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Joel Salatin
Farmer and Author at Polyface Farms

Joel Salatin calls himself a Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer. Others who like him call him the most famous farmer in the world, the high priest of the pasture, and the most eclectic thinker from Virginia since Thomas Jefferson. Those who don’t like him call him a bio-terrorist, Typhoid Mary, charlatan, and starvation advocate. He’s as comfortable moving cows in a pasture as addressing CEOs in a Wall Street business conference. His wide-ranging topics include nitty-gritty how-to for profitable regenerative farming as well as cultural philosophy like orthodoxy vs. heresy. A wordsmith and master communicator, he moves audiences from laughs one minute to tears the next, from frustration to hopefulness. Often receiving standing ovations, he prefers the word performance rather than presentation to describe his lectures. His favorite activity?–Q&A. Joel LOVES to teach and interact with his event attendees.

Joel co-owns Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia, along with his family. Featured in the New York Times bestseller Omnivore’s Dilemma and award-winning documentary Food Inc., the farm services more than 5,000 families, 50 restaurants, 10 retail outlets, and a farmers’ market with salad bar beef, pigaerator pork, pastured poultry, and forestry products. When he’s not on the road speaking, he’s at home on the farm, keeping the callouses on his hands and dirt under his fingernails, mentoring young people, inspiring visitors, and promoting local, regenerative food and farming systems.

His speaking and writing reflect dirt-under-the-fingernails experience punctuated with mischievous humor. He passionately defends small farms, local food systems, and the right to opt out of the conventional food paradigm. Four generations of his family currently live and work on the farm.

Joel has written 9 books, which can be found here.


Lisa Steele
Chicken Keeper, Herbalist, Author

With an audience that spans the globe, Lisa is well-recognized as the creative force behind Fresh Eggs Daily®, the most popular destination for natural chicken and duck keeping advice on the internet.

A fifth-generation chicken keeper who has been around chickens most of her life, Lisa has been raising her backyard flock since 2009 and sharing her farming adventures on her wildly popular blog and Facebook pages, charming readers and drawing them to Fresh Eggs Daily® in record numbers to help them learn how to keep their flocks safe from predators, how to build strong immune systems, and how to keep them healthy and happy without using antibiotics or other commercial medications.

Lisa is an aspiring herbalist, and is down-to-earth with her approach to teaching and giving advice. A sought-after contributor for such publications as Farmers Almanac, Backyard Poultry magazine, Molly Green magazine, Hobby Farm magazine and Chickens Magazine, as well as BHG.com, Grit.com and HGTVGardens.com, Lisa has taken the backyard chicken keeping arena by storm to become the most trusted voice in natural chicken keeping, often being interviewed for, or quoted in, magazine and newspaper articles.

Lisa has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Style television show on PBS, and the reality show Coop Dreams on Discovery’s Destination America, as well as on several local news and radio programs. Most recently, Lisa is hosting a new “chicken lifestyle” television show on WPXT-TV out of Portland Maine. She is also a frequent presenter at fairs and conferences around the country.

You can find Lisa’s books here.


Esther Emery
Author, Off Grid Homesteader, YouTuber

Esther Emery is The Homestead Wife of the hit Youtube Channel Fouch-o-Matic OFF GRID. Esther is also the author of the Zondervan publication titled, What Falls From the Sky.  This book is Esther Emery’s lyrical, sharply insightful account of a year without internet—and the God, grace, and recovery of personal identity that she found offline.

Esther is the youngest daughter of modern homesteading pioneer Carla Emery, author of The Encyclopedia of Country Living. After turning away from her mother’s legacy as a young adult, she made her way back to the land and now champions her mother’s vision for self-sufficiency, simple living and the homestead life.

Esther is an avid herb lover, all things natural mom and wife. She is an off grid homesteader, author, blogger, and video creator.

Food preservation and living with intent are two of her greatest assets. She is a radical homemaker, and she loves all things homesteading. Esther, along with her husband and children, have just recently finished building their humble mountain dream home after living in a Yurt for several years.

