We Can Pickle That!


Cucumbers are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to veggies that can be transformed into tasty pickled treats. In this hands-on workshop, Kelly McVicker of McVicker Pickles will show you how to make delicious pickles at home. After a quick demo of the steps involved in making both fermented and vinegar-brined pickles, we'll get to chopping. As we work, we'll talk about flavor combinations, how to experiment with new recipes without compromising food safety, and how to incorporate pickles into your meals.

Sweet Treats to eat


Continuing my Nana's tradition of using only local and best quality ingredients, modern recipes meet classical techniques in my kitchen. I feel Nana's love when I bake, love I gladly share with you.

Empowering Diverse Young Techies through Soft Circuits


Young women frequently avoid electronics and programming because of its cultural stigmas and apparent lack of creativity. How do we expand computer science culture to be more inclusive to women? Here, we introduce Sew Electric -- a book that engages young people (and adults!) who don't consider themselves techies in creating technology -- by teaching electronics and programming through a series of sewable electronics projects, from building a singing plush monster to crafting a touch-sensitive fabric piano.

Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants, Healthy Harvest


I will be speaking in depth on soil fertility, organic gardening or farming as it relates to soil health and sustainability. How to build fertile soil and what are the important factors that need to be considered in order to achieve success in the garden and have a healthy harvest. nSpeaking about how microbial elements in the soil help break down the nutrients the plants need to thrive and what those elements are. Focusing on following the path nature established and mimicking those elements in your garden or farm to achieve the best possible conditions for your plants to thrive and be healthy to help resist disease and pests. n

Ryan Cassata


Ryan Cassata is a transgender singer/songwriter credited with six records, regional and national tours, the world's biggest LGBT music festivals, the Harvey Milk Memorial Award, and several network TV appearances.

Don’t Forget Your Camera: Lessons Learned in Documentation


Of all the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, one of the easiest to prepare for is the creation of your next project. Like every such event, you should have lots of pictures of the process and your only chance is now. After making the novice mistakes of relying on fuzzy photographs of a (temporarily) working circuit with an iPhone 2G and arranging for people to demonstrate a piece without taking lighting into account, Elizabeth wants to spare you the same agonies. Learn why, what, and how to document your next great project. Elizabeth will share opportunities missed, lessons learned, specific tips for documenting your next great project.

Your Sustainable Home Brewery: Crash Course In Building it and Using it


Presented by the author of the new book Sustainable Homebrewing, this workshop will focus on making choices for equipment and ingredients that are kind to the environment when setting up a home brewery. Also, the best techniques for brewing sustainably will be discussed as part of an overview of home brewing. A good summary of the key steps to making good beer will be included. Some hands on features can be included if the workshop is held at the location of the Sustainable Homebrewing Exhibit.