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Tuesday—Pre Conference

Welding with Alan Seiler

2 presentations, 3 hours each

8 person limit per presentation
 (repeat)

This is a begin­ners class and will include infor­ma­tion helpful for decid­ing what kind of welder to get for your budget. You will learn about various types of welding and what com­pan­ion tools are nec­es­sary. Safety is of vital impor­tance and will be an inte­gral part of the class. A large part of the 3 hour class will be hands on prac­tice with men­tor­ing to get you started right.

Those who enroll in this class must bring with them:

  • a welding helmet, prefer­ably with auto dark­en­ing (brand Miller or Lincoln rec­om­mended as reputable)
  • welding gloves
  • fully enclosed leather boots with no poly­ester tongue or breath­ing vents
  • cotton long loose pants that will go over the boots
  • cotton long sleeve shirts
  • jacket that can be used around sparks and not melt
  • 412″ angle grinder, cutting discs, flap disc (if you have them please bring them)
  • safety glasses are a must!
  • You must be 15 and older to take this class
Farm Accounting with Barry Mosier

3 sessions, 3 hours total

Book­keep­ing on the farm is an essen­tial but often neglected part of the busi­ness. In this prac­ti­cal class learn how to choose and imple­ment the right book­keep­ing system for your farm, monitor prof­itabil­ity, under­stand finan­cial state­ments and tax require­ments, tax saving tips, choose your busi­ness entity, and more!

Basic Framing with Elijah Batista

6 sessions, 6 hours total

24 person limit

In this hands-on class you will learn and apply basic framing prin­ci­ples used in build­ing a small farm shed.

Gear required to participate:

  • Safety Glasses
  • Mea­sur­ing Tape
  • Close Toe Shoes
  • Gloves
  • Pencils
  • Hammer
  • Ear Pro­tec­tion
Home Toolmaking and Blacksmithing with Kenton Adams

2 presentations, 3 hours each

20 person limit per presentation
 (repeat)

In this class you will learn the prac­ti­cal skills needed to start sus­tain­ably cre­at­ing your own high quality, steel garden tools.

Gear required to participate:

  • Long pants (No shorts or syn­thetic material)
  • Closed toe shoes/​boots (Leather shoes preferred)
  • Safety glasses (Must cover sides of eyes too)

Gear required only to watch:

  • Safety glasses (Must cover sides of eyes too)
Bringing Life Back Into Our Soils
Who are the players? with Jeremy Price

1 hour and 15 minutes

Most folks have no idea about the life that is right under their feet. Meet the team and learn how to get them working for you.

Questions and Answers - Part 1 with Jeremy Price

15 minutes

Live ques­tion and answer session.

Compost is King with Jeremy Price

1 hour and 15 minutes

Quality compost is not an option but essen­tial in sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture. Learn to make your own quality compost to super­charge your soils.

Questions and Answers - Part 2 with Jeremy Price

15 minutes

Live ques­tion and answer session.

Build a Bird House with Scott Learned

1 hour

25 person limit

Parents/​guardians are encour­aged to help.

Wednesday

Business Basics with Kevin Brown

3 sessions, 3 hours total

This class will iden­tify the busi­ness basics that market farmers must handle in order to sustain them­selves over time. Then, we will take a deeper dive into selected topic areas through a case study of Better Together Farm.

Home Orcharding Track
Home Orchard Success with Weston Adams

1 hour

Deci­sions made in the orchard can have long-lasting effects. Learn to make edu­cated goals, match your home orchard to your climate, and escape common fruit tree pitfalls.

The Art of Grafting with Weston Adams

1 hour

Learn to use the simple prac­tice of graft­ing to cus­tomize and prop­a­gate your own pro­duc­tive and locally-adapted fruit trees. Step-by-step instruc­tions can help you begin immediately!

Home Orchard Frost Protection with Dan Hutton

1 hour

We will discuss ways of pro­vid­ing frost pro­tec­tion to orchard trees during various times of the year and con­sid­er­a­tions to make when planting.

