Presentations and Demonstrations

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Earth Fest 2018 will feature an outstanding variety of fascinating presentations and interactive demonstrations.  See below for the schedule and descriptions.  All Friday, April 20 events take place at Messiah Lutheran Church.  All presentations and demonstrations on Saturday, April 21 take place at the Northeast Service Cooperative. 

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Earth Fest Kick-Off - Friday April 20

Iron Range Specialty Food Demos

Common Ground Community Kitchen at Messiah Lutheran

6:00 PM - Porketta Demo with Fraboni's

6:30 PM - Squeaky Cheese Demo with Debra Wiitanen 

7:15 PM - Pastie Demo with Susan Drobac-Proctor

7:45 PM - Potica Demo with Rosemary Grahek 

Attendance is Limited - 218-735-6875 or ironrangeearthfestevents@gmail.com to RSVP

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Lost Iron Range - 

Messiah Lutheran Sanctuary at 6:30 PM

WDSE/WRPT Public Television presents “Lost Iron Range”with an introduction and Q & A with Juli Kellner and Greg Grell. “Lost Iron Range,” tells the story of the people and the places that have faded from memory. It’s the place that helped build a nation, and win two world wars. Join us to learn about entire towns that were moved so the ore beneath their streets could be mined, and of a giant sawmill that set all-time records for board feet of lumber milled. Discover one of the nation’s first interurban street car lines that connected Iron Range towns and locations. And marvel at the pioneers who helped build America with the resources found above and below the ground in northern Minnesota.


Earth Fest 2018 - Saturday, April 21

Northeast Service cooperative

The Evolution of Indigenous Food Systems of North America

Keynote Presentation at 1:00 PM in Superior 1 & 2

Frank Haney, Culinary Ethnobotanist and Executive Chef with The Sioux Chef

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Frank Haney, Oneida Tribal affiliation from Wisconsin is committed to revitalizing Native American cuisine. Through our company The Sioux Chef, we have uncovered and mapped out the foundations of indigenous food systems through an indigenous perspective.  Chef Sean Sherman has become renowned nationally and internationally in the culinary movement of indigenous foods and, with an ever-growing team of indigenous-minded peers, is leading a movement to completely redefine North American cuisine through the understanding and utilization of indigenous food knowledge.  This is an evolution of Native American Foods, taking important traditions and knowledge of the past and applying them to the present. 

2018 Presentations & Demonstrations Descriptions

All Presentations & Demonstrations at the Northeast Service Cooperative

10:00 AM

The Cooperative Movement on the Range (Board Room *offered at 10 & 11)

Come and learn about how Finns on the Iron Range started cooperative stores, funeral homes, boarding houses, restaurants, parks, and credit unions. Cooperative economic efforts helped immigrants survive the hard times and promoted the common good. Today many of those cooperatives are gone but many more live on, and members strive to fulfill their founders vision. Presented by Pam Brunfelt. 

Seed Saving for the Future (Vermillion 1)

Simple techniques for saving seeds year after year.  Presented by George Pliml. 

Genealogy How-To (Vermillion 2 *offered at 10 & 11)

Thinking about starting your own family history? Christopher Welter, archivist at the Iron Range Research Center, will show you how to get started with the basics. Already have a lot of links connected in your family chain? Welter will also introduce some resources that you may not know about or thought to use in doing your family history.

The Holistic Goal – Meeting personal, family, and farm needs and quality of life (Vermillion 3 - 2 hr. Workshop)

This workshop will focus on meeting personal, family and farm needs through the development of a Holistic Goal, a three-part vision emphasizing quality of life, commitments, and the resource base upon which we depend. A Holistic Goal is influential for making farm and household decisions, to include financial decisions, that can proactively lead individuals and families towards the vision of life they desire. Presented by Cree Bradley.

Re-purposing Textiles – Loom & spinning wheel demonstrations (Pokegama 1 *offered at 10, 11 & 12)

Range Fiber Art Guild members will use spinning wheels, small looms, and other tools to demonstrate spinning, weaving and other ways to create and re-purpose textiles.

Cut-Up Quilts (Pokegama 2)

·Bull's Eye ·Blossom ·Sunflower. Exchanges were made, cut up, reassembled & designed by each member. Presented by Karen Lamppa/Going to Pieces Quilters.

Ancient Tradition of Yoga (Pokegama 3 *offered at 10 &11)

This experimental mini-class is for those with or without prior yoga experience. We will enjoy simple, classic yoga stretches and breathing techniques that encourage health and balance.  Presented by Siyanda Elizabeth.