You’ll enjoy Esther’s down-to-earth classes, but even more so, her inspirational stories and insight on life. If you are a mother, wife, or woman in general—you won’t want to miss Esther at the 2017 conference!

Find Esther’s book here. And her YouTube Channels here and here. You can read her blog here.


 

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Doug & Stacy Colbert
Off Grid with Doug and Stacy
Homesteading For Health

We finally have the official announcement for our next speaker and demonstrators of the 2017 conference! You guys know them as OFF GRID with DOUG and STACY​! You also already knew they were coming, but we wanted to introduce them to you, officially!

Doug and Stacy will be our main demonstrators for the day, which means you’ll have multiple chances to see them. No need to rush around in order to pick and choose who you want to see during the day.

Here’s a little bit about them!

Doug and Stacy moved from the St. Louis metro area 6 years ago to embark on a more sustainable life plan. They sold their big city house and liquidated 2 businesses and found 11 acres in rural Missouri. After studying 1800’s style log home construction, Doug set out to build the family home with minimal carpentry skills and completed the project in 90 days. They have embraced the pioneer lifestyle using oil lanterns and a wood cook stove. Doug and Stacy live with no solar or wind power, and raise sheep, chickens, guineas,ducks, 2 horses, and are also honey farmers. Doug has even mastered the skill of driving a horse and buggy. They have a 3000 gallon rain catchment system that gravity feeds their log cabin and 2 lawn hydrants for the animals. They also grow in raised bed gardens and a Back to Eden Garden to supply them with the food they need for fermenting and living a healthy lifestyle.

Stacy is a holistic life coach with 30 years experience in the health and nutrition field. Doug is a self-taught carpenter, homesteader, and shepherd. They have a passion for teaching others how to become more self-reliant and sustainable. Together, they speak around the US at homesteading and prepper conferences, and will soon be hosting educational classes on their homestead. They will be speaking about HOMESTEADING FOR HEALTH at the Homesteaders of America conference in 2017.

Check out their YouTube channel here


 

Darryl Patton
Master Herbalist
The Southern Herbalist

Darryl Patton, also known as The Southern Herbalist, has been hunting, gathering and working with medicinal plants for the past twenty-five years on Lookout Mountain in the Southern Appalachians. Darryl is an ND as well as a Master Herbalist, and brings many years of experience to the field of alternative medicine. Known for his easy going approach towards teaching the identification and uses of medicinal plants, Darryl has been called a walking encyclopedia of herbal folklore.

For 12 years, Darryl was privileged to spend thousands of hours studying under the late A. L. “Tommie” Bass, one of the last of the old mountain herb doctors. Known internationally among herbalists, as well as the common folk living near Lookout Mountain, Alabama, Tommie Bass used his God-given ability and vast knowledge of medical herbs to help thousands of people from all walks of life.

During his apprenticeship with Tommie, Darryl was taught the identification and medicinal uses for literally thousands of plants found in the hills and hollows of the South. His passion in life is to pass the “old way” of using medicinal plants to his students and others wanting to continue the tradition of gathering wild plants as food and healing.

Darryl is the author of, “Mountain Medicine, The Herbal Remedies of Tommie Bass,” published by Natural Reader Press and has appeared on Alabama Public Television and the Comedy Channel. Darryl has also been featured in many newspaper and magazine articles relating to the uses of medicinal plants and is in demand nationally as a speaker on alternative medicine. He has lectured in such diverse places as Las Vegas, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta.

An Adjunct faculty member of Clayton College of Natural Health, Darryl publishes The Southern Herbalist, and Stalking The Wild….The Magazine of Outdoor Discovery.

Darryl operates a wilderness survival training school in the mountains of North Alabama where he teaches a wide range of classes such as medicinal plant walks and also offers one-on-one apprenticeships for those seeking to further their knowledge in the world of herbs and alternative medicine.

