2023 Homegrown Skills Tent

Check out extra materials – think: bios, how-tos, recipes etc. – from this year’s HOMEGROWN Skills Tent participants. Click on the links below each demo title to expand the section!

 

So Fresh, So Clean, So Not Synthetic!: Essential Oil Distillation 101

Learn about Kelly Conaway and Drift Botanicals

Located in Bloomington, IN, Drift Botanicals is cleaning up the cleaning industry by offering safe and effective cleaners bottled in reusable glass spray bottles. With refill stations located regionally, Drift is rethinking packaging and keeping plastics out of the landfill. Professionally cleaning homes for over 10 years, Kelly Conaway decided it was time to take her formulas to the market in 2019. Together with her husband Dex, Drift Botanicals now offers several household cleaning products and aromatherapy sprays. Wanting to lightly scent their products but omit synthetic “fragrances,” Drift started growing and distilling their own essential oils. When possible they source all ingredients locally and organically. Join Drift Botanicals in the refill revolution!

Learn about Drift Botanicals and specifically about essential oils, and green cleaning products.

Crimson and Clover Over and Over: Cover Cropping 101

Learn more about Reana Kim and download handouts about cover cropping

Reana is a policy and communications professional dedicated to making the food and farm system more equitable and sustainable. She has worked on food, agriculture, and social welfare issues for nearly 15 years at the local government level (Chicago, NYC, and DC Councils) and in the non-profit world (Wellness in the Schools, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition). Reana currently serves as the Policy Director for DC Greens, a Black-led, multi-racial organization dedicated to improving food access and health equity in the nation’s capital. Reana serves on the Boards of the national Farmers Market Coalition and Slow Food DC.

Reana lives in Washington, DC with her partner, two cats, and many, many plants. She aspires to one day raise crops and animals on her own land. Learn more about Reana and Share a Seed here:

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Flip it Real Good: Pancakes from a Regional Grain System 101

Click here to learn more about Michael Fields Agricultural Institute

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization addressing the challenges of soil fertility, water quality, climate resilience, racial equity, food security, and farm success through research, policy, and education. MFAI is based in East Troy, WI, and serves diverse farmers and communities in the Upper Midwest and beyond.

We believe that responsible food and farming systems can help solve some of the most pressing environmental and social problems of our time.

Learn more about Michael Fields Agricultural Institute

 

Growing Colors: Making Dyes from Plants 101

Connect with Rowland Ricketts

Rowland Ricketts utilizes natural dyes and historical processes to create contemporary textiles that span art and design. Trained in indigo farming and dyeing in Japan, Rowland received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2005 and is a Professor in Indiana University’s Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design. A recipient of a United States Artists Fellowship, his work has been exhibited at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, and the Seattle Art Museum. Together with IU colleague Carissa Carman and students, they run Color Field, a natural dye garden at IU Bloomington where they grow dyes used in the university’s art studios.

Learn about Ricketts Indigo

 

World of Wool: Handspinning and Processing 101

Get to know Lauren McCalister and read how to clean wool using suint fermentation

When Brett and Lauren got married in 2013 they asked for farm animals, half-joking and half hoping someone would be crazy enough to give them some. And well, their friend Marianne was game. They started their flock with three Jacob Sheep, a small, heritage breed of sheep with multi-colored pelts and long, double-sets of horns. 10 years later 3 Flock Farm provides local grassfed lamb, mushrooms and eggs to hungry hoosiers by working in cooperation with People’s Cooperative Market.

Learn about the People’s Cooperative Market and Three Flock Farm

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Brooms, Spoons and Magic Wands: Homegrown Tool-Making 101

Meet Mary Bulan and see pictures of the shave horse!

Mary is the Farmer Services Director for the Farmers of Color Network at RAFI. She and her partner run Little Farm Black Mountain, a small herb, flower, and vegetable farm in Western North Carolina. Prior to joining RAFI in Nov 2022, Mary was a college professor teaching agriculture courses, mentoring research, and managing campus farming programs. She served on the faculty at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC, and Unity College in Unity, ME. She holds a Ph.D. in Agronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BA in International Relations from Brown University. Mary grew up in Horry County, South Carolina. She enjoys making music, hiking with her dog, exploring with her kids, working at the farm, cooking and eating good food, and relaxing around the fire with family and friends.

Learn about RAFI USA,  the Farmers of Color Network at RAFI, and about Little Farm Black Mountain

Shave Horse

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Photo: Jessica Ilyse Kurn

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