Phenology Walk (Outside - Meet at NE Service Coop Entrance *offered at 10 & 12)

John Latimer is a retired rural mail carrier and host of the long running public radio program "The Phenology Show" heard Tuesdays on KAXE. His love of nature is contagious.

Mt.Iron-Buhl School Forest Guided Tour (Outside - Meet at NE Service Coop Entrance *offered at 10, 11 & 12)

Hike through the school forest with the MI-B School Forest Committee. Learn more about the forests in the area and the wildlife that lives in them.

11:00 AM

The Cooperative Movement on the Range (Board Room *offered at 10 & 11)

Come and learn about how Finns on the Iron Range started cooperative stores, funeral homes, boarding houses, restaurants, parks, and credit unions. Cooperative economic efforts helped immigrants survive the hard times and promoted the common good. Today many of those cooperatives are gone but many more live on, and members strive to fulfill their founders vision. Presented by Pam Brunfelt. 

Backyard Herbs: Food & Medicine (Vermillion 1)

Foraging in your own back yard for edibles and medicinals can be fun and enriching.  Come learn more!  Presented by Kim Giermann. 

Genealogy How-To (Vermillion 2 *offered at 10 & 11)

Thinking about starting your own family history? Christopher Welter, archivist at the Iron Range Research Center, will show you how to get started with the basics. Already have a lot of links connected in your family chain? Welter will also introduce some resources that you may not know about or thought to use in doing your family history.

Re-purposing Textiles – Loom & spinning wheel demonstrations (Pokegama 1 *offered at 10, 11 & 12)

Range Fiber Art Guild members will use spinning wheels, small looms, and other tools to demonstrate spinning, weaving and other ways to create and re-purpose textiles.

Scrap Quilts (Pokegama 2)

·Mile-A-Minutes ·String Quilts ·Recycled. Construct "free quilt projects" and quilts from leftover fabrics headed to landfills.  Presented by Karen Lamppa/Going to Pieces Quilters.

Ancient Tradition of Yoga (Pokegama 3 *offered at 10 &11)

This experimental mini-class is for those with or without prior yoga experience. We will enjoy simple, classic yoga stretches and breathing techniques that encourage health and balance.  Presented by Siyanda Elizabeth.

Mt.Iron-Buhl School Forest Guided Tour (Outside - Meet at NE Service Coop Entrance *offered at 10, 11 & 12)

Hike through the school forest with the MI-B School Forest Committee. Learn more about the forests in the area and the wildlife that lives in them.

12:00 PM

 

The ABC’s of Disability: Raising Awareness, Eliminating Barriers, & Shaping Culture (Board Room)

Gaelynn Lea will share her personal experience of living with a disability. She will discuss the barriers that still face people with disabilities and highlight activism efforts that can help further the goal of equality for all.

Beekeeping (Vermillion 2)

Bees are vital to our food system. Learn the basics of Beekeeping with Jack La Mar. 

Growing Food for Yourself and Others (Vermillion 3)

Are you a gardener? Do you grow more than you can use? Join Hibbing Farmers Market vendors to learn about selling produce at area farmers markets.

Re-purposing Textiles – Loom & spinning wheel demonstrations (Pokegama 1 *offered at 10, 11 & 12)

Range Fiber Art Guild members will use spinning wheels, small looms, and other tools to demonstrate spinning, weaving and other ways to create and re-purpose textiles.

Quilting Bits & Pieces – 15-minute demos (Pokegama 2)

·Wool ·Small Projects ·Crayons. Use new or recycled wool, bits of fabric and old, new crayon projects. Presented by Karen Lamppa/Going to Pieces Quilters.

Introduction to Ki Gong (Pokegama 3)

Ki Gong is a method used to balance the energy in your body to improve your own health and wellness. Learn more about benefits and test it out at this introductory session.  Presented by Sam Wilkes/Range Martial Arts.

Phenology Walk (Outside - Meet at NE Service Coop Entrance *offered at 10 & 12)

John Latimer is a retired rural mail carrier and host of the long running public radio program "The Phenology Show" heard Tuesdays on KAXE. His love of nature is contagious.

Mt.Iron-Buhl School Forest Guided Tour (Outside - Meet at NE Service Coop Entrance *offered at 10, 11 & 12)

Hike through the school forest with the MI-B School Forest Committee. Learn more about the forests in the area and the wildlife that lives in them.

