Thank you to all who attended

the 2018 Back to Basics Event!

We could not have done it without our fantastic presenters, vendors, volunteers/PRB Staff, keynote speakers & participants! We can't wait to see you next year - mark your calendar!

Saturday, February 2, 2019


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..



2018 Keynote Speakers

This year we were excited to have Philip Hunsicker and Mike Duval deliver our keynote address! Both work for the Division of Ecological and Water Resources within the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Phil is an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Planner and Mike is the District Manager. This dynamic duo gave quite the presentation through songs & slides on what above-average Minnesotans need to know, and what they can do about above average environmental challenges like climate change and aquatic invasive species. According to them, Phil and Mike are good friends who share a passion for water, music, and pie, not necessarily in that order. Combined, Phil and Mike have 70+ years of experience in the natural resources field. They've been eating pie for even longer than that. You can watch their keynote address online here



DSCN1090           Presenters & 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. The 2018 Workshop Line-Up!

Do you have knowledge you'd like to share with our participants? Do you have suggestions for topics and/or presenters you think would be a good fit for Back to Basics? Email us your suggestions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you're interested in presenting at the 2019 event, check back in the fall of 2018 when the Workshop Proposal form will open! For additional information about presenting a workshop, look at our Presenter Guidelines.



Vendors and/or Exhibitors DSCN1221

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! Are you excited to do some shopping in our vendor area? Take a look at the 2018 list of vendors to get an idea of who may be there! The vendor area is free to visit and open to the public the entire day!

The vendor area filled in record time for our 2018 event. If you are considering vending at the 2019 event, please make sure to check back in Fall 2018 when the Vendor/Exhibitor Proposal form will open! If you'd like to be added to our mailing list to ensure you receive a notification when the vendor area is open for registration, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Additional information can be found in our Vendor/Exhibitor Guidelines. Vendors will 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.





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.



DSCN1172Supporters, 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.

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!


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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