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Homesteading Conference

Homesteading Conference
IVCC’s Continuing Education Center will present a one day Homestead Conference on Saturday, April 6, 2013. Learn the ins and outs of growing, raising and  preserving your own food, as well as how to turn your passion into a business. Participants will have a choice of four sessions throughout the day, in addition to the closing general session at the end of the conference. A light lunch will be provided.
Sat 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Apr 6 1 Session
C-316, IVCC HLR-5527-04 $79

20130310_0008chick.jpgConference Schedule

8-8:30 a.m.: Conference Check-In

8:30-9 a.m.: Welcome & Opening General Session Why Homegrown and Handmade?
(Deborah Niemann-Boehle & Cathy Lafrenz) Last year, Deborah and Cathy each talked about their top three reasons for moving towards a more self-reliant lifestyle. This year, they'll tell you why they continue to grow their own and make things from scratch, and why they buy from local farmers


9:15-10:30 a.m.: Break-Out Sessions (choose one)
Goats as the Centerpiece of a Diversified Homestead
(Deborah Niemann-Boehle) Did you know that goats can provide you with milk, meat, and fertilizer? Cover the basics of raising goats and then talk about what it takes to make your own soap and a variety of cheeses, yogurt, butter, buttermilk, and meat, including summer sausage or charcuteries. Discuss whey and milk as fertilizer, as well as the basics of composting. You'll never need to buy fertilizer again.

cheese milk pudding.jpgCanning for Dummies
(Cathy Lafrenz) Canning may seem intimidating but is really quite simple. We will be talking basic terms, equipment and safety.Walk away with lots of recipes and the knowledge that ... Yes, you ‘can’!


10:45 a.m.-12 noon: Break-Out Sessions (choose one)

Fiber Animals for Fun and Profit
(Deborah Niemann-Boehle) Whether you have a hundred acres or just a couple, you'll discover what type of fiber animals will work for you. Learn about fiber from rabbits, goats, sheep, and camelids (llamas and alpacas), as well as the basics of caring for fiber animals, how to harvest fiber and process it for selling.

Freezing and Dehydrating
(Cathy Lafrenz) Often the starting point of any home preservation plan, freezing and dehydrating are easy ways to keep your summer bounty. From blanching to trail  mixes, talk about what equipment is needed for successful storage. Eliminate costly waste from your food budget by a little organization and planning.


12 noon-1 p.m.: Lunch Break (lunch is included)


1-2:30 p.m.: Break-Out Sessions (choose one)
Backyard Poultry 101
(Deborah Niemann-Boehle) If you want eggs or meat, adding chickens or turkeys to your homestead can be a wise investment. Learn where to buy chicks and poults, how to make a homemade brooder, and what to feed them. Discuss breed choices, housing options, and end of life alternatives for layers and meat birds.

Homestead Business
(Cathy Lafrenz) How can you make money from your homestead? We will talk business and marketing plans, realistic goals and legalities. Come prepared to share your own dreams so that we may help you achieve them.

2:45-4:15 p.m.: Break-Out Sessions (choose one)
Marketing Your Farmstead Products
(Deborah Niemann-Boehle) Discuss the 4 Ps of marketing (product, promotion, place, and price) and how you can apply them to what you want to sell, whether it is on the farm, at a farmer's market, or online. Discover how you can market your products for free using social media such as Facebook and blogs.

High Density Gardening
(Cathy Lafrenz) Small area? Let's talk how to grow the most vegetables out of your space. Companion planting and fertile soil can make the difference. High density gardening will expand your pantry, let me show you how.


4:15-5 p.m.: Closing General Session
Creating a Lifestyle (Cathy and Deborah)
How does life change for better or for worse when you move towards a more self-reliant lifestyle? We'll talk about meals, cooking, vacations, vehicles, home businesses, homeschooling and more!


Deborah Niemann-Boehle and her suburban family moved to 32 acres in the middle of nowhere to begin a homesteading lifestyle eleven years ago. Today they produce 100% of their own meat, eggs, dairy products, maple syrup and a large portion of their fruits and vegetables. Deborah is the author of Homegrown and
Handmade. To learn more visit www.antiquityoaks.com.

Cathy Lafrenz started Miss Effie’s Country Flowers and Garden Stuff in 2002. She has an acre in cut flower production. Cathy has been featured in Midwest Living and The Radish Magazine. Her farm is an Animal Welfare Approved farm and was named an emerging partner site for Silos and Smokestacks.