - Taught by Roger Payne - "I love meat, all kinds, lets talk wild game, lets talk butchering, lets talk jerky, let's talk sausage, lets talk canning, and let's talk smoking meats.There are lots of ways you can prepare and preserve meat and some of these might help you if you are in situation without refrigeration.

Wise Water Food Gardening -  Taught by Amanda Bramble of Ampersand  Sustainable Living Center -  "Want to grow food successfully in our harsh climate? Help your seedlings survive the spring winds, summer pests, and blazing sun.Rainwater harvesting and greywater use can be the foundation of desert gardens and Amanda Bramble will present photos that explain how it is done at Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center in Cerrillos. Learn how to get the most out of small growing areas through staged plantings, inter-cropping, and perennial plants.  Find out how proper soil preparation, shading and wind protection make a big difference in the health of your plants. "


Booths
(outdoor)

Vermiculture -   Hosted by Miles & Lori Littlefield "Thousands of pounds of food and yard waste are put in our landfills every year.  What a waste of a valuable resource!  Come learn how a couple of pounds of red worms, dirt, the food scraps from your table, and a container can  be turned into nutrient rich compost that will feed your garden and landscape.  No more expensive compost to buy!"

Portable Home Solar Power -  Hosted by Miles & Lori Littlefield"No electricity? No problem!  Come learn a way to harvest the sun's energy to use in your home or on the road.  We will show you a portable solution of capturing New Mexico's plentiful sunshine to use in time of need.No electricity? No problem! We'll show you how to set up a simple solar power system and how to use your car to supply just enough power to your house to get by while the utility grid is offline. Even though you won't have enough power for the A/C and the 72 inch TV, you can make some ice and watch a portable DVD player during a blackout with these simple and relatively low-cost solutions."

Chickens -  "Melody Cain from MelodyVon Farms is happy to talk chicken (and duck, and goose, and turkey) with you.  Did you know baby turkey poults love to be held and want to cuddle with you?  What do you want to know about raising, keeping, and breeding poultry?  Melody will be here to answer your chicken, duck, turkey, and goose questions.  Learn from her knowledge, experience, and love of all things poultry. " 


Sheep & Shearing Demos. -  "Come see live sheep and find information about breeds of sheep and the uses of wool in a self-reliant home. Three scheduled afternoon demonstrations of shearing sheep, plus carding and combing washed wool and spinning the wool on both a wheel and spindle."
-- Kerry & Kathleen Mower

Fodder Systems - - "I will talk about building systems for growing barley fodder to feed horses, cows, goats, sheep, chickens, and rabbits. I will describe the nutrition benefits of barley fodder for these animals. I will describe how to build systems for growing the barley, describe the daily costs of buying feed and the labor of preparation and potential cost savings. I will pass out written information and links to on-line information. I am planning to bring a system to demonstrate the operation as well as samples of barley." - Tom Mead


(Indoor)

Herbs for Mental Health- Hosted by Angie True of Calyx Pearl   "The Calyx Pearl Center provides earth-based therapies and herbal medicine for individuals, as well as ecotherapy, dreamwork and botanical workshops. We operate on a sliding scale. We specialize in increasing self-reliance through dietary, herbal and therapeutic support – especially for those coming off of psychiatric medications. For true health, join us in the wild!
          

Thrive Freeze Dried Food Storage -              
 "Food Storage your family will WANT to eat! Sample freeze-dried foods, learn about food rotation systems and how to collect and store a year supply of food. Also, get recipes and great ideas about cooking with your food storage so your family won't even be able to tell when you're using it!
Cassie Stuart, Independent Consultant"     http://cassie.thrivelife.com/home

Bee Keeping -  Hosted by Randy Swartz "Come see a fully enclosed demonstration hive with live bees. There will also be displays of two commonly used hives in New Mexico, Langstroth and Top Bar.  You will be able to see see the essential tools every beekeeper should have.  There will be honey tasting and bees wax/candles to view.  Stop by to see the bees and ask your beekeeping questions." - Randy Swartz

Solar Ovens - Hosted by Richard & Diane Sego  "Oven designs, Sizes, Styles, Benefits, Costs. Live demonstrations, sample foods, ask questions, experience first hand being self reliant.  Use the sun to cook your food."

