FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!
OZARKS HOMESTEADING will be partnering with the BENTON COUNTY FAIR in Bentonville Arkansas, September 28 through October 2, 2021. YES, THAT'S A FULL FIVE DAYS!
Ozarks Homesteading will host an EDUCATIONAL/HOMESTEADING RESOURCES EXPO at the Auditorium building DURING the Benton County Fair.
The EXPO VENDOR AREA, both inside and outside, will be FREE to all FAIRGOERS from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Fairgoers can buy A DAILY WRISTBAND each day to attend the
SPEAKER PRESENTATIONS HELD IN THE TENT OUTSIDE THE AUDITORIUM. MUST HAVE WRISTBAND TO ENTER TENT.
VISITS WITH THE VENDORS AND DEMONSTRATIONS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE AUDITORIUM ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC.
WRISTBANDS FOR SPEAKER PRESENTATIONS IN THE TENT:
$10 PER DAY for ADULTS
KIDS 12-17 $5 • KIDS 11 AND UNDER FREE.
WRISTBANDS AVAILABLE INSIDE THE AUDITORIUM.
NO ADVANCED TICKETS WILL BE SOLD.
SEATING MAY BE LIMITED, COME EARLY.
EVENT IS RAIN OR SHINE.
All vendors must be consistent of our theme of Homesteading, Heathly Living, Self-Sufficiency, Regenerative Agriculture, etc. or have products or services that are environmentally friendly.
Matt is the founder and CEO of Cooks Venture, one of our Sponsors Prior to Cooks Venture, he founded and served as COO of Blue Apron, the trailblazing meal-kit company that reimagined the way food is produced, distributed, and prepared for home chefs. Matt developed and managed Blue Apron’s supply chain, led a team of over 5,000 manufacturing employees at six national centers, and built a network of over 250 farmers, ranchers, and agronomists. Matt’s goal is nothing short of building a food system for the future, changing industrial agriculture and creating a regenerative system to reverse climate change while providing consumers with food choices that are exceptional in quality and taste. He serves on the boards of Goodwill International and The Charlie Cart Project, which works to educate the next generation about the connections between food, health, and the environment.
He will be teaching the basics of how to cut up a chicken.
From a young age, Eric Fuselier has enjoyed foraging edible plants from the wild with his parents. As an adult, Eric continued to study wild edible plants while spending extended lengths of time in the Ozark wilderness as an avid hiker and backpacker.
In 2015, Eric founded Ozark Primitive Skills in order to help others reconnect with the natural world. For Eric, teaching people how to harvest their food directly from the wild is just one way to facilitate this reconnection.
Eric is the president of the board of directors for the Ozark Natural Science Center where he teaches primitive skills and foraging classes for the public. Eric also leads foraging hikes for the Arkansas Native Plant Society, the City of Eureka Springs’ Parks & Recreation Department, and Apple Seeds Teaching Farm in Fayetteville.
Join Eric to learn about the native edible and medicinal plants found growing in the Ozarks. you'll learn which parts of these plants are edible or medicinal, as well as tips for how to harvest and prepare them. /this presentation will focus on species that can be grown in a garden setting.
Jill and her husband, Nathan and their family have a YouTube Channel where they focus on gardening. They recently bought the farm previously owned by their friends Jessica and Jeremiah Sowards of Roots and Refuge Farm and are taking viewers on their journey of transitioning to.a bigger property.
"We are passionate about growing food, but we are even more inspired to teach others how to do the same "
Jill will talk about gardening and why it is important, more now than ever, to grow your own food. There will be lots of time for Q&A.
Jim and Rhenda have a YouTube channel called Heartiness Approach where they emphasize growing and eating real food, fitness, being emotionally well and doing that all in the setting of a homestead. We encourage as many seniors as we can to pursue their hidden passion and realize that they can have it. Many other seniors are finding their own little corners of the world with small acreage and building their homesteads to live out our lives. Others are hoping for a chance to make that happen. We cheer those who have moved back to the land and encourage those who want to. We know we can regenerate the land, however we can also regenerate our bodies and our health. We believe that one of the most effective ways to defy age-related illness is to change our lifestyle to be a homestead life.
Lucian has been teaching, growing food, tending to bees and building community around sustainability for the past ten years.
We help individuals, communities, businesses and public entities build sustainability in their endeavors.
We invest most of our profits back into the community, as grants and sponsorships.
If you want to learn more about permaculture you can hear his presentation and talk to Lucian and learn more about their business on Thursday only.
Laura grew up in Fayetteville and attended the University of Arkansas, earning a degree in French (which she probably never imagined would come in handy pronouncing the names of all our French cheeses). Laura pursued a long-held dream to attend culinary school, graduating from Brightwater with a degree in Food Studies and emphasis in Artisanal Foods.
Her favorite part of the culinary world is learning about foods sourced and produced using old-world style techniques, particularly honey cultivation, bread making, and (of course) cheesemaking.
You won't want to miss this session on how you can make wonderful cheese at home.
Shalee and her husband, Wes, and two boys grow local elderberry and market a variety of elderberry products at farmer's markets in the summer. They sell directly to the public in the off market season as well as sell cuttings and elderberry plants. You will learn about growing elderberry, for yourself, its benefits and how to make syrup and other elderberry products.
Gary and Cyndi's host Pathways Homestead on YouTube. Their families have been farming for generations and they know how to do just about anything you need to be self-reliant including canning and curing their own bacon and making sausage.
Come prepared toes how you can make your own bacon at home and how easy it is to make your own sausage.
Joyce and her husband Gene host Morris' Patch of Heaven Homestead YouTube Channel where Joyce makes a ton of foods from scratch in her homestead kitchen. She will show you how you can preserve your harvest with fermenting and why the process is so practical and beneficial for our health.