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Presenters

Below is a list of the presenters that will be at this year's conference.

Weston Adams

West­on’s home­steading began at age 13 when his parents moved to central Ten­nessee. He devel­oped a passion for peren­nial fruit crops, and his inter­est in prac­ti­cal fruit pro­duc­tion hasn’t dimin­ished. He earned a BS in Sus­tain­able Food and Farming and now works at Baker Creek Heir­loom Seeds.

Presentations

Growing No-Spray Fruit on a Budget 

Pes­ti­cides and fungi­cides are no fun. Let’s talk prac­ti­cally about growing lus­cious, NO-SPRAY fruit crops in the chal­leng­ing South­east­ern climate, and let’s explore some incred­i­ble cost-saving start-up tactics.

Grafting Fruit Trees: An Art...A Science Hands-on Additional Fee

2 presentations, 1 hour each

20 person limit per presentation
$20.00 per person

If you want to prop­a­gate your own fruit trees, you must learn to graft! Where do I get sup­plies? How do I do it? Watch this tech­ni­cal and time-honored hor­ti­cul­tural tech­nique per­formed in-person, and take the skill and some starter sup­plies home with you!

Jeff Birth

Jeff Birth’s love for agri­cul­ture began growing up on the family farm. Food preser­va­tion was an inte­gral part of his child­hood expe­ri­ence. He boot­strapped and managed Milo Adven­tist Academy’s 5 acre market farm for 6 ½ years, inte­grat­ing com­mu­nity out­reach, and value added prod­ucts. Expe­ri­ence in con­struc­tion and fab­ri­ca­tion helped in build­ing the infra­struc­ture on a small budget.

Presentation

"Rocket" Food Dryer Demo

Hands-on class where we will build a very simple, very effec­tive, passive solar food dryer using simple mate­ri­als avail­able any­where. Use for home­steading, mission work, or when you can’t find jar lids. Uses inge­nu­ity, not electricity.

C. Jeffrey Bragg

Jeff Bragg has been rooted in the soil since birth. Not only was he born and raised next to first earthen dam in Idaho, but he has expe­ri­enced the food chain from soil to belly as well! His spe­cialty is Con­sult­ing in Agron­omy with a focus on human health.

Presentation

Organic Potatoes: Soil to Belly—the Lord's Way 

Pota­toes are one of the most diverse staples, but unknown to house­holds that they can be grown any­where. Jeff Bragg wants to teach a basic under­stand­ing of their various growing methods. They can be grown locally-even in a house and/​or garden. The world is a safer place with zero waste organic seed.

Janet Brandauer

Known as Aunt Janet to chil­dren around the world as host and writer of To All The World’s Open Doors to Heaven series, Janet is a massage ther­a­pist, gar­dener, cook, sheep enthu­si­ast and artist who delights in men­tor­ing all ages to know and grasp God’s love in prac­ti­cal, tan­gi­ble ways.

Presentations

The Lord is My Shepherd with Sarah BrandauerHands-on

2 presentations, 1 hour each

Learn lessons from real life shep­herd­ing and how the shep­herd wins the heart of his sheep. Have fun learn­ing about these special animals while making your very own weaving project

Shepherding with Love with Sarah Brandauer

Learn about dif­fer­ent sheep breeds, shelter, feeding, par­a­site man­age­ment, preda­tors, injuries, shear­ing — all from a natural per­spec­tive and real life expe­ri­ence. Gain prac­ti­cal insight to the Heav­enly Shep­herd’s heart.

Home Spun Fun: From Sheep to Textile with Sarah BrandauerDemo

We’ll discuss various fibers and ways to process/​clean them. See demos of spin­ning, weaving, felting with exam­ples of useful items you can make your­self: hats, fomen­ta­tion pads, scarves, rugs…

Sarah Brandauer

Sarah is a tax pre­parer, shep­herdess and EMT who also works with her fam­i­ly’s media min­istry To All The World. She finds joy in raising & shep­herd­ing wool sheep, gar­den­ing, working with chil­dren, cooking, and seeing others take hold of the prac­ti­cal gospel in their lives.

