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Knowledge and empowerment at HGR Conference Weekend

By Lyn Stanton, Program Director
Homeplace on Green River

Beginning in January of this year, Homeplace on Green River and the Homestead Education Program have been working together to plan and prepare The Second Annual Heartland Homesteading Conference! After all the preparations and anticipation, the event finally took place in perfect early fall weather from September 29 to October 1, 2023, and was a great success.

Over the weekend, we had nearly 200 participants engage in more than 30 distinct learning sessions led by over 20 experts and enthusiasts. With everything from beekeeping to permaculture, tanning to butchering, essential oils to herbal medicine for goats, and cultivating fruit trees to pressure canning, the weekend was chalked to the brim with in-depth, hands-on practical skill-building sessions designed to help both the beginner and advanced homesteader alike.

Our volunteer instructors were incredibly generous with their time, and participants were eager to learn everything they could. Many instructors were local, including several youth leaders from the Taylor County 4H, folks from the county extension offices, our area farmers, and accomplished gardeners and homesteaders.


The event was also blessed to have instructors and demonstrators from beyond our region and from out of state. We had accomplished published authors, experts in self-defense, skilled craftspeople, and more join us to make an incredible experience.

Between participants, instructors, and vendors, our event had representatives from all over the country, with folks from Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Colorado, and Florida coming to be with us. It was wonderful to see so many like-minded people come together in the spirit of friendship and learning.

Some folks may ask, why a homesteading conference? The birth of this event came over 2 years ago from a homesteading member on our Board who had attended a conference produced by the Homestead Education Program and connected Homeplace on Green River with their leadership in talks about co-producing content. Together the group realized there is an ever-growing need for these types of learning opportunities and that the scenic and historic grounds at Homeplace are uniquely perfect for these types of events. The modern Homesteading movement in America is becoming a juggernaut movement. People all over the country and, in fact, the world are reclaiming old knowledge of self-sufficiency and living off the land. Many are working to infuse old methods with new techniques as they focus on sustainability. People are hungry for knowledge and for taking control of their lives, land, and health. While homesteading can mean something a little different to everyone, at its core, it's about self-reliance and living in harmony with nature. What better way to practice our mission at Homeplace on Green River than through providing access to traditional and modern skills in agriculture and subsistence farming?

So, after much discussion and planning, the Heartland Homesteading Conference was born. We are so grateful for our fruitful and continuing partnership with the Homestead Education Program. This year was bigger than last year, and next Fall, we know, will grow even more! We can't wait to get the ball rolling for next year and hope people will mark their calendars now for the 3rd Annual Heartland Homesteading Conference, September 27-29, 2024.


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In the barn at the Homesteading Conference



2023-10-15 - Taylor Co., KY - Photo by Lyn Stanton.
From September 29 through October 1, 2023, nearly 200 participants engaged in more than 30 distinct learning sessions led by over 20 experts and enthusiasts at the Second Annual Heartland Homesteading Conference at Homeplace on Green River.

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Campers at the Homesteading Conference



2023-10-15 - Taylor Co., KY - Photo by Lyn Stanton.
Between participants, instructors, and vendors, our event had representatives from all over the country, with folks from Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Colorado, and Florida at the Second Annual Heartland Homesteading Conference at Homeplace on Green River.

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Chris Coulter at the Homesteading Conference



2023-10-15 - Taylor Co., KY - Photo by Lyn Stanton.
Presenter Chris Coulter taught sessions on Permaculture, Seed Saving, and Survival Gardening at the Second Annual Heartland Homesteading Conference at Homeplace on Green River.

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