Back to Basics

 16th Annual

Winter/Spring 2022

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

Back to Basics is the premier sustainable living event of north-central Minnesota!

Spring Fair

  • 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 

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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
-- 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

Grampa G's

Guiding Spirit Journeys

Ideal Green Market Cooperative

Island Lake Farm

Kale & Chamomile's Cosmic Creations

Lakes Blue Grass (PRAF)

Language of the Heart, LLC

LuAnn Gravelle

Magic Summer Minifarm

Mann Lake Ltd Beekeeping

Northern Waters Land Trust

Ole Lake Farm


Pine River Mittens

Pine River Seed Library

Pine River Watershed Alliance

Plant Magick

Rad Tangibles


Ricky Tics

Sena Bergerud

Serenity Now Yarn & Alpaca Shop

Sustainable Farming Association - Central Chapter

Tony Noordmans

Wheels and Things LLC

Wild Iron Images

Will's Antler Creations

Become a vendor for the Spring Fair! Click here for details!

Select a Category Below to Find Out More


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.

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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?

Please make sure to read through our Presenter Guidelines and/or our Vendor/Exhibitor Guidelines.

Questions about B2B? Contact b2b@happydancingturtle.org