Back to Basics
Co-hosted with the Pine River-Backus School Community Education
Back to Basics is the premier sustainable living event of north-central Minnesota!
Takes place outdoors Saturday, May 21 at Lakes Music & Events Park in
Pine River from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
No admission or registration fees to attend
Food for purchase available
Vendors & exhibitors
Schedule of Events
Booths open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
11am Rain Garden Design
with Native Plants -- Ross Brink
12pm Building Soil Health in Your Field or Garden
-- Anna Cates & Jim Chamberlin
1pm Natural Resource Conservation Service Rainfall Simulator & Conservation Assistance Opportunities
-- John Brezinka
2pm The Importance of Outdoor
Play -- Kim Norman
Nature Storytime with Craft
10:30, 11:30, 12:30 & 1:30
Family activities & games throughout the day including Soulful Horse and Wondertrek Children's Museum. Babinski's Adoption Event 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Vendors/Exhibitors registered as of May 13, 2022
Balsam Moon Preserve
Beautiful World MN
Becky Steinhoff Artist
Board Girl Studio
Brenda Mason Inc.
Canvasback Sugar Shack
Cass County Aquatic Invasive Species
Cass County Faith in Action
Cass County Falls Prevention Task Force
Clean Energy Resource Teams
Crow Wing Food Co-op
CynthiaRose Sound Art
Earth Is Our Home Environmental Solutions
Guiding Spirit Journeys
Ideal Green Market Cooperative
Island Lake Farm
Kale & Chamomile's Cosmic Creations
Lakes Blue Grass (PRAF)
Language of the Heart, LLC
Magic Summer Minifarm
Mann Lake Ltd Beekeeping
Northern Waters Land Trust
Ole Lake Farm
PAF Mill, LLC
Pine River Mittens
Pine River Seed Library
Pine River Watershed Alliance
REAL Solar, SBC
Serenity Now Yarn & Alpaca Shop
Sustainable Farming Association - Central Chapter
Wheels and Things LLC
Wild Iron Images
Will's Antler Creations
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We would like to thank our 2022 Back to Basics Sponsors--we could not do it without you! If you would like information about becoming a sponsor or supporting our event in other ways, find more information here.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is Back to Basics this year?
Back to Basics kicks off with a virtual keynote and virtual workshops Saturday, January 22, 2022. In-person workshops will be offered weekday evenings between January 24 and February 25. An outdoor Spring Fair happens Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where is Back to Basics?
The virtual keynote and workshops will be accessed through a registration link. That link will give participants access to the workshops and keynote between January 22 and February 6 to view at their leisure at any time during that period. Evening in-person workshops will be held at the Pine River-Backus Schools, 401 Murray Avenue, Pine River, MN 56474. The outdoor Spring Fair will take place at the Lakes Music & Events Park, which is a half-mile north of Pine River on Highway 371. The address is 2591 Bluegrass Blvd SW, Backus, MN.
Do I have to register ahead of time?
To attend the outdoor Spring Fair, you do not need to register in advance--simply show up and enjoy! To become a vendor at the Spring Fair, please apply here.
Is there an option for kids?
Outdoor activities for kids will be part of the outdoor Spring Fair on Saturday, May 21.
I am presenting a workshop or vending at the Spring Fair. Where can I find more information about what is needed of me?
Questions about B2B? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org