It's like there's something in the water and so many of us are getting more interested in these topics.
I’ve had countless conversations recently around growing a garden, learning how to can and preserve foods, raising chickens for eggs and meat, milking cows, raising meat rabbits, raising pigs and cows, and so much more.
We are at a time in our society when so many of us want to return to these lost skills and see great benefit to learning these things again.
But since we are so far removed as a society from our food production and from the land, every single step along the way can feel daunting and overwhelming. And most people we know are not even remotely interested in these same topics or have the skills to share.
--> But I firmly believe that there is no better time to starting slowly investing in these skills and trying these things out for yourself.
I had someone recently tell me, “Jami, you were born 50 years too late with all this homemaking and homesteading stuff you do!” Many today see these skills as ancient and irrelevant in modern times. Or maybe just as a hobby that most "modern" people just don't have time for.
But there has been a resurgence of those of us who know the truth: We are not digging into “old hobbies” for purely sentimental value. We are slowly bringing back essential life skills that have been gone for two or three generations. We are seeking to create a different path for our children and to change our lives.
So whether you are all in on this homesteading stuff and you’ve got 20 acres ready to turn into your dream homestead, OR you live in the suburbs and want to take your first baby steps into this world… I have something incredible to introduce you to!
We are launching our first ever Hands-On Homesteading Online Conference! It will take place July 25-28th and will feature 17 hands on, practical, and encouraging conference sessions in all aspects of homesteading…no matter where you are in the process!
And the best part? You get lifetime access to the conference material so that you can join us this month to view, or watch it 6 months from now when you are ready to dive in further.
With your ticket you’ll get lifetime access to all the sessions, a conference notebook so you can follow along with each session and take notes, and 2 incredible bonuses we’ve put together.
Scroll down below to read about ALL the speakers + sessions and what the bonuses are! This is an event you won't want to miss!! 🥳
P.s. We make it SUPER easy to access for everyone with a busy schedule. You'll get to watch all the sessions throughout the week as they post AND then have access to those sessions for later whenever you want to watch. Don't let a busy schedule stop you from making some very important baby steps!!
My name is Jami Balmet, and my husband, Jason, and I have been putting together online conferences since 2014. This will be our 13th online conference, most of those revolving around homemaking topics.
But this month we are here with our first ever HOMESTEADING conference and it's going to ROCK!! Building a homestead is a personal dream for our family, and we are getting the immense benefit of learning from all of these speakers ourselves.
We put together this conference based on all the questions we've had and the resources we've dreamed of. And I can tell you there is nothing like this resource out there!
I can't wait for you to join us!
- Jami & Jason Balmet (and our 6, almost 7 kiddos!)
The conference will be live July 25-28th, 2022. During that time, you can pop into all of the sessions, download the workbook, and access the bonuses. Here you can see all of the speakers and sessions. And then scroll down to grab your ticket!
The exact schedule will be announced next week so you can see who is presenting what day! And I've got FOUR more speakers and sessions to surprise you with later this week in addition to the ones below. So stay tuned ;)
Have you ever wanted to raise meat chickens? Beth is going to take you through the entire process. You will walk away from this session knowing the different breeds of chicken, what to feed them (and how often), brooder requirements, chicken tractor designs, and most importantly, how to process your meat chickens for the fridge or freezer!
Brianna and her family raise livestock for a living. So as you can imagine, feeding that livestock is very important. In this session, Brianna is going to share their secrets for growing a fodder garden, which supports their livestock. She's going to share what exactly goes into a fodder garden, how to replace livestock feed (and how to crunch those numbers), and all the tips they've learned on their farm.
Have you ever thought about adding bees to your homestead? Bees offer many advantages, but they can be tricky to take care of. Christine will be teaching us what it takes to add bees to your homestead so that you can decide whether beekeeping is a good fit for you! This is a session you won't want to miss.
Christine even provides you with a hive inspection checklist AND an equipment list checklist. Everything you need to get started!
So many of us dream of having a family dairy cow! But this is a giant topic to dive into and it's hard to know where to start. Nathan and Jenesse are going to help you really jump into this topic with the beginning steps. They cover breeding and calving and you'll get a calving checklist for what to keep on hand. This is something you'll really need to know before diving into having a family dairy cow!
