For those of you who are in Illinois or fairly close, you’ll have a chance to visit our homestead, Antiquity Oaks, as well as four other farms within a few miles of us on Saturday, August 17. We will be participating in the Second Annual Livingston County Farm Crawl. Admission is free, but we ask that you get tickets here so that we’ll have an idea of how many people to expect. In addition to visiting and seeing our animals and visiting with us, you will also be able to buy things that we have available for sale. In our case, that means goat milk soap made with organic oils, as well as Shetland sheepskins and wool that is available as raw fleece, roving, or yarn. We will even have a variety of books available on homesteading. Some of the other farms will be selling produce, honey, and other homegrown items.
On Saturday, August 31, we’re sponsoring the Second Annual Mid-America Homesteading Conference, which will again be held at Joliet Junior College on Houbolt Road in Joliet, IL. During each of the six, one-hour sessions, participants will be able to choose from three different tracks: livestock, gardening, and do-it-yourself. Livestock covers everything from bees to chickens to cattle, while gardening takes you from the beginner level through advanced ideas like extending the growing season and companion planting, as well as composting. The do-it-yourself track will include demonstrations to show you how to can, make mozzarella, and make soap.
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