Youth: Mission and Agriculture
Changing Lives One Seed at a Time with Chad & Fadia Kreuzer

1 hour

How have schools and mis­sion­ar­ies been involved in agri­cul­ture, and how can it change lives today?

The Power of Agriculture to Change Your World with Joy Kauffman

5 sessions, 5 hours total

This prac­ti­cal class will help prepare you for cross-cul­tural farming endeav­ors, think about mission and profit in harmony, and intro­duce you to intern­ships and train­ing pro­grams. You’ll also hear from folks in the field!

The Backyard Garden Blueprint with Paul Dysinger

6 sessions, 6 hours total

Dis­cover the exact blue­print we used to grow over $1000+ of food in a small garden space, how to revi­tal­ize your soil health, grow all year round, and more!

Farmer's Pantry
Dehydrating and Freeze Drying with Tommy Mayer

1 hour

One of the oldest forms of food preser­va­tion, dehy­dra­tion is the sim­plest way to store up fruits and veg­eta­bles for the future. Learn how to use elec­tric dehy­dra­tors, build and use a passive solar dehy­dra­tor and take a look at the best method, freeze drying, which pre­serves up to 97%. Samples from Castle Valley Farms!

Introduction to Canning with Robert Norris

1 hour

An intro­duc­tory class to the basic equip­ment and methods to the preser­va­tion of your crops by glass jar canning. We will talk about common water bath and pres­sure canning methods.

Farm to Table: Shortcuts, tips & techniques for using your farm produce with Pam Dysinger

1 hour

Meet the farmers wives who have learned from neces­sity how to cut corners” in the kitchen. Many times they face piles of produce that isn’t sale quality and have learned cre­ative ways to use it. Stir What you Got” will be the motto for this panel.

Natural Soapmaking with Janitza Densmore

1 hour

This class will focus on the fun­da­men­tals of natural soap making and how to incor­po­rate herbs and essen­tial oils for better skin health.

Baking Bread the Old-Fashioned Way with Lilia Perlee

1 hour

Would you like to learn how to bake bread without com­mer­cial yeast? We will show you how bread has been made for cen­turies using natural leavening.

Baking for Bucks! How gluten free bread is boosting our sales! with Pam Dysinger

1 hour

In this class I will be dis­pelling the myth that making gluten free bread is dif­fi­cult. You will see first hand how simple it is and how quickly it can increase the prof­itabil­ity of your farmers market. Or maybe you’ll gain some inspi­ra­tion on how to get into a market.

Basic Electrical Applications in Agriculture with Jeremiah Daul

6 sessions, 6 hours total

Uti­liz­ing a hands-on approach, learn basic plan­ning and instal­la­tion tech­niques to safely work with elec­tric­ity in basic agri­cul­tural and home appli­ca­tions includ­ing heating and cooling, light­ing, and irri­ga­tion systems.

Rec­om­mended pro­tec­tive equipment:

  • Cut-resis­tant gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Closed-toe boots

Tools

  • Digital Multi-meter
  • Line­man’s Pliers
  • 10-in‑1 Screw­driver
  • Channel-lock pliers
  • Wire-strip­pers
  • Retractable razor-knife
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
Marketing
Marketing: Every Growers Challenge! with Pam Dysinger

1 hour

In this class we will take a post Covid look at online sales and mar­ket­ing. What changed? What have we learned? How do we move forward with the best mar­ket­ing strategies?

Market Stands and Local Wholesales with Luke & Chantée Fisher

1 hour

How to develop a thriv­ing farm or market stand and find the whole­sale cus­tomers that you need.

Better Photos for Your Farm with Nick & Kirsten Knecht

1 hour

Dis­cover how to take better pic­tures and videos to build a stronger brand for your farm. From what camera is best for you, to effec­tively using social media, you will learn prin­ci­ples you can put into action right away.

