Our Seminars 2019


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


  • A Culture of Healing— Meeting the Challenges of Living Whole with Disability, and in the Care of Special-Needs Children or Adults, in the Context of Community 36b  

    Amanda Lancaster, lifetime member of Homestead Heritage and home-schooling mother of an autistic child, and Kay Toombs, a wheelchair user who has lived over half her life with M.S., share their experience and explore how an integrated community life can bring wholeness, meaning and healing, not only to specialneeds children and persons who live with disability, but to us all.

    Presenter: Amanda Lancaster & Dr. Kay Toombs

    Schedule: Sunday at 1:00 • Friday & Saturday at 1:00


  • Basic Soap Making 3  

    Discover how to create creamy homemade soap in your own kitchen. We will introduce the basics of soap making with a few simple ingredients.

    Presenter: Liz Adams

    Schedule: Sunday at 2:00 • Friday & Saturday at 2:00


  • Beekeeping Seminar 36b  

    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: Sunday at 2:00 • Friday & Saturday at 2:00


  • Bread Making 3  

    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 10:00


  • Building a Child’s Character 36b  

    A discussion of the interfacing relationship between education and child rearing, home-schooling 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 11:00


  • Changing Our Minds – The Impact of Digital Technology 36a  

    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 11:00


  • Changing Our Minds: The Impact of Digital Technology 36a  

    Each year there is an exponential increase in the availability of digital technology (internet, smartphones, 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: Sunday at 11:00


  • Cheese Making Seminar — Mozzarella 3  

    Watch a gallon of milk become mozzarella in this one-hour session as you learn what it takes to make your own soft and hard cheeses at home, with either cow or goat milk.

    Presenter: Cary Jennings & Rebekah Nolen

    Schedule: Sunday at 1:00 • Friday & Saturday at 1:00


  • Christian Community as Cultural Exodus — Seeking a Nurturing Habitat for Life 36a  

    This seminar will explore a foundational element of the worldview that has birthed and sustained the Homestead Heritage Community – the vision of the “kingdom of God” as a unique culture, distinct from all the kingdoms of this world. Through a look at the historical context of original Christianity and an examination of Scripture, a challenge emerges for today’s believers to make a complete exodus and become a radically alternative culture – a “city set on a hill.”

    Presenter: Dan Lancaster

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 10:00


  • Collecting and Storing Water for the Small Homestead 36a  

    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


  • Getting Started with Poultry 36a  

    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: Sunday at 2:00 • Friday & Saturday at 2:00


  • Greenhouse Aquaponics 3  

    Aquaponics, as we know it today, is a new and perhaps novel method of growing food 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 aquaponics. We will also look at some key points that make for an energy efficient greenhouse design.

    Presenter: Josiah Sherman

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 3:00 • Sunday at 3:00


  • How to Improve and Perpetuate Your Flock 3  

    Chickens are remarkable. They produce fresh food in family-sized portions, both meat and eggs. They’re adaptable to a wide range of climates and varied purposes. Their manure, properly managed, can build your land’s soil fertility. They’re excellent foragers. And they’re easy to take care of. Once you’ve begun raising a flock and have mastered the basics, you can learn how to improve and perpetuate your flock. In this seminar, we’ll discuss these things and how they can come together on your small farm or family homestead.

    Presenter: Matthew Pressly

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 5:00


  • Industrialism and the Question of Sustainability 36b  

    Beginning with the banking revolution of the early 1700’s, this seminar reviews the major historic developments of the modern industrial era. It will then present steps that everyone can take to achieve a practical, sustainable alternative model.

    Presenter: Kevin Durkin

    Schedule: Sunday at 12:00 • Friday & Saturday at 12:00


  • Keeping Your Laying Flock Productive 11  

    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 3  

    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 4:00


  • Nonviolence: A Challenge to Today’s Christianity 36a  

    The Homestead community traces its spiritual roots back to the heavily persecuted, yet nonviolent and peace-loving, Anabaptist movement begun in the 1500’s. 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 still relevant today? Drawn mainly from Blair Adams’s 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 12:00 • Sunday at 12:00


  • Purifying Water Using Sustainable Methods 36a  

    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


  • Questions & Answers on Christian Community 36b  

    Join members of the Homestead Heritage community for a highly interactive question-and-answer session about their way of life. This open forum will be hosted by a diverse and cross-generational panel featuring long-time members of the community as well as those who have just recently joined. Bring your questions!

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    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 4:00


  • Seed Sustainability, Food Waste and Air to Water 3  

    The importance of open pollinated seed, how to save seed, what we can do with food waste, and getting irrigation and clean drinking water from the air.

    Presenter: Randy & Terri Brim

    Schedule: Sunday at 12:00 • Friday & Saturday at 12:00


  • Sourdough Bread Making 3  

    Come learn the simple steps you can take to bake sourdough bread from your own kitchen with your own utensils and ingredients.

    Presenter: Cynthia Vidaurreta

    Schedule: Sunday at 11:00 • Friday & Saturday at 11:00


  • Sustainable Gardening & Soil Restoration 36b  

    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


  • The Challenge of Feeding Your Family 36a  

    Why would anyone want to go through the trouble to raise chickens, milk cows and goats, and grow a garden when milk can be conveniently delivered to your door for $1.98 per gallon, boneless, skinless chicken breast for $1.99, and a pound of green beans for $1.28 per pound. We’ll explore some of the motivations to take your first steps outside the industrial food chain and grow your own food.

    Presenter: Joe Claborn

    Schedule: Sunday at 3:00


  • The Challenge of Feeding Your Family – Part 1 (Friday) 36a  

    Why would anyone want to go through the trouble to raise chickens, milk cows and goats, and grow a garden when milk can be conveniently delivered to your door for $1.98 per gallon, boneless, skinless chicken breast for $1.99, and a pound of green beans for $1.28 per pound. We’ll explore some of the motivations to take your first steps outside the industrial food chain and grow your own food.

    Presenter: Joe Claborn

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 3:00


  • The Challenge of Feeding Your Family – Part 2 (Saturday) 36a  

    We pick up where we left off yesterday and continue with the nuts and bolts of planning a continuously harvest-able garden to feed your family. Instead of creating a storage problem with large harvests, smaller continuous harvested gardens supply year-long fresh, in-season food for your family.

    Presenter: Joe Claborn

    Schedule: Friday & Saturday at 3:00


  • Unplugging from the Matrix 36a  

    Drawn largely from a series of books written by Homestead community founder Blair Adams, this seminar will explore how a modern, industrialized, mass-media culture focused on entertainment and technology has contributed to an unprecedented shift in human values, perspectives and ways of thinking. Can authentic Christianity be consistently lived out within the context of modernity? Is there any escape from the pulls of consumerism and its many promises and enticements? Is such an escape even necessary?

    Presenter: Evan Birdsong

    Schedule: Sunday at 1:00 • Friday & Saturday at 1:00