Come join us on October 11 and 12 in 2019 for the 3rd Annual Homesteaders of America conference!
Learn from experts like Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm, Jill Winger of The Praire Homestead, and more!
…more details coming soon…
Homesteaders of America Conference & Fair
October 11 & 12, 2019
Warren County Fairgrounds
26 Fairgrounds Rd, Front Royal, VA
…more coming soon!.
Saturday October 12
• Raising Meat Birds (with meat butchering demo) (INFO COMING SOON)
• Financials on the Homestead and Farm (running a successful farm business)
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.
With 12 published books, and a thriving multi-generational family farm, he draws on a lifetime of food, farming and fantasy to entertain and inspire audiences around the world. He’s as comfortable moving cows in a pasture as addressing CEOs in a Wall Street business conference.
Often receiving standing ovations, he prefers the word performance rather than presentation to describe his lectures. His favorite activity?–Q&A. “I love the interaction,” he says.
He co-owns, with his family, Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia. 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.
Salatin is the editor of The Stockman Grass Farmer, granddaddy catalyst for the grass farming movement. He writes the Pitchfork Pulpit column for Mother Earth News, as well as numerous guest articles for ACRES USA and other publications. A frequent guest on radio programs and podcasts targeting preppers, homesteaders, and foodies, Salatin’s practical, can-do solutions tied to passionate soliloquies for sustainability offer everyone food for thought and plans for action.
The Farm on Quail
Sustainably Raising Homesteading Hogs
Choosing the Right Breed for your Homestead, picking a breeding pair, planning/preparing farrowing, population management, growing feeders, and preparing for the harvest
Kaylee and her family homestead on 40 acres in Warren County, Virginia raising chickens, goats, cows, honey bees, and Mangalitsa pigs. Over the years they have established a sustainable lifestyle through raising and growing their own food, utilizing herbs for medicinal purposes, and by cooking from scratch.
Their family has been raising Mangalitsa pigs as a sustainable meat for the past 5 years. They have come to appreciate the quality of darker meat which Mangalistas provide. Because of this her family farm is a popular booth at local farmers markets and local restaurants. From bees to bacon they offer meat, eggs, produce, honey and more from their property. She is an advocate for living a simpler life and finding something beautiful in everything that you do.
In addition to being a farmer Kaylee is a wife and mother of two active farm kids. She is also a Homestead YouTuber at The Farm at Quail Hollow, Blog Contributor to the Homesteaders of America website, and photographer. Kaylee also has published artwork in Amy Fewell’s book, The Homesteader’s Natural Chicken Keeping Handbook: Raising a Healthy Flock from Start to Finish.
A Farm Girl in the Making
Sustainable Homesteader, Author, Blogger, Teacher and Encourager, Speaker, Homesteading YouTuber, Founding Partner, Homesteaders of America
The Farm Girl’s Guide to Preserving the Harvest
Gain the knowledge and comfort to preserve foods using various techniques. Become confident in utilizing traditional methods in a modern scientific world; how, when, and if they can work together. Gather up to date information on pressure canning and how to begin. Learn the health benefits of and how to begin fermenting foods. Pick up tips for simple ways to cure meat, fish and other foods. These skills are needed in order to consume a clean food source which was raised and harvested on your homestead.
Ann is the founder, blogger and face behind the brand A Farm Girl in the Making. She and her husband have transformed a single family mountain home on two acres into a sustainable homestead. They have left behind an urban life to reclaim a more traditional, simple lifestyle. They raise small livestock for meat purposes, including poultry, fowl, rabbits, and soon goats. In addition, they maintain a large garden, and preserve much of the food which they raise and grow.
While living a homesteading life Ann is also an encourager and teacher. She has made it her mission to bring as many as possible into the world of cooking from scratch, raising livestock for meat, gardening, DIY homesteading projects and preserving food as a modern homesteader.
Ann’s book, The Farm Girl’s Guide to Preserving the Harvest, is an easy to comprehend guide which provides newcomers the confidence to preserve foods at home. Regardless of the skill level, Ann’s book will take you from canning, drying, curing, fermenting, storing raw foods, to various methods of freezing. As a modern homesteader, her goal is to forge a partnership and understanding of traditional and scientific methods for home food preservation.
