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!.


Polyface Farms
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.


Speaker (coming soon)
Days TBD
• Keeping Bees on the Homestead
ABOUT THE SPEAKER (coming soon)


The Farm on Quail Hollow
Days TBD
• Sustainably Raising Homestead Hogs
ABOUT THE SPEAKER (coming soon)




A Farm Girl in the Making

Day(s) (TBD)

A Farm Girl’s Guide to Preserving the Harvest

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: (coming soon)


Timber Creek Farm

Days (TBD)


Efficiently Getting Started with Healthy Livestock on Your Homestead (maintaining good husbandry etc.)



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,, and more. She is a yarn craft enthusiast and uses and sells her own yarn straight from the sheep on the farm.



Day(s) (TBD)

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
Homesteading YouTubers 

Friday and Saturday


About the Speakers:

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.



Joshua Draper
Stoney Ridge Farmer

Farmer, Homesteader, Cook, Entertainer, Author, Registered Nurse and Rural Lifestyle YouTuber

Days: TBD

Farm planning, fencing…and saving money by doing it yourself


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
age 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.

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
Friday & Saturday (October 11 & 12)
• How to Set Up Your Best Homestead EVER With Permaculture Design
• How to Get Chickens to Do Most of Your Gardening
ABOUT THE SPEAKER (coming soon)



Wholesome Roots

Days (TBD)

Raising Goats on the Homestead (dairy)

Does the idea of fresh raw milk every single day excite you? Is adding a dairy goat to your homestead or farm the right decision for you? Would goats be the answer to your family’s dairy needs?

This class will cover:

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.


Pratt Family Homestead

Homesteading Youtubers



Tapping Maple (and other) Trees on the Homestead


Mike and Jeni Pratt packed up from the city 3 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!


The Independent Farmstead

Days (TBD)


ABOUT THE SPEAKERS: (coming soon)


Independence Acres Homestead

Days (TBD)

Raising Meat Rabbits on the Homestead from Start to Finish

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: coming soon






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