Caring for milk goats can be an excellent addition to a new or growing homestead. But knowing how to care for and feed your milk goats is what you need to know first. In her session, Jenna shares all her tips for what exactly to feed dairy goats and how to care for them. You'll walk away from this session with your to-do list in hand for raising dairy goats!
A terrific addition to many homesteads is a gray water system. Kallie is going to share in her session, the benefits of a gray water system, what supplies you'll need, building the system step by step, and more!
An incredible skill to add to your homesteading arsenal is wood stove cooking! Have you ever thought how you would cook if you had no electricity? Or looking for a great addition to your homestead? Katie is going to share how to cook for a large (or small) family with a wood stove! She even shares a family favorite recipe with everyone: Sourdough pancakes cooked in the wood stove.
Kristin has two big challenges on her homesteading when it comes to raising chickens. The first is that they live in the far North (i.e. cold and frozen). And second, they live off grid. If you want to learn some terrific tips for raising chickens AND how to do it off grid in the North, then this session is going to provide a ton!
During their growing and preserving season, Leah and her family run from sun up to sun down.
She shares a peek into what our days look like and how we do this with kids! Raising kids on a homestead doesn't come without its own challenges, but Leah's family has come to think it's the best lifestyle for raising children. Watch her session to find out why!
After battling multiple types of breast cancer and now dealing with the fatigue and chronic pain of recovery, Marissa shares how her farm and homestead life continues even now, with limitations. She shares her insight and her tips for continuing on with illness and chronic pain. So many are going to benefit greatly from this chat!
A very exciting time around a homestead is Harvest time! But a bountiful harvest begs the next question: What do I do with all of this? Meg is going to share how to utilize your harvest to it's fullest potential! She will cover how to plan your harvest and preservation, building a supportive pantry and kitchen, eating from your homestead, using leftovers and bits, and thinking outside the box!
Throughout this conference you are going to learn how to breed and calve and learn the ins and outs. Now in this session, Naomi is going to teach you how to milk a cow! She will cover pros and cons of milk by hand verses a machine, basic milking supplies, and cleaning! You'll be equipped then to jump in.
Homemade cheese can be a staple in any modern homestead. But cheese can feel so daunting to take on! But don't worry, Robyn is going to show you how. She provides an ingredient and supply overview and a step by step video showing you how to make feta cheese! Robyn shares a great discussion on choosing your kind of milk and some troublehshooting at the end.
Your Guide to Home Preserving: The Why & The How: Water bath canning, pressure canning, dehydrating, & Freezing!
An entire huge part of homesteading is learning what to do in the kitchen. When harvest times comes, how do you preserve all this food for your whole year? Do you have long term food storage goals? Or would you perhaps just like to start saving some money and eating more foods picked in season?
You'll get access to a full 9 lesson course that will cover:
Jami's personal favorite part of this whole conference: 20 Real Life Homesteading Tours!
Join almost two dozen real life families as they take you inside their real life homesteads. You’ll get to see a glimpse into real homesteads from Northern Canada to a family with a third of a hector in Peru. You’ll hear from a forager in Bristol, UK and a family living in the suburbs of Western Australia learning how to become more self sufficient. You’ll of course hear from a ton of families all over the United States, making a new life for themselves. We’ve got some empty nesters in Kansas who take us inside their 2.5 acres as they work towards more self sustainability. A family in Arkansas shares their 18 acres that was passed down from her great-great-Grandpa. We will learn from homesteaders making their way off the seacoasts of New Hampshire and all the way to a family living on 16 acres in Tennessee. And everything in between!
What I love about these real life homesteading tours is that they show you real life people and families slowly putting baby steps into practice. They may not have multi-million dollar, magazine cover worthy homesteads…but what they have is even better because they’ve built it in real life, on budgets, with the priorities they have for each of their families. You will walk away from these real life homestead tours feeling so encouraged, motivated, and with a ton of new ideas. A TERRIFIC series to watch with the whole family (homeschool moms: You’ll LOVE this bonus)!!