Timber Creek Farm
Farmer, Author, Blogger, Teacher, Speaker, Vendor Coordinator, Homesteaders of America
Raising Livestock on Small Properties
This would include, what animals lend themselves to small properties, how much land, fencing, rotational grazing, manure management, building/shelter requirements and more!
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 50 Do It Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens, Chickens From Scratch, Margarita and the Beautiful Gift, and Habitat Housing for Rabbits. Her newest book titled The Good Living Guide to Fiber Animals, Fleece, and Yarn: Raising Fiber Animals and Shearing, Carding, Spinning, and Dyeing Wool.
Her works have been published in well-known publications such as Countryside Magazine, From Scratch Magazine, ThePrepperProject.com, and more. She is a yarn craft enthusiast and uses and sells her own yarn straight from the sheep on the farm.
Crop Selection for Year Round Self Sufficiency
Luke founded MIgardener in 2011 with the intent to inspire others to grow a garden, live healthier lives, and have fun doing it all with the help of social media. In 2015, Luke and his wife Sindy got married and dedicated their full attention to building MIgardener, working in their 100% organic garden, and working to achieve financial independence by opening up their very own seed store!
Together they are the brain behind MIgardener, coming up with the slogan “Grow Big or Go Home” to help drive home Luke’s mission. They believe that when you put 100% effort into something, you will get 110% back. Today, MIgardener can be found on Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook.
Off Grid with Doug and Stacy
Friday and Saturday
ABOUT DOUG & STACY:
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 a 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 and 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.
Follow Doug and Stacy’s journey on YouTube under, Off Grid with Doug and Stacy.
Stoney Ridge Farmer
Farm planning, fencing…and saving money by doing it yourself
and Build Your Own Chicken Feeder/Waterer in 10-15 Minutes!
Joshua (Stoney Ridge Farmer) grew up on a working farm and his dad was a horse trader and grandpa had cattle operation on 700 acres in Virginia, but Joshua had no interest in farming as a young man.
In 1995 he graduated high school in Southwest Virginia and went on to sign up for the US Air Force where he served 4 years as an electrician and lineman serving and training with the elite Naval group known as the SeaBees. After serving 4+ years of military duty stationed at Hill AF Base in Ogden Utah, Joshua started a small construction company with an old truck and $200 worth of used tools and began remodeling houses, hotels and office buildings. This forwarded him the opportunity to purchase more than 20 homes and distressed properties during the housing boom of the early 2000’s and at the age of 23 Joshua was self employed with a residual income that afforded him the time and independence attend Weber State University and eventually earn a Bachelor degree in the Science of Nursing…Joshua became a registered nurse.
In the spring of 2006 Joshua uprooted his successful business and real estate holdings to move back home closer to his family and back to his roots in Southwest Virginia where he was employed as a Registered Nurse.
He moved to a bigger city and met his wife after starting an urban farm business on 1/3 of an acre. It was at this time that Joshua realized a calling from the land and the soil and he began raising vegetables for sale, chickens for meat and eggs and started an urban beekeeping operation in the city of Greensboro North Carolina. Working as an intensive care nurse Joshua met a man that was selling a 60 acre tract of worn out brush covered land that a rabbit would have a tough time getting through….after months of deliberation with his new bride they decided that buying land and moving to the country was the thing to do. So with a dream of starting a family in the country, Joshua and his wife packed up and moved to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and started a new life homesteading on 60 acres of brush and briers.
Joshua and his wife managed to find a used mobile home for $3500 and purchased it with cash. The remodeling process began and journey of building a homestead began. The house and urban farm in town was sold and Joshua and his bride moved to the country to homestead, save money and get debt free! About 1 year into this process Joshua picked up a camera and went outside with the intention of sharing some knowledge and experience that he was acquiring from this new life and from years past.
Stoney Ridge Farmer and the Stoney Ridge Farm was born! Now Joshua shares his journey of taking a raw piece of land and growing it into a homestead and successful farm operation…you can follow along as he takes an overgrown piece of eroded and abused farm land and turns it into something wonderful and his livelihood. Stoney Ridge Farmer will show you the journey, both the failures and the triumphs that go along with owning a piece of land, homesteading and building a farm business from scratch.