Primitive and wilderness survival expert, outdoorsman, adventure traveler, herbalist — you name it and Darryl does it. He is a member of Randalls Adventure Training and is a veteran of many trips to the Peruvian Amazon, where he graduated from the Peruvian Air Forces Jungle Operations and Survival School. He has instructed classes and training seminars on primitive and wilderness survival skills.

Darryl will give two lectures at the conference — one titled, “Tommie Bass and Appalachian Folk Herbalism, A blending of Cultures” and the other “Incorporating Herbs and Wild Foods into a healthy lifestyle”. Darryl will also be offering nature walks around the property, so that he can show you the things you can eat and forage for right in your own backyard!


 

Hand Hewn Farm
Andy Lane & Dough Wharton
Butchery Workshop

Andy Lane and Doug Wharton of Hand Hewn Farm have been learning the craft of homestead hog butchery for close to a decade and have decided over the past two years to take their skills on the road to share with other farms and homesteads. While working with others that raise their own livestock, Doug and Andy strive to show attainable, humane slaughter practices, simple butchery skills, and practical, delicious kitchen preparations for the whole animal. They have found that many of the simple skills and know-how to take a live animal from the pasture to plate have been lost or forgotten in rural communities. Many people opt to take their animals to slaughterhouses or try to do it themselves and quickly become overwhelmed. Through workshops, Doug and Andy demonstrate how the hog harvest event can be a life giving, community building, and culinary revelation.

At the conference, in a two part demo, Any and Doug will show you the post kill butchering process (different cuts), and more. The pig that will be butchered is coming from a local farm, and there may be a class held the day before the conference for those who want to watch the actual humane process of dispatching and de-hairing the pig, but it has not yet been fully confirmed. More to come on that soon!

 


Jeff Yago
Solar Power
Backwoods Home Magazine

Jeff Yago was raised in Texas and experienced first-hand the destruction of major hurricanes hitting his town which required evacuation to emergency shelters for days at a time. After graduating with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management, he served 12-years as energy director with several professional engineering firms before starting his own engineering firm in 1990. He has completed solar and energy reduction projects for schools, hospitals, and military facilities throughout the United States and Europe. In addition to being a licensed professional engineer and certified energy manager, he was the first NABCEP certified solar professional in Virginia, and is also a licensed electrician and ham radio operator.

His first book “Achieving Energy Independence – One Step at a Time” was published in 1998. His numerous “how-to” articles on solar and battery-power topics have appeared in Home PowerMagazine, Backwoods Home Magazine, Mother Earth News, Energy Engineering, Energy Users News, Countryside Magazine, Self-reliance Magazine, and many others. His latest book, Lights On, was just released this past December.

During his career, Mr. Yago has been awarded five United States patents for his design work, inducted into the “Order of the Engineer” for lifelong commitment to the engineering profession, and holds a private and commercial helicopter pilot’s license. Finally, he is an accomplished keyboardist playing with several local bands and serves as substitute organist for his church.

Jeff and his wife, Sharon, live in Gum Spring, Virginia in the solar home they built together in 1992, where they enjoy visits from three adult children and six grandchildren. When not writing, he teaches monthly solar and preparedness classes, and is an occasional guest lecturer at several area universities.

Visit Jeff’s website at www.offgridprepper.com


Janet Garman
Timber Creek Farm
Dying Your Own Homestead Yarn

Janet is the farmer, wife, blogger, photographer, and author at Timber Creek Farm. Janet promotes holistic care for both her family and her animals. She is the author of the books Chickens From Scratch and Habitat Housing for Rabbits. Her works have been published in well-known publications such as Countryside Magazine, From Scratch Magazine, ThePrepperProject.com, and more. She is an avid yarn craft enthusiast and uses and sells her own yarn straight from the sheep on the farm.

At the 2017 conference, you’ll hear Janet speak about her yarn, and see a personal demonstration of how to dye yarn naturally, using black walnut, goldenrod, madder root, turmeric, pokeberry, and any others that she feels are consistent in the dye bath and that are readily available.

