Having a Blast at the Homesteaders Conference
I had been looking forward to speaking at the Homesteaders of America Conference ever since my good friend Amy Fewell first reached out to me about doing it. Well, the time to attend finally came this past week and let me just say, it was everything I thought it would be! Getting to speak was fun, of course, but seeing all the wonderful people who I’ve been interacting and collaborating with here on the blog and social media made the whole trip worth it. What a pleasure it is to have all your smart, kind, hardworking, and amazing friends all in one place together! I want you to meet these folks too!
As expected, the event was packed! I was super excited. People from Canada, Indiana, Pennsylvania, California, and not to mention all over the Southeast had shown up to see the homesteaders, hunters, gardeners, and experts of all kinds. But the most surprising part is how many people lined up to see ME! I couldn’t believe it. Thanks for all of you who came up to say “hi” to me. You made my whole trip.
I was super blessed have most of my family with me. Only my two oldest boys had work and school to attend. Really, nothing I do today would be possible without them. Our family bond is crucial to me, and priceless.
I arrived a day ahead to help Joe, the producer from Rural Heritage, film the workshops for his show on RFD-TV. Don’t forget to watch! I’ll be appearing on quite a few upcoming shows. He had the event pretty well covered, so I left a little early for a short excursion into Washington DC with the family. We visited the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian and Mt. Vernon just up the road there in Virginia. I didn’t expect to have such an extraordinary day, but I did!
The workshops back at the conference were chock-full of crazy amounts of information on everything from fermenting, cheese making, and yarn-making to harvesting animals and keeping predators at bay. I had an awesome time sharing my own knowledge about the things I love most! I even had a few people join me from the audience to cook up on stage!
To top it all off, it was a great honor to sit among such incredible minds during the Q&A. Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms, Eustace Conway of Mountain Men on the History Channel, Ann Accetta-Scott of A Farm Girl in the Making, Connie from Urban Overalls, Doug and Stacy from Off Grid with Dough and Stacy, Justin and Rebekah Rhodes of Abundant Permaculture, and Jason Rehr of Big Bear Homestead.
Joel Salatin was super, as usual. Doug and I cut up a bit and did a really fun video once we met. Eustace was an extremely nice and smart, as was the entire panel.
Penny and Brittany from Happy Days Farm are amazing! They are exactly how I envisioned they would be before I met them! Did you know they just published a children’s book? It’s called True Tales from Happy Days Farm. You should check it out!
I want to give a huge shoutout to Amy Fewell! She is the reason that this conference exists! She is a really talented blogger over at The Fewell Homestead, go check out her work!
The conference wouldn’t have been possible without the sponsors too, so thanks to all of them! All of my events were in the Lehman’s Barn! It was an awesome set-up that I’m extremely grateful for!
All in all, I had a wonderful time. I hope you will all be a part of the conference next year.