Save the Date!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

"Navigating Changing Currents"

Located at the Pine-River Backus Schools


Preparations have started for our 12th Annual Back to Basics event! 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 35+ workshops, this event includes a large vendor area with 45+ 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-4) 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.. As we get closer to the event, check back for updates and registration information here!



Keynote Speakers

This year we are excited to have Philip Hunsicker and Mike Duval deliver our keynote address! Both work for the Division of Ecological and Water Resources within the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Phil is an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Planner and Mike is the District Manager. You won't want to miss this dynamic duo! According to them, Phil and Mike are good friends who share a passion for water, music, and pie, not necessarily in that order. They will lean on two of their passions to talk about what above-average Minnesotans need to know, and what they can do about above-average environmental challenges like climate change and aquatic invasive species. Combined, Phil and Mike have 70+ years of experience in the natural resources field. They've been eating pie for even longer than that.


We do our best to include local, sustainable ingredients. This year's lunch will be a Vegetarian Creamy Wild Rice Soup, Multigrain Breadstick, Salad Bar, and White Chocolate Raspberry Cake for dessert. In the morning, Homemade Whole Grain Cinnamon and Caramel Rolls, Bananas, and Juice will be offered. Coffee, tea, and water will be available all day in the commons.

2016-01-23-112320           Presenters & Workshops               

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.

We simply could not do this event without the wonderful people who are willing to share their time and knowledge! Thank you presenters!

Presenters: For additional information about presenting a workshop, look at our Presenter Guidelines.

The 2018 Workshop Line-Up!



Vendors and/or Exhibitors

The vendor area is one you don't want to miss! With over 45 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! Are you excited to do some shopping in our vendor area? Take a look at the current list of vendors to see who will be around this year! The vendor area is free to visit and open to the public! 

The vendor area is currently FULL. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for a spot, please contact us with your information. In the event of a cancellation, we will contact waiting Vendors/Exhibitors in the order in which we received their information.

Vendor/Exhibitors: Additional information can be found in our Vendor/Exhibitor Guidelines. Vendors will 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.




Last year we had a record number of workshops and we revamped the schedule to accommodate our growing event. The schedule reduced lunch line congestion while providing participants with more time to visit vendor booths, learn from our presenters, take advantage of networking opportunities, enter to win door prize drawings, and socialize with friends! We will be keeping this schedule for this year's event.

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Workshops have a limited amount of space, so do not wait to register! Payments are made through PayPal, but you do not need a PayPal account.

Please call 218.587.2303 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.


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.

New this Year: B2B Enthusiasts! - we're offering a new way to support B2B this year! When you register on as a presenter, vendor/exhibitor, or a participant, you will have the option to donate a little something extra for future B2B events! Help us keep this unique educational event affordable for everyone! You will receive recognition at our event as a B2B Enthusiast!

Volunteers: We are incredibly thankful for all the folks who have signed-up to volunteer at the event! We have a full crew ready to help out at Back to Basics!


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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