From raising chickens, using and working on tractors, forestry, land clearing and management, fencing, crop planting, hogs, goats, cows and a few hot rods in between the Stoney Ridge Farmer will take you on a rural lifestyle journey that’s different from any other homesteader on social media. So “Come on Down to the Stoney Ridge” and enjoy this family friendly rural lifestyle channel, watch, dream and learn as he and his family live out their dream of a clean country life on the Stoney Ridge Farm.
Urban Homesteader, Blogger, Teacher, Speaker, Chairman NoCo Urban Homestead Tour
Sourcing Milk and How to get Started Making Homemade Cheese
Connie is an organic and sustainable urban homesteader in the heart of a northern Colorado community. Over the years she has demonstrated and taught what is possible in an urban setting while following local ordinances. Her philosophy stems from her agrarian upbringing in rural Iowa; “If something was broken, we fixed it. If it was torn, we mended it. If it mooed, we milked it. If it was dirty, we cleaned it. If something/someone was hungry, we fed it. If something was ripe, we picked it.”
She lives with her husband on 1/3 of an acre, near the city center of over 160,000 residents; yet they raise backyard chickens, keep bees, compost, prepare scratch meals from whole foods, garden, and preserve the harvest, and repurpose materials. She has been an avid cheesemaker for over a decade. After biting into homemade cheese for the first time, she was hooked. But the lack of a family milk cow hasn’t stopped her. Connie sources milk locally and participates in local herd shares of both cow and goat. Many of her classes and workshops focus on creating assorted cheeses. Life is lived deliberately and deliciously.
HAND HEWN FARM
How HHF Got Started and Why They Do What They Do
Description & Bio coming soon
The Prairie Homestead
Friday & Saturday (Oct 11 & 12)
• Cooking Like a Farmer: The Importance of Vintage Cooking Skills
• The Family Dairy Cow (dairy on the homestead)
Jill Winger is the founder of The Prairie Homestead, an online space with over one million monthly visits dedicated to helping people learn how to grow their own food and take a break from the rat race, regardless of where they live.
Her practical and authentic style of teaching and storytelling has won the hearts of over 500,000 homesteaders across social media who look to her for advice and reassurance in creating from-scratch meals, tending chickens, making simple DIY products, and growing their first garden.
Jill is the author of The Prairie Homestead Cookbook and resides on the Wyoming prairie with her husband, three children, and more farm animals than she can count.
Abundant Permaculture & Homesteading Youtuber
Days: Friday & Saturday (including nature walks)
Topic: Wild Foraging and Herbalism on the Homestead
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.
Raising Dairy Goats on the Homestead
Goats vs Cows, Pros and Cons of Dairy Goats, Selecting a Breed, Buying Goat, Basic Needs and Requirements, Fencing and Shelter, Parasite, Management, Health and Wellness, Feed and Nutrition, Safe Milk Handling, Breeding and Kidding
Rose Duncan, her husband, and 4 children live in a small town in rural Georgia on a 14 acre farmstead called Wholesome Roots. They aim to be self-sustainable with an organic/permaculture approach and share their passions with others through her blog, YouTube channel and occasional workshops and classes they teach..
Rose grew up in a homesteading family and has gained many years of experience since then. From attending an agricultural high school to teaching wildlife, water, soils and environment at the local extension office, her life has always revolved around nature and education. In the past ten years she has grown and preserved most of their vegetables, raised chickens, ducks, turkey and quail for eggs and meat, and makes most of her family’s food from scratch using foraged food and fermented goodies.. She has been a Professional Horticulturist for 20 years, a Master Gardener for 15, a Certified Landscape Professional and most recently a Certified Small Ruminant Production Journeyman Farmer.
But perhaps where her biggest passion lies is in her goats. She was born and raised with Nubian dairy goats and spent most of her adult life working on or mentoring with goat farms. She learned about all of their basic needs and care first hand and how to deal with emergency situations. After years of caring for her own dairy herd she pursued the elite certification offered by UGA and Georgia Organics. After 2 years of classes and hands on mentoring she received her Small Ruminant Production Certification. All that she has learned has been put to good use on her now large goat herd where she has encountered most scenarios that goats can throw at you. She enjoys sharing her wealth of knowledge on growing and goat care on her successful YouTube channel, Wholesome Roots. Through her channel she has assisted and mentored hundreds of new and experienced goat keepers. Anytime day or night she is quick to help any goat in need. This has earned her the fond title of The Goat Queen or The Goat Lady!
