On June 12th at this year's 2015 BALLE Conference, Michael Shuman will speak on the five key economic development functions that support sustainable local businesses local planning, local purchasing, local entrepreneurship development, local partnerships and local investment the topic of his brand-new book, "The Local Economy Solution." He will share his findings from a year of research into effective revenue and business models to support all of these functions in a community. Michael will speak alongside entrepreneurs and innovative exemplars from each of these categories and engage in an interactive discussion. This conference will run from June 10-12 and cost $650 for full registration, with discount pricing available.
David Asher is an organic farmer, goatherd, and farmstead cheesemaker, who lives on the gulf islands of British Columbia. A guerrilla cheesemaker, Asher explores traditionally cultured, noncorporate methods of cheesemaking. Though mostly self-taught, he picked up his cheese skills from various teachers, including a Brown Swiss cow, named Sundae, on Cortes Island.
Asher’s Black Sheep School of Cheesemaking offers cheesemaking workshops in partnership with food-sovereignty-minded organizations and communities. His workshops teach a cheesemaking method that is natural, DIY, and well suited to any home kitchen. He has been teaching cheesemaking for over seven years.