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Note: A separate pass is required for this workshop. This workshop can only be accessed by weekend or preferred seating passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance weekend pass or preferred seating pass to the North Carolina FAIR. Passes will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event. Please save your order confirmation.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS has partnered with The Ploughshare Institute for this intensive workshop on homestead design and planning. Join Butch Tindell from 9:30 - 12:30 on Saturday, April 28 to start your homesteading journey on the right foot!

Proper design and planning are essential for a successful homestead. A well thought out design and plan for implementation will save time and money as well as limit frustration and possibly failure. Unfortunately, many folks launch out on the homesteading journey without a road map and later find themselves lost.

This workshop will empower you to begin the design and planning process, providing you with a clear road map that will help you reach your destination of a successful homestead. The Ploughshare Institute instructor Butch Tindell will also “cut through the weeds” of the almost innumerable options and information, books and internet data to help you find the best and most helpful resources. Finally, to inspire and encourage, Butch will illustrate examples of vibrant, thriving homesteads.

Topics include

  • Why Homestead?
  • The Necessity of a Dream—It all begins with a dream
  • Lifestyle Decisions—‘Tis a gift to be simple
  • Developing Eco-literacy or “How to think like a farmer”
  • The Farm Planning Process

This session is designed to be very personal and interactive, so space is strictly limited. Reservations are available first-come, first-served. Do not miss this one-of-a-kind experience!

This workshop is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

Butch Tindell has over 35 years of experience gardening, farming and ranching, serves as an instructor with The Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Culture and has extensively researched agriculture issues. He has taught sustainable farming and ranching to hundreds of beginning and experienced farmers and gardeners as well as developed numerous courses and curricula. He has also published several manuals and articles on gardening and farming. In addition, he has worked on farm and ranch projects and project designs ranging in size and scale from small backyard gardens and farms of less than one acre to ranches of over 10,000 acres in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Idaho. He has research and work experience with bio-intensive food production, permaculture and holistic management. He holds a Permaculture Design Certificate from Oregon State University and has studied with leaders in regenerative agriculture such as John Jeavons, Dr. John Navazio, Darren Doherty and Allan Nation.  In addition, he has either started or helped to start several successful small-scale food enterprises that produce and market farm products. Together with his wife, Diane and their children and grandchildren, they raise cattle, sheep and pecans at Aquilla Valley Farm, their small-scale, diversified family farm in central Texas.

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