Roots and Refuge Farm
Homesteading Youtuber, Garderner, and Blogger
How to Become Efficient in Heirloom Gardening
Seed saving, how to get started, and more
Jessica Sowards and her husband, Jeremiah, live on a small farm in Central Arkansas. There, they grow food and share about their adventures as a large homesteading family on their YouTube channel, Roots and Refuge Farm.
Jessica is passionate about growing food, specifically about growing heirlooms and raising heritage breeds. From her 10,000 square foot potager garden, she shares her excitement and joy for the stories of heirlooms and the beauty of growing things.
MIKE AND JENI PRATT
Harvesting Your Own Maple Syrup on the Homestead
Tapping, harvesting and rendering syrup from maple (and other) trees.
ABOUT MIKE & JENI:
Mike and Jeni Pratt packed up from the city 4 years ago after buying a 10 acre farm in Southern Michigan. With little experience in gardening, and no experience in animal husbandry, they and their four children jumped right into homesteading, not even knowing such a thing existed.
In the last 3 years of homesteading, they’ve experimented with gardening, canning, dehydrating, fermenting, meat production, fruit, and even bees. They currently have goats, ducks, chickens, a horse, a rabbit, and two dogs. In the past, they’ve also raised sheep, and currently raise pigs yearly for meat with the hopes of one day becoming breeders. They also decided to give homeschooling a try for the 2017-2018 school year.
Mike was born in Alaska and raised there until he moved out at 18. Following that he joined the U.S. Army, where he served for 8 years. Jeni was born in Kentucky and a few years later her family moved to MIchigan, where Mike and Jeni met in 2006. They have been married 11 years this June!
Follow their homesteading journey on YouTube under Pratt Family Homestead.
SHAWN AND BETH DOUGHERTY
The Independent Farmstead
TOPICS: Passive and Low-Pressure Water Systems on the Homestead
ABOUT SHAWN AND BETH:
Shawn and Beth Dougherty have been farming together since the 1980’s, for the last twenty years in eastern Ohio, where they manage 27 acres designated by the state as ‘not suitable for agriculture’, as well as a monastery farm of 100 acres.
Using intensive grazing as the primary source of food energy, they raise dairy and beef cows, sheep, farm-fed hogs, and a variety of poultry, producing most of the food, and feed, on the farm.
Concerned that farming is so often dependent upon multiple off-farm resources—from feed, fuel and fertilizer, to water and electricity—their ongoing project is to identify and test the means by which farming was done for centuries with a minimum of off-farm inputs.Their research has led them to identify grass conversion, especially the daily conversion of grass into milk by dairy ruminants, as a key to whole-farm sustainability, feeding the whole farm community: humans, ruminants, pigs, poultry, and soil.
They write and travel on farming, dairying, farm-raised animal foods, and off-grid captured water systems They are the authors of The Independent Farmstead, published by Chelsea Green Publishing.
Independence Acres Homestead
Raising Meat Rabbits on the Homestead
from Start to Finish
Jeremy Chambers 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 seven 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.
Follow Jeremy on Facebook under, Independence Acres.
Beyond Off Grid and Seeds for Generations
1 Year of Food Production On A New Homestead: Lessons We Learned, Mistakes To Avoid, and How It All Applies To You
Jason Matyas is a husband, father of seven, homesteader, lifelong gardener, 20 year Air Force veteran with 9 worldwide deployments including two tours in Afghanistan, and visionary entrepreneur, business coach, and public speaker. He is the founder of a family business with his children called Seeds for Generations that provides heirloom garden seeds and inspiration for gardening as a family. Jason is also the Executive Producer of the documentary film Beyond Off Grid, and producer of the Return to the Old Paths training media project devoted to inspiring and equipping you to reduce your dependence on the modern economy and seek true freedom by Returning to the Old Paths of productive households and local community interdependence. His family’s latest effort is called Get Ready to Thrive, focused on helping families increase their self-reliance through household productivity, preparedness, and family business.