RESOURCEFUL • SUSTAINABLE • OZARKS
As our flagship event, our goal this year is to have presenters primarily from the Ozarks. The Ozarks is filled with people who have been "Homesteading" for many years and have skills that go back generations. Presenters will also include experts who have made the Ozarks their home, because it's a great place for a sustainable, self-reliant lifestyle...and it's beautiful here! EVENT IS RAIN OR SHINE!
POULTRY PROCESSING • RABBIT RAISING & PROCESSING
• HOG BUTCHERY • RAISING CHICKENS FOR MEAT AND EGGS
• CANNING WORKSHOP • FERMENTING • GARDENING
• REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE•BASIC AND ARTISAN BREAD BAKING
• SOAPMAKING • CHEESEMAKING • HAM RADIO OPERATIONS
• GOAT AND COW MILKING DEMONSTRATIONS • LIVESTOCK HUSBANDRY
• FORAGING • HERBS FOR COOKING AND MEDICINE • ALTERNATIVE ENERGY • MILLING LUMBER • BLACKSMITHING • TAPPING MAPLE TREES • BEEKEEPING • RAINWATER COLLECTION • HEALTHY LIVING • MUSHROOM FORAGING • LIVING OFF GRID, MORE!
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Kevin and Sarah and their family made the Ozarks their home after leaving the corporate world behind in the west. The couple have hundreds of thousands of followers on YouTube where they share their homesteading journey.
At the Ozarks Homesteding Expo, they will be talking about Homesteading as a Business.
Dr. Leo lives in the Ozarks and is a full time natural beekeeper managing forest apiaries composed of horizontal hives. The only bee stock he works with is local wild swarms. His work has been featured by many national and international media including TV, radio, magazines and newspapers. He makes presentations all over the world. He also constructs and sells bee equipment, which he will have at the event.
Terry is an encyclopedia of all things elderberry and was the driving force behind the cultivation of a brand-new elderberry market in the U.S. 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.
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. He does tutorial videos for Norwood Sawmills on YouTube. Dave is also the amateur radio emergency communications coordinator for Newton County, MO. He will be teaching a ham radio session. 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 other demonstrations throughout the event.
An American Homestead's Zac Bauer is a US Army veteran, a widowed father of two boys living on an off-grid homestead in the Ozark Mountains. His YouTube Channel, An American Homestead, and website have thousands of viewers who watch him teach on hundreds of self-reliant practices and preparedness. He will be talking about preparedness on Friday.
Bo Brown, author of Foraging in the Ozarks will discuss eating invasive plants, spring greens and other wild edibles. The Ozark Mountains in Missouri and Arkansas have had a long history of foraging since indigenous tribes inhabited the area and utilized the rich natural resources.
Foraging the Ozarks highlights about a hundred commonly found edibles in the Interior Highlands, from ubiquitous herbs to endemic species. With sidebars, recipes, helpful tips, and toxin warnings throughout, Foraging the Ozarks is the only guidebook the Ozark outdoor enthusiast will need to pick it, cook it, and eat it.
Jim and Rhenda have a YouTube channel for 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.
Art is a pioneer in alternative energy who established Crowder College's first solar curriculum 40 years ago. Crowder is home of The Missouri Alternative and Renewable Energy Technology Center and produced, under Art's supervision, the first solar-powered vehicle to travel across the United States from San Diego to Florida. It is on display at the Henry Ford Museum, in Dearborne, MI.
He is a partner at Sol Source Greenbuild in Neosho.
At one time, Missourians produced large quantities of sugar and syrup from maple trees. John created the Missouri Maple Syrup Initiative in an effort to get more Missourians to give syrup making a try and to build a network of syrup makers. He will give a presentation on the initiative and basic instruction on make maple syrup.
Dewayne will teach on rainwater collection. Red Feather Farms depends totally on rainwater. He will also teach how to build a composting toilet for your homestead and how to manage it
Ben and Andrea of VW Family Farm (Check out their YouTube Channel) love to talk to whoever will listen as to why rotational grazing, grass-fed beef, non-GMO feed, heritage breed pigs out in nature, chickens and turkeys out in the field in the fresh air, and sunshine is important!
Cari is a longtime member and volunteer for Families for Home Education (FHE), the oldest and largest statewide home school organization, since 1963. Educating at home is enriched by the experiences on the homestead. The purpose of FHE is to protect the inalienable right of the parents of Missouri to teach their own children without state regulation and control.
Cari will discuss your rights and responsibilities as a Missouri home educator. She will also
share tips from her years of experience cultivating a lifestyle of learning and how you too can incorporate life on the farm into your school day.
Ingrid is a Master herbalist who believes 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.
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 tincture, magnesium lotion, and more.
Mike is an Ozarks native and has been hard at work for the past decade establishing a homestead and learning as much as possible about a wide range of skills. He has been studying and foraging mushrooms for over a decade now and has become a trusted expert on regional fungi. The past couple of years he has delved more into the world of mushroom cultivation, and he and his wife Cara have started a small mushroom farm growing shiitakes on logs as well as several other edible varieties. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge with anyone who will listen, especially like-minded folks starting on their own homesteading journey.
Joyce and her busband Gene host Morris' Patch of Heaven YouTube Channel. A Califrnia transplant, Joyce has a love for scratch cooking with natural ingredients. She will talk about the importance of fermented foods for your gut health and what you can ferment and she will demonstrate how to make your own fermented foods at home. Lots of time for Q & A
Founded in 2010 by Connie Jacoby, N.D. A 28 year Nursing professional disenchanted with the progression of western medicine chose to return to the paths of health and wellness of our forefathers and dedicated to provide the highest quality products economically with sound research and development education and affordability being the primary concern.
For over 5000 years cannabis has been used holistically and naturally. Connie will share her knowledge and research about the subject. She will also be conducting mini sessios at her vendor booth, Wise Women Botanicals including Skinology 101; Hormones, not just for woman.
Lucian and Anna Maria are farmers, college professors, and educators in horticulture, permaculture, beekeeping, herbalism, and homesteading. They have been teaching, growing food, tending to bees and building community around sustainability for the past ten years. They will be teaching on permaculture and holistic livestock care.