Join us Tuesday evening as with kick off the conference with engaging get-acquainted activities where you’ll meet other attendees, the AdAgrA team, and get an introduction to what our lineup of speakers have up their sleeves!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
We will discover and experience some of the most nutritious and medicinal wild plants from various regions and climates! Plus, we will cover finding wild plants, using them, and even developing our own wild edible/medicinal garden and seedbank! Samples and visual aides will be provided!
Teaching children resilience, enthusiasm, good work ethic and other character lessons in the fertile soil of the garden.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to manage the harvesting process to promote maximum efficiency, maintain excellent quality, and use your current resources to their greatest potential.
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
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.
We will address the characteristics of a healthy productive soil and what you need to know to get and keep it that way.
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.
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.
Learn the basics of flower farming and how to get started without breaking the bank.
Learn the nitty gritty of how to grow, divide and sell this incredibly popular flower.
Learn how to extend your growing season by growing heirloom mums and peonies.
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!
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.
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!
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.
This class will cover the basic principles of “lean farming” and share practical ways to increase efficiency and productivity on your farm.
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.
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).
A demonstration of the methods and techniques needed to convert a washing machine into a labor saving salad spinner.
A hands on class demonstrating how to build a simple greens washing bubbler that will save hours on your market farm.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How does agriculture relate to health ministry?
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
Learn how your home may be used to immerse guests in the unique blessings found in a rural and agrarian Seventh-day Adventist lifestyle.
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.
Entrepreneurship, teamwork, prayer, bible study, outreach, personal development, and Mentorship. This year’s youth track will encompass these 7 principles. Be prepared to learn, be inspired and challenged to come higher with your experience with God as we explore what it is to be a HEAVENLY Entrepreneur.
Learn the foundational blocks needed to become a truly successful entrepreneur with limitless potential as you cooperate with God as your business partner. Small interactive discussion groups will explore Choice, Commitment, Consistency and Resolve in light of the term “Heavenly Entrepreneur.”
- Small group breakout discussion
- Team building activity
“To every human being God has designed an individuality and a distinct work.” Learn more about your unique personality type, how it affects your life calling, and discover Bible characters who share your personality type! Small group activities will help you master the art of interacting and understanding people that are different from yourself, thus improving the way you impact and connect with others.
- Small group breakout discussion
- Team building activity
- Short assessment.
Join Abigail Shaw, agriculture consultant and founder of Flor•ish Farms, and Keith Hankins, author, market farmer and consultant, as they speak about how agriculture has shaped their lives. Learn the importance of knowing your purpose in agriculture and how it impacts your future life. You won’t want to miss this inspiring talk.
Interactive Q & A session
Join Cristina Felea in a dynamic class where you will learn about the ONE talent God requires the strictest account of, how it impacts your goals and dreams, and how to develop it. In this class you will get the exact tools you need to improve it and use them in your daily life.
- Small group breakout discussion
Rope rescue: rappel harness, knots, anchors.
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!
In this class you will build a cedar wren house that you can take home and enjoy.
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
Emergency patient moves & carries.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Medical: assessment, stop the bleed, splinting, open airway.
A class devoted to teaching kids the basics of growing plants and helping them learn to love gardening!
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.
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.