Join folks from all over the Ozarks as they learn about homesteading, renewable energy, and natural products from some of the best in the business. Conveniently located in Neosho, Missouri at the Newton County A&M Fairgrounds, 700 W. Field St, Neosho, MO. an easy drive from anywhere in the four-state area. Plan to spend a day or the whole weekend and hang out with like-minded people at the small country fairgrounds, a perfect picture of life in the Ozarks.
Everything from alternative energy information to gardening and goat and chicken raising... if it has to do with homesteading, self-reliant living, healthy eating, healthy living, homeschooling and farm equipment and supplies you will find it at the expo..and of course, there's food and a little bit of music! Bring your instrument and sit around and play, there will be plenty of shade to sit a spell.
We are no longer accepting inside vendors, we have a little room for some outside vendors. Call before applying to check 417-629-8901.
SPECIAL FILM SCREENING of SUSTAINABLE on FRIDAY EVENING at 7 p.m.
After the vendors close, come out or stay and meet the producers.
Hourglass films producers Matt Wechsler and Annie Speicher, a husband and wife filmmaking team from Evanston, Illinois, will have a free screening of the film SUSTAINABLE on Friday evening at the Ozarks Homesteading Expo.
SUSTAINABLE has been screened at over 40 festivals worldwide and received the 2016 Global Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Achievment. Their latest film, RIGHT TO HARM, recently premiered a the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.
When not making films, Matt and Annie enjoy spending time with their two chioldren, who are the reason they fight for a better food system. In the summers, you can find them working in their backyard urban farm, which features over 75 varieties of edible plants.
Seating is limited so come early.
Crowder College's MARET Center (Missouri Alternative and Renewable Energy Technology Center) students and faculty will be on hand with demonstrations, education and to promote their program. In 1992 the Missouri Legislature designated Crowder College as the state's renewable energy education center. The MARET Center is recognized internationally for it's contributions to the energy field.
Baker Creek Seeds (www.rareseeds.com)
Baker Creek, in Mansfield, Missouri carries one of the largest selections of seeds from the 19th century, including many Asian and European varieties. All seeds are non treated, non patented,open pollinated, non GMO and non hybrid. They have over 1800 varieties of vegetables, rare flowers & herbs.
Baker Creek will be giving away a couple thousand packets of seed and catalogs to attendees of the expo.
Tatum Motor Company, established in 1889, is one of the largest Mahindra™ Tractor Dealers in the U.S. with the largest selection of in-stock inventory. With locations in Anderson, Missouri and Tontitown, Arkansas Tatum Motors also sells pre-owned tractors, farm implements, zero turn, and tractor type lawn mowers, Utility Terrain Vehicles.
SproutFaster is a family-owned soil supplement company specializing in vermiculture, based out of Joplin, Missouri. From 5 lbs to full semi loads, SproutFaster works with retailers all over the country. Worm castings aren't just their job, they are their passion!
Cackle Hatchery has provided the highest quality chicken, poultry & rare breed egg hatchery services since 1936.
Quapaw Nation is a leader in being self-sufficient for their tribal members and to supply locally grown food for restaurants at Downstream Casino. From raising their own bison and cattle, to greenhouse vegetables, raising bees to provide their own honey, roasting their own coffee and making their own beer, this Native American tribe does all that and more. They will be selling many their products at the expo.
You may want to spend both days at the expo so you won't miss a thing. Demonstrations will be going on throughout the two-day event and speakers will be on hand to discuss a variety of homesteading topics.
Kevin and Sarah of
Living Traditions Homestead
will be one of our key speakers.
LTH has more than 170k followers on YouTube who watch them on their homesteading journey after leaving corporate America.
Other speakers include:
Art Boyt, Solsource Greenbuild, "Solar is Personal"
Terry Durham, River Hills Harvest: Elderberry Production
Angela Jenkins, Healthy Homestead on The Road to Real Food
Andrew and Erin Poor, Foraging for Mushrooms
Wendy Lombardi, author, Natural Parasite Control for Livestock
Rebecca Austin / Healthy Homestead Living Ancient Wheat vs. Modern Wheat & what you need to know for your health
Will Dobkins / Homestead Iron Forging for Homesteaders
Missouri Department of Agriculture on Missouri Grown and Value Added Resources available.
