The 13th Annual

Back to Basics 

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Co-hosted by and located at the Pine River-Backus Schools

Proceed to online registration 



This event combines workshops, vendors/exhibitors, a keynote, lunch, door prizes, and more! Back to Basics brings roughly 400 people together to share ideas on a wide variety of topics related to sustainability and resiliency. In addition to 40+ workshops, this event includes a large vendor area with 50+ booths providing educational materials, services, and locally made/grown goods of a sustainable nature. The vendor area is open to the public for free. School-aged (K-6) children’s programming runs concurrently so bring the family and enjoy the day together!

There are a lot of ways you could get involved with Back to Basics - check out the options below! Do you know someone who would be a good fit for our vendor area?  Feel free to email us with suggestions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also help us spread the word about the event by using one of our shareable promotional images on your social media account! 



2019 Keynote Speaker - Kent Solberg

Happy Dancing Turtle is excited to announce Kent Solberg, Livestock and Grazing Specialist with the Sustainable Farming Association, will be joining us as our keynote speaker this year!

  "Soil Health: The future of farming?"

Soil health is all the buzz in agriculture today.  What is soil health?  Can it be the basis of our food system?  Can't we just grow our food organically and have healthy soil?  Can it save the family size farm?  What could it mean for our future, our food and our natural resources? 

 Kent and his wife Linda own and operate an award winning pasture-based livestock farm in central Minnesota. Kent has a passion for the land and has been involved in soil health, adaptive grazing management, and integrated crop and livestock systems for 25 years.  He has worked for a number of regenerative agricultural and government organizations throughout his career, consulting with hundreds of farmers.  He has also served as adjunct faculty teaching courses on soil health, forages, grazing, and livestock management. Check out Kent's SFA Profile for more information. 






Presenter & Workshop Information

We offer single (1-hour) and double (2-hour) workshop sessions covering a wide range of sustainability and resilient living topics. These include, but are not limited to, gardening & agriculture, cooking & preserving, healthy eating, livestock raising, personal health & wellness, energy efficiency, mindfulness, DIY & crafts, sustainable homes & practices, hobbies, & entrepreneurship.

As we head into the 13th year of this event, it is very important to us to keep our workshop offerings fresh for our loyal participants who have attended year after year. While many of our long-standing presenters are coming back, we're excited to announce we have 20 new presenters joining the line up this year! With 45 workshop offerings, there is something for everyone!  We simply could not do this event without the wonderful people who are willing to share their time and knowledge! Thank you to everyone who has helped us spread the word about this opportunity to share knowledge!

Read the FULL WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS for our 45 sessions!

For our presenters: here is a copy of our  Presenter Guidelines





Vendor and/or Exhibitor Information 

The vendor area is one you don't want to miss! With over 50 booths, there is an abundance of educational materials, services, and locally made/grown goods, including delicious foods (jellies, salsas, syrups), natural personal care products, handmade home decor, clothing and more! The vendor area is free to visit and open to the public the entire day!

We are now accepting proposals for vendors/exhibitors! The vendor area filled in record time for our 2018 event, so don't wait to get your prposal in! Additional information can be found in our Vendor Guidelines. You may submit your proposal using our online form, or you can print the paper form and mail it in. Vendor/exhibitors must have their proposal in by Saturday, November 10th to be included in our event promotion. Proposals will be accepted up until the event, as space allows. Vendors will also need to fill out an ST-19 form, which can be returned to us by email, mail, or at check-in the day of the event.

Are you excited to do some shopping in our vendor area? Take a look at this year's Vendor/Exhibitor List to see who will be there!







Back to Basics is a full-day event where you can learn from our presenters, visit and learn from our vendors/exhibitors, shop for local goods, take advantage of networking opportunities, socialize with friends, and enter to win one of many door prizes! Can't join us for the whole day? No problem! We have Ala Carte registration for those who would like to attend for part of the day. We also have a kids' program, so bring the whole family for a full day of fun!

Participant registration opens Wednesday, December 12th! You can register online, or give us a call at 218-587-2303 and we'll help you register over the phone! 

Full Day Adult - $30
Full Day Senior (60+) or Student - $25
Ala Carte - $6/Single Workshop, $12/Double Workshop, $9 Lunch

Kids' Program (Grades K-6) - $20

Workshops have a limited capacity, so registering in advance of the event is the best way to ensure you can attend the workshops you're most interested in! Read the full workshop descriptions.

Lunch is always a highlight of the event. This year, have your choice of homemade soups - Parsnip & Apple Soup (Vegetarian & GF), Roasted Bell Pepper & Barley Stew (Vegan), or Chicken Noodle Soup. Also included: multi-grain breadstick, salad bar, & dessert! In the morning,  enjoy homemade whole grain cinnamon and caramel rolls, bananas, and juice. Coffee, tea, and water will be available all day in the commons.

Fee Free Friday - Like or share any post on our Facebook page about B2B for a chance to win one of 5 FREE Full-Day Registrations! Read the full Sweepstake Rules



Supporters, Sponsors, & Volunteers

We would not be able to do this event without our supporters, sponsors, and volunteers!

Supporters: We rely on the help of many! Friends of Back to Basics have long offered feedback and suggestions that have helped shape our event over the years. They continue to spread the word of our event through sharing with family and friends and putting up posters/brochures in their communities. If you're interested in putting up flyers in your town, shoot us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sponsors: Are you interested in sponsoring this event? We have a variety of sponsorship levels to choose from! Learn more about opportunities to sponsor through our online form. If you would prefer, you can also print the form and return it to us via mail. Note: Sponsorships recieved by November 10th will be included in all event promotion! 

B2B Enthusiasts: These are presenters, vendor/exhibitors, and participants who choose to give a little extra to B2B on their registration. This money is used in future B2B events. We're very thankful for all of our 2018 B2B Enthusiasts - thank you for your donation! Consider signing up next year to help us keep this unique educational event affordable for everyone! You will receive recognition at our event!

Volunteers: There are many jobs to do at Back to Basics! We appreciate folks who are willing to help us make this event happen for our community! Volunteer jobs include helping with set-up and tear-down, participant check-in, collecting lunch tickets, directing people to workshops, assisting presenters, collecting door prizes, and more! If you'd like to sign up as a volunteer, you can do so here! Thank you in advance! 


If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 218-587-2303 or drop us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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