Our Seminars 2017


30-40 minute presentations with 5-10 minute Q&A


  • A Culture of Healing— Meeting the Challenges of Special Needs Children in the Context of Community 38  

    Lifetime member of Homestead Heritage and home-schooling mother of an autistic child shares her experiences and explores how an integrated community life can bring wholeness, meaning and healing to special needs children—and to us all.

    Presenter: Amanda Lancaster

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 12:00


  • Aquaponics on the Family Homestead 21  

    Aquaponics, as we know it today, is a new and perhaps novel method of food production that has piqued the interest of many people. In this seminar we will present an overview and explain some of the benefits and drawbacks of an aquaponics food production system. We will also consider its place on the family homestead.

    Presenter: Josiah Sherman

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 4:00


  • Beekeeping 21  

    A seminar on the need for keeping bees as an essential part of a homestead, as a source for both honey and pollination.

    Presenter: Tim Tittley

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 2:00


  • Bread Making 7  

    An inspiring seminar on the ease of baking bread from whole grains-in your own kitchen, using utensils and ingredients you already have.

    Presenter: Melissa Yantis

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 1:00


  • Building a Child’s Character 38  

    A discussion of the interfacing relationship between education and child rearing. Homeschooling mother and advisor, Amanda Lancaster, shares practical advice on how to use the "windows" of opportunity in a child's learning and development to build their character as well as to teach academic skills. She will include a brief presentation on how to use the Building Christian Character curriculum for both child training and education.

    Presenter: Amanda Lancaster

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 1:00


  • Changing Our Minds – The Impact of Digital Technology 38  

    Each year there is an exponential increase in the availability of digital technology (internet, smart phones, tablets). We will share research on how these technologies are changing the way we think and radically altering our relationship with nature, with reality and with each other, and consider the effects of this unprecedented change on the lives of the young and on our efforts to build sustainable, caring communities.

    Presenter: Dr. Kay Toombs

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 4:00


  • Cheese Making 7  

    An introduction and demonstration on making soft and hard cheeses in your own kitchen and from your own cow or goat milk.

    Presenter: Rebekah Nolen

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 10:00


  • Collecting and Storing Water for the Small Homestead 21  

    An introduction to sustainable water essentials for the homestead and small farm with an emphasis on collecting bulk water, rainwater catchment, water storage and water delivery. Topics will include calculating the water needs of the homestead and how to determine available rainwater according to specific locations.

    Presenter: Pat Chesney

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 4:00


  • Creative Writing 22  

    Find your own buried talents in writing by taking this one-and-a-half hour class and seminar. Discover how modern technology has altered our perspective towards research, study and communication, both written and verbal.

    Presenter: Amanda Lancaster

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 4:00


  • Food Preservation 7  

    An overview of the essential skills of canning, drying, freezing and fermenting food.

    Presenter: Ruth May

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 4:00


  • Food Sustainability — GMO versus Heirloom Seeds 7  

    Learn what is happening to thousands of seed varieties from recent generations, the importance of seed saving and how to save seed from your own family garden.

    Presenter: Randy & Terri Brim

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 11:00


  • Getting Started with Poultry 21  

    Raising chickens and other poultry is an important step for the family homestead or small farm. In this seminar, we'll discuss some of the basics and what it takes to get started.

    Presenter: Joe Claborn

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 12:00


  • Introducing Baby Chicks to the Brooder 13  

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    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 11:15


  • Keeping Your Laying Flock Productive 13  

    In this workshop, we'll explore how to raise and maintain a productive egg laying flock. Among other things, we'll discuss care, raising replacement layers, culling and the question of: How do I know which hens are laying well and which ones aren't?

    Presenter: Matthew Pressly

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 4:00


  • Lacto-Fermentation 7  

    An introduction to making your own lacto-fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, as a means of food preservation that provides naturally occurring health benefits.