Come and learn how to dye your own homestead yarn!

You can find Janet online here.


Joshua Langfitt
Blacksmith
Basic Blacksmithing on Your Homestead

Joshua is a father of 7, husband of 15 years, a small scale homesteader living in Southwestern Virginia. He has been a hobbiest blacksmith for over 20 years, but is currently the head blacksmith at Historic Smithfield Plantation in Blacksburg, VA. He organizes the efforts of 3 master smiths,  1 journeyman smith, and is currently teaching 6 new apprentices. He can make just about anything, but specializes in tools for craftsmen and carpenters.


 

Ann Accetta-Scott
A Farm Girl in the Making
Essential Oils & Colloidal Silver

You may know her as A Farm Girl In The Making, but she is, in fact, one of the most incredible, sweet spirited people you’ll ever meet. We are honored to announce Ann Accetta-Scott as a demonstrator for our upcoming conference. Ann has a history and love with Essential Oils, Colloidal Silver, and holistic health in general. Ann and her family homestead in Washington state, and believe in all natural remedies for themselves and their animals. Ann can help you through any “wet” and dirty situation on your homestead, as living in Washington has tested their skills time and time again with bacteria and viruses that their animals may encounter from living in a wet environment that cannot be controlled.

If you’ve been wanting to learn about essential oils from a scientific point of view, and about the amazing health benefits of colloidal silver (including household management, cleaning, treating viruses and bacterial infections, and more!), you won’t want to miss Ann at our conference in 2017!

 


Jeremy Chambers
Independence Acres Homestead
Bush-crafting and Meat Rabbits

Jeremy and his family live on 5 acres in rural southeastern Michigan, which they lovingly call Independence Acres. Their homestead journey began in 2010 when they purchased the property and the 1910 farmhouse that sits on the property. Jeremy spends his time updating the house and exploring ways that will allow them to live a more independent lifestyle. In the six years on the property, they have put in a large garden, acquired a small flock of various breeds of chickens, and began raising Californian rabbits for meat and pelts. Jeremy’s goal is to make their homestead a teaching hobby farm, to pass on the skills and knowledge his family has learned.

At the October 2017 conference, you’ll hear Jeremy speak through out the day about bush-crafting and raising meat rabbits. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from someone who’s actively doing these things on his homestead, just like the rest of us!


Katie Millhorn
Rawsome Dairy
Keeping a Family Milk Cow 101
& A2A2 Beta Casein Protein

Katie Millhorn is a modern day milk maid. A true farmHER and a legit coffee addict. Katie is also the witty, “tell it how it is” blogger behind www.livinlovinfarmin.com and the Millhorn Farmstead. She spends her days milking cows, making cheese, and herding around her four mischievous children.

Katie is a farmer’s wife and a preacher’s daughter. She practices holistic, Christ based agriculture on their family’s fourth generation farm in Idaho. When she’s not fixing things with zip ties and baling twine, she’s raising farm direct pastured pork, Jersey cows, Finn Sheep and the elusive Bresse chicken.

Katie is the owner of the licensed raw dairy, Millhorn Farmstead, where she has a waiting list of over 6 months long. Her farm is currently home to 11 jersey cows and an incredible puppy-like mini jersey bull named Rusty. Katie began her career in the medical field after a decade of dealing with big pharma games. She took a drastic career change and began her quest to go back to her roots and become self sufficient. Over a decade later, her family’s homestead has become more than just a dream, it is now a way of life. Canning over 120 dozen jars of food per year produced from the family garden, and milking her way to the top of Idaho’s ‘must have’ raw dairies—Katie is the farm gal you want to hear from for all things raw dairy.

At the 2017 conference, Katie will be holding classes on “Keeping a Family Milk Cow 101”, including the right breed for YOUR homestead, milking, calving, and general husbandry. And she’ll also be touching on A2A2 beta casein protein.