Home Maintenance, Repair & Beautification- With our large families and stagnated incomes, how do we ever afford the handyman to keep our homes beautiful and in good repair?  Welcome to Do It Yourself! This booth will teach you how to repair holes in sheet rock walls, how to apply caulking in baseboards and door casing and how to replace electrical outlets and switches. We’ll also discuss basic woodworking projects to enhance your home.This booth will familiarize you with the basic tools every home must have and the different types of woodworking tools from hand tools to power tools. What are the benefits of having a miter saw? What can you do with a router? What types of projects can be done with a jigsaw? What are good resources for simple woodworking plans? How do you refinish a piece of furniture that you've bought at a thrift store? How can some basic woodworking skills help you with home improvements and DIY projects? Come hear the answers to these questions and more at the home repairs and woodworking booth at the self-reliance fair!

Water Catchment & Purification - Hosted by Tim Cushman " Rainwater harvesting is the accumulation and deposition of rainwater for re-use on site, rather then allowing it to run off. Rainwater can be collected from rivers or roofs, and in many places the water collected is redirected to a deep pit(well,shaft, or borehole), a reservoir with percolation, or collected from dew or fog with nets or other tools. It's uses include water for gardens, livestock, irrigation, domestic use with proper treatment, and indoor heating for houses etc. The harvested water can also be used as drinking water, longer-term storage and for other purposes such as ground water re-charge."

Schwebach Farm's -  "Gardening in the East Mountain, high dessert climate can have it's challenges, but it can be done and has great rewards.  Tips on garden preparation and planning, seed selection, weed, disease and pest identification/management and irrigation will be offered." 

Seed Savers - Hosted by karen Cox "East Mountain Seed and Garden Co-op
A division of East Mountain Christian Community Helps. We will be starting a seed library where gardeners use our seeds to plant their crops and then save a small part of the seeds grown in their vegetables and return them for the co-ops use the next year.
Our web site is: http://eastmountainseed.org and our email is: info@eastmountainseed.org"

Food is Free - Hosted by Erin Garrison & Trista Teeter "Food Is Free is a movement that is bringing people together to learn about sustainable gardening and sharing the bounty of our endeavors with our friends and strangers.  Locally, this is done by connecting with those who have excess bounty and distributing it those who need it, be it the homeless, our neighbors, or strangers who become friends and advocates.  We encourage others to reach out as well by planting a little extra in their garden, or knocking on a neighbors door to ask if they need help picking a loaded apple tree.  Another part of our mission is teaching our community members HOW to grow food and plants that do well in our climate."  Food is Free                                                                   

Bread Making -  Hosted by Pat & Karisa Mullen "It is a solid, meaningful skill to be able to produce good nutritious food.  BREAD, in its various forms, is perhaps the most basic of all foods, with a history almost as ancient as mankind itself.  A loaf of homemade, whole wheat bread is a warm and wonderful staple of life and will be featured at our basic bread-making booth, along with fermented sourdough breads.  All of these breads are more digestible and much healthier than store-bought mass produced breads.  Would you like to get in the routine of making your own bread?  Like families across the globe who make their daily bread, you can too!  Come check out our helpful booth on simple, basic bread-making, where you can get tips, recipes, see demonstrations, and ask questions"

Sandia Mountain Survival School -  "Sandia Mountain Survival School, LLC is dedicated to teaching proven wilderness survival skills to the general public in an effort to raise conservation awareness and help decrease the chances of lost or missing outdoor enthusiasts in New Mexico. We teach both beginning and advanced students. Topics covered are: Shelter, Water, Fire, Food, Signaling, Navigation, Wild Edible Plants, and Primitive living skills! We offer membership and annual treasure hunts, for real treasure! Guided hikes and Expeditions are another service we offer!"  -  Check out their meet up group too!

Emergency & Wilderness Medicine - Hosted by Chuck Hudson of The Medic Shack. "The Medic Shack is THE place to learn alternative emergency medicine. What you do when to do it and how to do it. If you don't do anything someone may die. The Medic Shack is where herbal medicine, traditional trauma medicine and old combat medic medicine merge into one discipline. How to use your environment to your advantage and to be able to matain the health of your and your family no matter what."
   

ChucFree CPR & AED Training by Lovelace -  "The Lovelace Resuscitation Rangers is a volunteer program offered by Lovelace Health System which includes Heart Hospital of New Mexico @ Lovelace Medical Center, the only hospital in the state dedicated entirely to cardiovascular care. our Mission is to improve outcomes for heart attack and cardiac arrest victims by helping to educate the community on recognizing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack or cardiac arrest, teaching the hands on CPR method and using an automated external defibrillator."
Essential Oils -  "Hosted by Kathy Kuehn and family, Wellness Advocates of doTerra
 Come and learn how essential oils are another powerful tool for the Self-Reliant Lifestyle. 1. Easy to store. 2. Super concentrated. 3. Long shelf life. 4. Powerful properties for wellness and health. 4. Can be used in cooking, cleaning and hygiene. 5. We host classes and provide abundant resources to help you learn how to use essential oils: as well as  equipping you to keep your family healthy and ready for what the future holds!"





