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Saturday, January 27, 2018




Preparations have started for our 12th Annual Back to Basics event! 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 35+ workshops, this event includes a large vendor area with 45+ booths providing educational materials and locally made/grown goods of a sustainable nature. The vendor area is open to the public for free. School-aged (K-4) children’s programming runs concurrently so bring the family and enjoy the day together!

As we finalize our theme and keynote, start thinking about ways (listed below) you could get involved in Back to Basics! Do you have a suggestion for a workshop topic/presenter? Do you know someone who would be a good fit for our vendor area? Feel free to email us with suggestions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. As we get closer to the event, check back for updates and registration information here! 


2016-01-23-112320Presenters & Workshops

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 we offer, take a peek at last year's offerings!

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? We will begin accepting proposals to present at Back to Basics in October.  All presenter proposals are due by Saturday, November 4th, so start thinking about what you would like to present at this year's event!



Vendors and/or Exhibitors

Our vendor area is one you don't want to miss! With over 45 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! We will begin accepting vendor/exhibitor proposals in October. Vendor/exhibitors must have their proposal in by Saturday, November 4th to be included in our event promotion. Proposals will be accepted up until the event, as space allows. Note: We typically fill our vendor area well in advance of the event, so submit your proposal early!!

Are you excited to do some shopping in our vendor area? Take a look at last year's Vendor/Exhibitor List to see who was around! The vendor area is free and open to the public!


Back to Basics New Schedule Pine River Minnesota


Last year we had a record number of workshops and we revamped the schedule to accommodate our growing event. The schedule reduced lunch line congestion while providing participants with more time to visit vendor booths, learn from our presenters, take advantage of networking opportunities, enter to win door prize drawings, and socialize with friends! We will be keeping this schedule for this year's event.

Participant registration will begin in December. Until then, hold tight! If you'd like to view last year's workshops to get a better idea of what types of sessions we offer, take a look here!


Supporters, 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 fliers 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! Our online sponsor form will be available shortly - bear with us as we reformat to make it more convenient for you!

New this Year: B2B Enthusiasts! - we're offering a new way to support B2B this year! When you register on as a presenter, vendor/exhibitor, or a particiant, you will have the option to donate a little something extra for future B2B events! Help us keep this unique educational event affordable for everyone! You will recieve recognition at our event as a B2B Enthusiast!

Volunteers: On the day of the event, there are many jobs that need to be done! If you volunteer to help us for half of the day, you can attend workshops the other half of the day for FREE, plus you get a complimentary lunch and event T-shirt!!


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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