Instructors

We’ve gathered an all-star cast of instructors to teach you homesteading skills

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Dan Adams

Earthineer

Dan is the founder of Earthineer, a sharing economy platform and network for homesteaders. He has been has been a speaker at the Mother Earth News Fair on topics such as DIY solar panels, composting, and aquaponics. Dan lives with his family in KY, where they have a large garden, raise chickens, bourbon red turkeys, and st. croix sheep, and keep bees.

2 courses

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Jereme Zimmerman

author of Make Mead Like A Viking

Jereme blogs and speaks regularly on fermentation, mead-making, homesteading and good eating. He is a regular contributor to various publications and websites, including New Pioneer and Backwoods Home magazines. His book Make Mead Like a Viking was published by Chelsea Green Publishing in November 2015.

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John Moody

Whole Life Services and Some Small Farm

John is a farmer, homesteader, and leader in the local food movement. He started and has managed one of the largest food co-operatives in the nation. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund. He is a popular speaker at the Mother Earth News Fair and other events.

2 courses

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Tim Hensley

Tim Hensley is a horselogger, farmer, mushroom enthusiast and woodsman who has been in Berea, KY since 1988. He has been marketing their home-grown and wildcrafted mushrooms and managing their well-diversified organic farming operation for around 15 years.

1 course

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Adam Danforth

author of the definitive guides for butchery

Adam is the James Beard and IACP award-winning author of two books, published by Storey Publishing, about slaughtering and butchering livestock. His interest with the human-animal relationship — historically and modern — is evident in his writing, as is his dedication to education and helping salvage the lost craft of butchery.

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Harvey Ussery

author of The Small-Scale Poultry Flock

Harvey's goal for 30 years, working with dozens of heritage breeds of chickens, ducks, and geese, has been integrating his flocks into the total food production endeavor and making them more independent of purchased inputs. Starting in 2013, he has been raising Icelandic chickens exclusively as his ideal self-sufficient homestead flock, and breeding all of his own stock.

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Don Adams

Don is an electrical engineer, and a popular speaker on a number of DIY topics ranging for building your own solar panels, electric car, dry canner, LED grow lights, and even creating your own batteries.

1 course

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Michael Bush

author of The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally

Michael Bush is one of the leading proponents of treatment free beekeeping. He has been keeping bees since the mid 70’s, usually from two to seven hives up until the year 2000. Varroa forced more experimentation which required more hives and the number has grown steadily over the years from then. By 2008 it was about 200 hives. He is active on many of the Beekeeping forums with last count at more than 50,000 posts between all of them.

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Annie Warmke

Blue Rock Station

Annie is a goat herder, social entrepreneur and writer. She is the author of "Naturally Healthy Goat Guide" and "Journey Towards Nothing", the story of how she started Blue Rock Station, and how she spends the month of January without using energy from the grid or spending money - calling this annual experience "Thanks For Nothing".

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Jay Warmke

Blue Rock Station

Jay is co-owner of Blue Rock Station, a sustainable living center that features the first Earthship (a 2,200 sq ft passive solar home constructed out of garbage) built east of the Mississippi. He is the author of numerous green technology books, including "Green Technology: Principles and Practices" and "Solar Photovoltaic Installer Certification Guide".