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In-Person Workshops

Use the registration link below to register as many times as you would like for in-person workshops. If you decide at a later date to add a workshop, simply use the link again. You may register up until noon of the day preceding the workshop (space permitting).

  • Some workshop presenters may require social distancing and masks. An * indicates that the presenter requires that participants be masked and/or distanced in the class. Disposable masks will be provided by HDT and rooms will be set up for distancing ahead of class.

  • In case of inclement weather, workshops will be cancelled if Pine River-Backus School events are cancelled.

P1. Gardening as If Your Life Depended on It*

Kathleen Connell

Monday, January 24, 2022  6:30 – 8:30pm  Room 53, Pine River-Backus School

In this time of uncertainty and insecurity it is reassuring to be able to be somewhat confident about one's food supply. We will discuss how to use your backyard or garden area to produce food as a substantial part of your family meals throughout the year. We will examine nutritional needs and how they can be met by what you can reasonably grow.

P2. Introduction to Beekeeping

Tara Stang

Mann Lake Ltd. Beekeeping

Wednesday, January 26, 2022  5:30 – 6:30pm Room 53, Pine River-Backus School

This class will help you get started in pursuing your interest in beekeeping. Stang will talk through what you need to get started with beekeeping and what to expect your first year. Class will also touch on the benefits of beekeeping. We will go through ways to utilize what honey bees can do for you and the environment.

P3. What Can Soils Do for You?*

Anna Cates

University of Minnesota Extension

Thursday, January 27, 2022  6:30 – 8:00pm Room 53, Pine River-Backus School

Our MN soils were formed over thousands of years, and how we treat them now will affect what we can do with them into the future. Cates will describe some basic soil science, including formation and function, talk about how different land management changes soils, and how we can manage soils for resilience in the face of climate change. She'll include a brief demo of soil structure, and offer an invitation for the community to envision agricultural systems that contribute to clean water and strong rural communities.

P4. How to Give the Best of You, Not What’s Left of You

Michelle Oie

Thursday, January 27, 2022  6:30 – 8:00pm  Room 52, Pine River-Backus School

We’ve all been there. Overwhelmed. Lost. Sad. Aimless. Frustrated. Exhausted. Unfulfilled. Discover the 10 secrets needed to regain control of your life so you can live refreshed, happy, fulfilled and with energy for everyday! Join us for transformational talks, engaging discussion and compelling worksheets of self-discovery. Why not have a life you love instead of one you just live?

P5. Home canning - Water Bath and Pressure

Geoffrey Davidge

Wednesday, February 2, 2022  6:30 – 8:30pm  Room 49, Pine River-Backus School

Everyone talks about how they should be doing this. Freezing is fine, but seeing canned products on the shelf is comforting! We will follow only tested recipes from the bible of canning: Ball Blue Book! Basic Home Water Bath canning skills: foods, tools, methods and Basic Home Pressure canning skills: foods, tools, methods. Students will actually do hands on canning of both methods.

P6. Rain Garden Planning & Basics*

Ross Brink

Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District

Monday, February 7, 2022  5:30 – 7:00pm  Room 53, Pine River-Backus School 

This presentation will give attendees the basics knowledge to plant a rain garden themselves. We will cover: what a rain garden is, planning the layout of it, necessary site preparation to get the ground ready, and, finally, run through native plant selection considerations.

P7. Lotions and Potions

Christine Jones, Autumn Diederich, and Mike Rundhaug,

Pure Soap Flake Company

Wednesday, February 9, 2022  6:00 – 8:00pm B2B Enthusiast  Room 53, Pine River-Backus School 

Make your own lotions and skin remedies with all natural ingredients! Your skin is your largest organ and best defense against germs and toxins. Learn to make healing and protective lotions for all seasons with natural oils, minerals and essential oils. Take home samples too!

P8. Needle Felted Gnome*

Esther Endicott & Julia Blenkush

Serenity Now Yarn & Alpaca Shop

Thursday, February 10, 2022  6:00 – 7:00pm  Room 46, Pine River-Backus School 

Learn the basics of needle felting and take home a gnome with a beard or braids. There is a $5 material fee that covers making one gnome. Materials for a second gnome will be available for purchase in class.

P9. Meaning of Being Well*

Jode Freyholtz-London

Wellness in the Woods

Monday, February 14, 2022  5:30 – 6:30pm  Room 53, Pine River-Backus School 

The workshop will review key concepts of wellness and how to achieve them by creating a simple plan including a wellness toolbox, identifying stressors, early warning signs, things getting worse, and crisis. We will also cover having an action plan for each area.

P10. Basics of Keeping Chickens

Eric Stromberg

Stromberg's Chicks and Game Birds

Tuesday, February 15, 2022  6:00 – 7:00pm  Room 53, Pine River-Backus School

In this workshop, we will discuss the very basics of keeping chickens, from preparing for baby chicks to keeping adult laying hens and meat birds. We will give an intro on what to feed, how to water, housing, and basic health. Essential items necessary for their success and equipment basics will also be covered.

P11. Intro to Ayurveda

Aprile Lack

AHC, RYT, LMT of Health, LLC and Not Amy’s Farm

Wednesday, February 16, 2022  6:00 – 7:00pm  Room 52, Pine River-Backus School 

Ayurveda is an ancient science with a holistic approach to restoring and maintaining the healthy balance between the mind, body and soul. This practical introductory workshop will outline:

  • A brief history of Ayurveda

  • The five elements and our interconnectedness with nature

  • An introduction to daily and seasonal routines

  • Dosha (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) characteristics

  • Basic Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle guidelines

P12. Soap Felting*

Esther Endicott & Julia Blenkush

Serenity Now Yarn & Alpaca Shop

Thursday, February 17, 2022  5:30 – 6:30pm  Room 49 Pine River-Backus School 

Learn how to wet felt a soap bar with wool roving. Felted wool is naturally antibacterial, breathable, and odor resistant. Not only does the felted fiber act as an exfoliating washcloth, but it also uses every bit of soap without leaving soap "slime" on the soap dish or on your sink. There is a $5 material fee that covers making one soap bar. Materials for a second soap bar will be available for purchase in class.

P13. Corn and Her Siblings: Experiences in a Three-Sisters Garden*

Kathleen Connell

Wednesday, February 23, 2022  6:30 – 7:30pm  Room 53, Pine River-Backus School 

Planting corn beans, and squash together sounds so simple. But the results can be anything but simple; they can be a dismal failure. Presenter will share experiences with corn and her siblings and share what techniques, varieties, and timings she has discovered that have helped achieve success and good yields from this gardening technique.

P14. Play Outside!

Kim Norman

Thursday, February 24, 2022  5:30 – 6:30pm  Room 52, Pine River-Backus School 

Our lives are continually becoming more structured and digital. There is a strong need to get kids (and adults) outside and away from screens. Kids don't need to learn sitting down. Let's discuss the physical, emotional, sensory, and cognitive benefits of being in nature. We will learn strategies for ensuring our kids grow into confident, balanced, resilient, self-reliant, healthy adults. Discussion will be based on research, experience, and guided by participant questions and interest.

B2B Enthusiasts are presenters, vendor/exhibitors, participants, and community members 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 2022 B2B Enthusiasts - thank you for your donation!