Friday, March 13, 2015

2015 Self-Reliance Fair Info!

Welcome, welcome! Here are the details of this years Fair! 
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Booths
How to Install Solar Panels - Home Depot and CST solar will be coming to the Fair to show you how to install the solar units Home Depot sells.

Solar Ovens- This dynamic couple cooks in their solar oven often and can't wait to get you excited about them too. Just taste the cookies and bread they make at the Fair and see how really easy it is to use a solar oven!

Fodder system - "I will talk about building systems for growing barley fodder to feed horses, cows, goats, sheep, chickens, and rabbits. I will describe the nutrition benefits of barley fodder for these animals. I will describe how to build systems for growing the barley, describe the daily costs of buying feed and the labor of preparation and potential cost savings. I will pass out written information and links to on-line information. I am planning to bring a system to demonstrate the operation as well as samples of barley." - Tom Mead

Bread Making - Let Linda show you the step by step process of how to make a delicious loaf of wheat bread from grinding the wheat to putting it in the oven!
Gardening Shwebach Farms  "Gardening in the East Mountain, high dessert climate can have it's challenges, but it can be done and has great rewards.  Tips on garden preparation and planning, seed selection, weed, disease and pest identification/management and irrigation will be offered. At the booth will have handouts from the class and information on the farm." - Ive Schwebach

Bee Keeping - "Come see a fully enclosed demonstration hive with live bees. There will also be displays of two commonly used hives in New Mexico, Langstroth and Top Bar.  You will be able to see see the essential tools every beekeeper should have.  There will be honey tasting and bees wax/candles to view.  Stop by to see the bees and ask your beekeeping questions.- Randy Swartz

Wilderness Survival Skills - "Sandia Mountain Survival School, LLC is dedicated to teaching proven wilderness survival skills to the general public in an effort to raise conservation awareness and help decrease the chances of lost or missing outdoor enthusiasts in New Mexico. We teach both beginning and advanced students. Topics covered are: Shelter, Water, Fire, Food, Signaling, Navigation, Wild Edible Plants, and Primitive living skills! We offer membership and annual treasure hunts, for real treasure! Guided hikes and Expeditions are another service we offer!"  -  Check out their meet up group too!

Clothing Construction - "Come and see what you've been missing in the world of sewing.  Explore the possibilities of repurposing the old to make something new!  See examples of children's clothes, quilts, dresses, jackets, alterations, etc.  Ask any sewing questions you might have, and come watch mini demonstrations about sewing on buttons, following a pattern, sewing in zippers, altering clothing, and so on!" - Ariel Babcock 

Sheep -  " You'll find information about the breeds and uses of sheep on a homestead, including using wool. Demonstrations of carding and combing washed wool, and spinning on both a wheel and spindle." - Kathleen Mower

Chickens - "I am part owner of a small farm in the middle of nowhere near Stanley, NM, where my partner and I have been raising a variety of barnyard birds for 16 years now. I’ve had experience with chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl, geese, pheasants, peafowl, and pigeons.  Our chickens are currently used to provide eggs and feathers, and I sell both at local farmers markets. I don’t consider myself an expert by any means, but over the years I have learned a few things about keeping these birds fed, housed, and safe (safe is a relative term, considering one doesn’t always realize a situation isn’t safe until something eats your favorite birds). Come stop by at the Self-Reliance Fair, and we can talk basic sustainable chickenry! - Barbara Mann, Gallina del Sol Farm


Hydroponics - Skarsgard Farms will be sending people over to talk about hydroponics and the Harvest boxes they offer. THEY PULLED OUT, SORRY!

HAM Radios - Jim is the guy with the experience and the equipment to visit if you want to know how to be a HAM haha!

