Heartland Homesteading Conference 2023 Speakers
Adrienne Butler Gilbert
Class: How find and finance your new Homestead homesteading through the farm bureau programs.
Adrienne is a Realtor with United Real Estate and she has experience helping folks find and finance their perfect place! She will walk participants through the programs available, and the process of purchasing.
Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent
Class: Pressure and Water Bath Canning
I will be presenting on food preservation more specifically Water Bath Canning. We will be going through the difference between water bath canning and pressure canning, safe handing procedures, the equipment used with canning, and the actual process of water bath canning.
Class: Self Defense and Preparedness, and Lethal Weapons and Self Defense
I am a full time training officer for a large state agency. Prior to my current position I worked in prisons for over a decade and was forced to learn a great deal about violence and other topics that are a mystery to those who have never had to walk those paths. I have used this knowledge and experience to help others with topics such as violence, self defense and de-escalation and have established a small business offering these lessons to the general public. I have presented at other such homesteader and survivalist events on violence dynamics and less lethal weapons, as I find both to be valuable information.
One topic that most homesteaders and people into personal preparation never seem to take into consideration is less lethal weapons. I offer a course that will speak to the options available for those who have never considered them before and also where such devices fit in with the mindset of the preparedness community (of which I absolutely consider myself a part of). I also can offer a course on violence dynamics and realistic de-escalation that speaks to the number one human phobia, interpersonal violence. Most people either avoid such topics out of fear to develop unrealistic ideas of how violence actually works. I will attempt to de-mystify this complex topics based on years of research and study backed by personal experience.
Check out Ryan's Website:
C. Bland Farms
Class: Making Your Farm Fun and Profitable
Welcome to our unique farming experience! Our large family is having a great time being raised and raising animals on our homestead in Central Kentucky. We have lots of animals from cattle and bees to mini milk goats and chickens but our favorite are our AOA registered Alpacas!
We have picked up on a lot of tips and tricks on how to make our family farm profitable and fun, let us tell you all about it!
Essential Oil Works
Colorado Springs., CO
Class: Essential Oils in First Aid, Medicine, and Health
Class Description: Understanding how essential oils can be used in first aid, supplement and even replace medications, as well as balance hormones and emotions is a skill that every family should have. We used to pass this knowledge along generationally, but it’s been lost over the years. It’s time to bring these powerful techniques back for the health of our children and grandchildren.
I began researching holistic remedies when my brother suddenly died of pancreatic cancer. He was only 50, and he left 4 children under 12. Now, with all that’s happening globally, my role is to help families understand the powerhouse of health and healing support they can get using essential oils and supplements. Being prepared for natural disasters, food shortages, disruption in medical care, and more can happen today, tomorrow, or (hopefully) never, but sharing how we can have peace of mind using natural products to support our family’s health is something that fulfills a great purpose in my life.
Learn more @: Deana@EssentialOilWorks.com
Homeplace Board Member
Professional Cave Diver and Tour Leader
Over the weekend, centered in three separate sessions, Jack will walk participants through the process of tanning a hide using primitive tools. Learn how to utilize more of an animal’s resources with this deep dive into tanning!
About Jack: A Primitive skills enthusiast and caver; Jack has always had an interest in outdoor skills but really dived into it about three years ago when he took his first deer and wanted to use more of it. So he learned to tan the hide and it became the first primitive skill e took up. Since then he’s tanned other critters and picked up other primitive skills like flintknapping, friction fire, and cordage.
Henson Farms Owner
Design Farm South - Owner and Landscape Architect
Class: Soil Health and Going Organic
Darren will speak on maintaining good soil health and the process of becoming a certified organic grower.
Author, Bee Keeper, and Maple Syrup Guru
Class: maple Syrup 101
Richard will take folks for a walk in the woods and talk about identifying sugar maples that are good candidates for tapping. He will discuss they temperature requirements, how to tap and other intricacies of this wonderful wildcrafting process. Bring your notepad!
The Taylor County 4H Livestock Club
These sessions are youth led by incredible and highly skilled 4H Club Members
Classes: Chicken Processing, Goat Husbandry, Raising Chickens, Duck Eggs V.S. Chicken Eggs and Caring for Both
Coulter's Good Earth Farm
Classes: Introduction to Permaculture, Survival Gardening 101, All About Seeds, Fruit Production on the Homestead
Chris has been farming since he was old enough to toddle into the garden, and has spent most of his life growing things. He diversified the family beef cattle farm to vegetables, fruit, and flowers in the early 2000’s and has been going strong ever since. Chris holds a B.S. in Wildlife Management, and a M.S. in Plant and Soil Science and loves to teach and write about agriculture. He has worked in the nursery and greenhouse trade, in wildlife biology, and as an educator, but his love is plants and the systems they grow in. He also spent two years doing PhD research on biochar and sustainable agriculture at the University Putra Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and does development work in both Asia and Africa. Chris is also a Permaculture Design Consultant having completed his Permaculture Design Certificate with Geoff Lawton, and loves to help people build their homesteads and grow their own food. Chris wrote “The Complete Guide to Survival Gardening” in 2015 to be a comprehensive guide to growing all the food you need to be self-sufficient. It has proven to be more relevant today than ever before!