Growing Strawberries for Pleasure and Profit with John Dysinger and Barry Mosier

3 sessions, 3 hours total

Almost every­one loves straw­ber­ries — which makes them a very desir­able crop to grow. But, there’s lots to go wrong with straw­ber­ries: weeds, frost, too much rain, and deer, to name a few. In this class we will be diving into the details of the two main methods of com­mer­cial straw­berry growing and trying to increase your chances of doing it successfully.

Staying Cool on the Farm with Javier Gonzalez

3 sessions, 3 hours total

1st Hour — Optimal Fresh Produce Storage

  • Do you want to learn how to keep your produce at top quality? Con­ven­tional systems use methods which extend shelf life but hurt the quality of the food. Let’s do it right!

2nd and 3rd Hour — Build­ing Your Own Cold Storage

  • Learn how you can repur­pose a reefer trailer, shed, or base­ment to a cooler, or even build an under­ground root cellar using air­crete. See for your­self how to make air­crete, and watch a live CoolBot setup demo.
Kids
Build a Bird Feeder with Scott Learned

1 hour

25 person limit

Parents/​guardians are encour­aged to help.

Build a Bat House with Scott Learned

1 hour

25 person limit

Parents/​guardians are encour­aged to help.

Thursday

Moms in the Garden
Gardening with Children with Luke & Chantée Fisher

1 hour

How to make the garden a place of endless explo­ration and dis­cov­ery for little ones.

Gardening & Homeschool: How to find balance with Pam Dysinger

1 hour

In this class we will be looking at true edu­ca­tion, gar­den­ing and school. How can we combine and conquer? How can we find balance, stay sane and mine all the bless­ings of an agrar­ian life? These and other ques­tions will be explored.

Gardening Moms Panel Discussion with Renee Hankins

1 hour

Are you inter­ested in hearing anec­dotes, tes­ti­monies and answers from other mothers just like you who have gone before and home­schooled their chil­dren? Do you have ques­tions about home­school­ing chil­dren espe­cially when it comes to gar­den­ing or farming? Or do you just need some encour­age­ment and inspi­ra­tion from Nature’s object lessons to inspire you and your home­school­ing expe­ri­ence? Come with your ques­tions and your heart open and ready to be encour­aged — one mom to another — iron sharp­en­ing iron!

Small Fruits
Small Scale Commercial Blueberry Production with Isaac Chuljian

1 hour

Would you like to add nutri­tious diver­sity to your market garden or home­stead with a pro­duc­tive blue­berry patch? Learn about variety selec­tion, estab­lish­ment, pruning, frost pro­tec­tion, pest man­age­ment and more.

Barry, Berry, Bury! with Anna Perea

1 hour

Dis­cover the amazing world of caneber­ries! This class will jump­start your knowl­edge on how to suc­cess­fully grow, care for, and process an abun­dance of black­ber­ries and rasp­ber­ries anywhere.

Meet the Muscadine with Weston Adams

1 hour

With more antiox­i­dant power than blue­ber­ries, the native and amaz­ingly disease-resis­tant mus­ca­dine grape thrives from east Texas to Florida, and north­ward to Ten­nessee. Come meet this adap­tive, pro­duc­tive south­ern fruit!

Home Gardening
Planning Your First Garden with Paul Dysinger

1 hour

Won­der­ing where to start? Dis­cover how to plan your first garden ever in just 3 simple steps without getting over­whelmed or lost in the process.

You CAN Grow Healthy Transplants! with John Dysinger

1 hour

Healthy trans­plants are key to a suc­cess­ful garden. If you have ever tried and failed at growing them, you will want to attend this class! We will look at the two main reasons your trans­plants don’t thrive, and then lay out and demon­strate a system for growing first-class plants.

Large Pest Control—Deer, Groundhogs, Raccoons, Rabbits etc. with Joshua Dysinger

1 hour

If you’ve ever lost crops to large pests you know the damage they can do and how dis­cour­ag­ing it can be. In this seminar we will focus on fencing, dogs and hunting.

