Welcome to the Homesteaders of America FAQ page! Hopefully, you’ll find the answer to your questions about the conference, membership, workshops, and more! Click on the topics below to jump to the relevant section.
HOMESTEADERS OF AMERICA CONFERENCE
What is the Homesteaders of America conference?
Our ultimate goal is to be a place of total homestead education for homesteaders across the United States. We understand that people have different learning styles and desires, and therefore we offer classes and education in multiple different ways, both during the event, before the event, and online throughout the year.
LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW THE CONFERENCE WORKS HERE.
I don’t live in America? Can I still come?
Absolutely! We’ve had attendees to the conference come from the other side of the world! We encourage you to come see what an amazing experience this conference is and then take that energy and education home and start building your own network and community where you live!
When is the next conference?
We can’t wait until the next conference! It will be bigger and BETTER than EVER! Save the date and make sure you can join us on October 8th & 9th 2021!
Where will the Homesteaders of America be held?
Once again, the conference will be held at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Front Royal, Virginia, right outside the beautiful Shenandoah National Park!
Will you be expanding the conference to new areas? Are you coming out west?
We look forward to the day to when our conference grows to the point where we can host an event out west! But we want to grow organically and responsibly so unfortunately that’s not a possibility at this time.
In 2021, we were excited to begin bringing homesteading events to the folks able to make it to Tennessee! The How to Homestead in a Weekend event was a huge success and brought a more intimate hands-on educational atmosphere to a farming conference.
I can’t wait to go! Where can I buy my tickets?
Tickets to the conference go on sale at the beginning of each year! Be sure to sign up for our email newsletter so you are one of the first to know when they’re live!
2021 conference tickets are available HERE.
I can’t afford to purchase tickets this year? What can I do?
We understand! We’ve all been there before. Please consider becoming a volunteer at the conference! All volunteers receive free admission and when they’re not working their shift will be able to mingle, visit vendors, and attend the lectures.
I’m not sure if I can make it? Will tickets be available at the gate?
They sure will be! But we encourage you to purchase tickets in advance if at all possible. Not only does this help us plan better, but you will also save money because ticket prices are higher at the gate.
During the 2021 Virginia conference we will not be selling tickets at the gate in order to restrict contact as a safety precaution. You will be able to still purchase tickets online on Friday & Saturday before heading to the gates unless tickets sell out prior.
Help! I didn’t get my tickets!
Tickets are delivered via email at the time of purchase. Be sure to check your spam/junk folder! Save that email so you can print them off or show it to the attendants at the gate. If you still didn’t get your email confirmation, email email@example.com to resend it to you.
Will I be mailed a physical copy of my tickets?
No, you will not. All tickets are virtual and will be emailed to you. If it’s easier for you to have a physical copy on conference day, go ahead and print them off to present to the attendant at the gate.
I can’t make it to the conference after all… Can I get a refund on tickets?
Unfortunately, we do not offer any refunds on ticket sales. If there is a comparable membership level available, we can transfer your ticket purchase to a one-year Homesteaders of America membership. Ticket transfers will be taken until October 7th at 11 p.m.
I can’t wait to plan my weekend! What is the schedule for the conference?
The conference schedule will be made available about 4-6 weeks prior to the event. Be sure to follow us on social media or sign up for our email newsletter so you get notified as soon as it’s available.
I’d love to share my knowledge & experience with your community! How do I apply to be a speaker at your next event?
Thank you for your interest in sharing your wisdom with our community! Please fill out this application and we will get back to you soon!
How do I sponsor the Homesteaders of America conference?
We would love to have you be a part of our team! Email Amy Fewell at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Can I bring my dog with me?
While we would prefer you didn’t bring pets, if you must they will need to remain on a leash at all times. You must clean up after your dog. And you are fully liable for anything that happens to your dog or damage pets may do to people or property.
Will there be sign language interpreters available at the conference?
We would love to be able to accommodate interpreters but at this time are not able to do so. We are so sorry and hope to have something worked out in the future!
Do I need to have a permit to be a vendor at the conference?
Will I need to collect tax during the conference?
Will I have to work all weekend?
No, you won’t have to work all weekend. (Unless you want to!) Volunteers are given either an evening or a morning shift on one day of the conference.
Will I get to see any of the speakers or visit the vendors?
