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Homesteading Conference

Homesteading Conference
IVCC’s Continuing Education Center will present a one day Homesteading Conference on Saturday, April 5, 2014. 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 continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Sat 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Apr 5 1 Session
CTC-124, IVCC HLR-5527-04 $89


8-8:30 a.m. Conference Check-In
8:30-9 a.m.: Welcome & Opening General Session
9:15-10:30 a.m.: Break-Out Sessions (choose one)


Raising Goats Naturally (Deborah Niemann-Boehle)
Talk about raising goats the way Mother Nature intended; with does raising their own babies and without routine use of drugs. Learn about goats' nutritional needs and creating an environment where they will thrive. Find out about the milking process when does are raising their own kids.

Beekeeping 101 (Richard McGinnis)
Are you thinking of becoming a beekeeping hobbyist or are you a seasoned beekeeper? Learn about honey bee life and the products of the hive, what it takes to get started with your own apiary, basic seasonal hive management; Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), and modern agricultural practices. A local seasoned beekeeper answers questions, offers suggestions and provides resources for apiary management.

Canning 101 (Cathy Lafrenz)
Learn the basics of canning with a discussion of equipment and terms. We will be making jam, pickles and demonstrating the use of a pressure canner.


cheese milk pudding.jpg10:45 a.m.-12 noon: Break-Out Sessions (choose one)

Choosing Livestock for your Homestead (Deborah Niemann-Boehle)
Start with an overview of livestock and talk about how to choose the right animals for your homestead and your life depending on your property, your personality and your goals.

Looking for a Few Good Hens (Richard McGinnis)
Thinking about having a couple of hens, a small flock or teaching children about responsibility? You can try your hand at animal husbandry with a limited investment and nice reward. Chickens are easy, entertaining and economical. Learn the basics of acquiring and maintaining anything from a small flock to a larger, free range alternative for extra income. Bonus: Coop building tips and tricks CHEAP CHEAP!

Canning 101 (Cathy Lafrenz)
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12 noon-1p.m.: Lunch Break (lunch is included)
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Break-Out Sessions (choose one)

Making Mozzarella (Deborah Niemann-Boehle)
Mozzarella is one of the simplest cheeses to make. You probably already have all of the equipment needed (a 5-quart pot, a bowl, and a large spoon). Combine milk, rennet, and citric acid with what you learn in this demonstration and you will be making your own mozzarella in no time.

Creating a Homestead Business (Cathy Lafrenz)
Discuss the creation of a business plan, ideas, legalities, marketing and expectations.

Pastured Pork & Beef Production (Donna O’Shaughnessy)
Pasture raised beef and pork is highly sought after by today’s educated consumer. How can meat animals like these be safely cared for out of doors in all four seasons? Learn the basics of fencing, feeding, treating the pasture raised cow, beef or hog utilizing cost effective methods.


2:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m.: Break-Out Sessions (choose one)

Marketing Your Homestead Business (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.

Soap Making (Donna O’Shaughnessy)
Soap making is an old fashioned craft making a comeback. Learn how to make your own lard and lye based soaps by observing the process from beginning to end. Watch the amazing conversation of fats and oils as they combine with lye based liquids to create soaps that are excellent for use on
your skin, hair and even in your daily cleaning chores.

Beginning Herb Gardening (Cathy Lafrenz)
Planning and planting your herb garden. Learn recipes and uses for those herbs that you grow.


4:15-5 p.m. Closing General Session

Creating a Lifestyle
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!