Classes: Medicinal herbs for every homestead & Get Your Wild Food on!
Suzanne Shires is a North Carolina native herbalist, author, educator, and homesteader. She learned to tend gardens and preserve food naturally from ‘mountain folk’ grandparents. Granny-women and country doctors were just a part of life, with old ways to heal from the plants and remedies of Appalachia.
Her homestead now is a happy little mix of herb gardens, fruit orchards, and vegetable beds, all designed to make the most of simple, thriving home. This sustainable lifestyle led her to a serious education in herbalism and nutrition.
Animal Husbandry Goats & Raising Milk Goats with milking demo
Soap Making Class
Animal Husbandry Rabbits including processing
Lauren Celentano of Till the Rooster Crows Ranch, is a Homesteader located in Bradfordsville Kentucky. Lauren teaches sustainability & self-reliance, utilizing organic practices & raising pastured poultry, pork, goats, rabbits, and more.
Brian Neudorff Meteorologist with The National Weather Service out of Louisville Kentucky.
SkyWarn Weather Spotter Class
Rick Wells Farrier
Class: Hoof Health with a Farrier
Graduated from the Kentucky horseshoeing school in 2015, and has been shoeing horses for the last 7.5 years. Rick is also a combat engineer from u.s. army, combat veteran Iraq 09-10. BS Construction engineering Morehead State University 04. Currently, he works as an instructor for the Kentucky horseshoeing school.
Class: Introduction to Bee Keeping
Palmer Brothers Bee farm is a full-service beekeeping farm, that offers all products from the hive. They specialize in nucleus colonies, queen bees (mated & virgin), queen cells, all the necessary woodenware, tools, consultation, and swarm removal.
Classes: Wildlife Health & Habitat Management
Jon Anderson is an Environmental Scientist in the Private Land Management Program with The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. He earned his BS degree at Eastern Kentucky University and has been with the Kentucky Department Fish and Wildlife since 2012.
Mike and Christine Stokley
Class: Introduction to Beef Cows and Horse Handling on the Homestead
Big Creek Livestock LLC, is a diverse business that originated as a cow-calf operation. Their care and management include rotational grazing, a balanced mineral regimen, a few vaccinations, and a low-stress weaning process. Mike has earned his bachelor's degree in science, his associate's degree in beef cattle management, as well a bachelor's degree in animal science.
Their other main stay is a lesson and training program where they teach the fundamentals of horsemanship, enlightening people about the nuances of relationships, and how to maintain trust and respect while working toward equestrian goals.
Equipping parents to translate school to homesteading
Shiloh Seal is passionate about building a living and learning environment for her nine children. Her goal is to encourage children to find their passions and to build an atmosphere that nurtures their pursuit of those passions. Shiloh and her family embrace many aspects of homesteading, including gardening, food preparation, raising animals, and basic survival.
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Denny & Jennifer Dillman
The Homesteading Pastor
Classes: Denny -Gorilla Homesteading:A guide on urban homesteading
Denny, known as The Homesteading Pastor is the Pastor at Henryville Community Church in Indiana and Dr. Jennifer Dillman (Dr. Jen) is a Traditional Doctor of Naturopathy and a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who coaches a wide variety of clients to achieve better health. She’s passionate about helping clients finally get results after years of searching for relief.
Class: “Homestead Family Rhythms: Managing a Productive & Prepared Household”
The founder of Steader Life which is a rural alliance of believers sharing knowledge to forge sustainable homesteads, resilient families, and intentional communities through faith, support, and skill-based training.
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Class: Water bath canning without electricity and a class on normal water bath canning via stove top.
Our homestead was started because I adopted two daughters both with special needs. Both have autism at different levels on the spectrum and other disorders that complicate things for them. We moved to the country to allow the girls to blossom.
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Classes: Vegetable Gardening and Introduction to Fruit
Kara Back is the
Taylor County Extension Agent for Horticulture Education
Class: Introduction to Blacksmithing
Tyler Moyer a Blacksmith from Illinois.
Caleb & Chelsea Bland
Class: Introduction to Alpacas and One on processing and uses if Alpaca wool
Farms and faith often go hand-in-hand, and Wooly Wonderland Ranch is no exception. We are a first generation independent farm in Central Kentucky, owned by Caleb and Chelsea Bland, and operated by us and our six young children. Our main focus is raising AOA registered alpacas. We have other plain 'ol farm animals as well, from beef-cross cattle, to dairy goats, chickens, and Angora rabbits. Our animals pitch in however they can, providing both companionship and products. Our fiber mill can process wool from the shearing stage to the spinning wheel, but we know there's more to leaving a legacy IN the kids than to leaving a legacy FOR the kids. We're excited to share both what we've learned, and also learn from you!
Class: Introduction to alpaca farming and wool processing
Heidi Huston and her husband own a small homesteading farm in Central Kentucky called Thistle and Clover Farm. since childhood, Heidi has had a passion for fiber arts and in the past few years she has. taken that passion to the next level; raising her own alpacas and harvesting their wool to produce yarns and fiber materials from start to finish.
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Classes: Wildlife Health & Habitat Management
Chris Mason earned his BS degree at Murray State University with an emphasis in wildlife management and a MS degree studying wildlife management at the University of Wyoming. He began working with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources in 1994 as a Forest Stewardship Biologist and transitioned to a Private Lands Biologist in 1998. He is currently a Regional Wildlife Biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources covering seven counties in south central Kentucky.