Brad Staggs/Apple Road Farm Missouri Master Beekeepers program, Pollinators and Beekeeping 101
Heather Duff, homesteader, Making Kombucha
Connie Jacoby/ Wise Women Botanicals. Wellness without Medicine
A Weed By Any Other Name Might Just Be... an HERB! Listen to Master Herbalist Ingrid Shewmake discuss herbs found right out your back door.
Creamy Hills Dairy family members will discuss the heritage of their small family farm, their sustainable, Polyface model practices, and how their whole family is involved.
Josh and Amie Parsons will be sharing their homesteading journey which includes living in a camper, off-grid while they save to build their home. Follow them on Homestead in the Woods on Facebook.
The Jesup Wagon 2.0 will be on hand at the Expo on Friday, hosted by Lincoln University. Named after George Washington Carver's famous agricultural education wagon. a moving school which contained newly developed tools and fertilizers as well as a number of agricultural demonstration items.
We will be offering several Demonstrations that will have opportunities for hands-on from the audience including soap making, cheesemaking, kombucha making, dairy goat care and milking, saving seed, blacksmithing and more. We originally were going to charge an extra fee for these in-depth sessions but decided that we are just going to include everything for one admission price. The key is to come early.
DEMONSTRATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
Join Uncle Mud in making cob out of clay, sand, straw and water
and then hang around and help build a cob pizza oven and rocket mass heater. Kids will also have an opportunity to "get muddy".
On Saturday, Jamey Smith, artisan chef at Redings Mill Bread Co., will teach artisan bread basics and will demonstrate baking in the Uncle Mud pizza oven.
Jamie Haase will be rending lard and using the lard to make lye soap.
Dave Boyt will be demonstrating milling lumber, talking about making the pallet toolshed New Pioneer Magazine featured about him doing, he will teach chainsaw safety and why you need a ham radio for your homestead in case of emergencies. He might even show you a little bit of dulcimer, since he has taken to making them by hand.
Hog butchery, how to scald and dehair and process a pig for roasting. Carl Blake, founder of American Hotbox will be leading this demo. Carl, is also the star of the National Geographic miniseries "Little Pig Man". Goodman Meat Processing will be helping with this demo.
Local homesteaders will demonstrate how to process your chickens on your homestead.
The Joplin Homebrew Club will be demonstrating the process of home beer brewing all day on Friday and Saturday.
Dr. Larry Quinalty, author of numerous books on Dutch Oven Cooking will be demonstrating many of his recipes throughout the event.
Paul Munsen, SUN OVENS, International will be teaching a Sun Cooking Essentials Workshop. He will cover everything you need to know about using the sun to bake, boil and steam foods. He will show how practical and easy it is to cook in a SUN OVEN and what kind of pots & pans work best, why food cooked with the sun does not burn and how to sun-bake a perfect loaf of bread. Learn how to never have to worry about burning dinner again. Discover how to use a SUN OVEN to naturally dehydrate fruits and vegetables , and enhance winter sprouting. Find out how to reduce your utility bills and the amount of fuel you need to store for emergency preparedness while helping families in deforested developing countries around the world.
Mary Riley will be demonstrating making Barn Quilts and will be promoting her mission to create a Barn Quilt Trail in Southwest Missouri.
Hands-on How to Milk a Dairy Goat demonstrated by Mariesa Clontz, Diamond Dairy Goats and long time 4-H family.
How can I sign up to be a vendor?
We are no longer accepting inside vendors, there may be some room for outside vendors, Call and we will see if we can find a spot for you.
Questions about being a vendor, call 417-629-8901
Will there be an admission cost for the event?
Yes, admission is $5 for adults each day, ages 16 and under are FREE. Admission will cover speakers, demos,.. Watch our Facebook page for ticket giveaways and discounted ticket specials. Adult attendees must have an admission wrist band on all all times.