    Presenter: Sarah Wiley

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 2:00


  • Living Whole: The Challenge to Contemporary Values 38  

    In this fast-paced, task-oriented world, with its emphasis on autonomy and independence, it is not always easy to feel a sense of wholeness, especially when faced with the challenges of illness and aging. We will explore how taken-for-granted cultural values shape these experiences, discuss how best to promote healing (wholeness), reflect on the important task of caregiving, and consider how a radically different perspective and shift in values transforms the meaning of illness and caregiving.

    Presenter: Dr. Kay Toombs

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 11:00


  • Nonviolence: A Challenge to Today’s Christianity 38  

    The Homestead community traces its spiritual roots back to the heavily persecuted, yet nonviolent and peace-loving, Anabaptist movement begun in the 1500s. What is the perspective that has caused these reformers to tenaciously reject all forms of violence for over 500 years, and how might this perspective be relevant still today? Drawn mainly from Blair Adams' book, Nonviolence: A Challenge to Today's Christianity, this seminar will discuss how and why the issues of violence and nonviolence still present crucial questions for the serious Christian—questions that ultimately reach to the core of the Christian faith.

    Presenter: Evan Birdsong

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 4:00


  • Planning to Homestead? The Necessity of Proper Farm Design and Planning 21  

    Many people who desire to homestead launch out on the journey with great enthusiasm but without a “map” or plan only to later find that they have “lost their way.” In this seminar we will present an overview of the design process, showing how you can develop a beautiful, productive and sustainable homestead.

    Presenter: Butch Tindell

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 1:00


  • Poultry Housing, Feeders and Waterers & Poultry Discussion 23  

    In this seminar we'll explore the pros and cons of various housing, feeding and watering solutions for chickens and other poultry.

    Presenter: Matthew Pressly

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 5:00


  • Purifying Water Using Sustainable Methods 34  

    This seminar continues the introduction to sustainable water essentials with an emphasis on water purification. Methods covered include the slow sand filter, ozonation powered by solar energy, boiling, distillation and pasteurization. A functioning slow sand filter which provides 200 gallons of pure water per day is on display.

    Presenter: Pat Chesney

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 5:00


  • Small Homestead Energy Alternatives 38  

    Learning how to meet our energy needs more sustainably requires a paradigm shift in how we view energy's role in our life. This seminar will help you make that shift by offering a fresh perspective on energy usage and an introduction to small-scale renewable energy sources and zero energy alternatives, including details of an off-the-grid homestead project we recently completed.

    Presenter: Paul Wieboldt

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 10:00


  • Soil Restoration & Composting 21  

    God’s creation has an incredible capacity for healing and restoration. In this presentation we will show examples of land restoration projects that are astounding and inspiring. We will then illustrate some simple methods, including composting, that you can utilize in your own garden or farm to restore or increase the health and vitality of the soil and grow wholesome, nutrient-dense food for your family.

    Presenter: Butch Tindell

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 11:00


  • Sourdough Bread Making 7  

    Come learn the particular steps in baking sourdough bread from your own kitchen with your own utensils and ingredients.

    Presenter: Theresa Glueck

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 11:00


  • Sustainable Gardening 21  

    An introduction to producing your own healthy food in your own backyard or on your own farm, naturally and sustainably.

    Presenter: Hannah Wiley

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 10:00


  • Sustainable Poultry – An Introduction 7  

    Once you've begun to raise poultry, another important question is how to raise them more sustainably. This brings up questions like: Where should I get the poultry that I plan to raise? What are some of the considerations and the trade-offs of getting them from mail order sources, local or regional hatcheries, or even hatching them myself? Can I produce on my own homestead the food that my birds will need? What are some ways to do this? We'll explore questions and topics like these in this seminar.

    Presenter: Joe Claborn

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 3:00


  • Why Live in Community? 38  

    In an age seen by sociologists as increasingly marked by radical forms of individualism, is a community life built on close, personal relationships really plausible? Is it even desirable? What are the risks involved, and why take them? Based on the book Why We Live in Community by Blair Adams, this seminar will explore the motivation behind the Homestead community, and provide a framework for approaching questions about Christian intentional community.

    Presenter: Dan Lancaster

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 11:00