River Valley Reskilling Festival

Refresh, recharge, reskill. Come to the River Valley Reskilling Festival to learn skills and make connections for a more sustainable and resilient community.

This event takes place on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter. All classes are taught by regional community members volunteering their time; among them are Free Press columnist Diane Dunham, local book authors Anne Kruse and Alicia Bayer, and naturalist Scott Kudelka.

Breakfast and lunch items will be available for purchase from Diamond Dust Bakery and the St. Peter Food Co-op. Registration is on a sliding scale, $5 to $25, but no one will be turned away for inability to pay. Coffee is available and participants are welcomed to bring and/or take books for a community book swap.

Classes offered include; Elderberries 101, Wild Foraging, Basic Home Repair (bring a broken lamp if you have one), Community Supported Energy, Bike Repair, and many others. Child care is available on-site, although some sessions are appropriate for young children.

Local organic farmer Josh Reinitz of East Henderson Farms will deliver a keynote address at 11:30 a.m. about his Land Stewardship Project trip to learn about sustainable farming systems and vital rural communities in Oaxaca, Mexico. He will share ideas on what we can do in rural Minnesota to uplift traditional skills that are still relevant today.

To register and for more information see https://sites.google.com/view/2018reskillingfestival/home.