By Beverly Keller
Churning milk into butter. Raising chickens for eggs. Beekeeping.
What do these things have in common? Most are considered part of a simple life and all will be featured during a special event for homesteaders set for this Friday and Saturday, June 29 – 30, at Lehman’s in Kidron.
“It’s really about the basics,” noted Glenda Lehman Ervin, marketing manager for Lehman’s, who is hosting the event. “We will have demonstrations, talks and classes that can help people understand what a simple life can be like and help them take small steps to get there. Maybe it is someone who works full time but wants to work a little less and live off the land more, or perhaps, it is a mother who wants to learn more about pickling, canning and making cheese. We have the experts here, all in one place during the event.”
Leading the way will be Joel Salatin, an expert in his field and known as the “pastor of the pasture” who will be doing a special question-and-answer session at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Friday and will be the keynote address at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Salatin is an author, farmer and informational speaker. By standing by his principles, Salatin has become a name to know and a man to model after. His books such as “Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal” have stirred the pot and caused others to stop and think. On his farm, Polyface, Salatin only sells to local buyers as he doesn’t offer a shipping option. His mission is to develop environmentally, economically and emotionally-enhancing agricultural prototypes and facilitate their duplication throughout the world.
Expect to hear Salatin talk about the value of living off the land and how to have a profitable and practical farm operation using back-to-basics methods.
Attendees will also hear from Doug and Stacy of “Off Grid with Doug and Stacy” on YouTube on their transition to a simpler life; learn about gardening, fermentation and herbs with Karen Geiser; hear about the benefits of raising goats and chickens from local experts Deb Gray and AJ Miller; and discover the world of beekeeping with Aaron Weaver and sons.
Lehman’s also has an area for children to relax. Miss BJ and Mr. Chuck will be on hand to churn butter, make homemade noodles and peel apples for fresh apple cider. Obadiah Geiser, age 9, will also be on hand to talk about his chores on the farm and how he helps to care for the chickens with the help of mom, Karen Geiser.
Tickets are $35 for adults and $7 for children and can be purchased at Lehman’s in advance or the day of the event or online by visiting www.lehmans.com/storeevents. The store is located at 4779 Kidron Road in Kidron.
For a complete schedule and to learn more about the presenters, pick up a copy of the June 27, 2018 edition of The Budget.