Fruit Explorers -  "New Mexico Fruit Explorers doesn't care what an apple looks like, if it's taste is superb!  We collect scionwood from old orchards to preserve long forgotten fruit.  Come join us to learn the magic art of grafting!" - Dwight

Thrive Freeze Dried Foods - "Food Storage your family will WANT to eat! Sample freeze-dried foods, learn about food rotation systems and how to collect and store a year supply of food. Also, get recipes and great ideas about cooking with your food storage so your family won't even be able to tell when you're using it!
Cassie Stuart, Independent Consultant"     http://cassie.thrivelife.com/home

Your Health Matters - Dr. Redd is the guy to talk to when it comes to keeping you and your family well whether the road to wellness for you is a long road or just a few steps away he has the knowledge and experience to help you get there.  What will you do if you can't get your medications in event of a natural disaster or other crisis?                                                                                                       


Classes (descriptions will be filled in as I receive them)

Permaculture - "Permaculture was developed by two Australians in the 1970's after realizing that we will develop permanent cultures only when we learn to develop permanent agricultures that are sustainable. We will discuss permaculture as an ethical design system and see how understanding natural patterns enhances our ability to design sustainable living situations. Permaculture principles help us integrate our assets and needs so we can work thoughtfully and efficiently in implementing our designs." - Christian Meuli

Carpentry - "This basic woodworking class will familiarize you with different types of woodworking tools from hand tools to power tools. What are the benefits of having a miter saw? What can you do with a router? What types of projects can be done with a jigsaw? What are good resources for simple woodworking plans? How do you refinish a piece of furniture that you've bought at a thrift store? How can some basic woodworking skills help you with home improvements and DIY projects? Come hear the answers to these questions and more at the woodworking class at the self-reliance fair!"   - Keri Payne

Raising Meat Rabbits - "Rabbits, the OTHER white meat! With only a buck and two does, one can produce 180 pounds per year of some of the leanest meat and raising them is easy for anyone! Come learn about everything to get started: housing options, feed options, health concerns, breeding costs, meat breeds, function stacking with other animals/sources, pelts and tanning, as well as processing for cooking."  - Trista Teeter

Rocket Stoves - "The rocket mass heater (RMS) us a custom fireplace designed to use a rocket stove design and a large mass or earthen material to more economically heat a home, office, or green house. Reports have shown a 3/4 reduction in wood consumed to heat the same space. Making it the most effecient wood stove ever created. The fact that it can be built by anyone for as little as $50 to fit any space makes it the least expensive stove to obtain." -  Doug Ludington

Gardening - Schwebach Farms "Gardening in the East Mountain, high dessert climate can have it's challenges, but it can be done and has great rewards.  Tips on garden preparation and planning, seed selection, weed, disease and pest identification/management and irrigation will be offered."
- Ive Schwebach

Square Food Gardening - "Learn how to harvest vegetables from your high altitude, arid, plot of land. This class will discuss the square foot gardening method in raised beds. Find out useful tips for what to grow, when to grow it, and how to keep it alive!" - Renee Olson

Emergency Preparedness -

Bee Keeping - "There are several things you should consider before becoming a beekeeper but they are not much different than if you were interested in caring for any other animal.  We will discuss proven steps that all happy and successful beekeepers take before getting started in beekeeping." - Randy Swartz

Herbs for Nutrition - "We all know that 'we are what we eat' and good food is the foundation of health.  In this class you will get to know a few common herbs and everyday weeds that can help us in this goal.  Using herbs with high nutrient density, we can build and maintain our health, recover from illness more quickly, and even minimize allergy suffering.  This class is offered by Dara Saville of Albuquerque Herbalism and is created specially for this event."

Water Catchment - "Amanda Bramble of Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center will offer an introduction to wise water systems that help us conserve and re-use this precious resource.  She will cover the basic elements of rain collection systems including sizing and siting your tank as well as keeping the water clean. Learn the essentials for re-using waste water to grow edible plants.  Amanda will cover what soaps to use, and products to avoid as well as simple and safe techniques for releasing your waste water into your garden.
-Amanda  www.ampersandproject.org
Fruit Tree Grafting -"At the turn of the century, 1900, there were over 12,000 named varieties of apples in the U.S.   By 2000 there were less than 6,000 and grocery stores carried fewer than 10.  Others were lost to commercial production because they didn't ripen uniformly, didn't color evenly, and didn't have shelf appeal.  Some of the survivors tasted like cardboard, but looked great.  New Mexico Fruit Explorers doesn't care what an apple looks like, if it's taste is superb!  We collect scionwood from old orchards to preserve long forgotten fruit.  Come join us to learn the magic art of grafting!  I am current president of the New Mexico Fruit Explorer's.  We meet monthly to exchange information on growing fruit, nuts, and berries.  I have been growing fruit trees for many years, and started grafting at my granddads knee as a youngster.  I have held grafting workshops in both New Mexico and Alaska." - Dwight 
***You have to RSVP to this class by e-mailing me at paynelessphoto@gmail.com to reserve a spot in this class.  The teacher is purchasing enough supplies for 30 people. The cost is $7 which gets you the materiel's for doing one graft. I will post it here when the class is full. Money will be due in exact change at the start of the class. ***


Plant Propagation - " I think most folks probably have a fair idea how to start veggies. I'd like to give a brief intro to some other strategies, and present resources that have helped me in propagating a wide variety of plants." - Joanne East












Friday, March 28, 2014

2014 Self-Reliance Fair

            Welcome! Here is what will be going on this year at the Self-Reliance Fair.