Presentations

The Lord is My Shepherd with Janet BrandauerHands-on

2 presentations, 1 hour each

Learn lessons from real life shep­herd­ing and how the shep­herd wins the heart of his sheep. Have fun learn­ing about these special animals while making your very own weaving project

Shepherding with Love with Janet Brandauer

Learn about dif­fer­ent sheep breeds, shelter, feeding, par­a­site man­age­ment, preda­tors, injuries, shear­ing — all from a natural per­spec­tive and real life expe­ri­ence. Gain prac­ti­cal insight to the Heav­enly Shep­herd’s heart.

Home Spun Fun: From Sheep to Textile with Janet BrandauerDemo

We’ll discuss various fibers and ways to process/​clean them. See demos of spin­ning, weaving, felting with exam­ples of useful items you can make your­self: hats, fomen­ta­tion pads, scarves, rugs…

Isaac Chuljian

Isaac Chuljian manages a small blue­berry nursery and works on his family’s market farm in Middle Ten­nessee, where he plays a major role in keeping the machin­ery up and running. He enjoys build­ing tools and equip­ment with his brother in his spare” time.

Presentation

Make Your Own Collinear Hoe Hands-on Additional Fee

2 presentations, 1 hour each

10 person limit per presentation
$35.00 per person

Want to try a hand at making your own tools? In this class you will get expe­ri­ence in cutting, drilling, tapping (thread cutting), and assem­bly using common tools, to fab­ri­cate your own collinear hoe to take home (a $50+ value)!

The Collinear hoe makes elim­i­nat­ing weeds quick and enjoy­able. A draw hoe, it is meant to be used while stand­ing upright, which enables you to quickly achieve a weed-free bed without having to bend over. Espe­cially adapted for use in and around low-lying crops.

Mark Chuljian ll

Mark Chuljian ll lives in Middle Ten­nessee where he manages the fam­i­ly’s Sonlit Meadows Farm. Aside from the usual farm veggies, he has a passion for growing grains and beans and keeps the family sup­plied with wheat, corn and soybeans.

Presentations

Growing Your Own Small Grains and Beans 

Have you dreamed of growing not only fruits and veggies but also your own protein and car­bo­hy­drate sources? This class will give an overview of how to raise small grains and beans to help com­plete the garden menu!

Make a Germination Chamber Demo

See how to trans­form a freezer into a perfect envi­ron­ment for baby plants to emerge, whether the weather outside is too cold or too hot and dry!

Franklin Cobos

Cur­rently licensed to prac­tice med­i­cine in 5 states, Dr. Cobos is board cer­ti­fied in both Anes­the­si­ol­ogy and Lifestyle Med­i­cine. His home is fea­tured on AirBnB​.com, and is used as a part-time san­i­tar­ium, well­ness edu­ca­tion center, and lifestyle med­i­cine prac­tice loca­tion. The year round garden serves as the pharmacy.

Presentation

Supportive Small Scale Agriculture in the Home Sanitarium Setting 

Learn how any home may be used to immerse guests in the unique bless­ings found in a rural Seventh-day Adven­tist home. Basics to advanced topics will be addressed.

Kelly Coffin

Kelly Coffin is an entre­pre­neur whose passion for busi­ness and tech­nol­ogy grew out of needs he iden­ti­fied while being raised on the family farm. His family is devoted to mission focused busi­ness and the oppor­tu­nity to improve lives through enter­prise founded on Heaven’s prin­ci­ples. Kelly lives in Bozeman, Montana sur­rounded by family, farm and horses.

Presentations

Innovation and the Business of Youth 

For now and eter­nity we’re only given a few, pre­cious years of youth. How can I make the most of it? What might I expect in the future and can I con­tribute to it? Am I too young to give this con­sid­er­a­tion? Most impor­tantly, what does inno­va­tion look like in God’s eyes and what is my busi­ness regard­ing it? Geared toward kids ages 10 – 14.

Turn It Over. The Plowshare of Business 

What does it take to engage in mission cen­tered busi­ness? What is the focus to be? How is success defined, and most impor­tantly, what must be lost to achieve it? Here we’ll look at lessons from agri­cul­ture and prin­ci­ples of plowing applied to business.

Tear It Apart. The Harrow of Business 

What does employee man­age­ment mean within a mission cen­tered busi­ness? Is there a dif­fer­ence? Is there a model for culture? How is success defined and what are the prac­ti­cal steps nec­es­sary to facil­i­tate it? Have you ever tilled a field? Here we’ll look at some prac­ti­cal ele­ments of har­row­ing and their appli­ca­tion to man­age­ment in the mission of business.