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2017 Presentations Descriptions 

Messiah Lutheran Church sanctuary 

Earth Fest 2017 Key Note: The Future of Iron Range Food and Farming - Growing Local Food, Creating Local Jobs

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Presented by David Abazs (Round River Farm - Finland, MN)

Farmer David Abazs’ research shows that we could grow all of our own food regionally, generating jobs and keeping our food dollars local. Come and learn how this might work and what it might mean for the Iron Range.

David Abazs has been farming the last 30 years in Finland MN. His family farm, Round River Farm, provides organic vegetables through a CSA marketing system. As researcher (Defining the Agricultural Landscape of the Western Lake Superior Region) he quantified the potential for a regional food system and its social and economic impacts. Awarded with the Farm Family of the Year award, Abazs has also been a Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture Senior Fellow. In addition, Abazs manages the Wolf Ridge Organic Farm, designed to provide all of the vegetables for over 140,000 meals served. He also directs the OCA AgroEcology Center/Farm developing a 10 acre permaculture operation and community organic farming operation.

This event is made possible with support from the University of Minnesota Extension’s Health and Nutrition team, which aims to build the capacity of Minnesota food networks to contribute to the implementation of Minnesota Food Charter strategies.

Messiah Lutheran Church Library Presentations

Growing Together Virginia Community Gardens – 9:30 AM

Growing Together was launched in 2016 with a generous grant from Essentia Health.  Already, 60 plots are available for rent in 5 locations around Virginia.  Come find out how you can be involved as a gardener,  garden mentor, volunteer or supporter!

Presenter: Dawn Trexel, Growing Together Coordinator 

Community Sustainability Initiative - 2016 Winners Presentation – 11:30 AM

The winners for the 2016 Community Sustainability Initiative will be presenting their sustainable projects from around the Iron Range. Learn about some of the success and struggles they have faced in the last year implementing their project. 

Presenters: Deb Kaivola (MLC Crossway Community Kitchen), Deb Funk (Ely Area Bee Club), Kristen Busch (MI-B School Forest Committee), Bret Alexander (Messabi Unitarian Universality Church

Youth Energy Summit - Local Student Projects – 12:30 AM

YES! teams from local area schools will be presenting their teams sustainable projects that they are implementing at their school 

Presenters: Virginia High School, Cherry High School, Northern Lights Community School

Roundtable Discussion with Food Producers "Can We Feed Ourselves? What Will We Grow?" – 1:30 PM

If you’re a food producer of any kind, this is for you.  Bring your questions and ideas!

Presenter: David Abazs (Round River Farm)

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Solar PV for your Home or Business– 9:30 AM

Rural Renewable Energy Alliance has been offering solar design-build services to the commercial and residential market since 2000. Starting in 2014, the design-build program began operating as its own self-standing for-profit corporation, REAL Solar. Proceeds from REAL Solar support solar assistance for low-income families through RREAL.  Get the scoop on solar PV for your home or business.oceeds

Presenter: Ericka Bjelland, Real Solar

How Carbon Pricing Revitalizes the Iron Range – 11:30 AM

A national, revenue-neutral carbon fee-and-dividend system (CF&D) would place a predictable, steadily rising price on carbon, with all fees collected minus administrative costs returned to households as a monthly energy dividend.

In just 20 years, studies show, such a system could reduce carbon emissions to 50% of 1990 levels while adding 2.8 million jobs to the American economy.

Presenters: Dr. Eric Enberg, Citizens' Climate Lobby

Health and Low Carb Eating – 12:30 AM

Innovative and sustainable non-surgical weigh loss through low-carb eating.

Presenter: Dr. Stephen Park, Essentia

Home and Business Energy Effciency– 1:30 PM

Come learn about energy conservation options for your home or business, along with some of the related health issues and how energy efficiency upgrades may help  with those issues, too. 

Presenter: Joel Haskard, CERTS


2016 Presentations

  Presentations will be held in Messiah Lutheran Church and the Mt. Iron Community Center.  Sessions will begin at 9:30 and continue every hour, with the last sessions starting at 2:30.  The Phenology Hikes (10:30 AM and 12:30 PM) will meet in the Merritt Elementary School Entrance.

Presentations will be held in Messiah Lutheran Church and the Mt. Iron Community Center.  Sessions will begin at 9:30 and continue every hour, with the last sessions starting at 2:30.  The Phenology Hikes (10:30 AM and 12:30 PM) will meet in the Merritt Elementary School Entrance.