This is an annual shindig so if you wold like to be a part of the Fair next year by teaching a class or having a booth please let me know. Or if you know someone who would make a perfect addition to the Fair pass their information on to me. Thank You! -DeAnn  paynelessphoto@gmail.com

There will be hot dogs grilled outside this year so you don't have to leave to grab a bite for lunch. There will also be refreshments in one of the foyers which will include dutch oven cobbler!

Greeters will be in the foyer handing out class schedules. Signs will also be up on the classroom doors etc.


                          
                           Sewing 101
This class is for those who would like to start sewing with patterns for themselves or others. We will go over how to read a pattern, which patterns are best, including PDF patterns, and how to sew them together.  We will talk a little about choosing fabrics and what is absolutely essential for this process. Sewing can be easy, fun, and rewarding. - Taught by Jenae Hasler

                    Dairy Goat Basics 
Considering adding dairy goats to your life?  This class will give you some food for thought about goat housing and behavior, milking and kidding demands, necessary equipment, a consideration of goat breeds and more.  - Taught by Cynthia Daly

                    Basic Gardening 
            in the East Mountain Area
This class is for the beginning gardener or for the experienced gardener that is new to New Mexico or East Mountain gardening. Topics covered are site selection, soil preparation, irrigation, understanding what "High Desert" means, growing with the seasons and more. - Taught by Kim Nuckols

                        Seed Starting 101
Have you ever tried to grow a tomato plant in your kitchen window? If you are like most people, you have ended up with an 18" tall, somewhat yellowish stem with 4 or 5 sets of scrawny leaves that looks nothing like the hefty green plants sold in the nursery. There are several reasons why it is advantageous to grow your own plants from seeds. Learn the reasons and, more importantly, learn to grow plants like the pros in your very own home!
 -Taught by Kim Nuckols

Introduction to Essential Oils and How to Use Them in Your Daily Routine 

This class is an introduction to essential oils including history, basic categorizing, and most importantly how to incorporate these potent oils into your daily life.  Following the class will be a hands on lab where students will make two aromatherapy balms: a “calming relaxing balm” and a separate “stimulating energizing balm”. Both can be rubbed on the temples, chest or scalp for long lasting aromatherapy. Let the olfactory sensory begin.
Taught by herbalist Claudia Millan-Rounds

                                  Basic Herbalism

Learning to build a relationship with herbs will be your best resource in finding what will provide you and your family with the best healing aid. Best place to start is right in your own yard. The focus will be around a small number of herbs I have developed a loving relationship with by experimenting with various preparations and uses and most importantly, following them in nature. This class will provide the information I've gathered of my favorite herbs, their medicinal uses, and how to's of preparation. Printouts will be given and discussed about the following: 
  • Terminology
  • Basic preparation of teas
  • Preparing tinctures
  • Preparing balms
  • Herbal recipes
Bring your own clean small jars and take home a self prepared herbal infused oil and or tincture
Taught by herbalist Claudia Millan-Rounds

Thrive Life (food storage)
"Come to a cooking demonstration and tasting featuring Thrive Freeze Dried Foods.  It can be hard to figure out where to start when it comes to budgeting, storing, and rotating a long-term food supply.  You won't be overwhelmed anymore after you attend this class. You will also be excited to see how cooking with freeze dried foods can hep you save time, save money and eat healthier!  Nothing beats the peace of mind you'll have as you build a Home Store full of delicious foods that you know your family will eat." 

Sustainable Living
This class will be an overview of the essential low tech sustainable systems used at Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center.  This will include the basics of passive solar design for cooking, water heating, and space heating, as well as cooling and ventilation.  Rain collection and greywater use will also be discussed as an essential part of sustainable living in the Southwest. 
Taught by Amanda Bramble of Ampersand Sustainable Living Center.

