Back to Basics

 17th Annual

February 11, 2023

Co-hosted with the Pine River-Backus School Community Education

Back to Basics is the premier sustainable living event of north-central Minnesota! It combines workshops, vendors/exhibitors, a keynote, lunch, door prizes, and more to bring 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.

Save the date: Saturday, February 11, 2023


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Check out Great Resources from Past Back to Basics

Diane Wilson was the virtual keynote speaker for the 16th Annual Back to Basics, after which she went on to win the Minnesota Book Award for her novel The Seed Keeper. On January 22, 2022 Wilson presented this keynote”Growing Justice and Equity in a Food Landscape.” She covers topics such as food sovereignty, how the local food movement is a very old idea and that many of the foods we eat today were developed by Native gardeners.


Wilson is a Mdewakanton descendant, enrolled on the Rosebud Reservation.