Specialty Crops
How to make a living growing Microgreens with Robert & Michelle Sullivan

1 hour

The Sul­li­van’s will cover every­thing they did from sales, to adver­tis­ing, to mar­ket­ing. They will explain how the busi­ness started and how you can support your­selves using Micro­greens as your resource.

Growing Microgreens 101 with Robert & Michelle Sullivan

1 hour

A com­plete how-to on growing Micro­greens for sale.

Fundamentals of Flower Farming with Christina Ford

1 hour

Ever wish you could grow arm­loads of flowers but don’t know where to start? I’ve been there too. In this class, I’ll walk you through my simple step by step process for growing flowers that will make you money.

Market Gardening
The “What” and “Why” of Market Gardening with John Dysinger

1 hour

Market Gar­den­ing is booming all over the country and around the world. What exactly is it and why is it so popular? More impor­tantly, why should Adven­tists be doing this? In this intro­duc­tion, we will look at what makes market gar­den­ing so unique and prof­itable, and talk about whether it’s the right fit for you.

Meet the Farmer: Mark & Teriz Chuljian with Ricky Seiler

1 hour

Sonlit Meadows Farm

Meet the Farmer: John & Pam Dysinger with Ricky Seiler

1 hour

Boun­ti­ful Bless­ings Farm

Special Interests
Plant Propagation by Cuttings with Robert Norris

1 hour

Learn the tech­niques for veg­e­ta­tive prop­a­ga­tion. We will cover methods to sig­nif­i­cantly increase your pro­duc­tion of many herb, garden and orna­men­tal plants. From set up to sale it’s easier than you might think.

Grafting Tomatoes with Luke & Chantée Fisher

1 hour

Why you should con­sider graft­ing your toma­toes and a hands-on oppor­tu­nity to prac­tice yourself!

Cover cropping: A Tool to Rebuild and Restore your Soil with Seth Shaffer

1 hour

Learn how to use cover crops as a tool to help mit­i­gate erosion, control weeds, break up com­paction, improve water infil­tra­tion and restore bio­log­i­cal activ­ity and nutri­ents to the soil. For advanced farmers/​gardeners.

Kids
The Anatomy of a Plant with Angela Boothby

1 hour

Did you know that plants have cells, DNA, organelles, and even vessels like you do? Learn more about how plants live and grow and even plant some seeds!

Mission/Investment Gardens with Scott Learned

1 hour

Would you like to use your garden to share Jesus? In this class you will learn some prac­ti­cal ways to turn your garden into a mission project! There will also be a Q&A and dis­cus­sion time.

A Horse at Home—A Treasure to Care For with Renee Vandenberg

1 hour

Owning a horse is not easy, but it is very reward­ing. Learn some basics before you think about asking for a horse of your own.

Friday

Youth in Business
Christian Entrepreneurship with Tommy Mayer

1 hour

Ready to turn your idea into reality? I will be sharing my suc­cesses and fail­ures as an entre­pre­neur (along with what works and what doesn’t), as we look at the Chris­t­ian prin­ci­ples of entre­pre­neur­ship. Learn how being an entre­pre­neur fully exer­cises the Creator’s gift of cre­ativ­ity to each of us.

Entrepreneurship in Action with Tommy Mayer

1 hour

In this class we will be hearing from young entre­pre­neurs. Learn how God is leading our young people in their inno­v­a­tive endeav­ors and be inspired your­self to do some­thing cre­ative for the Lord!

Gardening for Health
Agriculture, The Gut-Brain, Health and Happiness with Chad & Fadia Kreuzer

1 hour

How is agri­cul­ture and the Gut-Brain con­nec­tion related to health and hap­pi­ness? Dis­cover how we were given this cutting edge science over a hundred years before the research came out.

Agriculture in God's Lifestyle Centers with John Kelly

1 hour

God’s intent that agri­cul­ture be an inte­gral com­po­nent of Adven­tist lifestyle pro­grams is clear, yet this has largely not hap­pened. Can we diag­nose and treat this con­di­tion, or is it fatal?