 Raising Chicks
From egg to coop; what to do when you get your baby and how to know when to let them go. Basic feeding, care, tips and health! - Taught by Sydney Stuart

                                  Couponing

"Most people use coupons, but do you know how to make couponing really worth your while? In this class we will discuss how to make the most out of your coupons by “stacking,” and “price matching”. We will discuss the different kinds of coupons, where to find them, and how to combine them for the most savings. We will also talk about coupon-friendly stores, their store policies, and different valuable rewards programs.  Come spend some time with us learning how to stretch a dollar."   - Taught by Kathy Bullock 

Budgeting- Understanding Debt 
American's have an unhealthy relationship with debt. Understanding debt is key to managing your money, and effective budgeting. - Taught by Mike Patterson

Budgeting- Money Management 
Create a budget that works. Answers the question, "Does a budget tell us how much we can spend, or how much we can save?" - Taught by Mike Patterson

I will post descriptions as I get them from all the teachers. Thanks!




BOOTHS
Demos & handouts on how to make home care products - such as toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer, liquid hand soap, laundry detergent etc. Booth by Carla Ludington

Home Canning - Ask questions and get info on how to can food at home from Kathy Mower a very experienced home canner.

Thrive Life- Learn all about Freeze Dried foods for your home store as well as for your food storage from Amber Pearce. 

Solar Oven Cooking - Richard & Diane Sego are very experienced in cooking in their solar oven and do so weekly. They will have multiple solar ovens to show you how simple they are to use as well as lots of foods prepared during the Fair for you to taste.

Abq Old School - Looking for a place to learn self-reliance skills from throughout the year?! Then talk to the gals from Abq Old School! They offer so many great classes at very affordable prices. 

Your Health - Dr. Redd is the guy to talk to when it comes to keeping you and your family well whether the road to wellness for you is a long road or just a few steps away he has the knowledge and experience to help you get there. 

New Mexico Big Horn Gun Club - A gun club in the East Mountains with a shooting range. They offer classes and a whole lot more be sure to stop by their booth to chat with them.

Communications - Wanna be a HAM? Jim Devenport is a guy to talk to he's got the gear and the expertise to answer your questions about HAM radios and all that good stuff.

Gardening in the East Mountains - TBA

Bread Making - Are you wanting to bake your own bread or have questions about what may be going wrong with the bread you are making? Karissa and Pat Mullen will be there to show you and answer your questions. They will have samples as well as demoing how to make bread. Such a fun and interactive booth.

Emergency prep -72 hour Kits, bugout bags, vechicle kit, and family emergency plan. Come take a look at all these items and see what you need to be ready in an emergency.

4-H Demonstrations -  Members of the Rt. 66 Sharpshooters will be doing short demos of the skills they have learned through 4-H such as raising rabbits and much more. 

Up-cycling & Re-purposing - "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without" is the mantra for this booth. Stop throwing away what you can make good use of in a different way. Come learn how in this fun and interactive booth!

More booths will be added very soon. Thanks!

If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment and I will get back to you or e-mail me.  -DeAnn Payne paynelessphoto@gmail.com









Monday, May 6, 2013

2013 Self-Reliance Fair in Edgewood at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

*A Dutch Oven cooking class will be going on outside, schedule TBA* 

Again this year look for dutch oven desserts on the refreshment table, made fresh throughout the fair! 

Food Drive!  Please help us support Bethel Store House in Moriarty by donating non-perishables. Part of being self-reliant is "Neighbors helping neighbors."
*It is not required for entry into the fair, but since this is a free event for the community I hope you will show your support.

Donate to Emergency Buckets *see bottom of post to see how you can help!

(There will be signs up in the building to help you find your way around)
Room 1
9:10     Bee Keeping
10:00   Bee Keeping
10:50   Thrive - Food Storage
11:40   Gardening in the East Mountains
12:30   Gardening in the East Mountains
1:10     Thrive - Food Storage
2:00   Emergency Communications / Ham / CB Radio 

Room 1 class descriptions...
Bee Keeping - Taught by Craig Noorlander

Thrive Life - "Come to a cooking demonstration and tasting featuring Thrive Freeze Dried Foods.  It can be hard to figure out where to start when it comes to budgeting, storing, and rotating a long-term food supply.  You won't be overwhelmed anymore after you attend this class. You will also be excited to see how cooking with freeze dried foods can hep you save time, save money and eat healthier!  Nothing beats the peace of mind you'll have as you build a Home Store full of delicious foods that you know your family will eat." - Amber Pearce Thrive Life