Vendor Market: Don't forget to stop by Chris's vendor booth where you'll find copies of his book, as well as Plants, Perennials and Fruits.
Learn more about Chris's Farm and Work:
Class: Pet Preparedness and Care When the Vet's Not There
This course will empower students with the tools and skills to help their pets when a vet visit is not possible or delayed due to a emergency event. It is stressed that this information does not replace veterinary care and students are urged to seek professional services as soon as possible but in the event such care is not available, it can provide the life saving skills needed for the pet.
I am a small town urban homesteader. I have raised 4 children and 1 grandchild along with hundreds of pets over the years. I have been presented with just about every injury or illness a child or an animal could have. Between personal experiences and working as a vet assistant for 15 years, I am able to utilize that knowledge in emergency situations to treat my family and pets. I'm a backyard herbalist and utilize a natural approach to health care. I look forward to sharing the knowledge and techniques I have obtained over the course of my life with others.
Till the Rooster Crows Ranch
Classes: Making Cold Process Goats Milk Soap, and Rabbit Processing
I run my homestead, 'Til the Rooster Crows Ranch on 42 acres in Marion county. Originally from Long Island, I moved to upstate NY completing a BS in English and a masters degree in liberal studies concentrated in literacy. Rather than teach in schools I switched to agritourism and teach homesteading classes. I lived in Indiana for four years and finally settled in Kentucky about eight years ago. I've been homesteading on my own for about four years now, though I started 'Til the Rooster Crows Ranch back in NY. Now I run my farm as well as work off farm full time. I manage a herd of goats mainly focused on dairy, chickens, turkeys, ducks, rabbits, horses, dogs, cats, quail, and a few reptiles. I do a few small business like teaching classes, giving & driving bourbon tours, traveling with my animals for parties with Mobile Menagerie, selling farm products and add on products like the goat's milk shampoo & body bars.
Vendor Market: Soap and live rabbits
Click Here to Learn more about Lauren's Farm
Mountain Bear Forge
Class: An Introduction to Black Smithing
Class Description: Teach hammer control. Proper heat for forging and doing forge welds.
About Doug: I've been a blacksmith and bladesmith for several years. I forge most anything needed or wanted all but horseshoes and swords
Vendor Market: Hand forged knives, tomahawks and much more.
Whoopsie Daisy Farm
Class: Raising Dairy Sheep
Kyle (Rachel’s Husband) had a childhood dream of having a small farm like his grandfather. Rachel had a craving for wholesome, traditional foods like the kind she experienced in Eastern Europe on the Mission Field. After a honeybee swarm flew into the backyard of the rental property we were living on at the time, we realized we wanted a homestead that was operated in such a way as to be Honeybee Friendly and health savvy.
After an alarming health crisis right after Kyle donated bone marrow in 2013, we began learning about alternative health methods. Modern Medicine had created a huge mess and failed to help clean it up for us. So we began learning ways to reverse the damage ourselves, and part of that included a crash course in various methods of food production. We quickly realized that the way the food is farmed has a direct impact on our personal health. Soon we began visiting farmers markets, listening to crunchy podcasts and networking amongst libertarian farmers who refused to use trendy certifications to sell their product. In the process of sourcing foods that helped reverse Kyle’s health issues, we realized that joining the sustainable food movement was something we both felt not just inspired by but called to.
Raw Milk and especially Sheep Milk are two things that are non-negotiably necessary for our home and health. Soy and even corn are two products that are usually fed to most dairy animals, resulting in compromised Rumen health and therefore an inferior product. Since most farmers are understandably not very open to their customers criticizing what they feed to their own animals, we quickly realized to have the food we desired and needed, we’d have to raise it ourselves.
Vendor Market: Sheep's milk soaps and other wonderful, sustainable hand made products.
Learn more about Whoopsie Day Farm and their wonderful products @ www.whoopsydaisyfarm.com/
4H Parent Leader, Homesteader, Homeplace Board Member
Classes: Homeschooling on the Homestead, and Treating Dairy Goats with Herbal Medicines
Heartland Homesteading Conference 2023 Partners
This conference is made possible with generous support from:
Rural Lending Is What We Do!
More and more families are looking for open space where they can get closer to the things that matter most. Things like family, friends, nature and a tight-knit community.
As the leader in rural lending, we can provide you with a wide range of solutions designed specifically to make those things a reality.
At Kentucky Prepper Network LLC, we are dedicated to fostering a strong and resilient community of preppers and survival enthusiasts in the Bluegrass State. Our Event Page is your gateway to a world of exciting opportunities, where like-minded individuals come together to learn, share, and prepare for whatever challenges the future may hold.
A Part of the KPN, the goal of The Homestead Education Program is to raise public awareness and education for homesteading, self-sufficiency, survival skills, modern preparedness, and community growth.
Several Volunteers from the organization will be working the event as well as conduction a few of the classes!
Meet Our Partners: The Taylor County 4H Livestock Club!
The Livestock Club is a group of incredible kids and dedicated parents and families. While the Taylor County Extension Office is their main base of operations, Homeplace is their 2nd Home. We host their egg layer coop and run and they use our space for presentations and classes regularly. Through the year, the kids create incredible enrichment activities or our festivals and events and they are so excited to be a part of the conference. These kids have some serious skill to share and we are so proud of all of them!