 

Jason Rehr
Tanning & Trapping
Big Bear Homestead

Jason is a Marine who proudly served our country and now resides on his 21 acre homestead in Northeastern Georgia. As a young boy, he was taught the art of furbearer trapping by his grandfather up in the Virginia mountains. Jason served overseas in the United States Marine Corps and then returned back to the US with the goal of becoming more self sustainable. He is a lifetime member of the Georgia Trapper’s Association, where he has served as a Regional Director.

Jason has taken the skills that his PaPaw taught him and passed them on to his children and anyone else who is interested. Jason and his family now trap every year using pelts and meat to become more self sustainable on their homestead.


 

Tommy Alderman
When Trauma Strikes: Managing Stress on the Homestead
Alderman Farms

Tommy Alderman spent almost 20 years in local law enforcement in Louisiana and Mississippi, during which time he served as a Critical Incident Stress Debriefer helping public safety personnel who’d experienced traumatic events in the line of duty to process the trauma and manage the resulting critical incident stress.

Along with his lovely wife, Patti, they are widely known as Alderman Farms on YouTube and social media, and offer tips for beginning homesteaders as well as glimpses into their lives on the family property in Brookhaven, MS.

In December of 2016, Tommy was viciously and relentlessly attacked by his Anatolian Shepherd dog, and was saved by the grace of God and the quick thinking and superb marksmanship of his then nineteen year old son, and Patti’s excellent driving skills. According to the attending physicians at the hospital to which Tommy was airlifted, his wounds required “multiple hundreds of sutures.”

Tommy credits the grace and mercy of Christ for his survival and recovery, saying “I never realized that my Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) training would one-day be used to help my family and me to successfully recover from a traumatic event on the homestead, but the Lord knew!”

In publicly sharing the details of his experience, including the CISM strategies he employed to assist his family and him in their recovery, Tommy received a rich outpouring of gratitude from other “homesteaders” and it became clear to him that the principles of CISM should be shared with folks in all walks of life, as traumatic, life-altering events are not confined to the arena of public safety professionals.


Sharon Wilson
Quilting 101 

Sharon was born and has lived within 25 miles of Savannah GA for all of her 56 years. She has a wonderful husband, three children, two daughters-in-law, 6 grand-girls, standard poodles, and chickens. Sharon grew up helping her father (son of a sharecropper) plow their 5+ acre garden with a 40 year old mule. Her job in the winter was to keep the wood cut, split, and stacked at the door for their 6 fireplaces that heated their home. They also enjoyed their horses, cows, goats, donkey, guinea, chickens, ducks and turkeys.

Sharon and her husband now live in a Victorian home, circa 1886, in the small town of Guyton, GA. They grow vegetables in their summer and winter gardens, can, and dehydrate. Their ultimate goal is to gain land and expand their livestock, becoming as self-sufficient as possible. Sharon’s massive amount of life skills that she learned, practiced, and lived years ago are calling her to fully jump back in, and she’s ready to share her life with you guys!

After having children and getting older, Sharon went back to college, and at the age of 49, Sharon graduated with a BFA in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Fibers and one in Ceramics. Prior to returning, she had her own ceramics and porcelain doll creating business.

Sharon began sewing her own clothes at the age of 12, after practicing by making doll quilts and clothes. Now, she can sew anything, with or without a pattern, and she is a master quilter. But her favorite thing to do, by far, is creating her own cloth by dying, shibori, wax and soy resist, and color reduction. She then uses her cloth in her own creations.

At the 2017 conference, Sharon will be demonstrating Quilting For Beginners through several demonstrations through out the day. Attendees can watch Sharon work on a homestead quilt throughout the conference, and can even enter to win the conference quilt once she has completed it!



Also coming up….

soap making, herbalism, canning & fermenting, gardening, apple butter making, solar power, wood heat cooking, horse shoeing, cheese making, wild game, wild edibles, crochet & knitting, angora wool spinning, tanning hides, homestead legalities, and MUCH more!

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