Kameron DeVasher

Elder Kameron DeVasher is direc­tor of Sabbath School and Per­sonal Min­istries in the Michi­gan Con­fer­ence. He believes strongly that the Seventh-day Adven­tist Church is God’s end-time move­ment and works to train, equip, and encour­age all church members for effec­tive soul-winning service. For more infor­ma­tion and lay min­istry resources, visit www​.Michi​ganSSPM​.org.

Presentations

Why Was Jesus Always Talking About Plants? 
Our Soul-Winning Bottleneck 
Who Fed the 5,000? 

1 hour and 15 minutes

Cherie Duffield

Cherie enjoys gar­den­ing in the Blue Moun­tains of eastern WA with her husband Ron where they have raised their three daugh­ters. Her inter­ests include a love for God’s Word and His working in history, sacred music, helping others, small fruit and veg­etable gar­den­ing, nature, back­pack­ing, baking, cooking and food preserving.

Presentations

Introduction to the Home Garden with Angela Ford
Planning Your Garden Space and Crops with Angela Ford
Getting Your Garden in the Ground with Angela Ford
Seed Starting and Hands-on Soil Blocking with Angela FordDemoHands-on Additional Fee

1 hour

20 person limit
$50.00 per person

Fee only applies to HANDS-ON option. Others may watch demo without paying addi­tional fee.

Caleb Dysinger

Caleb Dysinger, age 19, was born and raised on Boun­ti­ful Bless­ings Farm in middle Ten­nessee where he farms with his parents and brother. As he grew up, farming turned from a burden into his career choice. He loves the chal­lenge of stream lining and making things run more efficiently.

Presentations

Farming Efficiently 

This class will cover the basic prin­ci­ples of lean farming” and share prac­ti­cal ways to increase effi­ciency and pro­duc­tiv­ity on your farm.

Building Your Market Display Demo

John Dysinger

John Dysinger, along with his wife Pam and their chil­dren, started Boun­ti­ful Bless­ings Farm in the fall of 1998 (after 8 years of class­room teach­ing). He has learned almost every­thing the hard way, but is thank­ful for the many lessons God has taught him in the process. Now his passion is to encour­age others to expe­ri­ence the bless­ings of an agrar­ian life.

Presentations

A Bird’s-Eye View of Market Gardening with Pam Dysinger

What is Market Gar­den­ing? Why does AdAgrA promote it so ardently? Can you really make a living” doing it? These and other ques­tions will be answered in this overview of the subject.

The “Up and Up” on Greenhouse Trellising 

Green­house space is valu­able real estate; growing ver­ti­cally max­i­mizes this space, plus so much more! Come learn trel­lis­ing tech­niques for toma­toes, peppers, cucum­bers and eggplant.

Growing Healthy Transplants for Efficiency and Profitability 

Trans­plant pro­duc­tion is one of the key­stones of market gar­den­ing; it can also be a prof­itable value added product on it’s own. We will look at the how and why.

Berry Basics for Beginners 

Berries are healthy and loved by (almost) all. They can also be grown in most areas of the country. Come learn the basics on black­berry, blue­berry, rasp­berry and straw­berry production.

Jonathan Dysinger

Jonathan grew up on a family farm in Middle Ten­nessee and, at an early age, started taking an inter­est in busi­ness endeav­ors. He now runs an inter­na­tional busi­ness that man­u­fac­tures and dis­trib­utes tools and sup­plies for the small farm indus­try. His expe­ri­ences have helped to develop a passion for busi­ness and the min­istry oppor­tu­ni­ties that it offers.

Presentations

Small Engine Repair Basics Hands-on Additional Fee

2 presentations, 3 hours each

8 person limit per presentation
$125.00 per person

In this class, we will dive into the basics of engine theory (how an engine works) and then use that knowl­edge to teach you how to diag­nose an engine problem. This will be a hands-on course where par­tic­i­pants can learn on real equip­ment like mowers, weedeaters, chain­saws, etc. Come with cloth­ing that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Developing Entrepreneurship in Children 

Do you want to encour­age and support your chil­dren in busi­ness endeav­ors but don’t feel like you know how? This class will give you prac­ti­cal tips for helping your chil­dren create a suc­cess­ful busi­ness model and advice to help them avoid common mistakes.

