Join Happy Dancing Turtle at the 11th annual Back to Basics for workshop sessions, keynote speaker, vendors, exhibitors, lunch, door prizes and more.

“The Power of Change” event will be held Feb. 11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pine River-Backus School.

The cost of the event is $30 or $25 for seniors 60-plus and full-time students.

Single workshop sessions cost $6 — $12 for double workshop sessions, $9 for lunch, $20 for full day K-4 children’s program that includes lunch. Vendor area open to public, anytime, free of charge.

School-aged (K-4) children’s programming runs concurrently — bring the family and enjoy the day together. Event hosted by Happy Dancing Turtle and Pine River-Backus Community Education.

“We love that this event continues to bring in more and more people,” commented Event Coordinator Quinn Swanson. “We’re ramping up everyday, with the intention to make this the best Back to Basics yet.”

Back to Basics has a diverse set of workshops and presentations. Workshops range from farming and living off-grid to saving seeds, and from food preservation topics to permaculture.

In addition to the more than 40 workshops, the list of businesses signing up for the vendor fair is expanding by the week. Last years’ event hosted 46 vendors, a record high for the event. The sustainability fair is free to all and will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Sustainable and resilient living topics are resonating with people,” continued Swanson. “More people participated last year than ever before. Our goal is to host an event that is fun and educational.”

The keynote speaker is J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy director at Fresh Energy, a Minnesota-based nonprofit that has been working for more than 20 years to shape a clean energy future.

Hamilton is an expert in climate policy at the state and national levels with a background in geography, climatology and water resources. She is responsible for policy development and analysis of clean energy solutions that maximize economic opportunities for the Midwest. She has also been named among Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine’s 100 influential people “who make things happen.”

If you are interested in having a vendor/exhibitor booth at this event, you may register and pay online ($30/booth) through our website: Vendor/Exhibitor products and information must be sustainable in nature. If you have any questions, call (218) 587-2303 or Registrations can be submitted up until the event, space allowing.

Registration is now open. You may register and pay online through our website at For more information, call (218) 587-2303 or

Volunteer for half the day and receive lunch, an event T-shirt, and free entry to workshops. Fill out the volunteer form on the B2B information page at, email or call (218) 587-2303.


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