Will there be food at the expo?
Yes, we will have several food trucks including wood fired pizza, barbeque,
Will the expo be indoors or outdoors?
Vendors booths will be in the two air-conditioned buildings and there will also be outside vendors and demonstrations. Livestock exhibits will be in the covered livestock pavilion.
Can I bring my pet to the expo.
Only trained service animals are allowed at the expo.
Will there be things to do for the kids?
We will have some farm themed Kid Zones set up inside and outside for kids of all ages. Uncle Mud will give kids an opportunity to 'get muddy"
We also plan to have a petting zoo and a kids corner with farm related educational activities.
Best Western Neosho, mention Ozarks Homesteading Expo for discounted rate.
There are several other hotels, RV and tent camping parks in the area including some by the rivers near Pineville and Noel.
Some RV spots are available on the Expo site, first come-first served. No set-ups before Thursday noon. RV electric hookups will require a $50 electric hook up fee. No other services. Limited availability. Tent campers must register with admin. $10. Camping in designated areas only. No alcohol. No loud music. Showers and bathrooms are available for campers. All electric requests need to be made in advance by emailing a request to
Kevin and Sarah are full-time homesteaders who left corporate America in Phoenix, AZ to live a simple and sustainable life in the Missouri Ozarks. They now teach others through YouTube how to grow and raise their own food to become less dependent on the grocery store.
They will be in the Homestead Building at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Art Boyt served as program developer and founding program director of the Crowder College MARET (Missouri Alternative Renewable Energy Technology) Center at Neosho, MO. During his 29 years at Crowder, Boyt organized numerous renewable energy projects and competitions including solar and electronic cars, solar bicycles, ethanol powered vehicles, and self-sufficient solar homes. Boyt assisted the college with the design of the new MARET facility, a 27,000 square foot LEED platinum building powered entirely by renewable energy. Boyt designed and installed the 65kw hybrid PVT solar system for the facility.
Boyt has also served as either a competing team member or as event support staff on every Solar Decathlon from 2002 through 2015.
Upon retiring as faculty emeritus at Crowder in 2008, Boyt and his wife co-founded SolSource Greenbuild, LLC, which specializes in solar product development, design-build residential construction, and renewable energy installation. Art and Vickie live in a solar home they've built at Pottershop Holler, a sustainably managed family tree farm near Neosho, MO.
He will be speaking at 10 a.m. Friday and demonstrating throughout the event
Uncle mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in the wilds of suburban Ohio. Building houses and pizza ovens and woodstoves with mud and junk is his way of sharing the Can-Do spirit. He writes, teaches workshops and hosts a mud pit and DIY building demonstrations at Fairs across the US. The Rocket Mass Heaters in his double-wide dropped his heating bill from nearly $1000 per month for propane to less than $75 dollars per year. Your results may vary, but this guy is happy. Follow him on Patreon.com/Unclemud or Facebook.com/unclemud
He will be demonstrating at throughout the event starting at 10 a.m. on Friday.
Farmer and creator of River Hills Harvest and nationally-known speaker and educator. Get tips on variety selection, successful establishment, management of perennial stands, plus harvest and processing techniques.
An Ozarks professional blacksmith who specializes in forged, ergonomically friendly garden tools. He will also discuss the tools you need to get started to make practical items for your homestead and where to get them.
Dave Boyt and his wife, Becky started building their passive solar post and beam home in 1982, and hope to finish it in the near future. Dave has degrees in Forest Management, Wood Technology, and Education. He runs a portable sawmill business, practices forestry on the family farm, and writes for several magazines, including New Pioneer, Hobby Farms, and Sawmill & Woodlot Management. Dave is also the amateur radio emergency communications coordinator for Newton County, MO. In his spare time, he builds and plays string instruments (mostly dulcimers, but starting to work on autoharps and ukuleles).
He will be doing several demonstrations throughout the event.