Joshua Dysinger

Joshua Dysinger grew up working with his family on Boun­ti­ful Bless­ings Farm, and now manages the winter growing season along with his wife Kelli. Joshua also manages the harvest and mar­ket­ing for both summer and winter season as well as selling pasture raised eggs from his large flock of hens.

Presentations

Washing Machine to Salad Spinner Conversion Demo

A demon­stra­tion of the methods and tech­niques needed to convert a washing machine into a labor saving salad spinner.

Building A Greens Bubbler Demo

A hands on class demon­strat­ing how to build a simple greens washing bubbler that will save hours on your market farm.

Pam Dysinger

Pam Dysinger has expe­ri­enced first hand the bless­ings and chal­lenges of an agrar­ian life. She is mother to 8 grown chil­dren (3 gained through mar­riage), and cher­ishes time with her family. She loves working in the garden, growing herbs, and build­ing rela­tion­ships with their farm customers.

Presentations

A Bird’s-Eye View of Market Gardening with John Dysinger

What is Market Gar­den­ing? Why does AdAgrA promote it so ardently? Can you really make a living” doing it? These and other ques­tions will be answered in this overview of the subject.

Tips and Techniques for Farmer’s Market 

Farmer’s Markets are a great way to get started in Market Gar­den­ing. We will look at tips and tech­niques for success; from set up to take down, and every­thing in between.

Paul Dysinger

Paul Dysinger enjoys teach­ing people all over the world how to grow their own healthy, nutri­ent-dense, organic food through online garden train­ing and soft­ware — www​.seed​time​.us. He is the blessed husband to his wife Natasha and father of two sons. They cur­rently live in TN and enjoy seeing how much food they can grow on their small homestead.

Presentation

The Perpetual Harvest Hack 

Dis­cover how to grow a con­tin­ual harvest of fresh food all year long (or greatly extend your growing season) without going crazy trying to keep track of what to do or when to do it.

David Emerson

Dr. Emerson’s passion is revers­ing Syn­drome X, asso­ci­ated with dis­eases like obesity and heart disease, through lifestyle inter­ven­tions. His expe­ri­ence includes found­ing his own clinic with his nurse wife as manager, working as a medical mis­sion­ary doctor in Guam, and ICU and ER unit work. He is an inter­na­tional speaker while Oleta loves growing healthy food on their family farm.

Presentations

The Doctor’s Farm 

Dig Deeper! Stretch! The Emerson Clinic was started by a doctor/​nurse couple on a 120 acre farm. Soon it turned into The Doctor’s Farm when they com­bined the Medical Prac­tice with Nutri­tional Coun­sel­ing, and Agri­cul­ture (growing and selling their produce). Come learn how you, too, can take the next steps of lis­ten­ing to God’s voice in com­bin­ing agri­cul­ture with medical mis­sion­ary work

First Aid on the farm 

Ready to dig deeper and learn hands-on skills for medical emer­gen­cies on the farm? Snake and spider bites, bee stings, aller­gic reac­tions, ana­phy­lac­tic shock, heat exhaus­tion, heat stroke, acci­den­tal poi­son­ings; abra­sions, cuts, punc­ture wounds (step­ping on nails), broken bones; splint­ing skills, how to put a farm first aid kit together and more! Make your farm a much safer place by rec­og­niz­ing and addressing“accidents waiting to happen”. See how this can trans­late into rec­og­niz­ing spir­i­tual wounds and being aware of the skills to address these as well.

Chantée Fisher

Luke and Chantée Fisher are market gar­den­ers raising their chil­dren and organic veg­eta­bles on a family farm in Bristow, Okla­homa. They find joy in living simply, serving God and their com­mu­nity, men­tor­ing young people, and working along­side their little ones every day.

Presentations

Marketing Your Produce with Luke Fisher

Learn how to use cre­ativ­ity and per­se­ver­ance in finding mar­ket­ing outlets, Farmers Markets, CSAs, restau­rant, and online sales; where to look, how to present your­self, build a cus­tomer base, do market research and decide on mar­ket­ing strat­egy. decid­ing what to grow

Garden Grown Kids 

Teach­ing chil­dren resilience, enthu­si­asm, good work ethic and other char­ac­ter lessons in the fertile soil of the garden.