"East Mountain Gardening with Drip Irrigation - Gardening in the East Mountains, high dessert climate can have its challenges, but it can be done and has great rewards. Tips on garden preparation and planning , seed selection, weed, disease and pest identification/management and irrigation will be offered." - Ive Schwebach 



"The Emergency Communications / Ham / CB Radio class will concentrate on the importance of having some sort of emergency communications available during crises of any sort.  Most people think they will just be able to use their cell phones if their home phones don't work, but in every disaster/storm/crisis since the inventions of telegraph and telephone, ALL normal communications systems fail in the first several days after an "event", due to:
(1) Overload - when an earthquake, tornado, flood, fire etc. occurs, so many people grab the cell phones and home phones to "See if everyone is OK" that it overloads the Internet, Cell phone towers, and landline home phone systems.  Inability to "get through" creates even more distress and more efforts to use the phones, making the overload problem even worse as the first several days follow after a disaster.  Which also leads to:
(2) Public service officials, police, homeland security, etc, often SHUT DOWN parts of the telephone (cell AND home) systems to "prioritize" their own access to communications so they can better direct their own relief efforts.
(3) Electrical power is often lost at mountaintops and cell towers and telephone switching stations, reducing the number of calls that can be completed.
We will review ways to deal with each of these problems, using common sense and readily available equipment, without undue expense, using commonly available but rarely used resources:
-CB radios:  Communications for several miles from home or vehicle
-FRS and GMRS radios:  Local communications with walkie talkies and mobiles in vehicles
-Ham Radio for both local and long distance communications." - Jim Devenport

Room 2
9:10     How to deal with Gofers
10:00   The Money Management Class
10:50   Your Health 
11:40   Home-Defense
12:30   Herbs & Essential Oils
1:10     Creating a Family Emergency Plan
2:00    Survival Skills 

Room 2 Class descriptions...
 Taught by Shawn Wimberly of the USDA


The Money Management Class " A seminar covering the money issues most people face (or will face).Often, in seminars like this, participants come away feeling as if they’ve learned something, but they’re not sure what to do with their new-found knowledge, and they don’t know how to figure out what applies to their own lives.
This seminar helps demystify financial issues, explains some basic concepts about how money works, and helps people understand their own relationship to money. We will discuss some of the more common issues facing people: cash reserves, taxes, retirement, college funding, estate planning, and insurance.
With the information presented in class, participants should be able to get a new perspective on their financial lives, and will be able to ask themselves (or a professional) much more productive questions."
Presented by Judy Lopas and/or Jesus A. Soto. LUTCF - Financial Advisors

"1. How to be as healthy as you can BEFORE a crisis hits - through diet, exercise and proper sleep.
2. Some hints on alternatives to prescription drugs - in case you can't get them anymore." - Dr. Redd


"Learn how to enhance your personal safety and protect your family" - Lee Aldridge 


Have you ever thought about what you would do in an emergency?  Have you ever thought about what you would do in an emergency and you were separated from your family?
This session will go into the important aspects of planning so that you, your family, and your friends can be better prepared in the event an emergency or when disaster strikes.  We will discuss the importance of having plans, how to create a plan for different scenarios, discuss what type of plans you might need for the environment you are in, discuss some basic equipment and materials to have ready to go to execute your plans, who should be involved in creating your plans, and how often you should review and practice them!
- Mike Kemp, C.S.P.
Environmental, Health, & Safety professional


"Come join me and learn about “The cure is in the cupboard” and what important herbs for medicine are @ your fingertips.  Also, learn what essential oils need to be in your first aid kit."   -Jeannice Perry www.CreativePreppers.com 

Room 3
9:10    Raising Alpacas
10:00  Raising Chickens
10:50  A is for Archery
11:40   Survival Skills
12:30  Wind Energy 
1:10     Solar Energy
2:00   Water Storage

Room 3 Class descriptions...

"Archery Anyone? Have you ever shot a bow and arrow? Would you like to try?
 A brief introduction into shooting, SAFETY the main take away message. And
 an opportunity to shoot a few arrows. Everyone will get a chance to shoot;
 kids, teens, adults, EVERYONE? Instruction by a certified instructor." 

