The 13th Annual

Back to Basics 

Saturday, February 2, 2019

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



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-4) 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? How about someone with a wealth of 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..





2019 Keynote Speaker - Kent Solberg

Happy Dancing Turtle is excited to announce Kent Solberg, Livestock and Grazing Specialist with the Sustainable Farming Association, will be joining us as our keynote speaker this year! Kent and his wife Linda own and operate an award winning pasture-based livestock farm in central Minnesota. Kent has a passion for the land and has been involved in soil health, adaptive grazing management, and integrated crop and livestock systems for 25 years.  He has worked for a number of regenerative agricultural and government organizations throughout his career, consulting with hundreds of farmers.  He has also severed as adjunct faculty teaching courses on soil health, forages, grazing, and livestock management. Check out Kent's SFA Profile for more information. 






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 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 are now accepting presenter proposals! Find out more information about presenting by reading our Presenter Guidelines. When you're ready, you can submit a proposal using our online form, or you can print the paper form and mail it in. All presenter proposals are due by Saturday, November 10th, so don't wait to submit your ideas! 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 proposals for vendors/exhibitors! The vendor area filled in record time for our 2018 event, so don't wait to get your prposal in! Additional information can be found in our Vendor Guidelines. You may submit your proposal using our online form, or you can print the paper form and mail it in. Vendor/exhibitors must have their proposal in by Saturday, November 10th to be included in our event promotion. Proposals will be accepted up until the event, as space allows. 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? Take a look at this year's Vendor/Exhibitor List to see who will be there!







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!

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-4) - $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! Check back towards the end of year to see when registration for our 2019 event will begin!

Lunch is always a highlight of the event. We do our best to include local, sustainable ingredients in hearty meal that will keep you going all day long!  In the morning, Homemade Whole Grain Cinnamon and Caramel Rolls, Bananas, and Juice will be offered. Coffee, tea, and water will be available all day in the commons.




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 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 recieved by November 10th 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 2018 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!


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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