Luke Fisher

Luke and Chantée Fisher are market gar­den­ers raising their chil­dren and organic veg­eta­bles on a family farm in Bristow, Okla­homa. They find joy in living simply, serving God and their com­mu­nity, men­tor­ing young people, and working along­side their little ones every day.

Presentations

Harvest Management 

How to manage the har­vest­ing process to promote maximum effi­ciency, main­tain excel­lent quality, and use your current resources to their great­est potential.

Marketing Your Produce with Chantée Fisher

Learn how to use cre­ativ­ity and per­se­ver­ance in finding mar­ket­ing outlets, Farmers Markets, CSAs, restau­rant, and online sales; where to look, how to present your­self, build a cus­tomer base, do market research and decide on mar­ket­ing strat­egy. decid­ing what to grow

Allyson Fisher Lambert

Allyson grad­u­ated from vet­eri­nary school in 2015 and moved back to the family farm to prac­tice large animal med­i­cine. She soon real­ized that her love of growing flowers could be a suc­cess­ful busi­ness. She started Slick Chick Blooms in 2018 and con­tin­ues to prac­tice vet­eri­nary med­i­cine part time.

Presentations

Flower Farming Basics 

Learn the basics of flower farming and how to get started without break­ing the bank.

Dahlias: From Tuber to Bloom 

Learn the nitty gritty of how to grow, divide and sell this incred­i­bly popular flower.

Heirloom Chrysanthemums and Peonies 

Learn how to extend your growing season by growing heir­loom mums and peonies. 

Agritourism 

Learn about a fun way to diver­sify your farm’s income. Sun­flower fields, pumpkin patches, edu­ca­tional oppor­tu­ni­ties, the public is eager to visit your farm!

A Garden for All 

A class devoted to teach­ing kids the basics of growing plants and helping them learn to love gardening!

Angela Ford

Angela Ford is an avid home gar­dener from Eastern Wash­ing­ton, who enjoys a good fresh tomato sand­wich and pre­serv­ing produce for the winter to feed her large family. Wife of Steve for 31 yrs. mom to 5, and grandma of 3 pre­cious girls, Heaven, Eden, and Kaynen. 

Presentations

Introduction to the Home Garden with Cherie Duffield
Planning Your Garden Space and Crops with Cherie Duffield
Getting Your Garden in the Ground with Cherie Duffield
Seed Starting and Hands-on Soil Blocking with Cherie DuffieldDemoHands-on Additional Fee

1 hour

20 person limit
$50.00 per person

Fee only applies to HANDS-ON option. Others may watch demo without paying addi­tional fee.

Angelica Gomide

Born in Brazil, Angel­ica moved to the US after her husband was called to pastor. Here they met a home­school­ing family. Impressed with the results, they decided that when their chil­dren were born, they would home­school. For 18 years she had this priv­i­lege. She and her husband now live at Oua­chita Hills College where their sons attend college.

Presentation

Homeschool: Parents Opportunity, Children’s Privilege 

What does God expect of home­school­ing parents? How can we balance the scholas­tic and prac­ti­cal work, effec­tively manage our time, and fulfill the require­ments of the law all while faith­fully reach­ing God’s ideal in True Edu­ca­tion? These and other ques­tions will be explored.

Alistair Huong

Alis­tair cur­rently serves as the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Audio­Verse, and is owner and finan­cial planner at Advent­Edge Finan­cial, LLC. He has pre­sented on many Bib­li­cal topics, par­tic­u­larly on per­sonal finance, at churches, con­fer­ences, and camp meet­ings around the world. In his free time, he enjoys tending to his home garden and orchard which includes a col­lec­tion of nearly 50 fig trees. He resides in Col­legedale, TN with his wife, Deborah, with whom he writes a per­sonal finance blog at Sav​ingTh​e​Crumbs​.com. Together they have two daugh­ters, Leilani and Liana, who look forward to fig season each year.