Superfood from the Creator’s Hand with Lilia Perlee

1 hour

What should you choose to grow in your garden/​farm for your family and cus­tomers? Come to this class and learn what are the best nutri­ent packed super­foods you can grow. 

Homesteading
Who let the goats out?! with Joshua Dysinger

1 hour

Learn the basics of keeping and caring for goats and why they are a valu­able addi­tion to the farm and home­stead. We will discuss breeds, diet, natural reme­dies, fencing and more!

Healing Salves with LydiaLaJewel Rice

1 hour

We will focus on several med­i­c­i­nal healing plants for topical use that you may grow, wild harvest, or pur­chase, as well as methods for infus­ing, and cre­at­ing quality healing salves.

First Aid for the Homesteader with Sherri Neuroh

1 hour

This class is geared for mom’s, (and dad’s!), who would like to be better equipped to deal with com­monly encoun­tered sit­u­a­tions requir­ing basic first aid in a rural setting.

Specialty Crops
Taking Cut Flower Farming to the Next Level with Christina Ford

1 hour

This class is a con­tin­u­a­tion from Fun­da­men­tals of Flower Farming. In this class we’ll do a deep dive into topics such as season exten­sion that will help you take your flower farm to the next level.

Healthy Profits: Growing Ginger and Turmeric for Financial and Physical Health with John Dysinger

1 hour

Ginger and Turmeric are the rage in nutri­tion lit­er­a­ture. They have also become the rage in market gar­den­ing. Learn tips and tech­niques for growing these prof­itable crops any­where in the country.

Asparagus Farming with Barry Mosier

1 hour

Plant­ing, growing, har­vest­ing, and mar­ket­ing aspara­gus using natural methods. Prac­ti­cal tips from our own 2 acre field.

Market Gardening
Meet the Farmer: Joshua Dysinger (Winter Growing) with Ricky Seiler

1 hour

Boun­ti­ful Bless­ings Farm

Meet the Farmer: Alan & Aubrey Seiler with Ricky Seiler

1 hour

Bet­ter­To­gether Farm

Market Gardening Panel Discussion with Ricky Seiler

1 hour

Special Interests
Acquainting Agriculture: Grow to Know Him with Anna Perea and Angela Boothby

1 hour

Join us as we unveil AdA­grA’s new agri­cul­ture cur­ricu­lum designed to be an outdoor-friendly field guide to acquaint stu­dents with God through the won­der­ful world of agri­cul­ture. See how this cur­ricu­lum can fit into your school, home­school, pathfinder, or garden group setting.

Pastured Egg Production with Joshua Dysinger

1 hour

How to make chick­ens a prof­itable addi­tion to your farm. We will touch on breeds, coops, fencing, and all the tips and tricks learned over the last 8 years of raising chickens.

Integrating Cover Crops Into High Tunnel Production Systems with Ashlee Skinner

1 hour

In this class, find­ings on inte­grat­ing cover crops in high tunnel systems during winter and summer will be pre­sented. The methods used and its impact on soil nitro­gen, carbon and organic matter will be dis­cussed. The effects of cover crop­ping on soil arthro­pods will also be shared.

Kids
Gardening like Grandpa with Keith Hankins

1 hour

In this fun and excit­ing class we will dig into the won­der­ful world of gar­den­ing! You’ll expe­ri­ence the simple plea­sures that our grand­fa­thers enjoyed in a new and easy way.

Meet God in the Garden with Anna Perea

1 hour

Come see AdA­grA’s new agri­cul­ture cur­ricu­lum in action as we show kids how to meet God in the garden. Written by two teach­ers with a passion for agri­cul­ture, you’ll join in the excite­ment of apply­ing easy to follow lessons guiding your chil­dren from seed to harvest.

The Bibliology® Workshop Experience with Erwin Nanasi

1 hour

Dis­cover the Hidden Trea­sure in every book of the Bible through a high-quality Bible game which includes Jesus in the fun and creates an oppor­tu­nity to share our faith.

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