Angela Jenkins is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian residing in Southwest Missouri. After two decades working in a conventional medical setting, Angela’s passion for food as medicine led her onto another path of functional nutrition and starting her consulting business, Health Is Local. As a result of Angela’s passion, she wrote the book, Destination Real Food: A Roadmap To Navigating Our Food System And Nourishing Health. The book provides a perspective on our current food system, it’s caveats and how we need to educate ourselves as consumers to improve our health. When considering what it takes to truly nourish health, the health of our soil, our ecosystems and the relationships around us are what really matters. At the end of the day, all roads that lead to a healthy life really start and end at home. Angela can be found supporting local food initiatives in Southwest Missouri, working on her regenerative farm, making pizzas at festivals and events with friends and family or hiking the Ozarks with her husband, Joe and her dog, Remo…wandering but not lost. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Homesteader, author, blogger, YouTuber, educator and owner of Healthy Homestead Living. Rebecca Austin shares her endless knowledge of homesteading skills daily with thousands of followers.
Erin and Andrew Poor live in the woods just outside of Seneca, Missouri. They are avid hunter-gatherers, who prefer to spend as much time in nature as possible. Andrew teaches environmental sustainability and solar technology at Crowder College, in Neosho Missouri. He grew up on Little Lost Creek and has been hunting, fishing, or foraging since he could walk. He lived off grid for years, and occasionally teaches Mead Brewing classes too beekeepers. Erin is an artist who is often inspired by nature. Working with many mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpture, and mosaic tile, she finds fabric art most appealing. She often incorporates items found while foraging into her art, such as mushrooms, lichens, bones, antlers, and fossils. Erin also manages Feral Folk Inc. A company dedicated to helping people live closer to nature. She and Andrew have done sustainable forestry, beekeeping, mushroom gathering and education, along with green construction and design.
Wendy Lombardi's experience with agriculture and livestock management began at a very early age. A Desert Storm veteran, Wendy earned a Master's Degree in Wellness, and developed the U.S. Army's Pregnant Soldier Wellnewss Program which is still used by the U.S. military today. Post-service, she homeschooled her three children on a 40-acre homestead in the Ozarks teaching them and others, how to live in a modern world while minding the health of our plant. She wrote the book Natural Internal Parasite Control for Livestock, a necessary reference manual for all sustainable, natural, animal-husbandry endeavors.
Ingrid Shewmake has been married to her best friend, true love and pastor for 24 years. She is a (mostly) stay-at-home, home schooling mama of 9 (ages 2 to 22); an herbalist; a nature enthusiast; a lover of running; a DIY-kinda-gal… who “was ‘Crunchy’ when crunchy wasn’t cool”.
She enjoys studying herbs, essential oils, self-sustained living, creating natural remedies, always learning more about ways to live and care for her family in the most holistic of ways. She is passionate about Jesus, healthy eating, cooking, Bible-study, frugal living, exercising with her hubby & children, and co-laboring alongside her husband, Shannon.
Ingrid believes that every herb and seed is a gift from God. Her study of herbs, essential oils and the like has been an on-going 25-year passion. She recently received her Certification as a Master Herbalist. She plans to continue her studies to eventually become a Registered Herbalist…
For the past several years, Ingrid and her family have operated an online business making and selling: Organic Elderberry Syrup, and DIY Kits, Organic Loose Leaf Tea Blends, Coffee Alternative, Alcohol-free Herbal Tinctures, Magnesium Lotion, Kombucha Scobies, Essential Oil Blends, Bath Salts... and more!
What began as a passion for natural health and care for family and friends... the Lord has grown into a family business they call: "Shew Crew Creations".
Paul Munsen is the president of SUN OVENS INTERNATIONAL. For the past 21 years Paul has devoted his life to sharing fundamental Sun Oven Cooking techniques with people all over the world. Paul has been involved in solar cooking projects and taught solar cooking on 5 continents.
Paul has addressed the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development at the UN Headquarters in New York. He is the past-president of the Illinois Society for International Development, and a member of Solar Cookers International and the Illinois Solar Energy Association.