Presentations

All You Need to Know About Money on an Index Card 

Every­one has to deal with money, but finan­cial illit­er­acy is crip­pling an entire gen­er­a­tion. The good news is that money doesn’t have to be com­pli­cated. In fact, the key prin­ci­ples needed to achieve finan­cial fitness can all fit on an index card. This seminar will explore prac­ti­cal Bib­li­cal prin­ci­ples on how to get control over our finances without the complexity.

Moving to the Country: Personal Finance Considerations 

We’ve all heard the admo­ni­tion to move to the country. But what are the finan­cial factors to con­sider? How do I know if I’m ready for such a move? Is it already too late? What does country living” even mean? This seminar will seek to demys­tify some of the common ques­tions and prac­ti­cal con­cerns regard­ing tran­si­tion­ing to the country.

Growing Fruit from Eden: Figs for the Home Gardener 

The quin­tes­sen­tial Bib­li­cal fruit, figs were found in the garden of Eden, used by God to illus­trate Israel’s reward in the Promised Land, and fea­tured in Jesus’ para­bles. There’s a reason why this nutri­tion-packed morsel of jammy good­ness is gaining pop­u­lar­ity around the world. So since you will never find a good fig in the grocery store, come to this seminar to find out how to grow these lus­cious fruits to enjoy in your own home garden.

Chad Kreuzer

Chad & Fadia Kreuzer have a film min­istry called Anchor Point Films. They produce doc­u­men­taries on the Bible, History, and Health. Chad also has a Youtube channel on prac­ti­cal tips for country living and gar­den­ing, called Health and Homestead. 

Presentations

The Ideal Homestead: Country Living with a Mission 

God has a plan for His people in the last days, Shall not the cities be warned? Yes; not by God’s people living in them, but by their vis­it­ing them, to warn them of what is coming upon the earth.” — Letter 182, 1902. How can we be directed by the Spirit to find our country prop­erty as a mission center for God’s last day message? We will dis­cover prac­ti­cal steps that can help us find our ideal, God-directed, country home.

Foods to Grow in Difficult Times: a Well-Balanced Menu 

Often when gar­den­ing we focus on popular fresh produce crops such as toma­toes, cucum­bers, greens etc. Growing food for a well-bal­anced diet to sustain us during dif­fi­cult times such as when it will be dif­fi­cult to buy and sell” takes some extra plan­ning! What are the top foods that can give us ample nutri­tion for our fam­i­lies, even in smaller spaces? How does this reflect faith­ful­ness on our part?

Scott Learned

Scott and his wife Linda are owners of Learned Garlic Farm located in Maple Plain, Min­nesota. Before start­ing their family 30 years ago they were con­victed to depart from their teach­ing careers to move to the country where they have owned and oper­ated their own cabinet shop. They enjoyed gar­den­ing together as they raised their three chil­dren and have recently expanded into a small garlic farm where they love to share their faith at farmer’s market and with other cus­tomers by pro­mot­ing the bless­ings of healthy living.

Presentations

Build a Wren House Hands-on Additional Fee

1 hour and 30 minutes

20 person limit
$25.00 per person
Cabin #5

In this class you will build a cedar wren house that you can take home and enjoy.

Hands-On Planter Project Hands-on

2 presentations, 1 hour each

Cabin #5
Build a Solitary Bee House Hands-on Additional Fee

1 hour and 30 minutes

20 person limit
$35.00 per person
Cabin #5

In this class you will build a soli­tary bee house so you can help the bees while wit­ness­ing up close their amazing work and life cycles. These pol­li­na­tors will improve your garden yield. You will be able to take your bee house home to enjoy.

Brock Mayer

Presentations

Active Learning Time for Kids: Dig Deep & Rescue Just One More! with Kory Meidell

Rope rescue: rappel harness, knots, anchors.

Active Learning Time for Kids: Dig Deep & Rescue Just One More! with Kory Meidell

Emer­gency patient moves & carries.

Active Learning Time for Kids: Dig Deep & Rescue Just One More! with Kory Meidell

Medical: assess­ment, stop the bleed, splint­ing, open airway.

Gabriel & Vonnelle McClover

Gabriel & Von­nelle McClover are the owners of the Vine­yard Café & Juice Bar (estab. 2015) in Summerville,GA& Founders of the F.I.T.T. Chal­lenge. They have worked in GA& across the country edu­cat­ing about tasty, plant-based nutri­tion to help prevent and reverse chronic lifestyle dis­eases. Their 5 chil­dren range from 3 – 15 years of age.

