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Not-So-Simple Living Fair in Pictures

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We had to make all kinds of difficult decisions this weekend at the Not-So-Simple Living Fair at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville. With an impressive schedule of practical and inspiring workshops we had to choose between acorn processing, goat nutrition, wild foods, sourdough baking, green building, cheesemaking, chicken processing and so, so, so much more. We chose the ‘divide and conquer’ approach and tried to glean as much knowledge as possible.

This gathering is not your typical festival. It’s an outdoor classroom and quite unique in that all the attendees are truly committed to learning and teaching (not just running around in feather earrings). It was awesome to be surrounded by so many friends, mentors and neighbors who are living closer to the land every day. I don’t think I’ll be wearing a dress made out of a tanned hide anytime soon, but I am completely rejuvenated by spending two days with people who don’t want to go “back to the land,” but are moving forward with the land, and understand the value of sharing knowledge, information and skills.

There is no way I can summarize all the specific learnings of this weekend, and I will have to share more in upcoming posts (like how to cure poison oak, and how to harvest and roast bay nuts.) For now, here’s a peek at a very full and incredible weekend. Click on the pics below to view them in a slideshow with captions.

3 thoughts on “Not-So-Simple Living Fair in Pictures

  1. Aww, I’m so jealous that you got to go. I was hoping to make it over there but Carson’s appendix had other plans for our weekend. Last year’s Not So Simple (which I attended after just 7 weeks of living in Northern California) was a powerful reminder that Mendocino is exactly where I belong. I wrote about it on my old blog: http://vidadesconocida.blogspot.com/2012/09/seattle-and-not-so-simple-fair.html

    And hey, I’d be more than happy to take some of that goat milk/cheese off your hands. Trade you for walnuts and persimmons??

  2. Pingback: How to treat poison oak naturally with manzanita | Eat Mendocino

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