- Jon Ghahate, owner of Eagle Archery

Survival Skills - "Simple Steps to Getting Prepared
Self-reliance doesn't have to be complex or expensive.  Learn the 6 basic
survival needs and how to set your own personal goals to meet those needs.
We will cover the areas of:
*       Shelter
*       Water
*       Food
*       Energy
*       Security
*       Sanitation and Health
Once these areas are understood, you will be able to create a basic
checklist to get you moving toward accomplishing your own family's goals." - Dave Perry

"Learn about wind turbine generators and how you can save money and sell electricity back to the electric companies.  AND also power for remote off-grid home & ranches." - Michael LeVine ALL STAR ELECTRIC COMPANY www.allstarelec.com On-Site Power System Specialists: Photovoltaics, Wind Turbine Generators, Engine-Generators.


Solar Energy - Paul Mooney, a Solar Professional from Consolidated Solar Technologies (CST) will be presenting a class on Solar Power Systems for attendees of the Self Reliance Fair. The class will cover basic education in how photovoltaic systems work, solar powers place in the overall energy market related to the priorities of the utilities and prominent industry players, legislation, tax incentives, panel warranties and how these issues impact your personal energy strategy and the benefits of the SunPower product line. Sunpower.com
gocstsolar.com Feel free to contact Paul via e-mail pmooney@gocstsolar.com


Booths - This is a list of people who will only have booths NOT classes...

Alpacas - "South Mountain Alpacas is owned by Skip and Stacie Chavez.  Their alpaca ranch is located in Edgewood, NM.  Alpacas were imported into the United States over 30 years ago from South America.  Alpacas are a wonderful fleece growing animals.  Alpacas fleece is hypo allergenic because it contains no lanolin; their fleece has no “itches” because their hair shafts are hollow and they have no scales – the scales are what make wool itchy.  (So it is a natural breathable fleece).    South Mountain Alpacas has been located in Edgewood, NM for over 2 years.  We are a full scale alpaca ranch – we provide agisting (boarding), breeding, and sales.  Alpacas come in 22 natural colors.  Special attention has been paid to their breeding and Alpacas fleece is now as fine as cashmere.  Alpacas are naturally curious and they are very friendly.  Please call and schedule a time to come to our ranch and meet our wonderful animals – we can show you how you can breed and create your own “dream” alpaca ranch!" 

Abq Old School -"Classes in frugal, tradition and sustainable living. Learn in super-affordable, hands-on classes. " Come see what they offer!

4-H Club the Rt. 66 Sharp Shooters - Find out all about 4-H and let your kids do some hands on projects.

Solar Ovens - Richard Sego and his wife Diane will be at the fair again teaching you how to use a solar oven. Taste fresh baked cookies and bread cooked in the solar oven at the fair.

Canning Booth - Come ask questions about home canning and look at the equipment needed. 


NM Big Horn Gun Club - Ask questions and find out what they offer!

Health Booth - Linda Kallish - Live blood analysis, lymphatic drainage techniques, and more, come talk with her about how you can attain better health and wellness.


First Aide -  An ER Nurse will be there to answer your first aide questions and teach you in a hands on fashion.

First Responders - CERT  "We will have hand outs and information about being prepared in disasters or emergencies. We would like to get more volunteers in to CERT so that we can help the community when needed." 


Tuft Twin Farms - Is located off Frost, they have an orchard, raise chickens and sell eggs and much more. They are a fascinating and friendly couple. Come meet and chat with Barry & Ellen Goldberg and learn about their farm and let them share their wisdom and experience with you.

Anyone in this list will be teaching a class and have a booth too...

Archery -  Family Emergency Planning  -  Dr. Redd's health class  -  

Wind Energy Etc -  survival skills - herbs & essential oils  -  Solar Energy  -  

Thrive food storage  - Money Management - Bee Keeping -  Tuft Twin Farms -

Alpacas -


Please Donate to South Mountain Elementary's emergency buckets.  The goal is to have  a 5 gallon bucket in each room of the school stocked with emergency supplies to be used in case of a lock down or natural disaster.


  The PTO president will have a table set up in the foyer to receive your generous donations of either money or items. Very little of the supplies has been procured so far, the cost for each bucket is about $80. I hope you will do what you can and help support this schools initiative to be prepared. Feel free to e-mail PTO president Art Garcia with any questions fyreman94@mac.com thanks!

They need...
AAA/AA batteries 
Flavored drink mix packets 10ct per box
Granola bars 
Gallon size plastic sealable bags
Sandwich size plastic sealable bags
Mini LED flashlights 
Glow-sticks
Facial tissue
Hand held radio model cobra cxt-235 if you would like to purchase this item please let me know so I can then take it off the list. Thank You!

Hope to see you there! If you have any questions leave a comment and I will get back to you ASAP or e-mail me at paynelessphoto@gmail.com    -DeAnn Payne