Presentations

You are Uniquely and Wonderfully Made 
How Good it is for Brethren to Dwell Together in Unity! 

Team build­ing activity

We Walk By Faith 

1 hour and 30 minutes

Whitmar McConnell

Whitmar has been a market and spe­cialty crop grower for 30 years. For the last 12 years he’s also been helping other growers with soil fer­til­ity and water quality. He’s the husband of 32 years to his wife Lisa, a father to 8 chil­dren and Gramps” to 2 grandchildren. 

Presentations

Soil Fertility Fundamentals: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? 

We will address the char­ac­ter­is­tics of a healthy pro­duc­tive soil and what you need to know to get and keep it that way.

Soil Fertility Fundamentals: Chemistry is Foundational 

Learn the what, why and how of good chem­istry and its effects on soil physics and biology and, ulti­mately, its effect on plant health and productivity.

Soil Fertility Fundamentals: External/Environmental Influences 
Soil Fertility Fundamentals: Soil Biology—The Ultimate Objective 

Learn how to achieve a vig­or­ous and diverse soil biology that leads to a highly func­tional soil and supe­rior food pro­duc­tion. Included in the dis­cus­sion will be the role of Carbon fertility.

Kory Meidell

Presentations

Active Learning Time for Kids: Dig Deep & Rescue Just One More! with Brock Mayer

Rope rescue: rappel harness, knots, anchors.

Active Learning Time for Kids: Dig Deep & Rescue Just One More! with Brock Mayer

Emer­gency patient moves & carries.

Active Learning Time for Kids: Dig Deep & Rescue Just One More! with Brock Mayer

Medical: assess­ment, stop the bleed, splint­ing, open airway.

Daniel Nicholls

Daniel Nicholls started gar­den­ing in his late teens and never stopped. Shortly after joining the Adven­tist church in 2013, he began to work on farms and has found it to be a ful­fill­ing min­istry. He now shares Christ and his passion for gar­den­ing as the Agri­cul­ture Direc­tor at Hol­brook Indian School

Presentations

From Pot Grower to Gardening Teacher 

1 hour and 30 minutes

Growing and Using Corn 

Can you feed your family for a year with ¼ acre of corn? Prob­a­bly! Come learn some of the basics of growing field corn and dif­fer­ent ways to prepare it.

Making Nixtamal—Tortillas and Hominy Demo

Nix­ta­mal­iza­tion! Come learn what this word means and why it is impor­tant if you plan for corn to be a major part of your diet (and maybe sample a tortilla).

Institutional Farming: The Why 

We agree that schools and lifestyle centers need farms but do we agree why? Gain tools to ask your­self or your insti­tu­tion why have a farm — and if it is ful­fill­ing its purpose.

Institutional Agriculture: The How 

Should all farms look the same? Do all insti­tu­tional farms have to look the same and run the same? Learn how to make your farm meet the needs of your ministry.

Robert Norris

Robert has been an edu­ca­tor for many years teach­ing high school chem­istry and physics, as well as outdoor edu­ca­tion, country living and dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness classes at youth summer camps and in the local com­mu­nity. He owns and oper­ates a green­house busi­ness where he sells herb and veggie starts for local farmers markets.

Presentations

Fire Making Demo

Learn many ways to make fire, from the prim­i­tive to the unusual. No lighter and your matches are wet? Try one of these other methods.

Not Tying? Why Knot? Demo

Gar­den­ing, camping, building…there are many occa­sions that you’ll need to know how to tie things up or down. Come and learn dif­fer­ent ways to tie knots for a variety of tasks.

Kendra Nystrom

Kendra Nystrom enjoys all outdoor activ­i­ties from camping to skiing; but most of all she loves gar­den­ing. Growing good food and teach­ing others how to do it is her passion. Beyond that, she is ded­i­cated to serve Jesus and to share Him with others through agriculture.

Presentation

From Artificial Culture to Agriculture 

1 hour and 30 minutes

Alan Seiler

Alan Seiler is a small-scale veg­etable grower in South Central Okla­homa. He has been involved in agri­cul­ture since he was 14 years old. Okla­homa is a chal­leng­ing envi­ron­ment to grow in and there­fore been a great place to learn how to grow with weather, water quality, soil fer­til­ity and heat-related chal­lenges. Alan is working on his degree from the Uni­ver­sity of Hard Knocks.

