Friday, September 23rd
Nicole Sauce, Living Free in Tennessee
Hosting farm events
In 2016, Nicole Sauce founded the Living Free in Tennessee podcast, which blossomed into a strong community of independent individuals who provide mutual support. Nicole has always been keenly involved in food independence. She founded a coffee roasting company, Holler Roast, starting with a cast-iron skillet and growing to a commercial operation. She also helps people learn hands-on skills such as animal processing, cheese-making, canning, and gardening.
Billy Bond, Perma Pastures Farm
Building an online audience for your farm / Butchering on the homestead
Billy and his family live on a regenerative farm in North Carolina. His ever-growing YouTube channel shares innovative permaculture practices and experiments which generally turn out successful thanks to Billy's insatiable thirst for knowledge and deep understanding of complex topics.
Justin Metcalf, Metcalf Mills
Designing a compact grain mill and how milling connects communities
Justin Metcalf is a traditional millwright who has been practicing the trade since we was 15 years old. He has restored numerous mills, some of which were more than 150 years old. He has designed a mill a that combines the best qualities of the old mills into a compact system that can be used in home and community applications. He'll be sharing about his design and the craft of grain milling at the Back to the Land Festival this year.
William Bond, Perma Pastures Farm
Generating residential and commercial composting systems
William Bond has been trained by Geoff Lawton in all things permaculture. For the past several years, he has been helping his parents, Billy and Michelle Bond, build Perma Pastures Farm—the farm, business, and brand that many have come to know and love.
Gabrielle Hundley, Marketing By Gabby
Marketing your farm or homestead
Gabrielle is a writer and marketer who specializes in covering unique stories of overcoming adversity and getting back to the fundamentals of living. In her role as a journalist for several publications, she has interviewed Ironman competitors, reptile sanctuary owners, septuagenarian ultramarathoners, and former drug addicts. As founder and chief marketing strategist at Marketing By Gabby, however, she uses storytelling to help homesteaders and small business owners connect their products and services to the customers who need them most.
Daniel Amick, Amick Farm
Regenerative grazing / What it takes to run a family farm
Daniel and his family have set up an impressive animal management system on their homestead in Centerville, Tennessee. Daniel is an inquisitive mind who has picked up a variety of homestead skills including sheep butchery, woodworking, and during his pursuit to support his family off the land. His story and experiences are an inspiration to us all.
Adam Martin, BeeKept
Natural Beekeeping for Homesteaders and Backyard Beekeepers
Learn how Adam has had success through more natural and sustainable beekeeping methods; utilizing swarm catching, using horizontal hives, allowing the bees to create their own natural comb and refraining form treating for pests or feeding sugar water.
Anne Briggs, Anne of All Trades
Homesteading with the tools you have
Anne Briggs is a farmer, builder, and educator who teaches and preserves disappearing life skills. Her main message is that you don't have to wait until you have the "right" tools, the "right" setup, and the "right" knowledge to get starting doing the things you're passionate about.
Getting started with herbals / Running an herbal business
Katie Williamson, or Yo Soy Fermentista or Golden Goat Herbals as she is known on Instagram and YouTube, is passionate about fermenting, herbals, and health. She has turned her passion into a business and has experience selling online as well as in person at farmers markets and events.
Matt Hundley, Tennessee Homestead Design
Designing your homestead for maximum efficiency and profitability
Matt is a country musician and farmer who experiments with a hands-off and low-cost approach to homesteading and gardening. With a passion for regenerative agriculture and alternative media, he launched The Sovereign Village Project (a.k.a. Homestead for a Living) to promote a more rooted, organic lifestyle and to advocate for freedom, self-sufficiency, and community-building. Through Tennessee Homestead Design, he offers homestead design services and education for backyards, farms, intentional communities, businesses, churches, schools, and more.
John and Pam Dysinger, Bountiful Blessings Farm
Running a successful CSA over decades
John and Pam have managed a successful CSA in Hickman County, Tennessee for nearly three decades, servicing customers as far as Nashville. They started Bountiful Blessings Farm to create a better life for their family. Their son created a company called Farmers Friend which provides small farmers with innovative tools they need make a profit while also improving the land.
Jordan Goodwin, Axe and Anvil
Jordan is Owner and Founder of Axe & Anvil. Jordan does most of the ironwork, correspondence, and social media/writing for Axe & Anvil. Jordan has fallen in love with traditional blacksmithing in a big way. Jordan doesn’t remember when his love of working with his hands started - it’s always been a part of life since he was a small child. Being homeschooled, he found many opportunities to be creative with what was to be found on multi-generational small farm on which he grew up.
Melissa Goodwin, Roan Creek Wellness
Dylan and Mickenzie, Nashville Farmacy
Growing mushrooms for a living
Rhea Perry, Educating for Success
10 ways to make money from your homestead