When you’re not working your shift, you’re free to enjoy the conference! But you’ll also have an advantage over all the other attendees… Because when you go home you’ll get a complimentary access to our VIP membership where you’ll be able to check out ALL of the speakers at your leisure once the videos are uploaded in early winter.
Will you have RV and tent camping sites available?
We do have RV & tent camping sites available on a VERY limited basis. If you think this is for your please make your reservation as early as possible. We will close down registration for the sites a few weeks before the conference so there last minute reservations are not possible. We will contact you with the final details you need to know when you get there a couple weeks before the conference.
Is there electric, water, & septic available for RV sites?
Electric and water is available for RV’s, but there are no facilities available for septic onsite.
I can’t make it to the conference! Are the RV & tent sites refundable?
Bummer! We’re so sorry you can’t make it! As long as you contact us for a refund 60+ days prior to the conference we can issue you a refund.
What facilities are available for tent sites?
There are no facilities available for tent sites. You can use the portable toilets on the campgrounds and there are hydrants in a few locations for water.
Do you know of any good hotels in the area?
Check out our lodging recommendations HERE.
Your camping sites are full! Where do I go?
Check out our lodging recommendations HERE.
Can I start a campfire while I’m camping?
If you wish to start a fire, make sure you are doing so within an enclosed area, such as a rock circle or purchased fire pit. We are not liable for any damage you cause to the property, and you will be charged accordingly should something go wrong or property be damaged.
If I sign up for an all-day workshop, will I miss the conference?
No, you will not. Workshops are held on- and off-site Thursday, before the beginning of the conference.
Can I sign up for more than one workshop?
No, you can not. The workshops begin at 9 AM and run simultaneously all day long.
How long do the workshops last?
This varies from class to class. It depends on the class, material, and student participation (classes with lots of questions & student interaction may last longer). Typically they will run until mid- to late afternoon, ending no later than 4PM. There will be a lunch break at noon.
Where do I go on the day of my workshop?
After we close registration for the workshops, your instructor will contact you with important details regarding your workshop. This will be about 1-2 weeks prior to the conference.
What are the perks of being an HOA member?
Well for starters you get to be part of an awesome and rapidly growing community of homesteaders all across our great nation! But more than that, you will get a TON of freebies including, educational videos, full conference lectures, eBooks, printable worksheets, discount codes from sponsors and vendors, and more! Check out our different levels of membership HERE and sign up today!
Does the membership start in January or can I sign up now?
No need to wait until the new year! Memberships begin the day you sign up and you will have access to the materials for the next 365 days.
Uh oh! I didn’t receive my login information! Please help me!
We’re sorry to hear that! Sometimes the automative Welcome email gets stuck in spam filters or simply doesn’t go through. If that’s the case for you, email email@example.com and we can resend it manually.
Where do I go to login to the membership dashboard?
You can login to your HOA member dashboard HERE.
I’m so excited to see the speakers I missed at the conference! When will the speaker videos become available?
We work hard to get the conference videos out to you as soon as possible after the conference! We estimate they will be available in mid- to late-November. Sign up to get our email newsletters so you will know when they’re live!
If I upgrade my membership will it be prorated?
Yes! You will not have to pay twice if you decide to upgrade!
Can I get a refund on my membership?
We currently offer a 30-day guarantee on memberships. No refunds will be issued after that time has passed.
I cancelled my membership. Why was I charged again?
For convenience sake, memberships will auto-renew after one year. If you only cancel it through the HOA website you may lose access to the remainder of your membership cycle, and the cancellation isn’t always communicated back to the payment processor.
If you have to cancel your membership and do not want to be billed for next year you will have to cancel it through the payment gateway, such as PayPal. Log in to your PayPal account and find the receipt for your membership. At the bottom of the receipt is a link for managing recurring payments. You can cancel the recurring transaction there.
How do I become an affiliate for HOA?
Thank you for your interest in sharing our membership with your tribe! We appreciate you so much and are excited to offer you the opportunity to generate income for your efforts. Register to become an HOA affiliate HERE.
When are the Homesteading Management Printables being released for the new year?
The printables for the new year will be available sometime in early to mid-November each year. You can snag your copy for a more efficient homestead HERE.
How do I connect with homesteaders online or in my community?
One of our chief goals at Homesteaders of America is to facilitate a supportive community! Join our Homesteaders of American Community Facebook group and connect with like-minded homesteaders online!
If you still haven’t resolved your issue email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and we’ll try to help out!