Presentations

Can You Grow Lettuce, Kale, Thin-Skinned Cucumbers and Other Cooler Loving Veggies in the South during the Heat of the Summer? with Ricky Seiler

So your plants are looking good in April and May…than June, July and August hit. Tem­per­a­tures go up and your plants go down. Is there a low cost way to help cooler-loving plants thrive in the heat of the summer? Join a father and son team from Bet­ter­To­gether Farm in Okla­homa as they share their journey to help tip nature in favor of the plant” in the heat of the summer.

How to Manage Nitrogen, in just 15 minutes, with an On-Farm Test 

Nitro­gen. It’s the king of all ele­ments. It’s the N in N‑P-K. Yet for many market gar­den­ers they strug­gle to know what this most impor­tant element level is in real time. Not any more. Learn how to perform an on-farm test to give you an accu­rate nitro­gen reading. No more pulling soil samples to mail off to get results back in a few days. Get your nitro­gen results in 15 minutes to help make your plants happy.

Ricky Seiler

Growing up in Texas, Ricky Seil­er’s expe­ri­ence with gar­den­ing was growing pithy weedy radishes. He never dreamed someday he and his wife would join their adult chil­dren to start Bet­ter­To­gether Farm, a small market garden, in South­ern Okla­homa. Now the family grows more than 30 dif­fer­ent veg­eta­bles on their year-round farm.

Presentations

5 Ways to Design Your Market Garden for Success 

Whether you are just think­ing about start­ing a market garden or have been growing for years, how you design your total garden area can make a massive dif­fer­ence in your success and work load. Dis­cover 5 crit­i­cal ques­tions to answer when design­ing your growing area to help make your farming life happier and easier.

Growing Better, Not Bigger 

How much land do you need to make-it as a market garden? More market gar­den­ers are now growing on less land yet making more money than before. Truth is, when your plants grow better, every­thing is better. Dis­cover 4 key ways to grow better, more pro­duc­tive plants, on less land than ever before.

Can You Grow Lettuce, Kale, Thin-Skinned Cucumbers and Other Cooler Loving Veggies in the South during the Heat of the Summer? with Alan Seiler

So your plants are looking good in April and May…than June, July and August hit. Tem­per­a­tures go up and your plants go down. Is there a low cost way to help cooler-loving plants thrive in the heat of the summer? Join a father and son team from Bet­ter­To­gether Farm in Okla­homa as they share their journey to help tip nature in favor of the plant” in the heat of the summer.

Dylan Wagner

Dylan lives in Middle Ten­nessee, and is cur­rently Pro­duc­tion Leader for Farmers Friend LLC. His inter­ests include people, gardening/​homesteading, plants, animals, science, writing, music, entre­pre­neur­ship, per­sonal devel­op­ment, and cre­at­ing. He loves his won­der­ful family, Amanda (wife), Johann (oldest), Evelyn (middle), Desmond(youngest) and most of all, Jesus!

Presentations

Big Bad Bold Beautiful Bugs 

An excit­ing journey into the world of bugs! We will explore how to encour­age good bugs, and how to reduce bad bugs! Visual and tactile aids will be included!

A Fantastic Feast in the Forest 

A FREE nutri­tious tasty meal awaits you in the wild! From dif­fer­ent regions, we will dis­cover how to iden­tify many edible plants and some med­i­c­i­nal ones as well!

Tom & Alane Waters

Tom & Alane left their thriv­ing medical careers in 1986 to move to Montana and raise their three small chil­dren to know Christ per­son­ally. In 1989 they co-founded the min­istry of Restora­tion Inter­na­tional to encour­age others in their walk with God, learn­ing how to have a vibrant, loving mar­riage and happy home.

Presentations

Homestead Harmony or Country Catastrophe 

How to know when or if your family is ready to make the move to the country. Nav­i­gate the tran­si­tion while keeping your mar­riage healthy.

Inside Out 

In a world that’s upside down we need to work from the inside out in our children’s edu­ca­tion to produce the fruits of success both tem­po­rally and eternally.

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