The 14th Annual

Back to Basics 

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Co-hosted by and located at the Pine River-Backus Schools

401 Murray Avenue, Pine River, MN 55474


This event combines workshops, vendors/exhibitors, a keynote, lunch, door prizes, and more! Back to Basics brings roughly 400 people together to share ideas on a wide variety of topics related to sustainability and resiliency. In addition to 40+ workshops, this event includes a large vendor area with 50+ booths providing educational materials, services, and locally made/grown goods of a sustainable nature. The vendor area is open to the public for free. School-aged (K-6) children’s programming runs concurrently so bring the family and enjoy the day together!

There are a lot of ways you could get involved with Back to Basics - check out the options below! Do you know someone who would be a good fit for our vendor area or someone who has knowledge to share as a presenter?  Feel free to email us with suggestions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Help us promote Back to Basics! Details on how you can help


Meet our 2020 Keynote: Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin! reginaldo-haslett-marroquin-

Regi is the President and CEO of the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance (RAA) based out of Northfield, MN. A native of Guatemala, he has an agronomy degree from the Central National School of Agriculture in Guatemala, as well as degrees in international business administration and communications from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Regi has a long involvement with economic development projects, beginning in Guatemalan communities in 1988, through becoming a founding member of the Fair Trade Federation in 1994, and then serving as the Director of the Fair Trade Program for the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy.  He was a critical component in starting Peace Coffee, a Minnesota-based fair trade coffee company, and the principal architect of a new regenerative poultry system which is currently being adopted by many organizations and farmers in Minnesota, across the US, Latin America and Canada.

In addition to his current work with the RAA, Regi serves on the board for The Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa and is a founding member of Regeneration International and Regeneration Guatemala.  He is the author of In the Shadow of a Green Man: My Journey from Poverty and Hunger to Food Security and Hope, and has won numerous awards for his work, including the Twin Cities International Citizens of the Year and the Northfield, Minnesota, Service to Mankind Award.

We are grateful to have Regi joining us and cannot wait to learn from his vast experience! 




Presenter & Workshop Information

We offer single (1-hour) and double (2-hour) workshop sessions covering a wide range of sustainability and resilient living topics. These include, but are not limited to, gardening & agriculture, cooking & preserving, healthy eating, livestock raising, personal health & wellness, energy efficiency, mindfulness, DIY & crafts, sustainable homes & practices, hobbies, & entrepreneurship. For a better idea of the types of workshops offered, take a peek at last year's workshop descriptions

We are no longer accepting wokrshop proposals for the 2020 event! Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal! We simply could not do this event without the wonderful people who are willing to share their time and knowledge! Do you have information related to sustainability and/or resilient living you would like to share? Consider presenting a workshop at our 2021 event! Find out more information about presenting by reading our Presenter Guidelines. You can also email us your suggestions for workshop topics or presenters at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..





Vendor and/or Exhibitor Information 

The vendor area is one you don't want to miss! With over 50 booths, there is an abundance of educational materials, services, and locally made/grown goods, including delicious foods (jellies, salsas, syrups), natural personal care products, handmade home decor, clothing and more! The vendor area is free to visit and open to the public the entire day!

We are now accepting Vendor/Exhibitor Proposals!   Additional information can be found in our Vendor Guidelines.  Proposals will be accepted up until the event, as space allows, but early registration ensures inclusion in all B2B promotions. Vendors will also need to fill out an ST-19 form, which can be returned to us by email, mail, or at check-in the day of the event.

Are you excited to do some shopping in our vendor area? You can preview this year's Vendor/Exhibitor List to see which of your favorite businesses and organizations have already signed up. ;) We'll be adding names to this list up until the event, so check back soon!



To submit a Vendor/Exhibitor Proposal online - click here.  To print our paper forms and mail them in - click here

Vendor/Exhibitor Proposals will be accepted up until the event, as space allows. In order to be included in ALL event promotional materials, proposals must be received by Saturday, November 9th! 





Back to Basics is a full-day event where you can learn from our presenters, visit and learn from our vendors/exhibitors, shop for local goods, take advantage of networking opportunities, socialize with friends, and enter to win one of many door prizes! Can't join us for the whole day? No problem! We have Ala Carte registration for those who would like to attend for part of the day. We also have a kids' program, so bring the whole family for a full day of fun!

Our workshop proposals are in! Check back very soon for a list of this year's workshops. Participant registration will open in early December of 2019! 

Full Day Adult - $30
Full Day Senior (60+) or Student - $25
Ala Carte - $6/Single Workshop, $12/Double Workshop, $9 Lunch

Kids' Program (Grades K-6) - $20

Workshops have a limited capacity, so registering in advance of the event is the best way to ensure you can attend the workshops you're most interested in! 

Lunch is always a highlight of the event. Stay tuned for this year's menu! In the morning, enjoy homemade whole grain cinnamon and caramel rolls, bananas, and juice. Coffee, tea, and water will be available all day in the commons.



volunteersSupporters, Sponsors, & Volunteers

We would not be able to do this event without our supporters, sponsors, and volunteers!

Supporters: We rely on the help of many! Friends of Back to Basics have long offered feedback and suggestions that have helped shape our event over the years. They continue to spread the word of our event through sharing with family and friends and putting up posters/brochures in their communities. If you're interested in putting up flyers in your town, shoot us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sponsors: Are you interested in sponsoring this event? We have a variety of sponsorship levels to choose from! Learn more about opportunities to sponsor through our online form. If you would prefer, you can also print the form and return it to us via mail. Note: Sponsorships received by November 9th will be included in all event promotion. 

B2B Enthusiasts: These are presenters, vendor/exhibitors, and participants who choose to give a little extra to B2B on their registration. This money is used in future B2B events. We're very thankful for all of our 2019 B2B Enthusiasts - thank you for your donation! Consider signing up next year to help us keep this unique educational event affordable for everyone. You will receive recognition at our event!

Volunteers: There are many jobs to do at Back to Basics! We appreciate folks who are willing to help us make this event happen for our community. Volunteer jobs include helping with set-up and tear-down, participant check-in, collecting lunch tickets, directing people to workshops, assisting presenters, collecting door prizes, and more. Volunteer registration will begin in December. Thank you in advance! 


If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 218-587-2303 or drop us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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2331 Dancing Wind Road SW, Suite 1 

Pine River, MN 56474 


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