MEET THE SPEAKERS
We are making it a point to work with speakers local to the region who are experts in their fields. If you know someone who might be a good fit, let us know! We'd love to talk to them!
Telling Your Farm's Story
After leaving the suburbs of Washington, DC and moving to an abandoned dairy farm in Northern Vermont, Morgan faced the daunting task of rebuilding the property back into a working farm. Through the use of social media, he has been able to share his story with over 600,000 subscribers on YouTube and 2 million followers on TikTok. Learn how Morgan has leveraged storytelling and social media to build a dedicated following for his farm, and how you can do the same.
Stop Selling Eggs: Turning Your Homestead Into A Profitable Endeavor
After marrying a farm girl 14 years ago, Aust went from guitar playing surfer bum to running a 200 acre family farm. With a lot of help from his wife and 6 children, Aust is able to raise and butcher all the meat the family eats, as well as earning a full time living off their homestead. As the host of the Homesteady Podcast and YouTube channel for the last 8 years, Aust brings a wealth of knowledge and an enthusiasm for teaching others that is unparalleled.
Practical Seed Saving
Rich has spent the last 27 years of his life dedicated to bringing agriculture into the lives of others. From managing and maintaining the botanical gardens at Old Sturbridge Village, to doing educational outreach and orchard design with the American Chestnut Foundation. His days are now spent playing in the edible forest and gardens he has built at All Hill Farm, and teaching others the skills they need to do the same.
Your First Family Milk Cow
Days spent at the fair growing up convinced a young Kendra that she'd one day own a dairy cow of her own. After experimenting with a small goat dairy, she took the leap and never looked back. From her first dairy cow, Ladybug, "K" has grown her herd of Miniature Jersey cattle, and has recently added a Guernsey and Highlands to the mix. Kendra begins everyday milking her herd of cows, and can often be found spending the afternoon making butter, ice cream, yogurt, or her favorite, fresh ricotta cheese. For the last 5 years, she has shared her family milk cow journey with fans of the Homesteady Podcast and YouTube channel.
DR. DAVID PECK
Beekeeping Challenges in the Northeast
Dr. David Peck is not only a beekeeper himself, but has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of beekeepers around him. After earning his doctorate, he spent 3 months in Madagascar working with a non-profit to educate beekeepers on Varroa, which had only recently showed up on the island nation. He was also instrumental in helping Newfoundland and Labrador design a Varroa Action Plan, should the province ever encounter the mites within their boundaries.
Sheep On A Homestead - Why?
Jane and her husband Dave tend a small flock of Coopworth sheep on their "farmette" in Winchester, New Hampshire. Over the years, Jane has found ways to maximize the benefit of keeping sheep on a small farm. From fiber to meat, learn how and why sheep could be the most important part of your homestead, that you'd never even considered.
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