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Back to Basics workshop set for Longmont on April 1

Kate Johnson, owner of The Art of Cheese, an artisan home-cheese-making school in Longmont gets some attention from a goat. She will speak on making artisan cheese from goats’ milk and raising goats. at the Back to Basics workshop on April 1.

Anyone interested in raising chickens, learning beekeeping, growing wine grapes, raising goats or making cheese has the opportunity to learn at a "Back to the Basics" workshop April 1.

The daylong event, which will take place at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, offers a series of workshops by experts in these fields, as well as booths that will appeal to those who are looking for more simplicity and a more direct role in providing themselves healthy foods.

The courses offer a chance to:

» Meet the editor of Backyard Poultry magazine and discuss how to care for your own flock of poultry

» Learn to craft artisan cheese from fresh milk

» See what it takes to raise a herd of dairy goats and learn about the different breeds

» Explore what it would take to start a cottage food business and the basics of home food preservation

» Learn about the best grapes and how to grow them for winemaking on the Front Range

» Discover beekeeping and harvesting your own honey

Speakers are:

» Kate Johnson, owner and "Cheese Coach" at The Art of Cheese, an artisan Home-Cheesemaking School in Longmont. Johnson also co-leads The Goats & Galore 4-H Club and is the Utility Goat Superintendent for the Boulder County Fair.

» John Martin operates Stonebridge Farm Winery as part of Stonebridge Farm CSA, just east of Lyons. In the micro-vineyard at Stonebridge, 18 hybrid varieties are undergoing trials for suitability to this region. John teaches small-scale viticulture, pruning and winemaking classes and consults on established vines.

» Pam Freeman is the editor of Backyard Poultry and Countryside magazines. She is the author of "Backyard Chickens: Beyond the Basics." Pam's chicken-keeping started after she received four Silver Laced Wyandotte chicks from the Easter Bunny. Freeman also is a resident "Ask the Expert" columnist for Backyard Poultry magazine and continues to write regular posts and articles about chicken keeping and homesteading.

» Anne Zander is the Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent for Colorado State University Extension of Boulder County in Longmont. Zander has been conducting classes and trainings in food safety, food preservation, nutrition and health since the Colorado Cottage Food Act passed she and her team members are teaching monthly CSU Extension Cottage Food Safety Trainings that provide a three-year food safety certificate.

» Josh Vaisman is an avid beekeeper and instructor in northern Colorado. An active member of the Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association, Vaisman has been involved in the education of new beekeepers. Vaisman is a hospital administrator and partner at Avenues Pet Clinic in Cheyenne, Wyo. He lives in Firestone.

The workshop will be conducted by Countryside Network, publisher of the magazines Backyard Poultry, Countryside, Dairy Goat Journal and sheep!. It has offices in Windsor, and Medford, Wisc. Other major sponsors are "The Art of Cheese" and "Visit Longmont."

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect a correction. For more information about the "Back to Basics" workshop, call (970) 392-4436. The phone number was incorrect in an earlier version of the story.

To go

The “Back to Basics” workshop, which offers six different courses, will run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 1 in the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont. Seating is limited. For ticket information, go to: https://register.growtix.com/e/countryside_back_to_basics_workshop. For more information, email events@countrysidemag.com or call (970) 392-4436.