August 29, 2020

All workshops except for the Meat Rabbits with Jeremy Chambers & Homestead Hog with Hand Hewn Farm have been cancelled. Both workshops will be held on the educators farm. Please see details below and note that class size is very limited.

July 25, 2020

Unfortunately, we have made the incredible difficult decision not to go forward with the 2020 Conference in Virginia. You can read more about that decision HERE.

We will be hosting a virtual online conference during the same dates (October 9th & 10th, 2020). Learn more about that event HERE.

If you have already purchased conference tickets for Virginia, go HERE to explore your options.

If you have reserved an RV or campsite or a pre-conference workshop we will be emailing you soon with your options.

Take your 2020 Homesteaders of America Conference experience to the next level! Learn new self-sufficiency and homesteading skills from experts in their field when you attend our Hands-On Workshops!

2020 Hands-On Workshop Details

General Workshop Details

Workshops happen RAIN OR SHINE!

Your teacher will be in touch with you a week or two before your workshop to let you know what you need to bring along with any other information you may need to know before the workshop.


They are pre-conference workshops that take place on Thursday, October 8th, the day BEFORE the conference.

Payment Details

Please note that these workshops are separate from conference tickets. You will need to purchase conference tickets separately. 

Once we receive your application, you will be sent an invoice. Please allow 48 hours to receive your invoice before contacting us.

>>>YOUR INVOICE MUST BE PAID WITHIN 48 HOURS OF RECEIPT or your seat will not be held.

Workshops are NON-REFUNDABLE, so please be kind to other students that might be interested and make sure you can attend! 


Here are the workshops that will be available on THURSDAY OCTOBER 8th, the Thursday before the conference.


Homestead Hog

Andy Lane & Doug Wharton

Hand Hewn Farm

Join Andy Lane and Doug Wharton of Hand Hewn Farm to learn how to humanely slaughter a homestead hog with very little farm infrastructure while fully utilizing all of the pig to the max!

Besides the slaughter, you will learn how to collect blood, scald, scrape off the hair, harvest organs, and clean casings. Attendees will also quarter the pig and talk about the next steps of the butchering process.

  • Location: Fresno, Ohio
  • Date: Saturday, October 10th, 2020
  • Class Size: 10 students
  • Materials to Bring: an apron and a good attitude; a breakfast, lunch, and light dinner will be provided
  • Cost: $250

Rabbits – From Hutch to Hearty Meal  

Jeremy Chambers

Independence Acres

During the class, the instructor will walk you through many aspects of raising rabbits, the steps of rabbit processing, parting out or de-boning, and even preparing two rabbit based dishes with you.

Each participant /couple will walk away with the knowledge of selecting breeding stock, building or acquiring proper housing, preparing for breeding, rabbit care, processing, and rabbit anatomy, confidence to prepare a dish and a small recipe booklet, a rabbit packaged and ready to cook, and a quality small game processing knife.

The morning session will consist of a discussion on raising rabbits on a homestead, a processing class, a lesson on parting out and de-boning a rabbit, and preparing two rabbit based dishes.  

The afternoon session will consist of each participant/couple processing their own rabbit under the supervision of the instructor, packaging it to take home, and sampling the dishes prepared in the morning during a Q&A session.  

  • Location: Casco, Michigan
  • Class Size: 15 Individuals or Couples
  • Materials to Bring: cooler with ice, apron or change of clothes
  • Materials Provided: one rabbit to process, a small game knife, samples of rabbit based dishes, recipe booklet
  • Length of Class: 9am-4pm with 1-hour lunch break
  • Cost: $85 per individual; $100 per couple